- RT @Nanaimo_YCSS: The Advantages of Chartering From Nanaimo Yacht Charters https://t.co/lvMHLyBggi 2017-01-22
- RT @illustratedword: WIld, winter fruit growing in Whitemud Ravine. #yeg #yegfruit @YEGRiverValley https://t.co/YhAGy4bCTB 2017-01-23
- RT @IanSheldonArt: Love the installation at Elevation Gallery show opening today @ArtsCanmore #yegarts https://t.co/vvr8nPhDJt 2017-01-23
- RT @theboozephiles: The Cosmopolitan – Version 2 https://t.co/GSnNXcN8ik https://t.co/uyoby1p6vG 2017-01-23
- RT @Nanaimo_YCSS: We are delighted to welcome a Grand Banks to our charter fleet. "Cabaret 1" has been meticulously maintained and… http… 2017-01-23
- RT @jkdegen: Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents launched! https://t.co/5bl5le1H85 – seeking best practices and fair contr… 2017-01-23
- RT @glasshouseholes: Hey everyone! Awesome news if you haven't already heard! We're open on Wednesdays now for dinner! So come in and stop… 2017-01-24
- RT @hughmcguire: If all public appearances get this treatment, I might be able to make it through the next 4 (or 20) years. https://t.co/pT… 2017-01-24
- RT @Transport_gc: Improving tracking & radar capacity w/ six new radar sites in strategic locations on #OurCoasts in #BC https://t.co/aojUt… 2017-01-24
- @lavermeer https://t.co/TFqlQAKVqD 2017-01-24
- RT @ABbookpub: Culture contributed $5.7 Billion to Alberta’s economy in 2014. https://t.co/vtMhhZR8CN 2017-01-24
- RT @YourAlberta: Hiring a student? Apply for a $7/hour wage subsidy through the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) by Feb 24. https… 2017-01-25
- RT @glasshouseholes: We got a new layout to our dinning room which will let us better accommodate large groups! Which we love to host! http… 2017-01-25
- RT @rgay: I guess the news out. Everythjng I need to say is in my statement. I can afford to take this stand. Not everyone can. Remember th… 2017-01-25
- RT @MikeHudema: Now 40+ rogue US govt Twitter accounts dedicated to sharing facts, #science, truth https://t.co/8OF6PV6gQP #StandForScience… 2017-01-26
- RT @torbooks: Read an excerpt from the next #Incrementalists novel by @StevenBrust & @SkylerWhiteSkye: https://t.co/xA6VfvK3Rc https://t.co… 2017-01-28
- RT @theboozephiles: Giving the "traditional" martini a try. Stirred, not shaken' https://t.co/FmMrG9208C 2017-01-15
- RT @thejuby: Anyone want to help save the Linley Bluffs in Nanaimo? Developer has applied to turn wilderness filled with wetlands into subd… 2017-01-16
- RT @lavermeer: Review: Downside Up https://t.co/6wlTugQaaL https://t.co/qSF703aUqq 2017-01-16
- RT @theboozephiles: The Bernardo https://t.co/m2TKmFxwXi https://t.co/FRnjkDJo7N 2017-01-16
- RT @CBCLarsen: After snowpocalypse and icepocalypse and meltpocalypse comes potholepocalypse #mystreet https://t.co/vIRJWtHlH3 2017-01-17
- RT @EPLdotCA: Oh, bother! We almost forgot it's #WinnieThePoohDay! We've got plenty of this lovable bear in our collection: https://t.co/7n… 2017-01-18
- RT @Nanaimo_YCSS: Tune in next Saturday for more great footage on our spectacular coast – PowerBoat Television #powerboating… https://t.c… 2017-01-18
- RT @BCFerrys: "Life is delays." – Buddha 2017-01-18
- Mid winter checkup – https://t.co/JUUts5RKgE 2017-01-19
- RT @historyepics: A rejection letter Bono received from a record label in 1979. https://t.co/zpSrszP2Hy 2017-01-19
- RT @historyepics: Threat of excommunication to thieves of books in the library of the university of Salamanca (Spain) https://t.co/4iWRyOS2… 2017-01-19
- RT @jeffsamsonow: Good morning, all! I'm starting a new Edmonton magazine. Give it a follow, would ya? @yegQuotient 2017-01-19
- Supervising dinner is hard work. https://t.co/oQOQD0KKvP 2017-01-19
- RT @PajamaPress1: @sljournal says The Wolves Return works "to counteract the “big bad wolf” image of these necessary predators" #kidlit #bo… 2017-01-20
- RT @KikiFolle: hey friends,can you spread the Bywords.ca call for submission around? subs are low. @bywordsdotca bywords.ca for guidelines;… 2017-01-20
Actually after years at working in a greenhouse I tend to think of this time of year as spring — we’d have finished cleaning out the winter crop of poinsettias and well into planting and seeding crops for the coming summer. It’s stuck with me much to the consternation and confusion of friends and family alike. So, this past week the 2017 Waggoner’s came out — you can pick up your free digital version here and I also decided to take advantage of a Boat Show special and pick up the complete set of Salish Sea Pilots for only $34.95 CAD. And since it’s “spring” and we decided not to head to the Vancouver Boat Show this weekend, I thought I’d start on some 2017 cruising planning.
