Blessed Lady

This is the cruising blog of the sailing yacht Mabrouka. The Favorites in the side bar allow those with discriminating taste to filter for just the stuff you want to read. Thanks for visiting, Roy.

13 September 2015
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20 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Mazatlan Marina, Mazatlan Mexico
13 April 2015 | Off Club Nautico, Mazatlan Commercial Harbor, Mazatlan, MX
15 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
13 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
25 January 2015
06 January 2015 | Mazatlan, MX
24 December 2014 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
24 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
22 December 2014
21 December 2014
18 December 2014 | Playa Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, MX
18 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico

On Princess Louisa Inlet (back-dated from 09/12)

09 September 2013 | Princess Louisa Inlet, Canada
Roy / Low clouds until early afternoon, then drifting high clouds
Early morning mist over the Inlet

Late in the season as it was, I had been pleasantly surprised last evening at the amount of free space available at the park dock. As it turns out, I think that situation was just my perhaps unusual choice to catch the late slack on Sunday. With 30 miles to go from the nearest anchorage and the wisdom of transiting the tidal race through Malibu Rapids only in day light, there are really only two times each day for boats to arrive or depart the park. It was interesting to watch and be among the tide of boats coming in and going out each day. Now I know what driftwood feels like.

I awoke on Monday restless to explore so, even before the morning latte, saddled up the kayak and carefully stashed my camera between my knees under the splash skirt. The sky had closed in during the night and hovered not high above the bay, but that only served to focus me on the beauty of the shoreline and the waters it enclosed. More expansive scenery had been hidden in the dark the night before, but I would have to wait still longer for the clouds to lift before I could experience Princess Louisa’s full majesty. I returned to the dock, grabbed my tripod and wandered up the trail toward Chatterbox Falls.

Rock garden at the foot of Chatterbox Falls

Returning to the dock a couple of hours later hungry and weary from my artistic endeavors behind the lens, I saw that the prime anchoring spot directly in front of the falls had been vacated. Newly energized, I threw off the dock lines and dropped my anchor in about 20 feet of water not far off shore. It set easily as I drifted back in the constant outward current to float with about 80 feet of water beneath Mabrouka’s keel. The early afternoon flotilla of newcomers was approaching under a still misty sky and I expected to have company soon. Only one boat attempted to anchor nearby, however, and after many attempts they just couldn’t get happy with any of their sets so gave up and left me in delightful isolation for the day.

Chatterbox Falls is the supposed draw of Princess Louisa. Don’t get me wrong, it is very nice AND aptly named since her constant talk does dominate the aural scene, but I think cruisers only focus on the falls because they can’t adequately describe the great vista that they’re set in. Those who have been to Princess Louisa Inlet will know how useless it is to try to describe what it looks like. It’s certainly beautiful, but it may be more appropriate to try to describe how it makes you feel: small. No, not small. Tiny. Miniscule. I tried to take photos that would illustrate it, but they are still only two dimensional representations of scale that are better felt all around you to really absorb. You’ll see in the sub-album under the Local Cruising - 2013 gallery that I took pictures of Mabrouka anchored in front of the falls from ever increasing distances. At last you can hardly pick her out as a teeny white speck that’s vastly overcome as the surrounding mountains fill more and more of the picture, and that STILL doesn’t do the scene justice.

Mabrouka, miniscule within the landscape

I’ll leave it at that. It gave me a feeling of insignificance in the bosom of nature that inspired me to write the short fiction I’ve posted as a separate entry. I hope you’ll read and enjoy it.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
Photos 1 to 10 of 10
On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
27 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
43 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 March 2013