Replacing the Cooling Pump

With the rainy and windy weather, I have plenty of time to work on projects. This week I replaced the cooling pump and raw water hoses attached to it. The cooling pump draws sea water and pumps it through the three reverse cycle AC/heat units, then over the side. It was showing signs of corrosion... Continue Reading →


Caprail I've been waiting for a stretch of three days of dry weather and it finally came last week. The caprail has taken a beating this summer and it shows. It gets scuffed, the sun fades and dulls it, and I scratch it hauling in the kayaks. Fiddler's caprail is made of fiberglass. Many boats... Continue Reading →

Final Summer Outing

The last weekend in September is the beginning of fall, but the weather is summer-like for a couple of more days with expected highs near 80 degrees. So rather than stay at home and do chores, we opted to go out on the boat for a couple of nights and enjoy the last of the... Continue Reading →

Birthdays in Port Ludlow

Our friends Samantha (Sam) and David have birthdays about a week apart. Sam's was last week and David's is this weekend so we invited them to go on a boat trip to celebrate! We left Saturday afternoon and three and a half hours later were docked at Port Ludlow. Port Ludlow is 27 miles north... Continue Reading →

Gig Harbor 2.0

Cathleen's brother Alan, wife Susan, and kids Calvin and Jay, recently spent a week with us. They enjoyed going to the Museum of Flight, MoPop, the Boeing factory tour, the Seattle Underground tour, and the Living Computer Museum. We also took Fiddler on an overnight trip to Gig Harbor. Jay bravely learned to kayak. The... Continue Reading →


Our nephew Trace and his girlfriend Megan visited us from Utah and wanted to go on a short boat trip. One of our favorite locations for a short trip in the Puget Sound area is Poulsbo, a town of Norwegian heritage. They have a couple of nice marinas and a huge bay, Liberty Bay, in... Continue Reading →

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is both a bay on Puget Sound and a town on its shore.  It is located 21 miles south of Seattle and is a popular place for recreational boaters to visit. Not only is it a quick 3 hour boat trip, but there are several good marinas, restaurants, and parks within walking distance... Continue Reading →

Merchant Mariner Credential

Known generically as a Captains License, it is officially a Merchant Mariner Credential issued by the US Coast Guard National Maritime Center.  There are different levels.  The entry level is an OUPV or Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel, commonly referred to as a "six pack" because it allows you to carry up to six... Continue Reading →

Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

In 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, FDR issued Executive Order 9066 giving authorities the right to remove and confine potentially dangerous or suspicious individuals, including American citizens, from military areas.  Anyone who violated the order was subject to imprisonment and fines.  They almost immediately decided it was necessary to remove Japanese Americans from... Continue Reading →

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