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2021 Cruising

It has been an unusual cruising season, the first since we moved to Port Ludlow. Moving brings on all sorts of activities that take precedence over getting out on the water for any length of time. Getting the house to where we want it involved some flooring upgrades, repurposing the home office to a third... Continue Reading →

Clean and Waterproof Bimini

The bimini top is situated over the flybridge. Two pieces of Sunbrella canvas fit together and are zip fastened around the tubular stainless steel frame and cinched taut. It helps to protect the flybridge from the weather and bird droppings. It also provides a shady spot from the afternoon sun or to enjoy an evening... Continue Reading →

New Marine Refrigerator

Marine refrigerators are built to operate efficiently. They cool slowly and don't have an energy hogging frost-free feature. Typically the cooling coils are in the top freezer and the cool air from the freezer keeps the refrigerator compartment cool. Like at home, refrigerators operate 24/7 for at least the boating season and sometimes year round... Continue Reading →

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 →

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