Departed Puget Sound 6/7/17

Irene and crew are underway again. Here’s a link to our position reporting map: https://share.garmin.com/PeterNiemann We expect to be at sea a couple of weeks as we cross to Dutch Harbor. Cheers, Ginger and Peter... Read More

2017 Winter projects

Wintering over at a marina and boat yard where the Dude abides! Port Townsend Boat Haven was a great choice for our winter boat projects. We spent our days on the dock surrounded by wildlife in this healthy marina. Herons stalked between boats for fish and shrimp while turnstones cheerfully peeped and moved en mass […]... Read More

Blown Away by Port Townsend

There were many paths available to our country this fall. No matter how people voted in November elections it seems many people feel persecuted and vulnerable, Port Townsend residents are no exception. This liberal town is closely surrounded by a vocal conservative rural community. It feels frivolous to write about travels and boat repairs at […]... Read More

Chasing Summer

The month of September found Irene leaving behind Alaska fishermen and icebergs and clearing into Canada just before Labor Day weekend. We were treated to some nice weather breaks as we spent a couple of days in Prince Rupert. Peter got the “bits” needed for his long planned fuel tank cleaning project and sucked a […]... Read More
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Returning to Southeast Alaska

Between Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska are 350 miles of open ocean. It’s possible to hug the shore and find anchorages along the coast but much of the coast is extremely shallow with few spots protected for anchoring. So, with a weather forecast of building wind in a couple of days, we set out […]... Read More

Prince William Sound

We were looking forward to some sheltered sailing – smaller waves, less wind, hopefully an area with many quiet anchorages. Prince William Sound seemed to have promise according to everything we had read. After an easy coastwise hop across the bottom of the Kenai Peninsula, we turned left and entered the fabled sound arriving at […]... Read More

Seward Interlude

The fiords and islands near Seward seemed to need exploring, so we went at it. As we passed the end of the peninsula separating fiords and came back out on the ocean – with Irene lifting and dropping in the ever present swell – we enjoyed spotting wildlife and got some nice sailing in as […]... Read More

Homer to Seward

In our travels, Peter heard from some fishermen that their home port, Homer, is a small, beautiful, sleepy Russian fishing village that we should visit, so we went. We arrived in Homer on the 4th of July. Our mid-day arrival in thick fog was complicated by many small targets on the radar going 30 knots […]... Read More

NE to Homer AK

One gorgeous calm afternoon we dropped the hook in Big Alinchak Bay, completely enchanted by the quiet and beauty. Otters dozed peacefully nearby. Sometime during that first night we heard the wind come up. Not a surprise, and nothing to worry about – we were very securely anchored in only about twenty feet of water, […]... Read More