At CWB auction, you'll have a chance to bid on two packages that will help you plan your voyage to either the west coast of Vancouver Island or SE Alaska.
: Online Silent Auction: March 15 - 20 (bidding begins 8am March 15, closes 10pm March 20
: March 20, 6 - 7:30pm
(no charge) to attend the March 20 auction at https://www.cwb.org/auction
You don't need to be a member of CWB to join the auction. All are welcome!
Steve and I have taken many trips to both the West Coast of Vancouver Island and SE Alaska, two of the most challenging cruising destinations in the northwest. And as the author of two well-respected marine books and many articles I have garnered a reputation as an expert. As a mechanical engineer with years of experience in the marine industry, Steve can advise on almost any mechanical difficulty. Often Steve and I are asked whether we'd be willing to offer consultations for planning a trip to Vancouver Island and SE Alaska. We like to get out our stacks of charts, guides, and tide tables, lay out a chart and start answering questions. But this year we're donating our consultation time for a good cause -- to raise funds for the Center for Wooden Boats.
Here's what we're offering:
1. A signed copy of Glaciers, Bears and Totems: Sailing in search of the Real Southeast Alaska.
"..a captivating tale of adventure and discovery that will be enjoyed with or without a sailboat."--Northwest Yachting
Glaciers, Bears and Totems
will be accompanied by six hours of consultation for planning your cruise to SE Alaska. Tailored for your special needs and interests, this consultation will take place at a mutually agreed upon place and time. Valued at $300.
We'll help you plan your trip for the places of most interest to you.
A voyage to Alaska can take a whole summer and requires many decisions. The most common mistake Alaska-bound boaters make is thinking they can just head north to see what there is to see. Boaters who do that often miss the best part - and sometimes get in trouble. We can discuss: How to prepare your boat and yourself for the trip. The spare parts you need to bring. The best route up the inside of Vancouver Island. How to avoid rough water off Cape Caution. Is it worth getting a permit to go to Glacier Bay or should we just see the glaciers in Tracy Arm. Where and how to have people join your voyage along the way. Where to provision and how to stay in communication with people back home. And many more important questions. Knowing the answers can make a difference between a successful trip and sometimes a dangerous one.
2. A signed copy of Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island
"--To put this book in with the usual guides is to compare a Herreshoff skiff to a plywood dinghy."
--Sitka Daily Sentinel and KTOO radio, Juneau
Voyages to Windward
will be accompanied by three hours of consultation tailored to your needs at a mutually agreed upon date and place for planning your cruise to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Valued at $170.
The West Coast of Vancouver Island may be closer and the distance shorter, but a cruise there still requires decisions. To new boaters it can be the more terrifying of the two trips. Careful planning, provisioning and outfitting your boat are all critical to a successful trip. Wind, waves, fog and rocks are the coast's greatest challenges. We can discuss the critical issues to planning a west coast trip. "What's the best month to go? How can I avoid gale force winds? What's the best way to navigate through the fog? Where can we provision? How much anchor chain do I need? Is it okay to visit Native villages? Tackling these issues puts you in position to experience good sailing winds, spectacular anchorages, picturesque villages, friendly residents and fascinating history.
Not planning on cruising to either the West Coast of Vancouver Island or SE Alaska? Attend the auction anyway. There are plenty of other items to bid on and it's going to be fun. One of the highlights will be a virtual tour of CWB's campus. It's so realistic, you'll think you're there.
If the borders close completely for the summer and you can't go the the west coast of Vancouver Island and don't want to go outside to Alaska, the consultation is good for next year too.
Why support the Center for Wooden Boats during a pandemic? CWB is about the future. It's about empowering youth through teaching traditional maritime skills and about making the joy of being on the water available to all without economic or cultural barriers. You too can partake in that joy. Come down to CWB for a free one-hour row in a traditional peapod boat. Click here for free pograms.
for Elsie's website with more information about her books and magazine articles.