The Logbook Archives - 2012
Happy New Year

By The Skipper:

We spent a (relatively) quiet New Year's Eve listening to Garrison Keillor, Home Prairie Companion, broadcasting live from Honolulu while sitting in the cockpit waiting for the fireworks at Waikiki.  We managed to stay up past midnight this year; something we have not done in quite a while.

This morning, we are having a leisurely breakfast and discussing plans for the next few months.  Weather patterns do not look good for the South Pacific until summer but that is when we want to leave for Alaska, so it may have to be one or the other but not both.

Yes. I believe I shall have another helping of flapjacks and coffee while I think about that.  As for the music, either classical or mariachi.

Life in The Ala Wai

By the First Mate

Light trade winds over the last few days have led to some warmer weather.  It's been feeling a lot like winter lately.  Before Christmas it had been raining so hard I stopped swimming because the water was murky brown with flushed water from the Ala Wai Canal.

Happy to say things are back to normal. I had a wonderful swim this afternoon, the water is clear again and the fishermen are out.
Year of the Dragon

By the First Mate

We usually enjoy our first cup of coffee on the lanai at PBYC in the morning and watch the harbor wake up, then we retire below for breakfast.  This morning, however, we splurged on one of the Fuel Dock's over-the-top "Trashcan" omelettes and chatted with a couple who are cruising through on their Macgregor 65'  "Rum Doodle". 

We had a fantastic sunset last night.  With the decreased trade winds over the last few days we have been getting Vog drifting over from the Big Island.  Vog makes the sun a fiery red color.  Sorry, to busy enjoying to get any pictures.
Year of the Dragon

By the First Mate

Big surf yesterday on the North Shore, one of these days I'll have to get over there to check it out.  At Pipeline the waves were estimated 12-15 feet with some sets coming in at 20 feet but still not large enough for the Eddie Aikau contest which requires consistant surf of 20' or more. I have managed to go surfing once since we've been here but it is winter and there isn't much surf on this side of the island.
We rented a car yesterday to do a Costco run along with a bunch of other errands. Today will be spent rotating the older canned goods out of deep storage then labeling and repacking the new stuff. 
Surfboard storage PBYC 
Fish Market 

By the First Mate

Spent most of yesterday labeling cans and re-stowing provisions.  More of the same planned for today with a break sometime later for a swim.

Dropped by the fish market where they auction off catches to local restaurants.  There were several fish on the block I had never seen before, very cool. Obviously I don't know much about fish.  Each fish has a small chunk cut out of the tail to display quality of meat. I couldn't see the difference but the buyers sure could judging by the different auction prices.

 Some of these fish went for several thousand dollars-each.
The tag 152 is the weight.

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1. Rick | January 06, 2012 at 09:57 PM EST

Have enjoyed your saga so much. Thank-you both. I am retired Navy, going through divorce now, when all is over, I plan on picking up the what is left, buy a boat, move on-board, learn to sail and go. I have learned so much from you two.

Friday Night Races

By the First Mate

Finally finished getting everything stowed yesterday.  Completely emptied and repacked three lockers, vacuuming and doing bug checks.  Happy to report no roach bodies found, our rule of no cardboard on board has paid off.  
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the lanai of PBYC last night while watching the regular Friday night races followed by the fireworks display at the Hilton.  I wonder if we will ever get tired of this.  
Lazy Sunday

By the First Mate

We enjoyed our morning coffee on the lanai chatting with several fellow live aboards at PBYC.  I think we are the only ones here who don't have a regular job so it's rare to see so many tenants at one time (unless there is a BBQ).  The monthly swap meet, held over from last week being New Years Day, only had three "vendors" so there wasn't the normal volume of fun stuff to look at.  We don't need anything but you never know what you may find.   
Everyone had on sweaters this morning and I heard several comments about having to drag out extra blankets last night.  Brrrr, it was 66 degrees this morning! 

Hilton's Rainbow Tower
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1. Kevin | January 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM EST 

Thanks for sharing your life with us. truly beautiful.

Maynard G. Krebs 

By The Skipper:

Work!?! Before he was Gilligan, he was Maynard G. Krebs on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".  If you remember that, you are at least as old as I am.  If you never saw the Dobie Gillis show you really should check it out on YouTube.  Classic Bob Denver.

You may be noticing some changes around the web site.  While we are waiting for sea conditions to improve in the spring, we are working on this site and on our videos.  It does not feel so much like work but it is a productive activity that brings in a few dollars.

Laura is busy editing and uploading her photos.  She is also working on a new video series on cooking at sea and is recording her recipes so we can post them on new pages we will be adding to the web site.  Meanwhile, I am working on editing the video footage from our recent cruising in Hawaii (It is digital, of course, so there is no "Footage" but I do not know what else to call it).  Another project I am working on is sorting and editing articles I have written.  We will be adding new pages to the site to accomodate Lauras photography and recipes as well as my essays.  It is a lot of material so please be patient and check back often.

Please let us know what you think of the changes we are making.  Like the new banner?  We are wondering if we should put the individual page titles up there as well.

Spring Cleaning

By the First Mate

O.K. so it's not spring yet but we spent all day yesterday cleaning the boat inside and out.
We have a pair of doves making a nest in our radar reflector and they make a heck of a mess but we don't have the heart to evict them...yet, and besides they provide Bree (and us) with some serious entertainment.  Chuck got to work with the deck brush and hose, then spent some time re-arranging items in the cockpit lockers while I emptied, cleaned and re-organized a few storage areas. 

I am going to toss a date out there and say we are thinking to head out at the beginning of March to start cruising the islands.  Weather permitting of course.....
A sad state 

By the First Mate

We haven't spoken much about the Ala Wai since our return.  I have been going for daily walks and taking pictures thinking of how to describe the decline of the largest yacht harbor in the state of Hawaii.

One of the major changes that occurred while we were away was the closing of the Ala Wai Boatyard.  The Boatyard was once the only full service boatyard within 2,500 miles and the closing of this yard leaves a huge hole which will probably never be filled.  Similar to airports, once they are closed there is no turning back.  The current plan for the property is to build a wedding chapel, restaurant and (to fill the terms of the lease) a small boat haul-out (under 20').  When I think of weddings and "something blue" my first thought should not be of bottom paint. 

Having just come from the PNW where boating is so popular it amazes me the State does not recognize the immediate value of their local boating community. Since the state needs to generate more income why not improve the facilities and encourage local and transient boaters to come and use them. However, with the exception of our stay in Lanai, we have noticed a pervasive negative attitude in the staff working the state run harbors. Transient boaters receive a cold shoulder upon arrival and locals are treated with often undisguised disdain.

A sad sign of the times when no one will take responsibility.  
Farewell AWM

1. Kerry Lee | January 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM EST 

Your Opinion on this subject is well Respected. Thank You for speaking out.

2. Dave Stahnke | January 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM EST 

Deborah Bach on Three Sheets Northwest reported on a study by Hebert Research on how much business revenue would be added by lightening up on excessive taxation and regulation in the recreational marine industry. Hard to believe Hawaii does not recognize that.

Enjoy your site, updates, and travels.

Morning Walks

By the First Mate

I usually get up early to go for a walk and watch the city wake up, this being one of my favorite views.  I hope it starts your day off as well as it did mine. 

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1. Frank A. Vargo III | January 20, 2012 at 09:50 PM EST


In the 10 or so years that we shared the Ala Wai I must say that you and Chuck are the healthiest yachties I have ever known. Nothing but good on you. The best,always.

Frank, Linda and soon to be married (Sunday, Cody

Windy Sunday

By the First Mate

We are expecting Southerly winds of 15-20 with gusts up to 40 until Friday. Chuck and I spent the morning drinking coffee on the lanai watching boat traffic deal with the rough conditions.   None of the canoe clubs are paddling outside the channel after one of the first canoes out was swamped and had to be towed back in.  Mai Tai and Waikiki Rigger have also cancelled their "Booze Cruise" trips for today.

There are some folks who are happy though.....
Captain Crutch

By the First Mate

Chuck had an appointment with the VA this morning.  His knee has been acting up and giving him some grief.  LOL, he and came back in a knee brace and crutches.  He said he tried explaining to the doctor that crutches don't work well on a boat....landlubbers.
The Kona winds are expected to continue until Friday.  Yuk, hot and sticky weather until then.
Battery Randolph 

By the First Mate

We decided to take a walk through the Fort Derussy Army Museum yesterday, mostly to take advantage of the air conditioning and get out of the balmy weather.  It has been about six years since we last walked through and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  
I couldn't resist taking a picture of the reception area.  It must have been a slow day...
Battery Randolph-Shining the light on another time.
Harbor Politics

By the First Mate

The Trades are back and the sun is out again.  We had both box jellyfish and Portuguese Man-O-War washing up on the beaches yesterday, hopefully I can get back in the water tomorrow. 
Yesterday also saw a further decline to the Ala Wai Harbor. There is a large homeless population, some of whom have moved into the public washrooms in the harbor making them uncomfortably impossible to use.  The State, having decided they are unable (or unwilling) to remove them, has simply decided to restrict the public washrooms to office business hours only and they will be closed on weekends.  This achieves nothing but to further reduce services to the public and "inconvenience" the homeless by making them move outside when the doors are locked. 

I don't have a good solution and am saddened by the increasing number of people I see living on the streets but I am certain closing the washrooms to all is not going to solve anything.

That's all I'm going to say about that. 
A Walk in the Park

By the First Mate

We spent yesterday straightening the boat and washing the carpets.  One of our neighbors has recently made the jump from landlubber to liveaboard and expressed an interest in seeing our boat to get some ideas for her Catalina 27.  We don't often have visitors aboard so watching peoples reactions is interesting.  We've seen everything from undisguised horror to sheer delight.  We love our boat, it's our home.  Our neighbor left with a glint in her eye and a few ideas of her own.  Knowing her it won't be long before she is calling her boat "home" as well.   

Ala Moana Beach Park-"Tree Art"
Time is flying by

By the First Mate

We had coffee this morning with a couple visiting from Arizona who were catching "The Pride of America" later this morning to cruise the Hawaiian Islands.  When telling them about our trip it hit home that we have been here for seven months already.  The months have flown by and it is nearly time for us to be moving on again.  

In a few more weeks we will start getting serious about checking items off the "to do" list which is thankfully short.  In the mean time we will continue to work on our videos and sit back on the lanai and enjoy the warmth and the view while we can.

Friday Night races in the Ala Wai Harbor
Ending the Season 

By the First Mate 

Regatta season ended yesterday for the canoe paddlers. This last race was six miles long and there were some very tired looking crews coming in.  We have enjoyed sitting on the lanai Saturday mornings and cheering on the paddlers, especially the younger ones. Paddling is a long standing tradition here in the islands and whole families will show up to cheer on a daughter or son.  Great excuse for a BBQ too!

Canoes waiting for the final race

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1. Mark Mitchell | January 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM EST 

You are living my dream! My wife and I are about 15 years away, but your stories make the light at the end of the tunnel even brighter@

Creative Block

By The Skipper:
You may have noticed that Laura has been doing all the posting here recently.  I have been experiencing a sort of writers block the past couple of weeks.  I did manage to get a video uploaded but I have been frustrated in reaching my daily goal of writing 500 words and producing three minutes of finished video.
Walking around the harbor, taking photos and shooting video for the past week have yielded practically no usable material for what I had hoped would be our next project, a detailed look at the Ala Wai boat Harbor and the surrounding area.  We are about to run out of at-sea video so my usual formula won't work and I have not been able to come up with anything I would be willing to publish. 
Fortunately, Laura is not having this problem.  You can thank her for the photography she has been adding to the site and probably for the next couple of videos we will be uploading as well.  Meanwhile,I will try to polish up some of the articles I have written in the past and try to overcome this stumbling block.  I am sure it  is only temporary and as soon as we get to sea again everything will be fine.

1. Rob | January 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM EST

If the local boat yard has no haul-out now, if a boat springs a leak or needs underside repair in Hawaii, do the owners just let them sink?

