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Ketchikan to Petersburg

We depart Ketchikan with a some light rain and low hanging clouds.  Visibility is still good as we work our way out Tongass Narrows to Clarence Strait.  Our AIS picks up a Cruise Ship heading into Ketchikan but  is obscured by fog as we pass port to port. We find Clarence Strait calm today as we continue north […]


It’s been five years since we last visited Ketchikan.  With some high winds coming for the next few days, it’s a good place to spend some time.  The Harbor does not take reservations and was full several days ago when we called.  All of the fishing boats were in port waiting on a fishing opening.  With this beautiful weather, […]

Inside Passage 2023: Part 3

Day 10: This morning we hear a Mayday over the VHF.  It is a sailboat just a few miles north reporting smoke in their engine room.  Fortunately a Coast Guard Cutter is only half a mile away and is there within 10 minutes.  A short time later, the Coast Guard reports all 4 people and […]

Inside Passage to Alaska 2023: Part 2

Our next big hurdle is to cross Cape Caution, a 50 mile open Pacific water passage at the tip of Vancouver Island.  The weather doesn’t look good for the next few days so we are taking our time to explore the Broughton Islands. The Broughton Archipelago is a destination itself with a maze of islands and […]

Inside Passage to Alaska 2023: Part One

With all of our boat projects finished, it’s time to push away from the docks and point the bow North towards Alaska.  But before doing so, we must clear out of Canada on our work order and re-enter under a cruising permit. This is called “Turning the Flag” and is a relatively easy process with the […]

April in Sidney

A few weeks turned into almost a month as we waited on Spring to arrive in Sidney.  We needed just a few days of good weather to repair some small gel coat cracks but it has been cold and raining almost non stop.  April usually sees some good weather here in Sidney but not this year. Now […]

Floating In Our New Home

We have hauled Idyll Time out of the water many times over the years but it still creates a knot in our stomach each time she is hauled or launched. Boats are supposed to be in the water not on land. We have great confidence in Alex our lift master. He has launched Idyll Time […]

Back Aboard

It was a beautiful flight across country and we are now back aboard Idyll Time in Sidney, BC. We were very happy to find everything in excellent condition aboard Idyll Time. She is just as we left her last year. Philbrooks completed several projects over the winter including new bottom paint, stabilizer seals replacement, bow […]

Year End

For the past month, we have been in Sidney,BC at Philbrooks Boat Yard. Idyll Time had a list of maintenance items to attend to. She takes good care of us during our travels so we must also take good care of her. Philbrooks is a great yard for having work done and Sidney is a […]

Back to Canada

We have a short 14 mile trip from Roche Harbor to Sidney,B.C.  We head directly to the customs dock at Van Isle Marina.  We are entering Canada under a “Work Order”. We have accumulated a long list of maintenance items for Philbrooks Boat Yard to address.   After clearing customs, we must go directly to Philbrooks  which is located right […]