Sailing with Celestial's Tripp

We are a Tripp 47 racing boat turned cruiser that we bought in Maine in 2009. We sailed it through the Panama Canal and up to Seattle then back to Mexico and over to Hawaii in 2012.

14 November 2019 | Ensenada enada
27 February 2019
27 February 2019
27 February 2019
27 February 2019 | Punta Mida and beyond
27 February 2019 | San Jose del Cabo
04 February 2019 | Baja
04 February 2019 | Ensenada
27 January 2019 | Barra de Navidad
09 August 2016 | Shearwater on Denny Island, CA
09 August 2016 | Klemtu, CA
29 July 2016 | Margaret Bay
29 July 2016 | Coffman Cove
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
29 July 2016 | Tracy Arm, Alaska
13 July 2016

Back in Ensenada

14 November 2019 | Ensenada enada
Donna Hansen | Sunny 70 degrees
After 6 months dealing with taxes and renters in Seattle, we returned to Mexico. There was plenty of dust and soot to clean both inside and out but the engine started right up, the solar panels are charging and we are getting ready to sail south.

Next comes the waterline, oh my!

Got here in time to find a restaurant to watch the Seahawks Beat the 49ers!! Go Hawks!

Ensenada is a great place to be. Next week is the Baja 1000 race that starts here. Another fun event.

We are meeting up with old friends and getting used to life aboard our yacht. It may take 3 weeks to get ready to set sail but we are excited to start a new adventure.
Capt. Scott and Donna.

Puerto Vallarta Zoo

27 February 2019
Scott and Donna Hansen
Like I mentioned before, it was hard to leave Barra but we did, using one day at Tenacatita to rest then going on to La Cruz.

We had heard from our friends off Emerald Lady, that the PV Zoo was well worth seeing. It should have been a 3-bus ride trip from La Cruz to the zoo, but we made it into a 4-bus trip, using the wrong pickup stop. Luckily at $$10-15 pesos, (57-86 cents), it didn't break the bank. A young man on his way to work at a local hotel, named Moses, asked us where we were going and helped us get on the right bus.

The entrance fee was $$200 pesos so again, well worth checking it out.
The bus lets you off 800 meters from the entrance, but it is a doable walk or there are taxis close by. For a donation of $$50 pesos you are given a bag of carrots, pellets, corn and bread and a detailed list of what to feed to whom whether the monkeys, donkeys, hippo, wolves, tigers, lions, crocodiles, rabbits, guinea pigs, giraffes and more. This was the most fun, having such interaction as they came to collect your offering. In the picture, it looks like the giraffe is ready to eat my hair but I backed away in time!

The zoo is well spread out and bug spray is advised but what a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Volcano Trip from Barra de Navidad

27 February 2019
Scott and Donna Hansen
Lisa and John, our friends off Molly J, helped us check in at the Marina and made sure we saw the tour brochures offered by 'Jupiter' of Admire Mexico Tours. One was to see the Volcano in Colima and some coffee plantations, so we started to make plans to go.

It meant bringing our passports to the ETN bus station the day before to make sure we got on the 8:20am bus to Comala, Colima. That took around 3 hours, but we were given a ham and mayo sandwich and a drink for the ride. The way back we only got a bag of Doritos so be prepared. There were no options for those who were gluten free!

Jupiter, our tour guide was waiting for the 5 of us with his comfortable van and delivered a great presentation both while driving and off his tablet when we stopped along the way. Visitors are only allowed within 8 kilometers of the volcano, but we could see steam rising from the summit that day.
Jupiter is very knowledgeable in the history of the area and explained the workings of volcanos in general. We visited a small coffee roaster as well as a local lake that was originally a crater. He pointed out many wild birds along the way. We walked through an avocado plantation and got to see a 300-year-old tree.

The tour ended in time for our 3:40 return bus but for some reason that bus didn’t come, and we had to wait an hour for the next one and got back to the boat after dark but had a great time, costing less than $70 a piece.

Christ of the Cyclone

27 February 2019
Scott and Donna Hansen
Christ of the Cyclone is revered in the church consecrated to San Antonio de Padua and is located in the small port of Barra de Navidad in Jalisco. We got to see it on one of our visits to Barra. The incident happened in 1971 when Hurricane Lily struck the city for 3 days straight.

Desperate, townsfolk went to pray in the church and witnessed what they considered a miracle. The Christ lowered his arms and suddenly the storm ceased.

The town is set up with lots of tourist souvenirs and I got a beach cover that said Barra on it! The bigger town of Meloque is a short bus ride away for a large market to stroll through. Celeste saw a horse tied up near the beach and felt so sorry for it that she went and bought a carrot for it to enjoy. Most horses you see for the beach rides are sad, not well taken care of.

