Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Nanaimo to Nanaimo

This is just a quickie; I’m on a 1-hour clock in the local library. The trip is going beautifully… since the last post I have made the passage through the San Juan channel then west to Tsehum Harbor at Sidney BC (to check in with Canadian customs), then on to Cowichan Bay. The next day was north in Stuart Channel and through Dodd Narrows at slack (the ONLY time to do that; it hits 9 knots of vicious swirling currents).

I am traveling with Wayne and Ann Erickson (aboard the F28 trimaran Fast Company), and after a layover day in Nanaimo we headed out this morning to cross the strait. But the northwesterlies rose to small-craft advisory level (20 knots on the nose with square seas), so we returned for another day of tweaking and making improvements to the ships. It’s a great life.

I’ll capture more detailed and thoughtful blog text and upload from my next port, but first, a photo… this is from the fuel dock at Fisherman Bay on Lopez. By morning, the -1.5 tide had my rudder a foot deep in the mud… so now I can cross “grounding” off my to-do list!