High Drama on the Low Seas.
Any old salt will tell you it's not IF you run aground, but WHEN. Our when happened Monday morning.
We have anchored here before (Blake Island) and we're getting ready to pull anchor when we heard a thump. We tried to back out, but it's spring tide. It was moving out fast and very low. We were stuck. Things happened quickly. Getting the crew ( #ohkolabean and #lookitssprite ) evacuated to the dinghy and securing items for extreme lean. and the only thing to do was wait for the tide to return. SV Elli is built to handle this.
However, the galley seacock wasn't all the way closed, but we stayed next to her and caught the mistake quickly. We handpumped the water out quickly. We lost some sundries in the water incursion (spices and aluminum foil), but within a few hours we were righted and moving out of the Anchorage. We moved to a dock a dozen nautical miles away, and checked all the systems. Including going to a hospital because while pumping out the water, @gregor.the.red slipped in the sideways funhouse-like cabin and injured his foot. From all reports, we're good now, because the Captain's foot will heal. (Metatarsal fracture)
Lessons learned (and being local we should know better) PNW tides swing super wide and in Spring they are extreme. Always check your tide tables. That includes being at dock in a marina, too.
Lazy dog days of Texas Spring. #ohkolabean and #lookitssprite are tuckered out after helping @mamacasz get a five-mile walk in, watching the new @proteus.rising episode on YouTube, getting a bath, and moving sites here in #SATX . But the weather was 77 degrees with a pleasant breeze and sun. Perfect for campsite patio napping.
#lookitssprite wants to throw down with all the other dogs at the campground. She's part rat terrier and that controversial breed of Chihuahua. Of course we don't let her curb stomp. But here she is in all her viciousness. The victim: the couch blanket. #traveldogs#dogsofinstagram#rescuedogs
0 2217 January, 2019
Checking out the new digs in the new year... For those following along in real time, SV Elli is getting some work done that's makes living aboard her no bueno for these guys.
But we picked up Siggi (our 26' Keystone Springdale Summerlands series travel trailer) and she's set up in the Cascade Foothills for the month of January. @gregor.the.red and @mamacasz have some work projects to finish as well to supplement the cruising kitty. Plus we'll be readying Siggi to do our Mariner Spring Training roadtrip in February!
In the meantime have you seen our silly holiday video on #youtube yet?
Someone loves #sailing study time on #sundays . We went from near 100 degrees to the mid 50s in just 48 hours and I actually had to pull out the Lebowski sweater and really enjoyed my hot coffee. I can see why Yachtys in the tropical climes have winter coats on when the temps dip below 59. Experienced that myself living in Hawaii decades ago. I had forgotten. #lookitssprite will be #bluewatercruising with us along with her sister #ohkolabean . Any #seagypsy advice for pups on board? For now she's digging #deepcouchsitting . #proteusrising