SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
23 January 2017 | Seward AK
06 December 2016 | Seward AK
12 November 2016 | Seward Alaska
14 October 2016 | Valdez, AK
21 September 2016
05 August 2016 | Seward, AK
26 July 2016 | Whittier, AK
19 July 2016 | Valdez, Alaska
05 July 2016 | Seward, Alaska
04 July 2016 | Nuka Island, Home Cove, Alaska
02 July 2016 | Red Fox Bay on Afognak Island, Alaska
01 July 2016 | Geographic Harbor
01 July 2016 | Geographic Harbor, Alaska
30 June 2016 | Port Wrangell, Alaska
30 June 2016 | Port Wrangell, Alaska (not to be confused with Wrangell, Alaska)
27 June 2016 | Chignik, Alaska, USA
23 June 2016 | Larry Nelson
20 June 2016 | King Cove Alaska
14 June 2016 | Dutch Harbor
Recent Blog Posts
23 January 2017 | Seward AK

Finally a Moose

We are living in a winter wonderland with daily snowfall. The snow is waist deep. It turns out that travel isn't so easy unless you are on a plowed road. Moose know this. So they walk on plowed roads preferentially to off road routes. We saw this moose just north of Seward.

06 December 2016 | Seward AK

Experiencing COLD in Alaska

I'm reading the weather reports from the lower 48. People are complaining of snow and ice on the roads. But how many boats in the marina are acquiring "ice beards" on the bow and stern of their boats while moored at the dock? We've got them and they are a sure sign of a miserable night on the boat. Outside [...]

12 November 2016 | Seward Alaska

It is almost ski season. How to entertain yourself?

In Alaska the answer to what to do always lies outdoors. Today on the way home from Anchorage we watched surfers ride the tidal bore down Turnagin Arm. It gets up to 10 feet high and its front moves about 15 mph. You can drive down the road that runs along the shoreline and therefore stay ahead of it. [...]

14 October 2016 | Valdez, AK

Road Trips

It is the middle of October. Temperatures are dropping like we are in Alaska. Even so it's not Halloween and the locals have already hibernated. The tourists have all fled south. At 8am it is still dark. Snow has fallen on top of our surrounding mountains. So what do we decide to do? Road trips. We need [...]

21 September 2016

The First Winter Storm Arrived

We've read about this. They say, "Summer ends quickly in Alaska". I'm thinking it is true. But how it arrives,...that is the lesson.

31 August 2016

Checking out Alyeska Ski Resort

Winter is coming. Each day is 5 minutes shorter than the last. Tourists are thinning out in downtown Seward. It's time to think about how we are going to spend the long winter nights. Worry abounds.

Superyacht viewing

19 June 2012 | Anchored at Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Larry Nelson
Tahiti appears to be a "yachting scene". There are superyachts at the dock downtown and in the Marina Taina . There are both motor and sail superyachts. Of course we think the sailboats are the most interesting. The amount of sail area is intimidating. Their masts are about 200 feet tall. They accentuate this by lighting their spreaders at night. It looks like a front and rear skyscraper on a floating platform. They are usually made of carbon fibre though they might equally likely be made of diamond. Money is clearly no object. Apparently their draft is equally impressive (15 feet or so not including a centerboard extension) so these boats are hard to put into a marina. They are med moored where we see them (anchored by the bow and tied stern to the dock). So we get to see their "toy storage" area when they open it. Imagine a (highly finished) dock that you open up and put in the sea and you have some idea of what the door on their toy storage area looks like. Of course they all have a retractable boarding plank so it is easy for people to enter and leave the boat. These are not your Home Depot 2 by 10's. Think carbon, with telescoping elements and finished in a teak nonskid surface. One of the boats has a container in the parking lot apparently to manage its need for spares and tools that are not on the boat. Aboard Panta Rhei we do this task with a suitcase and a friend who is coming to visit. This gives you some idea of the scale difference between our vessel and theirs.

We were invited aboard one of the tiny yachts, 85 foot SV Leonore. It is a Chuck Paine design (like SV Panta Rhei) so it was actually quite familiar. It has a stand up engine room, which of course I loved. Even here though, the scale intimidates me. The anchor was a 150 pound Bruce with half inch chain. You wouldn't bring that up by hand. I wonder what they do if the windlass fails?

I did ask what they did when they encountered a thunderstorm? Aboard SV Panta Rhei this can be an adrenaline flooded experience. Apparently it is also so for them only below decks is not so noisy, so it is the captain and crew that get the adrenaline while on deck. The basic experience sounds similar to what happens aboard SV Panta Rhei. They manage it by reducing sail area and still go 8-9 knots. Another superyacht whose crew we visited with had a more adventure oriented owner. So they sailed fast, frequently reaching speeds over 20 knots. That might stop my heart.

