New House Battery Bank

Fiddler’s house/inverter battery bank got so weak that I couldn't brew a pot of coffee without triggering an inverter shutdown because of sustained low voltage. For the last several trips where anchoring was involved, I would start the generator in the morning to brew the coffee and recharge the batteries. The inverter also powers the... Continue Reading →

Meandering

Meander: a winding path or course There are still a few places in Puget Sound that we haven't visited and one of our boating goals this summer is to see some of them. With the Canadian border closed, there are hoards of boaters in the popular places. Plus, there are a lot of people that... Continue Reading →

So Many Crabs!

We look forward to the crabbing season to restock the freezer and enjoy delicious crab cakes throughout the year. In the first two trips of the season, we brought home over 12 pounds of crab meat! That likely isn't enough to last the winter, so there will be more crabbing to come. This year local... Continue Reading →

Adding a Transom Fresh Water Spigot

Fiddler came equipped with a hot/cold handheld shower installed in the transom. I didn't  think I would ever need a warm shower outside and I have never seen others showering outside either. It was a wasted item for me, plus it leaked. The way it was installed prevented easy access to fix the leak so... Continue Reading →

Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island

Whenever we pass Quartermaster Harbor as we go to Tacoma, Gig Harbor, or venture to the South Sound,  I say that I would like to visit it sometime to check it out. Now is that time. Vashon Island sits in Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma and is the largest Washington island south of Whidbey... Continue Reading →

Activities During the Lockdown

The Governor imposed many restrictions on social activities over the last two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as did the rest of the world. Recreational boating has been impacted by these restrictions as many marinas have closed their guest moorage and reciprocal yacht club access. Onshore activities are severely reduced by closure of restaurants... Continue Reading →

Winter Cruise to Bell Harbor

The last weekend in February was the third MBYC Winter Cruise that we have attended. All of them are held at Bell Harbor Marina on the downtown Seattle waterfront. It is only a couple of miles from Elliott Bay Marina where we dock Fiddler, so the engines barely get warmed up on the short trip... Continue Reading →

Replacing the Holding Tank Monitor

Good reliable data is important when boating. Coolant temperature, exhaust temperature, oil pressure, fresh water level, fuel level, boat speed, wind speed, wind direction, GPS location, battery charge, holding tank level, and others all work together to make the pleasure boating experience, well, a pleasure. The level of the black water (sewage) holding tank tells... Continue Reading →

Off-Season

From about November through March, the pleasure boating opportunities substantially decline. Those five months usually see steady sequential storms rolling in from the Pacific. The calm between the storms is often short. These are the windows in which to cruise comfortably, but you have to be ready to go (and return) during that window. Of... Continue Reading →

South Sound Solo

When Labor Day is over and done, so is recreational boating for most people around here. Yet some of the nicest weather is in September and October, and so is some of the best boating. The crowds are gone and that means you have no trouble finding space at a marina, an empty mooring buoy... Continue Reading →

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