At last… Shadow has a windlass and anchor!

May 23, 2024

It only was three years from the start to finish, but Shadow finally has an anchor installed on her windlass! I may do a full write up on the setup, probably not. Shadow did not come with an anchor setup, so all this is brand new to her. No more hauling up a heavy anchor

Oro Bay Weekend Trip

February 19, 2024

It had been too long. Too long since Shadow got out to stretch her sails. July of 2023 was the last real trip she had, and I had been itching to get back out on the open waters and adventure. Many hours were spent getting Shadow ship shape, in the week leading up to the

I nearly destroyed my sailboat’s electrical system when switching to lithium batteries!

February 3, 2024

Last summer, while doing a raft up with S/V Meili, the aft cabin battery bank suddenly, and unexpectedly gave up the ghost. I had recently performed all the maintenance tasks on the batteries, and believed everything to be good. When I pulled open the aft battery compartment I was horrified to find two bulging batteries,

Introducing “Shadow”, our new Catalina 36 sailboat

April 12, 2021

Update: Shadow has her own website! See it at https://svshadow.com I am very excited to announce that Alix and I have completed the purchase of S/V Shadow, a 1987 Catalina 36. She is in tip-top shape and ready to take us cruising! Shadow started her life in Long Beach, CA and had the same owner

First water adventure of 2021!

March 13, 2021

What a beautiful day to be on the water! Still boatless, Harold and Jesse took us out on their 36′ Unitflite, for a tour around the Tacoma harbor, across to Dockton, and we even poked into Gig Harbor to pick up some lunch at Tide’s Tavern. This was Clara’s longest trip on the water, and