2. Chuck | January 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM EST

There is a haulout facility at Ke'ehi Lagoon about ten miles away. d:^(

Armchair Sailing 

By The Skipper:

Laura and I had a rather unusual Honeymoon when we were married in 1999.  We arranged to join the crew of HM Bark Endeavour, the Australian replica of the ship Captain James Cook sailed on his first voyage of discovery in the late eighteenth century, for a three-week voyage from Vancouver, BC to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  One of our shipmates on that voyage, Fran Taylor, aka "Fran the Gran" has traveled the world in tall ships and has written a book about her experiences.  Yes, Laura and I are mentioned.  It is a great read and we highly recommend Wind in My Wings for a wonderful first hand account of contemporary tall ship sailing.
Wind in My Wings

Rough last few days....

By the First Mate

I have been a bit under the weather the last few days, possibly a stomach flu?  Chuck put up a video last night describing some of the events that happened around here and additionally we have heard a man broke his back that same day surfing at Pipeline on the North Shore.  Very sad.  

Chuck and I have been feverishly working on videos to upload before we take off.  We have ordered the replacement for our old handy cam which should arrive in another few days.  I can't wait to play with it and the Image Stabilization feature should be a relief for all.  In the mean time I'm having a great time just walking around Waikiki and playing with the Bloggie.  It has some serious limitations but for a small pocket camera I can carry everywhere, it does the job.
Tweaks and fiddles

By The Skipper:

Working on a way to make our site more interesting and user friendly, especially the blog.  YouTube is changing formats soon so our YT channel will be looking different; not convinced it will be an improvement, but time will tell.  Look for changes to the Voyages page, possibly, to be replaced by our YouTube channel page.

Meanwhile, we are looking into ways to improve this blog to make it more flexible and interactive.  We may change site building tools or go to a different blog software.  I do not know yet - just beginning to get into it.  One suggestion was to try Wordpress.  

At this writing we are getting about equal traffic here and on YouTube.  I am not sure how much is duplication but it might be good to consolidate the feedback some way. One thing we are looking for is a better way to share Lauras photography while keeping it here on our own web site. We do not see good way for Laura to share her still photos on YouTube.  We just do not like slide shows on YT.  We go there for video and we think most other people do too.  We will be looking for better ways to present her photos here. Of course, as always, we welcome your suggestions.

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1. rob | January 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM EST

Love Laura's pics, they dont belong on YT. North or South?

Kitty Drama

By the First Mate

You may have noticed the black kitten making an exit at the end of our video posted last week.  Boo, as I have taken to calling her, made her appearance at the fuel dock shortly before we arrived in July.  She was, even then, small for a kitten and had all the usual signs of being homeless.  Bald, ringworm, parasites, ear mites.  YUK, she had it all!  Now fully recovered she has assumed the role of PBYC mascot and is familiar with every regular who comes to the fuel dock.  She knows who can be sweet talked into sharing a bite of breakfast and who can be depended on for a good belly rub.  

Around Midnight I was awakened by something hitting the lifelines followed by the unmistakable sound of kitty paws scrabbling for a purchase on wet fiberglass.  I waited for the splash which never came but I didn't hear any thumps on deck indicating a successful recovery either.  Sure enough when I poked my head outside I could hear her attempts to climb out onto a work float in front of our boat but judging by the sounds she wasn't going to make it out on her own.  Luckily I was able to hop off the boat, onto the float and get hold of her. Once out of the water she was just happy someone had decided to come out and play.
So I'm going to have another cup of coffee and maybe take a nap later.  

Monday, Monday.....

By the First Mate

Another beautiful day.  One of the tenants is putting their mast back up this morning after a mishap from the previous try.  Regardless, the mast is looking much better than when it came down and I know what a relief it will be to have their boat whole again.  

Research on Midway Atoll has begun.  Looks like a $1500.00 (deposit?) is required for the "monitoring device" required by Fish and Wildlife to visit the island.  Yikes!  We have an Aussie friend doing Tsunami debris research for UH.  Jim left before Thanksgiving and is due back soon.  His research took him by there so we looking forward to picking his brain when he returns. 

Just five days later and the last of FSOW's hull was chainsawed off the breakwater at Magic Island and hauled away via the water route by Vessel Assist.   Hard enough watching the boat run aground but to watch it be hauled away piece by piece.  Very sad.

But it is another beautiful day........
Puppy Drama

By the First Mate

While alternating between watching and helping our neighbor put his mast up yesterday, another tenant walked back to their boat to check on the dog.  I watched as she picked up the leash.  One end was still tied to the boat but the other was now dangling over the side.  When she lifted up the leash there was a tiny leather collar still attached... but no dog.  A courageous leap into the Ala Wai by his owner and Cocoa was found deep under the fixed pier having found a small ledge to climb onto.  Owner and dog are both perfectly fine. 
The mast went up with no problem at all.  None.  The crew celebrated with pizza and beer on the lanai. Just another day at PBYC.  
Sunset sail

By the First Mate

I was treated to an evening sail last night by fellow cruisers from Australia on their Macgregor 65,' Rum Doodle.  It's always fun to go out on someone else's boat and see the different ways things are done. With a full array of electronics, self tacking staysail, and of course the ability to pop down below and grab a beer out of the fridge, we had a relaxing sail.  Since there wasn't much else to do we watched the sun go down with whale spouts blowing in the distance.  One could get spoiled living like that!
Log of the Mahina

By the First Mate

Within a few weeks of moving aboard Lealea Chuck handed me a tattered and worn copy of a book called "Log of the Mahina".   It is a relatively quick read and takes the reader on a journey through the South Pacific in a time when sailing and navigation was not as simple as hitting a button on your roller furler or GPS.  I had much more respect for the Vega and its capabilities after finishing the book.
While recently sorting photos I came across a picture of "Mahina" whom we spotted during our stay in Friday Harbor.  The current owner is now teaching his children to sail in the boat his father bought  from John Neal.   The boat was in great shape and obviously well loved. 
Garbage Island

By the First Mate

Chuck and I found an interesting documentary on YouTube yesterday that I felt was worthy of sharing.  Garbage Island follows four students who are part of a research project whose goal is to verify the existence of the mythical "garbage patch" and investigate it's environmental impact.

We've both sailed across the Pacific several times and have seen a definite increase in the amount of floating trash plus the visible specs of plastic when you pull a bucket of water.  I have spent many hours in the cockpit on watch wondering how much was just below the surface.   

This was an eye opening documentary we would have thoroughly enjoyed if it weren't for the potty mouth geek dropping the "F" bomb frequently throughout the show and the completely unnecessary first kiss between crewmembers.  Be warned if you are sensitive.  Also remember the water samples shown are of what has been extracted from a trawl after being dragged behind the boat for 1 hour, not actual water samples. What we enjoyed most was watching four young people learn there is a life outside cellphones and ipads and how they coped with the "loss" of constant communication with the outside world.  Very entertaining. 
Enjoy-but screen before you share or let young ones watch.
Kona Winds

By The Skipper:

"Kona Winds" in Hawaii, traditionally refers to the occasional southerlies but is also commonly used to describe any variation from the normal Northeast trade winds.  Yesterday, we were experiencing South to Southwest winds gusting to 25 knots.  This morning the winds are almost due West, though not as strong.  According to, the winds will diminish and swing around to the North, Northeast, then by the weekend, due East.  Next week is predicted to be dominated by light and variable conditions.

The prevailing Northeast or Easterly Trade Winds are what make Hawaii's weather so pleasant.  They also make for consistently great sailing conditions.  When the weather is "Kona" it makes for damp, clammy, overcast conditions; usually with little or no wind but when the wind does blow Kona it brings showers to Waikiki.  In trade wind conditions, the rain squalls blow in from the Northeast and hit the mountain range that runs the length of the island, dumping their rain on the windward side - Kailua and Kaneohe, leaving the South shore mostly dry.  When the wind turns Kona, those squalls from the South dump their moisture on Honolulu frustrating sunbathers on the beach at Waikiki and ruining fresh varnish in the harbor. 

The hardships of winter in Hawaii: The temperature not yet 80f at noon, tanning session interrupted by rain showers, sailing conditions unreliable...

OTOH, Laura picked up groceries for a lamb curry for supper d8^)

Opening Day

By the First Mate

Its Opening Day here in Hawaii....really. 

Opening Day races this afternoon. Both Hawaii Yacht Club and Waikiki Yacht Club participate and of course there are Yacht Club parties after. Chuck and I have volunteered to drive the shuttle between yacht clubs for the afternoon shuttling passengers to the parties. Great way to tour the harbor.   
Friday night races and fireworks followed by a BBQ on the lanai last night with music provided by the Commodore of PBYC. 

The days are ticking off and our departure time is getting closer.    
A day to recuperate

By the First Mate

Pancakes for breakfast.  Recovering from yesterday.  We had a great time driving the shuttle between yacht clubs.  The Waikiki Yacht Club shuttle is a pontoon boat that will hold 21 people. It gets really entertaining when at least half are drunk. We didn't lose anyone overboard so it was a good day. 
Chuck driving Waikiki Yacht Club Shuttle for Opening Day Feb 11, 2012
Ala Wai Opera

By the First Mate

Boats that haven't moved in years, even before we left are now being worked on with a focused bustle that has been fun to watch. During the day boats all around are being worked on.  Varnishing, painting, masts being climbed and boats being outfitted. Then every night at sunset Chuck and I get to sit back and watch them go out and play. 

We have  been blessed to spend the winter here and have a ringside seat to the Ala Wai Opera, playing nightly. 
Eyes to the Horizon

By the First Mate

Boats coming and going.  Some leaving, some staying.  Chuck is on the lanai splicing a dockline which snapped a few weeks ago. The days have been mild and pleasant in port but there have been several boating incidents the last few weeks related to heavy weather.  We mentioned March for a possible target date to depart sailing around the Islands but we think we will wait a bit longer.    

Remembering old friends

By the First Mate

Shopping trip to Costco yesterday to top off food supplies. This morning will be spent labeling, stowing and shuffling food stocks. Chuck will spend the afternoon in the cockpit installing a through deck connector for the solar panels. Tick Tock 

Going through old pictures and came across my favorite one of an old friend "Spike Africa".  Link to the article I wrote in 2004 after crewing her from San Diego to Hawaii. Unfortunately the Save our Seas foundation was unable to get off its feet and Spike was sold then relocated to Friday Harbor, WA where she has been completely refurbished and is now being offered for charter. 

If you are in the area check her out.  
The Schooner Spike Africa-photo by Laura Wong-Rose

1. Serge Landry | February 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM EST

Just a question,what do you have in electronic equipment,and for the weather prevision to help you in sea ?

2. Joshua Huffman | February 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM EST 

Just wanted to let you know again that I have enjoyed reading up on your video log. Keep it up! And thanks!

3. Rich Nowak | March 02, 2012 at 03:17 PM EST

Hey Chuck and Laura- like your blog- I sail a Westsail 28 and plan to take off cruising this comment is: wasn't Spike Africa the name of a guy that sailed with Sterling Hayden on Wanderer way back in the 1950's.....wasn't he Haydens best friend?

Take care

Oh I like your new camera-I think I'll get one like it.....seeya

Another Sailboat Lost

By The Skipper:

I have always said how dangerous the entrance to the Ala Wai can be, especially at night.
Friday night, after the races, a J24 went aground on the reef at the entrance to the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.  In the morning, when the salvage effort began, the boat was still upright with the mast standing but hard aground and filled with water.  Amateur salvors managed to get her off the reef but she rolled over almost immediately and jammed her mast into the mud in the middle of the narrowest part of the channel.  They struggled with it for a couple of hours until the DLNR Enforcement boat showed up and chased them away.  A couple more hours went by before the Boat US Vessel Assist boat showed up with a diver and got the situation under control.  This makes two boats lost in the harbor entrance so far this year.

