One of our sales guys in Seattle, Dennis Lawrence, went on a four day cruise with the new owners of Krogen 52′ Kurioso. The purpose of this trip was to provide additional training to the new owners about the boat and all her systems so they can feel more confident on their own. I asked him to keep a journal of each day so that we could post it on the company blog. And well, here you have it! I, for one, can’t wait to plan a trip to the Pacific Northwest after reading this!
We met on board at our Seattle office dock at 05:45 and got underway at 0600. We passed thru the locks at 0700 heading out to Puget Sound on a northerly course that Kurt set up in a series of waypoints to Victoria B.C. Canada. This is to be our first stop and to check into Canada with an overnight stay.
After passing through the locks and getting on our course, we had a superb breakfast of cereals, yogurts, fruits, luncheon meats, guacamole and toast! All preset waypoints that Kurt input were precisely input and the huge container ships and Victoria Clipper sailed by us safety to our port side.
Entering the Straights of Juan de Fuca, several engine room checks complete we had flat calm, sunny conditions and being lunch time our BBQ extraordinaire Roberto headed up to the summer kitchen and put the burgers on. You can see Roberto in action cooking BBQ sausage at the Anacortes Trawler Fest by clicking here.
We entered Victoria Harbor at 15:00 as numerous fleets of whale watching boats buzzed out of the harbor absolutely crammed full of tourists, a cruise ship in port and sea planes landing and taking off. It seemed as though we were arriving into a full blown festival! We were lucky enough to pull into an empty customs dock at 15:15. Hard to imagine our timing with all of the activities going on around us. It only took a few minutes for Kurt to check us all in and then off we went to our assigned berth for the night. I was extremely pleased how quickly Kurt had learned to expertly maneuver Kurioso and put her wherever he so desired.
Ships log SEATTLE TO VICTORIA. 65 nm. TOTAL TIME. 8.5 hrs.
We had a great time walking around the waterfront ending our evening with dinner at Chandleries, a historic restaurant offering delightful culinary dishes.
Departed the dock at 11:00 and entered the Straights of Juan de Fuca to a cloud covered sky and slight westerly winds. A few hours into our trip the wind picked up to 25 knots on our starboard bow giving us what we were looking for! But as always the weather changes up here in the northwest and a few hours of that ended and found us in calm conditions again.
Tonight’s dinner consisted of pasta with shrimp and salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and was a true enjoyment for the off-watch crew sitting (see photo) with our windows to the world looking out at the impressive sights of the Olympic mountains to our south and Vancouver Island to our north, simply spectacular! Soon however that sight was trumped, Ernie jumped out of his chair shouting in his native tongue, BALLENAS!!!! For me, I did not immediately catch the meaning but with a startled very quick look out our starboard side saloon, windows to the world, WOW!! YES, BALLENAS!!! A pod of four huge California Gray Whales surfaced no more than 30 feet from us, right outside our windows to the world!! Yes what a sight and a bit startling being so close. Legally we were way too close but then they did encounter us rather than us encountering them. Dinner was even further enhanced by the offer of chocolate or coffee ice cream. Well feeling quite jovial by now I had to indulge myself by saying…BOTH OF COURSE!
Our destination is Tofino, British Columbia, a small commercial seaport village situated on the south west side of Vancouver Island more famously known as a premier spot for storm watching during the winter months. Our voyage continued with calm conditions and the other crew run by Kurt was hailed during his watch by the cruise ship Amsterdam asking what the weather and visibility was like where we were, they were about 10 nautical miles behind us. Imagine that, a 1000 foot cruise ship hailing the good ship Kurioso for information!
Ernie and I were on watch from midnight to 03:00 and was an uneventful and very pleasant watch other than the plotter crashing a few times. Once off watch I slept soundly. At 06:00 I was awoken by Roberto saying we are here, just outside of Tofino’s entrance. Kurt reduced speed so that we would be entering in by daylight. The weather was cloudy with a heavy mist and lots of small fishing boats racing out to what must be abundant fishing grounds around here. We pulled alongside of the harbor and radioed to the harbor office asking for a spot on the dock…followed by an interesting reply, “well that is a tall order…we are very busy you know!” Well OK then, where do you suggest we drop an anchor? His instruction was delivered with the same friendly attitude.
