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.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tonga to NZ - Photos

Big Mama's Yacht Club, Tongatapu, Tonga

Here's Jim with Big Mama
Sockdolager at anchor at Big Mama's
Tom catching pumice on the way to NZ
Streaks of pumice from an underwater volcano
A flying fish decided to join me in the cockpit one night watch
We had some great sunsets on this passage
And some nice clouds
Tom cooking up his famous grilled cheese sandwich
We had some big waves and strong wind about 100 miles out from NZ
Happy to be in NZ after a 12 day passage


  1. Great photos! Thanks for sharing :) We'll be back in NZ early February. Will you be there at that time or are you heading out again soon?

    1. Looking forward to meeting up with you! Will be Hauraki-bound, but want to stop and see Tiritiri Matangi Island in your neck of the woods.

  2. Dear Mrs, Mr,

    I am a researcher in marine volcanology at the University of Otago (New Zealand), and I am very interested in the pumice raft you encountered during your Tonga-NZ sailing trip. May I ask you more information about where and when you found the pumices? That would be very useful for research purposes. Also, I would be extremely interested to get some samples if your "fishing" was successful... For further contact, please use my email address:

    I wish your next trip will be as pleasant as the last one!

    With my best regards,
    Martin Jutzeler

    1. Dear Martin,
      Thanks for writing. Jim will be replying to you soon via your email address, but basically, pumice was visible most of the way from Minerva Reef to near New Zealand, and he did get some samples.