Archive of Puget Sound

Seattle – Miss You Already!

on September 18th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, Seattle by | Comments

As we approached the final weeks of our PNW cruising adventure, I asked Lisa if there was one place she wanted to visit before our trip came to a close. Unsurprisingly she said, “Downtown Seattle of course.” That’s why we positioned ourselves at the Bainbridge Island anchorage for two nights…

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Eagle Harbor Anchorage – Bainbridge Island, WA

on September 14th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Bainbridge Island sits north and west of downtown Seattle – Eagle Harbor was our choice for one night on the hook. On a clear day, you can plainly see Seattle’s skyline eight miles to the east across Puget Sound. Eagle Harbor is home to the City of Bainbridge Island, which…

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Torpedo Town USA – Keyport, WA

on September 13th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After doing some research of the Liberty Bay area, for our planned stop in Poulsbo, I stumbled across information on the little town of Keyport, WA., nicknamed “Torpedo Town USA. Its major tourist facility, the Naval Undersea Museum is located at the a small U.S. Navy depot, Torpedo Research and…

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A Taste of Scandinavia in Poulsbo, WA

on September 12th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Poulsbo, sitting at the edge of Liberty Bay, is a delightful, highly Scandinavian influenced, community. This quaint, picturesque, little town has a strong Norwegian heritage. Its founders came from Norway via Michigan and Minnesota to settle in a landscape that was similar to their own snow peaked mountains and fjords. Other…

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Port Townsend Recommendation

on September 10th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Over the years people have highly recommended a visit to Port Townsend, WA, but, for whatever reason, we have never made the stop. During our trip out west this year, we put Port Townsend on our planned route as we headed south from the San Juans toward Puget Sound. Port…

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Transiting Desolation Pass in a Pocket of Fog

on September 9th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After spending a pleasant night on the hook at Hope Island, we woke to a blanket of fog so thick, we could hardly see more then 150 feet in any direction. We waited and waited until finally, close to our planned departure time, the fog began to lift a little….

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Catching a Mooring Ball at Hope Island

on September 8th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Leaving the dock at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, I saw our fuel gage flashing a bright red “low fuel” light, setting my mind into a bit of a panic. Idling to the fuel dock, I was hoping we’d make it before running completely out. how embarrassing would that have…

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2013 Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Rendezvous – Anacortes, WA

on September 7th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

One of the ancillary benefits of boating are the many social opportunities present. Everywhere we anchor or dock we’ll either run into old friends or we’ll end up meeting some very interesting people. We can’t think of a better place to do this than at the annual Ranger Tug/Cutwater 2013…

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Reunion in Friday Harbor with Willy’s Tug and Circle T

on August 27th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Friday Harbor is a picturesque town and the largest small town in the San Juan Islands; you could say it’s the hub of commerce for the islands. This was our third time staying in the harbor. It has been said that the boating community is a small world, our slip just…

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The Anacortes Connection

on July 22nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

We’d been to Anacortes, Washington, the gateway to the San Juans Islands, several times in the past 15 years so it felt a little like a home away from home for us. After launching the boat and stowing the trailer and truck it was time to get organized for some…

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Boater Homing in Fruitland, Idaho

on July 15th, 2013 in Puget Sound, TRAILERING by | Comments

Our last two road days included a stop in Fruitland, Idaho where we selected a shady site at an RV park for the night. Still hot but bearable with the shade of the overhead trees filtering the intense heat from the sun making it comfortable sleeping in the boat. We…

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Preparing, Packing and Planning…

on June 17th, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, Desolation Sound, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Gulf Islands, INLAND LAKES:, Oregon, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Seattle by | Comments

After spending this past winter holed up at home in northern Michigan remodeling our kitchen, we feel we’re more than ready for some new cruising adventure, so we are preparing, planning and packing to head west soon to begin another fun boating season. First we’ll visit the Flaming Gorge Reservoir…

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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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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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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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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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