This is a time lapse from this morning, swinging on the anchor. The other boats look much further away than they are - only 200' away.
I'm new to the whole 360 thing. Although technically this is a video file, it's more like a still that you can move in any direction. Shot this yesterday afternoon.
[The blog host can't deal with the 360 file, so I uploaded to Youtube, which seems to also have issues after the first time it plays. Try clicking the replay button (circle with arrow) and then hit pause. Now you can click and use the mouse to drag around your view.]
These were done with the Garmin VIRB 360 camera. Besides all the fun, I wanted to have a camera I could quickly mount on the bow rail, looking down, and see on my phone while in the cockpit driving station. For docking in close quarters.
Always great to be back in B.C., land of beautiful scenery and friendly people. Here's a view of Mt. Baker you don't really get in the US, at least on land anyway.
We cleared off the charming little village of Bedwell Harbour. When you are all set like we are, with a federally registered boat and Nexus cards for the captain and passenger(s), it is such a simple process. (Say "process" with a long "o" with me now.)
The friendly officer answers the line, asks me for my boat documentation number, which I provide. She says "Is this Robert?" "Yes." "Is Debra aboard?" "Yes." Then asks me if we have any of the banned items to which we reply that we just have a small amount of alcohol on board. "Welcome to Canada, here is your clearance number."
I fly the Canadian flag on our burgee strut and we are good to go, eh?
Okay, not asking any questions here.
Arriving in one of our favorite Gulf Island anchorages, Madrona Bay (which is aside the very busy town/marina of Ganges), we select a spot and anchor perfectly. It's great to be feeling more and more confident about placing the boat exactly where we want to end up.
Then there is this scene. It has officially been "weird water week" with numerous boats near us running aground or sinking.
When we were about 5-6 miles north of the Hood Canal entrance we heard the CG discussing a sinking 65 foot vessel in the Hood Canal. Evidently this boat is also moored in Bainbridge's Eagle Harbor. Everyone got off okay.
About the time we were having dinner they were finally able to tow this one away.
Before dinner I was very energized and washed all the salt from the hull, railings, windows, etc. Feels great to be so active again. Just gonna watch those pounds melt off, right? Even Deb got into the act and scrubbed the teak cockpit.
We had our cocktails and dinner surrounded by the kind of scenery you can only enjoy as a boater. Tomorrow we will take it a bit easier and do some Sunshine Coast/Desolation planning.
Bye bye Bainbridge, we are off for 6-8 weeks, destination Desolation sound and the Broughtons. I don't have time to document each picture below, but have fun viewing.
Briefly, we stopped at Poulsbo to fuel up at the cheapest prices in the Sound, especially when diesel is 6-7 dollars a gallon in B.C. Ended up having to wait overnight for delivery.
Then a big old windstorm came up in the straight so we planned to overnight at Port Townsend. Ended up picking up some kind of vibration and wanted to have a diver check it out. Which we did, and everything down under was fine, so the vibration remains a mystery.
Crossed with strait with 10 kts from the south and had a nice eve with friends in Roche. Headed to Ganges as soon as I post this.
Something new, artisan sourdough.
Last night as we tendered back to the boat. Canada here we come!
Last two dock carts of groceries and other stuff. Really!
Well, until tomorrow morning when we REALLY have the final carts and shove uff for points North. It's been a very busy number of weeks getting ready to go.
We had ace CAT mechanic Sam from NC Power aboard to change out a bad thermostat under warranty. Incredibly these engine's normal operating temp is 135-140. Hampton YG Service Manager Geo Tamblyn was also aboard for a full day of minor warranty issues, much appreciated although I failed to get a picture. Some photog I am?
Loading on much more food aboard than last year's three week trip, we are now utilizing space under the salon couch. Very handy and such a great touch by Hampton and Pacific Custom Interiors. We about doubled the stash after this picture was taken, and utilized the space under the cushion at left too.
I got in about an hour and a half of stainless polishing today while Deb organized food in the galley. We are both pretty tired and looking forward to heading out. It's our first time doing this on our own and a bit intimidating, but no doubt we will be comfortable shortly.
Desolation Sound and The Broughtons are our main destination, but we have no fixed schedule. We will be gone for 6-8 weeks. Cell connections are sketchy up there but I shall create blog posts as often as I can. I have a bunch of new camera gear and a super awesome drone (my first!) so looking forward to some great imagery as well.
I checked the weather forecast on our Sirius XM subscription today. We pay about $25 a month for this. I wanted to have it for when we were out of cell coverage. Ehhh, I guess I need some more instruction about how to read these forecasts?
But anyway, we are outta here.
Looks like Mahalo, but not quite! Check out the porthole/window in the master stateroom. This clever owner asked for his boat, hull #15, to use the porthole setup used in Hampton's other line of boats (confusingly called the "Hampton Pilothouse"). Wish I had thought of this, it's quite a bit more open than the twin long portholes we have.
Owner Chuck and I have become good friends through the blog and his build process. It's great to see his boat being offloaded in SoCal for commissioning. The boat will be called "King of Nothing" (remember that Seals & Crofts song?). She'll cruise Mexico this Fall, and be up here in the PNW next Summer.
Chuck was favorable to quite a few of the changes we made for Mahalo and incorporated them into the build.
That's a sharp looking yacht, I have to say. Welcome to the fleet. Looking forward to cruising together next year.