SV Meriwether Blog

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The Bay Area pt1

Upon arrival, Kerri and I spent a few days in the Aquatic Park anchorage. Partly for rest, but also because we both recognize that anchoring “under” San Francisco is a bucket list item for many people, and we should feel the same way. It also allowed us to step off the boat and visit a couple staples in our part...

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Sailing down the west coast, pt 2

Our stop in Crescent City took three days, where we restocked some groceries, did some laundry, and had a nice visit with Kerri’s Aunt for an afternoon. We only hung around that long to wait out that big weather system sitting just outside the San Francisco Bay. No need for us to go barreling directly into it, so wait we...

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Sailing down the west coast, pt 1

A quick road trip – thanks to a borrowed van from good friends in PT – to pick up my Nephew down near Bainbridge Island also resulted in the last minute purchase of a second hand whisker pole (carbon fiber pole I might add, super cool). Combined with all the boat work – planned and unplanned – over the last...

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Port Townsend for the last time

We were under no delusion that we would get to raise a sail on the day we crossed back into the United States. From Victoria to our final destination of Port Townsend was a cool 35 nautical miles, all of which was forecast to have not even the slightest of a breeze. So, Kerri worked down below while I kept...

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Completing Canada

With just over a week to get to our scheduled haul-out in Port Townsend, we had to keep moving. Though we initially planned to visit Vancouver, we chose to bypass it to spend a couple days in Victoria instead. This route would bring us through BC’s Gulf Islands, on the South East side of Vancouver Island. But first, we had...

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Visiting the princess

We saved our final “big ticket” adventure in Canada for last; Princess Louisa Inlet. It is talked about by anyone that has sailed around the Puget Sound or British Columbia as a must-do location. It is easy enough to see images of it from past visitors and know that it is worth the effort, and an effort it is –...

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Total Desolation

We didn’t know it at the time we signed on to this new route, but we soon found out that it brought us through the a trifecta of rapids, the first of which we had already passaged. Ahead lie two more – Dent Rapids and Yuculta Rapids – both of which came with dire warnings about timing our arrival at...

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Headed off route

Even with us feeling the crunch on time to get to Port Townsend to get a bunch of work done on the boat before heading offshore, we felt the need to take the long way up and around, instead of take the normal – and fast – Johnstone Strait. This didn’t start until a few minutes before leaving Port Harvey,...

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In search of new adventures

We were already on our way south out of the Broughtons after spending a few days within the archipelago, one of which may or may not haveĀ  included a birthday. It did, in fact, include a rare two-night stay in a single anchorage to catch up on some work and rest, and a visit to an abandoned native village. The...

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Meeting the Broughtons

We were already feeling the crunch. The crunch to make it to Port Townsend by our scheduled haul-out at the end of August. But we had only just arrived in the area that contains endless islands and inlets to explore. Down the entire 300+ mile length of Vancouver Island is a boater’s paradise [in the summer], yet we only had...