Meanwhile, hanging out at PBYC, watching the drama and having some fun, Laura bought some fresh Ahi from a local fisherman.  It was a good opportunity to play with our new camera.
It's the Week-End!

By the First Mate

A clear and comfortable Friday afternoon. Temp is 80 degrees, light trade winds blowing 10-15.  The Fuel Dock switched back to summer hours yesterday. The store is hopping busy. The laundry facility is full and boats are coming and going getting ready for the weekend. I would not want to be the owner of a power boat this summer.

Chuck has been busy writing articles and working on our sail plan. We have been checking the weather daily but it continues to be Winter in the Pacific.  

Wonder what kind of a sunset we will have tonight...... 
Fuel Prices 3/3/12   

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1. rob | March 03, 2012 at 12:23 PM EST 

I love your posts and have been following for roughly three years. Tell us more about which direction you would like to head, North or South? How does Chuck prepare and plan? Need video on planning to fully immerse with you guys!

Best wishes, Rob

Rainy Sunday

By The Skipper:

Unusual for Honolulu, it has been overcast and rainy all day.  Even in the Winter rainy season the usual weather is occasional showers on the windward side and mountain areas with sunny periods between showers.  The rain put a bit of a damper on the first Sunday of the month marine swap meet at the Fuel Dock but Curtis sold more coffee than usual.  Laura ordered up a "Trash Can" omelette for us to split for breakfast.  We ate at the picnic table on the back lanai and chatted with crews from a couple of other cruising boats that were waiting for weather to head North.

This afternoon we have been hanging on the boat, listening to big band swing on the radio interrupted by the occasional flash-flood warning. One of our neighbors commented "Just like Seattle!"  No, we point out.  We are barefoot and it is eighty degrees; and we know that the sun will come out tomorrow.

Answering some questions:

Yes, Spike Africa was Sterling Hayden's First Mate on Wanderer.

Given the popularity of our "D Minus Ten-Preparation" video, Chuck is working on a series of articles and videos covering planning and preparation.

We do not have access to any new weather information at sea so we rely on seasonal trends and the latest forecast we can get.  After that we just deal with it.

We might.  We have found several Burgoo recipes that are not quite so weird as Jones'

We never really know. Some pressure to head South but we really want to visit Alaska.

When the wind is fair.

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1. Rob | March 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM EST

Thanks for answering!!

Looking forward to new prep vidio...WOOOT

Hope you get to go the direction you most want. Id go South, but im here stuck in a workaday job in Seattle, so my vote does not count:-) I'll follow along no matter where you go next. Palmyra is nice this time of year;)

Reflections in weather

By the First Mate

Heavy wind and rains into late last night.  We have been hearing rumors of several boats sinking and read in the paper this morning about a 50' Catamaran which sank after being struck by lightning in Keihi Lagoon.  I am glad we were tied up at the dock.

The sun is out this morning.  The water is a bit brown but the surfers are back out.  More weather expected Thursday.
Reflections-Waikiki, Hawaii photo by Laura Wong-Rose
Winter in the Tropics

Drizzly rain, temperature is 72 degrees.  Coffee flowing by the buckets at the Fuel Dock today. I was up early this morning to thunder and lightning in the distance and we heard reports of hail in Kaneohe this morning.  Another Flash Flood Warning has just been broadcasted and is in effect until 5pm this evening. The Friday night racers will be out this evening.  Another front is expected tomorrow morning with expected winds of 20-25 from the East. 
Morning Coffee

by The Skipper:

We have come to enjoy and look forward to the gathering of PBYC neighbors every morning for coffee and conversation on the back lanai.  The group includes Annie and Coco who likes to play with Boo.  Surfer Ann will be trading jibes with the Commodore before they head out to Kaiser's for a morning surf session.  Sam and Ian have gone to the mainland but Mike is back from California.  Lin moved her boat over to the state docks and flew back to the mainland to work. 

So it goes.  Does John need help with his mast today? Chuck, Laura, Sam, Wally and Albert will be available and others will pitch in. 

Anyone racing this Friday need crew? Ask Curtis. 

Ann has a car and is driving to West Marine.  Does anyone need a ride?  

Is anyone going to the Jimmy Buffet concert next week?

No one?


Just one more way to spend money....

By the First Mate

Off to visit Art Nelson Sailmakers this morning. After reviewing our stock of sails we decided it was time to replace the Genoa. Chuck is fairly certain it wasn't made for this boat but it was on board when he bought Lealea.  In our travels we have only used the Genoa a few times but it's so out of shape it really only works when poled out.  We expect some downwind sailing on our way to Alaska and there is no point in having a sail onboard that does not perform properly.  Our number three jib also needs some minor repairs but Laura can take care of that.

Order sail-Check
Lessons in Sailing: Always attach a messenger line

By The Skipper:

The sail maker came by to measure Lealea for her new genoa.   Remarking that he usually attached a messenger line but would forgo it this time, he attached his tape to the jib halyard and hoisted it to the masthead.  When he pulled it taught, the tape came down leaving the halyard at the masthead.  I could not help but laugh out loud.  Embarrassed, he fetched another tape from his truck and, after attaching a messenger line, sent it aloft on the spare halyard and got his measurement.

I told him not to worry about it; that I would go aloft and retrieve the halyard myself.  Unfortunately, I was unable to haul myself up the mast with the four-part tackle we have for the purpose, a rather depressing surprise to me.  I will have to make a rope ladder for the purpose.   Meanwhile, I will have to ask the sail maker to come back and retrieve the halyard.

1. Scott | March 29, 2012 at 12:52 AM EDT

I noticed in your last two videos that the guy who went up the mast (presumably to retrieve your wayward halyard) was not the same person who left your halyard atop the mast. At least it didn't appear to be the same guy. How did he get out of having to go up the mast himself?!?

2. Chuck and Laura Rose | April 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM EDT 

Scott, we let the sailmaker off the hook. \"Hey, it could happen to anybody\" as Captain Ron always says. The fellow who went up the mast to retrieve the halyard is a neighbor who happens to be a US Navy Diver anxious to practice his recently learned climbing skills.

Add a New Comment

By the Skipper:

I thought we had two burned out fans and figured to replace one of them today.  I had ordered a new fan assembly from Jamestown.  I thought the new unit, although different from the old one, would fit close enough to work but no such luck.  On the other hand, in disassembling the old set-up, I discovered that the problem was not the fan motor after all.  It was the switch!  Easily fixed. I cleaned up the wiring in the forepeak and got rid of the non-functioning fan. Other than ending up with a new fan that I have no use for, not a bad day's work.

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1. Kerry Lee | March 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM EDT 

Hey Chuck, could you do a little video on your cameras and maybe the making of your videos? Peace


By The Skipper:

Having gone through the vessel checklist and identified a few things that need attention we have been pretty busy the past few days.  We are well into the "B" list now, as far as the boat is concerned.  Time to turn to navigation.

I got serious, today, about the navigation phase of voyage planning.  I got on line and located what looks like three likely pubs within one NM of the transient docks in Sitka.  I have had the weather patterns, currents, shipping lanes and the Japanese tsunami debris field in mind for some time now but had yet to turn to this most important detail.  With this out of the way, I can enter final waypoints and lay off a course.

We will  continue preparing the boat - you can never be truly finished with that task - and when the new genoa arrives, we will do our final provisioning run and wait for fair winds and favorable weather.

1. Kat | March 28, 2012 at 08:21 PM EDT


Do you still need a tortilla recipe? E-mail me.


2. Ron and Darlene | March 29, 2012 at 07:22 AM EDT 

Chuck and Rose,

I want to say thankyou for the website, videos and logbook. I started watching your trip from San Fran back to Hawaii and then just started watching the whole trip back in 2007, I think I'm on day 36...amazing to watch!

We are in our late 50's? retired and looking to get into sailing. We are looking at a 74 Catalina27 to work on and eventually sail on.Now I've started searching for a Albin Vega27...your videos are a great way to view a boats capability. We live in Southern Ontario between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie right where Maple trees produce the syrup you always have with Rose's pancakes.

Are you guys sailing now....March 29th.2012?

Thanks again and our prayers are with you wherever you are!

Safe travelling,

Darlene and Ron

3. Darlene and Ron Hendry | March 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM EDT

Hi Laura and Chuck,

I sent an comment earlier today and want to apologize for starting it with Hi Chuck and Rose. I didn.t mean to do that and feel awful...sorry Laura!




By the First Mate

Chuck and I continue to check items off our respective lists while adding a few new ones. 
On the First Mates list items checked off: Remove, make and re-stitch the leather coverings on the Head and Tack of our #3 jib. Alter the companionway canvas to give it a more secure fit and a handful of other small sewing projects that should make our next crossing a bit more comfortable. Along that thought, we've decided its time to replace the foam cushion on our bunk in the main cabin.

Our Alaska Charts and Pilot books are on order and on their way.  Chuck added our waypoints into the computer yesterday and will mark the charts when they arrive.  We have one light bulb that needs replacing and one masthead light that might yet see the wrath of Chuck (possible replacement).  

The monthly Swap Meet at the Fuel Dock is tomorrow morning, maybe we will find something we need...then we will take a stroll on deck, drink a cup of coffee and go through our check list one more time.
All that is left is the arrival of our new sail and milder weather.

1. Ron | April 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM EDT

Aloha Chuck & Laura, Looking forward to following your next passage. Will you be able to post anything while underway? May your sail be dry and favorable.

2. Laura | April 03, 2012 at 04:59 PM EDT

Aloha Ron,

We lose reliable internet access as soon as we leave PBYC. We might be able to post a few times before we leave the islands in June but we will be out of contact until our arrival in Alaska . Judging the weather it looks like we will be here for at least another week.

3. Ron | April 08, 2012 at 08:32 PM EDT

Aloha Chuck & Laura,

Well you still have ample time to make Hanalei Bay if that's your starting point to fetch Alaska.I just wondered if you would maybe be sending a daily posistion report via yotreps or predictwind, etc. Anyway, all the best, maybe I'll get a chance to meet you as you come down the west coast. Hope the soutwesterlies kick in before 40N.

Cheers, Ron

Now on the "A" list.... 

By the First Mate

A simple light bulb.  Murphy loves boaters.

Moving from the "B" list to the "A" list.  The seemingly simple task of changing a lightbulb turned into a $140.00 trip to West Marine.  The screws on our Starboard side navigation light would not come out even after several treatments with WD40 and, of course, if you change one light fixture you may as well change the other....and so it goes.

Chuck is finishing our next video on the Navigators role in Voyage Planning which should be done in a few days.

Other than that we are simply waiting for a call from the sailmaker.  

1. Michael | April 03, 2012 at 09:41 PM EDT

Have LED lights been approved for ship marking lights yet? Seems like a good idea, if they can be completely sealed against infiltration by corrosion causing elements (you know, everything!) Would think that would be better, especially for harder to reach lights.

2. Chuck and Laura Rose | April 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM EDT 

The LED Lamps we purchased, Aqua Signal series 33, are USCG certified for vessels up to 20m (65ft). BTW, when I took the old ones off, they were just full of green powder. One of the wire terminals disintegrated when I moved it - and two of the three lights still worked. The new LEDs have no visible metal parts inside or out. Just a sealed LED in a plastic housing. I like that.

By The Skipper:

Replacing all of the deck level running lights. 

We got an early start on this rainy morning.  Laura polished the surface rust off the pulpit and anchor roller.  Of course the new housings do not fit the old brackets (Stainless steel plate, welded to the pulpit and stern rail). Solution: Scrounge up an odd shaped offcut of teak and cut three four-inch squares, 3/4 inch thick. Shape with a rasp, sand, apply three coats of Cetol Marine sealer and attach new lamps. After lunch, or when ever it stops raining, I will attach the teak blocks to the old mounts and finish off the wiring.

We came up with a couple of other possible solutions to the problem of the new lights not fitting the old brackets, but this seems the easiest, cheapest and probably best looking option.

South Swells

By the First Mate

It is another beautiful day in paradise.  We spent the morning drinking coffee and watching the harbor activity.  South swells are making the surfing in front of Waikiki most excellent for this time of year.

