I, Momma Kitty and SWALLOW have cut the docklines at Port Townsend and are again cruising the Salish Sea!
The Honda outboard received a new carburator after it was determined the idle jet had clogged. All fuel on SWALLOW is fresh, the limiting factor being how fresh the has is at marinas, there is a filter between the tank and motor, and all gas is treated with stabilizer and carb cleaner. Assuming the gas is good the issue may be age as the motor is a 2003.
First stop to shake out the cobwebs after four months at Port Townsend was Mystery Bay State Park where we spent three nights on a buoy.
One day I rowed the Montgomery 6’8″ dinghy to the Nordland General Store to buy bread, a celebratory beer and send some mail.
The plan was then to go to Port Ludlow after passing through the Port Townsend Canal. The wind was a nice 5-8 knots from the north and the current was favorable so the destination became Blake Island State Park.
A wonderful nine hours of favorable wind allowed me to enjoy SWALLOW with her new sails and using the new whisker pole.
Momma Kitty and I are now enjoying a few days at Blake Island. Always a nice location but especially before it becomes busy beginning in late May.