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B Dock, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Anacortes Marina Panorama     February 2, 2013

No Comments 04 February 2013


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The day before Superbowl Sunday was fabulous. Calm, sunny, warm….a taste of Spring. Of course, Velkommen went for an island cruise the following day. I’m pleased to say that all systems worked perfectly.  But he list of projects is still longer than my allowance. I’ve come to accept that, however. The day all projects are complete, is the day we do the really BIG upgrade.

San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Foggy Wake

No Comments 02 January 2013

Well, I just felt like playin’ around with Photoshop today.  The pic is from an early morning fishing expedition that began with plenty of fog and a bit of sun.  Of course, I massaged the image just a wee bit.  Photoshop can be great fun and relaxing, too.

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B Dock, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

A Million $$ View

No Comments 11 July 2012

Friday, July 6 was the first day of summer at Anacortes Marina. I did a double take as I looked toward “A” dock. Was Wee Lodge II adding a crow’s nest?  It looked precarious.  Acrophobiacs need not apply.   Marine Servicecenter sent Quinn Olson to the top of the mast. He made his job look easy, but I think it’s just one more reason to own a powerboat.

Cap Sante and Guemes Island are in the background of pic #1.  Mount Baker rises above Hat Island in pic #2.

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B Dock, Velkommen

Water Tank Project – Phase 6……progress report

No Comments 08 July 2012

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It’s time for an update on Velkommen’s water tank project. Mid August of last year was ‘Phase 5′ and then there was the little exhaust elbow repair in January.The last couple of months have been dedicated to the Hurricane heater. It was upgraded to 2012 standards by Gordon Jensen of Latitude Maritime.  The heat sheild exhaust blanket was done by National Marine Exhaust.  The installation positions the heater partially under the port exhaust elbow (the former problem child) with just enough room for the hydronic lines and the Hurricane exhaust to pass beside the  engine exhaust.  Both the inboard and aft panels of the heater are removable for service, so the current placement gives as much access as possible within the challenging confines of a lazarette.  Everything is mounted on rubber pads to isolate vibration and minimize chafing.  I puzzled a while on the placement and containment of the start batteries.  I think I came up with a creative solution.  It is simple and effective and I’ve never seen another like it.

I even got Ray Robinson’s “seal of approval”, and that’s really tough to get.  He slid through the hatch, inspected everything thoroughly, frowned and said, “Damn thing’s overbuilt”.  SWEET!  That is just the way I want it.

Books, Gulf Islands, Velkommen

Secret Coastline – journeys and discoveries along B.C.’s shores

No Comments 15 June 2012

Here is a really nicely written book.   The scenic B.C. coastline is filled with history and legends, a more wonderful topic would be hard to find.  But a great subject is only part of the equation.  The writer must infuse the pages with a warm personal glow that draws the reader forward.  Andrew Scott does just that.   Secret Coastline is a series of essays combining delightful storytelling and literary craftsmanship.  It is a wonderful journal of memorable people, unique creatures, magical places and stalwart boats.  The subject  might be most anything along the B.C. coast, told from the perspective of someone who has studied it carefully from the biggest island to the smallest plant.

Coastal B.C. vistas are bold and rugged.  Big trees, bigger mountains, massive cliffs dropping to an island studded expanse of sea.  All the boldness is balanced by a delicate and fragile side, so it is natural to include an environmental component.  Instead of in-your-face activism, Andrew Scott shows respect for the coastal landscape by gliding his kayak and his words ever so gently along the shoreline and through the coves and inlets.  Andrew Scott’s storytelling is captivating and his descriptive imagery softly persuasive.  Asking the reader to see the coastline as Andrew Scott sees it.  An exquisite view.  Sometimes bittersweet, challenging and marked with only small successes, but Scott finds joy and optimism wherever he looks, projecting the promise of a positive tomorrow.  What a healthy perspective.  Refreshing!

Through the words of Secret Coastline, I have seen many places and met many people.  It is soon time to do that in person; be part of the history.  If you enjoy boating and have a fondness for the Northwest…..you can’t afford to be without this book.  Read  Secret Coastline your Northwest experience will be so enriched.

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