Chuck has taken a walk in search of the correct type of lighter refill which will fit our Ancor Torch so he can complete the wiring on our new stern light today. 

Some disappointing news on our new sail.  We picked it up yesterday and made to hank it on but 4 of the new hanks did not work properly. The sailmaker sent someone over to pick it up first thing this morning so we should have it back shortly. 

There are other small chores on our list to be completed before we start North but nothing that can't be done while at anchor somewhere. 

Our set of Alaska charts have arrived.      

1. Scott | April 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM EDT

Sorry to hear about your sail. I hope it gets straightened out soon. I'm excited for you about your upcoming trip! I can't wait to see how it goes. I'm looking forward to it!

2. Ron | April 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM EDT

Aloha guys's,

Well today another Albin Vega and its courageous skipper Matt Rutherford made history by completing his around the Americas, solo, non-stop trip. One tuff boat, one amazing man. Hand salute.

Weather (What else?)

By The Skipper:

We are now down to groceries and weather.  Our new sail arrived Monday morning and we wasted no time getting it up to ensure that the fit was correct.  That accomplished we re-stowed the sail and began putting things away.  Now it is time to call Les and have him clean the bottom and retrieve our anchor from the tangle behind PBYC.

Of course there are always chores to be done and little projects of minor repair or improvement but we are essentially ready for sea with nothing more than the usual getting under way evolution to be accomplished.  Our intent is to sail to Hale Lono on Molokai and decompress in the anchorage there (Shouldn't take long).  Then we may make our way upwind to Maui or go back to Manele Bay.  We will make one last stop in Honolulu for groceries on our way North at the beginning of June... least, that's the plan. 

Countdown Begins

By the First Mate

Chuck gave our notice at the Fuel Dock this morning. 
We have been busy working on small projects here and there but really we are ready.  All that is left is a grocery run.

Our plan is to leave the Ala Wai sometime between Sat. and Monday, weather depending and head for Molokai. 

Lanai, Maui and Kauai are all possible other stops.  We will post along the way depending on internet connection. 

1. Scott | April 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM EDT

Good luck guys! I wish you a safe voyage and fair winds!

2. Michael | April 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM EDT

Fair winds. Look forward to the updates. And really look forward to the videos of the 

complete journey. :)

3. Ron | April 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT

Aloha Chuck & Laura,

I look forward to hearing about the new journey. Keep her tidy, tight and shady, and treat her like a lady. All the best, a fair wind and fine quartering seas as you you keep full & by. Cheers

4. Brett | April 28, 2012 at 08:37 PM EDT

Wanted to say that I really enjoy the updates and following your adventures. Your logs & videos fill the void as I wait for summer sailing on the east coast.


For anyone that hasn't heard..... 

By the First Mate

Congratulations to Matt Rutherford, who last week completed his Solo, Non-stop circumnavigation of the America's in an Albin Vega 27. 

And we thought we were low in the water...visit the  VODA Magazine for photos of the boat and a full account of Matt's arrival.

Last BBQ on the lanai tomorrow night.  We are finding ourselves mentally saying "goodbye" to all the little things.  Trades are blowing and the surf is up.   There is a surf contest being held today at Kaisers.

Grocery run is set for Saturday.

1. Ron T.Hendry | April 28, 2012 at 08:32 AM EDT

Hi there,

I've watched all your videos and enjoy them so much. We haven't bought our first boat yet and are convinced we will eventually buy a Albin Vega 27. Good luck on your upcoming voyage and look forward to hearing from you along the way.

We will pray for you Chuck, Laura and Bree on your way to Alaska.

Cheers from Canada,


2. Scott | May 02, 2012 at 12:14 AM EDT]

You guys be careful! With the recent tragedies near southern California, we want you to make it safely to Alaska ok? I know California is no where near you, but still be careful. Also, apparently there's lots of trash coming from Japan that could be crossing your path. You might want to keep an eye out for that. Fair winds!


We plan to be casting off in a few hours so this is just a quick post to let everyone know that we will be out of touch while we explore some of the more out of the way places in Hawaii.

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1. Dave | May 02, 2012 at 11:02 PM EDT

Fair winds! Look forward to updates as you can post them!


Never Carve Anything in Stone

By The Skipper:


Departed Ala Wai at a little after seven yesterday headed for Molokai.  We sailed out of the harbor (No engine) in fine style, set all plain sail and proceeded out toward the Diamond Head Buoy.  On clearing the headland we ran into 25kt East winds and 9 ft seas, also from the East.  After a time of pounding to weather, bearing off, reefing and finally taking down the main altogether we decided that there would be better ways to spend the day than beating ourselves up trying to get to windward in these conditions (Predicted to persist through the weekend).


We considered running down to Ko'Olina or Overnighting to Kauai; conditions being perfect for running West.  In the end, however, we elected to return to PBYC where we rafted up with True Blue, also waiting for an opportune time to depart.  The Weather forecast is for the current conditions to continue through the weekend.  That being the case, we will not be departing for any destination to windward until next week.Since we are now in full sea mode, the computers and AC power cord are stowed.  We are posting this from the public terminal at PBYC.


On the plus side, this weekend is the monthly Marine Swap Meet at the Fuel Dock and the Hawaii Waterman's Challenge and we are comfortably ensconced at the perfect vantage point.


We will try to post daily updates here until we set sail, weather permitting.

Is that brownies I smell?

By the Skipper:

lealea with true blue

Lealea Rafted up with True Blue and the Cruising Grannies.

You meet the nicest people while waiting for weather.

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1. Scott | May 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM EDT 


Cruising the Islands

By The Skipper:

For the past month or so we have been cruising the quieter parts of Hawaii, although we did visit Lahaina briefly.  First we sailed to Hale o' Lono (Lono Harbor on the chart) on the Southwest corner of Molokai.  Lono is an abandoned barge harbor  with no amenities whatsoever - no water, no restrooms, nothing but crumbling wharves and what we call "Kiawe" here in Hawaii, better known as Mesquite in the Southwest.  Lono is almost always deserted save for an occasional cruising boat.  The harbor also serves as an assembly point for the escort boats that accompany the outrigger canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard races from Molokai to Oahu.

After a week at Lono, we sailed to Manele Bay, Lanai.  While at Manele, we took the ferry to Lahaina for a day, ate lunch at the Lahaina Yacht Club and strolled around like the rest of the tourists then returned to Lanai at sunset.  During the three weeks we stayed at Lanai we enjoyed plenty fresh fish and, a real treat, venison steaks courtesy of the friendly locals.

Now back in Honolulu for just three days, we did our Costco run this morning; Laura is busy repackaging and stowing provisions for our voyage to Alaska.  She prefers to perform this task herself, mainly because a second hand is just in the way.

Scheduled departure is Thursday Noon...

Weather permitting.

1. David and Brenda | June 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM EDT

Good luck to you on your trip to Alaska. We will really look forward to hearing about the passage once you've made your way there.

Fair winds,

2. Ron | June 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM EDT 

Aloha guys, Good to hear you had a nice shake-down cruise and hope you have a great voyage to Alaska. Look forward to your new journals.

Aloha Ron

3. Brian / Simply Super | June 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM EDT 

Hey Chuck / Laura:

Glad to hear all is as scheduled...See you at the rendezvous perhaps? Regardlless...stop in for shower / laundry at Secret Cove on the way down the coast. We will be cruising for July...


4. Greg Fawcett | August 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM EDT 

Glad you made it...look forward to seeing your next videos on U-tube. All the best capt. Greg...!


By The Skipper:

We were too exhausted to depart as scheduled on Thursday so we decided to delay long enough to get rested so we could be fresh when we set sail.  It being bad luck to depart on Friday, a Saturday departure it shall be.  So log our sailing date as June 16, 2012

Kauai (Weather)

by The Skipper:

After receiving updated weather reports at 1800 and experiencing increasing winds and seas in the Kauai Channel, we decided to make for Nawiliwili rather than coninue Northward off an increasingly dangerous lee shore.  We put Lealea on a broad reach in front of winds clocking 25 to 30 knots and ten foot seas on the starboard quarter, making for Nawiliwili harbor at 8 knots.

Once again, we find ouselves passing the time, waiting for favorable winds.  Forecasts indicate that may not be until next Thursday.

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1. Scott | June 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM EDT 

Wishing you guys fair winds!

"The High"

ByThe Skipper:


Still waiting for weather. We missed a 24 hour window last week, perhaps being too timid, but we judged a snug mooring preferable to bashing to windward in marginal conditions.


So we wait. Best guess for departure is now possibly Friday or Saturday. The North Pacific High, which governs all sailing decisions in the North Pacific, is uncharacteristicly far to the West of its usual location and is causing all sorts of mischief with the weather this year.


We will depart when the wind turns favorable. Soon,we hope.

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1. Dave | June 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM EDT

The NE Pacific Low that's giving us an unusually wet June-uary is not pleasing us either. This weather pattern us causing you, us, and our friends burning in the west and sweltering on the east coast grief!

Safe Arrival, perfect landfall 

Arrived Sitka, AK 35 days from Nawiliwili, HI Yesterday, August 3.  Had a great trip! Battery a bit low so will fill in details in a day or two.  Lots of video to edit and upload so it will take some time.  We will be in Sitka for about 5 days and cruising SE AK for the next few weeks.


Chuck and Laura
and Bree


1. Dave Stahnke | August 04, 2012 at 08:52 PM EDT

Been watching for you're post. Glad to hear your well and it was a good trip. Seattle in the near future?

2. Scott Moffatt | August 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM EDT

So glad to hear your trip was a success! Can't wait to watch the video log! You guys are awesome!!!!!!!

3. robert hardin | August 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM EDT

welcome home! Hope u felt the prayers of those who follow your posts!

4. suds | August 05, 2012 at 12:12 AM EDT

Was getting worried, glad it was a good trip. Looking forward to the videos

5. Michael Tovar | August 05, 2012 at 11:24 AM EDT 

Been waiting for news as well of your arrival. Yay!

6. Chris | August 05, 2012 at 12:58 PM EDT

Congrats on a successful crossing, will be looking forward to watching your adventure.

7. Drew | August 05, 2012 at 08:37 PM EDT

Very cool! and congrats. Great to hear your post. Can't wait to see the video!


8. Bruce | August 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM EDT

Beginning to wonder if you fell of the end of the world, looking forward to the videos.

9. Scott Johnson | August 06, 2012 at 12:53 AM EDT

Awesome! Glad to hear you made it ok. I'm looking forward to the videos to see how the trip went. I hope you enjoyed your well-earned beer at landfall!

10. Rick | August 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM EDT 

Good news!

11. jim | August 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM EDT 

very good news to hear you made it safely--ironically we are in Hilo right now--long story--will we see you in the Gulf islands??--Jim and Gloria

12. Jamie | August 07, 2012 at 01:24 AM EDT

I've been following your blog and videos for about 6 months and really enjoy all of it. Very happy that you made it! (Not that I ever doubted you two) : ) I'm looking forward to the video's to come. Enjoy AK.

13. Ron | August 07, 2012 at 02:49 AM EDT 

So glad you guy's had a safe trip again! Can't wait for the new videos, we have been watching the re-runs over and over again. Waiting for the new videos is like waiting for the new Fall TV shows...only much better!

Fair Winds my friends.

14. bill | August 07, 2012 at 07:02 AM EDT

Glad you had a safe trip. I'm also looking forward to your video's of the trip.

15. Darrell | August 07, 2012 at 09:08 AM EDT

Congratulations on another crossing. You continue to inspire us landlocked sailors. Very much looking forward to \"travelling along\" when you post the videos. Enjoy your stay in AK.

16. Scott | August 07, 2012 at 04:12 PM EDT

Congratulations on a safe passage. Hopefully you found a great pub for that first pint! Love what you do. My wife and I are looking forward to entering the sailing life once our kids are in college. You three are an inspiration; especially Bree. I am looking forward to the videos documenting the passage. Enjoy Alaska.

