Adventures of Maia | Blog
An adventure, sailing and cruising throughout the world with Laura, Dick and Ellie.
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We had a little time before heading back South,  so we took a quick tour to the Broughtons. We left Sointula on July 31 and actually were able to SAIL for 3-4 hours. Our first night we anchored in Napier Bay and were treated to a beautiful rainbow. We also anchored in Turnbull Cove (went for a little hike, up and over to Huaskin Lake) and Nimmo Bay.

On August 4 we arrived in Sullivan Bay. As we were motoring to our slip we noticed La Vie en Rose, from Park City! As we docked we were greeted by Ann of Bob & Ann of Charisma, friends from Port Townsend! On day two, Kevin and Gina of s/v Raven arrived! We were now able to confirm our plans for our ocean sail down the West coast of Vancouver Island. Yahoo!

We decided to go back to Sointula to prepare for our trip down the coast. On our way back, we anchored in Joe’s Cove and Beware Cove. Once we docked in Sointula we worked on boat projects, laundry, shopping and some admin work. We headed to Port McNeil for one additional stop to re-provision. The hard part about planning these journeys are that you do not know how long you will be “out there”. The trips are planned around the weather (wind), and we do not know what Mother Nature will bring us. For this trip we were figuring between 7 & 21 days before arriving in a port with supplies. We will be heading to Bull Harbor tomorrow to meet up with Raven, before our trip down the West Coast of BC.

Yea! We are sailing North from Sointula to the Broughton Archipelego.

Rin Tin Ellie!

in Nimmo Bay

Sunset in Sullivan Bay



Magnificent Sullivan Bay! Many great memories here. (Aug 5, 2016)

We met Dave and Rosemary from La Vie en Rose, from Utah! All the way up in Sullivan Bay

Another amazing sunset (at Port McNeil)

We spent the next several weeks in July exploring the Desolation Sound area. One of my favorite anchorages was our night in Laura Cove (hmmmm). There were lots (I mean lots) of boats in the anchorage, but we were able to snuggle up to the front of the bay, and it was like our own private beach. It was easy to row Ellie into the beach and we also took an awesome hike thru the forest, looking for Mike’s Place (from the book; The Curve in Time). We had some rain, but it was refreshing.

We experienced the amazing beauty of the area, the tidal rapids, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Places like Joan’s rock, Walter Point, Maude Island. We went to Pendrell Sound that has the “warmest water north of Baja”, so “we” (Dick) could change the zincs on the bottom of the boat. The water did not turn out to be very warm, (“f’ing cold!”), there was even snow up in the mountains above. Dick got the job done! Luckily, he was able to take a nice hot shower aboard MAIA when he was done.

We spend a couple nights at Waiatt Bay. Rowing into shore there is a beautiful forest with a couple trails. There is a short hike across to another inlet or you can go farther to a nearby fresh water lake, Newton Lake. Along the hike we met Gina, Kevin, Marilyn and Barry from s/v Raven. It turned out they were anchored next to us. We weren’t sure how to access the lake to swim but somehow, we found our way to a big rock that you climb around and can take a dip. The crew of Raven ended up with us, we have a lovely swim and enjoyed the company of new friends. It turns out Gina and Kevin were considering going around the outside of Vancouver Island. Gina and I are both nervous about sailing in the open ocean.

On July 17, we pull up anchor with our destination that evening of Shoal Bay. To get there we must go through several title rapids, timing is once again important. At 0930 we motor thru “Hole in the Wall” at slack tide and now have several hours until it is a good time to go through the next group, Yuculta, Dent & Arran. We have a mellow time waiting and actually go for a swim! The water is very cold but refreshing. Raven also gave us some fresh fish! For some reason out in the middle of the waterway, we have good cell connection, I am able to have a great conversation with Trev. After our final rapid, as we are making our way to our port for the night, we see a group of Dahl Porpoises. We follow close behind and are treated to an amazing show. Such a treat!

