The Logbook Archives  -  2013
A New Year
By the First Mate

It has been raining the last few days so the snow is slowly turning to mush, more snow expected again tonight or tomorrow. 

New Years came quietly through Petersburg.  No fireworks or hard partying here.  Chuck and I watched a few movies, ate a plate of nachos and retired early.  We still have another month of house sitting before we can get back to the boat when it will be time to begin thinking about our next cruising season. We haven't decided yet how far North we want to go.  We've been told by many that Glacier Bay is a must, Juneau, Skagway, way to many choices and very little time unless we plan to spend another winter in Alaska. Fortunately there is little to do on the boat before we head out.   

The house does not come equipped with a barometer and the temperature remains at a steady 70 degrees inside so I am feeling oddly out of touch and disconnected from the wind, weather and tides.  I guess it's cabin fever of a different sort.

Meanwhile, having a great time working at Waterway's Vet Clinic. Dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and temperaments. Still miss Bree terribly so its a good therapy. 

Glenn, listening to your music mix while surfing the net and updating log.  Thank You!      


By The Skipper:

I spent all morning re-working the latest video for our Hawaii to 
Alaska series.  Jesus saves, but I did not.  Now the editing program is locked up and I am waiting, hoping against hope, to see if it will come back to life while I use the household PC to complain to the blogoshpere.

Three hours of painstaking editing lost. (Whaaaaaa!).

Nothing to do but make another pot of coffee and start over.

Laura is working on the web site on her laptop, occasionally screaming at the somewhat buggy website builder software that Network Solutions provides.  We are considering switching to Wordpress.

So goes our love/hate relationship with electronic devices.

But it will be lunch time soon, after which we will venture out into the real world; Laura to the vet clinic and I to the harbor to check on the boats in my charge.  Maybe I'll get a drink at Kito's before I tackle that video again this afternoon.

1. Weldon Wahl | January 05, 2013 at 04:04 AM EST 

I feel your pain dealing with frustrating software but I want to say how much I look forward to your videos and appreciate your perseverance.

2. Brewgyver | January 31, 2013 at 05:20 PM EST

Hey Chuck, you mentioned you were also checking other boats? Care to elaborate? :)

3. Chuck Rose | February 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM EST 

@Brewgyver - Part of the house sitting deal. The owners of the house, like most folks here in Petersburg, have a commercial fishing boat in the harbor. They, in turn, are watching over another boat so I inherited responsibility for both while they are away.

Shake and Rattle

By the First Mate

7.7 quake off the coast of Alaska near Craig last night. We woke up to the house shaking and creaking. Creepy. Chuck thought for a brief moment the wind was shaking the rigging....  No damage has been reported and neither cat or dog seemed the slightest rattled. 

We have not gotten any of the predicted snow over the last few days. Rain has melted most of the remaining snow away leaving piles of accumulated snow here and there surrounded by icy patches of mud and sand.  Temp is holding at 39 degrees. Surprisingly warm.  
Today Chuck will be working on our next video (again), hopefully remembering to "save" frequently, and I will be working on the website editing pages and building new ones, including a FAQ page which won't be available for a few days yet.  Posted a new article on the Captain's Notebook yesterday-"Our Cruising Philosophy".

Thanks to everyone sending their feedback and keeps us motivated.  

1. Mike | January 05, 2013 at 09:23 PM EST

I happen to be awake and browsing the internet when the tsunami warning went out. You guys were the first thing I thought of. Glad all is ok and glad the weather is nice for you.

2. Daniel | January 06, 2013 at 01:24 AM EST

Just heard about the quake. Glad to see you two doing well. Felt an earthquake twice in my life, both happen to be while deployed to Afghanistan. Both were wierd experiences.

Stay Safe!


3. Manning | January 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM EST

Did not hear anything about your quake here on the east coast. Were you on the boat? Stay safe you guy's I need your videos to kill my long 12 hour watches. what will be your next adventure?

4. Chuck and Laura | January 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM EST

@Manning - Current plans are for a series on exploring SE Alaska. We already have some excellent video footage taken during the six week trip from Sitka to Petersburg and we are planning more exploration in the spring.

5. Darrell | January 07, 2013 at 01:51 PM EST

I just finished reading the latest entry into the Captains notebook.

All I can say is Thank you again and again. This is exactly what information I am looking for as I prepare to move into the same lifestyle you have chosen. The dispelling of the marketing myths (bigger is safer) is refreshing and it is so good to see some real meaningful costs associated with cvruising in todays dollars. I inch ever closer thanks to you!!

Sunday Walk

By the First Mate

We needed groceries yesterday so we took Berta along for a walk into town with us.  She is 14 and getting a bit slow but manages well enough with the encouragement of a cookie or two.  

Being Sunday most everything is closed in Petersburg except for the Trading Union grocery store so it was a quick tour through town then back to the house.  The larger store, Hammer & Wikan is open too but it is a much longer walk, too long for the old girl.  They do provide a free shuttle if you spend over $25.00 but we figured Berta probably wouldn't be welcome as a passenger.  We have been surprised at the price of living here which is considerably lower than expected given how remote we are.  We had been lead to believe it was very expensive to stay here but I guess its all relative when compared to Hawaii or San Francisco. 

Walking along Nordic Drive
Walking along Nordic Drive

Must Share

By the First Mate

Just found this on one the the cruising forums we participate on.  Must say I haven't laughed this hard in a very long time so I had to share.  


1. Scott Johnson | January 08, 2013 at 01:51 AM EST 

Ah - gotta love the Irish...

2. Art Bedard | January 08, 2013 at 01:16 PM EST 

That was super funny.... \"And, uh, we're at the salin'. Yeap.\"

3. Daniel | January 09, 2013 at 02:03 PM EST 

I saw this on a forum the other day and made me laugh pretty hard.

Life as a recording engineer.

4. Pete | January 14, 2013 at 06:36 AM EST

loved it.... what a GOLD medla find, Thanks.

PS, also enjoying/enjoyed your videos. Fantastic stuff...

Cheers, Pete

Website Woes 

By the First Mate

We apologize if some pages seem to be "missing", most notably The Galley.  Our website host Network Solutions seems to be having trouble of some sort and it is effecting our site.  Be patient, it will return....we hope....

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1. M. Milla | January 11, 2013 at 03:40 AM EST 

been tag-sailing along, never been to alaska, sure is beautiful from non commercial / ocean liner point of view. thnks for the pics and stories.  Seen many site, your insight is down to well understood level. keep up the logbook.

Rainy days and Rainy nights

By the First Mate

Temperature is up to a very warm 42 degrees resulting in lots of rain.

Our time in the house is almost over as the owners return again on the 27th.  Admittedly it has been rather pleasant walking around the house barefoot compared to two layers of wool socks aboard.  Both Chuck and I have gained weight during the holidays which I blame solely on having access to a refrigerator and stove.  We have been eating things not usually on our menu and quite frankly I have been having fun baking.

The owner has all sorts of old cookbooks and I have spent hours pouring through them.  Ohhhh, this sounds good..... 

We will also miss the company of the pets.  Lily the cat has taken to following me around the house and lying close by whenever I sit down and Berta has,in the last few days, started lying at our feet when we are sitting on the couch rather than on her rug farther away.  Having them around has helped with the transition of losing Bree.  

We have discussed adopting another cat as crew, however, we both remember how often Bree fell in as a kitten playing around on deck.  Bad enough in the warm Hawaiian waters but the temp here would be shocking not to mention the currents that rip through the harbor.  If a kitten fell in at the wrong time of day, unseen, there would be no rescue.

Another pet will have to wait.

We have, at last,  gotten "The Galley" page back up and will continue to improve and add to the site....slowly.  (It is taking a while to get the dent out of my forehead from the previous week).   
Great Balls of Fire

By the First Mate

Ran across this picture today while browsing The Bitter End Blog.  We met Captain Richard Rodriguez while in Seattle and check his site frequently for boating news from the Pacific NorthWest and around the world.  

We have been asked many times if we have ever had any scary moments and I can honestly say "No, we have not", however if I saw this on the horizon I would definitely have "a moment".  
Link to original article and more pictures.

1. Ron T. | January 18, 2013 at 05:32 AM EST

OMG! I don't know how you would handle that,firstly trying to figure what is was. Then...get the hell out of there!



2. Chris | January 19, 2013 at 01:50 PM EST 

Just watched your recent upload to YouTube. Can appreciate Chuck's frustration with length of trip & wanting to get to destination after 21 days at sea. Especially as weather was pretty calm for quite a while. (No excitement ).

Just an observation but putting on a bit of weight may not have been such a bad thing for Chuck as he looked like he could use a few pounds. Enjoy reading blog & watching videos while sitting indoors. 100 km winds & blowing snow forecasted for Southern Ontario.

FAQ is here.

By the First Mate

We've been trying to take advantage of house sitting in a place with easy internet access to build on and improve our site.  I am amazed and often frustrated with the amount of time it takes to make changes or updates to the site. I thought this computer stuff was supposed to be "easy"?  WYSIWYG? Unfortunately not a term that applies to our software and can make for a frustrating hour or four....kind of makes me yearn for the sea.....

At last the FAQ page is up!  This page will be edited and added to as more questions arise. 

Meanwhile, this will be our last week in the house.  Today I plan on making a batch of Choc. Chip cookies and catching the Castle Marathon on T.V.


1. Ron T. | January 21, 2013 at 06:12 AM EST

Hi Laura and Chuck,

Computers were to be easy and we are suppose to be a paperless society...ya right!

F&Q is great, thank you guys.The one big reason your videos of cruising is so interesting and great is the fact it is everyday life at sea. For those like us, who have not had the opportunity yet to experience this, it's living it on our laptops.

You must also keep a daily log/diary/journal. Is it for personal reasons only or is there a requirement to do so? Can you post an example of what you do? Thanks and keep baking...oh ya, what were those storage bags you kept talking about that save your tomatoes for such a long period?

Have a nice!


2. laura | January 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM EST 

Aloha Ron,

Log books are not a requirement for yachts but we do keep one that has basic information plus I keep written journals from every voyage. I am in the process of transferring these into a readable format onto a page called \"First Mate Journals\". Coming soon.

Google \"Debbie Meyer Green Bags\". If you have an \"As seen on TV\" store nearby they are cheapest there.

Day's Work

By The Skipper:

While Laura worked on her journal and the web site, I did another radio program for KFSK Petersburg featuring Hawaiian slack key guitar selections.

1. toosinbeymen | January 23, 2013 at 09:47 AM EST 

Lovely music, Chuck. I'm with you. Let's mellow out.

2. toosinbeymen | January 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM EST 

I am REALLY enjoying your music program. I'm a big fan of slack key guitar and don't get that many chances to listen to it. Now I'll have to dig out all my old CDs that I got before our trip to Maui a few years ago. Love it.

The Very Small World

By The Skipper:

We recently ordered a copy of Anne Miller's "Out of the Blue" from  When the used hard cover volume arrived, we found inscribed in blue ball point on the flyleaf "T. Skidmore" Tony Skidmore of course is well known for his single handed circumnavigation of the globe in his Vega "Lorna Doone". You can read Tony's story on the American Vega Association"Voyages" page.

This week, the Pacific Northwest VEGAtarians began discussions for planning their annual Rendezvous.  Tentatively, the gathering will be held at Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island, Washington the second week of September.  If that plan holds, we hope to attend.  This will be the thirteenth annual gathering of the group.  Laura and I have attended five of the rendezvous, flying in from Hawaii for the first one in 2001.  We always have a great time and we are looking forward to seeing our many old friends again.
Nearing the End

By the First Mate

Shhhhhh, don't tell your mom.  After two months Lily the cat finally slept with us last night.  I don't think her parents usually allow her on the bed.  She is a sweet cat and I will miss her company.  With the unusually warm weather (40's) I have been opening the front door in the morning and letting her watch birds on the feeder.  

Chuck will spend a good part of today on the boat getting her ready for our return.  Tomorrow afternoon will be spent cleaning the house in preparation for the owner's return and transferring stuff that has migrated off the boat and into the house over the last two months. The temperature is expected to drop into the 20's on Sunday, our first day back.


We have enjoyed our stay here but are anxious to get back to our own lives. 
On the boat again. 

By the First Mate

Sitting in the library pressed close to the heater transposing the last ten days of my journal written on our first crossing of the Pacific.  It will take another few days to re-edit and then upload to the website but I expect to have it up and available by the week-end.  

The warm temperatures we had while staying in the house are gone.  Our  first night back on the boat saw temperatures in the low 20's.  Winter storm warnings are in effect and we are expecting to see 10 inches of snow in the next few days. 

Even so, we are glad to be back in our own "house" and in our own bed.  We will miss the animals and the free internet access but that is about it.   Chuck will once again have to buy a beer at Kito's in order to upload our video's. 

1. EdwardTeach | January 29, 2013 at 03:43 PM EST 

\\\\\\\"Chuck will once again have to buy a beer at kito's in order to upload our video's\\\\\\\"

Way to take one for the team Chuck.

2. rick | February 02, 2013 at 04:02 AM EST 

I have just watched your cruise to the upper west coast I have never sailed but I have a 30' Bayliner on the SC coast I'm going to buy a sailboat in the next few weeks and head south. I swear that looks like fun so I've got to get going. Rick

3. Clarence | February 05, 2013 at 08:44 AM EST

Hi Laura,

Boots. Did you get the Bogs? We chatted earlier about boots. We're leaning toward Bogs over Xtratuff for winter Dink/high water at the dock boots. Their sole looks more grippy(sp)when worn on deck.

Kestrel Crew

4. Chuck and Laura | February 10, 2013 at 02:36 PM EST

I did get the Bogs. Very happy with them but the sole does not grip on ice or wet wood nearly as well as Chuck's Xtra Tuffs.

