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San Juan Islands, Velkommen

CGAUX Drysuit Exercise

No Comments 14 January 2013

On Saturday, Jan.12, 2013 I participated in a Flotilla 17 (Coast Guard Auxillary) Drysuit exercise at Campbell Lake.  The temperature, for coastal Western Washington, was chilly:  25º F.  Water temperature, perhaps:  40º F.  My suit worked well, although the zipper needs some lube.  Wool gloves, when wet, are almost worthless.  I wish I had brought my neoprene scuba gloves.  The sun shined on us, geese flew overhead honking at us and a single-engine plane gave us a close inspection.  It was a good time.  Afterward, breakfast at the Bowling Alley in Anacortes was manditory.  The french toast was delicious!  BIG Fun and…..not your usual Saturday morning.

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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Books, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Whiskey Cove

1 Comment 13 May 2012

Whiskey Cove .  Interesting book.  And worthwhile reading just for the history lesson.  If you are familiar with the greater Seattle area, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands, the setting will seem like your backyard.  Prohibition was an exciting time (1919 to 1933), and Western Washington an exquisite backdrop for a story that spans the lifetime of one of the main characters.  Big money, organized crime, bootleggers, fast boats and plenty of quality legal alcohol just a few miles North.  Now wrap these threads within the lives of two Bellingham college students and you have all the pieces necessary for a great read.  Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Treasure Island…..mixed with a more adult college-years romantic theme

Denise Frisino has all the components on her screen to weave a really good literary tapestry.  But she is her own worst enemy.  She has all the skills of a good writer, but editing is not among them.  Descriptions are too verbose and repetitive, not compact and tight.  She is in love with her own writing, as if she were her own audience.  Then, when the really good stuff is about to happen, high tide with Nate and Jean locked in a hungry tongue-touching kiss…….. Denise turns on the cold shower and the narrative leaps to the next day.   Hey, the juicy in-between stuff is what’s important.  Turn up the heat.   What happened to all the romantic descriptive prose?  Shy?

An editor would have cut the fat from Whiskey Cove and replaced it with PASSION.

Good book, but it is really a first draft.  A good first draft; lots of potential.  The adult and adolescent themes need to expand and join like the flavors of a fine meal.  The history of Northwest rumrunning is fascinating and colorful, but it’s really background.  The dance of two young lovers is the expansive, but sadly underdeveloped, theme.  Expand on the romance and prune the prose mercilessly.  Please.

Books, Gulf Islands

Sitting on a Salt Spring

No Comments 08 February 2012

Sitting on a Salt Spring is book three in David Conover’s trilogy. His easy going romantic-comedy style moves forward a few years. Now his young son has entered the picture and since a daily boat trip across the Trincomali Channel to meet the school bus is impractical the family moves to Salt Spring Island for the school year.   Salt Spring Island is a social carnival compared to Wallace Island’s isolation.  The island’s characters are great material for good fun and misadventures.  You can think “Leave it to Beaver”, “Dennis the Menace” and “I Love Lucy” for a mental picture of Sitting on a Salt Spring.  It is wonderful light reading with a local touch.  Read it.  Read it to your kids or grandkids.  You can easily find it in the indie bookstores.  Amazon should have a list of candidates.  The smaller bookstores are really the most fun.



B Dock, Velkommen

Exhaust Elbow Repair

No Comments 12 January 2012

Even products that look absolutely flawless can can occasionally have problems. Right before Christmas I was stretched out in the lazarette attending to a little detail that I wanted to tidy up.  A wire going to the starboard courtesy light was wound around a hydraulic line.  It didn’t bother anything, but without much effort it could be untangled and everything would look much neater.  I had to get my 2XL self into the far corner and reach up under the new stainless steel exhaust elbow to begin.  My sleeve got a little wet; that didn’t seem right.  A little drip seemed to be forming on the underside of the exhaust elbow and one of the welds was not perfectly smooth.  There was a rusty little spot on one of the new ribs that hold the water tank platform.

I didn’t relish the unanticipated job of removing the elbow.  The exhaust hoses are short and stiff and not very forgiving or flexible.   So everything got put on hold until the New Year arrived.  The starboard exhaust elbow came off  easier than expected, but when the exhaust elbow gets removed all the water that is in the muffler spills into the bilge……and I had it so dang clean, too.   Just so you know:  a muffler that looks like it might hold 5 gallons of water spills about 10 gallons of water into the bilge.  Trust me.

National Marine Exhaust was excellent.  Scott built the elbow about 18 months ago.  He polished the weld with a wire wheel and it looked fine, but when he put the torch to it , a big crevasse opened up.  So it got rewelded (extra-beefy) and we added a bonding tab for good measure.

Reinstallation was a joy.  There are not many places to get leverage or to pry against.  But with help from Mark Hanger of Mark’s Marine Repair the elbow finally gave  up and slid into place.  Usually it’s “two steps forward and one step back”; this was probably “one step forward and two steps back”.  But it emphasizes the value of doing business with good local folks who treat ya right, long after the check has cleared.

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