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Ketchikan to Wrangell

Day 18: Ketchikan to Santa Anna Anchorage: We can’t seem to get away from the cruise ships. We barely have time to sneak out of the marina at 5:30 this morning just in front of a Celeberty ship as she is coming into port. We meet a Carnival ship just a mile north as we […]

To Ketchikan

Day 14-17: Kelp Passage to Ketchikan: The anchor is up and we are away from Kelp Passage at 5:00 am. We couldn’t have a better forecast for our crossing of Dixon Entrance, winds light for today and tonight. This is one of two open water passages on our way to Alaska that can get very […]

Inside Passage to Alaska: Part three

Day 11: Shearwater to Bottleneck Cove : Another 4:30 am wake up call and we are off the docks at 5:30. Rhapsody, a 55 foot Nordhavn, and Sunchaser V , a 50 foot Defever, are just ahead of us. The weather forecast is still calling for gale force winds ( 30-40 knots) starting late morning […]

Inside Passage to Alaska Part Two

Day 6 Port McNeil to Blunden Harbor: For those of you who wonder what we do all day on a boat let me tell you how our day went. The plan was to rise at 3 am for a weather check prior to a 4 am departure to cross Cape Caution. 1:30 am found us […]

Inside Passage to Alaska part one

Day 1: Sidney to Thetis Island: Today we are beginning our trip up the inside passage to Alaska. Our goal is to reach Glacier Bay by July 4 . We have been granted a much coveted permit to enter Glacier Bay July 5-11th. You can apply for these permits 60 days in advance. Only 13 […]

Shakedown Cruise Spring 2018

You can sense a wave of calm envelop Idyll Time and her crew as we exit Tsehum Harbor and transition from work mode to cruise mode. It is so nice to finally be away from the boat yard. We will spend the next week testing our systems and exploring some of the Gulf Islands before […]

One Step Forward Two Steps Back

So…here we are still rafted up along Philbrooks work dock. After successfully launching Idyll Time into the water, Philbrooks needed a few more days of good weather to finish our varnish and gelcoat repairs. Rain each day prevented the work during our first week on the dock. Spring finally arrived and we had beautiful clear […]

Getting ready for another year of cruising:spring 2018

We are happy to be writing this blog back aboard Idyll Time. It was a good three week 3200 mile trip across the U.S. in the RV. A few days were spent in Colorado near Grand Junction exploring some of the smaller towns and wineries. The only snow we saw was atop Monarch Pass in […]

British Columbia to Tennessee

We spent two days moving boat stuff from Idyll Time to the Minnie Winnie RV “Miss Daisy”. We are removing all perishable food and dry goods from the boat since she will be stored on land for an extended period. When she was on the east coast, the longest we had ever left her was […]

The Haul Out

It’s time to close this years chapter on cruising. We have had an amazing year and are sorry to see it end. After much deliberation, we have decide to leave Idyll Time in Sidney, B.C. over the winter. She will stay out of water in Van Isle Marina’s Yacht Park. It is always an anxious […]