I would be remiss if I didn't report at least a little on our exploration of this island. We rented a small rar with Aussie friends David and Angelena and Natalie (SV La Fiesta) and circumnavigated the island including an brief adventure excursion into the interior of the island. The interior of the island has 4wd roads that cross the island. The mountains are like those of the Marquesas, very steep and very green. The surprise is that they are also very remote. The population of the island is a thin veneer along the coast. The inland mountains are beautiful and pristine. The hydro plants provide the reason for the road and along that road there are undeveloped parks. We hiked through a bamboo forest and to several waterfalls. The picture is of our rental car on a bridge near the beginning of the trek into the interior. Note the road on the lower right which goes through the river, not over it. That was the return path. David had been hang gliding off the hills the day before our trek.

We were worried about losing our place in the anchorage so we fueled up with jerry cans yesterday. With that completed, we just have to check out and we can go. We'll do the puddle jump party on Friday and Saturday and then leave for the leeward islands.

Today we are hanging out in perfect calm sunny 83F weather enjoying catching up on email and reading. I'm pretty sure that we will make a trip this afternoon to Carrefour (the local Fred Meyer look alike) and buy a raspberry pie. They are so yummy!
Panta Rhei's Photos - Main
22 Photos
Created 1 October 2013
Pictures of South Island NZ and the Milford Track
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Created 2 March 2013
Blackwater cave exploring in NZ
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Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
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Created 6 June 2012
Pics from the crossing and after arrival in the marquesas
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Created 10 May 2012
Karen and Larry exploring Santa Cruz, Isla Isabella, and San Cristobal Islands
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Created 3 April 2012
pictures from a passage aboard SV Talofa as line handlers
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Created 17 March 2012
accumulated pictures of the SV Safety Cat rescue and repair
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Created 7 July 2011
swimming with a whale shark in clear warm water
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Created 12 June 2011
Karen and Larry hike up a desert canyon in Mexico
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Created 22 May 2011
pictures of Karen at the doctor, shopping in Mazatlan, and work on the boat in the yard
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Created 5 April 2011
Pictures of San Blas and Isla Isabella
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Created 30 March 2011
pictures of the trip up a jungle river to a crocodile farm and to a spring which is the source of all San Blas water
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Created 28 March 2011
pictures of karen's medical care for her arm injury while in San Blas
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Created 27 March 2011
Day trip from La Cruz to Yualapa by bus and panga
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Created 25 March 2011
Pictures of our day trip to La Penita
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Created 18 March 2011
cleaning boat bottoms and other recent activities
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Created 5 March 2011
bob and Larry went looking for a hose from a store next to a "Table Dance" entertainment center
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Created 22 February 2011
A day at the beach with exotic drinks and then north to Lazaro Cardenas
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Created 11 February 2011
Before and after pictures of a friends boat underbody showing the growth that happens in a short time in Zihuatanejo
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Created 8 February 2011
pictures from Bahia Santiago to Ziahuatanejo including Ixtapa
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Created 1 February 2011
Sailfest pictures
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Created 1 February 2011
A trip with Jake and Sharon up the jungle river in Tenacatita
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Created 16 December 2010
Scenes from our stay in Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta
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Created 7 December 2010
Scenes from Paul Nelson's visit in Paradise Village and in Puerto Vallarta including procession for Lady of Guadalupe
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Created 7 December 2010
hike up the river and float trip down it
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Created 4 December 2010
Arrival in the south part of Mexico and beginning of the cruising lifestyle
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Created 23 November 2010
warmer weather experiences
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Created 15 November 2010
stop in san francisco at at Sea Ranch CA to visit Grace and Bob Carter
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Created 11 October 2010
pictures from preparing and leaving Seattle to Ft Bragg CA
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Created 30 September 2010
weather faxes that show the weather in the Pacific Ocean while we are safe in port in Newport Oregon
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Created 26 September 2010
A few pics of Panta Rhei out of the water
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Created 6 September 2010
Sherry and Bob took a few pictures and shared them with us.
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Created 30 July 2010
travel from Petersburg to Thorne Bay with stop at Anan Bear Observatory
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Created 19 July 2010
Candidates for most beautiful places in the world
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Created 12 July 2010
bob and Sherry took pictures of Panta Rhei and shared them with us.
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Created 12 July 2010
great fishing and crabbing with good weather
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Created 1 July 2010
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Created 25 June 2010
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Pelican scenes then travel up Lisianski Inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Bay, Dundas Bay
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Created 18 June 2010
trip up lisianski inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Island, and Dundas Bay
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Created 18 June 2010
tight passages that kayakers would love and an abandoned town (Chichagof)
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Created 12 June 2010
transit of Lisianski Strait enroute to Pelican
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Created 11 June 2010
Around the outside of Baranof Island and some caveing in el capitan passage
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Created 2 June 2010
Prince of Wales Island and enroute
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Created 21 May 2010
photos of rudder damage from the log we hit
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Created 17 May 2010
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Created 15 May 2010
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Created 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
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Created 28 April 2010

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