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A freshwater cruise

A freshwater cruise

The week before last, our home was up in the air next to Emerald Harbor Marine‘s shop at Canal Boatyard in Ballard. Although we’re happy to be back at Bell Harbor, we had a good week. Living aboard in the yard was an adventure, and we enjoyed exploring Ballard and visiting its many pubs. We’d…

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Unusual Puget Sound Anchorages: Lynwood Center, Rich Passage

Unusual Puget Sound Anchorages: Lynwood Center, Rich Passage

Lynwood Center, tucked into the corner at the west end of Rich Passage, has become one of our close-to-home favorites. It’s nearness to the ferry routes and other traffic in Rich Passage make it an unusual anchorage. When we first stopped there, we expected that ferry wakes in particular would toss the boat a fair…

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Gale warning

Gale warning

A major spring storm was forecast to hit the Puget Sound on Friday. A 972-mb low over southern Vancouver Island would generate storm-force winds along the  Washington state coast. A gale warning was in effect for the more-protected Puget Sound, and winds there were forecast to reach 30-40 knots, with wind waves of 5-7 feet….

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57-knot winds in Swinomish Channel

57-knot winds in Swinomish Channel

On Monday we passed Anacortes and went through Swinomish Channel (area map) during a significant, and poorly forecast, wind event, with an amazing variety of weather. The barometer gained 10 mb in 4 hours and peak winds approached 60 knots. We had just crossed Rosario Strait in 4-5 feet seas, with 40-knot winds from the…

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Big Winter Storm

Big Winter Storm

A big winter storm swept through the region yesterday. The barometer fell hard as the storm approached: from 1032 at 9pm the night before, to 1009 at 5am yesterday, down to 988 by 3pm yesterday afternoon. We recorded gusts to nearly 50 knots as the storm intensified.         The pressure slope hit…

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A new rock in Blakely Harbor?

A new rock in Blakely Harbor?

Approaching the head of Blakely Harbor this weekend, we saw what looked like a rock near where we planned to anchor. It turned out to a small boat, submerged bow-up. It was covered with barnacles and appeared to have been underwater for a while. We guessed that it must have blown in from farther out…

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Point No Point

Point No Point

Like many Puget Sound boaters, we’ve passed Point No Point dozens of times on our way to and from places north of Seattle.  The last time was on a sunny, warm day with calm winds. It was time for lunch, so we decided to stop there. We found good anchoring depths and holding on the…

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Silverdale Whaling Days

Silverdale Whaling Days

A few years back, we arrived one Friday night at Silverdale at the head of Dyes Inlet. It’s usually not a very busy place, but the docks were packed and a fair number of boats were at anchor. We dropped the hook away from the crowds a bit, nearer to the head, and settled in…

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1 week and 30 degrees later

1 week and 30 degrees later

Last weekend we anchored off Blake Island Marine State Park.  The high temperature for Saturday was 59F. A few other boats were about, but the marina was half-empty, all the buoys on the north side were free, a handful of boats were on the west side buoys, and a few kayakers had landed on the…

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Help from a neighbor

Help from a neighbor

While anchored in Blakely Harbor over the weekend, we watched an example of neighborly support. [Map of area.]   About 7:30 Sunday morning, a dinghy sped across the bay east of us. This was a little odd, because it was a cold and rainy morning, not ideal for a dinghy tour. Then we saw its…

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Wide Load

Wide Load

While docked in La Conner recently, we were fortunate to walk past the Pacific Mariner plant at just the right time. They were wheeling a huge, empty hull, likely of a Pacific Mariner 85, around the building. It appears that they mold the hulls on one side of their property, then transport them to the…

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Fast Ferry Snohomish on Seattle-Port Townsend Run

Fast Ferry Snohomish on Seattle-Port Townsend Run

On a recent trip from Elliott Bay to Mats Mats Bay, we passed the Washington State fast ferry Snohomish running south. The last we’d heard, the ferry was still mothballed in Eagle Harbor. A successful lawsuit by Rich Passage residents had taken the passenger-only Snohomish and its sister ship, the Chinook, out of service to…

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Snow Falling On Cedars

Snow Falling On Cedars

Snow fell in the Puget Sound this weekend as part of a big winter storm that swept the country. We were anchored at Port Madison, on the north end of Bainbridge Island, when the white stuff started. Even though the temperature was several degrees above freezing, snow began building up quickly. It was a wonderful…

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Quartermaster Harbor — Pacific Yachting PNW, March 2007

Quartermaster Harbor — Pacific Yachting PNW, March 2007

For decades, Vashon Islanders have steadfastly resisted any threat to their peaceful, quasi-rural lifestyle. The island is only a short ferry ride from Seattle and Tacoma—ferries run from both ends—yet the pace here is slower than in the cities. And that’s how the islanders like it

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