17. David | August 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM EDT

Glad your trip went well looking forward to the video's. You guy's rock.

18. W Roberson | August 08, 2012 at 10:52 AM EDT

Well Done, Looking forward to the video and written reports.

19. Ron | August 08, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT 

Aloha Chuck & Laura, Congratulations on your landfall. Look forward to the details & video. Enjoy the northern summer. Ron

20. Brian Hofler | August 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM EDT

Congratulations Chuch and Laura on a safe arrival...If you plan to cruise the sunshine coast on the way down stop in a Secret Cove

Cheers - Brian

Farewell Bree

It is a sad day aboard Lealea.  Our Boatswain of 16 years is no longer with us.  She was our loyal companion for every voyage but, alas, an old cat will develop health problems no matter how well cared for.  Bree started getting ill a few weeks ago and we took her to the veterinary hospital in Sitka when we arrived for a check up.  She stayed in the hospital overnight and was diagnosed with kidney failure.  We made the difficult decision to put her to sleep before she suffered too much.

We have shed a lot of tears but we have a lot of fond memories.  We know she is happier now that the Rumble Monster will no longer trouble her.

1. Dave S | August 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM EDT 

So sorry for your loss, it hurts to let go of our furry family. Take care.

2. Steve | August 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM EDT

So sorry for your loss. My wife and I can somewhat understand as we just put our husky down due to liver cancer just last month. Enjoy your memories of your special friend. I will will say a prayer for your comfort and peace in this time. Rest in peace Bree.

3. Mark | August 11, 2012 at 03:35 AM EDT

Ah, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you...

4. Jason & Crystal | August 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM EDT

Very sorry for you loss. Lots of great videos and pics for us all to remember her by, we will miss her too.

5. Stephen | August 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM EDT

Always enjoyed your comments about your beloved cat in your YouTube posts. Sorry for your loss.

6. Darlene and Ron Hendry | August 12, 2012 at 03:42 AM EDT

Dear Laura and Chuck,

We are so sorry to hear that Bree has passed away. We have two of the most beautiful cats that are great companions, we know what you feel!

So sad.

7. David & Camille | August 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM EDT

We are so sorry for your loss, they become family members and their passing is very hard.

8. Scott | August 12, 2012 at 02:43 PM EDT

Very sorry to hear about your loss. While I haven't met Bree, I feel I got to know her through your posts and videos. She was obviously a deeply loved cat. The important thing is you have the memories, Bree is not suffering, and she is at peace.

9. Michael Tovar | August 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM EDT

Sorry to hear that guys. At least it was while in port, where her final steps would be on dry land. Going to make it sad to watch videos upcoming that may have her in them.

10. JP | August 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM EDT

I can understand the depth of your loss. A few months ago I also lost one of my kindest friends. Chassy was a lab/boxer mix and health issues caught up with her also. From what I saw in your videos Bree was fully one of your family members and shared love with the two of you. May your days find kindness and your memories be warm. Be well.

11. Ron | August 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM EDT

Aloha Chuck & Laura,

This post may be a little different from the rest. Take a moment, then take a walk to the nearest animal shelter, they are full of wonderful furry friends needing some loving company. I'm sure you'll find a great new addition, but finding one qualified to be the next Boatswains Mate aboard the S/V Lealea could be a tall order.

Best Regards.

12. Mikko Airaksinen | August 15, 2012 at 01:43 PM EDT 

Very sorry to hear about Bree, it was always a special treat when I saw or heard her in one of your videos. She was one of the reasons we thought having our cats with us when sailing was possible.

When I told my two nauticats of the sad event, they gazed philosophically into the far distance and dozed off. Oh well.

13. Scott Johnson | August 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM EDT 

I'm sorry for your loss. Losing a family member and valued crew is never easy.

14. Bob Hancy | August 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM EDT

I'm so sorry to hear about Bree, she was a great cat and, I'm sure, a great friend. Your videos are so wonderful, and well, Bree was the star of the show (sorry Chuck). :-) I'm so glad you made it safe to Alaska...enjoy your stay. I hope to meet you both someday!

15. Erica | August 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM EDT

Im so sorry to hear about Bree and Boatswain.

16. Tanya & Scott, Saltspring Island | August 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM EDT

Hello Laura & Chuck, we are very saddened to hear of Brees passing, our thoughts are with you.


17. Wildblueflyer | August 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM EDT

Sorry for your loss. I hope you meet her again on Fiddlers Green.

18. Daniel | August 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM EDT 

sorry to hear your friend has moved on. Will another take the place?

19. Mike | August 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM EDT

I'm so sorry. I alway enjoyed seeing her in your videos. Every furry friend has a unique personality and I will miss seeing and hearing her on your post. Fair winds.

20. Brenda and David | August 30, 2012 at 03:24 AM EDT

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

21. adigitalgirl | September 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM EDT

I'm sorry to hear of Bree's passing. I enjoyed watching her in the videos immensely, as I hope to take my furballs on the sea with me one day as well.

22. Brewgyver, S/V My Sweet Girl, Ventura CA | September 25, 2012 at 04:21 AM EDT

Chuck and Lara, I was so happy to see your new video on Youtube, and then saw the 2006-2012 after Bree's name in the credits. Very sorry to hear that, have been there myself with quite a few beloved fur people over the years, one just a few weeks ago.

Fair winds!

23. Jennifer | October 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM EDT

I am so sorry for your loss. My husband would watch your videos for hours and when he showed me Bree sailing with you, I would always watch the parts with her in them. She always looked so at home on the boat. She will be missed.

24. Gwenelda | October 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM EDT ]

Thanks for sharing. What a pelsurae to read!

25. William Perrigo | October 25, 2012 at 01:19 PM EDT

Sorry to hear about Bree. Cats are amazing and Bree was no exception. It's funny how they come into your lives. Our current cat Flecki was a little kitten in France running wild at a camp ground. My kids wanted to take her home to Germany after two days but I said we will have to see if the cat was still around at the end of our stay, which was pretty guaranteed after cat food was purchased, still it was touch and go right until the end. Now the cat has been part of the family since almost 10 years.

26. Mac Daugherty | December 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM EST

Oh wow, I am so sorry to hear about this. I am finally sitting down for the Christmas holidays to catch up on my RSS reading and I ran across this post from August. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. It always made me smile, any time I saw a quick couple of seconds of Bree on camera. She will be missed. I wish you guys a very Merry Christmas in Alaska. I'm glad you had a safe trip.

Port Alexander 

By the Skipper:

Now in the little fishing village of Port Alexander after stops in Whale Bay and Puffin Bay on the west coast of Baranov Island.  Using a public computer now so I will have to keep this brief.  Laura took a lot of photos and video that should be pretty spectacular. I will hike back down to the boat and put together a more detailed post later.

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1. Michael | August 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM EDT

On a side note, I like the font and size much better on this post than the smaller one. I realize that for longer posts it probably wouldn't do well, but still.

More about Port Alexander 

By the Skipper:

After leaving Sitka, we motored down the outside (West) coast of Baranov Island to Whale Bay where we spent two nights in a small bight called Kritoi Basin.  We put our inflatable kayak in the water and spent an afternoon paddling around the perimiter of the basin, stopping for a picnic lunch on shore before retuning to the boat.  The next morning we saw a mama brown bear with two cubs on the far bank! Next day we went farther down the coast to Puffin bay and another small cove where we anchored near a stream outlet surrounded by salmon making their way upstream to spawn.

We are now in the little fishing village of Port Alexander, Alaska.  The cruising guides do not have much to say about PA.  Understandable with no amenities usually sought by yachties like fuel, dockside wi-fi, 30amp and 50amp power, restaurants, washrooms, shopping or entertainment.  There are no roads or motor vehicles.  The only way in or out is by float-plane or boat.  There are about 35 full  time residents (All very colorful and friendly) and a small fishing fleet.  The village is served twice a week in the summer (Once a week in winter) by a supply scow that brings in the mail and fuel for the fishing boats.

That is the reason we are here: we needed fuel.  We arrived yesterday and found a tiny snack shop at the head of the single float called The Problem Corner, Ember, proprietor, where we were told that the Eyak, supply scow, was due in "Probably tomorrow or the next day" and they might sell us some diesel fuel.

It was noon and the fishing fleet was mostly out so we asked if there might be an internet connection somewhere.  There is;  in Bear Hall, a sort of combination community house and library up the boardwalk next to the small K-through-12 school that serves the eleven children in the village.

Continuing up the boardwalk we found the Laughing Raven Lodge, a family charter fishing operation, and met TJ, the cook and Molly the manager and her father Pete of whom we inquired if we might find showers and maybe a meal.  Since they were under booked this week they had a room available at a very reasonable price. The menu that evening featured fresh halibut caught by their other guests.  The result was that we enjoyed a wonderful meal, served family style with Pete, Molly, her husband Ryan who captains the Albin 31 sport fishing boat, and their four car-dealer guests from Florida.  The talk was mostly about fishing and the car business.  One of the guests was wearing a Harley-Davidson T-shirt so of course we talked a bit about motorcycles too.

After supper, the guests, exhausted by a full day of fishing and facing a 6am departure for another of the same, departed for bed while Molly, Ryan and us stayed at the table talking about the best places to cruise in this part of Alaska.  Out came the charts and Molly and Ryan shared their favorite anchorages with us. Pete, having brought the family here in 1974 in his steel ketch, Blue Jacket, and Ryan were a fertile source of maritime knowledge (and sea stories). 

The Eyak arrived today and the friendly crew, curious about the tiny sailboat from Honolulu, was more than happy to sell us 15 gallons of fuel at a surprisingly reasonable price.
We would love to stay in Port Alexander a while but time is getting short and we have to find a place to spend the winter. We will let you know as soon as we figure it out. Once we are settled in for the winter, assuming we have good internet access, I will get working on the web site again.We will update here as often as possible meanwhile.


1. Clarence | August 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT


My wife and I were wondering about your plans. It's so late in the season we thought you'd have a short visit. Enjoy the view.

S/V Kestrel

2. Scott Johnson | August 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM EDT

It sounds like you are having a fantastic time! Port Alexander sounds pretty cool actually. Really neat.

3. sector | August 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM EDT 

Regards from Russia!I has long ago controlled your journeys. You are an example for the solution to live the same life. But let us first grow children. Can say the sum of expenditures per year. At least on the average in order to calculate expenditures and to determine its possibilities. To wander on the light is very dear?

4. Chuck and Laura | August 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM EDT

@sector - It is getting more expensive as prices for food, fuel and marina services continue to rise. Big cities are expensive. Quiet anchorages are free. Your choice.

5. Darlene and Ron Hendry | August 27, 2012 at 05:34 AM EDT

Hi Guys,Wish we were there with you. Sounds like you are having another great adventure. Now I know what you guy's use for your inflatable kayak?Is that stored on the deck top?

Winter in Alaska....must be nice and can't wait for your new videos.


Darlene and Ron

Wind and Currents

Port Alexander public float

Today is bright, sunny and dry.  The wind is blowing 25 knots from the north against the current setting up 5 ft wind waves and effectively pinning us in port for another day or two.
Main Street, Port Alexander, AK

But Port Alexander is not a bad place to hole up for a few days. (above: looking up "Main Street" in PA)

1. Scott Johnson | August 27, 2012 at 09:23 AM EDT

PA looks like a nice place. Enjoy your stay!

2. Bob Badham | August 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM EDT 

Love your vids. I have a similar dream: in my driveway is a 27 ft sloop like yours. I have some rigging question.. I noticed in one of your vids that you were reefed and that the sail was wrapped around your boom. Almost like furling. Was that planned? I had to buy a mast and made a footing like yours so I could get under bridges and tow by tailor. Anyway, the boom I purchased at a surplus store would allow for that type of reefing. If you get a minute in one of your recordings please illustrate the process of reefing. Sorry to hear about your cat. Question about the cat... was boating introduced as a kitten? Or an adult cat? Seemed to be a natural sailor. Thanks for doing the vids, I couldn't tell you how much inspiration you are. Keep up the good work....


