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
I experienced something that I didn't expect in Puget Sound - dolphins swimming in SWALLOW'S bow wave. YES! Dolphins in Puget Sound. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpk8DyTjWwu/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=7pygoiw52lg8 It seems there is a small group of Long-beaked Common Dolphins in South Puget Sound. Details - Unusual marine mammal sighting: long-beaked common dolphins This group is significantly out of the species … Continue reading Amazing day
As Fall's chill and damp intensifies my enthusiasm to explore decreases. This is because being cold and wet isn't fun when getting warm and dry is challenging. Warming my self isn't to difficult as I can eat, have a warm drink and snuggle with Momma Kitty. Drying things that get wet is more challenging as … Continue reading Just floating