Boatbuilding Blog

April 24, 2012

May Day Trip–Port Angeles to Victoria

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 12:19 pm

It was kind of spooky leaving Post Angeles. It was chilly, with a little fog in the area, and a large bank of it just to the west. Eighteen miles of actual ocean – not the enclosed spaces I’m used to.  The crossing was uneventful though,  and a bit boring with nothing to look at. The fog came in behind me and hid the US shore, with only the tops of the Olympics poking out. The Victoria ferry left just after I did, and passed so quickly it was soon out of sight in the haze. I got across before noon and had the day to explore the town. There’s so much to do here that I’m going to stay another day. See some museums and go for a bike ride.

MV Coho leaving Port Angeles on the way to Victoria:
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And passing me by at 19 knots:
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There were a of big ships on the Straits. The AIS really helped me know which ones were the dangerous ones – shown as black triangles:
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Victoria on the way in:
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I checked in through customs by phone. They were very pleasant. Then I asked for a slip at the Causeway Floats. They gave me a nice parking spot:
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The view from my porthole:
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I spent the rest of the day just wandering around town. It seems to be summer here:
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Inside the Empress:
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They do lights very nicely too:
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Parliament buildings:
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April 23, 2012

May Day Trip–Port Townsend to Port Angeles

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 11:51 am

Got an early start and arrived at Port Angeles at 2 PM. Tomorrow I cross the Straits into Canada, only about 12 miles.

Nothing as pretty as a wooden boat in the early morning light:DSC_0014

Downtown Port Townsend:
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I rode the ebb tide out into the strait at a terrifying 11 miles per hour:image

This is what a 4-knot current looks like running past a buoy
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It was a perfect morning. I drifted off Protection Island for a while, listening to the bird sounds:
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Dungeness light house:
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Lunch!
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Downtown Port Angeles is very pleasant. I rode my bike along the waterfront trail:
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Past Hollywood Park, where many families were enjoying the warm Sunday afternoon:
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My cool new folding bike:
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April 22, 2012

May Day Trip–Home to Port Townsend

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 11:04 am

This was the first day  of a 16 day trip from Seattle up through the Gulf and San Juan Islands. 

It was a nice, uneventful trip to Port Townsend. Light winds, mostly sunny. I still have a pretty bad cold,  so it’s nice to get here fairly early, take it easy for a while, and go to bed early.

A couple of brave yakkers on the Ship Canal:DSC_0124

Goldeneyes just outside the Locks:
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Poor little guy – didn’t stand a chance:
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Bush Point marker. Almost 3 knots of current against me through this area:
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Always lots of interesting restoration projects in Port Townsend:

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Pretty boats everywhere you look:
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April 17, 2012

Kiwi Grip Non-Skid

Filed under: Hardware — tomlarkin @ 1:49 pm

I finally put down non-skid on the outside decks. I’ve been meaning to do it since I launched, almost two years ago, but every time I had a nice sunny day I went boating instead of tackling this messy, uncomfortable task. It was a dumb thing to postpone so long.

I used Kiwi Grip, which is a thick, water-based paste that you trowel down and roll with a special roller to add the texture. Most of these steps would still apply when using paint with grit mixed in. I like this stuff because the texture is smoother than with grit, so it’s easier on the feet and doesn’t get quite as dirty.  They say not to apply when it’s a very warm day, or in direct sun.  Wash the desks before starting to tape.

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Make each section a coupIe of square feet so you can do each one in one pass. I moved the cross-pieces around a few times to find a pattern I liked, using natural stopping points and dividing larger areas equally. I stood on the cabin top to make sure everything looked OK. Try to add the tape in short pieces and in reverse order of how you will fill them in, so you can easily remove the tape after each section. Have a plan on where to put the wet, gooey pieces of tape when you pull them up. A helper would have been nice.
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I sanded the large areas with 150 grip with the power sander, then used the 150 grit sanding block sponge along the edges of the tape. Get the type of block with very square corners.2012-04-14_15-46-49_557

With the sanding sponge, sand right up to the edge of the tape to get the little area that the tape edge protects from the sander. Try to sight from a low angle to see if any shiny spots remain.  This step is important because the stuff might start peeling up along the edges if it doesn’t bond.  Vacuum and wash with alcohol before starting the Kiwi Grip application.
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Application tools. Get the special roller when you buy the non-skid.  I used this small-v trowel this time and was happy with the amount of material it left. Bigger grooves leave too much stuff.  I applied the material right out of the can.
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Trowel it on until the grooves are very even and there are no lumps or thin spots. Scoop any remainder back into the can.2012-04-14_16-14-29_22

Roll and roll until the groove pattern is completely gone. Roll slowly or you will splatter. (You will spatter anyway. Carry a damp sponge to clean it up before it hardens.) Remove the tape from each section after rolling, especially if it’s a warm day. Rinse the roller after each couple of sections if it starts to load or the texture pattern will be different.
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Looks pretty!
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April 3, 2012

Preliminary Boat Trip Plan

Filed under: Longer Trips — tomlarkin @ 12:00 pm

Sixteen days, 400 miles, clockwise. 

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Red is Meryll loop

 

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

201

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

Filed under: Day Trips — tomlarkin @ 11:52 am

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

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