Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ready, set....

...go.  Well, almost.  My departure is set for tomorrow morning.  The boat is loaded with food, safety gear, spare parts, clothing, and everything else that one needs for four months of living.  Gas and water tanks are full and the boat is floating in the water (albeit a bit low on her lines) ready for an early morning departure.

Ready to go

Just about every compartment is full

The plan is to leave Twin Bridges around 7:00 AM, clear Canadian customs at Bedwell Harbour, and then head up to Nanaimo.  Depending on how the conditions are on the Strait of Georgia we may head across and up to Powell River, or we may overnight in Nanaimo.

A friend from high school, Sam Magaram, will be along for the trip up to Ketchikan.  He's spent time on the boat before and is familiar with the difficulties that one encounters when living in a small place in constant motion.

Here's a schedule of the trip with dates that I need to be in various places.  While I would hate to miss any of these visits, I refuse to jeopardize my safety because of airline schedules.

6/1-Depart Anacortes
6/15-Sam M. departs Ketchikan
6/20-Ben (my older brother) arrives in Petersburg
6/27-Ben departs Juneau
6/29-7/5-Glacier Bay National Park permit
7/3-Peter (twin brother) and Grandma fly to Gustavus
7/6-Peter and Grandma fly out of Gustavus
7/11-Jeff (uncle) arrives in Sitka
7/15-Dad arrives in Sitka
7/16-Jeff departs Sitka
7/23-Dad departs Wrangell

After that I'll head back through British Columbia, hopefully completing a trip down the West Coast of Vancouver Island in the process.  Without any guests flying in or out, it should be a more relaxed trip.

The next post should be after we're underway!  I'll switch the SPOT on when we get underway tomorrow so take a look here if you want to see my current location at any time.


  1. This sounds like one crazy adventure! I wish you the best of luck and
    mainly that you stay warm :) Hello to Mr.Magaram as well, a fine sailor and gentleman of the sea. I hope for lots of pictures lots of posts maybe even some vids, can't wait to see the rest of your adventure :)

  2. Oh, how I admire your great sense of adventure, Sam! Looks like you have done some thorough planning, keeping safety in mind. Despite the fact that I am WAY across the States in Maryland, I feel as though I'm right there with you. Thanks SO much for the posts and photos which are wonderful. Nice to see a "Dreamer" living their dreams!!!

    "It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys." —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Enjoy your adventure!

    Patti DiMiceli

  3. Wishing you safe travels, Sam (and crew). Try to stay flexible with that schedule where you can. We'll be "following along."

    Best wishes,
    Jim B.

  4. Great adventures, Just purchased a manson supreme 15lb. I know you use this anchor,do you attach shackle in slide slot or single hole? Ever have any problems pulling anchor in different condition rock soil ect? Thanks

  5. I've always used the single hole. No problems getting the anchor to set in any bottom I've found, except once in very thick kelp. Never any problems pulling the anchor up, but it does bring a lot of the bottom up with it!

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