City of Destiny

Tacoma is located 25 miles by water and 31 miles by road south of Seattle. It adopted its name from nearby Mount Rainier which was originally called Tahoma. It is locally known as the “City of Destiny” because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late […]

Langley, Whales, and Gig Harbor

This post covers two short trips in late March, one to Langley with Cathleen to search for gray whales and the other to Gig Harbor with Dale's son Evan. The Langley Marina is officially known as the Port of South Whidbey at Langley, on the inside of Whidbey Island a few miles north of the... Continue Reading →

Replacing the Battery Charger

Fiddler needs a lot of batteries, especially since spending time away from marinas in beautiful anchorages without running the generator is something we like to do. Here is a list of the batteries on board and what they are used for: 2 size 8D for starting the main engines and operating DC loads at anchor... Continue Reading →

Winter Cruise to Bell Harbor

It's February so it must be time for snow and the first cruise of the year. Bellevue received record snowfall this winter. The temperature spent an unusually lengthy time below freezing so the three consecutive storms just piled up the snow. Here is a picture of our cozy house after the second storm. One more... Continue Reading →

Replacing the Water Heater

Included in "all the comforts of home" boating is hot water. So it is unfortunate that our water heater sprung a leak. But it is fortunate that it occurred toward the end of the fair weather boating season. The water was slowly leaking from the bottom of the heater which, according to internet researching, is... Continue Reading →

Fueling up and running out

Elliott Bay Marina is convenient for getting fuel. Simply take the boat to the next dock over and fill it up. The cost for this convenience is paying about a 30% premium over the prices of less convenient fuel docks in the area. For example, the Port of Poulsbo is 16 miles away and sells... Continue Reading →

Replacing the Wash Down Pump

This is very exciting! We use the powerful wash down pump to spray the mud and debris off the anchor and chain when it is retrieved. If we didn't do that, the mud and debris would get all over the bow and collect in the chain locker that is located at the head of our... Continue Reading →

Six Seasons of Cruising

I keep a log of all trips and record the distance, destination, hours on the engines, and activities/events along the way. We have had Fiddler for six seasons of cruising and I was interested to look at some statistics. Over the six years we took a total of 95 trips, from just a few hours... Continue Reading →

PNW DeFever Rendezvous

Fiddler is a DeFever 46 Raised Pilothouse. It was designed by Arthur DeFever who is often credited with introducing the concept of trawler-type yachts for pleasure cruising. Design features duplicated from his early commercial tuna clippers include a high bow, raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, long keels, weight and stability. He died in 2013 at the... Continue Reading →

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