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Well, we're back from a week of cruising in the San Juan Islands, and it was our best trip there yet.

Here's the chart of where we went:



In Sum:

Bellingham Bay to Sucia Island

Sucia to Stuart Islands (two nights there)

Stuart to San Juan Island

San Juan to Lummi Island

Lummi back to Bellingham

There were six of us on a Pearson 38 that we chartered from San Juan Sailing. It's the largest boat that we've bare-boat chartered so far:



There's a full photo gallery from the trip at

Sailing the San Juan Islands 2009

There's a longish video with stills and moving shots here:

Sailing for a week in the San Juan Islands on Vimeo.



Things we learned:

1) Despite a winged-keel, the 1991 Pearson 38 did well to weather and in stronger winds. With new sails, she's a great sailor. She's also for sale.

2) Using a wheel for the first time in two years took only a little getting used to, and it was less tiring in strong winds with a bit of weather-helm.

3) It was great to maneuver a boat that could back up half-way straight.

4) Having full time refrigeration was something I could get used to, and the hot water was nice as well.

5) Manual bilge pumps for pumping out a holding tank sometimes don't work.

6) Having a lot of beam (12.5 feet) didn't significantly increase storage space in this boat.

7) After sailing in the San Juans several times, I could go again.

8) The Dreamspeaker guides for the area are excellent.

9) Having a kayak and an 10 foot dinghy was sometimes useful, sometimes not.

10) I wouldn't mind doing Desolation Sounds next year, for two weeks.

Some sample pictures from the gallery:


Son at helm.


Sailing toward Sucia Island.


Son caught us four large rock crab at Rosario docks, so we had a crab feast.


End of week breakfast de-brief at the Anchor Locker cafe in Bellingham Marine.

One thing we've known for years: If you have kids, don't put off sailing with them.

As noted, there's a full photo gallery from the trip at

Sailing the San Juan Islands 2009
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