We also spent a night at Blind Channel resort, where we can do laundry and take another beautiful hike and pick wonderful blackberries. Next, we head to Loughborough Inlet, and tie up to the dock in Sidney Bay. This was a really quiet and magical location. Across the channel is the home of Dane and Helen Campbell, (old neighbors of our friend Carol who homesteaded in the 60’s further up the Inlet and these were there closest neighbors). Really a treat to have tea and a chat with Helen. Raven is also here and the idea of buddy boating on the outside of Vancouver Island comes up, we decide to see if we can maybe make it happen!

A few more memorables of our tour in Desolation, motor-sailing through the Johnstone Strait, Havannah channel and our night at Lagoon Cove Marina. As we were leaving there we saw a black bear! Anchoring in Laura Bay, next to Trivet Island, Shoal Harbor and dinghy ride to Billy Protor’s museum.

After our 2 week tour, it was time to stock up again. We headed to Port McNeil and hit the stores once again. It is a great town to provision as the stores are all nearby. (Including a pet store to restock Ellie food.)

On July 28, we headed across to Sointula, a town that was settled by Finnish people in the late 19th century. It is a really cool, small close-knit village on Malcom Island. It has a co-op grocery and hardware store. They deliver the fuel to the dock. It is a small harbor with a fleet of fishing boats and pleasure boats. They have free bikes to borrow to ride into the main part of town. Here we found the ferry dock, grocery store, bakery and visitors center. Outside the visitor center there is a wooden farmers stand, where the local farmers stock produce. You take what you want and leave the money in the box. So awesome to have garden fresh veggies! Oh, yea… All along the road there are berries, free for the picking. There is also the famous Burger Barn located right at the Harbor.

Beautiful old forests

Dick & Laura in Laura Cove!

Hike to Mike’s at Laura Cove

Changing Zinc’s with snow in the Mountains above

NOT the warmest water North of Baja

D for Dad and Walter Point

In British Columbia

in Desolation Sound, BC

Nimble Ellie at age 11!

Loving being brushed!

Happy Girlie! I got to hike and dip in the cold water.

Crew from Raven at Newton Lake.

At Newton Lake

Shoal Bay, BC

Hiking at Blind Channel Resort

Yummy blackberries abound!

Team Raven (July 18, 2016)

Marilyn, Barry, Kevin and Gina, the crew of Raven

Full moon is rising! (Hardwickle Island)

Hardwicke Island

Beautiful! (Shoal Harbor)

A double rainbow at Shoal Harbor

Rainbow, rainbow

A beautiful golden Eagle on neighboring boat.

Fun riding bikes on Sointula!

We continued North on July 9th, heading to Cortez Island and Tai Li Lodge. On our way we spent one night at anchor in Galley Bay. As we are pulling up anchor, so fun to see our new friends Bruce and Bridget from Sojourn arrive. We take a minute to catch up, before we are on our way.

We had a wonderful couple of days at Tai Li Lodge, visiting Carol and Steve from Silvergirl, who we met in Port Townsend! What a special place they have, out on a point on the Island. It was great spending time, Dick was treated to a motorcycle ride, we joined them at a local exhibit opening and treated to Native Elder singing.

Carol let us know that there were wolves in the area and we needed to be careful with Ellie. If we saw wolves we should turn back as they would be protecting their area. Wolves, bobcats & bears, oh my!!!

Ellie, the adapter!

Next stop was Powell River, we arrived on July 3 to re-supply our food and work on the next project, replacing the engine exhaust hose. A wonderful, small town with a large harbor, restaurants and touristy shops nearby. About a mile walk up the hill, is the commercial part of town with grocery store, hardware, liquor, etc.

Feeling a little homesick on July 4th! Missing the parade and all the festivities we were so used to in Park City. We decide to celebrate our Independence by going out to dinner. After a nice dinner we were treated to our own fireworks show by Mother Nature. We have a stunning 45 minute sunset with a rainbow mixed in! It was a good sign.

