Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," and our Bigfoot29 powerboat, "Raven," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, sailed to Mexico, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded Sockdolager (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016, Sockdolager found new owners, and we began cruising on Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. In 2018 we cruised up to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and back. But in 2024 we had the chance to buy Sockdolager back (we missed her), so we sold Raven. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It. Came. Back.

Pacific Crossing, Day 17: Difficult, rainy night with more 30-35 knot winds (and shifting South for a time) lasting all night long and seas to 4 meters, with more of the same in the offing tonight, makes us wonder if there's some small un-forecast disturbance developing in what feels like a bloated ITCZ. Anyway, Sockdolager soldiers on like a little thoroughbred, and we look for blue skies ahead. All is well aboard, except for a most un-sailorly longing for, just once, a nice flat calm.


  1. Love the plot of your progress - steady course and regular daily runs, and in what conditions! Sockdolager sure is a soldier, but it's your seamanship (sea-coupleship?) that's making her truly seaworthy. Hope to make your acquaintance someday - on the water, too.

  2. Jim and Karen, I am so enjoying sharing your adventure. Fair(er) winds!