Safe Harbour to Alaska | Day 2 | Ganges to Silva Bay

Today was a short day—28 nautical miles of protected water from Ganges to Silva Bay. We left about 10:30 a.m., transited Gabriola Pass just before slack at 2:01 p.m., and arrived in Silva Bay soon after. Easy, smooth water along the way. A bit of drizzle, but very little wind. We had a relaxed afternoon at Silva Bay. Some folks dropped crab traps, others hung out on the docks. I … Read more

Fury Cove

Airship to Alaska | Day 10 | Fury Cove to Shearwater

Our Cape Caution crossing yesterday was nice and calm and uneventful, just like we like it! We weren’t planning to cut through the Walker Group, but as we passed by that inviting opening, I decided to cut through after all. It’s so pretty in there!! Kevin was napping but the change in rpms woke him up so he came up for a few minutes while we meandered through the rocky … Read more

Lithium Batteries on Airship – For the Win!

This winter, we posted on Riveted blog about how we upgraded Airship’s solar power system. The two new 260W panels, dual Blue Sky MPPT charge controllers, and BlueSky PNPro control panel are performing great. We have seen as much as 30A output from the solar system already, and are consistently getting over 100Ah per day contribution to our power from solar. The second phase of the power upgrade for Airship … Read more

Safe Harbour to Alaska | Day 1 | Anacortes to Ganges

The last week has been super busy. Finalizing the watermaker install, tinkering with systems, provisioning, saying bye to friends and family… Yesterday I moved the boat around from Skyline Marina to Cap Sante Marina, fueled up, picked up Kevin Monahan (my crew to Alaska for the third year in a row), and met with the flotilla folks who are departing from Anacortes. A busy and productive day. Read more on … Read more

Port McNeill

Airship to Alaska | Day 9 | Crossing Cape Caution

5am Port McNeill – Current Weather Queen Charlotte Strait: Wind light. Queen Charlotte Sound: Wind light. Central Coast from McInnes Island to Pine Island: Wind light. Seas 1 metre or less. West Sea Otter Buoy: Waves 0.7 metres at 15 seconds. Wind WSW 6 gusting to 8. All the way up at South Hecate Strait: Waves 0.8 metres at 15 seconds. Wind WSW 10 gusting to 12. Read more on … Read more

Airship to Alaska | Day 8 |Echo Bay to Port McNeill

We got up fairly early this morning at Echo Bay, chatted with Pierre a bit more while he showed us some of the work he’d done recently on the rental cabins. We pulled away around 7:30am, saying goodbye until September, when we stop on the way south again. Calm water, gray sky, and a pretty chill cruise over to Port McNeill. I didn’t take any photos, but we did see one humpback … Read more

Airship to Alaska | Day 7 | Port Harvey to Pierre’s at Echo Bay

We slept in at Port Harvey this morning…had some coffee, pulled the crab traps (two too small Red Rock crabs) and chatted with George a bit more before leaving the dock and heading toward Echo Bay to see Pierre. It’s still early in the season, so it’s fairly quiet here at Echo Bay…four boats or so. We chatted with Pierre for a bit before he had to go rearrange the … Read more

Airship to Alaska | Day 5 | Squirrel Cove to Shoal Bay

We got up early (5:30am!) to make the 3 hour cruise up to Dent Rapids. Looks like it’s going to be another gorgeous day. After we’d woken up a bit, I cooked some breakfast for us (bacon and eggs underway, woohoo!) and we made it to Yuculta Rapids about an hour and 15 minutes before slack. Transiting this direction, the three rapids in order are Yuculta, Gillard, and then Dent. … Read more

Airship to Alaska | Day 4 | Lund to Squirrel Cove

Airship Goes to Alaska 2016 We got up early this morning in Lund and headed up to Nancy’s for breakfast (and a couple of blackberry cinnamon rolls to go). Prawn season opened today, so the docks were crowded with prawn traps and buoys being loaded onto fishing boats. We left after breakfast and decided to head up toward Toba Inlet. I snapped a photo of our neighbor’s boat as they headed out … Read more