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Hello Carol-Ann...

I am just writing to say how much I love your website!  I am hopeful of moving in some of the same directions at some point (see below). I live not too far away, in Mukilteo, north of Seattle.  I work in Seattle.  As a former journalist, I have to say that I love your writing.  Great stuff.  And I’m picky!
Carol-Ann, my first encounter with your writing was in a doctor’s waiting room, of all places!  I was flipping through the Sept/Oct issue of Power Cruising Magazine when I found your article on buying a trawler. Loved it!  Now I am trying to find it again, and can’t.  For some reason I cannot open the link on your website.  Neither can I find it at the magazine’s website.  Can you help?
The coincidences here are amazing – I love mastiff’s, and hope to get one someday.  I’m an avid scuba diver.  I also love the trawler you have selected.  I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, so I will be in touch again on boats, dogs, maybe even recipes!  I hope that’s OK!  The article on buying a trawler would be a great start.  Forgive my presumption, but it will save me a lot of time and trouble, I am sure.
Again, this is the article I am looking for:

The Eagle Has Landed -
Power Cruising Magazine - Sept./Oct. 2008

If I need to pay you or the magazine, that would be fine.  It would be worth it!
Thanks so much.  You and Rick sound like wonderful people. It would be great to meet you some day!
Warm regards,




Hi Carol...I am a total stranger and I apologize for the intrusion..but I was reading your stories and I have to say, I loved them!  What a wonderful life you and your husband lead.  The reason that I am writing to you, is to ask you if you have ever been to Mitlenatch. I am a park warden there and it in an amazing little bird sanctuary up by Campbell River, not too far from Savory Island.  

The other thing that I wanted to ask you about is your x tug boat.  Do you know who built it?  I am a genealogist..and I did some work for a 'long distant's' cousins wife in England, and her branch came to Vancouver in the late 1800's, Moscrops!  There is a road and a school named after them. One of the adult sons who came over loved steam and built tug boats for a living, right near Grandville Island but on the Vancouver side.  His tug boat is floating (summer only) at the maritime museum.  I found out that he was really good at his good that he was brought out of retirement to supervise the building of the RCMP ship LaRoch!  A couple of his ships are really famous (the Master..its the one who as at the Maritime museum in Kits..and it was at Expo!) I was wondering if the builder of your ship is Arthur Moscrop!!  It would be so cool it if was but I do realize that it is a long shot.

I see that your husband and yourself, love diving.  My third daughter teaches diving, she now works in White Rock but has taught in Mexico and the Great Barrier Reef.  She is planning on one day becoming a policeman (or coast guardsman) so she can use her skills professionally (underwater crime scene management). Already that little monkey has found human bones!!!  

Also, I used to know a Rick LaBlanc who went to NDSS (North Delta), but that was soooo long ago!  I have also found out that I have LaBlancs in my family tree...they came out with Samuel Champlain way way back in the early 1600's.  So they are from the East Coast, not Quebec.

I am also a photographer, its one of my passions in life, mostly wildlife photography, but I do dabble in other things.  So if your husband loves photography, you both should come to Mitlenatch.  Its a bird lovers paradise...also a photographers!!  May is the best time to go to get pictures of the wildflowers..the birds come from all over and drop a wonderful array of seeds in the meadow..and then if you come in June the birds are mating...July there are tiny little birds in the nest and by end of August, most of them are preparing to leave the nest. You would love it there.   I am the only official photographer for Riefel Island bird sanctuary and I was the photographer for the princess of Denmark when she came out in April..for five glorious days!!  I was shocked to find out that there were lots of princess's there as well as first ladies and x first ladies from all over the world..almost 150 strong!  I am sure glad that I didn't know that ahead of time, I would have been scared half out of my wits.

You are a great writer..I sure enjoyed your stories! I loved the one in which you describe your much loved dog.   I am not a writer..but..I did write a story for BC Parks oodles of years was so scary at the time, and so funny two days later.  If you google "a monster at Alice Lake" should come up.  Always an adventure at BC Parks!!

Thanks ever so much.


Johnston - Graham  







 I thought I'd let you know of a bad experience we had, but with a happy ending.


My husband was attempting a Med tie-up on our Krogen Manatee into a narrow slip in a strong wind in a marina on the coast of Spain. I was in the cockpit (7 feet below the bridge) trying to handle the lines with a couple of dock hands, when 3 very loud firecrackers went off. Our little Shih Tzu/Poodle mix was on the bridge and she started screaming in fright. Before I could react I heard this horribly loud THUMP and there she was, sprawled in the cockpit on her tummy, looking very dazed. She had leapt 7 feet to get to safety. Scared to death I ran over to her just as she got to her feet and wobbled toward me. NOTHING WAS BROKEN. She was 7 years old at the time.


