Schafer’s Blog 9: Being Manly Men

Schafer’s Blog 9: Being Manly Men Wednesday, June 6a.m. The next morning we decided that instead of another hike, we’d take the extra time to go the long way around to our next destination so that we could cruise the Haro Strait and look for whales. No one had seen any for about a week, but if there were any, the Haro Strait was where they would b...
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Schafer’s Blog 8: Here, Pretty Birdy!

Schafer’s Blog 8: Here, Pretty Birdy! Tuesday, June 5p.m. There is one attraction that is not listed in the guidebooks, but all the residents told us about it. A retired deputy sheriff likes to feed the eagles and foxes so every day at about 5:00p.m.. He spreads a bucket of scraps along the edge of a wooded area. Despite the weather warnings, it was ni...
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Schafer’s Blog 7: Taking the Long Way

Schafer’s Blog 7: Taking the Long Way Tuesday, June 5 a.m. Surprisingly, one of the famous tourist attractions on Roche Harbor is a mausoleum. The McMillin family set up a tableau that represents their expected reunion after death. It’s a stone table surrounded by stone and concrete chairs. Each chair holds the ashes of one of the family mem...
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Changes in Douglas Channel, Gardner Canal

Changes in Douglas Channel, Gardner Canal We spent a week in Gardner Canal, with our friends on Osprey, off Douglas Channel. Fantastic area, 6000 ft mountains straight out of the water. One easily accessible hot spring, a couple of dinghy rivers, but not much wild life. Mostly steep sided so anchoring can be a challenge, bring lots of rode. The river deltas ...
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Schafer’s Blog 6: Snug is Better Than Brave

Schafer’s Blog 6: Snug is Better Than Brave Monday, June 4 p.m. Our biggest single use of fresh water was to wash off the anchor and chain each time we brought it aboard. The mud just had to come off or it would cake solid, and it was a good idea to rinse off the salt water before sending the chain into a dark, damp locker. The next day, Tues...
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Schafer’s Blog 5: Hurry is Not On the Program

Schafer’s Blog 5: Hurry is Not On the Program Monday, June 4 a.m. The ladies found a laundromat and shower in the marina, and the one thing on Hele Mai that wasn’t really effective was the combined washer/dryer unit. So they decided to do some washing of clothes and bodies on Monday morning. It was a bit cool so we turned on the electric air conditioner/heat...
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Schafer’s Blog 4: Be Careful What You Ask For

Schafer’s Blog 4: Be Careful What You Ask For Sunday, June 3 p.m. Our next stop was Friday Harbor (“4” on the chart), another run where we had to watch for logs in the water. But it was also the test of whether we could negotiate with an unfamiliar marina. The entrance required us to pass through a breakwater, then do a 180 pivot in a fairway that was prob...
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Schafer’s Blog 3: How Much Does This Boat Cost?!

Schafer’s Blog 3: How Much Does This Boat Cost?! Sunday, June 3 a.m. One of the questions to be resolved was just how much instruction Matt and I would need to be signed off to run the Hele Mai by ourselves. With no more boating resume than we had (all on a lot smaller boats), it would typically require at least three days of instruction. But we had some other s...
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Schafer’s Blog 2: We’re Cruising Now!

Schafer’s Blog 2: We’re Cruising Now! Saturday, June 2 p.m. It was an adjustment to realize that we weren’t renting Hele Mai by the hour. That seems subtle, but it means that the only cost associated with operating is fuel so as long as we got where we wanted to be by dark, the slower the better. Hele Mai can cruise between about 6 and 10 kts, but at ...
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Schafer’s Blog 1: Round and Round We Go

Schafer’s Blog 1: Round and Round We Go June 2, 2012 There were a few minor maintenance things the charter company still had to do on Saturday morning and both the maintenance guy and our instructor were scheduled to show up around 9:00. We could all have slept until 8:00 local and been fine, but I was up at 4:30. One might guess that I was a bit excited....
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Schafer’s 2012 Blog – San Juan Islands

Schafer’s 2012 Blog – San Juan Islands Bob Schafer and his family recently completed a bareboat cruise in the San Juan Islands on a Defever 46. It was their first time to run any boat larger than a ski runabout and part of an adventure to learn how to run one. To that end, they had an instructor for the first couple of days, but completed the week on thei...
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