Continuation of Umiak Delivery From Vancouver to Olympia.

Posted in S/V Margo Posts on 19 August 2013 by Capt.JerrySte

Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, British Columbia, CanadaDeparted Ganges at 0943 on 21 July 2013. Noticed Jim Wilcox had tied up at the breakwater in S/V Roy. He was having to wait for parts so I wished him well and headed south. As we neared Friday Harbor on the west side of San Juan Island, I got word that Chon and Mikki were leaving for home so I decided to just continue to Port Townsend. we hit some rough water then the fog rolled in…

Fog in the Straits

Fog in the Straits

Once fully engulfed in the fog the RADAR decided to stop working.  We had a tense several hours and narrowly avoided a collision, thanks to AIS, until we finally broke out of the fog around 1700. That was just in time to spot an upside down inflatable dinghy with a 30HP Mercury outboard attached at approx. N48-18.652 W122-56.944. I called the Coast Guard(CG) who asked me to take it in tow which I did but we were unable to turn it right-side up.  The CG were in contact with the owner of the dinghy, Peter Jacobsen, who was staying the night in Port Townsend(PT). We talked on the phone a few times in between talking to the US Customs agent in PT.  Very long story short, we cheated death yet again, cleared Customs with an ass chewing for showing up on Sunday AND very late, turned the dinghy over to Peter and his crew then had a nice belt of single malt before hitting the sack.

22 July 2013 – 0814 departed the fuel dock in PT, Boat Haven Marina where we tied up the previous evening to clear Customs. The marina manager said we could stay there till morning as long as we left early enough.

0747 – listened to a PanPan from the CG regarding an overturned canoe with nine people in the water at location N48-11.281 W122-52.146 outside Point Wilson. It was very foggy and there seemed to be plenty of boats answering the call so we continued east then south heading for Tacoma Yacht Club for the night. I was very disappointed about the unprofessional handling of the overturned canoe incident by the CG. There was a LOT of confusion, even to the pint that somehow word had gotten out that the emergency was cancelled, then it wasn’t… The CG finally deployed a boat to the scene at 0915!! Probably a full two hours after the people went into the water! Maybe transferring the CG to DHS has negatively affected the Coast Guard…  We learned at 1040 that all persons in the water had been rescued.

1729 – Tied up at the Tacoma Yacht Club (TYC) guest dock. Had friends over for wine and snacks.

23 July 2013 – Very foggy and have decided to delay casting off since we were going to pass through the Tacoma Narrows and reluctant to do so in the fog with no RADAR.

1101 – Start engine

1105 – Cast off. Still foggy but using the horn long blast every two minutes.

1131 – Broke out of the fog as we entered the Narrows.

1212 – Passed under the Narrows Bridges.

1534 – Tied up at “F” dock, Swantown Marina, Olympia, WA. Offloaded Umiak, gave away supplies to live-aboards designated by Umiak owners and got a ride to Tacoma for further transfer home.

Returning Diesel Duck Umiak from Vancouver, BC to Olympia, WA

Posted in Deliveries on 20 July 2013 by Capt.JerrySte

18 July 2013 – We drove to Vancouver, BC in a rental car on  to meet the owners of Umiak, a 48+2 Diesel Duck, in order to bring her back to Olympia. Accompanying me are Paul Kurosu and Kathy Lewis. I’ve known them separately for a few years but they had never met one another until we picked Paul up at his house in Normandy Park. They hit it off immediately and we’ve had a great time so far during this trip. We had a tiny hotel room in Vancouver.

19 July 2013 –  We went aboard Umiak  and departed Vancouver for Nanaimo at 1417 arriving in Nanaimo at 2000. We had NY strip steaks on the boat for dinner and had a relaxing evening until turning in.

20 July 2013 – Departed Nanaimo at 0707 to make it through Dodd Narrows on the slack tide. Entered Dodd Narrows at 0805 slightly before slack and exited the south end at around 0810. We tied up at slip C-3 in Ganges Marina at 1224. We went to the farmers’ market and browsed the booths. Kathy bought a top/dress then we went to a little tavern and had a Grandville Isle Pale Ale. Yumm!! It was then nap time.  Got up, cleaned up and went to dinner at the Tree House Café. Met a nice couple, Charlie and Christie(?) and their cute four year old daughter who invited us to join them at their table for dinner. The band was fantastic, “The Fabulous Flakes”. We danced a bit before heading back to Umiak. Left my business card with a self professed groupie in order to get more info on the band.

May head to Friday Harbor tomorrow to see Mikki and Chon Pierccionni before heading south to Port Townsend and beyond.


Posted in Deliveries on 22 September 2012 by Capt.JerrySte


A lot has happened since my last post of 9 July.

I delivered a Seahorse Diesel Duck 46-2 (52′) steel trawler from Olympia to Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island. Two friends, Chris Davis and Kathy Lewis, came with me and were a big help. Chris is a pretty accomplished mechanic as well as a fellow Coast Guard certified Master.

We had a few anxious moments while taking Umiak from Olympia to Tacoma on 17 July. The engine quit at the north end of the Tacoma Narrows with an incoming tide carrying us toward the rocks at Point Defiance.  Whew!