Needless to say she joins me everytime now to "help with the lines".


Audrey Germain & Russ Kilmer


Krogen Manatee 36





My name is Chris and I was one of the graduates from the Coquitlam P&S

boating course, to whom you spoke in January. My wife and I followed up

on your information about the Salus life vests primarily with the object


of buying one for our 80 lb Airedale terrier, Angus. At first there was

no dealer in the Tri Cities, but after I met a rep. at the Boat Show and


gave her the name of Pierre at PoCo Marine, the latter is now an

appointed dealer for the brand. We have our doggie life jacket now on

order through Pierre. Pierre would probably appreciate any additional

publicity you may bring him.


We would like to thank you both for your interesting talk as well as for


the information leading us to better protection for our beloved hound.




Chris Sedergreen and Trudy Schneider.





I just thought I would tell you how much I have enjoyed your website and reading your Summer '06 travel log.  Thank-you for sharing your adventures.  Not only is it interesting and entertaining reading, but it also helps me plan our own cruise.  My wife and I explored as far north as the Broughton Islands aboard Xanadu, our Grand Banks 42, in the summer of 2005.  This summer (July and August) we plan to venture past Cape Caution and visit some of the same areas you have written about.  If you are cruising north again, possibly we will meet and share stories of boating adventures.  We are easily recognized by our unusual yellow boot stripe.


John and Roxana Caples

Olympia, WA




Hello Carol, Hello Rick,
 Colin and Gina Smith here from a small town called Balingasag, about 50 klms
 from the City of Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
 We own a 41 foot Offshore 41 sailing Yawl by Cheoy Lee, named "Sea Feather".
 I wasn't too sure about the name either but it has grown on me, and I like
 it a lot now.
 Current Issues of Sailing/Boating magazines, to which I admit something of
 an addiction, are not available here. But there are a number of bookshops in
 modern Shopping Malls which sell books and back dated magazines imported
 from the States.
 I always search the racks, thumbing through countless copies of "Hot Iron"
 or "Diesel Power" and other fairly obscure publications about Harleys or Hot
 Rods, because that is where they hide any boating magazines that come in.
 They are obviously returned unsold copies from booksellers in the States.
 My diligence is normally rewarded with a find or two. One of the good things
 is the price ranges from 50 cents to $2, far below the retail price and no
 distinction seems to be made between publications. For example I sometimes
 find a copy of "Wooden Boat" which are expensive and so get an even greater
 bargain. They range between a few months and a year or so out of date but
 for the sort of magazines I like that doesn't matter at all.
 Another benefit is I find magazines I would not normally buy or be available
 to me in my native Australia. Yesterday I bought several such magazines
 including the March/April 2007 edition of 'Living Aboard' with your article
 "Boating with a Behemoth" and the March 2007 edition of 'Passage Maker' with
 your article on "Popeye" (She looks a beautiful boat) I enjoyed both
 articles immensely and particularly liked the photographs in the 'Passage
 Maker' magazine. I know interior shots of boats are not the easiest thing to
 do well. I wonder if you have any tips you might share with taking such
 I found your website address in 'Passage Maker' and have just finished
 looking at your site and finding out much about you. Your home port of
 Mission looks to be a beautiful place. We have mountains a plenty here, but
 not with snow on them! I thought with the coincidence of buying 2 different
 magazines both with articles from you and the similarity in our boat names I
 should email and say Hello.
 I am working hard at becoming a writer and I have always thought that
 boating magazines would be a good place to start, given my enduring passion
 for anything to do with boats and boating. I intend submitting a story or 2
 to "Living Aboard", encouraged by an article in that same edition. I have
 been published in a couple of club magazines and have an article in the only
 Philippine Sailing Magazine "Cruising News".
 Any encouragement and advise would be gratefully received.
 I have been practicing my writing in various ways, recently by starting a
 web page.
 If you have time perhaps you would have a look and I would appreciate any
 comments on my writing style and layout. There are 8 pages in total, one
 page called "Sailing Boat 'Sea Feather'" is hidden behind the 'Search' tab
 in the top right hand corner. You can still access it, it comes out of
 hiding if you jiggle your pointer around a bit or further down the page is a
 link to all pages in a list form.
 Hope to hear from you.
 Kind Regards from Cagayan de Oro
Colin and Gina Smith S/V Sea Feather







I enjoyed reading your wife’s article.  If you are the same Rick who used to work at CSA, then I think I dove with you and Jim at Porlier Pass many years ago.


