Helios Aweigh

Sailing in the Salish Sea of Washington and British Columbia

21 July 2018 | North Harbor Diesel
13 July 2018 | Des Moines Marina
10 June 2018 | North Tacoma
29 July 2016 | Turtle Bay, Inner Broken Islands group, Barkley Sound, British Columbia
04 January 2016 | Wollochet Bay outstation
12 October 2015 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
26 March 2015 | Tacoma
09 August 2014 | Pender Harbour
30 June 2014 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
22 June 2014 | Tacoma
16 June 2014 | Public dock Gig Harbor
11 June 2014 | Tacoma & Bainbridge Island
11 June 2014 | Breakwater Marina
20 April 2014 | TYC Wollochet Outstation
08 April 2014 | Poulsbo
07 April 2014 | Poulsbo, WA
29 March 2014 | Tacoma, WA

Gig Harbor Weekend

16 June 2014 | Public dock Gig Harbor
Sun and Sprinkles
During the week we had discussed getting away on Helios for the weekend, since we had no commitments. Our friends Joe and Cheryl joined in and we tried to get space at Arabellas in Gig Harbor, but they had a yacht club in for the weekend, so we decided to anchor. Since Focused outweighs Helios by about 20k lbs, they would anchor and we would raft alongside. Linda got home from work a little early and we were down on Helios at 4, when Joe called and said the public dock in Gig Harbor had plenty of room. I told him to grab a spot and we were on our way. It took us less than ½ hour and we were pulling alongside the dock behind Focused. There is no water or power, but you don’t have to take a dinghy ride to go to town. We walked over to the nearby Mexican Restaurant for dinner and then back to the boats for a little conversation. We were up around 7 (slept in) and had a late breakfast. Linda and Cheryl headed to town for a little shopping, while Joe and I walked up to the marine store to wander around for a while. We were back at the boats for low tide around 1, as it was a -3.3, and I had 1.8’ under the keels of Helios, while Joe had a little less than 3’. The girls came back around 4 and it was decided to eat aboard, and then meet on Helios for wine and conversation. Sunday morning provided a Farmer’s Market of sorts. We all walked up at 11 to see what was there. Joe picked up some strawberries and we walked back down to the boats. Joe and Cheryl wanted to get going as they had planned on going out to Joe’s parents for Father’s Day, and wanted to clean up. Linda and I moved Helios away from the dock around 2 and were back in our slip before 3. It was a relaxing weekend.
Vessel Name: Helios
Vessel Make/Model: 2008 Manta MkIV 42' catamaran
Hailing Port: Tacoma, WA
Crew: Bruce & Linda Kilen
About: We were born and raised in the State of Washington, and worked in the banking field. Bruce bought his first sailboat in the early 80's and is currently sailing his 4th. He has a 50 ton Captain's License. They met in 1997, married in 1999. They had Helios built as their retirement boat.
Extra: We sail in Washington and British Columbia. In a couple of years we will sail to Alaska and continue to explore British Columbia north of Vancouver Island www.heliosaweigh.com (our website)
Helios's Photos - Main
4 Photos
Created 14 June 2018
Wollochet Outstation
2 Photos
Created 17 January 2016
At Citadel Marine in Tacoma for bottom paint and repairs.
7 Photos
Created 26 June 2014
Paxton (grandson) & Vern with Grandpa in Poulsbo
5 Photos
Created 26 June 2014
Sailing Rally from TYC to Wollochet Outstation
2 Photos
Created 21 June 2014