3. Chuck and Laura | August 29, 2012 at 01:46 PM EDT

@Bob Badham: The Vega came with a roller-reefing main as original equipment. WE have had our sailmaker add reef points high up for an additional reef. Bree came aboard the boat at age 6 weeks and rarely left the boat her whole life.

Port Armstrong

By the Skipper:

Just a few miles north of Port Alexander, we are now tied up next to the fish pens of the Port Armstrong Hatchery.  Everyone in Port Alexander assured us that we would see bears here.  In the past hour we have seen at least 4 individuals and maybe 6.  The hatchery workers chased a bear off the boardwalk with noisemakers a few minutes ago (They also had a rifle and shotgun with them).  The hatchery is an amazing operation.  We were given a tour when we arrived and welcomed warmly.  The docks and pens are new, having been wiped out by a storm last winter.  Wi-fi at the docks and virtually unlimited hydro-electric power, and plenty of bears.  Check out the link.

Before we get too far from Port Alexander be sure to check out the Laughing Raven Lodge   website.  If you are interested in sport fishing, I cannot think of a better way to experience fishing in Alaska than with Pete, Ryan, Molly and the crew at Laughing Raven in Port Alexan

1. Dick (dharmabum) | August 30, 2012 at 05:56 AM EDT 

Chuck and Laura,

I may have mentioned to you in a previous comment that we recently sold our boat and are now on the hunt for another as we retire.

Your stories are a constant source of enjoyment for us.We will be heading to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland from our home grounds of Maine next year.

Please keep it coming.


2. Mac Daugherty | December 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM EST 

Oh my, what a beautiful place. Thank you for bring this little paradise to my attention. I will definitely have to add this my list of stops. Very beautiful!

A Morning at Port Armstrong

After our first cup of coffee, Laura got off the boat to stretch and had a chat with Dave, skipper of FV Hazel B, and Ben, the manager of the hatchery.  "You won't be going anywhere today" they told her.  Although the sun was shining cheerfully, the gusty North-Easterly wind meant it would be unpleasant to head North in the Chatham Strait.  

We accepted an invitation to watch and maybe help a bit with the daily operations which included tagging fingerlings, a fascinating process, and keeping "Bear watch" while some other workers repaired a pipeline support. Laura went on inside to watch the tagging while Ben and I stayed outside on the boardwalk.  We had noticed a bear about 200 feet away on the shoreline working his way toward us. Two hatchery workers were in the water on the shoreline under the boardwalk to repair the 12 inch plastic pipe that had come adrift from its support.  They had a 12 gage shotgun with them.  On the boardwalk,  about 8 feet above the water, Dave and I kept watch with Ben who was also armed with a shotgun.  After a few minutes, another worker arrived with his shotgun.  All four of us scanned for bears under the boardwalks and up the wooded hill behind while the men below us worked on the pipe.  I noticed another shotgun propped against the wall nearby.

When the bear came within 50 feet the workers yelled "Go away bear!" and tossed a couple of rocks at it.  The bear turned and ambled up the hill into the brush.  With the pipe secured the work party gathered their tools and climbed back up to the boardwalk.
After a while, the bear came down to the water under the boardwalk and caught a fish.  Laura and I walked back to the boat for lunch.  From the cockpit we watched the rather surreal scene of three bears catching fish on the beach across the cove about two hundred feet away while Coho and King salmon leapt into the air in astonishing numbers. It is the most amazing thing I have ever seen.


1. Michael Tovar | August 29, 2012 at 08:03 PM EDT 

Meanwhile, back in the real world of boring regularity......... :)

2. sector | August 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM EDT 

I living from the Siberia, near from the city Krasnoyarsk . In this year there were many fires because of the dry weather. The many bears go from there where there was fire. They break fences they frighten people. In autumn I am gathered to the hunting I charge bullets, but to shoot them I do not want. Pleas talking, who still lives next to you and on what yachts, greater or small, than they earn to the life.

3. Mark | September 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM EDT 

I so greatly enjoy reading your blog and watching your videos! I know you're not here to entertain me BUT I can't wait for an update! Looking forward to your next videos!

4. Chris | September 11, 2012 at 09:20 AM EDT

What I really like about you guys is your patience. Everybody else in this world seems to be flying around at breakneck pace, and you guys are happy to just get there when you get there. I love that. I hope you enjoy your time in Alaska. I'm looking forward to the videos.

Our Winter Home-Petersburg

By the Skipper:

We will be spending the winter in the bustling metropolis of Petersburg, AK (pop 3060).  Petersburg has all the amenities and social activity a boater could want.  We will, however, have to invest in a couple of pairs of appropriate footwear.  Our fancy Sperry sea bootsw are a bit out of place here. Everyone, and we mean EVERYONE, man woman and child, wears Xtra toughs.  since the internet gods won't let me embed a video to day, go to: to check it out 

1. Ed | September 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM EDT

Congratulations on arriving safe and sound in Alaska. How did the solar panels hold out on this trip.

2. Chuck and Laura | September 12, 2012 at 08:52 PM EDT

The solar panels worked fine. Of course once we got north of about the 35th parallel they were less effective and we had to run the engine every fourth day or so to keep the batteries sufficiently charged to run the water maker. I should mention that as long as we were in the tropics, we did not have to run the engine at all for electricity.

3. Dave S | September 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM EDT

Hoped you might be in the Puget Sound area for the winter to meet you but sounds like you have a nice comfortable home there. Look forward to your posts & videos!

4. Mark | September 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM EDT

What do you have for heat on LeaLea? Gets a bit \"nippy\" in Alaska during the winter....

5. Chuck and Laura | September 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM EDT

Dave, We will be back in the Puget Sound area late next summer. Hope we can meet you then.

Mark, we have a 5200BTU electric heater and a 5000BTU Origo alcohol heater if that is not enough.

Sunshine in Alaska edit | delete ]

By The Skipper:

When the weather is nice here it is REALLY nice.  What a terrific Autumn day we are enjoying today.  I walked the mile or so up to the Post Office to get our mail while Laura went into town to do some shopping and laundry.  Then we met up here at the library to check email and post a blog entry. 
I stopped by the Petersburg Visitor's Center and Chamber of Commerce and had a chat with Marylin while I picked up some information on the local scene - hiking trails, things to do, history and archeology of the area, the gymnasium and pool, churches and volunteer opportunities and, of course sea food recipes and Oktoberfest next month.  We continue to make new friends everywhere we go.  I would like to spend time working on the web site but it is just too nice a day to waste indoors.  There will be plenty of time for indoor activities when the weather turns. 

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1. Stephen | September 18, 2012 at 08:32 PM EDT delete ]

Why do you choose to spend the winter in AK? Would seem you'd spend the winter in Hawaii and cruise AK in the summer?

2. Mark | September 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM EDT delete ]

Was just watching some utube videos of Petersburg and it looks like a really nice town. Noticed some really big tides so checked them out and it looks like it can swing up to 20 feet. Is that right?

3. Ron | September 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM EDT delete ]

Aloha or should I say god dag,

Norwegian for good day. Having lived in Pettersburg for a few years, yes, enjoy the beautiful weather days as they come, because there will certainly be plenty of indoor days. If you like to fish, head out to Blind Slue, south of town and wait for the tide to come in. Your sure to bring home a salmon or two. If any of the fishing boats come into town with a broom lashed up in their rigging, head to one of the watering holes, like the Harbor Bar, there is sure to be a happy healthy crew in buying a few rounds of cheer for the crowd, just don't let them six-pack you.

Cheers, Ron

4. Chuck and Laura | September 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM EDT delete ]

@ Stephen - Because we are done with Hawaii. After thirty years in the tropics this Vermont boy and BC girl are ready to cool off for a while.

@ Mark - Yes. They really do get 20 foot tides, as we learned at an anchorage in Deep Cove a few weeks ago (IT will come up in a future video)

@ Ron - We are finding all the hot spots (Both of them) in town, including the Harbor Bar, and the fishing boat crews have been very helpful indeed d;^)

Settling In 

By The Skipper:

We have been here in Petersburg, AK a little over two weeks now and are settling in nicely.  We put the awnings up on Lealea to keep us a bit drier and to provide a little more privacy.  Laura is doing something she has always wanted to do - work in a coffee shop - and I am practicing my cornet an hour or so each day.  Something I have been wanting to for a few years now is play Christmas carols on the street during the holiday season and this looks the perfect little town to do it.

The Petersburg Public Library is the perfect place to work on our videos and Laura is in the best possible place to meet the townsfolk.  She only works four hours a day and gets her lunch free.  That leaves me on my own - a minor hardship - but it makes me more productive in terms of articles for the web site and video editing.  Too, with Laura out of the way for a few hours each day, I am free to work on interior boat projects that would be too disruptive if we were both sharing cabin space.  Today that involved emptying lockers and spreading the contents around the cabin while I did some re-organizing to improve air-flow in the storage spaces.  This will become a critical, ongoing project in the weeks to come as the temperatures dip lower and condensation in the boat gets to be more of a concern.

1. Mark | September 25, 2012 at 07:51 PM EDT

I noticed on a utube Christmas video of Petersburg that a young guy was playing his trombone during the Christmas parade and tree lighting. About time he had some competition don't you think. You know how those \"Boat People\" can be sometimes...

2. CAE | September 26, 2012 at 09:51 PM EDT 

You guys have a great attitude and sense of adventure. I've been following you since you left from SF.

It will be interesting to read your take on spending some quality time in a small Alaskan fishing village.


3. Tim | September 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM EDT

You two are the ultimate cruising couple! Love your videos and website. If you're looking for video material, I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy an informational video or two about your solutions for heating and minimizing condensation while living in AK. I am refitting an Alberg 30 (my first boat) for a liveabaord in colder climates and would be one of those people. ;)


4. Chuck and Laura | October 01, 2012 at 05:45 PM EDT

@Tim: We will definitely be covering those issues. We have 10,000btu heating capability with two heaters. That should be enough. We are still working on the condensation issue that we originally addressed during our winter in Friday Harbor.

5. Tim | October 05, 2012 at 10:13 AM EDT

Awesome!.. looking forward to the upcoming videos.

Pressure Cooking 

By The Skipper:

I was raised in a family with four boys and no girls.  Mom taught all of us how to cook and I still enjoy whipping up a tasty meal from time to time.  I especially like our pressure cooker.  Mom never measured anything so that is how I do it.  A handful of this, a pinch of that, a dash of something else; I wouldn't know how to cook using cups and teaspoons.

Today I am making a stew. Often I will just throw some veggies and spices in the pot resulting in a vegan-friendly dish but today I picked up some stew beef so it is going to be a hearty beef stew.  For vegetables I usually just wander down the aisle in the produce department and pick up whatever catches my eye.  This time it was acorn squash, carrots, a sweet potato, a couple of red potatoes, celery, red and green bell peppers, red and green jalapeno peppers and a big yellow onion. Garlic and a half pound of navy beans came from ship's stores.

I began by braising the beef in the bottom of the pot with some sage and sea salt.  Then I washed, peeled and chopped the veggies into large-ish chunks and added them in along with a small handful of cumin, some dill weed, more salt and some black pepper.  After giving the whole thing a bit of a stir I sealed up the cooker and put it on the heat.  It just came up to pressure so I turned it down to low.  In 45 minutes it will be done and we will have enough stew for several meals. Mmmmm does that smell GOOD?  Oh Yeah!

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1. Dave | October 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM EDT 

Sounds good, that's usually how I cook less pressure cooker. Need to get one. Today our menu is crock pot pork loin with brown sugar/dijon/cinnamon/basalmic rub. Seems the switch was turned from summer to fall today!

Cool, Dark Sunday

By the First Mate

Slowly settling into a routine.  Rain this morning.  We have never seen the barometer swing so much as here.  

