Its been said that sailing is like standing in a cold shower and tearing up $100 dollar bills. That’s pretty accurate much of the time, except the dollar amount hasn’t been adjusted for inflation. I’ve been doused many times by both the sea and the sky, and I don’t even want to think of the money. That said, there is something about being around boats that makes everything seem better. Even a trip to the marina for a short visit lowers my stress levels and makes the day complete. I wish going to work did this!
The sea started calling Lori and I in the summer of 2000 while we were visiting Calgary of all places. Since then, we’ve cruised extensively in the waters around Vancouver Island, Canada, first in a Crown 28, a Mariner 36, and now a Sabre 42. Our work schedule blesses us with 9 or sometimes 10 weeks off in the summer, and we utilize this time to its maximum. When we started cruising, our kids were 2 and 9; our time on the water allowed us true quality time with our kids while they were young enough to enjoy the boating lifestyle (kids and boats mix very well up to about 12 years of age), and has provided opportunities to meet a number of wonderful like-minded people.
We are fairly risk tolerant people, and sailing this beautiful coast has provided us with countless opportunities to explore and learn. In addition to visiting the popular cruising grounds in and around Georgia Strait, we’ve circumnavigated Vancouver Island three times, cruised north of Cape Caution multiple times, and visited Haida Gwaii. We truly have it all here – great weather (really), deserted beaches, delightful coastal communities, sheltered waters, access to the open ocean, and scores of secure anchorages. We are blessed to be living on the edge of one of the great cruising grounds on the planet. Our aim is to share some of what we’ve seen, done, and learned here with you.
Palomita is a 1987 Sabre 42 CB that we bought at the end of 2016. We spent the spring of 2017 immersed in a major refit that included a re-power before heading north as far as Campania Island for our shakedown cruise. So far, she has proven to be a comfortable, capable sailboat with a good turn of speed.
Our previous boat was a Mariner 36. Built in New Hampshire and launched in Pensacola, we believe she’s seen much of the world. We bought her in Seattle in 2004, and spent the next 12 years refitting her in bite sized chunks. At 9 tons, she’s no light weight, but she has an easy motion, is safe, and very comfortable. In a bit of breeze, she is a lot of fun to sail, and even when it blows hard, is manageable shorthanded. She completed her third circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in 2017 with her new owners.