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.)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Little Rough Today

Pacific Crossing, Day 13: Rough, squally weather last night and more today have made us tired. Lots of sail handling--reefing, gybing, unreefing--as the wind velocity and direction changes around the squalls. Feels like maybe the ITCZ swole up and swallowed us for awhile. We're moving again, a fast run down lumpy seas. Lumpy, Bumpy, Dumpy, Thumpy, Grumpy, and all the Seven Sea Dwarves have been here. But we got a nice freshwater rinse. To top things off, the propane solenoid stopped working, but once we emptied the cockpit locker, removed the cylinder and squirted the living daylights out of it with lube, it decided to work again. Yay! Hot food!

Critters have been active, too. This morning a 5 inch bug-eyed squid was peering through the plexiglass forward hatch, and there was a flying fish on the cabin sole. He must've bounced off the stove, given the angle it took to get in there. Like, WHOA! It bounced right where a frying pan might've been! If only a nice dorado would do that. Frying pan's on, heeeeere, fishy fishy...

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