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Blessing of the Fleet

We had a really fun weekend with our G-Dock buddies for the Blessing of the Fleet in Gig Harbor, WA. We had 9 boats raft back to back with dinghy’s in between. Visiting one side to another always consists of strategic crossing and a little luck. Fortunately we did not have any mishaps and everyone remained dry. Friday and Saturday […]

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Eagle Harbor Weekend

We had a fun weekend anchored and rafted in Eagle Harbor with our good friends on Empress, a 53′ Selene owned by Todd and Melinda Mackey. We arrived early on Saturday and discovered that the public dock has been wonderfully upgraded to include power! What was a fairly short rural public dock is now a fairly long L-shaped dock that […]

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Shilshole Bay

We decided to head a little farther North than usual with our extra time for this 3-day weekend. Originally we had planned to go to Blake Island however with the forecast predicting heavy rain all weekend we thought it better to take the girls somewhere with a little less goose & deer poop, so we set our sights upon Shilshole […]

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TPS – Arabella Rendezvous

Arabella’s was our 1st official outing with the Tacoma Power Squadron this year. A small craft advisory and high winds were expected for our short trip from Chinook Marina and upon arriving heavy rains came down. While I feel we are capable now of docking R Lil’ Ship on our own, its always great to arrive and have lots of help as is the case with the Tacoma Power Squadron group. There are always lots of friendly faces waiting to help out. The weather wasn’t too bad and while cold, we did manage to get out for a good walk, exploring some of Gig Harbor we have not seen before. I think thats one of the things I appreciate about our weekend jaunts on the boat, while we are still working we never have enough time to explore a place fully but everytime we visit for a weekend, we have the opportunity to see something new. Mike was able to find a nice little park and practiced launching his new Mavic Pro 2 drone. He’s practicing in prepartion for our scenic Barclay Sound trip in July. I always love seeing the fishing boats in Gig Harbor and we even got to watch a little otter busy himself along a dock running back and forth. We also took some items over to the Second Wave store for consignment. If you have never been there, it can be a treasure trove of […]

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Poulsbo Winter Rendezvous and Snowmeggedon!

This is our 2nd year attending the Poulsbo Winter Rendezvous. It’s a really fun event that is sponsored by The One Eighty Foundation and many local businesses such as Georgetown Brewery, Elliott Bay Maria and Dock Street Marina to mention a few. This year’s theme was Seks – Year of the Viking. Events range from a glogg fest to a poker run, Viking Olympics, traditional Viking bonfire, Viking parade down Main Street and Fabulous Paella dinner and dancing with a live band. Of course it’s a party and we did a fair bit of that over the course of the weekend with our G-Dock boating buddies despite the forecast of impending snow. If you have never visited Poulsbo you are missing out. It’s a charming town with lots of shops, restaurants, book stores, a quilting store, marine store, walking paths and history. One of our favorite places to go is Sluys Bakery for the delicious pastries and fresh baked goods. This year we went to the Slippery Pig Restaurant for lunch and had a really good Cuban and Pastrami sandwiches, I would highly recommend both! Although it was really cold, everyone initially gathered at the Loft Restaurant for spirits and good company. Little did we all know that this would be the year of SNOWMEGGEDON! While there wasn’t much snow sticking on Friday evening we awoke Saturday to a plethora of snow everywhere. It was fun to watch everyone shoveling […]

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Dock Hopping Weekend – 3 days and 4 stops!

What do you do on a 3-day weekend with no specific plans? Well we decided to dock hop. On Saturday morning, we headed over to Dockton Marina so I could practice pivoting and docking. Following the guidance of Douglas Cochran who is a former Nordhavn owner and has created many handy and informative You tube videos, I set out out to practice. It was a pretty windy day and the first time I tried docking in the wind. For a newby I now know what all the fuss is about when its even a little bit windy and can say the wind is not my friend! After several tries we ended up tying up at Dockton and took the girls (Daisy and Roux – Furbabies) ashore for a stretch. After Dockton we lazily headed over to the “Dock” in Tacoma. Utilizing our wing engine so as to give it some excercise it was a slow but steady progression. Once docked, (and yes I docked again successfully on the 2nd try) we hunkered down as it started to downpour and watched a movie. Later that evening we had dinner and drinks at Rock the Dock Pub and enjoyed some bluesy rock from a local band. On Sunday we left Tacoma and mosied our way over to Gig Harbor and tied up at the Tides restaurant where we met friends to watch the Saints/Rams game. Our team didn’t win but we had […]

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