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Hi all, my name is Dave.
And although our current boat is Power, there is WAY too much information on this forum for just sail - boaters so I had to join. Actually I use to sail back on Lake Superior in the early 70's - that, Scuba diving and the Navy started my love affair with the water.

The Admiral (my wife) never sailed so we compromised (no boat or a power boat) so we got a Trawler. It's a 1985 40' Nova sundeck with no shortage of projects but the important part is that we are now both on the water and happy. We cruise year round in the Puget Sound (diesel heat is great) and make a trip or two up to the Broughtons in BC Canada when we can. We live down by Tacoma, but moor in LaConner so that within 2 hrs, we're in the San Juan Islands.

Our windlass was kaput when we got the boat and we use to have to stay in the marinas. That was one of the first projects and we are now in LOVE with Anchoring out - neither of us care for the dock parties. Thankfully, here in the Pacific NW there is no shortage of islands to explore so we do a lot of walking the trails along with our 9# dog. Throw in some shrimping, crabbing and fishing and my day is complete.
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Howdy Dave,

We keep our boat in La Conner too and we can regularly be found out at Hope Island on the weekends, year 'round. What's the name of your boat so I can watch out for you. Ours is Nikko, marked on the trasom and both sides.

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Hi all, my name is Dave.
....our current boat is Power, ....we got a Trawler. .
OUT! OUT with you! Heretic! Infidel!


... sorry, just kidding.... anyone in love with cruising BC waters is OK with me. Watch out for that Ray guy... though you'll recognize him easily - the only Fraser 41 around with a light bar above the cockpit !

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I know, I know, diesel smoke and all that stuff. Figured I'd get a little bashing and that OK, I take it in the spirit it was given If it weren't for the Adminal I'd be a live aboard on a Mason (I think it was a 41 or a 43). I carried a picture of it in my briefcase for YEARS. Course, now that I'm a few years older and a few pounds heavier I probably would have to switch over to power anyway.

What a great site. I have threads to read for years.

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Currently I haven't completed scraping off the old name - Lady M. Looks like we'll be a Hope this weekend. We have a 13' whaler on a transom fork that covers the name but we kind of stand out. We'll go ashore this weekend to explore but then most of my time will be down in the Engine room. I'm re-doing the bonding system and measuring up the 0000 Battery cable runs for replacement. The Nova has welding cables and the insulation feels more like garden hose than electrical insulation.

If you spot us stop on by. We always have some cold drinks on board.
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Hi Dave, Glad to see another PNW boater here. Lot's of good people here, and lot's of information. Have fun with the Erps if you make it to Hope this weekend, looks like great weather.

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Welcome to Sailnet!

We are glad to have you... in spite of your boat problem

I have a blue Catalina 30, and we'll be out and about the San Juans this summer. We'll be watching for you.

Again, a sincere welcome to you.

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Welcome aboard, regardless of your trawler status.
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Hi. Welcome to the Northwest!
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Hey Dave... welcome to SailNet. Let the sailors heckle you now -- then just smile knowingly on your way to the anchorage when you pass them, sails limp, on your beautiful glassy PNW late afternoons.

My wife and I keep our boat in Point Roberts and sail to the San Juans fairly often, though we haven't explored them extensively at all. I also prefer the "uncivilized" anchorages (though the Admiral likes her shoreside amenities) and would love to hear your recommendations for where to pop in (though I don't expect you to give up all your secrets).

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The weather is getting just a little too nice and the Admiral says Hope Isl. is off and Blind Bay is on. (1 hr just jumped to 3). Oh well I'll just have to suffer (no such thing as too much time on the water).

AdamLein, The Islands have SO many great spots to anchor! I find it's more about our hot buttons. If I want walks and hikes on shore there is one list. If I want crab and shrimp another. Unusual rock or tree formations yet another. Good driftwood beaches... you get the idea.

The only ~problem I've run into in the San Juans is that I use to just go ashore were it looked good only to find that oftentimes the tidelands were private and the owner would start shouting. We'd explain that without a sign we didn't know and that we didn't mean to infringe on his privacy and would leave immediately. This usually brings a thank you from the owner and no hard feelings.

Now I have a book with all the public beaches listed and I stick to them when going ashore.

Yea, I get to move along when the wind drops but ouch when I pull up to the pump. Last year we stopped to tank up in Nanaimo - we were on our way to Desolation sound. Diesel was over 6.50 and I was wondering how I could rig sails on the trawler.
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