I've taken a part time job at a small, local restaurant called "Helse" located on historic Sing Lee Alley.  I work four hours a day Monday through Friday.  Definitely a great way to meet the locals and short enough hours that the afternoon flies by.

Chuck and I went to a fundraiser a few week-ends ago for KFSK, the only radio station available in Petersburg.  There is, quite literally, a captive audience but luckily they provide a wide variety of programming.  Most interesting is the local aspect which provides listeners with daily community calendars and diverse music programs run by every day volunteers from the community. Beginning this week Chuck will be contributing to the programming with a two hour program every Friday. We will post a link to the radio station with the details if anyone wishes to listen in.  

Another opportunity was found that same day.  I have started volunteering an additional 4 hours a day at Waterways Veterinary Clinic. (something I have always wanted to do)  Dr. Hill has a clinic here in Petersburg and a mobile practice on his boat which travels between small towns, most of which are only accessible by water.  Dearly missing Bree. We have decided to wait a while before bringing another pet aboard and this gives me the opportunity to get some daily dog and cat hugs while learning some new skills. 


1. Dave | October 15, 2012 at 07:45 PM EDT

Look forward to Chuck's program. Saiing related I presume?

2. Scott Johnson | October 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM EDT

Yes! Sign me up for Chuck's program!

3. Ron T.Hendry | October 16, 2012 at 05:16 AM EDT

Looking forward to Chuck's program debut and so glad you are enjoying your part time job at the diner.

Working with the Vet travelling sounds very interesting and a great way to meet Bree's friends.

Enjoy you two!


Chuck on the Radio 

By The Skipper:

Well, it could have been worse.  I stumbled a bit at the beginning.  Had the wrong track cued up to start and the level down so I didn't know it was running for about 20 seconds.  But I think I got smoother after a while.  A lady called in to thank me for playing something different for a change.  If you would like to hear it you can go to eht KFSK Petersburg Home page and click the Wednesday "Street Beat" link in the sidebar or go directly to the mp3 file at and will be up until next Wednesday.  It must not have been too awful because they asked me to come back to do another program on Friday.

1. Mark | October 18, 2012 at 08:56 AM EDT

Great first time Chuck! You'll get more comfortable as time goes by and really enjoyed the music. Nice to sit and listen to while I work. Keep up the good work!

2. Ron | October 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM EDT 


Chuck, I love your Blog, and what your doing, but, be you, you don't have to give it the NPR sound, or feel, just be you, that's why we follow. Be careful my friend. My Little Grass shack.

3. Chuck and Laura | October 18, 2012 at 08:13 PM EDT 

@Ron - It's something about that microphone and headset d;^)

4. Robert | October 19, 2012 at 09:48 AM EDT

Hi Chuck, just listening to your show now,, most impressed. Hope you are doing a regular slot so I can downloat and take sailing with me.

5. Ron T.Hendry | October 19, 2012 at 06:28 PM EDT 

Chuck, you sounded great...good for you! Don't worry about a thing, for something different do a live show from the cockpit of LeaLea.



6. Scott Johnson | October 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM EDT

I enjoyed the show. Glad you posted it.

First Snow

By The Skipper:

Took this photo yesterday evening.  A little snow in the air at the harbor this morning The view is across Wrangell Narrows toward Kupreanof Island.
(Right click and "View Image" to see full size)

Laura is busy enjoying her volunteer work with the veterinarian.  New video up today, something a little different.
I'm doing another radio program today.  "Aloha Friday" It should go better this time. Wish me luck.

1. David | October 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM EDT

Great videos and a good source of information/inspiration about doing it now with less. A question. Do you have heat on the boat?

2. Chuck and Laura | October 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM EDT

@ David - When we have shore power we use a 5200 btu electric heater. On the hook we use an Origo 5000 btu alcohol unit similar to our cook stove. That was enough for temperatures into the twenties when we wintered in Friday Harbor, WA. We'll see if it's enough in Petersburg, AK

3. Alan | December 30, 2012 at 02:12 PM EST 

Love the blog, Id love to chat with you about your heater and condensation, I live is Bellingham and am just setting off for a winter cruise still with no heat.

Aloha Friday 

By The Skipper:

My Aloha Friday radio program came out a lot better than my first outing on the air and I had a lot more fun doing it. Here's the Link It will be live until next Friday.
Listen if you have time and leave a comment.  I would like to know what you think.

1. Ed | October 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM EDT

Chuck, just listened to Aloha Friday. Excellent job. Sounds like you're really having fun with the show. (isn't that what retirement is all about) Regards to Laura. Aloha.

2. Scott Johnson | October 23, 2012 at 01:00 AM EDT

Great job on the second show. Fun to listen to!

3. Tim | October 23, 2012 at 09:39 AM EDT

I thoroughly enjoy the radio program. Great music for times on land and sea. It's nice having Aloha Friday music playing on a Fall Tuesday in New England!

4. Dave S | October 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM EDT

Wonderful music mix! Loved it. But, you also have a wonderful story to tell of your background & voyages. Maybe the station isn't looking for that kind of chit-chat but, personally, I would find it very entertaining and interesting. After finding Petersburg, AK on Google Earth, your music must have sounded \"out of this world\"!

Time Off? 

By the First Mate

The restaurant where I work part time will be closed for the week so no more's time to get back to work on the website.
Over the next week I will begin uploading new pictures and log entries from our last voyage and both of us will be posting more articles soon. This stuff takes time but winter is setting in and I think we will have lots of it. 
So please continue to check back in and poke around the site a bit as most changes will be subtile but feedback is important and we love to hear it. 
We had the opportunity to do some hiking yesterday in the Tongass National Forest.  One small hike in a forest of thousands.  Cold and beautiful...can't wait to do more.

1. Scott Johnson | October 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM EDT

Please post pictures of your hikes. I bet the forest is fantastic there.

2. Bob Hancy | October 23, 2012 at 02:18 AM EDT

I'm looking forward to the updates and photos too! Glad you're having fun!

Interesting People 

By The Skipper:

We me the most interesting people in our travels.  Recently we met David and Jane on the docks at Petersburg.  They have been cruising from England in their very unusual boat, "Polar Bound".  We crossed paths, but did not meet, in Hawaii at the PBYC.  Their story is fascinating so I hope you can take time to listen to their interview on KFSK Petersburg

Polar Bound

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1. Ron T.Hendry | October 26, 2012 at 05:03 AM EDT

Great interview Chuck!

What an amazing topic to have had the opportunity to discuss. When folks like David and Jane speak about about Global Warming, we must listen and get involved in our environment.They've seen it first hand, it's so real and scary.

Chuck and Laura... when you started sailing Lealea, has there been an ultimate destination you will eventually get to?


Ron T.

Chuck on the Radio (Again) 

By The Skipper:

Just finished my third broadcast on KFSK Petersburg.  It must not have been too bad because the station manager invited me back to do a show on Wednesday.  I like the Aloha Friday afternoon slot but the regular program is After School by the kids from the local HS and it is really a great show.  I am just filling in while they are otherwise occupied for a couple of weeks.  Given my preference, I would do the shorter, 70 minute slot on Friday so I could continue the Aloha Friday theme. The Wednesday slot is two hours.  I'm thinking a Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, jimmy Cliff Caribbean vibe.  IN any

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1. James L | October 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM EDT 

Just go with your gut. Most people try to cater to others with little success. You will always do, what you know, best. Have fun, and make it entertaining, and don't worry about the rest. It will work out that way.

Octoberfest Tsunami

By the First Mate

Another cold, crisp, sunny day in Petersburg.  We have been told repeatedly this is rare weather for October.  We spent yesterday wandering around in the High School Gym looking at arts, crafts and baked goods presented by local artists as part of the Octoberfest.  Oddly, no beer.

We got a text message late last night asking if we were O.K.  We had not heard the Tsunami warnings as there were none for Petersburg. 

Glad we are no longer in Honolulu.  Those sirens are totally unnerving.

1. Edward Teach | October 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM EDT

Love your videos, thank's for sharing. One question, how do you deal with the condensation on the boat?

2. Chuck and Laura | October 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT

@ Edward Teach: We first experienced the condensation problem when we went to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. We found a book titled \"A Warm Dry Boat\", unfortunately now out of print and difficult to find. We gave our copy away long ago. Chuck is preparing a detailed article on the subject but the very short answer is \"Ventilation, circulation and insulation\" and a heat source that does not give off too much water vapor, propane being the worst in that regard. We will make getting that article up a priority.

Now the Rains

By The Skipper:

After a cold, crisp and clear Halloween providing perfect conditions for the little ghouls and goblins, the first anyone here can remember, we now have dark, gloomy and wet which is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future.  Typical weather for Petersburg, we are told.  It is warmer, however; temperatures in the mid forties today and we are cozy aboard Lealea.  I bought a pair of Xtra Tuf boots so my feet are warm and dry but Laura is holding out for the more stylish Boggs, unfortunately, unavailable anywhere in town in the style and size she wants.  I will not pretend to understand.  Rather I simply acknowledge feminine prerogative in the matter of shoes.

1. Ron T. | November 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM EDT 

Oh... I'm sorry, I thought the photo was that of Laura's wellies?

Chuck, I thought you would of picked an ankle cut...LOL!


Ron T.

2. Chris | November 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM EST 

I'm looking for some foul weather boots myself after spending the 4 days of Hurricane Sandy adjusting dock lines with wet feet. I googled XtraTuf after I read your post, but a bunch of negative stuff came up about quality problems after a production move to China. You'll have to let us know how they hold up.

YouTube and Network Solutions

By The Crew:

Yesterday we received a notice of a "Copyright claim" concerning music we used in one of our early videos from first voyage from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest in 2007.  Rather than dispute the claim we decided to delete the video before YouTube put a strike against our account (Three strikes and you're out).  Rather than take any chances, we will also be deleting about 80 of our early videos prior to the “Sailing Back to Hawaii” series that we began uploading in July 2011.


This morning we got an email from Google saying we could improve our revenue by making some changes to the web site.  Not a bad thing, just a helpful hint.  The result is that we are now looking at our internet presence closely to see if we can make any improvements.  Our mission statement remains unchanged but Laura and I have always had the attitude that anything worth doing is worth doing well so we consider this an opportunity.


Since we will be making changes to both the YouTube channel and to this web site we want to make sure that anything we do results in an improved experience for visitors to the site and viewers and subscribers on YouTube.  There is not a lot we can do with the YouTube channel.  We will delete, re-edit and re-upload the old videos and play lists and maybe look at the background and banner on the channel page.  Here on the web site we have a lot more flexibility.  We intend to take a second look at our banners, background, page layout, content, advertising – everything.


We could use your help with that.  Any change we make is only an improvement if it works for you.  Give us your suggestions either here in comments, on YouTube or via email and we will try to implement the best of them over the next few weeks

Thursday at Kito's 

By the First Mate

Open mic night at Kito's Kave.  Yup, small town Alaska at its finest.  Just finished a pizza from Papa Bear's Pizza.  Probably the best we've had anywhere but still a close second to Harbor Pub in Honolulu.

Next week will be my last working at Helse. Dr. Hill asked if we could make my time at Waterway's Vet Clinic a paid position instead of volunteer.  How do you say no to that?  Next month we will be making a trip to Wrangell on the M/V "Hallie", the traveling clinic.  
1 comment 

1. Dave S | November 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM EST

Well done Laura! I'm thinking you are really enjoy that!

Beef Barley Stew and FAQ

By The Skipper:

A poster on one of our YouTube videos, among others, has suggested that we put a FAQ page on this site.  We think that is a good idea but wonder what questions to address without being repetitious.  But then, is not that the whole idea of a FAQ, to avoid repetition?

Some that come immediately to mind are:
What make and  model is  your water maker?
Do you have radar, or SSB?
Do you anchor at night?
How long have you been sailing?
Do you have any plans to visit______

We are going to work on it and we hope you will suggest some question for us to include.