We actually anchored in Meloque the night before we went into the resort but they call it ‘Rocky Meloque’ for a good reason. Some brave folks do stay in the anchorage to be close to the larger city. One local rowed over to us to tell us where’s the best place to anchor to avoid rocking too much.

Beautiful Resort at Barra de Navidad

27 February 2019
Scott and Donna Hansen
We had friends on Molly J, Lisa and John, staying at Barra so I definitely wanted to make this stop. The resort is unbelievable with it's 4 pools, beautiful gardens, and fresh fruit water being served while you use Wi-Fi in their lounge. You have to take a water taxi to get into town but at $$30 pesos a round trip, it is quick and easy, just keep your ticket ready for the return trip. There is an anchorage further in from Barra, but it is shallow, so we chose just to be in the marina and enjoy our friends. They have laundry service right on the grounds so super convenient, just a little pricey. There are different walks along the beaches and around the golf course. Unfortunately, we chose a walk that we thought would get us out to the point you pass as you sail in but instead, we were thick in folage and TONS of mosquitoes so we quickly went back. A huge group of cyclists came riding down beside us.

One night, the yachties got permission to gather and have a potluck, so that was fun to get to know your neighbors better. We got to play water volleyball, ping pong and enjoy noon water exercises, so it was hard to leave at the end of our time.


27 February 2019
Scott and Donna Hansen
This is a great calm bay with lots of community. There is a river trip to another beach where we saw lots of mangroves, crabs, birds, one iguana and some jumping fish. On the other beach, there is a pretty good snorkeling beach that they call The Aquarium. Well worth the trip, tons of fish and eels to see.

We took another day and sailed around the point to anchor closer to the aquarium. It wasn’t as great as our first trip but we got some new underwater pictures. The ‘Mayor’ (designated yachtie who likes to organize ‘fun’) has a raft up every Friday and you are to bring food to share. We raft up in a circle and the food starts being passed. We had over 20 dinghies rafted so there was tons of food! The mayor asked us to think of two truths and one lie to say to all. The boat to the right must figure out the lie. That was fun.
Most days there is a ‘swim to shore’ at 2pm, Bocce Ball game at 2:30, 3pm. Numerous times we at least shared a drink with the group at the beachside palapa restaurant. There is a resort at the far corner of the beach, and although it is off limits for the yachties since it is an exclusive resort, it makes a good walk to and from the resort along the beach.

Scott, Celeste and I and 3 other couples took two taxis into La Manzanilla ($$250-300 pesos one way) and saw the Crocodile Sanctuary ($$30 pesos per person-well worth it) and ate at a restaurant right on the beach. The sanctuary has a mile of walking on elevated boardwalks and even a swinging bridge to cross. They give you a laminated handout of all the possible birds you’ll see. Plenty of turtles to watch also. Near the end they have a nursery with the different ages baby crocodiles and turtles split up and you can even hold a 2-year-old who is about 18 inches long so of course Celeste held that. I hear there is a nice hike to a waterfall from the city also. The picture shows one of the crocodiles just under the boardwalk. We got to see one attacking something under a mangrove but didn’t see him eating anything, but it sure made us jump.
Some people will dinghy the 3 miles over to La Manzanilla, but we hear it is a pretty wet beach landing. Or you can anchor near the town for the day and dinghy in. Wednesday was fresh veggies day! The anchorage is more exposed so usually people come back to anchor in Tenacatita afterwards.

Opal mine and La Cruz news

27 February 2019 | Punta Mida and beyond
Scott and Donna Hansen
Scott's report on getting to Punta Mita: We sailed in very heavy wind and seas 275Nm across the sea of Cortez in a very fast 35 hours with a top speed of 13.8 knots and a 7.8 average. We sailed through a narrow passage in the dark using a Google satellite picture because the Mexican charts are so far off! Celeste dropped the hook at 21:30 and half a mile from shore.

Donna's log: We were surprised when we found out we had to advance our watches two hours to be on Mexico City time! That made it real easy to stay up to see the fireworks that exploded all over the bay.

We stayed in the marina for one week once we found out our dinghy outboard wasn't working! We asked about and found a great local mechanic, Mouricio, who got it running great.

The marina is 'convenient' for water, showers and joining in for the 3pm talks, 8am yoga, 9am band exercise or 10am line dancing. However, we moved back out in the anchorage for one week since you can use the showers and dock for $2 a day vs. $48 a day for our 47ft boat. La Cruz has at least 50 cruisers checking in every morning on the daily 8:30am net. We met Totem and Kathleen, both Seattle PSSC boats we knew of but hadn't met before.

