Boatbuilding Blog

May 10, 2011

Puget Sound Trip

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 1:00 pm

This was a mostly solo 8 day trip north from Seattle to Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. I met Meryll in Bellingham where she was attending LinuxFest Northwest, and afterward we cruised to La Conner for a night. The next day I dropped her off in Anacortes to drive home. I came back via the straits and Port Townsend. I also met brother Steve and Linda in Bellingham and we cruised around the bay for a while  It was a nice, quiet trip, without accident or incident. I was forced to stay inside sheltered water more than I hoped because of strong winds in the exposed areas, but the weather wasn’t as bad as it might have been considering it was early May.  I anchored 5 or six times and used my new dinghy each time to go exploring. Both the new Rocna anchor and the dinghy launching system worked great.

Some photos have a link to open ActiveCaptain to the location the picture was taken.

Lunch break at a boat ramp dock at the south end of Whidbey Island:
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Langley boat harbor:
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Curious critter:
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Center for Wooden Boats Cama Beach outpost. You can rent the little cabins and boats from the center:
(ActiveCaptain location)
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Coupeville pier in the early morning:     (ActiveCaptain location)
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Entering La Conner:      (ActiveCaptain location)
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My favorite tugboat names. These are both local street names:
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La Conner – they’re making humongous hats as pavilions for a big canoe gathering this summer:
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Anacortes:
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James Island. Mount Baker in the distance:            (ActiveCaptain location)
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Pelican Beach on Cypress Island. The beach is named after a type of boat, not the bird. Testing out my new lounge chair on the aft cabin top:
(ActiveCaptain location)
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Beach tracks:
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Lovebirds:
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LinuxFest party and game night:
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La Conner evening:          
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Anacortes – view from the top of Cap Sante head:        (ActiveCaptain location)
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The east edge of Cap Sante has an abandoned stone and concrete amphitheater.  I read it was built in the 20’s and they used to have poetry readings there and watch canoe races. There’s a trail down from the upper parking lot:       (ActiveCaptain location)
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Anacortes – building a super-tug:
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Anacortes has some lovely gardens:
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Deception Pass:     (ActiveCaptain location)

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Port Townsend:
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Port Townsend:        (ActiveCaptain location)
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Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock:     (ActiveCaptain location)
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Mats Mats bay – dinghy, showing oar storage and hinge:    (ActiveCaptain location)
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Numbers collected:

  • Gas used: 32.1 Gallons
  • Engine hours: 52.0
  • 250 miles total (measured on map)
  • Engine RPM: 2800 (cruising speed @ 6knots)

Numbers calculated:

  • Consumption: 32.1g/52h = 0.62 gallons/hour
  • 250m/32.1g = 7.8 miles per gallon 
  • 250 m/52h = 4.8 miles/hour average (includes many hours of 3-4 mph)

Itinerary:
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