Wilparina - Go With the Wind

Sailing the Salish Sea

08 July 2014 | Orcas Island, Washington
21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
14 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island
13 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
08 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
06 June 2014 | Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
03 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
22 May 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
17 May 2014 | St. Helens, Oregon
28 April 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
09 March 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
04 April 2012 | In the Marina
08 March 2012 | Same ol' Marina
12 February 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
05 February 2012 | Same ol' Marina
17 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
30 November 2011 | Slip 40
29 November 2011 | Slip 40

Air-Heading in the Right Direction

21 November 2011 | Hayden Island, Columbia River
Installing the airhead toilet required removing a pedestal that previously housed a foot pump (for the fresh water in the head sink) and supported the old Jabsco flush toilet. There is also an electrical componant. This was a complicated job, so I was fortunate to get some help from Clint, a Jack of All Trades who works for Independent Marine. He removed the pedestal and built the deck sole back up to match the height of the existing grate. It's a perfect match.

The Airhead is just about ready for final installation, but we need to agree upon the type of exhaust vent that we'll be installing on the cabin roof, and agree upon the location. Cutting a hole through the boat - the idea of that makes me want to be damned sure we get this right the first time. Bit by bit, things are moving forward.

Will we be ready for the passage to the San Juans in July? That's our goal.

Vessel Name: Wilparina
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 37 Cutter
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Kathleen and Doug bought Wilparina in April of 2011 with a vision of accomplishing some long-distance cruising. It's taken over three years, and the project was almost abandoned, but at last, the boat is sailing again. Here's a journal of our adventures. [...]
Wilparina's Photos - Main
Getting Wilparina's woodwork shining again.
4 Photos
Created 17 July 2014
Cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands.
15 Photos
Created 3 June 2014
For the past six months, Wilparina has been in St. Helens, where final upgrades and repairs were being made.
5 Photos
Created 17 May 2014
Most of the old wiring has been torn out. Now the new systems are being installed.
38 Photos
Created 2 January 2012
Shots of the tasks that lie ahead.
16 Photos
Created 6 November 2011
Going with a "less is more" philosophy.
8 Photos
Created 15 October 2011
We formally welcomed Wilparina as our new sailboat.
5 Photos
Created 5 September 2011
At work on Wilparina's topsides.
13 Photos
Created 31 July 2011
The thorough survey we conducted revealed some of the serious challenges ahead.
19 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
After undergoing some serious repairs, Wilparina is once again ready to sail
14 Photos
Created 28 July 2011

Wilparina Sailing Again

Who: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Port: Portland, Oregon