Sunday, December 11, 2022

San Juan Island's Cruise May 2022

In May 2022 we spent two weeks in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound. New for this trip:

  • 100 Amp-hour electrical system with a 50 Watt solar panel charging system,
  • Garmin chart plotter with depth gauge
  • ePropulsion outboard motor
  • Alpacka Oryx packraft dinghy
  • Cut-down cockpit coaming and outboard oarlocks for better rowing ergonomics
































Columbia River Cruise May 2021

In may 2021 we did a five day cruise in the Lower Columbia River with our friend Bruce. He wrote about it in Small Boats Monthly: A Quiet Time in a Big Estuary

New for this trip:

  • prototype cruising tent made of polytarp (loved it!)
  • new carbon fiber oars from Ductworks (loved them!)




















Saturday, September 11, 2021

2021 Grizzly Bay Weekend

In April 2021 we spent a weekend in Grizzly Bay in the Sacramento Delta as a shakeout cruise in preparation for a larger cruise in May.

Anchorage in Suisin Slough near the Grizzly Island Hunting Preserve


Leaving McAvoy Marina

Montezuma Hills Wind Farm

First Anchorage

We anchored off of Ryer Island, opposite Port Chicago, the site of a famous and devastating munitions explosion during World War II. Ryer Island is still considered dangerous because the Navy dumped  unexploded munitions there after the Port Chicago explosion. A sign close to where we anchored informed us that we shouldn't trespass and that use of lethal force was authorized.

We spotted a river otter grazing along the marshes next to our boat.

The wind blew > 10kts all night.  In the morning with wind still blowing we double reefed and sailed 10 miles upwind to an anchorage in Suisin Slough.








Anchored in Suisin Slough

We had hoped to be able to walk along the levee at the Grizzly Island Preserve, but the falling tide kept us away from the banks and we had no way to get across 20 yards of deep mud.





We brought plenty of food but I forgot to pack fuel for our stove so we ate our meals cold. We poured the morning coffee at night so it could steep over night.


Marshes and Marin Mountains

Sunken dredge in the entrance to McAvoy marina











 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

2020 Tomales Bay

In August 2020 we made a weekend trip to Tomales Bay. Here are some of our favorite photos.

Our first night at the shallow end of Marshall Beach.








The fog rolled in at about 19:00 and stayed until morning.


Breakfast of curried potatoes and eggs.

We used a fender to level the boat as it dried out on the sand.


There is lots of nice hiking from the anchorage.


I rigged new jiffy reefing lines for the boat based on guidance from B&B (Core Sound 17, Carlita). They were a huge success. One of the best improvements I've done to the boat. I can now singlehandedly reef both sails in under 5 minutes without leaving the cockpit.




Our second night we anchored at Lairds Landing near the abandoned cabin that at one time housed a Native American family and an eccentric artist.