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FLYING OVER AFGHANISTAN
Rick, 65,179
12/15/2011, Kandahar Province

My newest job location.... Kandahar Province, Afghanistan... It's ALMOST like flying in Hawaii... except no palm trees, no water, very little green... and people want to shoot you down here!!! In all honesty, it's very beautiful from the air! I would love to fly around with the doors off and a good camera in my hands!!! The light here can be so dramatic!



It's winter here, so it gets below freezing at night and warms up during the day.

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Inside Passage Video Update
Rick 42968
12/14/2011, Alaska Inside Passage



Enjoy!

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Port Townsend Art
Rick 63,876
11/27/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

Art Work at Port Townsend, Washington... Winter is on it's way!

I'm starting to settle down in my new job in Afghanistan... The sand and dust was really kicking my butt at first, but i'm starting to get used to it. The country has a beauty unlike the desert southwest of the US... huge spires and mountains with beautiful patterns and colors- when the light is right. (I can't post any pictures yet, sorry!!!)

Have a great WINTER where every you are!!!
Please leave comments... they make my day! :)
Cheers from the sand box!

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ON THE HARD
Rick 63,545
11/22/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

JUNESSA sitting pretty on the hard....

I didn't do much work on the boat while I was "HOME" this time, so JUNESSA looks pretty much as she did all summer. :(

I think the next big ticket item will be to drop a few 'boat-bucks' on a new Cape Horn wind vane!!! I'm finally convinced that a wind vane is needed to sail the 7-seas! I have two autopilots that worked fine during my Inside Passage trip a couple years ago, but I learned a lot about nasty seas and high winds during my Three-Amigos trip... A WIND VANE STEERING IS A MUST HAVE!!!

JUNESSA's rear-end is going to put on a little weight when I get back!!! I'll add the two 65watt solar panels, the AirBreeze wind-generator and soon a CAPE HORN wind vane! I really hope I never back into something solid... could turn out to be a very very expensive accident!

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POWER OF AIS
RICK 63,545
11/21/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

Screenshot of my Garmin chart plotter with AIS overlay,
using the ICOM MXA-5000

One piece of gear I'm 100 percent happy with and would recommend to all boaters is an AIS receiver. This little black box uses your vhf antenna to receive info from supported ships OVER THE HORIZON (I've 'seen' ships as far off as 29nm on the chart plotter!)

This picture shows the M/V EVERGREEN ship at 25nm and if I would press ENTER, the chart plotter or computer would bring up a dialog box with all kinds of useful data on that ship, such as NAME OF VESSEL, SPEED, HEADING, etc... So, now when you see a ship off in the distance and you can't make out the name, simply look at the chart plotter... or if it's nasty weather or foggy out, you just look on the chart plotter to see where the ships are!!! Pretty cool! (small boats aren't required to transmit yet, only the bigger boats/ships, so you still have to keep a good look out!)

Here's to technology that actually works!


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THREE AMIGOS
RICK 61,337
11/03/2011

My Dad (Richard sr) and Son (Chad) and me (Richard jr) on board SUNJET, a 35' Beanatu Catamaran.

We sailed from Grenada to Panama, via Bonaire, Aruba and Columbia and San Blas Islands.

This trip turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime! Three generations that have spent VERY LITTLE time together over the past 24 years, forced to be in close quarters for weeks, we got to know each other a lot better! We became the three amigos!!!! :)

Thanks Dad for bringing us closer together!!!!


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GARMIN 9555 REPAIR
Rick
11/01/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

My poor Garmin 9555 in pieces!!!

I think it was the second or third time I used my Garmin when I accidentally dropped it on the floor, breaking the antenna... I was crushed! This thing was brand-new-right-out-of-the-box and I drop it! ugh! Lucky for me, it came with an external antenna.

It was going to be a $250 charge for Garmin just to look at the thing, so as any good cruiser would do, I got out the tool kit and started to disassemble the thing!