Welcome Home

By The Skipper:

Moved back to the boat last night and boy, it felt good!  As if to welcome us, there is a winter storm warning posted.  Temperatures have plummeted, heavy snow is in the forecast, the wind is blustery and the wind chill takes your breath away.  Fortunately, Lealea is cozy and we enjoyed a bowl of hot chicken stew and tea for supper last night while the wind buffeted the awnings.

Today I am at the library preparing for my "Street Beat" radio program tomorrow.  More Hawaiian or perhaps some surf and hot rod rock from the sixties? Tune in to find out.

1. Pavel | January 28, 2013 at 09:36 PM EST

Dear Chuck and Laura!

I'm from Ukraine but last two days could not to stop watching your exciting videos. I dream about a sea too.

Your articles on site impressed me very much and showed the right way to prepare for cruising.

I wish you all the best, you both are very good persons, thank you for sharing your experience!


2. Scott Johnson | January 29, 2013 at 12:36 AM EST

Stay warm, guys!

3. Von | January 29, 2013 at 03:50 AM EST

Take care guys, keep warm, stumbled across your website and YouTube videos a week ago (dont ask me how but since watching Life Of Pi movie got obsessed about the Pacific ocean) never sailed in my life, can't swim and I've got the sailing bug, convinced I was feeling mal de mer after hours of watching your accounts at sea, looking forward to more to come.

4. Ron T. | January 29, 2013 at 05:30 AM EST 

Welcome home you two! From your comments it sounds like Relief....home is home.

I'm sure Lily will miss you, and she just started to believe in you!

Chuck, the Beach Boy's were great.



5. Biil&Deb | January 29, 2013 at 09:38 AM EST

Hi great site have been poking around your videos and blogs for a while now and find it to be very well done.We have been landlocked for the past 16 years but should be back on the water this summer if all goes as planned,boatbuilding is a slow process. Stay warm n dry .B&D

Radio, Pizza and Alaskan IPA 

By The Skipper:

Did my radio program on KFSK Petersburg today.  I stuck with the Hawaiian music because folks around here seem to like it.  I am still thinking I would like to do a Jan and Dean/Beach Boys/Dick Dale hot rod themed show but I need to gather some more music as I don't quite have enough in my collection for the two hour Street Beat time slot.  While I was at the station, Mindy reminded me not to miss the KFSK membership meeting and pot-luck supper at the Sons of Norway Hall on Saturday night.

After the program, I walked up to the Post Office for some exercise (No mail) then down to Papa Bear's Pizza to pick up a pie, and over to Kito's Kave for a pint of Alaskan IPA to wash it down with.

I'll get to the next video log tomorrow.

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1. Ron T. | January 30, 2013 at 05:54 AM EST

Hi Chuck...have a look at your email (american vega) I've attached a few sites with great tunes that you may find helpful for your radio show.


Ron T.

Just Life 

By The Skipper:

Saturday night  we went to the KFSK Petersburg annual membership meeting and potluck dinner.  What a great time!  The Superbowl theme was a lot of fun and we got to meet more new people from the community.

People often ask us questions about the "Cruising Life".  Unless they are pretty specific we sometimes don't quite know how to respond. Aside from the fact that we relocate frequently, we don't see our life as much different from any other semi-retired couple.  

We shop for groceries, cook meals, do laundry, maintain our home, socialize, make new friends and participate in community events where ever we happen to be.  Except of course that there is much less traffic, is taking the boat to Molokai from Honolulu or to Red Bluff Bay from Sitka so different from taking the RV to Sequoia from Burbank or to Yellowstone from Phoenix?.

We have hobbies and interests just like anyone else.  We love books and  movies.  Laura is a lifelong photography buff. I have played music since I was seven and have gotten interested in video editing and web site development in recent years.  Both of us love motorcycles and animals and the outdoors.  As much as possible we try to incorporate these things into our daily life.

The only real difference is that we have more choices that some others because we live on a boat and have greater mobility.

1. Ron T. | February 06, 2013 at 05:38 PM EST

I think people are impressed and amazed that you guys have this interesting life style.

What you guys do is what most of us only dream we could do! A lot of folks sail...but you explore and settle in new locations.You both have such warm personalities, no wonder you fit in so well with community social life. Your videos let us be a part of your lives...the more you enjoy, the more we do!

Great job on Facebook.

Ron T.

2. hans petersen | February 08, 2013 at 12:08 AM EST

I was was watching random stuff on you-tube, found your videos, watched your trip to Alaska up till day 28, went to find out were you where now and to my surprise your in my town welcome to Petersburg AK!!

3. Chuck and Laura | February 10, 2013 at 02:45 PM EST

Thank you Hans, we love it here,

New Facebook Page

We thought it might make it easier to keep track of what we are doing so we created a new Facebook Page

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1. Clemens | February 08, 2013 at 02:48 PM EST


Thank you So much for sharing your life.

I have read and watched many of your youtubes... I watched the entire trip to Alaska....bravo

You my dear are a charm, Chuck is so lucky to have you as a mate...

Cheers, stay safe.

P.S. I have many questions, but first I read and watch more. Thank you so much, may our lord bless and watch over you both.

13th Annual PNW VEGAtarian Rendezvous

By The Skipper:

If you are on the American Vega Association mailing list you should have received this in email.  Everyone is welcome whether you have a Vega or no boat at all.  We plan to be there and hope you can make it too.

Aloha ka'kou! (Somehow, greeting in Hawaiian makes me feel warmer)

The AVA has had a surge of new memberships in the last six months.  Welcome aboard to all of you.

We have heard rumblings of an East Coast Rendezvous for 2013 but nothing specific yet.  Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest VEGAtarians have announced their 13th annual Rendezvous.  Peter Jacobs has apparently stepped up to organize the event.  This year to be hosed on the US side of the border.  These Rendezvous are always great fun.  Everyone is welcome, whether you sail in, fly in or bring your car on the ferry.  Here are the details via email from Peter:

Hello all,
I've had favorable feedback from enough people to set the 2013 PNW Rendezvous

The 2013 PNW Rendezvous will be held Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September
2013 at Lopez Island Resort in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island, San Juan Islands
Group, Washington State, USA. (48°30.774'N, 122°54.894'W)

Space is being held for 10 boats, but I was advised that more would not be a
problem. Registration is up to each person and can be done by phone
(800.736.3434). For more information please visit the Resort website at

Moorage fees show on this page are for the winter season. Summer rates (until
the end of October) are:
up to 30' $43.95 per night
up to 40' $53.95 per night
This includes power and water.

For those who haven't attended a PNW Rendezvous before, they are a totally
informal affair with no planned events and no schedule. In the past the first
evening's meal has been at a local restaurant and the next evening a potluck
supper is held around the boats at the dock. In between times there is dinghy
sailing, Kayaking, and of course a lot of boat "noodling". The Resort has a nice
swimming pool, and there is a village about a 20 minute walk down the road.

For those who want to take in other events in the area here's a rundown of some
of what's going on:
- Victoria Classic Boat Festival, Aug. 30 - Sept.1
- Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 3 & 4
- Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival,Sept. 7-9

Please contact me if you plan to attend and have any questions.
Peter Jacobs
Victoria BC 

Many thanks to Peter for taking on the responsibility of getting things organized.  I hope that you will attend if at all possible.  We have been to Fisherman bay before and had a great time.  Is the Hot Tub still available?  We will find out.  There are shore accommodations for those who cannot bring their boats.  Lopez Island has ferry service so you can get there by car if you must but the floatplane is more fun.  Nothing like flying in a Beaver!

I will be posting the information on the AVA website soon.

"Fair Winds"

Chuck Rose
SV Lealea, V1860
North Harbor, Petersburg, AK
Grand Poohbah

Xtra Tuff Boots - Three Months 

By The Skipper:

Three months, almost to the day, after I bought my Xtra Tuffs I noticed a cut or crack on the top of the boot where it creases as I walk.  The neoprene outer looked like it had been sliced with a knife about 3/4 of an inch across the instep on top.  The grey cloth liner was showing through.  I took the boots back to Piston & Rudder where I bought them.  They made no fuss about replacing them. I was in and out with my new boots in less than ten minutes.  The manufacturer is replacing, without question, every pair that comes back. 

The people at P&R told me they had not seen this failure before but they are still getting a lot of returns of the made in China boots.  I noticed that the neoprene in my new pair is different from the first pair, which was noticeably different from the old US made boots.  My new ones are more like the originals, more shiny, softer and more supple than the first pair I bought.  Asking around town I learned that folks are still buying Xtra Tuffs and exchanging them when they fail because they are still more comfortable and have better traction than the alternatives. I had also noticed that while Laura needs those strap-on metal traction devices for her Boggs boots in the snow and ice, my Xtra Tuffs grip just fine.

It looks like the manufacturer is making changes to alleviate the problems with durability of the new imported boots.  I hope they get it right. Xtra Tuffs are almost as common in SE Alaska as rubber slippers are in Hawaii.

1. Michael Tovar | February 09, 2013 at 09:03 PM EST 

So she needs to \"chain up\" in order to proceed to her destination? I've seen those in truck stops in the Northern US, do they really work that well?

2. Chuck and Laura | February 10, 2013 at 02:39 PM EST 

Yes, they really do work.

. Chris Bogle | February 14, 2013 at 06:22 PM EST

Had the very same experience recently with a pair of Kamik insulated water boots. Cracked & leaked at the very same spot. They don't make things the same as they did years ago. Just went out & bought a new pair. It seems to be holding up a bit better.

First Mate's Journal

By the First Mate

Woohoo!  At long last the First Mate's Jounal is up.  

Two of our four trips are available to read with the remaining two coming soon.
I've spent hours transcribing scribbled notes so if you find a spelling error or a sentence that makes no sense at all please let me know so I can get it fixed.  Thank you!

Another rainy Sunday in Petersburg. 

1. Ron T. | February 14, 2013 at 05:20 PM EST 

The Journal is so good First Mate!

We just started watching you guys on our 46\" Smart TV and it's so much nicer than watching on our laptops. When you load Cruising Lealea on You Tube the trip Hawaii to Alaska is not listed on your featured playlists...will it be?


Ron T.

2. Chuck and Laura | February 14, 2013 at 07:36 PM EST 

@RonT. Thanks for pointing that out. We had not noticed. I think we have it fixed now.

Breezy afternoon

By the First Mate

It is a sunny, breezy afternoon.  The boat awnings are shaking and rattling lightly in the winds and the mountain tops are shining brightly.  Temperature outside is 37 degrees which we are actually starting to think of as "warm".  LOL!

Chuck has just headed out for a walk up to the post office and grocery store.  I've stayed on the boat to get some cleaning done and will head to the Vet Clinic shortly.

I had wanted  to work on the website yesterday and today but Network Solutions has been experiencing technical problems and we are unable to log on.     We hope it is not affecting anyone trying to visit the website. If so, please let us know via Facebook.

Sunny days like this have us dreaming about spring when we can depart and continue our exploration of S.E. Alaska.  Soon.....  

Sunny Petersburg


1. Manning | February 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM EST 

Laura, Thank you for keeping all of us Lealea groupies in touch with you guys. I hope you guys are thinking about adopting a kitty from the clinic before you go. I think Bree would be honored if you wonderful pet owners would sign on another screen writer and 2nd Mate. I know its hard but soon you will be in love again. Even if kitty does poop in your bed. Lots of love to you both. Manning in Charleston,SC.

2. chuck and laura | February 14, 2013 at 05:42 PM EST

We have no plans for another kitty at this time, but you never know if,or when,the right one will pop into your life.

Heat Wave

By The Skipper:

Temperature up to 45f.  Heavy rain right now but colder temperatures and snow are in the forecast for the weekend.

Tonight, Laura and I are going out.  The KFSK "Speakeasy" nineteen twenties themed party at the Sons of Norway hall should be fun. Full report tomorrow after we recover.

In the Proper Clothes

By the First Mate

I spent yesterday afternoon doing laundry.  It was a beautiful day. The sun was out, the temperature was in the mid forties and I found myself walking around town without a jacket dreaming of spring.

Today it is snowing and We are sitting at Kito's drinking coffee and hanging with the regulars.  This weeks topics are the "Boil water notice" we had a few days ago and the upcoming harbor renovations scheduled to begin in August. Everyone, of course, has an opinion and the discussions can be quite colorful.

Friday night we went to a KFSK fundraising event which was the finish to a week long focus on Prohibition in Alaska.  We had a wonderful evening at the Speakeasy which included food, drink and 20's style floor entertainment.  Chuck dug his blazer out of his duffle bag and I took it up to the laundry to have the wrinkles steamed out. I confess I ended up at the Salvation Army to purchase an appropriate top for the evening and now have to figure out which other top will need to go. Buy one, give one away, that is how it works. Living aboard has its limitations and shopping for clothes is one of them.

Who knew Boggs would go so well with a long skirt?  Alaska Style, LOL! I did bring my camera along but unfortunately did not get any pictures.
Speaking of clothes.  Chuck has finished his latest essay, "The Well Dressed Cruiser".  You can find it on The Captain's Notebook. 

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1. Scott | February 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM EST

Nice article on the 'Well Dressed Cruiser'. Well done!

Is it spring yet?

By the First Mate

No work at the Vet Clinic today.  Yesterday was busy with a dental scheduled in the morning, an emergency absess on a nearly feral cat,  a few vaccinations and a close call with an euthenasia.  I am having so much fun and very fortunate that Dr. Hill allows me to assist and learn. 

We continue to struggle through the buggy software with Network Solutions.  Chuck is going back and forth between staying with them or moving, Their website building tools don't require much in the way of computer skills and are easy for me to use.  If Chuck was the only one working on the site I'm sure we would make the move.  Its all about the code.
The snow we had a few days ago did not stay around and we are back to warmer weather.  The locals are worried because the native flora are starting to emerge and will most likely be killed of if we get a sudden cold snap.  Everyone is saying how mild the winter has been.  We have been extremely fortunate.

