A flock of Bonaparte's Gulls visits Blackthorn!
Blackthorn drops anchor in the beautiful Chuckanut Bay in the shadow of a global crisis.
Poulsbo is a self-proclaimed Little Norway tucked away in Liberty Bay, northwest of Seattle. We’ve visited Poulsbo annually since we began our boating adventure, but this was our first
On November 29th at around 10 AM, we were scheduled for launch into the Duwamish River. The tide was high enough that the little walkway running alongside the boat ramp
Blackthorn’s now back in the water, anchored in Eagle Harbor just across the sound from Seattle. I’ll be writing about our experiences living at anchor soon, but I
So, it’s been quite a while since we hauled. We thought a month would be excessive. There was no way we could possibly need that long out of the
I’m sitting in Blackthorn, who is sitting on blocks and stands in sight of the Duwamish River in a southern district of Seattle. Work is officially underway, but we’
One of the many maintenance tasks that we’ve acquired along with Blackthorn is caring for her engine, a 25 hp diesel Betamarine. Changing out the fuel filters had long occupied the top of my most “put off” maintenance tasks. Important Note: These are
A Side NoteThis March, The Sir and I got married. For readability, I’ll be referring to The Sir’s aunt and uncle as though they were my own. Getting
The Boat LifeWhen this whole living aboard thing started, there were a lot of questions on our minds. We weren’t really certain what would change with moving aboard a
Out into the SoundWe’d gotten our engine up and running and practiced a bit of maneuvering. Now, it was time to set sail. And about time, too, given that we’d last taken Blackthorn out with Robin and Jackie near the end of
The Wonder of DeadlinesOnce we had the boat fully reassembled, we did a lot of dawdling. There were some minor engine issues, and the wind instrument needed replacing. We waited for parts and put off getting the wind instrument up, worried about sending The
On July 1st, Blackthorn arrived at Seaview Boatyard, set to be relaunched on July 5th. On July 13th, we moved aboard with all of our belongings. Shortly after, Robin and
We’re now moved aboard Blackthorn, a 32 foot (39 with bowsprit) gaff-rigged steel cutter. We share the pleasure with her dinghy, May. The whole process has been at times
It’s been a slow few months for boating, and an incredibly busy few months for life. This entry will touch on a few things I’ve been meaning to write about: The Boat HuntReadingCostsThe Boat HuntThe last time I wrote about what we