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July, 7, 2010:
Headed to the Chris Craft Rendezvous at Port Orchard.  Hot, sunny weather and lots of happy people in vintage wooden beauties (and us in fiberglass).  

July 10, 2010:
We're on our way to Telegraph Harbour, BC for the Canadian Chris Craft Rendezous beginning the 16th.  Stops at Poulsbo, WA;  Port Townsend, WA; Sidney, BC and Sidney Spit Marine Park; Ganges, BC, Prevost Island, BC and finally Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island, BC.  Couldn't ask for more perfect weather and all the equipment's runnin' fine.

While at Sidney Spit we and several others helped rescue 3 adults and 2 children whose dinghy had overturned enroute from beach to their boat (it was WAY over loaded).  Got everyone to their boat and no harm done.  Water temp. 54 degrees, BRRR.

The trip log shows we arrived at Telegraph Harbour Friday July 16th at 1:42 pm.  About 20 Chris Crafts are in attendance this year.  Friday night appetizers and socializing at the Marina's big covered picnic shelter gets the weekend rolling. 

July 18, 2010:
Out of Telegraph Harbour at about 9:30 am bound for Naniamo, BC.  Another sunny day in paradise.  Our late departure means we arrive at Dodd Narrows after high slack water.  We wallow through following Jackie & David Peebles in Gladsong and followed by Mike & Janet Monda in Dawn Treader.  Briefly lost about 3 knots against the ebb. Didn't encounter any unusually nasty turbulance though. 

3 or 4 miles before Naniamo we get into an unprotected stretch of Northumberland Channel where north winds have whipped up a 2-3 foot chop.  Picking up plenty of spray.  Seas settled quite a bit after we got around the south side of Protection Island.  Discovered dock space for all 3 boats at Newcastle Island Marine Park .

Newscastle Island is a wonderful place to take a walk with it's relatively flat ground and nice trail system.  Modern facilities ashore can accomodate both large and small groups of campers.  Showers and toilets were clean and well cared for.  If you don't have a boat the ferry from Naniamo makes several trips daily.

The city of Naniamo has all the services a cruising boat might need, so if you're wondering about provisioning, parts or repairs (in addition to good old touristy shopping) you will likely find it here.  Need to get back and forth to the mainland?  Ferrys to Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay or Tsawassan) run regularly.


March 29, 2010:
After an unusual winter where rainfall was lower and temperatures higher it's beginning to look like boating season.  Had the boat out only 4 times from October through March.  Gave her a good bath this past weekend.  This spring's project; refurbish the head.  Strip varnish, remove  & replace wall paper, install new lighting & mirror, see what can be done about reworking the shower.

Sept. 9, 2009:
Returned yesterday from an extended Labor Day weekend cruise to the San Juan Islands.  Our guests were long time friends Kurt & Lana Steinert who had always wanted to visit the San Juans.   

Five days only gives you a taste of what the islands offer but we had a wonderful time.   In true northwest style we experienced sunshine, wind, rain, more sun...yeah we had it all.On Thursday morning we headed north via Saratoga Passage with an overnight at Hope Island State Park.  Our plan for the next morning; run to Friday Harbor through Deception Pass and north up Rosario Strait.  However, strong winds in Juan de Fuca Strait require a more protected route.  We will take the Swinomish Channel...and we couldn't pass up an opportunity to make a lunch stop in the picturesque town of LaConner. 

Leaving the north end of the Swinomish Channel we're westbound in Guemes Channel past Anacortes to Friday Harbor in the lee of the San Juan Islands via Thatcher Pass and Upright Channel.  A day and 2 nights in Friday harbor also gave us an opportunity to meet up with fellow Chris Craft owners David & Jackie Peebles who toured San Juan Island with us and shared meals and tales of cruising adventures. 

We returned to Seattle via The Strait of Juan de Fuca.  In 2 days the winds have settled, rain showers have moved on and we have partly sunny conditions.  Point Wilson Lighthouse at Port Townsend is always a welcome site after a southbound crossing of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  We will overnight at Point Hudson Marina, pick up fuel in the morning and be home tomorrow afternoon. 

July 21, 2009:
Just returned from a great trip attending both the Chris Craft Rendezvous at Port Orchard, WA (July 9-12) and the Canadian Chris Craft Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island, BC (July 17-19).

Trip Highlights:
A long, narrow board walk leads to the community dock at Olga, Orcas Island, WA.  We think it's a great place to spend a night but it is open to south winds.  No water or power on the dock but at 60 cents a foot you can't beat the moorage rate.  Walk to the Olga General Store just a few steps from the head of the dock or continue a quarter mile up the road to the art gallery and Cafe' Olga.

At Reid Harbor, Stuart Island (below) we're rafted next to a gorgeous example of Chris Crafts wooden boat building expertise.  A 1954, 45 foot Double Cabin Flying Bridge model in impeccable condition owned by Joel & Diane Van Ornum.

We spent 2 nights at Reid Harbor, taking time to make the 5 mile roundtrip walk to Turn Point Lighthouse and Lovers Leap.  The views of Boundary Pass and the Canadian Gulf Island beyond were magnificent.  Mornings and evenings we watched a pair of Osprey and their young in a nest atop an old snag on the harbors north shore.

When you visit Stuart Island be sure to buy some very special souvenirs from Boundary Pass Traders.  You'll find their displays along the trail from the harbor to Turn Point Light (below).  Also consider a donation to the Turn Point Lighthouse Preservation Society http://www.tplps.org/ to support the upkeep of the buildings now in their care.

Events

The second full weeked in July every year it's the Chris Craft Rendezvous of the Northwest at Port Orchard, Washington.   A great event put together by a group that's passionate about their classic Chris Crafts.  Every Chris Craft is welcome regardless of age, size, or condition  If you don't own a Chris Craft, we love visitors.   Come and see what the fun's all about!  Information at;    www.chriscraftrendezvous.com

 One week later enjoy the Canadian Chris Craft Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour Marina, Thetis Island, BC.   Same kind of fun with a laid back Canadian style in a smaller setting.  Beautiful Gulf Islands scenery, great people, fine marina, Saturday night barbecue.  What's not to like.   Go to  www.chriscraftbc.com   for more.

Resources

www.chriscraftrendezvous.com
 
  to learn more about the rendezvous at Port Orchard, WA.
 
 
www.chriscraftbc.com    to learn more about the Telegraph Harbour, BC get together held by our Canadian friends.
 
www.commanderclub.com/   The on line club where over 1,000 members get together.   A busy message board, pictures, personal stories, rendezvous news & planning, merchandise, owners helping owners, Commanders for sale.  It's not just a boat, it's an addiction.

www.network54.com/Forum/424840/                     Paul Pletcher's outstanding forum dedicated to the classic Chris Craft Commander line.   Tech-specs, discussions, how to's, brochures.  It's all there.

Get the latest marine weather for all of western Washington .
http://www.atmos.washington.edu/data/marine_report.html

Telegraph Harbour Marina, Thetis Is., BC.  Nice place, you oughta stop in when you're in the neighborhood.  The Canadian Chris Craft Rendezvous visits each July.  Oh...and the ice cream is terrific
http://www.telegraphharbour.com/

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