Rain, Rain, Go Away
June 7-8, 2015
We departed from Scenery Cove in Thomas Bay at 0530 in a steady rain that lasted for 36 hours without interruption, reminding us how fortunate we had been the whole trip so far. This was the first of several intervals on the trip that would expose Ripple's weakest cruising characteristic: it was nigh unto impossible to stay dry in a persistent rain.
The cabin is small, and condensation from our bodies alone is an issue. Anything made of cotton absorbs the moisture. The sleeping bags absorb the moisture. Everything in the cabin feels clammy to the touch.
We stayed another night in Petersburg, as much to plug in and dry out as anything else. We arrived back at the marina before noon and paid the extra $5 for shore power so we could plug the tiny ceramic heater in and run it all day. It helped.
I would happily have reprised our pizza dinner, but it was Sunday and it was closed! The hardware store on the main drag was open, though, and we bought a couple varieties of waterproof gloves in the never ending quest to keep our hands warm. The neoprene variety were effective, but did not stand up to abrasion very well. The heavy duty rubber gloves, of the sort used widely by fishermen, turned out to be the best choice over the duration of the trip. The fancy (and expensive) nautical gloves I had purchased a couple years previously were useless, rapidly sodden in the rain.
|Petersburg to Berg Bay: 60 nMiles|
|The best thing for damp sleeping bags|
|Eastbound to Wrangell on Sumner Strait|
|Mathias at the helm on Sumner Strait|
|Forest Service cabin at Berg Bay|
|The trail to the marsh|
|Aaron Creek Marsh|