We dropped anchor in front of (photo) Nielson Island at 07:45.
Nautical mileage day 2: 132 nm. Total time: 20 hrs
Now was time for breakfast which consisted of cereal, eggs, turkey and cheese sandwiches, then a nap. We did a few chores, showered and just prior to sitting down for a feast of smoked salmon and salad I tried to hail the owners on a boat I had previously sold. Upon hearing my attempted calls to them, we were hailed by a Selene coming in. He was asking about anchorages. After a few moments of chatter we saw right behind him was what looked like a Krogen 55′. Sure enough, the owner of the Selene mentioned that a Krogen 55 was cruising with them. After asking if we were a 58 Krogen, hearing this discussion aboard his Krogen 55, Roger and Arlene broke into the conversation. Talk about a small world… Roger pulled alongside of us and finally Kurt and Roger met face-to-face after having spoken via phone many times. Roger and Arlene were nearing the end of their trip, a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was a sojourn that began on July 1st! Congratulations to you both!
We pulled anchor at 16:30 getting underway heading to Port Angeles. Back offshore Kurt and Paulina were treated to many more whale sightings during their run. Seas were running 3 to 5 foot long ocean swells, which lulled me into deep slumber causing me to miss some of these sightings of these pods of whales. May I go on record here to say what a wonderful yacht the new Krogen 52′ is?
Night watches were uneventful but it is amazing how much shipping traffic flows through the Straights. We passed the outer buoy for Port Angeles at 12:25. Docked and tied up to the customs/check-in dock at Boat Haven Marina at 13:20.
We called the Customs Agents via phone as we entered and within a few minutes three Customs Officers came aboard to check us in. The process went very smoothly and the Officers could not have been more pleasant to deal with. After clearing we secured a guest slip and now preparing to go out for a bite of lunch and a walk, in the rain…when will summer finally reach the northwest??? Darn!
Total time from Tofino to Port Angeles: 21 hrs. Distance: 130 nm
Departing Boat Haven marina, Port Angeles at 09:00, Kurt expertly backed Kurioso out of the channel along the dock making an in place pivot and exiting the harbor now heading back to Seattle. Conditions are calm with a partial cloud cover.
We’ve now been out long enough to where everyone is settling into cruising mode right away. As I walk around I see several of the crew enjoying books while Paulina and Isabelle are creating galley magic once again for breakfast. Kurt is living the life of dreams at the helm, fiddling with his navigation suite and taking it all in.
As I was typing this I got a call from a Krogen 48′ owner, Leo with a few questions. One question that he had I felt that Kurt would be far better at providing a more complete answer so with that I put the two Krogen owners on the phone together. They made a promise to each other to meet in the future! Cool. And while on they were on the phone a Krogen 42 crossed our bow, what looked to be on a course for the San Juan Island archipelago! No other yachts within sight and here once again on our trip we encounter other Krogenites enjoying the cruising lifestyle!
Lunch today was Copper River salmon, cooked on the summer kitchen by our BBQ extraordinaire Roberto. This was accompanied with rice, vegetables, roasted peppers and salad. Desert was ice cream and strawberries, yet another outstanding epicurean delight served aboard the good ship Kurioso. During our post meal conversation Paulina commented on the commodiousness of the Krogen 52′ saloon and how livable Kurioso is. Afterall, we have been cruising with six onboard.
Today’s distance: 65 nm Time was 10 hours 30 minutes dock to dock.
As this trip nears the end and we approach the locks leading into Salmon Bay and our Kadey-Krogen dock, I am really impressed by how well the owners have taken to this new lifestyle. The discussions revolve around the next trip and future locations to visit. This story for them is just beginning and will undoubtedly have many chapters full of life’s enjoyment visiting many ports of call and in between.