For tide and current predictions I use the reference guide Ports and Passes published yearly by Chyna Sea Ventures. As I planned SWALLOW'S late December move from Poulsbo to Port Townsend I noticed the prediction tables for secondary current locations, such as Agate Pass, had changed. Looking more closely there were many changes for the … Continue reading Currents are changing
Living on a boat in a boatyard has its moments. The past five days a series of strong gales has blown through meaning I am very aware my home is propped up on six boat stands. The wind wasn't as strong as forecast, but still significant in the 'small craft advisory' speeds in the low … Continue reading House on sticks
SWALLOW is now 'on the hard' to receive her winter maintenance (so no cruising time is lost come warmer weather). Up she goes - https://www.instagram.com/p/BsJEGdKh8N_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1oa8w234xoj0 Bottom fuzz and a few barnacles needed to be removed: Now the boatyard work (aka, 'fun') begins!
Not really a cruise but a repositioning. SWALLOW needs fresh bottom paint and a few other maintenance tasks completed. I'll do this work in Port Townsend so I've left Poulsbo and headed north. Winter travel means finding a weather window. The current pattern is a couple of days of strong winds, usually small craft advisory … Continue reading To Port Townsend
Had a good time with family over the holiday: After a week on land Momma Kitty and I are back aboard SWALLOW. She seems to have weathered the strong storm that came through the area on 20 December with no issues.
The rain and chill and winds have arrived at Puget Sound. The days are short: sunrise ~745am and sunset just a bit after ~430pm. Temps hover in the 40s day and night. I've settled into moorage at Poulsbo. The old center of town is right here at the marina and the Safeway is not that … Continue reading Drip drip drip
On July 24 '18 I relaunched SWALLOW. In the four months since we have traveled the Gulf Islands of Canada and sailed the southern portions of Puget Sound Washington State. We are now currently visiting Poulsbo at Liberty Bay. Prior to coming to this fun Norwegian themed town I spent some time at Blake Island … Continue reading Four months