Blessed Lady

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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

Refuge in Refuge Cove (back-dated from 09/23)

20 September 2013 | Refuge Cove on Cortes Island in Desolation Sound, Canada
Roy
Too late. My short trek from Roscoe Bay seeking shelter from the storm missed the season end and all I have found in Refuge Harbor is empty docks void of water or electricity and stores, shops, and restaurants unmanned by their proprietors. My solo approach to the barren facility was apathetically observed by a careless couple who sat on the porch of their house float, offering none of the usual friendly docking assistance a fellow yachtsman would have offered. Perhaps I just impressed them with the skill and control of my approach, but I doubt it.

I allow that it may be the result of choice rather than entropy, but the rustic appearance of the ramshackle facilities led me to conclude that Refuge Cove is on the downward side of the conflict that I tried to describe in yesterday’s post. Yet, I am ready to apologize to the kind residents of this co-op community if, instead, they feel this relationship with their setting reflects symbiosis rather than conflict.

Still, it was with disappointment that I hunkered down, sheltering in Mabrouka’s warm, dry salon while waves of rain colored the docks and buildings in dark, wet hues of brown and grey. Over sausages folded into warm, Italian-style buns that were eased down with my own version of rum punch (strawberry lemonade with a healthy dose of Captain Morgan’s spiced rum), I made plans for my next assault on civilization. Early morning would see me headed further west around the rock-strewn southern jut of Cortes Island to the Gorge Harbour Resort where I expected to find year-round moorage boasting such luxuries as wifi, hot tubs, and groceries.
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Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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
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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
 
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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