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Managing Fuel Economy

We currently are underway on a 3,650nm non-stop run from St. Helena to Barbados. Prior to this passage, our longest non-stop run without fueling was 3,023nm from Dampier, Australia to Rodrigues, Mauritius. The current 3,650nm passage is at the very limit of Dirona’s range and we are, naturally, monitoring fuel economy closely to ensure we…

Crossing the Columbia River Bar

We left Seattle on Thursday evening and crossed the Columbia River Bar Saturday morning.
Conditions were rough, as they always seem to be, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but
otherwise we&#0…

Puget Sound Spring 2012 Cruising Log


With the official start of
Seattle’s boating season nearly upon us, here’s our log for the winter off-season.
On our weekend trips this year, we’ve ranged between LaConner to the north,Tramp Harbor
to the south, Oyster Bay to the west a…

Maximizing Outdoor Time

We prefer to eat our meals, read and generally relax outdoors as much as possible.
In the cool and sometimes rainy Pacific Northwest, this at times can be a chal…

Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound: Hecate and Calvert Islands

The maze of islands and waterways that border Queen Charlotte Sound has long been
one of our favorite cruising ground. The terrain is complex, the scenery is varied
and impressive, and the …

Organizing the smaller spaces

For us, one of the keys to living comfortably in the small space of a boat is to reduce
clutter and keep our frequently-used items easily accessible. Reducing clutter …

Digital camera choices

We purchased our first digital camera, a Canon
PowerShot Pro90 IS, in 2002. Many of our pictures are taken from a boat, with
the subject often at a distance. So we wanted a long lens to suc…

Studying the Costa Concordia Grounding

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More snow … and freezing rain

Sunday's snow mostly was
gone by Monday, but we got another load later in the week. The weather system was difficult
to forecast. Although the snowfall was less than the re…


Snow is fairly rare in the Puget Sound, so a layer of the white stuff always is a
treat. We'd spent the weekend in LaConner, where 2-3 inches of snow had fallen overnight,
and left aro…