I told my wife about your website.  The two of you put most of us to shame on keeping a log of your travels.  It is great!  I’m having my kids review it.


I too have taken up boating, but I must say we don’t get out nearly as much as you – or do we have the space that Sea Foam offers you.


Perhaps we’ll run into you both one day on the water….



Hi Carol-Ann and Rick - we enjoyed hearing from you during your journeys this past summer - sounds like you had a lot of fun.  Right now we are getting our house ready to sell and hopefully when we do we'll be able to invest in a "sea-worthy" boat ourselves.  Take care, Ron & Helen


I liked your slide show.  A comment would be to show where Fish Egg Inlet is on a chart and it’s relation to the other places in the show. I felt frustrated not knowing the overview. Also, an advertisement regarding ‘getting you there so you too can experience it…’ would be a possible addition.


I live in Jervis Inlet and I tend an oyster farm there.  I would be happy to have you come over for a prawn feast.  I have a 25 ft Hunter sailboat which I stay on during my days off.  I bought it in Blaine in 2003, and have been sailing since around the gulf islands, and as far north as Powell River.  I would like to try the seclusion of the more northern waters, but am concerned about the waves north of Port Hardy.  Would it be safe to sail up here during the summer?  What is good sailing season?


Hi there. I just looked through your slide show after receiving your email with it enclosed. What else to say other than wow! Great job putting the show together. Amazing quality and amazing scenery. It sure makes me miss my commercial days up north. I have said it before but it is a rare individual or pair of whom takes the plunge to see our amazing coast. I followed your log with great interest and would be lying if I said without envy. Thank you for the update. I really wish more people could see your work and have to admit sharing it with a good number of people of whom I know. The one comment that has been repeated is that you folks will write a great book one day. A funny discussion came about after that comment. I was at work talking with a coastal pilot friend of mine as well as the crew of a berthing tug after they had brought a vessel into our port. We were discussing how B.C. has produced some amazing authors and great stories about our coast as well as what was on our bookshelves. We all came to the conclusion that there have been a number of people who had lived the west coast adventure but so few that have told the story. I also found out that just about everybody in the discussion knew of your trip and site. I guess pacific yachting is on the table of tugs and freighters as well. Any way, thank you for the update and best of luck in the future. Fair winds and calm seas. George


Congratulations on an extremely well done slide show presentation!





I read you article and I was wondering why you changed to an Eagle

from your former boat. How do you like it so far? What didn't you like about your Californian?


I hope to purchase a yacht in a year or two and I am trying to research the field before buying.


Thanks for your help.



Hello Folks,


Read your article in PY August 2006 Re: Prevost Island Impression very cool. Also checked out your website, you guys are living my dream! I was born and raised in Campbell River but currently live in Victoria. I started salmon guiding when I was 15 and had my own salmon/dive charter business in the late 80's. I love the sea and hope to convince my wife one day to try a live aboard arrangement. Currently working as a F/F at the Victoria Airport, but need to put in a few more years before retirement options are available. We currently have a 26' Campion Toba which we don't get out enough on but when we do I don't want to go home. Love your passion and enjoy your tales, keep up the good work. Maybe one day we will meet to enjoy a glass of wine at our many lovely anchorages up and down the coast.






Carol Ann,

Loved the article in Pacific Yachting and had a great read of your website.

My husband and I are newbie cruisers having purchased a 30’ Sea Ray this year, our largest boat to date. Our intention is to explore the Gulf Islands as we adore this coast and love to fish, kayak and just plain beach-it! We plan on getting our scuba certification this winter since we’d love to dive deliberating a boat with a wide, spacious back to allow for equipment, etc. So I was thrilled to read about your activities since we plan on doing the same.

I bought an electric down-rigger for my husband’s birthday and we can’t wait to start fishing and also hunt for shellfish. We purchased a crab trap and have dropped it once in Boundary Bay (we’re moored in Crescent Beach Yacht Club) catching 4 keepers and would love to get a prawn trap too. We’re inspired by your casualness, dropping the pots wherever looks promising, since we were under the impression it was something that required a great deal of thought, strategy and pulling power!

Having become Power Squadron members last winter and after reading stacks of articles relating to boating, it has almost become an intimidating enterprise so it was refreshing to know we CAN just get up and go, anchor somewhere, drop a pot or two, dart around in our dinghy and open a bottle of wine!

