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Trip Log: Return to the California Channel Islands

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I'd been sailing all night, cold in the big dark waves, bright stars above and bright phosphorescence in the water. I was sitting on the platform between my main hull and the outrigger, with my feet over the water.
Suddenly something glowing big in the water under me.
Three dolphins swimming right under my feet in formation.Three giant shapes all lit up with glow-specks like moving windows to the stars, flowing phosphorescent galaxies.
They'd schooled up with my canoe!
Then they shot off ahead in calligraphic curlicues, thowing glow-bursts off their tails,
goofing off in the waves.
They're clicking and chirping at me. How do I answer?

And how did I get here?



This is the story of my second trip to the California Channel Islands.
At the end of the first trip I left my outrigger canoe stashed on an island and returned by ferry during a storm.  A month and a half later I went back.
 
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Step 1: Channel Islands

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That line is an approximation of my outbound travel path. 
I'll take the ferry from Ventura to Prisoner's Harbor in the middle of Santa Cruz Island.
Then I sail my canoe along the coast to Santa Rosa Island.

My canoe is an 18 foot long single outrigger sailing canoe similar to a Malibu Outrigger.

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great spot

Nice Work Great Job sir.

This is awesome place.

Awesome DIy Loved it

great island.

good work..

good work..

Nice location.

i love with your job

great place..

nice one::)

Love it..

great share

johnsonpaul2 months ago

love your post

great share

GrahamAbbey2 months ago

best voyage through my life

What a wonderful, inspirational story. Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to take up sailing even more.

Rejanblink4 months ago

Pretty useful for long adveture travellers

Cringojames4 months ago

Great adventures trip

Davementor4 months ago

fantastic technique mam

StevenMccan4 months ago

awesome stuff there

KanwarSingh5 months ago

like your work :)!!!!!!!!!

HarryLaine5 months ago

just one word-aweome :)

indiadumbells5 months ago

best tut out there:-)

Idea and Concept are amazing

Alexisanchez6 months ago

thank you for this

awesome work sir

great Work

Clint Dempey6 months ago

Love your work

Is that a hockey stick? Are you planning another trip to Alaska...

cseger11 year ago
Hi Tim, I really dig the stuff you do. I normally don't comment a lot but I wanted to introduce myself after seeing your diesel 720. I have an 81 that I rebuilt the motor on last year, not quite back in the truck yet but soon. It was getting 44 mpg while driving like granny. I also have an old Prindle beach cat that I have been returning to active service that I am going to sail for the first time next week. She's got really soft hulls so I think I may get a year or two out of them before they'll need to be scrapped. At that point I am going to build a sheltered water cruising proa a'la Jzero/Madness. Anyway, thanks posting up your stuff. get in touch if you want, I am a goat cheese farmer in Texas,

Christian
wwwDOTblueherontexasDOTcom
Kinnishian3 years ago
This is one of the first instructables to make me simply inherently pleased and happy (as opposed to the normal attitude with instructables of excited-happy). In addition, you were shouting great tips and techniques between the lines. Really enjoyed it.
chenacross3 years ago
MY god .. .!!!
jackhg3 years ago
your just flying in your boat, i'm toooo chicken to try this,
katmckee4 years ago
reminds me of your south florida halucinations... was fun to talk to you right off the water - you were so high from your journey with the animals!
katmckee4 years ago
i love your rants. they reveal that the craziness should be so obvious to everyone. Today I found out my car insurance on my 1991 honda accord costs the same as insurance on a 2010 Toyota Prius. How can that be....? I thought they factored in that I'd scrounge the junkyards for body parts while a new car would require expensive new parts. Or that someone with an old car like mine might not bother to get body work done after a fenderbender. I don't get it.
Lokisgodhi4 years ago
Regarding the outrigger. Is there any reason why you can't have two, one on each side? That would keep it for tipping both ways.  
TimAnderson (author)  Lokisgodhi4 years ago
The "L" shape of a single outrigger is easier to right after a capsize than the "T" shape of a capsized catamaran or double outrigger
So you can capsize even with outriggers. Good to know.
Great story. I liked the "sailing to Cuba" episode, too. I am going to use some of the tips in your articles to rig my canoe for sailing.
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