Living Aboard a Boat Sum It Up Sunday

First Steps

Sunday, May 15, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA

We may not have decided exactly where we’re going this season, but our journey had to begin somewhere and with an initial step. We took ours a couple of weeks ago when we dropped our lines for the first time in six months, leaving Kingston behind in our wake.

We didn’t go far, only 20 miles north to Port Ludlow, but it was a world apart from life in the marina. And, swinging free at anchor, I slept better than I had for months. It was short-lived, however, and we upped anchor the next morning so that David could drop me off at the dock and I could catch the bus down to Poulsbo and back up again to Kingston to pick up our truck. Meanwhile, David moved the boat over to a friend’s house and tied up to their dock to finish off some last-minute jobs. 

A few days turned into a week and I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see the date when we made our next move – May 10. How did so many days pass so quickly and without a lot to show for it? I’ll never know. But it’s a side effect of this lifestyle, one that I’m willing to accept without too much thought.

We left Tuesday morning with the tide, bashing our way up Admiralty Inlet with 10 to 15 knots on the nose. By the time we reached the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the wind was sitting 45° off our bow but had died to less than six knots. We threw out the jib anyway to gain an extra knot of speed and motor-sailed the rest of the way. By 4:30 pm, we were tied to the yacht club dock in West Sound, Orcas Island, ending our week the same way we’d started it – by visiting friends.


It’s time to get moving again. Cambrias a foreign-flagged vessel and is in the U.S. on a year-long cruising permit which expires in a few days. So, from here we’ll make our way into Canada where we’ll spend the next five or six months happily following the wind in hopes of filling our sails. 

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9 comments

  1. We are itching to go. Sounds like your trip has been fun already.

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    1. It's definitely been a slow-paced and stress-free start -- it's really nice not to be in a hurry for a change!

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  2. Love the start of a new adventure! We are trying to leave this afternoon, but the list is really really long....we shall see! - Lucy

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    1. Excellent (that you might get off today)! Have a great time and I'll be following the blog every chance that I get.

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  3. Sounds like a lovely start to the cruising season :-)

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    1. I think 'lovely' is the perfect word. For the first time in years, we don't have someplace we need to be and that feels really good!

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  4. I am wishing you both a glorious season!!! And, I am happy that first step has landed on "firm ground". :-)

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  5. Can't wait to do the same! Counting down...

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  6. Sounds like a really lovely start to your season, look forward to following you virtually!

    Mars xx

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