The renovations in the North Harbor are scheduled to begin in August.  Many of the permanent boats have already been relocated to the South harbor in preparation. We should be well on our way by then.
North Harbor, Petersburg

1. Clarence and Beth | February 21, 2013 at 04:26 PM EST

Hi all,

Crappy weather here in coastal NC and thinking of some winter projects. I like the marlinspike work you have about your vessel. I'd like to add lashing on my dodger grab rails which are very similar to yours. They're cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I also have some PVC piping used for securing various boat hooks etc. that I'd like to dress up. What type of line did you use, size and would you change anything? Did you use any particular text as a resource? I have the standard array of books you note in your notebook.

Best regards,

Beth and Clarence

SV Kestrel

2. Chuck Rose | February 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM EST

@Clarence and Beth,

I just use what ever size seems appropriate. On the tiller I used 1/8\" flag halyard. On the boat hook holder I used 3/16\" braid. On the hand rails it is tarred seine twine, #8 IIRC. As for books, pretty much any will do: Ashley's or Hervey Garrett-Smith are my go-to books for most rope projects.

3. Mike Trainer | April 07, 2013 at 08:23 AM EDT

Hi Guys,

was just reading your blog you said you were having problems with your website provider, I have used a site called 'weebley' to publish a website for my sons tattoo parlour and find it pretty good, hope this helps.


Sunny Days 

By the First Mate

It has been a glorious last couple of days.  The town is buzzing with activity, people are out walking and enjoying the sunshine and good weather.  

We went for a good long walk yesterday. Toured through the South Harbor strolling down each dock checking out fishing boats and the ocassional sailboat.  We had lunch at Joan Mei restaurant for the first time since we've been here (there aren't too many options for eating out). After lunch we walked back through town and headed North to check out the view looking out Wrangell Narrows. Spectacular.

It was a grand day for picture taking and I got some decent shots. Will upload a few to Facebook.

Chuck is hiking back to Piston and Rudder this afternoon to once again exchange his Xtra-Tuffs.  The lining is delaminating after only a few weeks.  Bummer.  Even with all the returns the locals are insistent that Xtra-Tuffs are still the best boot out there for this environment.
Snow expected again tonight or tomorrow.  The barometer has been dramatically rising and falling over the last couple of days, so we'll see.... 
Another page up..or is that down? 

By the First Mate

Just finished an article I've been working on for a while.  Thoughts on Provisioning can be found on the bottom of The Galley page.  Next major project is to finish transcribing our logs for The First Mate's Journal......all it takes is time.  

Snow that was expected last night never came but it is a cold, crisp day.

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1. Serge Landry | February 26, 2013 at 08:58 PM EST 

the artical is the best answer I dream of, thank's

Xtra Tuff Boots - Three Weeks

By The Skipper:

The pair of Xtra Tuffs I picked up the first week of February are coming apart.  This time it is the linings peeling loose from the uppers.  I took them back to Piston and Rudder and again they said "No Problem".  But they had no size ten insulated boots in stock.  Angela told me she has a shipment coming in in a week or ten days and I could exchange them then.  We had a long chat about the quality problem with the Chinese made boots.  She said the manufacturer is working on it and will exchange any defective product, no questions. 

According to Angela, Xtra Tuffs are still the preferred work boots for local fishermen.  No other boot combines the comfort and superior gripping sole Alaska fishermen need to work safely on wet decks.  We just hope that Honeywell will restore the quality and durability this brand has been known for in the past.  More on Xtra Tuff boots in Alaska

Chuck's Salmon Chowder

By The Skipper:

(Laura is not the only one who can cook!)

Salmon chowder for lunch! I made a batch in the pressure cooker day before yesterday:
1 lb skinless, boneless sockeye salmon
1 lb carrots
2 red potatoes
2 gold Yukon potatoes
1 jalapeno pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow onion
1/2 lb celery
Chop it all up and throw it in the pot
add 1/2 lb barley
Cumin, turmeric, dill weed, salt, black pepper
Cover with water, seal the cooker, bring to pressure and cook for half an hour to 45 minutes.


March is here... 

Just a bit dreary this afternoon.  I've been working on my journals in the Library while Chuck finishes up the last two video's of our Hawaii to Alaska trip. We took a quick lunch break and went for pizza at Papa Bear's Pizza.  Probably the best pizza we have found anywhere with the exception of Harbor Pub in Honolulu. If you ever get to Petersburg be sure to try one of their pies! 

Wanted to mention we have been receiving some amazing e-mails lately and say thank you for sharing your stories with us. We enjoy them all very much.
Glenn, Thanks for sending a "smile" our way!  It brightened our day.  
Spring is in the Air

By the First Mate

Wow!  Three beautiful sunny days in a row.  It has been cold with temperatures in the mid 30's but with the sun shining it feels like a warm spring day. 
Chuck posted the last video in our Hawaii to Alaska series yesterday and we have already received a tremendous number of comments. The most common question we've been asked is; what's next?

Exploring Southeast Alaska. It took us six weeks to get from Sitka to Petersburg and we have some great video to show for it. Remote anchorages, small villages, lots of wildlife and a grounding, LOL!

Chuck is putting together a trailer this afternoon and we hope to have the new videos rolling out by next week.  We are still searching for  music to go with the new series. We love the drums but it is time for something different.  This series will have a gap because once we leave Petersburg in the spring we won't be able to upload any new material until we settle in for the Winter. Alas, it will be summer and you should be out sailing too, not sitting in front of the computer! 

Meanwhile, I am almost finished transcribing my logs from our Hawaii to Alaska trip and should have them ready to post by next weekend.
Lealea at Anchor
New Friends and Sunny Days

By the Skipper:

Another sunny, dry, beautiful day in Petersburg. Fifth day in a row. "Unbelievable!" the locals tell us. Of course, they are forecasting snow tonight. The only down side is that the great weather makes it hard to sit down at the computer to work.  It is Friday and I have yet to finish the trailer video for our Cruising Alaska series.  One more cup of coffee, fill the water tank; then I will get to work on the video.  Promise.

We have made some new on-line friends. Drake Paragon introduced us.  Teresa and Ben's YouTube Channel is Sailing Simplicity and they have a web site and blog as well.  They are involved in some interesting projects including a professionally produced feature film "One Simple Question". We think you might be interested in how this young couple approach the cruising life.

Oh yeah.  The water tank. 

1. Daniel | March 09, 2013 at 11:51 PM EST

I've been following Ben and Teresa since Teresa had her Nor'sea 27, Daphne. Always nice to see their sailing adventures too. Drake's videos are nice to watch too.


Nor'sea 27, Rhapsody

2. Dave Whiteford | March 11, 2013 at 01:10 AM EDT 

Hi folks, just to let you know I have followed all of your passages and enjoy them very much. Can't wait to see your Alaska adventures. I don't know if you are aware of this young couple from Australia that over the past couple years navigated the Northwest Passage in a very unique boat, that is presently in Nome AK.There You Tube cannel is I have a 1982 C&C 27 MK IV on Lake Erie. Keep up the good work, Thanks Dave.

A Day at the Library

By Chuck Rose:

It is amazing how busy we can be without going to work every day.  Today after breakfast we went to the public library and spent the day tweaking and tuning our email accounts, the web site, our YouTube channel, Google+, and oh yeah, finishing up our taxes d:^(

Being retired, at least for us just means we are free to spend our time pursuing our passions.  For Laura, photography, working with animals and reading She is also getting into web site development and writing.  For me, video editing, writing and simply learning new stuff.  Lately I have become interested in radio broadcasting, new media and SEO. I am applying what I learn to our web site and YT channel.  Most of it is invisible but time consuming. This sort of thing is compatible with our present situation-it is snowing outside at the moment.  Winter passtimes that we hope will enrich our lives and improve our ability to share our cruising experiences.

Spring is near and we will be setting off again soon to continue our exploration of SE Alaska. Right now, however, I am getting thirsty.

Forecast - Snow 

By the First Mate

It has been lightly snowing the last few days.  Temperatures this afternoon in the low 30's.  We had to break out our Heat Pal last night for a second heater when the temp dropped into the 20's.  We were very cozy with both heaters going while We watched a few movies checked out from the library. I tried my hand at making a batch of brownies on the stove. They didn't turn out too bad but would have been better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

With the time change and the increasing minutes of daylight we find ourselves spending more time in the evening discussing our next move. How far North should we go? We would like to get as far North as Glacier Bay but that is looking less likely.  Thomas Bay glacier is only 2o miles from Petersburg and not nearly as busy. If we aren't careful we could end up spending another Winter here. Not necessarily a bad thing but not part of "the plan". We will see.  

Chuck has been working the last several days on our next series. It has taken a bit longer than he planned but he says it is starting to come together. I just shoot the video, Chuck does all the editing with only the occasional suggestion from me here or there.  Usually I get to watch the finished product the same time as everyone else. LOL!
No work at the vet clinic this afternoon so I will continue to work on our website and transcribe our logs from our last voyage.  Taking a bit longer than I had hoped but they should be up shortly. 

A couple emailed us that they had recently sold their boat to a fellow who had watched our videos and was specifically shopping for an Albin Vega because of them. That we have been able to show folks what a wonderful boat the Vega is and share her value is a great thing.  

Meanwhile, We continue to make friends online and receive emails from folks purchasing boats and fulfilling their dreams.  Thank you for sharing your stories with us.    

1. Twillick | March 23, 2013 at 06:03 AM EDT 


Two questions - How do you deal with the alcohol fumes from the heatpal. I have heatmate and sometimes I smell the fumes from it and secondly, do you have much problem with condensation aboard Lealea in the colder temperatures.

Thanks, I love your website and and watched all the videos. Derrick

2. Chuck Rose | March 25, 2013 at 05:28 PM EDT

@Twillick: I think the answer to both problems is ventilation. We have not noticed a problem with alcohol fumes We think that is probably because we attacked the condensation problem by improving air flow and ventilation in the boat.

3. Twillick | March 27, 2013 at 05:25 AM EDT

Ventilation is something I'm going to have to consider. I have a nirco solar vent I haven't installed yet as I'm reluctant to cut a hole in the deck. What sort of ventilation do you prefer - the dorade boxes or the nicro vents?


4. chuck and laura | March 28, 2013 at 06:58 PM EDT 

If you can find a copy of \"Warm Dry Boat\" it will be helpful. We have a four inch Nicro solar vent. It works fine as long as there is enough sun to keep the battery charged. A similar 12V vent would be better. We have one of each plus one passive bowl vent. Those are just for exhaust and are located forward. There are three passive mushroom type intake vents aft. I am working on an article on the subject but the underlying principle is 'Flow through ventilation' and heat. Place intake vents as far a possible from exhaust vents, place the heat source as close as possible to the air intake and facilitate air flow throughout the boat. One Nicro vent isn't enough for a 30 footer that is occupied by a crew. You will need to flow at least 1500 cfh through the boat for every person aboard.

5. twillick | April 01, 2013 at 05:54 AM EDT

More food for thought. I'll check the copy of \"Warm Dry Boat.\" In the meantime, I will wait before I start drilling holes, placing Nicro vents in all the wrongs places. Thanks

The List

By the First Mate

Saint Patrick's Day parade this afternoon then to Kito's Kave for some green beer.

Chuck finished our first video in the Cruising Alaska series.  I must say he just keeps getting better and better at this!  I just hope we can convey what a spectacular place this is.

Started on our "list" last night.  Things that need to be done before we head out again.  Thankfully it is short but we are 8-10 weeks from taking off again and now is the time to get started.  Woohoo! 

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1. Edward Teach | March 17, 2013 at 09:02 PM EDT

Love your video's thanks for sharing. From what I remember the mosquitoes in Alaska are on VFR's, so don't forget DEET,DEET, and more DEET. As always looking forward to the next installment. Keep safe. ED.

Wood Heat

By the First Mate

House sitting again, plus one dog, one rabbit, one fish and six chickens. 

Flossie the dog is a goofy, happy dog and very easy going. Oreo, the rabbit, and I have not yet come to terms.  We check for eggs every morning and do a head count to make sure all the chickens are present. A very different life from living aboard. 

Unfortunately we have not been able to figure out how to access the internet with all the different routers and remotes.  LOL! We will only be here until next weekend so we will make do. 

We recently received an email asking how we manage to eat healthy without refrigeration.  This question has inspired me to write another article for the website which should be finished and uploaded soon. Thanks Breezy!

Chuck continues editing video for our series and we get excited watching it knowing spring is coming soon and we can continue with our exploration of SE Alaska.  This place is truely beautiful and I hope we are able to convey that through the videos. The difficulty will be describing how remote it is. 

Meanwhile, the rain is back.  We had some snow the last couple of days but it didn't last.  

Time to throw another log on the fire and take the dog for a walk. 

Here chick, chick, chick...

By the First Mate

Put another log on the fire, kick back and write. 

I knocked my knee out of kilter a few days ago and have been resting it.  Luckily there were several bags of peas and a bottle of vodca in the freezer which was a big help.  

Several days later and it is feeling much better.  R.I.C.E is the motto of the day and by tomorrow it should be good enough for a walk into town.

As a result I have had time to do some writing and work on the website.  We recently received a question about how we manage to eat healthy living aboard without refrigeration.  I began writing a response but quickly realized there was no short answer. There is now a new article about eating healthy without refrigeration on the galley page. I hope this answers Breezy's question and maybe some of yours as well.   
Tomorrow will be a busy day.  Time to make sure all the chickens are present and start cleaning the house in preparation of the owners coming back. 

Sunny day with the temperatures in the forties.  Eyes to the horizon! 
Oreo the rabbit  

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1. Edward Teach | March 30, 2013 at 04:11 PM EDT

Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt. You should be used to bumps and bruises living aboard full time. When the wife and I returned from our 5 month sailing adventure through the Caribbean islands, she was so bruised up the neighbors were sure I was abusing her. I got a lot of dirty looks for the first couple of weeks back.


