Had another great sail going from Blake Island State Park to Gig Harbor. Wind out of the north 10-15kts all the way from Blake to just around the turn at Point Robinson. Mt. Rainier seen from Blake Island. WA State ferry passes SWALLOW's stern. https://www.instagram.com/p/BxQtxZ7gwjF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The new sails by Elliott-Pattison Sailmakers have been working wonderfully. … Continue reading Another great day sailing
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 … Continue reading Out and about
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
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.
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
Being on a boat means being aware of weather under way and at a moorage. Each morning and evening I listen to the weather radio for the forecast and observations. Summer weather is very consistent in the Salish Sea (Gulf and San Juan Islands and Puget Sound). If there is wind, and usually from the … Continue reading Weather awareness