Our intention, now that the boat is committed to charter, is to try and sail as much as possible from the time exams are over (mid to late April) until the first of July and then leave the boat for charter clients in the high season: July, August and September. Our early season cruise last year turned out just fine and L and I don’t mind the cooler weather, especially since it comes with a dearth of crowds. The first hiccup in that plan however was a couple of weeks ago when NYCSS called me up and asked if they could have the boat for the 19th of June. And, since we had intended an extended cruise beforehand, could they have it several days earlier to do the extra cleaning needed for the turnaround. We talked it over and decided that we could make that work; luckily the exam schedule this year works so that we could head to the coast mid April if we do want full two months for ourselves.
And that brings up the first question. Do we want to go cruising for two full months or do we want to just head out for shorter stints? So far I have no commitments that will stop us from heading out, but that also means I will have to turn down anything that comes up between now and then — something I am leery to commit to. If we only go for a shorter period we would likely stay in the Gulf Islands or maybe the San Juans, but there are still plenty of new places left to explore.
The 2017 Hunter Rendezvous is June 1–4 this year and it was a lot of fun the first time we went; I wouldn’t mind doing it again. I’ve also semi-committed the boat to a “boy’s weekend” in Schooner Cove in mid-May which would give me chance to show her off to a bunch of old friends and have some fun. If I did both of these things it would mean making at least two trips out if we didn’t decide to go for the duration. Driving over and over again can get wearying and flying gets expensive (although we would definitely have to drive the first time to haul our gear). For now all we are doing is marking dates on a calendar.
Two months might seem like a lot of time to cruise considering we did Vancouver to the Broughtons and back in a 3 week trip a few years ago, but we’ve finally learned to slow down. As charterers ourselves we got caught up in the moving-to-a-new-place-everyday idea since time was limited, but there is a lot to be said of swinging on the hook for three or four days and leisurely taking in all the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. We are definitely converts to taking it slow. I don’t think I would want to do the trip to the Broughtons in less than a month now and even six weeks seems like a minimum. But with potentially 8 weeks available, where would we like to go?
Exploring Puget Sound is high on my list, but preliminary research makes a lot of it out to be more marina hopping than anchoring out, and we are looking to maintain last year’s ratio of four or five to one (nights anchored to nights on dock). This is because we want to a) save money and b) get the aforementioned “slow” time in. I haven’t ruled it out yet and my visit to Anacortes on NorthWest Passage intrigued me so maybe we will at least give the northern reaches of Puget a try.
I also wanted to spend time in False Creek (Vancouver) last year and we never did. You can pick up a two-week anchoring permit for free online and it might be nice to hang out in Vancouver just for fun. We’ve only ever been at Specialty Yacht Sales’ docks on Granville Island and that was more business than pleasure. it’s pretty central and from there we could head up Indian Arm, Howe Sound, cross back to the Gulf Islands or cruise south into the U.S. All good possibilities.
Desolation Sound is also within pretty easy reach, although last year we were at least a month kicking around there and I enjoyed the pace so I wouldn’t want to do it any faster. But there are still plenty of new places to explore and tons of old ones that I would love to revisit. Definitely a possibility if we decided to take the whole two months. And staying in the Gulf Islands or revisiting Victoria whether we only have two weeks or manage an extended trip is a similar situation, still tons of places to explore.
And of course we could head north to the Broughtons. I haven’t yet looked to see who might not be open in early May and I know the weather would still be quite cold and wet, but if we commit to the whole two months I might be tempted to give it a try. I really love it up there.
Other, less likely, possibilities include circumnavigating Vancouver Island, Heading up the Strait of Juan de Fuca and visiting the Broken Group or Ucluelet or heading up to Bella Bella or Ocean Falls. Any of these might require some investment in equipment and a good weather window but I won’t say no just yet. My successful trip down the coast to LA has made me a bit more adventurous.
I will probably do another post on my “wishlist” for the boat as it is growing more and more extensive, but I do need to consider how much work I want to do on the boat at some point. The more work, the later we take off from the docks. One of the high points of having Never for Ever in charter is that she will be prepped and ready to cruise when we step on the dock. and I don’t actually have to do anything.
But having said that, I do want to do some of the work myself since there are still lots of things about her that I have yet to learn. Ian and the crew at NYCSS are working on my leaky windlass over the winter (they are still hoping to source parts to rebuild it so I don’t have to replace it) and I would like to reinstall it myself. She also has the wiring (and a dvd player) already installed for a tv so I am thinking of buying a cheap 12v unit and mounting it on the bulkhead. The rest of the projects come down to money and I will have to start budgeting.