We were here in 2011 and it hasn't changed much. Be sure to catch the dancing horses right in the square outside the marina gate on Friday nights and the 2 for 1 Schnitzel at the Black Forest restaurant on Marlin Street on Sunday nights.

We came back in February for another three weeks. We would have left earlier but Celeste and I were asked to speak to 'Women who sail' as a mother and daughter team. It went well, drawing on my 40+ years of sailing and Celeste's growing up on a boat and coming for 3 extra trips as an adult.

Buses are easy to catch so we took a series of them to get to the zoo, a little south of PV, (more on this later) then to Walmart or the Mega, a one bus event. Celeste had her heart set on going to the Crystal Caves but that was way too far inland so instead we went to the Opal Mines in Magdalena. We asked on the net if anyone knew about them or were willing to go with us and Kelly and John off Emerald Lady said that was on their bucket list for the last 6 months, so we put plans in place to drive their SUV to the mines and back. It was a fun experience.

We have some car issues which convinced us to stay overnight but even that added to the fun. The tour guide didn't speak English, so Celeste was our interpreter, doing pretty well. Both her and I forgot to take off rings before we started slamming a pick down on rocks to crack them open looking for our opals to take home, so we both had blood blisters to show for our work! Our safety glasses and helmets didn't help us there! We didn't come away with any raw gems, but we bought some at their store to bring home.

It was $$200 pesos a person for the experience to break open rocks and another $$200 pesos to ride in the back of a truck for at least 20 minutes but I was glad we didn't have to submit John's SUV to the bumpy ride as we wound into a small town and up into the hills.

The hotel we stayed in (hotel real quinta minas magdalena jalisco) was super clean and close to downtown. The beds weren't real comfortable but I highly recommend it.

San Jose del Cabo

27 February 2019 | San Jose del Cabo
Scott and Donna Hansen
Only spent two days here but enjoyed the stay. We took the bus, easy to catch from the marina, into the main part of town. We had a great taco meal and visited their square and great old church. We love how decorated the squares are. Lots of local color. We bartered for a better price on the moorage since we don’t use power so that was nice. The shower I used was plugged so I was afraid I would flood the room but it stopped just in time! It was fun watching tourists ‘Ride the dolphins’ and “Hydro Flying” close to our boat.

San Quitin to Cabo

04 February 2019 | Baja
We sailed 124 miles to San Quitin, 141 to Cedros Island and then little hops to Turtle Bay, Asuncion, and Santa Maria. The highlight of Maria was fishermen selling us lobsters! Averaged out to $4 a piece for some small to medium size but they were tasty.

Fun getting to know yachties along the way. The picture shows two 'friends' we had to ask to leave but fun watching the boobies for awhile. Amazing all the different stories people have. We sailed into Cabo Christmas Eve so the cruise ships and tourist boats were in full swing but it was exciting. Manta rays even put on a show jumping out of the water.

We had our Cricket phones with the Mexico extension but even though they partner with AT&T, we didn't have coverage for days on end.

This was Scott's email entry:

We anchored in Cabo late last night and got some needed sleep. We had no cell coverage for the last 12 days.
We sailed and motored for 716Nm in light following or no wind. We motored or motor sailed 73 hours and sailed for 75 hours this is a really bad ratio for our race boat but I guess most heavy cruisers would have motored almost the whole time.

We got 6 hours of 20 knots on the beam one night under a full moon and blasted along at 9's and 10's with a top speed of 14.2. As you can see, Scott always has speed and traveling info if you want to know more.

Donna again: We finally got a Telcel Sim card in La Manzanilla and Celeste's phone can handle two Sim cards so we switch to Telcel when we have to. It was $$500 pesos for 10 gigs for 1 month and it is working out well.

Cabo is  crazy busy but it allowed us another Costco run, even finding a good Samaritan to drive us back to the marina with all our purchases. We were glad to move onto San Jose del Cabo.

Starting off from Ensenada

04 February 2019 | Ensenada
We had our awesome friend, Bill who commuted from Newport to Ensenada pick us up at the airport and drive us down to Ensenada.  He was the one Scott was going to sail to Hawaii with until plans were changed.

We took from 11/14  until 12/13  to get and put away provisions and do final upgrades for sailing. Scott worked on the boat June and July then flew home in August so the boat had sat since then so it needed some work. Scott had bought 160 feet of new chain and Celeste convinced Scott to install the new part to make our anchoring easier. Then when Scott tried to hoist the jib onto the head foil it jammed so that was a massive job.