We departed Tacoma at 0530 on 19 July 2012 and arrived in Friday Harbor that evening. We departed Friday Harbor around 1000 the next morning (20 July) and stopped in Nanaimo, BC, Canada that evening. After clearing customs we had dinner at an interesting restaurant cantilevered over the harbor. Kathy and I went exploring that evening and found some interesting places that had live music and adult beverages. We also met a lady eye doctor from Portland, OR who was staying in the same marina. Her husband opted to hit the sack and she wanted to go dancing.

We departed Nanaimo on 21 July and made it to Deep Bay, a small fishing village off the Georgia Strait. It is a Purple Martin sanctuary. It was a nice respite from somewhat rough conditions. We had dinner in the little general store.

We made it to Comox the next day and had an absolutely delicious late lunch lunch in the Blackfin Pub. I had two soups that were to die for. I highly recommend a stopover in Comox and a meal at the Blackfin Pub ( ) for delicious food with wonderful service. Be sure to stay in the channel while crossing the bar at Comox. We approached from the south via Baynes Sound but crossed the bar while departing the Comox area heading north.

Arrived Fisherman’s Marina, Campbell River, BC. on 23 July;  No room at Discovery Harbour Marina. We rafted to a large fishing boat since space there was also limited.  Nice people at this marina with very clean showers and the prices were much better than at Discovery Harbour. We had dinner at Sushi Mong (988 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C5 Canada, 250-287-7066), consisting of some of the best sushi and sashimi ever, superbly and traditionally served by the couple who own the restaurant. It is also priced well. Cannot say enough good about this place.

We moved to Discovery Harbour Marina, a very nice and fancy marina, after fishing for a few hours. No real luck fishing…  

We departed Campbell River and arrived at the Blind Channel Resort on the 25th of July. It’s a nicely tucked away and very protected marina/anchorage. We visited with some people from TYC. Kind of a pricey spot but they only have a short season to make their income. They are very helpful and have a nice restaurant.

Departed Blind Channel Resort at 0915 on 26 July making for Port Harvey Marina.

Arrived  Port Harvey Marine Resort at 1506.     

This marina is owned and tirelessly run by George Cambridge and his family. We met Carl Lothrop who came in later than we did in his 42′ Krogen “Bolero”. He had his sister aboard along with some temporary crew, some of whom meet him at various ports in BC.  He was kind of lucky about catching crabs, we caught two HUGE starfish.

There are a few trails for short hikes to stretch your legs as well.

The restaurant has a limited menu but really good food, also cooked mostly by George. He makes the best cheesecake! If you bring a red shoe to the restaurant, desert is free; the name of the restaurant is The Red Shoe.

Me (Jerry), Kathy and Chris on our way to Dinner at the Red Shoe

Departed Port Harvey at 0910 on the 27th of July on mirror-like water continuing on into Johnstone Strait. One thing we noticed was the lack of wildlife and birds on this trip. That has been the only real disappointment so far.

We spotted several groups of kayakers along Johnstone Strait. Some were tandem and others with single paddlers, all seemed to be heading North mostly on the West side of the waterway.

Exited the Johnsone Strait and entered the Queen Charlette Strait at 1230. Shortly after, at 1242,  a few Dall’s  Porpoise played along the bow for a few minutes. That certainly made our day!

We docked at E  dock, Port McNeill at 1422 next to a sailboat from Poulsbo Yacht Club, former members of Tacoma Yacht Club.  Very nice moorage and helpful people here. We hit them at a busy time.

An eagle perched atop the main mast of the sailboat next to us. It wasn’t easy to dislodge him/her and they can make a heck of a mess of your boat if allowed to stay there.

We departed E dock, Port McNeill at 1323 and went fishing a bit south of the port. No luck fishing so turned North for Port Hardy.

Tied up on B dock, Port Hardy at 1729 between M/V Paragon and M/V At Ease and across the dock from M/V Orient Express from Roche Harbor. We went to dinner and turned in fairly early

29 July 2012: I made reservations at the

quarterdeck Inn then we cleaned Umiak inside and out. Hugh, Elena and the boys arrived at the gate to the marina at 1930. We helped them load Umiak with all their supplies then Hugh and Elena took us all out to dinner at the Port Hardy Inn. We had several Chinese dishes family style. The food was good and we got to know one another more. Hugh,  Elena and the boys headed for Umiak after dropping Chris, Kathy and I off at the hotel.

30 July 2012: I met Hugh and Elena at 0745 with all my gear then we dropped Elena off at the grocery while Hugh and I went to the Budget Rental office to add me to the rental agreement and insurance so that we were covered for the trip down to Victoria. We picked Elena up at the grocery at 0830 then loaded those supplies onto Umiak.  We took pictures and bid one another farewell.













Picked up Kathy and Chris at 0905 and headed south for Victoria. We arrived at the loading area for the Victoria Clipper at 1515 where we bought tickets and checked luggage. Turned in the rental car at 1600 and got a ride to Santiago’s Restaurant for dinner. Really good food! We checked in at US Immigration at 1735, boarded Clipper IV at 1830 and it backed away from the quay at 1850. We docked at Pier 69, Seattle at 2136.