By The Skipper:

Yes,we are back on the boat.  House sitting is always a good break but there's no place like home and home is Lealea.

The weather is improving, but it is snowing this morning and winds up to 60 knots are in the forecast in the inside channels.  Fortunately, Petersburg is a snug harbor and the wind out in the sound is not a concern.

Now we are working on the Cruising Alaska video series and adding content to the web site. Laura is working hard on adding pages and uploading photographs and text articles.

Looking forward, we intend to continue to jam on the videos and web site until mid-May. Then it will be time to get the boat ready for sea again.  From the end of May until the end of August we will be exploring Southeast Alaska and uploading videos and web content whenever possible. Sometime around the last week of August we will begin our next open ocean voyage.  Destination: The 13th annual Pacific Northwest VEGAtarian Rendezvous, this year to be held at Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island, WA.

Thanks for all the positive feedback and encouragement. It really helps keep us motivated. 

1. Serge Landry | April 05, 2013 at 06:17 PM EDT

happy for you, fair wind in May continue ,I like your way of living, tnak's

Serge s/v Doulevant

2. Scott Johnson | April 07, 2013 at 10:25 PM EDT

Great job on the Alaska series. Great vids and articles. Keep 'em coming!

3. Alan | April 14, 2013 at 01:53 PM EDT

Glad you guys survived the winter, hope to cross wakes later in the year when you make it south to the San Juan's Would love to chat with you about your experiences sailing south from Wa :)

4. Colin | April 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM EDT

Hey! stop and visit Canada, the west coast is fantastic cruising all the way down!


By The Skipper:

I put the First Mate on the ferry last night.  I miss her already.  Laura is traveling down to Seattle for a visit with her Mom and to take care of some administrative details.  I hope the weather is as good down there as it has been here: temperatures near 50f, impossibly clear skies and just a slight breeze.  Of course, the forecast for tomorrow includes snow.  Spring in Southeast Alaska!

Meanwhile, I hope to begin getting Lealea ready for departure.  Just a few minor maintenance items on the list; an inoperative stern light, a couple of screws on the dodger frame that have backed out, some cleaning.  I need to overhaul all the sheets and possibly replace them but the halyards should be good until we get to Port Townsend.

A New Look

By The Skipper:

I finally got around to creating a new banner image from one of Laura's photographs.  Now the Banner on the web site matches the one on the YouTube channel.  I think it looks quite a lot better.  The colors of the image are much more compatible with the background and, in my opinion, easier on the eyes.  We have also been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to improve both the web site and the YouTube Channel.

I am also pondering revising our mission statement; but the cruising season is fast upon us so we will be scrambling to get as much content uploaded as possible before we set cast off again in a few weeks.  With the improving weather, we are chomping at the bit to get going again, but, being the prudent mariners we are, and with no particular schedule to keep, we do not expect to be leaving Petersburg before mid-May.  That should give us time to complete uploading the videos from the first part of our Alaska series.


1. Ron T. | April 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM EDT 

Chuck...I think the banner is great, typical of Laura's photo talent.On the You Tube banner a small window with Lealea shows on the left corner. I think I saw that shot of the boat as you guys were approaching it in the kayak? I remember thinking how you must of felt seeing your home in that amazing location. It was as you were touring in Whale Bay?



2. Chuck Rose | April 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM EDT

Hi Ron, That shot of Lealea in Kritoi Basin was just too good. We had to use it as our channel icon on YouTube. There is also an awesome video sequence Laura shot from the kayak at the same time. We used that in the \"Cruising Lealea in Alaska-Whale Bay, Kritoi Basin \" video. Some of Laura's very best work. More to come though.

3. fred | April 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM EDT

You guys Rock! Love your attitudes and lifestyle and of course your website and videos.

I once had a 39' sailboat for many years. My wife and I sailed up to the Queen Charlottes (a must stop)and back to Vancouver. I am now even more conviinced that smaller is way better!

How do you guy stay worm in the winter or when your at anchor???

4. Chuck and Laura | April 22, 2013 at 07:37 PM EDT

\"How do you guy stay worm in the winter or when your at anchor???\"

We have an Origo alcohol heater and lots of sweaters.

Radio, pizza and Alaskan IPA

By the Skipper:

Just finished my radio program on KFSK Petersburg. If you did not catch the live stream, the program will be available for download at until next Monday. Contrasting and comparing two Hawaiian artists: Willie K and Israel Kamakawiwaole. Now I am unwinding with an Alaskan IPA....I mean, accessing the internet at Kito's Kave.

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1. Scott Johnson | April 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM EDT 

Life is so hard in Petersburg...

Home again

By the First Mate

Gee, it's great to be back home....

Arrived back yesterday after spending a week visiting with my Mom and Grandmother in Seattle.  With all the traveling Chuck and I have been doing it had been five years since I had last seen them and it was time. 

To get there I hitched a ride with a fellow live aboard cruiser whom we met after arriving in Petersburg.  He makes his living as a delivery Captain and was on his way to Seattle for a job.  We took the 16 hour ferry ride from Petersburg to Prince Rupert with a two hour lay over in Ketchikan. Our route took us through B.C and along the Frasier River making for some spectacular scenery. I would like to make the drive again and take more time to gawk.

Spent my week in Seattle amazed at hustle and bustle of modern society and upon my arrival back in Petersburg I threw my duffel bag over my shoulder and walked the 15 minutes from the airport to the Harbor. The air was crisp and clear.  What a beautiful place.

Home is where I wanna be.....

The Frasier River

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1. Daniel | April 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM EDT

I'm sure it would be interesting seeing all the fast-paced lives of everyone else in the city after the cruising you two have been doing lately. Reminds me of returning from a deployment to Afghanistan and seeing how much has changed in a short period of time.


By The Skipper:

Only a few weeks left until we leave Petersburg to resume our exploration of SE Alaska.  I fired up the engine the other day, lubed the controls and did the "Check, check, check" thing on the motor.  Now we are making lists, consulting charts and pumping the local fishermen for information.

At present we have only a general idea that we will head North, first to Thomas Bay, to check out the glaciers, warm springs, fjords, small settlements and wild country.  The challenge will be to get away from the "Inside Passage" cruisers that come up from BC and Washington State every summer.  The end of season solitude that we enjoyed last year may be in short supply during June and July.  By August, we expect to be working our way back to our jump off point, Port Alexander, for our voyage to Port Townsend, WA via the outside passage. 

more rain in the forecast...

Our time in Petersburg continues to grow shorter.  We are fortunate the boat requires little or no attention before we leave here.  We will have some work to do before we begin making our way to Seattle via the outside route but that will be mostly related to stowage.

Chuck continues editing our Alaska series and we are almost finished with the first half. We are noticing a downward trend on YouTube in regards to views and I am certain it is because the weather is improving everywhere and folks are out mowing their lawns rather than sitting inside at their computers.  This can mean only one is time for us to get out and shoot some more video.

For anyone interested in listening to Chuck's latest radio broadcast it can be found here until next Monday.  We think this will have been his last show..I'm sure Chuck will miss sharing his music. 

It will be sad to give up my job at the vet clinic.  I have learned much from my short time there and will miss all the animal (and people) friends I have made. 
Laura and Hazel at Waterways Vet Clinic 
Laura and Hazel at Waterways Vet Clinic

1. Ron T | May 16, 2013 at 06:43 AM EDT 

Hi Laura and Chuck,

I'm sure all the people and animals you have met and cared for will be very sad when you depart.

I've so enjoyed following everything you two have done, including Chuck's radio debut.

As far as You Tube is concerned maybe your right about the weather and what people are doing differently now, but for me when I go to the web site and enter video's the same video appears. In the past a new video would appear? I've tried and do watch the video's on my 46\" tv but when watching they appear all over your selection. I really thought that once I chose a series like cruising Alaska the video's would just follow randomly. Maybe you won't follow what I've said and maybe it's just something I need to correct, but I think your videos are the best available and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your lives!



2. laura | May 16, 2013 at 07:47 PM EDT 

Aloha Ron,

Seems to be a common comment since YouTube last changed their format. The easiest way to view videos in series is to visit our channel and click on \"Playlists\". This will allow you to watch the entire series of your choice and it will automatically play one after the other without interruption. Hope this helps!

3. T-Michael | May 31, 2013 at 01:00 AM EDT

Hey Laura and Chuck,

I wanted to say thanks for all the great videos. I for one enjoy every one!! I am a born again sailor in Tampa, FL. We live on the water here and have owned several power boats but are currently boatless. I am going to purchase a sailboat after the holidays this year. I have a 5 and 7 year old and can't wait to get them back out on the water. I used to crew on cruiser in a local country club regatta in high school and have sailed off and on since then. Your videos have inspired my wife and I to start thinking about spending more time on the water under sail. Living in Florida we are blessed with great year round weather and plenty of neat out the way places to explore by boat. Thanks for all you inspiration and your yummy meals. I have made many of the dishes you have featured and they have turned out great. I can't wait to try them on my own sailboat someday. Talk with you soon!!


By the First Mate

Whew!  I did not plan on it taking this long. The First Mate's Journal for our Hawaii to Alaska trip is now up and available to read. It has been edited and checked for errors but if you spot one please let me know...this means you Glenn...LOL!

Next I will need to start on our Pacific Coast trip which I have put off until last because the trip was broken into several legs and I want to take the time to make it as easy as possible to follow.  I hope to have this completed before we begin our voyage to Seattle.
Sunny skies and small craft warnings.

By the First Mate

The sun has returned after a rainy week.  The Little Norway Festival was loads of fun but with so many activities scheduled it was impossible to take everything in...but we tried.
The folks in Petersburg turned out in droves to catch the viking themed parade and participate in the annual Herring Toss, a particular favorite with the younger crowds. We finally had a chance to visit the Clausen Museum which featured an art show comprised of all local talent and we spent several hours walking up and down main street checking out the many booths selling everything from handmade jewelry and clothing to baked goods. Good Fun!   

Chuck spent this morning cleaning up the cockpit, checking the oil and running the engine. Tomorrow I will start the process of emptying out lockers and taking inventory of our food stores. We will make a trip to the market on Saturday to purchase any gaps in our supplies and then we will turn our eyes to the weather.
Future Viking
Viking Ship
Memorial Day Salmon Derby 

By The Skipper:

Looks like we will be in Petersburg for a few more days.  Laura was asked to work a bit longer and we have volunteered to help with the annual Salmon Derby.  We will be manning one of the check in stations on Saturday afternoon.  This should be exciting.  The King Salmon run is reported to be peaking this weekend. A65 pounder was caught on Thursday (Before the Derby began). As of Friday Afternoon, the leader is a 35 lb king salmon caught this morning.  The rules are simple:  One pole and a one fish limit.  The state limit is also one king per angler per day.  In addition to the prize for the biggest fish, two kings were caught, tagged and released in Frederick Sound on Wednesday.  Catching one of these fish is worth $10,000.  The other is worth $5000. there are several other nice prizes too.

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1. Manning | May 29, 2013 at 09:59 PM EDT 

I am getting so excited about you guys getting started again. I am now actively looking for a boat now. You have done it now. You both have given me the boat bug (BAD). I don't even watch TV anymore. If I am not watching Lea Lea on youtube, Working or sleeping I'm reading everything I can find about minimal living and small boat cruising. Ill let you Laura and Chuck know how I do. Manning

Rain in the forecast but... 

By the First Mate

Aloha ka kou,

It has been a busy week in Petersburg.  The Annual Salmon Derby ran four days and finished on Memorial Day kicking off the official beginning of Summer.  The winning fish was 46.5lbs.  SECON is nearly finished with the paving on Main Street, the High School kids graduated last night and the town is flooded with cannery workers, fishermen and tourists, and we had three days of sunshine with temperatures in the 60's.  What a change the town has made in the last three weeks.

Our final load of laundry was done today.  Tomorrow will be spent washing out lockers and taking inventory of our dry and canned goods.  We are having a friend over for pancakes on Sunday and after we will take down the awnings and wash some of the green off the boat. One last trip to the Hammer and Wickan market on Sunday afternoon and we will be prepared.

We expect to hoist the Blue Peter Monday morning and sail on the tide, weather permitting, and spend the Summer exploring more of SE Alaska. Our first stop will be Thomas Bay to have a look at the glacier. Our next stop will probably be Farragut Bay but we are not really sure after that.  We have 10 weeks to play and expect we might make it as far North as Haines. 

We need to depart Alaska by mid August to allow enough time for us to sail down the outside route to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juans. We plan to attend the Annual PNW Vega Rendezvous held this year in mid September on Lopez Island.  It would be very disappointing to miss it again.

We will try to post occasionally during the Summer but can make no promises but we can guarantee that we will be taking lots of video along the way.  The second half of our Cruising Lealea in Alaska series plus a sailing Alaska to PNW series should start sometime in the Fall.

Sorry!  It's time to watch the re-runs.

We wish everyone a fantastic summer.

Fair Winds,
Chuck and Laura 

1. Serge Landry | June 01, 2013 at 08:36 PM EDT

Fair Winds for the summer, Serge s/v Doulevant

2. Scott Johnson | June 02, 2013 at 11:09 AM EDT 

Have fun guys! We'll be looking forward to the new stuff this fall. Be safe and fair winds!

3. Ron T. | June 03, 2013 at 04:37 AM EDT

Laura and Chuck,

I feel like I'm getting ready to depart with you guys! We must make sure there are lots of desserts and chocolate on board..LOL. It's been great following you on all the voyages, and look forward to the next.

Re-runs, that's Ok they were great to watch the first time and I'll enjoy them again.

Be safe and have lots of fun in a place we only dream of!



