A few weeks ago, we got a bit of cool news: my youngest brother, Dan, and his girlfriend, Erika, had taken jobs at a dude ranch in Montana for the summer. They were packing up and leaving almost immediately, and were we available for a short visit on their way up? Well, of course the answer as an ecstatic and high volumed YES!
They drove up, stopping to visit a few friends on the way and arrived in Poulsbo on Dan’s birthday, just in time to celebrate with a little dinner and a beer at Tizleys. The next day we spent doing the tourist thing in Seattle (since Dan had never been outside of SeaTac Airport), and they were on their way the morning after.
It was a short visit, but I’ll take any time I can get with my youngest brother!
It’s a well-known fact that all boats need work. And that as a boat owner, you’re not allowed to be shocked or surprised when you find yet another project. It’s the reality of owning a boat. But finding a big problem is never fun. And the other day, we found a big one…
So for now, Willow remains in her slip, just as the nice weather starts rolling our way. We’re disappointed, but we’d rather have found the problem while the boat was safely in the slip than find it out on the water somewhere where it could cause some real damage.
Stay tuned for updates!
We’ve lived aboard Willow for six months now, and when we look back at the number of trips we’ve made in her, it’s a little sad. Of course, most of it isn’t our fault. We moved aboard at the end of fall and have lived through one of the Pacific Northwest’s nastiest winters in recent history. On a boat. As new sailors, the idea of getting out there in wet and windy conditions wasn’t appealing to us. For safety reasons as well as comfort.
But a couple of weekends ago, we decided it would be fun to sail down to Tacoma when our friend, Sue, who was also our boat broker, invited us to come down for dinner. The weather wasn’t supposed to be beautiful, but it wasn’t supposed to be too wet or too windy, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to venture outside of our little Liberty Bay bubble.
Though we didn’t have much good sailing wind, the trip was a learning experience for us, and we got to know our boat and her capabilities a little bit better. Though it probably won’t be for a while now (more on this to come!), we are excited to get back out on the water and learn even more about our boat we call home.
We have had “Brutus,” our dinghy for about six months now. And for the entire duration of our ownership, we have been debating what to do with her. Really, at 13 feet long (the ad said she was 12 feet, and we only just recently actually measured), she’s a bit large for a dinghy (as if 12 feet was any better). We had her listed on Craigslist for a while, and actually got a few hits. We toyed with the idea of trading her in for a different dinghy at Longship Marine. But in the end, we decided we kind of liked her, monstrosity that she is, and made the commitment to bottom paint her and drag her around with us, at least for this season.
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Kasey and Gabe are our very first wedding clients in Washington. When we heard that Gabe had proposed at Brownsville Marina, we knew right away that they our kind of clients. And when they suggested the marina was a place they might like to shoot their engagement session, we were stoked!
We woke up the morning of the session to blue skies and just enough wind. The video below documents our afternoon prepping the boat for sailing, cruising to Brownsville and a bit of our session with Kasey and Gabe!
When we decided to move our life onto a boat, one of the things we were most excited about was the sense of community that seems to exist within a marina. Living in a house in a neighborhood where the residents seemed to care very little about each other was sad for us and left a lot to be desired by way of feeling like we belonged where we lived.
When we got to Poulsbo, we were immediately welcomed into the fold, and we love it. There are 25 liveaboard boats in our marina and we’ve become friends with several of them. Two boats down from us on a Hunter 37 is Skip, a seasoned sailor who was eager to share his knowledge and passion for sailing with us. As newbies to this realm of the boating world, we are eager to accept any tutelage that is offered to us, and last week Skip came out with us to show us a few things about sailing our boat efficiently and safely.
We were so grateful for the lessons and the company of our friend, Skip. And we are so glad to finally feel like we fit in with the community we live in.
If you live on a boat, what is your favorite thing about boat life?