For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #5: I'm Ba-aaack. Part one: The Desolation Sound leg

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-18-2014 04:09 AM 2802 reads 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Time For an Adventure Part 5 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 6: Art that Floats: Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2014 »

The trip to Desolation Sound actually took only eighteen days, due largely to good weather and some scheduling requirements but was an amazing success. Most nights were spent at peaceful anchorages and most days were spent sailing although the motors were used when necessary and marinas were welcomed occasionally for showers and laundry. (and oh yes, ice cream)
Here is the route for the trip. If anyone knows how to post this as an active Google Earth file, it has all my photos geo-tagged on it.

I was planning to run this leg right into the annual Sucia Island Small Boat Rendezvous but had to drop back home for my passport. I was home for a day and then off to Sucia for another six. I’m home now and catching up on what stacked up during almost a month of playing hookey. I’ll be back in the shop soon.

Anyway here a few photos to show what the attraction of a trip to Desolation Sound is.

And a farewell shot of the company on our last day in Montague Harbour on Galiano Island.

Chuck, his crew Suzie Jo, Me (really bad shot), Michael’s crew Heather, and Michael.

I have to apologize for losing the photos from the first half of the trip. That’s why there are no shots of Jamie or Wayward Lass. He left earlier on the day that I accidentally deleted all my photos. :-(

A few short videos:

Self steering in Malaspina Strait

Drifting up to Prideaux Haven

Malaspina Strait again. Baggywrinkle powering through the swell. Friendship is keeping up under sail.

If you still haven’t had enough, there are more photos here.

I’ll post the last (Sucia) leg when I get the photos sorted.

Thanks for looking in.


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

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 04:25 AM

I wish I was there!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 04:29 AM

An amazing part of the world you live in Paul! Thank you very much for sharing these videos, pictures and narrative. You’re not loking to adopt a slightly shopworn woodworker are you? LOL!

-- "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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#3 posted 07-18-2014 04:45 AM

An obvious great trip Paul…It is always good to get away from everything for a while and come back recharged.

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 05:04 AM

Welcome Back, Paul!

Glad you survived and came safely Back!

Looks like y’all had a wonderful trip… and it looks like you had to be very careful on some of those rivers so as to not hit ground! (?)

So peaceful just floating along… quiet noise of the water… very cool!

Thank you for checking back in and your report!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 05:09 AM


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 05:26 AM


I’m truely envious of your ability to go where and when, Simply a beautiful thing sir.! sorry about loosing the pictures

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 05:28 AM

Hey Paul > great images and vids as well. thxs for posting. Your sloop rides beautifully – Nice time of year here in BC to be on the water. Love that area of the coast as well – travelled it many times in my commercial fishing days

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#8 posted 07-18-2014 06:54 AM

Looks like it was a beautiful and fun trip.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 07:14 AM

Not sure Paul, but I think I have seen these pics somewhere else. I’m glad my marquetry mentor is back (if you don’t mind me calling you that).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 07:44 AM

Welcome Back, Paul
awesome trip .know you hate losing those shot but from the ones i saw iy was a great cruise

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 08:48 AM

Looks like a fantastic trip – lucky you!
There is software that can recover your deleted photos. Most camera shops can help there.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#12 posted 07-18-2014 11:06 AM

Welcome back Paul.
Those pictures are just mind blowing. Just wonderful.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 07-18-2014 11:31 AM

From one Sailor to another, nicely done!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#14 posted 07-18-2014 11:38 AM

What a great trip. Nice weather sure helps the enjoyment. Great pics and video, Paul. You just have too much fun!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 07-18-2014 12:45 PM

What a gr8 adventure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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