The absolute treat of Powell River, was meeting Dennis, (a friend of my childhood friend, Debbie Boho Sabin). He grew up there and comes back in the summer, when he is not teaching school, to visit his family. It was perfect timing as he just arrived in town. He came down to visit, with a selection of local brews. As he was available the next day to give us a tour of the area, we stayed one more day. He showed us around where he grew up, his new property and took us on a hike. We then journeyed to Lund, a nearby town to explore, go to the Pollen sweater store and have an early dinner. A really wonderful day!

Powell River Rainbow

July 4 Sunset

Hiking with Dennis

Mile 0, Highway 101


We left the US on June 10, heading up into Canada for a couple months. We checked in at Canoe Cove, BC. The entrance went smooth, as we had learned from the web what was ok and not ok, to bring across the border.

We headed to the Sceptre Rendezvous in Mill Bay. Great fun meeting new people and seeing Hilde & John from Solar Wind who we had met at Port Townsend. It was really fun looking at all the other boats and seeing how different they were. We had heard that our boat had done well in the Sceptre “Fun” race, winning top places and were encouraged to see if we could keep up the tradition. We tried hard, but ended up in the back of the pack. After the race we were told that the previous owner was very serious about the race and would unload the boat to make it light and bring a racing sail and a friend who was a ringer. That made us feel better!

After our fun weekend, we headed to Sydney, BC and ended up at Capital City Yacht club. The members were very friendly, it was a really nice club. We were able to stay there two nights and then headed across the bay to North Saanich Yacht Club. It was great being able to use some of our Yacht Club free dock reciprocals. Dick was working on the awful job of changing out the sanitation hoses (which really needed to be done). The stench when he pulled them out was unbelievable. (Thank you Captain Dick!)

Our next major stop, the big city of Vancouver. We arrived on June 19 and met up with some of our Point Hudson neighbors, Claudia and Bob Dubuque. Bob was our local knowledge guy, as they had spent several weeks there, already this year. We anchored in False Creek. We had so much fun! We loved the city, there were grocery stores, hardware stores and marine stores within walking, biking & dingying distance. We purchased more boat things that were “needed” and stocked up on more food as we are heading up into the British Columbia wilderness soon.

We spent time with Bob & Claudia, and watched the full moon rise! Motorcycling friend Maura Gatensby, came to the boat one night for dinner. So nice to see her.

Princess Louisa
One of the first places that we were advised to go to was, Princess Louisa inlet. (Thanks Hasse!) Then, more and more people said we should go to this spectacular place. We did not want to get our hopes up too much, as we did not want to be disappointed. However, this was not the case. It was stunning and amazingly beautiful. The only way to get there is by boat or float plane. It takes a day to sail /motor there, by going up through these waterways that remind me of rivers. When you reach the entrance to Princess Louisa inlet, there is a tidal rapid, Malibu. It is important that you plan your entrance at the precise time when the tide is at slack. (We planned our trip to make sure we were there at the right time, otherwise it becomes a class 4-5 rapid!) Once you make your way all the way in, you are treated to this absolutely huge waterfall. The sound echoes through the canyon. The forest is beautiful, so green and lush with trees, ferns, moss and wild flowers. Such a special place.

We also met new friends, Bruce and Bridget from s/v Sojourn. First on the radio as we were preparing to enter the rapids and then we spent a little time with them, learning about their adventures.

At Malibu rapids is Malibu Camp. It is a Young Life camp that has been there for at least 50 years. Brother Tom went there went he was a boy, so we decided to go on a tour one day. It was really neat and it brought back memories of Camp Echo.

Being up in the wilderness, we did not have any wifi access (to check the weather and sea state), as we motor-sailed out we were not concerned, as it was a beautiful, calm day. However, when we met the main channel we were in for a surprise! There was wind and waves that tossed and turned us about. We had not stowed for sea, so many things ended up on the Cabin floor. It was a good reminder and lesson! Always stow for sea and be ready!

