Our first 1/2 swap experience

We are a bit constrained by an issue with my knee, so when Rudy from Hawaii asked if he could take Serendipity cruising for a couple of weeks we quickly agreed. After a bunch of messages and a Skype call this progressed from “maybe” to “we have booked flights”, all in a few days. Rudy came from Hawaii and his crew Rich came from California. In a boat orientation it was obvious that Rudy really has been sailing for more than 50 years! We felt comfortable and off they went.

We have AIS so I could often track them on “Marine Traffic”. He had cell coverage and usually sent updates and pictures once or twice a day. I really felt I was cruising as we tracked him to special parts of the B.C. coast that we know, and a few spots we have not found! 

It really was this vicarious cruising that was unexpectedly rewarding! Someone really enjoying the boat and its home grounds!

He says that his travels here in a powerboat has not prepared him for the tidal currents! Lesson learned quickly!

We just left Rudy on the boat for his last night, tied ashore at the yacht club. It looks like we might have a cleaner boat than ever tomorrow.

All seem happy. Seems like a good approach to life and utilization of the crazy investments we have in these boats!

Our trip to Hawaii? Sometime in the future...


  • First experiences are important as they set the stage for future escapades! This first boat swap was very positive from all perspectives.
    The owners, Chris and Gill graciously met us at the airport after a 10 hr travel from Hawaii.
    After a delicious lunch, I fell asleep on their couch like it was my own.

    The boat briefing was enjoyable and their vessel Serendipity has everything one needs to enjoy one of the top cruising spots, Desolation Sound.

    Common wisdom proclaims states that rapids are to be navigated at "slack tide". However as we found out, this is incorrect. Rather, one has to wait for "slack water, or turns". We think it should be renamed "Slack Current" . The difference can be up to 2 hours and in excess of 5 knots of moving water which, in a vessel that does 6 knots, can be rather dangerous.

    We met several older veterans of B.C.Cruising in strong power boats who did not know that difference.

    We had a great time, and we believe in leaving boats, cars and homes better then we got them, so Serendipity was well taken care of under our watch as she should.

    Thanks Chris and Gill for your kindness and generosity.
    We look forward to your trip to Hawaii where you will enjoy our Hawaiian hospitality and our vessel Koa!