Boatbuilding Blog

September 26, 2011

Overnight with Donovan and Sean

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 1:50 am

A one-night trip to Blake Island. This was Donovan’s first overnight camping trip, which was kind of a shock to him. I went to the Microsoft company meeting first, and we headed out after the meeting.

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Bell Street Marina
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Company meeting at Safeco Field
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Tillicum village at sunrise
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First day of Fall, Diana’s Bow
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Camp site
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Heading home
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September 20, 2011

San Juan Islands and Wooden Boat Festival

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 12:02 pm

Some pictures from our 10-day early-September trip to the islands, with3 days at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

We came up inside Whidbey Island, stopping at little boat ramps and Langley, and the Cama Beach park. We spent the first two nights at Elgin Cove across from Langley, and then at Hope Island. Stopped at the boat launch at the south end of Whidbey Island.
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Langley. We went up to town to buy fancy treats.
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Elgin Cove anchorage and cute critter.
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We passed through Deception Pass in heavy fog. It lifted for a minute so we could see the bridge.
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Heading across Rosario Straight we tried to avoid the big tug Hunter D, who we heard on the VHF complaining about the small boats in her way. She finally showed up heading right at us so we drove away as fast as we could. She was towing a huge barge. We heard her horn and engines but couldn’t tell where she was in the fog until she appeared. I’m now shopping for radar and AIS.
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The sun came out about 2/3 of the way across but it lingered in Watmough Harbor on Lopez where we stopped for lunch.
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Looking back at Mount Baker from anchor.
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We explored the wild rocky coves on the south end of Lopez on our way to Turn Island.
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Cute critters on Turn Island.
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Foggy again in the morning.
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Trying to be artsy with the cell phone camera.
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We played in Friday Harbor until early afternoon.
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Yellow Island is in the Wasp Islands near Friday Harbor. It’s owned by the Nature Conservancy, who burns much of the undergrowth every year to keep the landscape open. It’s known for its spectacular yellow flower meadows in the spring. Beautiful this time of year too.
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Caretaker’s cabin made of driftwood.
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Meryll driving the boat to a new slip in Fisherman’s Bay. Note the radar reflector still on the mast.
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Tucked into our Boat Show spot.
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Sam Devlin came in his restored 1934 fishing boat Josephine.
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I loved the way the Arctic Tern rested on it’s legs at low tide. I drank a lot of Port and Scotch with the owner, Kirk, and Sam’s webmaster Scott. Scott supplied excellent cigars too.
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I talked to a couple hundred interested festival goers. You can’t see it here, but the t-shirt has a picture of last years show, and the Coot is very visible on it.IMG_2243

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Aboard Rita, Lew Barrett’s boat.
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Took a nice walk to Uptown to the Farmers Market on Saturday morning.

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Meryll took a little break on the way up.
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Peaceful evening row at Jones Island.

September 2, 2011

Late Summer Boating Pics

Filed under: Day Trips — tomlarkin @ 10:32 pm

We spent a couple of hot weekends anchored out by the buoys near the Arboretum. Last Sunday evening a water cop very nicely told us that it’s illegal to anchor there and not to do it again. Too bad, it’s a great place to hang out.

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Brother  Ross in Idaho:
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