Archive of PACIFIC NORTHWEST:

Today We Come to Name this Lady… Kismet

on September 21st, 2011 in BUILDING KISMET :, CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. These ships will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call them “she.” To them we toast, and ask to celebrate… KISMET….

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Friends & Family

on September 20th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

We’ve been planning this dinner ever since we saw Patti & Eric in Sandpoint, Idaho, in August. Tonight it was finally time to meet kids and grandkids, see a new home and share a meal. It was one of those nights that you never want to come to an end….

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Meeting Naomi…

on September 19th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

Two nights ago, we finally got to meet Ross’ girlfriend, Naomi. We live so far away from Ross and opportunities to connect are so few. So these five days in Portland with Ross and Naomi are very precious to us. They both took time off work several days to sightsee,…

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River View Marina – Portland, Oregon

on September 17th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST: by | Comments

On our own this time dropping Kismet into the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. We took our time and eased the trailer onto the boat ramp and into the water. Because we were going slow it took us about an hour to complete the whole process. Finding a spot to…

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Back to the Factory to Pick Up Boat and Trailer

on September 16th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After a few minor fixes and upgrades we prepare to depart from the Ranger Tug factory in Kent, WA. Kenny (below-left) helped us get on our way by checking tire pressure and helping with hitching the boat to our truck for the first time. We’ll be heading to Portland, Oregon…

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Sleeping in Seattle

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

After a walk through the market, and dinner still warm in our tummies, we were treated to a full moon and the bright lights of downtown Seattle. A great way to end our stay on the water in Washington State. We’ll take the boat out of the water and drive…

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And Finally… The Dinner

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

On the Boat – Bell Harbor Marina A day of shopping produces a feast on the boat tonight.    

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Almost Finished…. The Flowers

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington The flowers come in all shades of pinks, golds, reds, purples, oranges and more. A bounty of color and freshness to behold.

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Next… Everything In-between

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington Meats, sausages, pastries, cheeses, olives, peppers and salads. The Pike Place Market is a one stop shop.

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Then Comes the Produce

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington A little bit of this, a little bit of that… Wash it, peel it, chop it and fry it all up.

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On a Mission… First Comes the Fish

on September 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

Pike Place Market – Seattle, WA Soon after tying Kismet up to the dock at Bell Harbor Marina, downtown Seattle, we headed up the hill on a mission. We would secure ingredients for dinner, which will be made on the boat tonight. One of our most favorite spots in Seattle…

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Blake Island Jogged My Memory

on September 11th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

We didn’t linger too long in Bremerton after the Ranger Tugs Rendezvous because we had a really interesting cruise planned for today. We said our goodbyes to new boating friends and shoved off the dock late morning. Just around the corner from Bremerton sits Blake Island, a 476-acre Washington State…

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Just a Little Warning…

on September 11th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Seattle by | Comments

The next post is going to make your mouth water. Check back in a couple days to see what we’re talking about.

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2011 Ranger Tug Rendezvous

on September 11th, 2011 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, BUILDING KISMET :, CRUISING :, Cutwater, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, Ranger Tug, TRAILERABLE TRAWLERS :, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

The People… We Love Our Tugs We arrived in Bremerton on Wednesday so that we could take care of some chores before the festivities began – we were the third boat to arrive in the harbor. Over the late afternoon and early evening, and the whole next day, the tugs…

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2011 Ranger Tug Rendezvous

on September 10th, 2011 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, BUILDING KISMET :, CRUISING :, Cutwater, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, Ranger Tug, TRAILERABLE TRAWLERS :, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

The Boats… They’re Everywhere Sixty-eight Ranger Tugs and Cutwaters in one place, at one time. They were many sizes, from 21 to 29 feet. If set end to end they would have measured 1,768 feet or one-third of a mile long. A rainbow of colors were represented from yellow, dark…

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Unusual Encounters

on September 6th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Not long after we set the hook for a peaceful night at anchor in Oak Bay along comes this racing skull with mostly women aboard. I think we provided some amusement as they had a ton of questions about the “cute tug boat.” We knew they were a friendly and…

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Sharing Homemade Island Blackberry Pie with Friends on Lopez Island

on September 5th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Nothing can be sweeter than a slice of homemade island blackberry pie, unless it’s being able to connect with good friends who live on Lopez Island. When we were making plans to revisit the PNW again this year we immediately let our friends Dave and Judy know we were coming….