Cruiseport was a great marina. Clean banos, laundry using US quarters (so plan to bring Some), lots of security and close to town. We got to watch the start of the Baja 1000, very exciting, then Revolution Day parade on 11/20. Ladies in full traditional dresses, men with fake  guns and ammo and every child a d most of the teachers were showing off each club and sport. Lots of fun. We did the tequila tasting, and caught a movie with English subtitles for $2.50. Friends took us to Costco and big supermarkets for provisioning.

 Had to show my Christmas display since the Groot was new from Celeste.

We had a great group of friends give us a send off and our next stop was San Qiutin, 124 mile sail.

'On the road again'

27 January 2019 | Barra de Navidad
Since we got back to the house in 2016, the boat has been renewed! We toured the possibilities of having Celestial up in Seattle but didn't like the $$$ or our options.

We ended up having it at Hayden Island, OR, Salpare Bay Marina and can't say enough good things about our accommodations or their help.

Scott split his time working on the boat, our house and our rental house so he was busy. He was deciding where to have the boat hauled out and painted the sky blue you see in the picture, when a friend asked him to sail to Hawaii with him starting in Ensenada, Mexico. He was going to have work done there so Scott decided to get his work done there also! It saved us lots of $$ and to get there, Scott had his cousin, Todd take a week, Celeste sailed with Scott for a week and I did a week. It worked out pretty well. We took the month of May, Scott stayed with the boat for two months supervising the work and he flew back in August. Celeste and I got full time jobs with the School District so we kept busy also.

Since then, his friend had a change of plans so Scott started planning sailing in Mexico so Celeste, Scott and I flew down in November and after another month of work, we were ready to sail south. Ensenada was awesome so that will be my next entry.

We are home again with the BOAT after six years

17 September 2016 | Seattle
2010 was the last time Celestial hit Washington waters, we have flown home every time since. But this year we sailed from Hawaii, enjoyed Alaska, sailed too quickly through Canada but were determined to make it home by Sept 1st.

