Around Vancouver Island part 1: Departing Victoria to Desolation Sound

Well, We’ve finally set off on our cruise around Vancouver Island. It was an interesting challenge figuring out how to stow all the food and supplies, as well as people’s personal things, but we seem to have figured it out. We even have a guitar, a hand drum and a mandolin on board and what … More Around Vancouver Island part 1: Departing Victoria to Desolation Sound

Sailing plans, provisions, safety gear and finding the balance

There is hustle and bustle going on here as we prepare to take off cruising for two months in just a few weeks. It seems like we’ve been talking non stop about boat things – jobs needing done, things needing buying, problems needing solving. We’re almost there though, things are being crossed off the list … More Sailing plans, provisions, safety gear and finding the balance

Afloat and Off Grid

One particularly neat aspect of living afloat for me, is being able to live completely off grid, using only solar energy for our electricity. Houses can of course be set up to run completely off solar, but it is a bit of a larger undertaking as conventional houses tend to have a lot more appliances … More Afloat and Off Grid

Desolation Sound

Our first big cruise on Mamaku was up to and around Desolation Sound, north of the Sunshine Coast in south western BC. Desolation Sound has been much written about and much explored, but it is definitely deserving of the attention. If you only have a couple of weeks to cruise somewhere from Vancouver or Victoria … More Desolation Sound