For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #4: Time For an Adventure

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-20-2014 12:43 AM 2985 reads 0 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: A Quiet Moment Part 4 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 5: I'm Ba-aaack. Part one: The Desolation Sound leg »

I’m going to be away from LJs for about three weeks if things go as planned. For several months now a few of my friends and I have been planning a cruise about 100 miles north (from Cowichan Bay, my home) to Desolation Sound. The plan is to leave here on Sat the 21st, take about three weeks and end at the annual Sucia Island small boat rendezvous in the San Juan Islands in mid July.

Two of the participants started early having sailed up this far from Oregon. One came up from Astoria through Puget Sound and the other came up the open Pacific coast. They arrive here tomorrow.

What makes this an adventure is that we are all sailing small boats and oh yes, there are no actual youngsters among us, just a bunch of old farts working on their bucket lists.

(Before you ask, yes they are all wooden boats.)

The participants will be:

Chuck in his 26’ Bristol Channel Cutter, Baggywrinkle (the “big boat”).

Michael in Belle Starr, a 23’ Stone Horse design.

Jamie in the smallest boat, a twenty foot Chebacco named Wayward Lass

And of course me and my beloved 21’ Friendship Sloop, Friendship

I’m quite eager to get started and anticipate a great time. I just hope my old bones are up to it. This will be by far the longest period I have spent aboard at one time.

Wish me luck and I’ll catch up with everyone when I get back.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 12:47 AM

Enjoy Paul and be safe out there.

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 12:51 AM

Travel safe this looks to be a terrific experience.

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 12:59 AM

Wow Paul,

Have a great adventure! Don’t forget anything. Especially the flotation devices! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-20-2014 01:00 AM

What a fun adventure, what out for whales

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 01:23 AM

Pleasant sailing my friend. I wish I could sail the the northeast Pacific tides and all.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 01:36 AM

Well looks like you and FRIEDSHIP are going to get a good workout .

I wish you all a safe passage .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 01:37 AM

Good luck, Paul and wishing you safe travels and good seas!!...........cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-20-2014 01:41 AM

Go well friend & most of all have a blast, cheers

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 06-20-2014 02:02 AM

Have a safe trip my friend, times like these are what retirement is all about. Enjoy!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 06-20-2014 02:11 AM

Have a safe trip Paul, and enjoy crossing off another bucket list item!

Whatever is Elinor going to do without you for 3 weeks?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 06-20-2014 02:20 AM

bon voyage my friend, may the wind be in your sails, and God bless you all to be safe and to have a wonderful time, i look forward to a report of this outing…maybe a book “OLD FARTS STILL HAVE THERE WIND”

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 06-20-2014 02:29 AM

JUST A THOUGHT, i guess its to late now but a small chevy for out on the seas is too late now, but i guess your attention to sailing will be your lot…maybe take some wood to whittle on at night, there must be sawdust out on the sea…lol..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 06-20-2014 02:47 AM

Wow! That sounds like a great trip. I hope you take lots of pictures for us to see on your safe return!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 06-20-2014 03:15 AM

Paul…Sounds like a great adventure and good time for the soul…Have FUN…!

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