Luckily we don’t have to decide anything final just yet. The boat is reserved for our use until June 17th and the only pressing thing to consider is registering for the Rendezvous. But Lawrence is adept at squeezing boats in and as much as he’d like us to register early I don’t think he would turn us away if we put it off.
So what does that mean? Well I (we) will continue to think up plans until the perfect one comes along and then we will head out and enjoy our first season as absentee owners. The only thing for sure is that we will go sailing for at least three weeks and then who knows…maybe will get stuck in some far off port. It wouldn’t be the worst thing.
- RT @archpics: User experience vs design https://t.co/yDWxJMrneM 2017-01-08
- RT @DanaSchwartzzz: I just googled what owls look like without feathers and I am severely shook https://t.co/B12IJ1atYl 2017-01-08
- RT @ABbookpub: Support Alberta publishing. Diversify the economy. #ableg #abpoli https://t.co/xWE7ZXQWtH 2017-01-09
- RT @lavermeer: #Reading today: FISH TAILS by Sheri S. Tepper. A strange journey to help humans prepare for apocalyptic climate change. #fan… 2017-01-09
- RT @Nanaimo_YCSS: She's here and in time for the Vancouver Boat Show.
The brand new Lagoon 42 is being discharged from her ship… https://… 2017-01-09
- RT @lavermeer: Review: Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles https://t.co/m1bYwo3YaJ https://t.co/OheANS5q3x 2017-01-09
- RT @narratist: Treepedia maps your city's trees, street by street: https://t.co/NTBXcV7OqQ 2017-01-09
- RT @ryanjespersen: Politicians would be well-served to remember there are more votes in the moderate (reasonable) middle than at the extrem… 2017-01-09
- RT @Copyediting: Join our February Master Class and learn the nuances of editing for young readers! https://t.co/zzVjMDV32O #EditorTraining 2017-01-10
- RT @Nanaimo_YCSS: https://t.co/vqIMyZMCS9 2017-01-10
- Get ready for the cruising season – Win a 2017 Waggoner Cruising Guide https://t.co/5XKjUqI3f5 from @TheWaggoner #boating 2017-01-01
- RT @theboozephiles: Happy New Year! Celebrating with a few Blackberry Fizzes https://t.co/qlGJR2J7c3 2017-01-01
- RT @lizonstage: Welcome to 12thnight.ca, my new theatre website. Looking back on theatre 2016 https://t.co/YpULXv1TGp #yegtheatre #yegarts… 2017-01-01
- RT @lavermeer: #Reading today: MINIATURES by John Scalzi. A collection of #SF short fiction by @scalzi. So funny! A brilliant remedy for ne… 2017-01-02
- RT @editorscanada: Did you work with a great editor in 2016? Nominate them for the $2,000 Tom Fairley Award! https://t.co/MzHGkZ3Ptd 2017-01-02
- Kind of makes me want to move to Canmore…Love his stuff! https://t.co/OyXT8Qjxg5 2017-01-03
- RT @narratist: I'm not saying I would do this, but I would totally do this… https://t.co/K6kXf75ukC 2017-01-03
- Washington state asking the EPA to forbid boat sewage discharges into Puget Sound https://t.co/Sf2sndHgiS via @pacificyachting 2017-01-03
- RT @lavermeer: Review: Weerdest Day Ever! https://t.co/rJgWB8Kuhi https://t.co/mX1NUoibVh 2017-01-03
- I just heard that @AndersonBooz is literally a basket. Why that's so funny I have no idea… @lavermeer 2017-01-03
- @lavermeer @AndersonBooz Oh. That explains it. <scratches head and wanders away from the crazy lady> in reply to lavermeer 2017-01-03
- RT @JohnELewis: Trivial Pursuit makers change all mentions of "km" to "kilometres" as a universal find and change. Can't see what could go… 2017-01-03
- RT @MacEwanU: Today is the first day of classes for Winter 2017 #MacEwanU https://t.co/jy4Bvmr06E https://t.co/wXTIMOk3vL 2017-01-04
- RT @SciencePorn: https://t.co/AVpPE7hdnc 2017-01-04
- RT @lavermeer: I loved this book! One of my 2016 faves. #reading #books
Mapping literacy: charting the territory of texts we love https://t… 2017-01-04
- RT @ProtectionIsle: Humpback whales along the icy shoreline of #ProtectionIsland and #Nanaimo harbour today!
#whalesoftwitter #explorecanad… 2017-01-06
- -30°C this morning on the prairie. No walk today! https://t.co/jaUuEtBETG 2016-12-26
- RT @narratist: Why higher education needs design thinking https://t.co/FR4hUgiBNe by Doreen Lorenzo via @FastCoDesign 2016-12-30
- RT @theboozephiles: Singapore Sling https://t.co/0U0O8mHKxz https://t.co/RpxqqDFIMH 2016-12-30
- RT @lavermeer: #Reading today: METATROPOLIS, John Scalzi, ed. Excellent short SF by Jay Lake, Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schro… 2016-12-30