Apologies for posts being a little out of order, but yours truly has been quite busy. We left Bainbridge the third week of July. The trip began somewhat inauspiciously.
The Poulsbo Marina near us generally has the best fuel prices. We checked that morning and they did. So we motored over there and called the fuel dock. They confirmed the price and then said "wait, oh geez, we just ran out." [GRUMBLING on my end.]
They explained to us that they might get some fuel later that day, or for sure the next morning. Our plan had been to go to Port Ludlow after fueling up. I wish I hadn't been so determined to save that money. They ended up not getting fuel that day, and since we had already waited this long we decided to anchor and fuel up in the morning. Which we did and then departed for points North. We saw that it was going to be too windy to cross the strait, so we just headed North and said we will figure it out.
An hour or so later we were a few miles South of Point No Point. (Gotta love these names, eh?) Deb and I were both in our helm chairs, looking straight ahead, watching for logs/debris, when we heard quite a "clunk." The next sound was silence as my heart skipped a few beats. We slowed down, went into neutral. Just for drill I checked all the bilge pumps on the Maretron, none running.
Once we were up and running again we felt a distinct vibration, that got worse with RPM increase. It only began at about 9 knots, it wasn't hard to live with, but I felt bad for our baby. I called my Hampton guys and they felt we might have hit a deadhead and I should get a diver to look at it. In the meantime they recommended I check the rudder strut bolts. These have double nuts and are torqued to 145 lbs. I found none loose.
Plan B. Or maybe C? Called Port Townsend (where ironically some neighbors/boaters had asked us to come for dinner anyway) and found space, as well as a diver. We got tied up around 6 pm and the diver showed up promptly. I told him what the issue was and he said he would look the hull and running gear over completely.
When he reappeared he said "wow, that is one clean bottom and solid boat. I don't see any dings in your props, your rudders are solid, nothing is out of place. I saw two barnacles." We caught a cab to dinner with our friends Doug and Susie and had a very nice dinner in town. Afterward, it was raining (of course, we are in Port Townsend in late July, so it has to be rainy and cold, right?), and no taxis to be found. We glumly walked back to the marina in the rain.
The next morning we were in good shape as far as wind goes and departed. We played with different speeds to feel out the vibration, which had the gall to not leave us during the night! My Hampton guys said I might want to consider hauling out, but I really just couldn't bear the thought.
We motored up to Roche Harbor but by the time we got there the wind had come up again, and it was forecast up to 25 knots that night. We thought about going to Garrison, but that was too far in this wind to tender back to the hotel for dinner with friends Ron and Kim.
A very sturdy small ship was clearing customs as we searched for our anchor spot. A Dauntless, called "Undaunted," how clever.
We tried anchoring near the Seattle YC station, but the anchor wouldn't hold. We then tried a position fairly close to the marina, tucked up against the North side. We got a good bite, backing down with both engines. I think the guy behind us was a bit freaked. Have been there many times myself. Great dinner at the hotel as usual, fun company. Also ran into Bob & Pat, owners of a 720 Endurance. Ironically we would shadow them much of the trip and always be a day or two behind them.
As we took the tender back to Mahalo I got the image above (top of this post). All seems calm, doesn't it? Tomorrow we would head to Canada.
I have to say that when I first started seeing the ads for Instant Pot, it made me think of an infomercial. It's one pretty inexpensive appliance that can do it all! Well, guess what, it really can.
One of the ways I like to use it is to heat up soup that I have made. This method is so perfect for travel days.
When I was at home, I made batches of soups, chili, meatballs, etc. So in the picture I have my Food Saver sealed chili and the IP with water in it. I generally have pulled the soup from the freezer the night before and defrosted it. But if I didn't, I'd just stick it in the pot on the "keep warm" setting for a couple hours to defrost.
Then I put the bag into the pot and put it on soup mode which will boil the water and heat the soup in the bag. I usually place the pot in the sink just in case of wake/etc.
When we are ready to eat, I cut the bag open and pour the content into bowls. I could have heated the soup in the pot itself, but this way I have no cleanup!
Here is provisioning tip of you are around the Seattle area at the start of your cruise. From the public dock on Bainbridge Island you can walk to our awesome market, Town and Country, in three minutes. They usually have 6-8 varieties of soup/chili going that you can buy and put into a paper container to eat.
AND, they sell these same soups right next to this hot bar area, already bagged and refrigerated. They also have an awesome cioppino base where you can just added your own desired seafood. (Note they also have an even bigger store in Poulsbo, Central Market, but it's a long walk from the marina).
This is hearty and healthy food, with easy procurement and no mess prep.
Apologize for the dearth of posts. Up here in Desolation there is rarely enough cell connectivity for blogging. And the marina (etc) wifi has been a joke. But at the moment we are anchored in Pender Harbor and seem to have a decent cell signal.
It's been quite eventful. One of the things I have come to realize on this trip is that basically everything is new to us. The boat is still new. Every anchorage is new. We have had some new mechanical gremlins to get through (engine, generator, etc).
I plan to do a series of posts on all our locations, friends we met up with and so on. But I'll wait until I have a solid internet connection.
I have been taking lots of pictures (new camera) and with the new drone as well! It's a DJI Mavic Pro 2. My first drone. I waited a long time, until the technology was really solid as well as a decent size sensor, which this one has.
This was shot in Von Donop Inlet early one morning. I got some killer shots besides this one. In the back, at right, is our friend David on his Nordhavn Mary Pearl. We met up with them several times and it was a delight.
Speaking of friends, it was quite a nice day when along comes old friend John on Sarah Brooks. I met him 3 or 4 years ago when his boat was in charter. At the time I thought a Fleming would be likely for us. He gave us some great tips via radio. Great to see you John!
We has also met up with Kevin and Allison on the Nordhavn Red Rover. They highly recommended Toba Wilderness Marina (https://www.tobawilderness.com/) so we gave it a shot. Mary Pearl was there too, along with other friends from Trawlerfest, Jim and Joyce on Sequel (the Nordie at left). What a spectacular setting.
Was really fun hosting a dinner party on board Mahalo.
Here is the setting from about 1,400 feet up. Love that drone!
This was only the second or third time I flew the drone off the boat. This is an unnamed cove on Read Island, which I have now dubbed "Paradise Cove." We had this gorgeous spot all to ourselves for two nights, and then a third with one small sailboat.
Yours truly taking it all in from the comfort of our tender. This was a magical spot for sure. Many more posts coming!
One of the things on our agenda this trip is to take more opportunities for hiking. We had read about a hike in Pender. Tendered over to this trailhead. Turns out it is only a half a K walk, hardly making it worth tying up the tender!
But we had a nice view of Mahalo and Garden Bay.
We headed over to Madeira, where there is a store, some places to eat. They were having a bit of a street fair and the dinghy dock was busy!
The town had installed quite a pretty garden for us to take in.
Okay this setting isn't quite as spectacular as a similar recent photo of Deb I took.
Was this just in May? Were we really in France? Really in Monet's garden? We sure were. But anyway, back to B.C.
Ace boating friend David Evans (Nordhavn guy) highly recommended Budabing BBQ burgers so of course we have to try them. And free inspiration life message! We listened to some wonderful live music. I recorded some, but there isn't enough bandwidth to upload it, what a shame.
And the smile says it all! Thanks David, for the great recommendation. We shared the table with another David and his wife, B.C. residents! They invited us to a BBQ they are having tomorrow.
But we are outta here. Tomorrow we will be in Desolation Sound if all goes well. Wish us luck.
[Hey, is that a liquor store back there????]