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2016 in Review

2016 was not a good year for a lot of people. Mine got better as it went on. In the first part of the year a ten-year relationship came to an end, and for all the difficulties of that time … Continue reading

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Putting the “Shake” in “Shakedown”

I took Murrelet out for a shakedown cruise this weekend, to Plumper Cove, a local marine park on Keat’s Island on the Northwest side of the entrance to Howe Sound. It’s an easy day sail from here, about five hours … Continue reading

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Some Other Rules

The title of this post is an extremely obscure joke: sum rules for total transition strength are a way of accounting for all possible transitions without actually measuring them individually. They serve as a sanity check on both theory and … Continue reading

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Gulf Islands: II

I took Carrie to the Gulf Islands over the August long weekend, taking a vacation day to lengthen the trip further. The sail over was the canonical experience of “standing fully clothed in a cold shower ripping up $100 bills.” … Continue reading

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Summer Trips: Gulf Islands I

Hilary has also blogged about this trip which was, as she says, awesome. I grew up in Nanaimo and spent a lot of time in the Gulf Islands, so this was a return to my home ground. It was as … Continue reading

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Summer Trips: Frenchman’s Cove

I’m way behind on blogging summer trips. The first was over the July 1st long weekend with Carrie, up the Sunshine Coast. This region, north of Vancouver, gets much less rainfall than the rest of coastal BC, as it is … Continue reading

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Plumper Cove

Plumper Cove is a BC marine park on Keats Island, which is in the mouth of Howe Sound between Bowen Island and Gibsons. The weather this April has been unseasonably cold and wet, but the weather forecast was good for … Continue reading

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Halket Bay

Halket Bay is the eastern-most bay on Gambier Island, just past Bowen Island in the mouth of Howe Sound. There’s a marine park in that wraps around much of the bay, interrupted by some private land on the eastern shore. … Continue reading

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Marine Maintenance

The Gulf 32 has Universal 32 HP diesel, model 40 (which is also model 5432). It is mounted immediately below the aft companionway and accessible by raising the floor-boards, if by “accessible” one means “can been seen.” There are two … Continue reading

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Prop Walk

I’m learning about backing up sailboats, a topic I thought I knew a good deal about before I found myself backing up a full-keel sloop that appeared to have a mind of its own. I’ve sailed mostly lighter boats under … Continue reading

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