Great to be back at the house with all it's amenities! Got to have adventures in the San Juans as well. Now to make the boat look like new!
Vessel Name: Celestial
Vessel Make/Model: Tripp 47
Hailing Port: Mere Point, Maine
Crew: Scott and Donna Hansen
About: On our first boat in 1977 Scott said, "One day I'd like to sail around the world." We did that from 1988 to 1996 on a J-36. Now we own our 4th boat, a Tripp 47 'Celestial' that we are retiring on.
We sailed from Maine in 2009 to Panama, up to Seattle, back down to Mexico and over to Hawaii in 2012. 2013 we went to NZ, Aust. and the South Pacific returning to Hawaii in 2015. In 2016 we sailed to Alaska and back to the Northwest. We kept our boat in Portland until April 2018 when Scott and [...]
Celestial's Photos - Main
We took 30 days to sail straight from NZ to Hawaii so we are proof that it can be done. Here's some of the shots I missed from NZ and on our way back.
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Created 29 June 2015
I thought all this work was gone so sorry about the dups but had to post it.
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Created 15 April 2015
The Cyclone was March 13-16 and now it's April but we've made a number of stops and now we are planning to leave NZ in less than a month! So many beautiful walks and places to visit.
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Created 15 April 2015
This was a great stop although the river runs from 2-4 knots both ways most of the time!
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Created 24 March 2015
Loved our month here; lots to see and fun to be with old and new yachting friends. More pictures later!
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Created 5 March 2015
February found us in Whangarei where we found a spot waayyyy to shallow but got to see lots of Maori culture during Waitangi Day when NZ celebrates their treaty in 1840 with the Maori.
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Created 9 February 2015
Enjoyed seeing more of New Zealand by taking a road trip. Hard to pronounce all those Maori names but keep thinking Polynesia.
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Created 11 January 2015
Last time we visited AU, we went from Bundaberg to Darwin and stayed a year. This time it was 3 months and went from Bundaberg to Sydney. Not far but loved being here for their wildlife, friendly people and Aussie talk.
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Created 24 November 2014
September we explored Bundaberg and now we are in Brisbane heading to Port Stephens next week. So much to see1
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Created 9 October 2014
Our friends, Larry and Karen whisked us off to the Aquarium, our first day here in Noumea and then the next day we visited their zoo. Prices were very reasonable also. By ourselves we visited the maritime museum, the WW2 museum and did the walking tour on Sunday when nothing was open! We tried to sail the 70 miles down to the Ile of Pines but adverse weather held us to the Ilot Casy and the Ile Amedee, both great stops.
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Created 5 August 2014
Fiji was again a place we visited in 1990 so it was fun to go back and see places again and send pictures to people who were with us!
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Created 23 July 2014
This is still our favorite place to sail because of all the day sails, great snorkeling and places to catch up with fellow boaters. Sorry, it isn't complete. Fiji internet is not cooperating.
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Created 23 July 2014
Vuda Marina was a great spot. We are as tight as sardines but a nice restaurant with live music, planned events like our horse races day, a washer and dryer and a bus or taxis to get into town.
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Created 28 June 2014
Most of our pictures are from riding the bus to and from the major areas of business on the island. We were mainly 'working', not snorkeling or hiking but others have and liked it!
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Created 14 April 2014
We had a stowaway--Sara, a praying mantis! Numerous squalls but overall a good 6 day trip.
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Created 23 January 2014
Great to be here for a month now. We didn't sail much but rode bikes, got rides, rented a car and used our kayaks around the harbor.
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Created 4 January 2014
We started moving in November and now its December so we have some good shots to share.
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Created 3 December 2013
We had our son's wedding in August, our daughter's graduation from the U of WA in June, we watched our son with lots of friends and family come across the finish line of the Seattle to Portland Bike ride. It was a full summer!
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Created 17 September 2013
After Costa Rica, we did one stop in Guatemala and a few in Mexico. We had never been in Guat. and sailors give it a miss, at least by boat but we have some good memories, at least.
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Created 23 June 2013
A change from our usual pictures, we agreed to skipper a 74 ft boat from Panama to Mexico and on board were 3 crew and 11 out reach students.
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Created 22 April 2013
Scott and I agreed to be relief skippers for a 74 ft boat taking YWAM folk to Costa Rica and Guatemala for missions and outreach.
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Created 20 March 2013
The news reported that sea waves would be up to 30 feet so we took a 2 hour bus ride to go see them. We were not disappointed and for some great video, go to "Pipeline goes wild 1/22/13 by Kevin W Smith. He was standing right beside us and did a great job.
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Created 30 January 2013
Loved exploring the Lahaina Prison and reading the offenses of 1855! The cemeteries went back even earlier. Great tour of the city.
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Created 21 January 2013
The national parks are great! Seeing turtles in the harbor and on shore. Had the car for a week so included some pictures from that trip also.
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Created 19 November 2012
After spending our month on lush atolls, Volcanic Hawaii is a big change. Being on the desolate south point of the big lsland feels more deserted than Fanning and Palmyra did.
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Created 26 October 2012
We were thankful for our 10 days there even though we hoped for 30 days. (See story) Seeing a house, wreck and barge that were there in '89 was neat plus finding out where the people were whom we met back then.
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Created 20 October 2012
Now we know what a tsunami warning sounds like. That started off our day as a skipper was aided to shore and then flown by the CG to Hawaii. We took some shots about the 65 ft schooner also. Leaving today but wish we didn't have to!
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Created 28 September 2012
Just got here last night at 4pm. It is so beautiful, I must have taken 20 shots just getting into the harbor. We were last here in '89 so look back later for more.
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Created 20 September 2012
We enjoyed getting on land when we were sure our anchor was holding. Had to put down an additional anchor after dragging twice in one night.
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Created 13 September 2012
Loved our short stop although we were hassled to anchor in an area deep enough for us.
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Created 11 September 2012
We knew the winds were going to pick up for the weekend 8/25 and 8/26 but we managed them until 9am today, Monday.
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Created 27 August 2012
Since I haven't put up many pictures of the boat, thought I'd show some here. They go back to 2009 when we bought it as a racer back in Maine.
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Created 23 August 2012
Scott and I have time to do the things that count - like preparing new jib sheets, cleaning windows, compartments and securing reef points. Also couldn't resist sharing these ray pics from s/v Grace.
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Created 23 August 2012
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Created 20 August 2012
Rare chance to see the bottom of a Tripp 47! We're into day 2 and other than being filthy (no showers in the yard), we're happy with the cost, the help and the temperature of Hawaii vs. rainy Seattle.
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Created 15 August 2012
We sailed into Kahului back in April 2012 but June and July were spent back in Seattle. Now that we're back and in sailing mode, I'm adding our underwater pictures and some from Maui, Molokai and Oahu.
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Created 4 August 2012
This was actually back in 2012 when Nathan sailed to Hawaii with us and then his 'wife to be', Maddy came over and celebrated her 21st birthday with us. They were married in Aug 2013 and she loves sailing!
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Created 22 April 2012