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Selkie summer and autumn of 2003


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new drop boards
Our old drop boards were way too heavy, so I built new, lighter ones with a deadlight in the top and bolts in the bottom one. The bolts receive the compass when it's needed.

gimbaled oil lamp
This lamp hanging system works great! We installed knobs around the boat, and can hang one of two lamps anyplace it's needed at the moment. This idea came from Bruce Bingham's The Sailor's Sketchbook, an excellent book full of great ideas for small boats.


family sail on SELKIEAly at the helm of SELKIE
Aly and her cousin, Karly Jo, took turns sailing Selkie in July.

In August we sailed with Luna to Admiralty Island, a bear sanctuary near Juneau. Our sisters, Beth and Kim, visiting from down south, came with us. We had excellent summer weather, which allowed us to swim in the creek and ocean. We saw plenty of wildlife, but only one bear, which came by very late one night. It took us about two days to work our way over in light winds. Each night we anchored someplace new to gather on the beach or aboard Luna for dinner.

Aly wading off Indian Island
Aly went for a swim at Indian Island, while Dad and Auntie Beth sailed Roan.
Sailing ROAN past LUNA

SELKIE at anchor near Shaman Island
We anchored for a night at Outer Point and Shaman Island before catching a perfect wind the next morning for Admiralty Island.

How far is it? About 7 nautical miles from Outer Point to Admiralty Island.
plotting the course

Once at Admiralty, the marine weather forecast called for a big blow, so we worked our way through the shoals to the mouth of a creek, where we secured all anchors. The blow wasn't bad at all, but we were snug! The good weather lasted till after we sailed home to Juneau. The next weekend it blew "like all the trumpets of the morn," as Gordon Bok put it.

sounding the shallows of Admiralty Island

anchored in Bear Creek, Admiralty Island

Bear Creek delta
This was the view from our camp.

campfire on the bank of Bear Creek
An evening meal on the beach.

bear track
We didn't see them, but they knew we were there. This is a small brown bear print.

Have you ever seen a fog bow? I didn't even know there was such a thing until one autumn morning when I went out to check the boat . . . .

SELKIE under a fog bowSELKIE under a fog bow

These are the good weather photos. We had some pretty bad storms, when we were just too busy to take any photos. Both Selkie and Roan got pretty beat up. Lots to do in the boat shop this winter!

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