NOTE:  We found that the Canadians are not eager to provide internet access. Most of the ports we stopped at had much the same excuse, “We’re having problems with the WIFI.” Phone access is surprisingly good most places but one must make arrangements with their provider before heading North in order to hold down costs. I highly suggest one does NOT use data access on their phones. I learned that very expensive lesson in 2008 with a $1299 phone bill after one week in Victoria.

I will be entering information on the return of Umiak from Vancouver, BC to Olympia later.

Posted in Miscellaneous, S/V Margo Posts on 12 July 2012 by Capt.JerrySte

3 July: My son Gregg brought his son Graham to visit for the first time in quite a while. We went sailing (really motoring) to Gig Harbor with some of my crew and SSYC members to watch Music in the Park. We then went up for ice cream at Kelly’s. Everyone had a great time. Graham seemed to really like his first time on the boat.

4 July: We went sailing along Ruston Way and met Silver Breeze with Laura and Bob Crews and some other members of their family aboard. We went home for dinner then back to TYC  to watch the Freedom Fair fireworks from shore. We could see the fireworks from various cities up and down Puget Sound. It was quite a display. We left the girls, Molly and Mocha, home and wished we had brought them with us. They were petty traumatized by the neighborhood fireworks.

5 July: Jane and I went racing with Tom Davis and others from our shared crew in the Mid Sound Summer Social which is a six week charity event which includes sailboat racing, raffles and food. It’s for the benefit of Hospitality House in Burien and eht Des Moines food bank.

6 July: Gregg, Graham, Jane and I went to Seattle for some touristy stuff. Parking was a real pain and expensive. we went to Pike Place Market, the piers, the Locks where we saw a bunch of sockeye in the fish ladder, Shilshole Bay Marina and various other landmarks. We smoked a beautiful Sockeye filet that I got at Northern Fish on Ruston Way. We also smoked some chicken breasts.

7 July: Graham, Jane, Molly, Mocha and I went to Laura and Bob Crews’ home  for dinner where we had salmon and many other wonderful dishes. Best of all was the great company and the kids that Graham thoroughly enjoyed himself playing with. The girls were really tired when they got home.

8 July:  Jane and I went to church then we kind of just hung out much of the day until dinner time. Debbie Elliott came over and we grilled some steaks, had a great salad Debbie brought then some Ice cream that she also brought.

9 July:  Gregg and Graham caught a Frontier Airlines plane home to Denver / Aurora. I dropped them at SeaTac at 0720. I worked some issues on a sailboat I am brokering then went home. We had a SSYC dance and meeting that evening. Signed up several people to go Tuesday for Music in the Park in Gig Harbor. (Elvis impersonator).

26 – 28 June 2012

Posted in Miscellaneous, S/V Margo Posts, Seattle Singles YC (SSYC) on 28 June 2012 by Capt.JerrySte

Gig Harbor Music 26Jun12

Tuesday: Four SSYC members, three crew and two friends enjoyed good food, music and great company at Music in the Park in Gig Harbor, WA.

Wednesday: Spent much of the day working to get a sea trial and survey on a Catalina 30. Then met my crew at Johnny’s Dock for an adult beverage. Also met a new friend who I was going to take sailing. Since my hernia surgery was moved up to 0800 this morning I changed my mind about sailing but hooked him up with friends on a  very competitive race boat named Gardyloo. He’s a new sailor and he enjoyed himself with a bunch of fun-loving, enthusiastic young people.

Thursday: Underwent my hernia surgery this morning. My little 65 lb labradoodle, Mocha, jumped on the site while I was taking a nap. Hurt like heck!! Hope there isn’t any damage.

25 June 2012 – Various activities

Posted in Deliveries, Miscellaneous, Seattle Singles YC (SSYC) with tags on 26 June 2012 by Capt.JerrySte

Diesel Duck: Went over the diesel Duck with Alan Powell and Chris Davis in preparation for its delivery to Port Hardy. We went over the systems, engine, electrical and other systems as well as  how to use some of the basic things like the electric head, shower, galley, etc. Now we need to start taking her out to see how this 68,000 lb beauty handles.

SSYC Meeting and Dance: We had a DJ (Commodore Gary Bradley) who played a great selection of tunes for us old gomers to dance to. It was a fun evening but we left earlier than we normally do; My hernia was not cooperating. Get it fixed the day after tomorrow.

Three Tree Point Annual Charity Event

Posted in Miscellaneous, S/V Margo Posts on 25 June 2012 by Capt.JerrySte


Yesterday, 24 June 2012, S/V Margo participated in the annual Boats for Beds event hosted by Three Tree Point YC. The weather cooperated, we had really light winds but no rain. There was lots of food and drink, both adult and otherwise and wonderful company. The wind was very light but enough to get everyone around the course within the hour and a half time limit. A few boats did run their engines  but nobody gave them too much grief. After the race there was a great dinner and more camaraderie before heading back to our home marinas. A fun day for all which raised a great deal of money for Hospitality House.