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Jul
2
2009

Dispatch 14a: pictures from Maui and Oahu

When I met Paul and Sam on Maui, getting out to “Indigo” was interesting.  From talking to a staffer at Kahului (the port of entry), there are a small private marina and about 7 or 8 mooring buoys at Lahaina. Unfortunately, it turned out that a few days before, the buoys had been inspected and […]

Jul
8
2009

Dispatch 15: Odds & Ends and Maui to Kaua’i

Dispatch 15 sent 7/8/09: Paul said that the passage from Cabo to Maui was uneventful. Sam continued catching fish, so they had fresh fish (mostly mahimahi) nearly every day. They were each on watch for 8 hours during the day and 4 hours at night, so both got enough sleep during that leg. As you […]

Aug
4
2009

Dispatch 18: Home at Last (and some statistics)

Dispatch 18 sent 8/4/09 (Pt Townsend!): I picked Paul up in Port Townsend yesterday. He and crew arrived Sunday night around 9 pm. It took them 24 days to get from Kaua’i to Pt Townsend. The weather was generally benign for most of the passage, other than a few days with light to no wind, […]

Jan
17
2011

Not at sea: in Costa Rica, dispatch 1

2/16/10: Paul and I are on a two-week trip in Costa Rica, to get away from the possible cold and snow of the PNW. (Of course, we had snow at Thanksgiving – no snow forecast there for now, but when you make plans, you can only make a guess as to the weather both in […]

Jan
18
2011

Not at Sea: Costa Rica, dispatch 2

12/20/10: Another boat ride, this time from Tortuguero to the port city of Limon, then a long taxi ride to the southern Caribbean port city of Cahuita. The boat ride was a lot of fun. Willis was the captain and only crew member, and he picked us up, then another couple at another dock. Although […]

Jan
18
2011

CR: Exploratory Trip Dispatch 1

12/6 – 12/18: This trip to Costa Rica (CR) is very different from our previous trip a year ago. We were tourists, viewing everything through the eyes of a tourist; now, we’re visiting as potential residents. Before leaving for CR, I’d arranged for two pet-friendly B & Bs for the first ten days of our […]

Aug
2
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 1

Before I do an actual trip dispatch, I thought that it might be of interest to talk about the whole process of moving aboard and about our new boat.  “Dragon’s Wing” is the sixth boat we’ve owned, and the first one on the east coast. We have done extensive sailing on the west coast, beginning […]

Aug
3
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 3

7/9/11 Owl’s Cove After 11 days in Halifax, awaiting various boat projects to be completed, the new holding tank was installed, and Paul was itching to leave because conditions were good and were forecast to deteriorate (in a bigger way than we expected, but more on that later). We really got to know much of […]

Aug
4
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 5

7/21 St Peters to Iona, NS We had an easy time crossing Chedabucto Bay to the entrance to the Bras d’Or Lakes at St Peter’s, where there’s a small canal and lock to go through.. Paul radio’d the lock tender who directed us to tie up beside the concrete wall to await the opening of […]

Aug
20
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 8

8/15/11: Bar Harbor, ME We got to Shelburne, NS, around 1530 (3:30 pm), washed practically everything we brought with us, showered, and when the marina manager found out that we were intending to leave at midnight, declined to charge us for moorage. Due to a very noisy party on a big powerboat across the dock […]