MAIA at Princess Louisa

At Chatterbox Falls

Princess Louisa Inlet, Chatterbox Falls

Always Stow for Sea


There are some last minute things we need to get take care of before we head off on our Cruising Journey.  MAIA needs a name put on her. We find a local company that can get the stickers ready for us within 24 hours, awesome! Truck needs to be sold. She gets emptied out, gets a cleaning inside and out. Pictures taken and ad goes on Craig’s List. Presto, within hours we have buyers interested and on June 3, Ellie & I say goodbye to it (our Toyota Tundra, an awesome ride) as Dick drives it away to its new buyer.

Trevor arrives, Dick returns and we get ready to go. Our cruising life is about to begin!

On June 4 we sailed out of Port Ludlow, heading to the San Juan Islands. We got our first real lesson in what the tidal current can do. We expect to make some headway out of the Admiralty Inlet Channel, but the tide turned and we get slowed down enough that we decide it will be best to anchor outside of Port Townsend for the night. (We did not make any progress for a whole hour!) We fill up with diesel, apply Maia’s name, and make a run to the grocery store for some more goodies and anchor in our favorite spot outside of “Siren’s”. It was great fun showing Trevor around Port Townsend, where we spent our “winter vacation”.

We had a dandy time in the San Juan’s. Exploring Reid Harbor on Stuart Island, Suchia Bay and Echo Bay. The highlight of the trip was when we came upon a school of dolphins who were playing around in a swirling eddie. We turned off the engine and hung with them for a while, they were magnificent to see. The water was shimmering and they were diving in and out of the water swimming around with each other. Such a wonderful experience for us all. Ellie wanted to join in with them!

We ended our first cruise in Bellingham, sad to say goodbye to Trevor. So grateful that he was able to come start our cruising life with us!

We met up with Jerry and his wife Ginny for dinner. Last year they sailed to the Marquesas, Tahiti, back to the Marquesas, then north to Hawaii and back to Bellingham. They were selling some “barely used” gear. It was fun to have dinner with them and learn about their journey. We negotiated a deal for a life raft, Monitor wind vane, Trysail, IrridiumGo and some books. Once we got all our goodies, we got MAIA ready to go, as we were heading to Canada!

Yea, Trevor arrives!

With a departure from Port Townsend imminent, it was time to sell our mountain bikes and Dick’s final motorcycle, the Suzuki DR 650 (kick start)! Sad to see them all go, but excited that we are getting to the cruising part of the journey!!!

Rig tuning was completed, removable backstays and preventer lines installed. We received our repaired sails from Hasse and Co. And then SAILED to Port Ludlow! So excited to be out sailing on MAIA. We anchored for our first time, in the inner Cove of Port Ludlow for a couple nights. It was lovely! We then spent a couple additional nights on the PL dock, our first Yacht Club free reciprocal.

With rigging complete our next project was installing new lifelines. We decided to make them ourselves out of Spectra line, with the guidance of our rigger and Mentor, Brion Toss.

We head back to Port Townsend for a couple days. We try our new anchoring technique, outside of “Sirens” Pub. After try # 3 we think we have it set ok, but while we were anchoring my phone had been ringing. Bob, one of our riggers had been watching our attempt, while he was on the deck of Sirens, with some salty sailors, they let us know exactly the right place to anchor. We pulled up the anchor again and then once we got it in the right spot we heard cheers from our gallery. (A little embarrassing, but local knowledge is always welcome!)

As our Cruising journey is imminent, time was also spent grocery shopping and stocking Ms. MAIA with food for our trip. Getting excited as Trevor (our son) is coming to visit next week!

Port Ludlow inner anchorage, Beautiful!

Port Ludlow sunset

Our Salty Dog helping with the life line project!

Ellie on deck at anchor, outside of Sirens.

