On the way out the strait we noticed our genoa stitching along the luff come away in one area so we decided to stop at Neah Bay to top up on fuel and Sue applied her new repair skills . Looks like we will have to visit Quantum sails in San Francisco for a restitch!!! Neah Bay marina has lots of empty space at the dock and were very nice only charging us 1/2 day to do all we needed. Josh is super excited to get going and the next few days look good with easterlies to 25 knots to start turning north east to 15 knots. Adesso is pumped!!
Is all this fun really happening? The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show was much more than we expected:
Beautiful wooden boats! – old (i.e. late 1800’s), new, tiny, large tall ships. Walking onboard and ducking inside some of the older vessels gives the feeling of stepping back into history.
Informative and entertaining talks and demonstrations! – I got some very useful sail maintenance tips in the Hasse Sail Loft.
Creative boat wood working projects! – SUP boards, surf boards, mini float homes, etc
Great Food and Venues! – my favourite venue was a portable bar that looked kinda like a stage coach aptly named the “Wee Nip”, replete with bar tender pirate characters.
Art and Wood Crafts! – gorgeous wood craftsmanship
In addition to all this it was Port Townsend itself, an upbeat, funky-artsy seaside town with lots of old houses, wooden boats in the harbour and a kick-ass farmers market! The people were fantastic. To top it all off we got to share some of this with Cortes Island friends who stayed for a sleep over with 7 of us bunked down on Adesso. No problemo! Also one representative from our home port in Comox – Stuart Mckenzie could be seen moving between the Wee Nip and Bar Harbour …
The day after clearing into the US looked a little wet so we decided to take Barry and Irene McPhee’s (met on Prevost Island) advice and check out Rosario on Orcas Island. What a great idea that was – for small fee we received a mooring and access to the spa – hot tub, outdoor pool, and indoor saltwater pool. The building has a fantastic history and if you appreciate woodwork it will impress. Originally built by the owner of the Seattle Shipyard which built the last Victory class warship for the US navy. Those skill craftsmen were then put to work on Orcas so every where you look you see their handy work. While it rained outside we took in the spa, the building and even sat in the bar to play cribbage and of course have a beer. A wonderful place to check out if you are ever in the area.
After leaving our old and new friends on Prevost Island we sailed off to clear into the US. SE 15-20 had us with one reef in the main , hard on the wind doing 8 knots + !! After beating up Haro straight, finding all the weak stowage spots, Roche Harbour was chosen as our point of entry into the United States. The customs dock was VERY busy, OOPS, the last day of a long weekend might not have been the best choice of days to clear in. Customs was jammed up with boats with out proper paperwork … but after an hour of waiting for all the computer work to be done, we received a 1 year cruising permit for the US. Yeah!!
Here we go, southbound! Left Comox and we are currently in Rosario on Orcas Island (on the recommendation of new friends) via: Henry Bay, Jedediah, Thetis, Mill Bay, Portland Island, Prevost Island, Roche Harbour, and now Rosario. But lets back up.
Super fun times in Glenthorne Inlet, Prevost Island with Wendy, Hubert, Roland, Ruth, Irene and Barry! So fortunate to have such wonderful friends to share experience with! Rafted up to Osprey with Baron Rouge Rafted up on the other side we settled ourselves in for happy times! Prevost is a beautiful island and we were able to access all of it through Hubert who has a farming history with the family who owns most of the island. Walking amongst old growth trees, meadows cleared in the 70’s, mossy bluffs adorned by majestic arbutus … well it just filled!
Being with kindred-soul-friends also filled, all of us… mostly with laughter! Sailor-folk-of-modest-boat are sooooo easy to amuse! A napkin on board Adesso struck Ruth’s fancy and away we went! Hats, ties, headbands, leg warmers, cravats….Okay, maybe you had to be there….
We charged our youngest crew to come up with a theme song for the trip. Over the years we have had many songs that became attached to our boat of the time. So we needed to come up with a theme for Adesso Adventures! Josh did a great job. Coffee in the morning, engine started, we blast this theme song and the crew is fully engaged for adventure!!
Our trusty two year old inflatable, one of the many cheaper PVC dinghy’s made in China, was showing signs of sun damage. That terrible sticky surface including the high pressure floor was like walking on masking tape all the time – not to mention the dirt! In an effort not to spend money Sue undertook the job of making chaps and I put indoor outdoor carpet on the floor for sun protection. Wow what a difference our dinghy looked like it had a new life in its new suit of clothes, but that was to be short lived!
During lunch on a rather hot summer day, I hear a loud POP! What could that be I thought – then went on with lunch. Later doing a project at the stern of the boat I noticed the dinghy floor had collapsed and even worse, on a second look, determined it had popped like a balloon. Still trying to save money I tried to patch the rip ( a rather large patch ), but alas the floor would not hold its shape. I suppose its better for this to happen here rather than some far off port where replacement would be difficult… however, this represented another ‘ouch!’ to the budget. We decided not to buy another soft bottom dinghy and spring for a hypalon to get the extra life in the sun. Campbell River, Boatland were very accommodating and we now have a 9 foot AB RIB. I must say it is a major improvement: aluminum bottom, hypalon construction, and much better performance. We have named her Amico di Adesso – Friend of Adesso and even bought her a set of wheels for those beach landings!
Since Adesso became ours the AC switching has always been hard to understand. We have two 30 amp Shore power lines and two AC panels, a generator and inverter. Switching between sources was handled by a Blue Sea rotary switch that was wired in such a way that we could not charge our house batteries with the generator, frustrating. I finally determined that Blue Sea made a switch designed to do exactly what we need so the swap began. What a shock (haha) to discover that the way the old switch was wired – ground wires from all sources to the same terminal, were a melted mess. I was very lucky to avoid a fire!!! New switch installed things are much better and yes when we have to run the generator it will charge our house batteries!!!
Last fall I got all broody and found myself wandering into pet stores looking at kittens. I assured Ted that I was just getting a temporary fix of baby kitties out of my system, not to worry! It was definitely going to pass! Right! So here is Kayto. He is shy but relaxed. and named after Kato on the Pink Panther as he likes to spring out and attack things …particularly Tilly (she got such a surprise jumping aboard one day, that her sure-footed foot faltered and she did a wild-eyed plunge between dock and boat – dignity was restored eventually, but i’m afraid a little love was lost between our fur children). Kayto has been aboard since he was 4 months old, and has so far proven himself a sailor. So off we go with Kayto!
So glad our sweet girl found such a loving happy home! Thank you Elaine and Joanne! Tiilicum loves to be with us on the boat….at the dock. Underway, she shakes and shoots us with these ‘suffering-looks’; she is not a happy sailor. So we decided to leave Tilly behind. We will miss her as she lives the the high life with Aunty Elaine and Aunty Joanne in the Comox Valley!