4. Manning Harvey | June 04, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

Ill miss our email chats Chuck I value your advice. Your rerun videos I will never tire. I have an idea that maybe you could explore in future videos. I am interested in your outfitting and preparations you guys have done to Lea Lea and how you put them to use. For example you have a roller furler main. I have not seen that on small boats. Tell us dreamers what you use on a voyage and what works and does not work. I have watched your frustrations with the tiller pilot. Where do you stow your anchor rode and chain. what kind of life raft do you have and how would you deploy it in an emergency. Please tell us what works and does not work. Because of you I am actively looking for a Vega or Westerly. I love you both. Have a safe voyage, and a good watch. Looking forward to your stories. Your friend Manning sends...

5. WildBlueflyer | June 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM EDT

Please keep the log updates coming. I have enjoyed your writings, videos, music, etc and I don't relish the thought of a summer hiatus. Please keep us posted and have a great time!

6. Kevin | June 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM EDT

I truly enjoyed the videos from Hawaii to Alaska. Thanks for the extra effort it helps a lot of us to dream of a different life

7. pete | June 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM EDT

Laura and Chuck, Have lots of fun.You guys are doing what I would love to do.

looking forward to your next trip....

Tenakee Springs, Alaska

By the First Mate

Arrived in Tenakee on Saturday night and after speaking to several of the locals we have decided to stay for their 4th of July celebration.  Where else could you have the opportunity to participate in slug toss or a slug race?  We have been hiking and taking advantage of  the natural hot springs nearly every day.

We plan to leave on the 5th, weather permitting, and make our way to either Hoonah or Auke Bay to do some reprovisioning.  To our dismay the summer is slipping away and we won't have time to travel as far North as Haines but instead we'll make the turn into Stephens Passage and allow ourselves more time to explore Tracy and Endicott arms.

It has been a beautiful trip and so far we have had many days of sunshine.

Will post again when we can.   

1. Manning Harvey | July 02, 2013 at 10:24 PM EDT

Captain Chuck and First Mate Laura. I want to personally thank you for helping me with your website and videos. Get me off my butt and back into sailing. On July 13th I will take delivery of my own Albin Vega Hull No. 3361 in excellent condition. In Mayo, Md. I will be sailing her home 13th July to ?? from the Chesapeake Bay to Carleston, SC. I want to thank you and Jarle Andhoy (Berserk)Fame. Helping me determine the right vessel for me. Thank you Chuck and Laura. Is it ok if I email you for Vega tips and advice? Be safe and stand a good watch. Manning

2. Ron T. | July 03, 2013 at 07:35 AM EDT 

Hi Laura and Chuck....again it sounds like you are having the Times of your Lives!

Do you realize how many folks who follow Lealea sit and can only be jealous of just doing and following your dreams, I know I am. I've read others comments, and they to are in the search for a Albin Vega 27. I've found a few, but the distances are just to far to make any sense of purchase. I'll probably not end up with a Vega, but will follow your Motto of small vessel sailing. Some comments still ask questions about your equipment etc. The FAQ section you created answers almost all of our questions?

Anyway, enjoy the cruising where ever you go.

Fair Winds,

Ron T.

Quick note to would be nice to chat with you about your Vega!

3. WildBlueFlyer | July 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM EDT

Thanks for the update! I look forward to some more great videos of your Alaskan Adventure.

4. Chuck and Laura | July 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM EDT

Great news Manning! Of course, feel free to contact us anytime for info and don't forget the Yahoo Albin Vega group and the American Vega Association web site ( sources of information and help

5. EdwardTeach | July 04, 2013 at 06:12 PM EDT

One notable thing can be said about Tenakee Spring is if one spends enough time there one gets to see half the town naked. The bad thing about that is because the bath house hours are divided between men and women, you only get to see the half you would rather not see;) Safe sailing ED.

No. We have not been et by bears.

By the Skipper:

No. In fact we have only seen one bear so far this season on the beach at Kuiu Island.  We are still happily cruising in some of the more remote, wild and beautiful parts of Southeast Alaska.   After spending a day or three each in deserted anchorages along the mainland coast North of Petersburg (Depending on the number of deer flies), we called at Kake for water and groceries.  Thank you to Roy, M/V Peacemaker, for sharing a couple of favorite anchorages not in the guide books, fresh fish, several ounces of good Canadian whiskey, good fellowship and hot showers aboard his boat at Honeydew Cove in the Keku Islands.

After Honeydew we made our way to Baranof Warm Springs where we tied up with the seine fishing fleet. Thanks to F/V Redemption, F/V Anita and F/V Miss Roxanne for the fresh King Salmon and crab. Beginning to see why we prefer the seine boats as neighbors over the many motor yachts? From the fishermen we learned about a secluded and secure anchorage at Ell Cove where we spent the next two nights.

We needed fuel so we went to Angoon where we learned that the guide books, including the 2011 edition of the US Coast Pilot, that indicate that fuel is available at the easily approached village pier in Chatham Strait are out of date by fifteen years! the "New" fuel dock is in Kootznahoo inlet.  After a brief conversation with the harbor master on the VHF he told us "Oh yeah.  You won't have any trouble getting in". (The guide books, including the Coast Pilot, all say "Don't try it without local knowledge"). We won't bore you with details but rocks, reefs, shoals, eddys and a 7 knot current made the entrance an interesting exercise in piloting. Nevertheless, we managed to get fuel and find a mooring alongside with only a minor scuff on the side of the boat that cleaned off easily with a little scrubbing.

Now we are in the village of Tenakee Springs.  The official population is said to be 100 souls although the locals tell us it is more like 40 people and 60 dogs. We like it here so we are planning to stay over the July 4th weekend and enjoy the celebrations.  We even volunteered to help with the cleanup effort after the parade.

Meanwhile, we are having the time of our lives!

Aloha no ka'kou, a hui ho!

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1. Mike BEYL | July 15, 2013 at 01:32 AM EDT

Some time had elapsed between the last two times I checked the site, but luckily I seem to check in within a week or so of a new post, I wish I had that type of timing for so many other things.

Glad to read all is going well. Tieing up with the fishing fleet does seem like much idea than the motor yachts, and had to read you guys were not eaten by bears.

My wife Laura and I are looking forward to the fall and the new videos.

Safe Travels


IPA in Auke Bay, Alaska

By the First Mate

Arrived in Auke Bay on Friday (Juneau).  We have spent the last few days doing some grocery shopping and sightseeing before we begin making our way South again.  Looking at the calendar we have decided not to proceed any farther North or we run the risk of having to stay another winter in Alaska. Not necessarily a bad thing but the boat is in need of a haul out and we would rather do that in Port Townsend. 

At the moment we are sitting in the "Squires Rest" taking advantage of their internet access to make a quick post to the Log Book and upload a short video update. Most likely we will not have internet access for another month when we swing through Petersburg for one last grocery run before heading out Stevens Passage and down the coast.

We have so far been blessed with a perfect summer. Meeting other cruisers, finding amazing anchorages and taking hours of video.  We have lots of fun stuff to share....hint, another grounding....

Thanks to everyone sending emails, we enjoy reading them all.

And finally, many thanks to Captain Dan and the crew of F/V Liahona for the tea and cookies!

Waiting in Craig 

By the First Mate

Our transit through Wrangell Narrows and El Capitan Passage were both uneventful and amazing.  The wildlife in Sea Otter Sound was abundant and we found many quiet and scenic anchorages along the way.  We got some great video along the way and can't wait to share. 

We arrived in Craig a few days ago and are beginning to prepare Lealea for another open water passage, hopefully a short one.  From here to the entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is just over 700 miles so wind and weather permitting we should take anywhere from 10 days to Two Weeks. LOL! We are hoping to make it in time for the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. 

PassageWeather is predicting light Southerly winds through Friday. Not what we are looking for but it looks like Saturday the prevailing NW winds start up again. If forecast remains the same over the next few days then Sat will be our departure day. 
Meanwhile there is lots to do....

1. Daniel | August 14, 2013 at 09:41 AM EDT

Everything takes two weeks, lol.

haven't seen updates for awhile so thought I'd check. Good to see you two doing well. I hope the next leg of your trip goes well.

Be safe, take care,


Rhapsody - 1981 Nor'sea 27

2. MIKE B | August 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM EDT

Glad trip is going well and uneventful looking foreword to the new videos.

Safe travels,


3. Ron T | August 21, 2013 at 07:28 AM EDT

Hi you two,

Glad the good times are still with you,really didn't expect anything else. Look forward to the new videos and Laura there must be some awesome photography to share!

Fair Winds you Two!

Ron T.

The best laid plans....

By the First Mate

Checking the weather daily and it is not looking good.  We had thought yesterday might be the day but after checking PassageWeather again that morning it became obvious we would not make it far enough South before unfavorable winds set in.  The boat is ready to go, we are ready to go...but at this point we are looking at our options. None of them are bad, just not what we had planned.   

SE Alaska had a mild winter and a beautiful summer, the best in 25 years according to some locals and it is possible our luck has run out.  After six years of cruising we are used to having our plans disrupted by the weather so we will take it in stride.

The winds are always fair if you go where they want to take you. 

Waiting in Craig


By the Skipper:

We have simply missed the window that would allow us to reach Lopez Island in time for the Vega Rendezvous.

Once the Rendezvous is removed from the equation, knowing that the weather is not likely to get better as we get into September, the question is reduced to: How badly do we want to go back to NW Washington? Bad enough to endure a 700 mile beat to windward with the possibility of encountering southerly gales? When we think of the opportunity to continue cruising Southeast AK for a while longer the choice is simple.

We are heading back to Petersburg taking the "Scenic route".  Once we settle in there we will resume uploading videos of our travels and adding content to the web site.

1. Adam perry | August 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM EDT

Sorry your plans didn't work out. I know the feeling all to well on Lake Ontario. Time to make lemonade again....

Fair winds

Adam perry

2. Ron T | August 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM EDT

Hello Laura and Chuck,

You missed the Rendezvous on your first crossing in 2007, didn't you? Maybe it's just not meant to be or everyone knows who the best Vega 27 crew is any way's. It sounds like your not ready to leave and stop cruising Southeast AK. I'd be leaning towards doing what your hearts are telling you, it hasn't steered you wrong yet? As for me, I'm so looking forward to seeing new videos, so I vote for what your new plan is.

Safe Sailing,

Ron T

3. Euphoria | August 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

Laura Chuck,

Last time we chatted it was how to make the best toast but we have been following along and do enjoy the videos. just wondering why you didn't decide to take the inside passage through Canada. It's beautiful in September.

Rocky Renaye

s/v Euphoria

4. Coriolis | September 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM EDT

ire cum fluunt -- ja say so -- gaudendum :o)


5. Frank Linda Vargo | September 12, 2013 at 03:37 PM EDT

Laura and Chuck,

Prudent sailing always prevails and you two are the most prudent of nautical adventurers. Glad that you had a great tour of that area and there are many other sights to see along the way. We did it so long ago we have forgotten the beauty of Alaska. Safe passages always. Light up a Punch and I'll buy you a beer when we see you and you can tell us all about it. You are always welcome here in Montana.

Frank and Linda Vargo

Formerly of s/v Sorceress


Frank and Linda Vargo

6. Mark | September 15, 2013 at 01:54 AM EDT

Sitting in the Anchorage airport waiting for our flight home. Have really enjoyed a weeks cruise from Vancouver to Whittier. Beautiful weather and unbelievable scenery. Thought of you guys several times as I stood and stared at the boats in several marinas along the way. Now I know the Alaska magic and see how much fun you're having. Can't

Home for the Winter 

By the First Mate

We hired a diver to clean the bottom and change the zinc rather than haul out.  The price was half that of pulling the boat and considering how little there was to be done it wasn't worth it.  The diver reports our bottom is in great shape so it looks like we can put off that task for a while longer.

After spending a week in Wrangell we have decided to make it our home for the winter. We checked the rates for moorage and found them to be very reasonable and the Harbormaster was happy to find us a slip. We are grateful to find such a well protected harbor for our second winter here in S.E. Alaska.

All the amenities; grocery stores, Post Office, Library and Laundromat, are all within easy walking distance.  We also found The Marine Bar which has a decent IPA on tap and serves a tolerable cup of coffee. Their pizza isn't bad either.

Will have to wait and see if any opportunities come up for work.  The population here is around 2,500 which is a bit smaller than Petersburg. Will post some pics and more info after we get settled.  

Now that we are in for the Winter we will be posting regularly on both The Logbook and on Facebook.  Chuck plans to start editing video by the end of the week. Woohoo, even I can't wait to see what he comes up with, we got some great stuff this summer.

Looking forward to hearing from friends how their Summer went as well.

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1. Manning | September 17, 2013 at 02:51 PM EDT 

Laura Chuck, So happy you guys have found another little piece of heaven to call home port this winter. And I am excited about new video and posts. Will you remain to live on the boat for the winter or move off to something up on the hill? Tell Chuck I copied his dish and cup rack idea for two of my fire extinguishers. Great Idea!! I was wondering if you could do a article or two about what ideas and products work for you and what does not, on your Vega. I think I can learn so much from the both of you, save time and money. From your experience. As I outfit and prepare my Vega for coastal ocean cruising and living on board as a minimalist. Your friend Manning, Vega 3361.

Windy, blustery day.

by the First Mate

The first winter storms have arrived and we are thankful to be snug, warm and dry in Reliance Harbor.  There was a report of 60 knot winds and 23+ foot seas in Metlakatla which is 70 miles South of us.

Signed up for a gym membership at the Wrangell Parks and Rec Center.  It is cheaper for both of us to get a year's membership than to pay for weekly for showers.  Membership includes access to the weight and cardio rooms along with the pool which is saltwater rather than chlorine.  Yea!  