We have been busy! We have a sailboat that will sail! Mast preparation is complete. Silver dollar placed underneath mast. Mast stepped on Thursday, May 5!!! Just in time for a celebration (on Cinco de Maia) with our dock neighbors Claudia and Kim. On Friday, Brion and crew, began adjusting the rigging. At the end of the day we poured Spartite into the mast and then we needed it to sit as quiet as possible for a minimum of 48 hours, preferably longer. Luckily, we were able to move over to the Sea Marine dock, as there was a sailboat race coming into Port Hudson. The marina was cleared out, so the race boats could dock on Saturday night. We tied up to “Silver Girl” at the dock and the wind got really strong, so we kept an eye out on both boats while watching the racer boats come in. It was So Much Fun watching the boats, bringing back memories of the Mackinac race, where my cruising days began.

There were a lot of projects leading up the Mast being ready to go back in. We installed mast steps, a track for the spinnaker pole, and a trysail track. The old rod was mostly replaced with new rod rigging (which was done by Port Townsend Rigging). However, we made running back stays out of Spectra, the jib stay out of dyeform and the forestay and the back stays out of 1X19 wire rigging. (We were going to use the old jib stay for the back stays but the core was “overstressed” and was pulling away from the outer strands. This would mean that the rigging would not be the strength that we wanted.) Brion taught us how to put on the high mod fittings for our stays and also how to splice, as we helped ready our new rigging.

We had the renaming party for MAIA on Saturday, April 16. Friday, Dick and I, finished taking off the old name from anything and anywhere on the boat and had a de-naming ceremony to please Neptune & Aeolus. David Lee, Dee, Elise, Tom, Lynda, and Terry came for the event Saturday night into Sunday (Dick’s birthday J). Ellen and Stan came for the celebration. About 20 of our new friends from the boating community also joined us. We had a Great time! Dinner after, at Khu Larb Thai (yummy). Then on Sunday we had a great brunch at Point Hudson Café for Dick’s birthday. After brunch, I took off to go to a store with Weeze and then I continued shopping. Trevor had the great idea of a Captains hat for Dick, which I looked for most of the afternoon. Finally, the last store I went in had one! It was a perfect gift.

Sue (Haas McJames) arrived on Monday. We went to visit our good friend Ellen (Wright Berdinner) for afternoon tea in Chimacum at the Farmstand Café. The next day I was asking our dock neighbors about their cockpit cover and Kim said that he had done the work himself and had a Sailrite sewing machine we could borrow. Wow! I approached Sue, our pro seamster (per Mr. Toss), and she said she would help get us started with re-stitching our “Dodger” (partial cockpit cover). This was a project that was not on the list, even though the stitching had started falling apart. Besides “our” project we showed Sue around town a bit, had a nice dinner at the “Owl Sprit” Café, and had a fun dinner at Ellen and Stans. Dick and I continued work on the mast project, and cleaning parts for the steering that were not being replaced. While Sue was here, she helped us move the boat with inside steering, as our new replacement parts had not arrived yet.

April 23 was the Port Townsend Marine Swap and I participated in the Port Townsend Yacht Club event, cleaning the beach at Port Hadlock. I met a lot of nice people and that allowed us the opportunity to join the Yacht Club (mainly for reciprocal privileges at other Yacht Clubs once we begin our journey Northward!) That afternoon we worked with Brion learning how to install Hi-Mod fixtures on our wire rigging. (Fun process, but when I am being showed how to do it, it feels very overwhelming!)

Work continued on the mast project, cleaning winches and once we received the parts for our steering, we put that back together. The last week of April we had our first splicing lesson with Brion. Our new chainplates arrived and were painfully put back in. Dick had a sewing lesson and helped finish our “Dodger project”.

We celebrated our 15/1 year anniversary on May 1. We had a great dinner in town at the Fountain Café.

Re-Naming ceremony to please Neptune & Aoleus!

Bob and Brion, our main rigger team!

We are in Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend and have been here since March 17. We love the area! It is an awesome little harbor surrounded by historic buildings, with the Ocean or should I say the Sound on two sides. On the Admiralty Inlet side is a beautiful beach. Across the marina, is the end of Water Street and the Port Townsend Maritime Center.