In the pressure cooker today goes one lb. of cubed beef blade steak, one lb. chopped carrots, one lb. of pearled barley, one  green and one red bell pepper, two jalapenos, one medium yellow onion, chopped, one small yam, two small red and two small yellow potatoes, three chopped celery stalks, a small handful of cumin, some sage, a generous amount of dill weed, salt and about 24 oz of water.  Bring to pressure and cook for 45 minutes. Delicious!

1. Edward Teach | November 15, 2012 at 07:45 PM EST 

What is in your combined opinion (repeat) in your combined opinion is the most inortant trait necessary for a couple considering full time cruising? thanks in advance ED.

2. Thomas Swanson | November 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM EST

On youtube I'm whisper575 and have followed your video's for a while. One thing I see asked a lot is [ what kind of camera do you use ] Seen questions about your sails. Also on the size and make of your sail boat. Also on your youtube video's can you make a link to your webpage. A way to get cross users. I tried to plug your video in my comment but it did not like me using a URL but no big deal, that's youtube for you :)

3. Ron T.Hendry | November 16, 2012 at 06:00 AM EST

Hello...I think a lot of questions are answered throughout your web site. But a F&Q area is great with directions on how to navigate to it?

After each ocean cruising, I always wonder what small craft/dinghy do you guys have on board? We are going to start sailing in the spring in our Halman Horizon 27...our first boat and can't wait to start! We are now looking at different options for a small dinghy with a reasonable cost.

Look forward to watching new videos on Hawaii to Alaska. Hope you guy's are enjoying the jobs, the people and the weather.


Ron T.

4. Ron S. | November 16, 2012 at 07:40 PM EST

I don't know that this fits in the FAQ category but... To help us that dream about what you are doing how about a lessons learned section?

5. Drew ex SVOtter | November 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM EST 

As a long time reader I know most of the information is in the videos or on the Log. Have you thought about a FAQ style Table of Contents or Index with links and pointers to relevant questions?

Best Wishes for continued successs \"Living the Dream\"

-- Drew now in Phoenix.

6. Mark | November 18, 2012 at 05:58 AM EST

Hi Guys,

I'm always supprised that you don't have a wind vane self steering system considering the distances you sail. Any reason for that?

Great videos as always,


7. John Kennedy | November 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM EST [

what kind of heater do you have in the boat and how's it working in Alaska.

8. Edward Teach | December 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM EST

I thought I would throw this out there like me not everybody has a youtube account or can reply to a specific toppic, they just want to join in on their own terms. Could you have a general comments section?

Thanksgiving Day

By the Crew:

Yesterday Chuck did a volunteer radio program on KFSK Petersburg.  The link will be live until next Wednesday.  Trying to download the mp3 now so we can put it up permanently.  

Chuck at work

Thanks for all the comments and emails answering our previous blog post.  We will get to work on building a FAQ page right after we digest our holiday meal.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

1 comment 
1. Michael Tovar | November 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM EST 

Any man who plays Jimmy Cliff during a radio broadcast is okay in my book! :-)


By the Skipper:

We have been neglecting the blog again.  No excuse, but we have been enjoying the snow and participating in the holiday festivities here in Petersburg.  We are behind on the video log as well. various chores are keeping me busy:
Snow removal - Although the harbor staff does a fine job of keeping the docks clear, I still have to sweep the snow off the awnings to keep them from sagging too much.
Fill the water tank - The 60 litre main tank lasts us about a week.  Filling it involves running 150 feet of hose in three sections to the nearest spigot, which is submerged to keep it from freezing.  I have to haul the spigot, on a flexible pipe, up above the level of the sea water and tie it off, fill the tank, then lower it back down. Then the hard part comes.  I have to separate the three hose sections and coil them neatly so they will fit back in their storage space, ensuring that no water remains in the hoses to freeze.
Check the mail - The post office is a little over a mile up the hill from the harbor.  Good exercise.
Grocery shopping - Daily, because it is fun to shop for and cook fresh food every day.
Meanwhile, Laura is working at the Veterinay clinic, learning about animal care and making new friends.
I will try to put together a new video log today but we are meeting one of our neighbors later at Kito's Kave for a pint or two.


1. Robert | December 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM EST

Well I think it appaling that you only have to fill the water tank before going for a pint, whilst your good wife is out working. and to top it all you are behind with the blog and video's. What are we supposed to do in the meantime then Chuck ??

We now have the heating on full blast as it is getting into winter here in the UK. Hope you are coping.


2. Edward Teach | December 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM EST

I for one can attest to the bag of suck that running 150 foot of hose in the Alaska winter can be, not to mention draining it and coiling it for storage. I would rather be holding a malamute for a rectal temperature. Give my regards to Sam if he is still tending bar at the Kave.


3. Chuck and Laura | December 03, 2012 at 10:08 PM EST

@ED Sam has moved on. The current Doctors are Tanya and Laura. Sam is now in Juneau.

House Sitting

By the Crew

We have moved off the boat for a while.  Some friends we recently met asked if we could look after their house and petsit while they are away visiting friends and family for the Holidays. It will take some getting used to as we are both acustomed to having anything and everything we need within a few steps but now we have two floors to deal with. Where did I put my glasses?  Laura is looking forward to having a real kitchen during Christmas so she can do some baking.

Our charges are Berta, a 14 yr old Newfoundland who spends most of her time sleeping on her rug in the kitchen and Lily, a playful sort of cat who is best described as "well fed".  

The house is a 15 minute walk from the center of Petersburg and North Harbor so we will be able to check on the boat daily. 

Laura making breakfast in a real kitchen
Laura making breakfast in a real kitchen.

1. Darrell | December 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM EST

Carefull you two. You may get used to all that space and start to look to spending more time on the hard. That would be tragic for so many of us who are living vicariously through you!

May you each be blessed this Christmas season and much happiness in the New Year!!

2. Ron T.Hendry | December 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM EST 

Hi there Laura and Chuck,

Was this an easy decision? Remember Laura you don't need the safety tether on when you open the door to let the Newfey out!

How long has it been since the last time you lived in a house? You should be able to get all the videos ready for us to view now. Can't wait to see them.

Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas Season filled with Love, Peace and Happieness.


Darlene and Ron

3. Edward Teach | December 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM EST

I for one think this is a wonderful blessing. For all concerned. Now it should be possible for all of us followers to make it to alaska before Christmas. It would make a wonderful present to your extended crew. May I be the first to say Thank you, in advance. ED

PS. A real bath with hot water and everything! It's the simple things in life we miss the most.

4. Serge Landry | December 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM EST 

Season greating ,good luck on a real bed don't get heartsickness,I wich you to continu your dream and a live on the sea as long as possible. Serge from sv Doulevant

5. Dave S | December 12, 2012 at 07:17 PM EST 

Your friends left their home & pets in good hands. Enjoy the space! I suspect there will be some baking going on!

6. Edward Teach | December 12, 2012 at 08:56 PM EST

Now that you have a full kitchen it is the perfect opportunity to make hardtack and salt pork. The necessary previsions of real sailors. Arrrrrrr. I have a question, are you both still wog's or have you crossed the line.If so are you Shellbacks, or Golden Dragons? I myself was fortunate enough to cross the equator at the 180th parallel at the same time. Arrrr.

7. Chuck and Laura | December 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM EST 

@Edward Teach - Laura is a Shellback, having crossed the line in a full rigged three masted wooden ship, no less. HM Bark Endeavour, Sidney. Chuck, alas, had to skip that part of the voyage to go back to work d:^(

It's Everywhere...

OMG the hair!!

Getting used to the house and moving around in the kitchen.  The animals are a laugh a minute as they are both very vocal and love attention.  Berta gets groomed for 20 minutes every morning and talks the whole time. 

It is a longer walk to the Vet Clinic which is nice, more exercise and great views.  Snow again yesterday afternoon but it turned into rain last night and it is raining again now.  The vet, Dr. Hill is in Cordova until the new year so I'll use the down time to do some re-organizing at the clinic and conduct an inventory.  If anyone is interested you can find the clinic on Facebook-Waterways Vet Clinic.  The page has not been used much but you will start to see more activity soon.

We are working on our website behind the scenes, building pages and writing.  The new changes should be up in the New Year.       
Christmas is in the air and it's almost Julebukking time in Petersburg and we are looking forward to the experience.

Meanwhile....time to get the vacuum cleaner out....
Cat on rug
Lily the Well Fed

1. Ron T. | December 15, 2012 at 04:28 AM EST

My God...Berta looks like one of the black bears shown in a earlier video!

My sister had one and it was the smartest, most loveable even tempered dog you could want at home.The only problem was her shedding and clearing of anything on tables..LOL! Oh ya...she could out swim any of us with those webbed paws.


2. Mike B. | December 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM EST

I love that cat. Very annoyed or just cross eyed?

3. Chuck and Laura | December 28, 2012 at 08:04 PM EST

Cross eyed

Trash rant 

We recently uploaded a rather long video to YouTube that showed the appalling amount of trash in the North Pacific.  We are not the only ones concerned with the state of the environment though.  The following came from Captain Richard Rodriquez via Facebook.

Being Green

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.  The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.  Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truely recycled.  But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.  Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.  But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.  But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.  Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.

1. Ron T. | December 21, 2012 at 06:10 AM EST

This is an amazing perspective of Recycling. It wasn't termed that, it was how things were done. Even though most younger folks might not remember this, and there's really no turning back? I'm glad we are better at Recycling and the younger folks will have to be leading the way! When I saw the videos of the trash in the Pacific, I had no idea it was like that.

That should be Front Page News!


Ron T.

2. Ron W. | December 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM EST

Here is an even more amazing perspective to think about Ron T.'s post, \\\"it was how things were done\\\". Yes indeed, it was how things were done. And people believed they were living just fine, they were.

All the new and advanced items that have made our lives easier over time, have been provided mainly to create a profit, and yes advancement does create jobs too, which means growth, etc, etc.

So here's the amazing perspective. The \\\"green industry\\\", and it is an industry, at it's base root, is primarily there to make a profit. It is just another marketing scheme to influence people to buy \\\"the new and improved green products\\\" that will still end up in the same landfills, empty fields, or our oceans.

If we are truly interested in cutting down the waste and garbage that's out there, we need to learn to do with less, and truly recycle they way folks did, before they knew they were the true environmentalists. But that's going to really cut into someones profit margin, so don't hold your breath. The daily influence to \\\"spend\\\" is never going to go away.

Most cruisers, boat folks, or folks that live the simple life, like Chuck & Laura, get it and don't need a Federally mandated and supported, commercialized program. They just apply common sense and good judgement.

Thanks Chuck & Laura for the greater awareness you have provided through your web-site. The rewards and values of living a simpler life, and the virtues of common sense and good judgement. Going to Sea is a wonderful learning and builder of proper perspective. Sail on Mates.

3. CAE | December 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM EST

Plastic is tough and takes forever to breakdown. I've seen it all over secluded beaches in Panama.

Are there many other live-aboard's in your marina?

4. Alans | January 02, 2013 at 07:20 PM EST 

This is one of the best blog posts I have ever read, in fact I wish I would have written it. Alan

5. cris | January 13, 2013 at 03:15 PM EST 

Great recycling commentary. Thank you for your videos and website, keep it up.

Merry Christmas! 

By the First Mate

Spent yesterday and today Julebukking around the town of Petersburg.

Many businesses around town put together a spread of different types of food and drink for their customers.  There is definitely a festive feel in the air.  Surprisingly, many of the drinks were spiked.  Life in a small town- Love it!

Julebukking at Wild Celery.  Smoked Venison and Moose Milk, available in Leaded or Unleaded.

Merry Christmas to All.  

1. Dave S | December 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM EST 

Merry Christmas Laura & Chuck! Hawaii to Alaska; much different Christmas flavor huh?

2. Serge Landry | December 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM EST

Merry Christmas Laura & Chuck!

3. ChronicCantabridgean | December 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM EST

Hi. I am your latest barnacle that latched on to your boat last night. After several hours of archive video watching I have managed to fast forward to present. :)

I am dying to know what made you choose a cold climate destination for winter. Most go the opposite tack no?

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