So Chuck went for a walk this morning and came back to the boat very excited, "You've got to see this..."  Moose season started up a few days ago and a hunter was dressing out his kill at the head of the dock.  Only in Alaska would no one care.  Coming from Honolulu this is not something we are used to seeing every day. 
Moose season

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1. Dave Stahnke | September 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

I was looking forward to meeting you folks in Puget Sound this year but it will wait. Look forward to your second AK winter adventures.

A little history....

by the First Mate

Spending time at the library this afternoon to give Chuck some "elbow room" on the boat while he works on editing video. 

While here I thought I would do some research on Chief Shakes since we are moored directly across from Shakes Island.  We were fortunate to get a tour of the Tribal House a few days ago before it closes down for the season.  The history of Shakes Island is fascinating and I look forward to prowling around the house and totems with my camera a bit more when the weather improves.

Off to the market for some groceries...they all close on Sunday. 
Chief Skakes House, Wrangell, AK

1. Colin | September 23, 2013 at 05:29 PM EDT 

Thanks for the tips on bumming a sailboat ride at the Ala Moana Marina. No luck but I met the Commodore Frank E Lange, Funny guy (Lots of jokes about Canada!)

There where two 30 O'Days there and Honolulu was great. In one of your Vidz if you are stuck for a topic, please explain those SPAM delicacies they sell there. Apparently your President is a fan.Even McDonald's sold them. Are you guys ever going to cruise down the west coast of B.C. ??It is really nice, Look forward to your posts, Colin and Liz

2. chuck and laura | September 26, 2013 at 08:40 PM EDT

Aloha Colin and Liz,

I don't know if there is a good explanation for the love of SPAM the locals in Hawaii seem to have. SPAM Musubi (check Wikipedia) is available everywhere, yes, even McDonalds.

Probably won't be cruising near Canada anytime soon, they don't seem to like us much since neither of us has a full time job and we don't have a permanent address. LOL!

3. Colin | September 29, 2013 at 08:57 PM EDT

Wow, never heard of anyone from the States (Especially retired) having a hard time with Canada customs. If an address is the only problem, you can get one for 5 bucks a month on line. I live by a border crossing and many Yanks living in their RV's spend 6 months crossing Canada. Sorry to hear that.

On the Fence 

by the First Mate

Spending time at the Irene Ingle Public Library again today. Chuck finished a video a few days ago and we are trying to get it uploaded to YouTube but we are having a difficult time.  After nearly five hours yesterday it still wasn't fully uploaded and Library hours are 1-5.  So far we haven't found any faster or more reliable internet in town. Not sure what we are going to do if we are unable to upload a video in one day.

Beginning next week we will look for a short weather window allowing us to make the two day trek back to Petersburg to participate in the KFSK Potluck fundraiser on Oct. 6th. Last year we met many new friends and made some great contacts.  I think Chuck would really enjoy getting back on the radio again so there is a possibility we might move back to Petersburg rather than stay here in Wrangell.  We will see.

The rainy season has begun.  We still have relatively warm day time highs with temperatures dropping into the mid 40's in the evenings.  The last of the mini cruise ships arrived last week and the town is showing signs of buttoning down for the winter.  I do love walking around town looking at the totems.
Totems in Wrangell, AK
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1. Ron T | September 27, 2013 at 05:07 AM EDT

Hi Laura and Chuck,

Totems tell stories, I had a few explained to me once and it was amazing.

You enjoyed your stay last winter and we need to see these new videos please. LOL!

I think the Canadian Immigration Dept. would understand your permanent address situation, but you do need a valid Passport to enter Canada. That's the same as us entering the US.

Unfortunately a lot has changed all of us since 9/11.


A little help from our friends? 

by the First Mate

At last. Resuming our "Cruising in Alaska" video series.  The first uploadwas finally successful after three aborted tries. Chuck's goal this Winter is to complete two video's a week while we also continue to update and add content to the website.

It takes time to edit video and maintain the website.  We enjoy the challenges of both because it helps keep our minds sharp and the "juices flowing" so to speak. We are not looking to become the next "Lin and Larry Pardey" and have absolutely no desire to do the boat show circuit, however, we do want to add value to the information available over the web regarding cruising full time and we hope folks can learn from our experiences.   
We do not wish to spend eight hours a day in front of the computer (too much like a real job!) posting trivial details or sending out Tweets that we are headed to the market, however, in order to increase traffic to the site in todays "market" it is necessary to become very active in social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.).  For that we need your help. 
How important are these things to you? How often do you check our Facebook page or the website and/or do you wish to know when new content has been added? 

Gone are the times when you write an article or a book then submit it to a publisher for approval.  We are able to freely upload content to our website and it is up to our regular visitors to decide if it is worthwhile or not.  Our traffic does increase when we when we post every day but it would be helpful to know what are you looking for when you check in. 

Cruising Lealea is at a crossroad and we are unsure which path to take.  We would love to hear your feedback or suggestions.  

1. Serge Landry | September 29, 2013 at 06:29 PM EDT 

Hy ,almost every day I check on facebook or on your blog ,for me is a source of information to help me to prepar for my retreat on my sailing vessel with my wife, on youtube I can check more then once to one of your video to be shure to see every thing, thank

2. mark | September 29, 2013 at 07:46 PM EDT

I only check the web site and don't follow the other outlets. I appreciate the effort and enjoy reading about you thoughts and ideas. I would be interested to learn how (and to what extent) you plan your passages. A little cruising education as well as the enjoyable stories, and don't hesitate to mention how we can help you too.


3. Ed H | September 29, 2013 at 08:20 PM EDT 

Have subscribed to your site for a while now and like what you are doing. I watch you and another channel Drake Paragon and various other uploads from time to time. I have never sailed or been on the ocean but through your blog and videos I get a real understanding of what it is all about and it is fascinating to me. I don't know if I could do it? I watch every time you upload and check the blog about once a week. I have time to wait for what comes next as I know it must be difficult for you to do what you do with where you are at and doing. I really enjoy your channel and want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to see your sailing life. Thanks

4. Chris Greenman | September 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM EDT

Hello. Personally I love hear about the kinds of things you guys do on board as well as seeing the sights. Stuff like daily routines, procedures you do for different tasks, etc. Your cooking series was great and gave my girlfriend and I some ideas to use on our catalina 27. Granted we don't cruise for months at a time although we probably could.

5. Scott Johnson | September 30, 2013 at 02:46 AM EDT

The videos, definitely! I always look for new videos from you guys. Also, from time to time I check to see if there are any new postings in The Captain's Corner or First Mate's Journal.

. Phil Meadows | September 30, 2013 at 01:26 PM EDT 

Since I don't know the nature of your \cross roads\ it is a little difficult to offer any specific comment. This said, however, I continue to enjoy the video and your logbook comments. Stay focused upon enjoying YOUR adventure first then everything else will fall where it needs to be. Enjoy.

7. BillDebbie | September 30, 2013 at 02:09 PM EDT

Hi I check out your site at least once a week enjoy reading your posts and the videos are great We are a bit south of you(Queen Charlottes)Keep it up with all the good stuff BD

8. Colin | September 30, 2013 at 05:21 PM EDT 

I have met all the snake oil \Sails'men\ at boat shows in Toronto, Miami and Annapolis.

Pardey's are nice people but the keep selling the same regurgitated crap.There's Zero to cruising, The Shards. I get nothing out of it. From your videos I learned the reality of cruising and I hope you keep it up.

People like myself who sail and are planning to move aboard someday need the truth not fantasy and I thank you for that.

9. Edward Teach | September 30, 2013 at 06:42 PM EDT

It is my understanding your looking for advice on how to improve your viewer ship to make your efforts more worthwhile.

For me the answer is simple, set a schedule and try to keep to it. People for the most part like routine, with the occasional bonus. What is difficult to follow is erratic schedules, and large gaps.

As for content you provide what the others don't a personnel touch, a look into the real life of a sailing couple. This is by far your greatest asset. I wouldn't change a thing in that regard.

Face it your fans live vicariously through you, with that in mind a scheduled place in their lives will go a long way.


10. Darrell | October 01, 2013 at 09:30 AM EDT 

Chuck and Laura you guys provide a refreshing and fun look at a life thaht most of us canonly dream of. I have been watching your videos since day one and always look forward to new ones. As for access I typically view your site 3-4 times a week and frankly never go to your face book or twitter. I enjoy the website and the details that you provide. More information is always better but I agree with Phil, make sure you guys enjoy your travels first and foremost. We will be here when you have some more to share.

11 TJ | October 01, 2013 at 02:08 PM EDT

I personally follow you through YouTube, and then check this website about once a week or so, to see if there are any log updates. Due to the never ending policy, privacy, and security concerns, I refuse to join Facebook or any of the other \social\ sites. By the way, thank you so much for inviting us to travel with you on your adventures! It must be strange since we all feel as if we know you, and yet most of us are virtually unknown to you. :) To those of us without the means to follow in your wake, even your most mundane daily chores are a bit of vicarious adventure for us! Thank you again for sharing your lives! Keep the dry side up and the wet side down! :)

12. Jim | October 02, 2013 at 06:48 AM EDT

Hi Folks.

Just like the rest before me, JUST KEEP DOING what you are doing.

Your uploads are most sane and best done that I have come across. DO NOT try to keep a schedule.

Just stay with the quality that you produce and all will be well.

We all know the difficulty of trying to upload in the bush and how it can be hard to produce good video. But so far you are batting 100%.



13. Mike | October 03, 2013 at 09:58 AM EDT 

Chuck and Laura,

Wow what a great question. I really enjoy your video. They have continued to get better both in Video content well as HD. At the same time life is for living not being a slave to the computer. So, I will enjoy what you can give me. I check Facebook a couple of times a day. So I see your stuff there. I have a shortcut to your website on my desktop and check at least weekly. There are a number of people who have started to do what you do and just quit. It would be a loss if you went that direction.

My suggestion to you is that you make it manageable for the two of you. And stick to the plan. Weekly posting is a tough schedule with all the video that you take. but less often may work for you. Thank you for all the footage so far. Keep up the good work at a pace you ENJOY. LOL


14. Wildblueflyer | October 04, 2013 at 08:58 PM EDT 

How can I help?

15. Larry | October 08, 2013 at 02:11 AM EDT 

Well Chuck and Laura,

I don't think it is what we want, you know we all love following your adventures in life in all this. Maybe a choice is at hand? What do you say, \Go small, Go simple, Go now.\ There is very few things in life now a days that are as simple, honest and loving as you two have put on videos and pictures. Laura, your trust and support of Chuck is unquestionable. And Chuck you show Laura a kindness that is just not seen much now a days. I wouldn't change the format or change the delivery of what you two have been doing. I think you let people from all walks of life, who might not have the means to follow in your foot steps... to Dream. Chuck, I am refitting my rudder and tiller, as I am working...I remember you saying, \I had to re-epoxy through the deck as it has come loose.\ My point is Chuck, I am not even close to my computer and I hear your voice, make sure you check this, and be safe. In this case, more would be better.

16. Jose | October 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM EDT

Keep doing what you're doing! My favorite part of Cruising Lealea is Chuck and Laura. Your cinematography is great, the information is great, but I keep coming back because of you guys.

I have mostly been following the YouTube channel and more recently been reading your website. I haven't been on your Facebook page but now that I know you have one I'll be checking it out. Thanks for putting this together for the rest of us to enjoy.

Going Visiting

By The Skipper:

Tomorrow we are planning to take advantage of a short weather window to motor across Sumner Strait and up the Wrangell Narrows between Kupreanof and Mitkof islands to Petersburg for a visit.  We are still a little unsure whether we will spend the winter in Wrangell or go back to Petersburg.  Both have a lot to offer but have distinctly different personalities.  

While Wrangell is less expensive, Petersburg offers the opportunity of employment for Laura; and she does so love her dog and cat friends. There are also house and pet sitting opportunities there that will make the long winter a bit more enjoyable.

Petersburg's North Harbor, where we moored last winter, is no more.  The floats and pilings were removed at the end of the summer and will be replaced with new facilities in April.  That means limited availability of mooring space in the Middle or South Harbors.  Notwithstanding, Glo, the Harbor Master, has assured us that she will make room. We want to attend the annual KFSK Petersburg Potluck Brunch on Sunday to renew friendships and catch up on local news.  I will certainly have a pint or two at Kito's and there are some favorite grocery items to pick up that are not available in Wrangell.

That is the reason for the visit.  We will be spending five days or a week, probably in the Middle Harbor, to determine just how much the harbor renovations will inconvenience us.  We are quite comfortable in Reliance Harbor at Wrangell and have good internet access on the boat.  The mooring rate is 20% less than at Petersburg.  But we have few friends here in Wrangell as yet and that is an important consideration too.

I expect we will know for sure in a week or so.  Now it is time for me to get on to video editing so there is something to upload this week.

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1. Ron T | October 02, 2013 at 07:02 AM EDT 

Dear Laura and Chuck,

It's these logs that keep me looking at your site. It's not Facebook or Twitter, it's here and how you include the readers (us)into your lives. I watch your video's of each trip and the 8 or so minutes you let me be a part of the trip is so appreciated. Your photography is amazing and sometimes when you are cooking I wish there was smellavision. Petersburg was a nice place and Chuck don't forget to play the horn at Christmas again, that scene was very touching!



Back in Petersburg

by the First Mate

Left Wrangell Wednesday afternoon in fine weather after a few hours delay.  We noticed immediately that water was not flowing from the exhaust pipe and we got an engine alarm shortly after.  After calling a diver to check the intake for obstructions and some basic trouble shooting we determined the water intake strainer was clogged and the drive belt for the water pump was loose.  We easily corrected the problems and were under way at 1:30.