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A Big Welcome to Roche Harbor

on September 5th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Succcess! After two nights on anchor in Garrison Bay we called Roche Harbor Marina early Sunday morning and were put on the waiting list. We only waited a half hour or so before they called us in. The busy harbor was in stark contrast to our previous night’s surroundings. With…

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Customer Appreciation Party

on September 4th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

On our way to the Roche Harbor Customer Appreciation festivities. Apparently, if you are in Roche Harbor on this special day you are invited to this amazing party. Your choice of many fine wines, tasty seafood sandwiches and live band were the highlights of this party, all put on to…

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Peaceful Nights – Garrison Bay, San Juan Island

on September 3rd, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Friday Harbor this morning after a quick walk through town. We wanted to get into Roche Harbor today but knew it would be full for the Labor Day holiday weekend, so Jim looked up anchorages in this area on Active Captain and came up with Garrison Bay as…

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Friday… in Friday Harbor

on September 2nd, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

On our way into the San Juan Islands, we cruised by Olga, on Orca Island. So many people had recommended this little village as a great place to stop. If we have time we might return here and stay a night, but right now we’re headed to one of our…

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Return to Anacortes, Three Years Later…

on August 31st, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Smooth sailing today on the Sound and LaConner Pass. Returning to Cap Sante Marina for one night before we head over to the San Juan Islands. As we were approaching our slip we happened to see Herb and Willie on Willie’s Tug, (above-left) we already feel like we know them because…

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First Anchorage in the New Ranger, Port Madison

on August 30th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Port Madison is a very well protected anchorage, it felt more like being on a little lake. We are finding that the Ranger is not only easy to handle while docking but dropping the hook was almost effortless.

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The Biggest Sound Around

on August 29th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Puget Sound is the second-largest estuary in the country. It was formed around 15,000 years ago by a massive glacier moving south across the area. This glacier was over 3,412 feet thick. As it moved south, it shaped the land like a giant bulldozer, carving out the basins that make…

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Gig Harbor Encounters

on August 28th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Our son, Ross, who lives in Portland, OR joined us for a few days. We explored Gig Harbor together he helped up get groceries and played a few games of Liverpool. Kismet, sitting pretty in Gig Harbor Captain Ross! Sarah’s (our son Skyler’s fiancé) brother Christopher (above-left), who lives south…

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Ranger Tugs Factory in Kent, WA

on August 28th, 2011 in BUILDING KISMET :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

We saw the pictures, talked with the Ranger Tugs personnel, took tours at boat shows and visited owners forums, however there really isn’t anything like meeting the folks that make it all happen. In our case I’m referring to everyone at the Ranger Tugs assembly facility in Kent, Washington where…

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The PNW Chapter of MTOA Puts On a Mean Rendezvous.

on August 27th, 2011 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Can’t think of a better location than Gig Harbor, Washington for PNW MTOA group of boaters to come together to laugh, share and learn. We never felt the “odd man out” (being from out of state) with this group of boaters, we got a big, warm welcome, right away, from…

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Sea Trial Fun

on August 27th, 2011 in BUILDING KISMET :, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

The big day finally arrived, the one when we saw the results of our planned transition into being owners of a Ranger Tug R27 trailerable trawler. We were so excited to see our new boat we arrived an hour earlier than scheduled to start our new boat orientation and sea…

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Off We Go…

on August 24th, 2011 in BUILDING KISMET :, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Thursday afternoon, after we provisioned the boat, Andrew drove us down to the boat launch in Point Defiance, waved goodbye and said to call him when we get back. We left the truck and trailer at the factory this time out. So, long story short, we’re off on our own…

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