First of all, my apologies, as it has been a very long time between blogs. The reason for this is we have been thoroughly enjoying Seattle and all that it has to offer. That, combined with a trip back to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii for the usual annual catch up with friends, doctors, dentist etc together, with finalising the first volume of ”Cruising Conversations, A Million Nautical Miles and Counting” and we have all been somewhat run off our feet!
I must say that Seattle is one hell of a city, even though when we arrived back to Seattle we were greeted with an inch of snow. Seattle is not an overly large city (which is a good thing) and it does have a few wee issues regarding traffic flow and winter temperatures but it is a city that is exciting, vibrant, authentic, as well as being scenically beautiful. It is also a boater’s paradise in every respect.
The bottom line (even though – I complain a lot about the weather) is we all love the city of Seattle and only can imagine how good it would be to see a Seattle summer. However, that is unfortunately not going to happen for a number of reasons.
Seattle is a city that we all connected with, felt at home in and are thoroughly enjoying. The city of Seattle has a soul, a certain grit and attitude that is authentic. The creativity in this city is almost like a tangible electric current you can feel. Take Seattle’s musicians, past and present who– not just this city – but the world. Jimmy Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Kurt Cobain, Foo Fighters, Heart – the list just goes on and on. Seattle, the home of Grunge, Starbucks, Boeing; Microsoft; Amazon and the word is that Google are also on their way. What is not to like about Seattle?
Seattle is what it is, without pretence or arrogance and is truly a first class city in every respect. From a boating perspective, the waters around Puget Sound are remarkable and the marine services, available to boaters, is first rate with just about every manufacture being represented. Finding that hard to get part is as simple as going to the one of hundreds of local boating stores. Everything a boater could ever need is right here in Seattle.
I often say that boating forces one to go to places one wouldn’t normally go and it is true that Seattle would have never been on our list of places to visit if we were doing the normal annual vacation and living a land based life. All of the family are really pleased that we got to spend some quality time in what is a very cool place (no pun intended) which, if I am perfectly honest, was somewhat unexpected.
Right now, the thinking is all about preparing Pendana and her crew for San Francisco but not before we refuel, check out Gig Harbour in South Puget Sound and of course the much talked about San Juan Islands. The San Juan Islands will, in fact be, our jump off point for the direct 766nm run to San Francisco in late May, early June.
So, for those of you who are interested “Cruising Conversations, A Million Nautical Miles and Counting. Volume One” is now available to ship worldwide.
“Cruising Conversations – A Million Nautical Miles and Counting, Volume One”, is, I hope, going to be of value to those who dream of one day heading to sea to explore the world and its oceans. This book covers interviews with people who have made the change from a land based life to one at sea. These global cruisers, modern day heroes talk openly and honestly about what it’s really like to spend time on the water and share their insights and lessons learned that only come from doing serious sea miles. My hope is that this book will encapsulate what it really means to go to sea in what are relatively small vessels that confront the power, might and absolute majesty of the open sea and it’s ever changing landscape and become a useful resource for those both on and off the water.
The book is over 350+ pages A4 size and like From Family to Crew is printed in full colour with literally hundreds and hundreds of photographs. With interviews covering some of the great mariners of our time together with updates on where they are now and what they are doing, my hope is that there is real value in this book for all.
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While on things that may interest you, I am pleased to report that with the help form Pacific Yacht Management and in particular Chris L, we have now restored “Head Heaven” on Pendana.
Pendana has four heads (toilets) on board which flush via the use of vacuum which is built up via individual vacuum chambers per head, a little like aircraft toilets. The issue is that the smallest of leaks in the system can cause the vacuum pump to cycle and tracing the leak is almost impossible. We have, for some time, been experiencing unauthorised vacuum pump cycling but thanks to Chris our problems are now over. Chris from Pacific Yacht Management found the smallest of leaks in our system and fixed it. I am happy to report that our head system is now 100% perfect and the vacuum pump only cycles when a head is flushed. Honestly, I appreciate that this is less than new worthy but when living on a boat heads become a real area of focus and almost a conversation piece amongst us boaters.
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For now, it’s time to plan a little exploration of South Puget Sound, refuel Pendana and head up to the San Juan Islands before departing for San Francisco where, I might add, securing a berth for our arrival is proving pretty darn hard.