We proceeded across Sumner Strait in flat water with no wind to Woewodski Island at the South end of  Wrangell Narrows where we anchored at Deception Point Cove for the night.  We had heard of a weather front coming in but it was not expected until Friday, however, around 2am the wind began picking up and by Thursday afternoon we were in full gale conditions.  Deception Point is open to the South.  We were getting bounced around but felt secure with our Delta anchor set well in the sticky mud bottom.  The gales finally passed early Friday morning.  We pulled anchor and got underway at 11:30 and reached Green Point, at slack water, riding the current all the way to Petersburg.  

It is Tax Free Day in town and all the stores are having sales so today will be spent doing some shopping.   We need a new heater and some groceries.  Later this afternoon is the annual running of the Humpy 500-Soap box derby. Sounds like fun!        

Hustle and Bustle

by the First Mate

The annual Humpey 500 Go Cart Race was a successful event.  The rain stopped shortly before, long enough for the road to dry, and began again after.  Maybe a hundred people turned out to cheer on the five entrants. It was obvious there were some long standing rivalries between the teams. Dads who used to race together were now pit crew for their kids. There were no heart stopping moments but plenty of racing action. 

Yesterday we went to the KFSK Potluck Fundraiser(see more pics on theirFacebook page).  It was good to renew so many friendships.  Chuck will be on the radio again soon and it sounds like we might have a housesitting job lined up. 

Wrangell is a nice town but we feel more at home in Petersburg so we have made the decision to stay here again for the Winter. 

The second kettle of water is just starting to boil for breakfast.  We are not hooked up as the power box was locked and the office was closed over the weekend.  We have noticed more condensation in the boat and put it down to the nighty use of our alcohol heater since Wednesday.  The on/off switch on our solar vent broke a few days ago so we are minus one vent.  Makes a big difference.  The one active DC vent is a four incher flowing about 1500 cubic feet per hour.  The solar vent had about the same airflow. But we have a DC fan to install on the remaining passive vent. We should be able to plug into 30amp by this afternoon. Sunshine this morning with some light showers, temperature is 46 degrees.
After breakfast we are going to spend some time in the newly opened Petersburg Library, even the new library cards are cool; and then I volunteered to man the pledge lines at the radio station for a few hours. 

And I need to call my mother.    
Chuck Rose at 2013 KFSK Fundraiser

1 comment
1. Manning | October 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM EDT 

Great video, Was looking hard at your lifelines and the large cleats in the cockpit. Your using three braid black nylon line. Have you found that better than the stainless wire norm? Also the large cleats are they teak or oak? Looks like wood. Im in New Hampshire today beautiful here. Chat soon. Thanks Manning Vega3361.

First Class

by the First Mate

We spent most of yesterday in the new Petersburg Library.  What a treat! It has a beautiful open design with seperate work areas for young children and teens.  The new seating areas make you feel like you are riding in First Class except no warm nuts or bourbon. Having access to a work area like this will make our lives much more pleasant during the winter.

The newest video in our series is up.  It took longer than planned but relocating threw a wrench in things. Our goal is put up two new videos a week. 
Chuck Rose in the Petersburg Public Library

1. Ron T | October 10, 2013 at 06:02 AM EDT

Very studious looking Chuck, and that's one big chair...LOL!

Looking forward to all the new videos and hope you guy's get settled nicely for the winter.



2. Colin | October 14, 2013 at 09:01 PM EDT

\Temperatures are in the 50's but there is a perceptible nip in the air.\

MAN, you Islanders really have become acclimated to the great white north EH?

The rain has arrived.

by the First Mate

Chuck has been under the weather for the last few days but he was still able to put together a video. We spent our Sunday afternoon at Kito's Kave drinking coffee and a pint uploading videos and watching bits of the Seahawks and Titans game. 

Temperatures are in the 50's but there is a perceptable nip in the air.  Moderate rains expected through Thursday.  We are hoping to put up our awnings tomorrow if the rain stops long enough. Because we are moored closer to the cannery this year we are seeing an amazing amount of bird traffic.  Gulls, terns and crows are tapdancing on our topside regularly and they are poor guests.   Various species of sea shells litter our deck along with bits of their insides, plus all other waste associated with a happy, well fed bird. The junk will still drop on the awnings but at least it gets washed down regularly with the rain.

Dredging continues in the North Harbor and other selected areas.  The crew is taking advantage of the remaining daylight to get the job done and they are working hard.  The resulting underwater snaps and cracks that reverberate against our hull feel as if the keel is being smacked with a baseball bat.   

Fortunately they are usually finished before we go to bed or we would not be able to sleep.
We continue to add and update our website.  Small changes coming first with the freshening of stale ads and adding new links.  Chuck has several new articles in the works and has been working on our Google+ page as we have been seeing a large increase of activity from there. We will be sure to post on facebook or Google+ any significant additions to the web site which should be coming soon.  The perfect winter project when on the Winter Solstace the total of daylight in Petersburg is six hours and forty-six minutes.

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1. Edward Teach | October 15, 2013 at 07:28 PM EDT

Why not haul out? Put the boat on the hard and get a nice comfy efficiency?

Winter Preparation

By the First Mate

The rain has remained steady since last week but the temperature is a comfortable 54 degrees.  

We have started house sitting. The opportunity arose only a few days after we arrived. For the next few weeks we are looking after a very comfortable home that comes with a typical view of an Alaskan backyard, muskeg.  We are also watching over "Max", a rather large tabby who spends about half her time outside plus a handful of other strictly outdoor cats.  
Chuck has made arrangements for tomorrow with the harbor office to rent a pressure washer.  We want to spray the boat down before we put up our awnings for the winter.  We hope the rain will stop long enough tomorrrow for us to work outside in the dry but it is doubtful.  If we have learned one thing living in Petersburg it is this; if you won't do it in the rain, you might never get it done.  

We figure we have a few more weeks before the first snow arrives.  Chuck has a few ideas on improving the ventilation on Lealea even further and I think he is planning on adding one more active vent. The on/off switch on our solar fan failed.  It will need to be repaired or replaced by next spring.  

Inspired by the thought of drilling another hole in the boat Chuck has started an article on ventilation.  Our learning curve was steep when we left Hawaii and began cruising the damp waters of the Pacific Northwest.  Our first year was miserable with water dripping off the ceiling especially after cooking. We still have a few issues but the boat is far more comfortable now.
Max the Cat
Muskeg backyard
Muskek backyard

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1. Phil Meadows | October 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM EDT 

Happy to hear that you are settling-in there in Petersburg. Enjoy the winter (and Max also). I've enjoyed reading your postings and watching your videos when you have the opportunity to post them. Again, enjoy.

Added Content 

by the First Mate

The rain lightened up a bit this afternoon but otherwise it has been raining non-stop. We did not get the power washer totay and the boat gets a bit greener.

Chuck and I are taking advantage of the great wi-fi and extra space at the house.  We have been busy writing, cleaning up the web site and editing pictures and video. Today we added another article to The Captain's Notebook. In "Notes on Condensation" Chuck remembers our steep learning curve when it came to condensation aboard Lealea. We would love some feedback.

Max, the cat, wanders in and out whenever we are nearby to open a door. She is friendly yet aloof at the same time and seems to sleep inside about half the time. It seems we are constantly feeding the outdoor cats who we rarely ever see.  I suspect more than just cats are taking advantage of the regular meal.

Devil's Thumb Brewfest and Chili cook off coming up this Friday.  I'm going to try and get Chuck to enter a batch of his Chili....we'll see.      
ooops....and some lost....

By the First Mate

Whew!  Started a large project today and after loosing one blog post (the most recent) I figured out how to start moving our older log book posts to an Archive page which has needed to be done for quite a while.

There are seven years of posts on this one page but the posts run off the page and disappear after about 8 months. It will take a few days to complete but we hope this helps with the load time....

The sun was out and we were completely rain free today.  Chuck made it down to the boat and used a rented pressure washer to get the green off the boat.  If it remains dry tomorrow we will put up the awnings and be completely ready for Winter.

The one good thing about house sitting.  We have been able to kick back and enjoy every game of the World Series.  
Before and after
Octoberfest is here

By the First Mate 

I knew Chuck should have made a batch of his chili!  Devil's Thumb Brewfest and Chili cookoff last night held at the Sons of Norway hall. Seems to have been a good turn out but there was certainly enough chili for all.  We must have wandered around and tried 7 or 8 different chilis, good fun.

Octoberfest is being held today at the Community Gym from 10-4.  Octoberfest here is more about arts and crafts and food rather than beer.  I bought a jar of blueberry marmalade last year that was very good and I hope to find more. 

The rain is back.  We realized yesterday we need to make one last run to the fuel dock before we button up the boat for the winter.  The tank is down 3 gallons and needs to be topped off before we put up the awnings.  Slack tide is at one today and we will try to do it then.

Latest video was posted last night. 

Kake to Honeydew Cove.  Whales....lots of whales.
Ready for Winter

By the First Mate

We took advantage of the fine weather yesterday to make a quick trip to the fuel dock and top off our fuel tank. We dropped by the community gym to have lunch at Octoberfest but when we arrived there was pretty much nothing left.  Not even any Blueberry Marmalade.

Chuck is at the boat now washing off the incredible amount of debris which has accumulated over the last few days since he rented the power washer.  The awnings will up by later this afternoon and Lealea will be snug for the winter.

As Chuck works on editing video I have begun sorting pictures.  We wanted to experiment and give a different impression of the places we've been through photography.  Should we add this type of video to our regular uploads?  Let us know what you think.  Would appreciate any comments or use the thumbs up/down buttons. 

1. Mike Malone | October 27, 2013 at 09:46 PM EDT 

Hi Laura and Chuck. I have watched all of your video's and love them, although I for some reason don't enjoy the Alaska ones as much, it may just be me. I know it is beautiful there, but it all looks the same to me. I did like the Kake slide show, better than watch you motor along. I'm always happy when you and the Three@Sea post.

Take care Mike

2. Scott Johnson | October 28, 2013 at 02:17 AM EDT

I like the slide show. Slide show, video - doesn't matter. It's all good stuff. Thank you for sharing!

3. Phil Meadows | October 28, 2013 at 08:51 AM EDT 

I like it but I hope that doing this doesn't add too much more work for you both. It certainly presents a different view of your visits than does Chuck's video. Both are great.

4. David Anderson | October 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM EDT 

Hey guys,

Great site and YouTube channel. Recommended to me by one of my listeners of The Sailing Podcast.

Love to catch up for an interview if you have some time. I am sure many would love to come and see all your videos and stories of the trip,


5. laura | October 28, 2013 at 07:36 PM EDT 

Beautiful pictures on the slideshow. I like the videos, both of you are interesting and funny. Love the sailing and the liveaboard information. Would like to see videos of fixing things, setup for winter etc.

Radio News

By the First Mate

Chuck will be back on the radio at KFSK today at 12:30 AST (Alaska Standard Time or PST minus one hour.) There is a live stream link on the home page.
Beautiful sunny day yesterday.  A friend and I got together and took a twenty mile drive outside of town to a little spot called Man Made Hole where we did some hiking and took some pictures. What a pretty little spot. 
The rain is back this morning.  Temeratures are in the mid 40's and expected to remain so for the rest of the week.  
Heavy rains and dark skies. 

By the First Mate

The rains are back. Sunrise this morning at 7:59 and sunset at 5:13.  The days are definately getting shorter, at least there is no snow in the forecast.
Chuck's first day back on the radio went well and the station has offered him a regular Friday spot, 12:45 - 2:30.  Aloha Fridays have reached Petersburg. 

Link to yesterday's program which will only work until next Tuesday.
Memory Lane

By the First Mate

Spent an afternoon browsing through the American Vegawebsite since we were thinking of moving a few articles over to Cruising Lealea and I wanted to remind myself of what was there. was our first web site and is dedicated to the Albin Vega and is comprised mostly of reference material for vega owners but it also has some great articles written by Chuck and other vega owners.

I started reading through old Archived Newsletters and got lost. You know that feeling when you find an old shoe box of papers and pictures you haven't looked at in a long time...

Looking back, when Sid Rosen passed away in 2000 it fundamentally changed the direction of our lives. Chuck took over the vega newsletter that year and published a total of 16 before he retired and we began cruising in 2007. Writing is something Chuck has always enjoyed and working on the newsletter only made him enjoy it more.  The amount of information contained in the 16 publications of "Fair Winds" is staggering and I don't think it will be a simple "transfer" of a few articles.

If you are a Vega Association member you already have access to these gems under membership/newsletter archive. If not and you have a few minutes to read some old history I will link to the first issue and the last issue, then try and decide what will happen with the rest.

(note: Addresses and phone numbers are over a decade old and useless)
Rain through tomorrow night.. 

By the First Mate

Tonight is Halloween.  As we are house sitting I wonder if we might get any Trick or Treaters at the door.  As a city kid there was NO way I would have been going door to door in such a remote area as this but these Alaskan kids are hard core.  I will take a walk into town later today and ask around. 

Newest video went up last night. Baranof Warm Springs, what a place!     

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1. Manning Harvey | October 31, 2013 at 08:49 PM EDT 

Wow. thats it you guys I don't need cable TV anymore. I just need your videos. This one I really enjoyed because You look like your really having a great time. The Hot springs look like a place I could stay awhile. Thank you Chuck for the great suggestions on lifelines. Stay safe. Manning

No ghosts in the dark.

By the First Mate

We had no Trick or Treaters.  The porch lights were on but it was really dark outside. The house we are watching sits just off the main road leaving town and behind the house is probably 20+ acres of muskeg.  There are very few lights.

Chuck bought two small bags of candy just in case. We shared one small piece of Snickers and hastily put it away.  The owners will find some candy in their house when they return.  Trick or Treat.

Editing photos and came across one of Polar Bound, a tank of a boat, owned by David Cowper.  We met David and his companion, Jane, last winter.  They were interviewed on KFSK which was fascinating to listen to.  We met them again in Juneau last July just days before they began their voyage through the Northwest Passage.  I searched the web but could not find any updated information on their voyage or where they are wintering.  Looking forward to hearing details of their trip.

