I was intending to update the blog in Shearwater, but the internet connection was just too slow. Lots to share, but I thought I start by sharing what we have learned so far. Whew... it's been a lot.
If at the end of the day your wife brushes her teeth with sunscreen... and isn't sure... and didn't mind too much... consider less miles the following day.
Wind is a four letter word.
Wind trumps tidal current most of the time... Ocean swell seems to trump them both, all the time.
Male plumbing is a constant source of envy when your female partner is wearing a dry suit.
We are pretty sure that sleep deprivation is just part of the Inside Passage experience. I still wonder how long I've been paddling with my charts upside down.
I was afraid of the rain ( see first blog post) I was right.... we are very moist.
There is a good reason captains of 50 ft yachts look so rested and relaxed. Those thing are floating, Luxo Condos.
If you lick your lips while paddling on the ocean you will crave potato chips when you reach Port.
It's a pretty good day if you get to build a fort at the end of it with your best friend.
You just can't believe the number of times we heard "Yeah, we cashed it all in a bought this boat.... we start on xxxx coast xxxx years ago."
Gortex does breath but holds the stink in... nice.
People that hang out by the water seem happy and ready to be friends at a moments notice.
Want to meet cool people at a marina? Go do your laundry. How big is their boat... watch them fold their sheets. I'm guessing queen size sheets = 40' plus. If they wash all colors together... and aren't too concerned about clean clothes touching the floor.... likely kayakers.
You see a lot more trawler type boats on the Inside Passage. It was explained to us that a sailboat's living space is mostly below the waterline and when the water is 50 degrees... sailboats are colder and clammy. Hmmmm who knew?
Always go to port for the arrival of the fresh food. Shearwater gets new veggies on Mondays
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