Gone Floatabout

Sailing, Photography, Wilderness


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Departure! June 24, 2014

Seth bends on the jib just after leaving Port Angeles

Seth bends on the jib just after leaving Port Angeles

After trouble-shooting the autopilot and heater, doing some last minute provisioning, and filling up with fuel and water, Seth and I and Celeste headed out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca on June 24 for our big adventure!

It was a dead calm day, fortunately and unusually, as the wind had been blowing about 20-30 knots from the west (the direction we were headed) almost every day since our arrival in Port Angeles. It was a great opportunity to test out our Yanmar and our new autopilot, watch the Olympic mountains pass by on one side and Vancouver Island on the other, and try to identify the many birds we were seeing around us.

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The Launch! June 18, 2014

Wee boat in big Travelift!

Wee boat in big Travelift!

On the big day, June 18, Seth and I arrived at Platypus Marine at 7am to find the ‘heavy lifting crew’ already stepping our mast. We scrambled up the ladder to help with guiding it in and attaching the stays. Stepping the mast had been delayed until the day of our launch because we’d found by a pretty minimal hammer hit that the old mast step on the keel was corroded into aluminum dust. We had a new one shipped overnight from Rhode Island (we were thrilled to find we could purchase one at all—the mast is no longer manufactured) and then had to affix it, being super careful to bed the stainless steel machine screws to prevent future corrosion. But all that was now behind us and we were actually stepping the mast!

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