To read the first part of this two-part post, click here! At 4am, when my shift ended, I decided to try to get some sleep. The excitement of the rocks in the darkness had passed and I was tired. I didn’t want to try to stay up for sunrise. If it had fallen in my … Continue reading First Passage (Part 2)- Cape Flattery to Port Townsend to Seattle
Well, after years of planning and preparations, on May 19th at 7:00AM, we cast off the dock lines in Astoria to cross the Columbia River bar and turn north in our first ever ocean passage and first real step in becoming full-time cruisers. Because neither Brenden or myself had ever really sailed out on the … Continue reading Our First Passage: Astoria OR to Port Townsend WA (Part 1)
By Evan, age 9. We were in Astoria with the boat because we were getting ready to head up to the Puget Sound. One day, we drove across the bridge to visit my cousins. Driving to see them, we passed Fort Columbia and I wanted to go. So we decided to go. We came up … Continue reading Mosaic Kids Blog: Fort Columbia at the Mouth of the Columbia River
Monday afternoon we moved from Sand Island at St. Helens Oregon over to the St. Helens Public Docks just across the channel. It was a quick hop and we were able to dock easily despite the high winds. The docks are very nice, well-maintained, with nice large cleats. Before arriving, we really weren't able to … Continue reading Public Dock at St. Helens Oregon- Cruiser’s Review May 2019
Last Saturday we left our home slip in Portland Oregon for the last time. We're now fulltime, liveaboard cruisers and we're making our way toward Astoria and then will be heading up to the Puget Sound. I want to be sure that I remember all the places that we visit, so I plan to write … Continue reading Sand Island at St. Helens Oregon- Cruiser’s Review May 2019
We've only got ONE WEEKEND LEFT to finish the necessary boat projects and be ready to cast the lines and head for Astoria. Ten days from today, we will be leaving our home slip in Portland Oregon, the only home we've known since moving into our 40-foot sailboat over two and a half years ago. … Continue reading 10 Days Until Cast Off
We decided to replace our lifelines from the standard wire or cable lifelines (ours were coated in plastic) to Dyneema synthetic lifelines. I had already done several different projects that helped me learn how to splice Dyneema line, so this seemed like it would be a good option for us and fairly easy to apply. … Continue reading Replacing Standard Cable Lifelines with Dyneema Synthetic Lifelines on a Cruising Sailboat
Quick post, but I wanted to share our liferaft plan for our trip north from Portland Oregon up to the Puget Sound. Because we're planning to be in the Puget Sound area for the next 2-3 years, we didn't want to purchase a new liferaft right now. We want to extend out the timeframe that … Continue reading Renting a Liferaft for Our Offshore Passage
Last summer, when we had to concede the goal of leaving Portland in August, we sat on the beach, determined to enjoy the day and not wallow in self-pity that we weren't going yet. But, that day, we set our date. We promised ourselves that we would do everything that we needed to do in … Continue reading The Countdown is On! One Month to Go..
Hello out there! Thanks for stopping by Mosaic Voyage - we're a family of four in the Pacific Northwest, living aboard our 40-foot sailboat planning and preparing to cast off the dock lines and sail the world. In fact, we're only a couple months from casting off from our home slip and heading off on … Continue reading Mosaic Crew Boat Budget: February 2019 – and a Finance Announcement!