Charlie, you do have a nice backyard. In the future, I may need a boat in Bellingham, and some months each year to really enjoy the area.
I have Oh Joy in Bellingham for refit currently. Depending on what kind of sailing you want to do (everything from cold weather Gales in the late Fall to Summer drift fests) you can find it here during various times of the year. This place has it's own special beauty and looks and sails differently each season. Moorage is available for the first time in decades (NORMALLY A FIVE YEAR WAITING LIST) and boats are reasonable. You might seriously consider that option...
I did a week long trip on our 24' 1966 Owens mahogany cabin cruiser with my family when I was a kid, and it was one of the best weeks of my life. I'm hoping to trailer my Catalina 22 1,000 miles north next summer to do a 2 week cruise in the San Juans with my wife.
My favorite part (as a kid) was motoring around in the bay of Sucia Island on my rubber raft- catching dogfish, playing in tidal pools, and hiking on the Island. I also had a lot of fun in a marina in Victoria, where the water was so clear I could see the fish swimming in the water and catch them easily by putting the bait right in front of them!
My favorite part (as a kid) was motoring around in the bay of Sucia Island on my rubber raft- catching dogfish, playing in tidal pools, and hiking on the Island.
What was the best part of your trip?
My kids would be jealous of the time you had to play. We tend to spend no more than two nights in one place, and the would prefer to spend the week at one or two islands.
There were many best parts. In Rosario, a guy turned on the underwater lights on his boat, and our kids could see fish, plankton, eels, and jellyfish all doing their nocturnal things.
My son was very proud to catch the four rock crabs for us to eat.
Maybe the best was when we were ghosting along in San Juan Channel with the wind, and a Dall porpoise came and jumped out of the water at the stern and bow of our boat. Sailors are supposed to like that sort of thing, and we certainly did.
You definitely hit the weather on the nail head...This year in particular has had Hot weather with wind...not always the case and usually the opposite.
Your comment about sailing when the kids are young has been the most upsetting factor of our current boat ordeal..My oldest now is close to flying the coop, has a full time job and boyfriend..Daddys little girls are aging and we just missed or third sailing season in a row....I have too quit thinking about it or I will get myself all worked up again.
Relationships are everything to me..everything else in life are just tools to enhance them.
The purchase price of a boat is just the admittance fee to the dance...you still have to spend money on the girl...so court one with something going for her with pleasing and desirable character traits others desire as well... or you could find yourself in a disillusioned relationship contemplating an expensive divorce.