Practical Sailor (PS) is a great publication that “takes the guesswork out of boat & gear buying with its bold, independent, product-test reports just for serious sailors.” Clay contacted PS to tell them about our experience getting our Webasto heater registered for warranty. They ran our story in December. It’s a tale of woe and how great customer service turned that around. Enjoy!
Posted in Boat Maintenance, Lessons Learned, Uncategorized | Tagged boat maintenance, Defender Marine, Hans Christian 33t, Practical Sailor, sailboat, Webasto heater | Leave a Comment »
Kim and I have just returned from our first extended leave from Sundown since we moved aboard in September. Continue Reading »
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Sailors for all history have taken advantage of the ebb and flow of the tide. Here in the Pacific Northwest, and in particular the San Juan Islands, the currents created by the tide have a profound effect on your movement by water. Depending on the time of day and location within the islands, there can be plus or minus two or more knots for or against you. In light winds, that means the currents could cause you to sail backwards! Continue Reading »
Posted in Adventures, Boat Maintenance, How to Live Afloat, Lessons Learned, Uncategorized | Tagged adventure, biking, Hans Christian 33t, hiking, Orcas Island, sailboat, sailing, storms, travel | 2 Comments »
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving 2015, and while we give thanks every day for the many blessings bestowed upon us, it seems the time of year when people publicly proclaim what they’re grateful for, so… Continue Reading »
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I lived in Colorado the majority of my life, since the age of 7. It’s all I know—till now. Colorado lies in a High Desert climate zone and is basically bone dry. As a result, I am familiar with ailments like lizard skin that I would remedy by slathering on almond oil before ever stepping out of the shower. Or cracked, bleeding fingers from fall till spring that Super Glue would temporarily fix. I used a saline nasal spray to keep my nasal passages moist. A whole-house humidifier would kick on whenever the furnace ran to try to add a bit of soothing moisture to my home’s inside air.
Living on a boat in the Pacific Northwest is a whole different reality. Continue Reading »
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We’ve been at this cruising life for about two months and have already met some very interesting and really nice people, which is so much of what makes this lifestyle wonderful. Continue Reading »
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The past week has been filled with more adventures, lessons, friends and fun.
Halloween proved to be a trick and a treat. Despite a less than favorable forecast, we left our safe anchorage in Blind Bay off Shaw Island to head for Anacortes. Continue Reading »
Posted in Adventures, Lessons Learned, Where in the World is Sundown | Tagged adventure, Anacortes Kayak Tours, Bellingham, Corinthian Yacht Club, sailing, San Juan Islands | 4 Comments »