We’ve been to Ganges and Poets Cove and are looking forward to new adventures. Our goal is to find a nice cove with some opportunity to fish, explore and enjoy the beach – I know there are plenty out there but do you have any suggestions?

Thanks for the input – keep writing!





I just finished reading your article in Pacific Yachting and checking out your web site, awesome!!!!  good for you guys,  I'm so happy to hear and read that things are going well for you guys,   we haven't done near the boating that we've wanted to this year,  most of our "short" weekends are spent up in Indian Arm.  And I haven't been able to do any diving since my last trip to the San Juan’s in March, have some medical problems but I should be back under the water mid- Oct if things go well,  I did get my 100th dive in before having to stop though. Anyways, just wanted to say hi to you both and hope you're enjoying your summer, tickle a basket star for me and give Kona a butt rub. All the best, your first dive buddy!!!




 Rick and Carol-Ann:


I was wondering if you had some time to answer a few questions in regards to living aboard an Eagle 40. 


After reading your article and visited your website; we thought you might be our best resource in providing real and meaningful feedback on the Eagle 40.


Jan and I (married for 31 years) have been looking at boats over the past two years.  I would like to live aboard and do full time cruising,  Jan still wants to have a land base of some sort as well as having a boat (I don't know if that option is affordable). 


We live in Kelowna and I have just retired from the RCMP and Jan is still working as a Nurse.   We have limited boating experiences and have not lived onboard previously....


We are though going to look at a 1999 Eagle 40 this weekend to see if it is suitable for us and if it is in as nice of shape as the owner says it is?


So if you have some time to correspond on the Eagle, in general, there are some questions I would appreciate your feedback on:


1.  How do you like the Eagle?


2.  How does she handle heavy seas and rough weather.


3.  Do you find the space for live aboard (I realize you went from a 36' to this 40' PH)


4.  Would you have an opinion as to what a person should pay for a loaded, well kept 1999 single stateroom model Eagle 50.


5.  Are there any issues, concerns or problems which were inherent with the Eagle 40;  or are there items I should be looking for when I view the boat?


6.  The other main problem is finding moorage in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island areas.  I am having no luck in locating any moorage.  I have not even asked about live aboard space;  I would be just happy to find a slip.


Would you happen to know of any spaces available - anywhere?


Your time and input would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you


Craig & Jan

Kelowna, B.C.




We are sooooo excited.... our March issue of Passage Maker just came in the mail and the article is beautiful!  Thank you, you did such a great job. 


I imagine that you will probably receive your copy today also.  It is seven pages, lots of wonderful photos, and I don't believe that they did any editing at all!  (if they did, the changes are not significant ones)


Ron picked it up from our mailbox and drove right to town and brought it to my office!  We sat down and read the article

together.  We are "all smiles"! 


Thanks again,


Ron and Sue


Hi Carol-Ann.


My name is Terry. My wife Marilyn and I cruise on a 25' Albin in the summer when she is not teaching. We began cruising  7 years ago in our 20' Howie Heritage sailboat with a couple of short trips from Everett, WA into the San Juan Islands. Discovering that 20' wasn't very comfortable for 2, and that the winds in the inland waters always seemed to be adverse, we bought the Albin, which we trailer to the coast from our home in Montana.


For the first summer we cruised the entire Puget Sound from Olympia to Stuart Island, including Hood Canal, then in subsequent years started working our way up into the Southern Gulf Islands of Canada, with the intention of going a little further north each summer. Last summer we made it as far north as Nanaimo and Silva Bay, and next we are faced with the formidable passage across the Strait of Georgia.


Because our time is limited and also to avoid the long trip across the strait, we are considering trailing the boat to the Powell River area. You mentioned in your recent article in PassageMaker that the owners of the M/V Popeye, Ron and Sue Lang, do that very thing. I wonder if you would be willing to give me their address so I could contact them and get information about getting our boat through customs, ferry rates, storage of truck and trailer, and so forth? It would be greatly appreciated.


By the way, you might be interested to know that there is an Albin club which has 69 boats registered, mostly all 25' and built in the mid-70's, and active in the Southern Gulf Islands. Some of the boats have been to Alaska and a couple of years ago two of them made a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island, so the Langs aren't the only ones who enjoy cruising in smaller 'trawlers' .... although we envy you the room of Sea Foam.


Enjoyed your article, and with some searching, your website. Will be checking it and the Inland Passage news frequently now that I know of them.


Thanks, Terry


P.S. Marilyn and I were slated to crew last summer on a delivery trip from Seattle to San Francisco on the 1927 85' tug Sea Wave, originally from B.C. Probably a sister ship to the namesake of your Sea Foam.