Saturday, May 24, 2008

Spencer Spit

Wow, we really have been getting out a bunch here lately. The heater install has made these early season excursions downright nice.

We ended up leaving early Friday morning so that we could meet with BJ and Tricia. We hadn't seen them in a while and it was nice to hook up. We had a nice dinner and spent the evening playing games. The next day several folks from Bellingham showed up and they had a mini raft up. We decided to bail on the raftup since the wind was a bit stronger than I was liking.

On Saturday, my outboard really started pissing me off so I decided to completely rebuild the carburetor. These are the thing that we like to do in the wilderness. Luckily I had a can of carb cleaner and a bucket. I pulled the whole thing apart four time cleaning out the gunk. Each time I would put it back together, it would start working and quite. I would pull it apart and find more gunk in the jets. After pulling apart everything in the fuel system except for the fuel pump and reassembling everything, I finally gave in and pulled apart the fuel pump. Of course there was all kinds of little pieces of shellac in the pump. The source of the goo. After a final reassembly everything started working fine. Of course, that night I decided to motor ashore and the motor quit about half way there! This time I ran out of gas. Geez. What a bonehead I am sometimes. However, now the motor runs great and I can work on fixing some other things.

Not a bad place to hang for the weekend.

The Old Cabin at Spencer Spit

The obligatory Bruno photo

As always, more photos can be found by clicking on the link below:

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Inati Bay Raftup

Whew! Spring finally arrived with temperatures in the high 70s to lower 80s. Even if we already had opening day, I don't think boating season really was up and moving yet. So to commemorate that yellow thing in the sky that we haven't seen in quite a while, we put together an impromptu raft up in Inati bay. Inati bay is only about an hour away from Bellingham, but mentally it seems much farther. Kathy and I sailed over on Friday night and were joined by Wayne and Trudy aboard Mahala. Trudy made a most excelent spaghetti dinner.
The next day we were invaded by many boats from the BYC. As you might guess, this involved some serious lounging about

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That evening Steve Heyward and Monica of San Suci (A 50' steel Belgium canal boat) made a huge plate of Enchiladas and Margahrita. Yum.

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The evening was spent lounging on the beach by a fire doing the S'mores thing.

The next day, Kathy and I took Kalliope home on a nice beam reach with about 18 kts. We managed

7.5 kts across the entire bay. Yowser! Much fun. And this is only May!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

BYC Junior Sea to Ski

This year Kathy and I helped out with BYC's junior regatta. It is held in combination with the Junior Ski to Sea event the next weekend and finally culimates in the big Ski to Sea event over Memorial Day.
The wind was super brisk and we had to rescue a couple of kids. In the afternoon things mellowed down a bit.

More pictures here.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

BYC Opening Day

This year we moved Kalliope down to the BYC quest dock so that we could be in the thick of things. As always we had quite the party. Things started off Friday night with a full crew on Kalliope and Navgar. Soon after this photo I put my camera on the binacle and promptly forgot about it.

That night is started raining as only it can out her in the Pacific Northwest. I awoke to Steve Kersey asking me, "Whose Camera is this hanging on my boat?" Uh oh! Well I pulled the batteries and memory stick out, heated up the over to 280 degress. Turned the oven off and put the camera in the oven and finally crossed my finger. Meanwhile we start motoring out for the parade. This years theme was Mardi Gras. We managed to get the boat decorated in the rain on the way to the parade line up. Photos you ask? Hmm, the camera was in the oven.

However, the oven trick worked and we got the camera back in action for the afternoon festivities.

Finaly the weather cleared up and we had about ten people in the boat for dinner.

Sunday was super nice, sunny and warm, so we just lounged around.

Check out this video from the weekend.

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