Roberta and I are back on the boat. We had to leave the boat for a month to take care of some business, but are now ready to start the summer cruising. Sadly, it will be a short year due to our late start.
And, even worse, I’m not expecting the blog to be particularly interesting this year. Roberta even asked, “Why are you going to write a blog? We’re not doing anything exciting.” She is right about that. My guess is that we won’t be going very far; perhaps no more than a hundred miles north of where we’re sitting now.
That said, we are planning to have FUN!
Yesterday while walking the docks I spoke briefly with another Nordhavn owner. We were talking about cruising plans and I mentioned that we’d be planning to transport Sans Souci to the east coast at the end of the season, and asked if he’d ever consider cruising another part of the world.
He didn’t have to think before responding, “Why would you ever leave the Pacific NW? This is the best cruising in the world!”
Having cruised over 25 countries I can confirm what he said. You could cruise between here and Alaska for a lifetime and not be bored. And in fact, that’s exactly what most of the boaters around me do. There are many reasons for this: Clean water, protected waters, sunshine in summer, sheltered bays to drop the anchor, welcoming marinas, wildlife, fishing, and all the natural beauty you could ever want.
Perhaps a psychologist could answer the question better than I, but I’ll take a quick stab at it.
I like warm water cruising. Summers in the northwest aren’t bad, but the water never really warms up. We found one bay last year where the water did get into the 70s, but generally speaking swimming is out of the question. And, I confess that I liked it in the Med. Whenever I’m on the boat I constantly am thinking about wanting to get the boat back to Europe. In particular, I’d like to get the boat back to Montenegro, a small country from where Croatia, Malta, Italy and Greece are easily reached for summer cruising.
Our current plan, which is “written in sand at low tide”, is to mosey over the next few years back to Europe. Exactly how we’ll get there, or when, we don’t know. I’m in touch with a group of other Nordhavn owners with similar cruising plans, in hopes we can put together a group to cross the Atlantic together.
Our first step will be to transport the boat to the east coast later this year and then cruise the east coast next summer. Where we’ll finish next summer, or exactly where we’ll cruise, we do not know. Anything is possible. And, that’s the great thing about boating!
With that preamble… Let’s talk about July 4th
We’re currently at our “home marina”, Roche Harbor, on San Juan Island, about 80 miles north of Seattle. We have a long history with this marina.
Back in my working days (over 20 years ago) we used to “fly up” on Fridays hang out on the boat, and fly back to reality on Monday mornings. On three day weekends we’d take the boat a few miles away for some anchoring. Lots of the boats in this marina are used as weekend retreats.
- A grocery store on the dock
- Customs has an office on the dock (we are on the Canadian border)
- Trash pickup at the end of every dock
- A black water pump out boat (called the Phecal Freak) that comes to your boat on command
- A wonderful anchorage in front of the marina. Even though we have our own slip, we’ve been known to anchor in the bay in front of the marina, just for fun
- Three restaurants in the marina
- Really nice helpful staff.
- A long history. In operation over 100 years!
- Constant action in the marina. It’s a social place, not just a boat parking lot
Ken and Roberta Williams
MV Sans Souci