SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
23 March 2017 | Seward, AK
11 March 2017 | Seward, AK
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
Recent Blog Posts
23 March 2017 | Seward, AK

I did it!

Remember that our adventure is "mission driven". This winter we are in Alaska, where it turns out to be dark and cold and snowy and windy. What's the mission?

11 March 2017 | Seward, AK

Winter is still "full on" in AK

We came here for the Alaska Experience. We wanted the old, pre global warming, experience that we grew up dreaming about. Alaska with adventure! Alaska with bear attacks. Alaska with snow. Alaska with sea otters on the finger piers of the marina. Alaska with cold snowy roads and avalanches off the mountains. Be [...]

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 [...]

SV Blue Rodeo is drifting, loose from its' mooring buoy

13 July 2012 | Tied to a mooring buoy at Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Larry Nelson
Thursday night was the dancing and drumming contest at the community center in town. It was clearly the thing to do. We would have dinner before the festivities began, buy some seats with a good view of the show, and get picked up by the manager of the Bora Bora Yacht Club after the festival. Everyone was there, including SV Blue Rodeo (Mark and Anne). The weather was windy, but most of us were on mooring buoys so we felt reasonably secure.

It was a good party. My Ausie friends were explaining how they called their significant others. It's all in the rhyme: "house mouse" rhymes with spouse; "cheese and kisses" rhymes with mrs; "trouble and strife" rhymes with wife. So the words can be interchanged. This sort of playful re-naming of our wives was particularly interesting with beer.

The show was great. The announcer spoke in Tahitian, French, and for the first time, English. But during the show we all watched the flagpole. It was bending like a fly rod with a big fish on as the gusts came through the outdoor venue for the festivities. By the end of the festivities we were all anxious to get back to our boats. When the manager of the Yacht Club came to pick us up, he brought word that a boat had broken loose from its mooring and rescue efforts were happening. Which boat? Does it have a blue hull? No information. Geez. It was a long trip back to our dinghies and then out to our boats. Thankfully, SV Panta Rhei was ok. We called back to get information on the location of the vessel in distress and couldn't get any. The lagoon was blacker than the inside of a pig and it was raining buckets. Just keeping a dinghy upright IF we knew where to go to help would be a problem. If your engine failed you would be GONE. Even so the rescue went forward. It wasn't too long before we heard that cruisers had scrambled aboard and manually put out the anchor and 300 feet of chain in about 100 feet of water. The boat was SV Blue Rodeo, good friends of ours. Mark and Anne were on their way and pretty worried. Fast forward to today and the story continues to unfold. The line from their boat to the mooring buoy had chafed through and their boat had drifted into a coral bommie area where apparently it hung up on its keel, buying a little time for it's departure to be noticed and a rescue to start. Eventually it drifted off the coral and into the lagoon where it was intercepted by cruisers in dinghies. They nudged it toward the best shelter they could but in 40 knots of wind that isn't a very easy strategy to execute. Eventually they got the anchor down.

So now everyone is checking their mooring lines. The wind is unrelenting and indeed most of us are showing chafe. SV Panta Rhei now has 4 lines including an amsteel line from the end of our bruce anchor to the mooring buoy. Amsteel is highly abrasion resistant and we have chain on the anchor so where that line comes off the boat is not subject to chafe. Add to that we are staying aboard although maybe that isn't completely necessary now.

This weather is forecast to continue for some time, which is interrupting our cruise through the lagoon. We've signed up for a nitrox dive on Monday morning with the local dive shop. Apparently there are manta rays to see...and sharks. It will still be windy but we have redundancy now on our mooring so we can leave the boat for a few hours.

The picture is taken inside the spa at the Pearl Beach Resort. The spa is on an island in a lagoon and sets a new bar for oppulence. We toured it. The price was a little beyond our range.
Panta Rhei's Photos - Main
22 Photos
Created 1 October 2013
Pictures of South Island NZ and the Milford Track
68 Photos
Created 2 March 2013
Blackwater cave exploring in NZ
18 Photos
Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
104 Photos
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
63 Photos
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
23 Photos
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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Created 24 June 2010
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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