Daylight savings coming up on Sunday night.  Forty five degrees out.  No snow in the forecast yet, we might have a few more weeks.
Polar Bound Petersburg, AK 2013 Photography by Laura Wong-Rose

1. jim | November 02, 2013 at 01:43 AM EDT

Hi guys, Please try this site.

Perhaps this is where they are at. jim

2. Chuck and Laura | November 02, 2013 at 04:07 PM EDT

Thanks Jim.

Busy times

By the First Mate

Whew, been busy the last three days. I started working for Dr. Hill at the Vet clinic again. Amputated toes, dentals, shots ...ahhh, it feels good to get my animal fix.

This litttle guy came in for a spay this morning and is up for adoption. A smile only a mother could love.  He was still knocked out and being fit for his cone of shame and I just couldn't resist getting a pic of his drug induced smile, too funny.
The days are getting cooler and shorter.  We had snow appear a few days ago on some of the nearby mountains but so far nothing lower down...but soon, very soon. 

The boat sits covered, snug and ready for the weather in her slip. We will be back aboard in a few days and are soooo looking forward to sleeping in our own bed.
It has taken several days of editing for our latest video, Baranof to Ell Cove, which was uploaded last night.  Next up, Angoon and shooting the rapids. 

Chuck will be starting his regular Aloha Friday radio program today at 12:45-2:30 Alaskan Standard Time.  You can listen via live stream on 

1. Ron T | November 09, 2013 at 05:28 AM EST

Hi Laura and Chuck,

Glad you guy's are settled nicely and getting back into the swing of the community. Alaska sure seems to be Ok...Eh? When I watched the Pacific crossings, leaving Hawaii and returning to, all the video's were in sequence and were great to follow. Are the Alaskan video's following a sequence of your travels there?

Thanks for sharing your lives with us. I really enjoy all that you do and I'm just a little jealous as well...LOL


2. Chuck and Laura | November 09, 2013 at 12:44 PM EST delete ]

Aloha Ron,

Yes, the Alaskan video's are coming out in the order of our travels. This state is amazing, we love it here.

3. Colin | November 09, 2013 at 04:53 PM EST delete ]

Just finished winterizing my 30 O'day here on the Great Lakes. Counting on you to pull me through the winter months.BOO HOO!! That toe snipping remark wasn't for poor Chuck was it. Sleep with one eye open dude.

4. dave | November 12, 2013 at 03:51 PM EST delete ]

withe some creative HTML coding i found the KFSK direct link to Chuck's Fri 8 Nov. show -

Back Aboard

By the First Mate

We have finished house sitting for now and are back aboard.  It is good to be home. Most of yesterday was spent straightening up and re-organizing our things on the boat. It is way too easy to spread stuff around a house. 
The first Christmas lights went up in town yesterday.  The North Harbor begins to take shape with a handfull of new docks being delivered and installed.  Lows expected tonight of 25 degrees with snow in the forecast but it is not expected to stick. Winter has arrived in Petersburg. 
North Harbor installation
Winter Weather Preparations.

By The Skipper:

Laura kicked me off the boat so she could re-arrange the furniture or something.  That is one drawback to living on a small boat like Lealea in cold weather like this.  When there is a major project in the cabin it has to be a one person job so one of us has to get out of the way.  Normally, I would work on some other project outside but, at 24f, it is just too cold.

Fortunately, I got about all of the exterior stuff done while the temperature was still in the forties.  Last winter we learned that our awnings, designed to protect the boat from tropical sun and rain while allowing the cooling trade winds through, needed some help dealing with winter in Alaska.  It is OK if a little rain gets in and runs out the scuppers.  It is not OK if the rain gets in and freezes or if snow is allowed to accumulate in the cockpit. The gaps that effectively allowed the cooling trade winds access let in surprising amounts of snow that needed to be cleared out frequently. 

I went to the Hammer and Wikan hardware store across the street from the harbor and bought a 6'X 8' tarp and six spring clamps. I rigged the tarp so that it covered the gaps in the awnings at the stern. The spring clamps hold the tarp's narrow edge to the edges of the gable shaped opening at the top of the after awning. The center grommet of the tarp is lashed to the back stay.  The bottom and sides are secured over the stern rail with bunji cords (As is the entire awning set) so it will give and remain tight in gusty winds.  Even though we have had five days of continuous rain and one day with winds gusting over thirty knots, the cockpit stayed dry and the awnings and tarp remained tight.  Although one of the spring clamps did pop off during the windiest period, I am encouraged.

Laura had all our wool sweaters dry cleaned and bought a new pair of flannel lined jeans.  I picked up a new pair of waterproof, insulated gloves - an absolute necessity for filling the water tank in winter.  I think that is just about all we can do to prepare for winter except sign up for a community center membership so we can access the gym.

There is still plenty to do though.  I now have a weekly radio program that I am calling "Aloha Friday", Fridays (Duh) 12:45 to 2:30 AKDT on KFSK Petersburg so there is a thirty track play list to put together.  The video of last summer is taking longer than anticipated to edit into bite-sized chunks for YouTube (Reminder: get started on the next one today) and I have several unfinished articles and outlines for articles pending.

Back to work! d;^)

Just in Time , Too. 

By The Skipper:

Second cup of coffee.  Listening to the weather report and reading blogs.  The voice on the radio informs us that snow accumulation is expected to be up to 24 inches between now and Friday.  Currently there is about 4 inches on the dock from last nights snowfall.  We have fired up the second heater as the temperature has dropped below 20f.  It got down into single digits last night but we are cozy in the cabin.

I am going to have to walk over the the hardware store to pick up a snow shovel so I can clear the finger next to the boat.  The harbor staff will plow the main float with the ATV they keep for the purpose but they cannot get to the fingers with the plow.

Today is grocery day.  Fortunately, Hammer and Wikan provides a free shuttle for shoppers and the Trading Union is less than a quarter of a mile from the harbor.  I am thinking I will make a hearty stew in the pressure cooker.  That should last for a few days.  I will leave thanksgiving dinner to Laura.

After the shopping and chores are done, We will probably go to the library and sit in front of the fireplace with a good book.

Snow on the docks

1. Serge Landry | November 21, 2013 at 04:46 PM EST

Glad to have good news, a little request, can you make a video in the winter of Lealea and picture, please, thanks

2. Colin | November 24, 2013 at 04:27 PM EST

Do you use some kind of sensor to protect against Carbon monoxide?

Life and Google+

By the First Mate

Chuck has taken a walk up to the library.  Temperatures are back to a reasonable 42 degrees, rain expected until Thanksgiving and then we should expect to see more snow. Sunset tonight at 3:23pm. 

With the extreme cold temperatures last week we stuck pretty close to the boat. Although Chuck completed a new video "daily life" has been pretty slow...... 
Would love some opinions on YouTube's recent cross over with Google+. In our Sept 28th Post "A Little help from our friends" we asked how important social media was to you and the responding comments made for some good reading.  We had learned about the upcoming change and knew it would force our hand to get more involved.  Our YT Channel was assigned a G+ page and we were told all comments would pass through that page going forward. Not entirely sure how we feel about the change but we had no choice but to move forward.  It has certainly increased traffic to our site so we are grateful but at the same time we are concerned at how much attention it desires.

Thanksgiving rapidly approaches. Will pick up a few cornish hens to toss in the presssure cooker and maybe caramalize a few red pears to drizzle over ice cream. 

1. Harley | November 26, 2013 at 03:55 PM EST 

My wife and i are in Everett, WA. How do you keep your boat warmed up? I have a wood stove and hope that it will take the chill off when anchored.

I have enjoyed your presentations. As you know, the Puget Sound has plentyto learn regarding currents and tides and your commentary has been instructive.

Take care

2. Chuck and Laura | November 27, 2013 at 04:59 PM EST

A wood stove should put out plenty of heat. My understanding is that, if vented correctly, they make for a nice warm and dry boat.

We learned about navigating around tides and currents cruising between Port Townsend and Friday Harbor via Cattle Pass.

3. Frank | November 28, 2013 at 01:38 PM EST 

We are wishing you both the Happiest of Thanksgiving's. Going over to Cody's for the big bird and dine with our new grandson. Well, 15 months. Garsh, that makes a person feel extra old, especially when they throw out the \Grandpa\ title. Oh, well, that is life. Best always,

Frank Linda

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all. 
We had a very quiet day yesterday.  After a breakfast of pumpkin pancakes we spent the afternoon watching rented movies and relaxing. 

Chuck was able to finish a new video, not about our cruising but of a simple chore. Yep, it is cold but the background is stunning and the wildlife is ever present.

The Town's tree lighting ceremony begins in half an hour, afterwards most businesses will stay open late (8pm) serving refreshments and acting as heated meeting spots. Need to get moving so we don't miss out on the fun.

We sincerely hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.  
Good Dog

By the First Mate

Off the boat again.  This time we have charge of a 12 year old black lab named Casey.  

Chuck was at last able to edit his way through all of the great video we took during our stay at Tenakee Springs.  July 4th was so much fun and we hopethis video shows what a special place it is. 

Chuck's radio program last Friday went very well, unfortunately the link page to the archived show seems not to be working.  Bummer!

Now that we are back in a house both Chuck and I can be online at the same time so look for added content to the website coming over the next several weeks.


1. Frank | December 13, 2013 at 04:10 PM EST 

Same address? c/o Petersburg Post office?

2. chuck and laura | December 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM EST

Yes, same address.

Another house...Another Dog...Another Video

By the First Mate

We are done with sitting one house and in another.  This time we are looking after an older West Highland Terrier named MacGregor who is addicted to hot dogs and ice cream.  We will be staying at this house until mid Jan which means another Christmas with an oven.  Chuck is very excited at the prospect of Pumpkin Pie.  

Have not had much opportunity to post to the Logbook (Sorry!)  Internet connection in the last place was a little slow.   

Chuck uploaded a new video last night, On to Hoonah.  I did not get a chance to post a link of the video previous to this one (uploaded Dec. 12th) because of the poor connection, Tenakee Springs to Whitestone.   

Light snow and relatively mild conditions, certainly compared to other states that are getting slammed by severe Winter conditions.  Temperature is currently 25 degrees and there is a hint of Christmas in the air. 

1. Phil | December 19, 2013 at 08:26 AM EST 

What would life be like without our animal friends who accept us just as we are?

Jan and I along with Sam our Cocker and Bow our cat wish you both Merry Christmas

2. AARON | December 23, 2013 at 10:51 PM EST 

you and your's have a Merry Christmas

Aaron and Vickie

3. Manning | December 24, 2013 at 04:29 PM EST

Captain Chuck and First Mate Laura, Merry Christmas and a grand 2014. I have so enjoyed your videos and website so much that you guys personally were the cause of my purchasing Vega hull 3361. Your stories are wonderful and your photography is truly professional and extremely well done. I have dreamed from your actions. I look forward to more in 2014. Merry Christmas to both of you. Your friend in Charleston, SC. sends to you.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Chuck and Laura
Sons of Norway Hall Christmas 2013

1. Ron T | December 25, 2013 at 08:52 AM EST 

Merry Christmas Laura and Chuck.

\The Holiest of holidays, are those spent by ourselves in silence and spirit.

Love and Peace,

Ron T.

2. Mark | December 25, 2013 at 03:52 PM EST 

Have a fantastic Christmas guys and a very happy New Year :)

Happy Boxing Day

by the First Mate

Having grown up in Canada Laura likes to celebrate Boxing Day too. 

There is certainly something to be said about the perks of house sitting.  The modern kitchen here is beautiful and also came stocked with an abundant supply of great cook books.  With an oven and four burners we had an enjoyable Christmas Day. The house is so large as to be almost overwhelming but we can't complain,  there is a 72" TV which offers over a hundred channels (of mostly nothing in our opinion) and a small home gym.  It is the perfect place to avoid the dreaded cabin fever.

Supper last night of cornish hens w/roasted vegetables (onion, carrots and sweet potato) and, yes, Chuck got his pumpkin pie.

This morning I started a soup from the leftovers which we will probably be eating for the next few days.  It sure was easy to get off track our eating healthy habits while we house sit. It seems having an oven and two extra burners enourages one to cook more....hmmm.  I love playing in the kitchen.  Sigh, it will be good to get back on the boat.

Will wait until the soup is done and then take Macgregor out for a walk...both of us need it.  Chuck has finished another video and expects to have it uploaded this evening.
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1. Colin | December 29, 2013 at 08:06 PM EST 

Born in England,raised in Canada. I have no idea what Boxing day is for.

Phones down, Video up.

by the First Mate

If you have not yet had a chance to listen in on Chuck's "Aloha Friday" Street Beat radio program today is the day!  Live stream on today at 12:50 (AST).

New video is up Hoonah to Funter Bay.  Only in Alaska can you see folks rowing with snow shovels, LOL!

Tried making a few phone calls yesterday but two APT phone towers are down in Petersburg allowing for Emergency Calls only.  We usually talk to family on Christmas day and friends on Boxing Day.

Maybe tomorrow....
Temperatures are in the very mild 40's, it's starting to feel downright tropical.
Twilight over the Harbor, Petersburg, AK>   

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1. Nuno | December 30, 2013 at 05:40 AM EST

Happy holidays to you!

It has truly been a pleasure following your adventures during this year. You sometimes make me regret that we uppsized from a 28 feet Laurin 28 to a Montevideo 43.

We meet many Vegas when we where out for a 13 month cruise in Southern Europe.

Living in Sweden Vegas always been a very common sight in the harbors.

When we were in our cruise it was always funny coming in to a harbour, not only we were one the smalest boat but we also had more crew. Me, my wife, our daugther 14, our son 11 and our dog Spirit. All in a 28 feet! :-)

Anyway, thank you very much for making me smile and endure the time that is left until we are getting out again. 2,5 years left!

Happy new year from Sweden!

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