Saturday, May 23, 2009

HELLO! I'm sailing here!

Less than 10 minutes ago we, no kidding, about got run over by a power boat. We're cruising amongst the San Juan Islands under sail and I'm watching this guy continue to close us but stay at the exact same bearing (for you non-Navy, non-boat folks, that's constant bearing, decreasing range, or CBDR, or better known as someone better make a freakin' move!). Being under sail, we're the stand on vessel and it's his job to safely get around us. Well just as we're about to blast the air horn at him he slows and looks to be planning to cross our stern. Then he scoots in behind us, like RIGHT behind us, about 20 feet directly off our stern. Frank called him on bridge-to-bridge to ask WTF and I'm pretty sure the guy said, "we're good." Couldn't hear him though because as the wind shifted slightly we slowed, he came even closer, and Frank started the engine up and barked "Just avoiding a collision at sea here!" as he gunned the engine to keep the power boat from riding up our stern. Insane! Never mind my freaking kids are asleep in their AFT BUNKS! We are in a very open waterway in the islands and are the only two boats around. I'm appalled that he couldn't have cleared us a little more safely, especially with his big 'ole gas chuggers pushing his boat. A-hole. Read your nav rules and be more considerate!

On a good note, the radio works well and the engine starts up on a dime!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sick Day!

Frank's been getting sicker and sicker all week so last night I suggested he use some of that sick leave he has on the books to get some rest and try to get well for the long weekend. After the kids went to bed he shared an even better idea--take a sick day AND leave for the San Juan Islands in the morning! I had already shopped and done the laundry so other than an 8 a.m. physical therapy appointment I didn't have anything to stop me. I had planned to clean the cabin, but that could wait! We left just after 10 a.m. and are headed to an anchorage that will have us lined up for the slack water at Deception Pass tomorrow morning. Gorgeous weather...and I think the fresh air is helping Frank get over his illness!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Anyone that knows me knows I like to eat! I've had fun trying out the places around the marina and am so happy to have found the best co-op, Sno-Isle Food Co-op, just a few blocks away. Great produce, variety, bulk selections, ethics. I probably bought too much today, but I'm telling myself that it's all to get through the long weekend...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Our first guest!

Today we wrapped up a visit from Frank's sister, Fawn. This wasn't just any visit either--it was an over-nighter and the first visit from any family! I consider this the check-in on us for Frank's entire family. She arrived Saturday and stayed 2 nights with us, sleeping on the convertible table/sette in salon. I was actually surprised at how easily I managed to get the bed set up Saturday night. The grand tour of the house took all of 3 minutes, and she seemed to think it was pretty cool. Then I showed her our closet in the master. That brought out a series of "WOW"s and even today we were joking that she still hadn't gotten over how small it is!

Thankfully it was a wonderful weekend for a visit. She got to enjoy sitting on the bow, sipping wine, and watching the sun set over the Olympic Mts. Sunday we went to Kate's on Colby Ave for breakfast--FANTASTIC--before heading out to Index to show her the cabin (and clear the landslide off our walkway there!). Frank had to work hard to clear the sidewalk, but we managed to show Fawn and the kids the property, drive through Index, gauk at Sunset Falls, grab lunch at Mt. Index Cafe, and of course, hit Espresso Chalet for a pick-me-up before heading back to the boat. We capped off the evening with dinner and a kayak tour of the marina.

Today we wisked the kids off to daycare and got underway before 8am. First stop was the pump-out station so that we could calibrate our holding tank indicator and show off the less glamourous side of living on a boat. Then we were off! The wind picked up and we were able to kill the motor for a little circuit of Hat Island. Frank spotted a whale, but Fawn and I only heard it. Some seals, a sea lion, and some bald eagles rounded out the perfect morning sail, and we docked beautifully! Good thing, too--our "neighbor" was there so we would have felt pretty bad using his boat as a bumper!

After another wonderful meal at Kate's, Fawn was off to Bremerton for a week of work. It was a great visit and we're so glad we got to share so much of the wonderful PACNORWEST with her in just a short amount of time.

The other tidbits? Our heat didn't work the entire time so we were using a space heater. We ran out of fresh water this morning while underway. I somehow broke a pelican clasp on the lifeline right after we got underway. And the real kicker? While filling up the water after we got back I put the deck fill keys in my pocket only to have them fall out and immediately sink somewhere beneath the boat while I cried out, "Frank, Frank, Frank! Oh no, Frannnnnk!" On the plus side, the lifeline is fixed, the heat was fixed after a quick call to the guys at Sure Marine, and I think I've found a replacement for the deck fill keys. Talk about a GREAT weekend!