I tell ya what, they sure did make it difficult to get that little antenna out... If you look at the lower right corner of the picture, there is my tube of super glue pointing at the spot that broke. Garmin tried to reinforce this spot, but they need a longer piece of metal inside... the one onboard is way toooooooo short, and that's why it broke.

I put it back together and powered her up... worked like a charm! saved myself over $250 bucks!

Here's to technology and tools....

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LOCUST IN THE HEAD
RICK, 61,335
10/28/2011, Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama

This HUGE locust was in love with it's self... some how it was hanging on the MIRROR! CRAZY! It was bigger than my hand! We had to look over our shoulder when using the bathroom!!! haha

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DON'T MESS WITH NATURE
Rick, 60,715
10/28/2011, Fort Sherman, Panama

Chad!!! Stop licking the ant nest!!! Come on! We just ate pancakes with peanut butter!!! Jeese! the boy is always hungry... haha

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HIGH FIVE!
Rick, 60,715
10/28/2011, Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama

It's official... The three amigos made it to SHELTER BAY MARINA, inside the entrance to the Panama Canal!!! We completed the trip with NO MAJOR injuries (my broken toe, bumps, bruises, scrapes and cuts) and NO MAJOR boat breakdowns, so it was a total success!!! HIGH FIVE's ALL AROUND!


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UPDATING BLOG
Rick, 60,481
10/27/2011, Portobello, Panama

The sun has finally come back out, the winds have been light and variable, so it's time to update the blog site... enjoy!


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HUMAN FISH LURE
Rick
10/26/2011, San Blas Islands, Panama

We are being towed behind the boat with mask/snorkel gear! We look like human lures! haha We were hoping to find a sunken ship or old Spanish Gold Chest... but no luck!
Dad put the boat into high gear and we almost lost our shorts!!!! haha

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PLAY TIME
Rick
10/26/2011, 9 30'N:78 37'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

CHAD playing? or scrapping the boat's bottom! haha

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COCO BANDERO CAYS
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 30'N:78 37'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

This is were we anchored for the day! It was so beautiful it made the cover of THE PANAMA CRUISING GUIDE!!!

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TOP OF THE WORLD
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 28'N:78 40'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

I'm at the top of the mast looking down at the Huge Looking Cat below!!! 35 feet by 19 feet looks huge from up here!!! But docked next to the mega yachts, we look like a little toy!!

Our vhf antenna came loose, so I had to climb up and fix it... what a view!!

While I was up there a huge hammer-head shark swam right up to the boat then took off before I could power up the camera! We started wearing our dive knifes after that! :)

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BUCKET SHOWER!!
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 28'N:78 40'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

I guess i was beginning to stink!!! haha Here comes the bucket rinse!!!!

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TREASURE ISLAND???
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 28'N:78 40'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

We were exploring our island, looking for shells & cool junk washed up on the beech... around the corner was this HUGE SHIPPING CONTAINER! Wow! These things are boat killers out in the open seas... Floating just below the surface! This one has been here for awhile, somebody took a torch to it and opened it up!

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LOOKING FOR REEFS
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 28'N:78 40'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

On the way to the next island, Dad is on lookout for shallow reefs! gotta love a boat with 3 foot draft! We can go pretty much anywhere! (pretty much!)

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CHAD TO THE RESCUE!
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 28'N:78 40'W, Middle of Carabien Sea

We decided to move to another island and were looking forward... enjoying the scenery! When Dad yells out "OH Crap! The Dingy got loose!", so we do a U-turn and Chad jumps in after it! Go Chad Go! He caught it just before it ended up on the shallow reef!

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MAN vs COCONUT
Rick
10/25/2011, 9 28'N:78 40'W, Middle of Carabien Sea

Ok... Ok! So we missed the episodes on SURVIVORMAN on how to properly open a coconut... We tried machete, hammer, screwdriver, boat parts, heads, hands and feet... these things are bullet proof!!!

We finally got one open and ate some "fresh" coconut meat and drank some juice. Not sure we could survive on them... We better plan to have alot of Pepsi and water on the boat! haha

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