Boatbuilding Blog

September 11, 2013

Coot and Pacific Titan

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I was heading out on my trip to Princess Louisa Inlet in early May, 2013 when they put me in the large locks with this guy.

Photos by Linda Evans (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lgevans/).

Top photo links to a bigger version.
Coot and big tug

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September 10, 2013

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show 2013

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Merrie Ellen
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June 16, 2013

Dueling Tablets

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While in Victoria I found a RAM mount, so I screwed it to the dash so I could put both tablets up at once. That’s a Microsoft Surface Pro on the left, running Coastal Explorer, and my iPad on the right running Navionics . Coastal Explorer has a lot more features, but is kind of complex to learn, and the touch-screen interface is poor. Navionics has Active Captain built in, which I like and use a lot. The two systems complement each other, but having too many screens is kind of distracting. The Surface Pro doesn’t have a 12 volt charger, so I needed to run my inverter most of the time, and doesn’t have a built-in GPS, so that’s another wire running on the dash. The iPad looks odd because it’s wrapped in an OtterBox case. I used the iPad for almost all my navigation on this trip, and wrote blog entries and watched movies on the Surface tablet. With a 12 volt charger and a Bluetooth GPS, the Pro would be a good choice for a single computer.

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Home (Day 29-30)

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I spent Wednesday night in Watmough Bay, on the South end of Lopez Island, and crossed the Straights in the morning. Calm and sunny in the middle, so I anchored in the lee of the sand bar off the end of Smith Island and watched the Cormorants and Rhinoceros Auklets for a couple of hours waiting for the tide to be favorable into Admiralty Inlet.
Watmough Bay

I tied up at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center dock to walk to town, but the sign said I’d need to pay $12, so I went on and anchored in front of town instead, rowed to shore and walked to uptown to buy groceries. Then I went on to Mats Mats bay for the night.Port Townsend Marine Science Center

I ran into one of my favorites at Port Townsend – the schooner Adventuress, out for a day sail.
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While in town I checked in at the Wooden Boat Center and found a bunch of people building Scamp sailboats. I’d like to make one some day. They are fine little ships.
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Here’s a panorama of Mats Mats bay. Despite all the boats anchored, I think I was the only person on board that night. This would be a great place to leave a boat if you had to go away for a week or two – completely protected and out of the way. You could walk to Port Ludlow and catch a bus to Seattle. Getting in is a little scary, but if you avoid Klas Rocks and follow the range markers on the way in, it’s not dangerous. At a medium tide I didn’t see any depths less than 14 feet. (Links to a very large picture.)Mats Mats

Coming into the small locks. I was home at my slip in Kenmore at 4 PM. I spent 30 days on the water on this trip.
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My last track from the SPOT tracker.
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May 22, 2013

Happy Herschel

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This sweet little guy was hanging out on the buoy off of Golden Gardens park when I went by last week.

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April 3, 2012

Preliminary Boat Trip Plan

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Sixteen days, 400 miles, clockwise. 

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Day

Date

Overnight
Stops

Daily
Miles

Running
Miles

Fri

April 20

Kingston

18

27

From Carillon after work

Sat

21

Sequim

43

70

Via Port Townsend & Protection Island

Sun

22

Port Angeles

26

96

Via Dungeness Spit

Mon

23

Victoria

21

127

 

Tue

24

Sidney

26

153

Via Sidney Spit

Wed

25

Ganges

16

169

 

Thu

26

Saturna

15

184

 

Fri

27

Sucia

17

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Via Tumbo and Patos (alt Roche Hbr customs)

Sat

28

Bellingham

23

224

Via Matia and Lummi

Sun

29

Cypress Island

14

238

Eagle harbor

Mon

30

Deer Harbor

18

256

Via Wasp Passage and Yellow Island

Tue

May 1

Sucia

14

270

 

Wed

2

Bellingham

21

291

 

Thu

3

Cypress Island

18

309

Eagle harbor

Fri

4

Watmaugh Bay

23

332

Via Olga and Spencer Spit

Sat

5

Port Ludlow

36

368

Via Port Townsend

Sun

6

Home

40

408

Via Kingston and Shilshole

West From Seattle

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I made this for my friend Carol, but it seems nice enough to save.It’s what’s out there to the West of Seattle. (Links to a bigger version)

Looking West

March 26, 2012

Spring Maintenance

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Haulout on a perfect early Spring morning:
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Bow Repair

– we ran into a dock and a floating log in the past month.

First, I cut out all cracked and splintered fiberglass and wood:
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Taped the area and made a little work space:
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Sealed the wood with epoxy, then filled the rest with epoxy-based filler:
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Took a little break after all that work:
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Sanded smooth and washed with solvent:
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Painted it black:
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Painted the bottom paint:
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Changed the lower unit oil:
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She’s ready to start the cruising season!

March 24, 2012

Bird Pictures

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomlarkin @ 10:32 pm

I bought a new camera.  A Nikon D5100, and a nice 55-300 mm zoom lens. I spent a couple of hours playing with it.

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November 30, 2010

Our First Winter Trip on the Sound

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We were pretty nervous, leaving the locks during a Small Craft Advisory, but the winds were pretty mild, only about 10 knots from the south. The waves weren’t bad, mostly under two feet. We discussed where we could abort to if the weather got worse, but it stayed the same all the way across to Kingston, ten miles across the Sound. We pulled into the marina just after dark. After tying up, I plugged in the shore power and fired up our little 110 volt heater. We walked up to town and had an excellent Italian dinner.  In the morning we borrowed the tiny electric car from the Port and drove at 25 miles per hour around town, stopping to buy some paperbacks and a few groceries.
Keyport electric car, and Meryll

Around noon we chugged out of Appletree Cove and followed the coast south to Port Madison and nervously went through the narrow, shallow entrance into Miller Bay to look for ducks. Mostly, we just saw lots of large houses all in a row. The water along the shore was dredged to 11 feet, but shoaled to just a few feet away from the docks.
Miller Bay houses

Took a short break on the long pier at Suquamish where I wandered around and Meryll took a nap. The tiny town has a few restaurants, a bar, a motorcycle shop, and Chief Seattle’s grave.
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Southwest through Agate Passage (one of my favorite place names) and up the narrow winding channel past Keyport into Liberty Bay. I dropped Meryll off on a pier in the early dusk and she took the short video below. Poulsbo is at the north end of the bay and there were still a few transient slips still available when we arrived just after nightfall.

Liberty Bay at dusk

Another nice Italian dinner and a short walk around the town and back to the boat as the docks became icy. We ran the heater all night and were warm and cozy. We left the LED Christmas lights on for most of the trip, plugged into shore power at the dock, and into the little inverter while we cruised..
Coot Christmas lights at Poulsbo

I took a couple 110 volt lights on the trip as an antidote to the darkness that falls at 5 PM this time of year. It was good to have the extra brightness aboard.
Coot Lights

Sunday morning broke very cold. We found a nice bakery for breakfast then motored to Keyport where we walked to the Undersea Warfare Museum. Noon saw us heading home after a short detour to look at the fancy homes in Port Madison. Here are some Cormorants along the Ship Canal.
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And a dramatic sunset to light the way back to Kenmore.
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Sunset over Kirkland

A very pleasant trip, with an easy itinerary chosen to test winter camping in the Coot. The weather was dryer than advertised, but cold and breezy with occasional showers. We stayed comfortable by running the propane heater almost constantly for the three days. Staying at marinas let us use the electric heater and 110 volt lights through the long nights. The total distance was just 70 miles in three days. We’ll do more of this!

Trip Map

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