Setting the Buoy

Mike and Sarah have a great little cabin on Center Island in the southern San Juans between Lopez and Decatur Islands.  Mooring their big boat (50′ trawler) was somewhat of a problem since it was too big for the community dock and anchoring out didn’t give them enough confidence that the boat would stay in one place if the wind came up.  They decided to set a permanent buoy on a two ton anchor near the dock as the solution.

Mike invited me along with him when the day came to have it put in place.  We generally take one of Mike and Sarah’s boats or my BellBoy, but this trip we decided to try out one of the unscheduled foot ferries from Anacortes.  We chose the Paraclete…

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…and headed out of Flounder Bay and across the Rosario Straits to Center…

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The Paraclete was at Center in about a half an hour and backed into the community dock…

A few hours later, the Frog showed up with Jimmy and Robin from Orcas Island with the buoy and anchor…

Mike and Jimmy discussed where to place the buoy and decided that “out there some where” would be a good choice…

We headed out to the spot Mike and Jimmy had decided on…

Once there, we dropped the buoy anchor and Jimmy took a good look around from the top of the pilot house of the Frog to make sure the selected spot wouldn’t interfere with other buoys in the area…

Jimmy measured the water depth at the buoy site to determine how much rode was needed…

The line was measured and cut, and the ends sealed…

The sleeve that would protect the portion of the line that would be threaded through the anchor was prepared…

Robin numbered the float…

The number chosen took me back to the 1980’s…

Jimmy climbed out on to the anchor and attached the line to it…

The temporary line holding the anchor was replaced with the new, permanent line that had been made up…

Then the chain was threaded through the buoy and attached to the end of the rode…

The ring that the boat would tie up to was attached to the other end of the chain…

All that remained was to drop the buoy into the water…

Jimmy and Robin dropped us off back at the dock and Frog headed off for another adventure…

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10 Responses to Setting the Buoy

  1. I love your photographic and written account of the big adventure, Dick! And so glad we’ll have that song stuck in our brains to remember which buoy is ours…. Thanks for going along to be a part of the new buoy!

    • No thanks needed. Mike and I had fun (well, except for the “fishing the wire through the wall for the bathroom fan” part . Sorry about the stuck song thing, but I couldn’t resist!

  2. becca says:

    yes pop! most excellent blog post! lots of pictures, short concise wording….loved it!!!

  3. Mike says:

    Dick,

    Great pics. Fun times! By the way I thought “out there somewhere” really nailed it down!

  4. bluecorduroy says:

    what a great picture story! did they get to choose the bouy number? so glad you took the leap into wordpress. looks real good!!

  5. Zack says:

    Bravo! “Out there some where” was the highlight. BTW, what’s the buoy for?

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