Saturday, March 30, 2013

Haul Out

It's haul out time!  We scheduled our haul out back in January for the last week of March and kept our fingers crossed for sunshine.  The weather gods decided we were worthy of such.  We had nothing but sun for 8 days in a row!  We were able to do our boat chores and get a tan at the same time.  I also came up with a new workout, it's called the boat yard booty buster.  It involves scaling a 20 ft ladder a bazillion times, squatting under the hull with a paint roller, and the Karate Kid wax on wax off was great for my arms. 

This is the last time we will be hauled out prior to our big departure so it was kind of crucial.  We (Jake) sanded the bottom, painted the bottom, waxed the hull, replaced the zincs, lubed the prop, replaced a ball valve on the head seacock, repaired a fiberglass issue on the keel, and put a fresh coat of paint on the head floor and walls.  Whew!  Sounds like a lot of work.  We hauled out on Monday and were back in the water Friday.  We slept well every night thanks to good friends Don & Trudy who let us stay in their basement for the week.  Hannah was thrilled to have a bathtub.  Katelyn flipped through all of the channels on the TV and was fixed on watching black & white westerns and I Love Lucy.  All in all everything went well and we are happy to be floating again.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rodger Dodger

We finally have a dodger!  SV Ohana has never had a dodger.  This was a long overdue investment.  Our next step is having a bimini made that attaches to the dodger.  This will come in handy now for the relentless Washington rain and later for some relief from the tropical sun.  We are making progress!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cruising British Columbia, Canada

This post is well over due, by almost a year.  Last summer the SV 'Ohana crew untied from the dock and spent over a month of uninterrupted cruising within US and Canadian waters, covering both the San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, and the east coast of Vancouver island.

Starting in the southern Gulf Islands, BC working our way up north to Nanaimo, BC and then back south again to the San Juans, we discovered many beautiful destinations. Some of the islands visited included:

South Pender Island (Bedwell Harbor)
North Pender Island (Otter bay)
Galiano Island (Montague Harbor Provincial Park)
Thetis Island (Clam Bay)
Nanaimo (East Coast Vancouver Island)
Newcastle Island Provincial Park
Saltspring Island (Ganges)
Cowichan Bay (East Coast Vancouver Island)
Ladysmith (East Coast Vancouver island)
Sidney (East Coast Vancouver Island)
Victoria (East Coast Vancouver Island)
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, USA
Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, USA
Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island, USA
Turn Island, USA
Clark Island, USA
Orcas Island, USA
Sucia Island, USA