Our last weekend in Anacortes, Elise & Tom came for a visit. It was awesome to have visitors aboard! We had appetizers on the boat, then walked to a Mexican Restaurant for dinner. Sunday, Tom treated us to breakfast at the Calico Cupboard, it was yummy! After bruch, we came back to MAIA and played dominoes. We had so much fun!!

For the re-rigging of MAIA, we decided to work with Brion Toss and Co. When Bob and Brion looked at the boat, Brion immediately started talking about things that could be fixed with BOTH the standing and running rigging! We knew right away that we wanted to work with them. We were excited to find someone who is attentive and thorough and will allow us to do a lot of the work ourselves.

We pulled the Mast (out of the boat – Yikes!) on March 19. It has been stripped and is in the Sea Marine boatyard. Anything that is going back on, will be cleaned and then re-installed. Rigging was removed and measured for replacements. A big decision was whether we could replace our current rod rigging, with wire rigging as wire would allow us to be able to make easier repairs in the field. Final decision was that rod would work best for the overall performance of the boat. Currently, the rod rigging is being fabricated. Chain plates have been removed and will be tested. We have also been working with Port Townsend Sails (Carol Hasse and Alison – our sails person) trying to decide which sails can be repaired or will need to be replaced!

On March 23, we went to storage in Anacortes. On the way, we stopped at the Bridge over Deception pass, it was really beautiful. We got a few things out of storage and then had a quick dinner at the Corner Bar & Grill, then headed to Trader Joe’s in Shoreline to sell the Rocket Box, before going to our Marine Navigation course. It is a ten-week course, where we will be taking the ferry into Shoreline every Tuesday afternoon. Excited about becoming better navigators!

Yesterday, we cleared out of our last storage space! Yea!!! We are whittling down to just what we will keep on the boat. We still have a few more toys to sell, but will keep those to play with for now.


Measuring the rigging for replacements.

Working in the boat yard, getting the mast ready.

Looking through the hole where the mast should be!

Fun riding cruiser to explore Port Townsend and pick up supplies and food.

Chicken Feet Dominoes, fun had by all!

Navigation Course by the Coast Guard Auxilary

Clearing out our final storage space!

EMPTY Storage 🙂

We had a busy 17 days in Park City. It was difficult for me when we first drove into Park Meadows and the cul-de-sac. Looking down at 750 River Birch made me feel sad, because it was not our home anymore. I found it interesting, that in the summer when we re-sided, painted, put on the new door, driveway and walkway, it had never felt like “ours” anymore.

It was great seeing people in Park City. I had a fun ski day with Susan & Guy. The weather was beautiful most of the time we were in PC, which was nice, as we emptied our storage space and spent a lot of time in the garage getting things organized, before packing up. Our last day in Park City we finished packing the truck and trailer, did a bunch of errands, and then before we drove away, we stopped by each of the old neighbor’s houses, to say good bye.

I cried when we left, as we said good bye to Park City and then the Wasatch Range, not knowing when we would be returning. What a beautiful mountain range. I have so many memories of Salt Lake and Park City. The trip to Washington was quick. We spent one night on the road (we slept in the truck), then Maude & John’s, David & Dee’s, Weezie’s, before we arrived in our current town of Anacortes.

We rented a storage area in Anacortes to use during the transition. We spent a night in a hotel with Ellie and then took her to a boarding facility. It was hard dropping her off, (it felt similar to when I would drop Trevor off for daycare). All is good now and we feel it was a good transition for her to the boat.

We spent another day up in Sydney BC, doing our final inspection of our soon to be new sailboat, Respect / Maia. We loaded on all the additional items that Wayne had for her. It all seems surreal. The next day, Tuesday, we took the ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, where we took possession of MAIA after she passed through customs! We then sailed her back to Anacortes.

We have begun our new life, living aboard. We are slowly getting organized as I came down with a nasty cold, spending our first full day mostly sleeping. Dick and I had a couple good musters, talking about what needs to be done and where we will put our things. We had some riggers come by today and we liked what they had to say. We will see where the bid comes in. I am feeling a little better today, so I could get a few things put away. Looking forward to tomorrow when we will move in more!