SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
30 January 2013 | Auckland, slip G25 Bayswater marina
24 January 2013 | Auckland, slip G25 Bayswater marina
14 January 2013 | Bayswater Marina, Auckland NZ
31 December 2012 | Queenstown NZ
30 December 2012 | Doubtful Sound
16 December 2012 | Auckland, slip G25 Bayswater marina
15 December 2012 | Auckland, slip G25 Bayswater marina
10 December 2012 | Auckland, slip G25 Bayswater marina
10 December 2012 | enroute to Auckland, currently at Kawau Island
08 December 2012 | enroute to Aucklanc, currently at Tutukaka
28 November 2012 | Opua NZ
25 November 2012 | Opua NZ
20 November 2012 | at the dock in Opua New Zealand
16 November 2012 | at the dock in Opua New Zealand
09 November 2012 | at the dock in Opua New Zealand
08 November 2012 | at the dock in Opua New Zealand
07 November 2012 | enroute to Opua New Zealand
05 November 2012 | enroute to Opua New Zealand
Recent Blog Posts
20 April 2016 | Majuro, Marshall Islands

Going sailing

No, I'm not talking about leaving for Alaska. I'm talking about going for a ride in a Marshal Islands sailing canoe. We are scheduled to sail across the lagoon on Monday afternoon. We will have sailing crew for this trip. These canoes are different than Panta Rhei.

30 March 2016 | Majuro, MH

Time to turn heaven and earth

I'm referring in this blog title to the problem of new batteries for Panta Rhei. We are a long way from anywhere that sells the batteries we want. But, we still need them. In fact we need 6 8D batteries (total 930 pounds). The batteries we have haven't actually failed. But they have substantially reduced [...]

04 March 2016 | Majuro MH

Back in Majuro, Marshall Islands

Karen is fully recovered. So it is time to actually resume our "life plan". Drat. I was enjoying the detour. Say it isn't so!

16 February 2016 | Honolulu Hawaii

Diamond Head

On the island of Oahu, the second most popular tourist attraction (after Pearl Harbor) is the hike up Diamond Head. It has been our goal to hike this with Karen's repaired leg (as a proof test). Truth be known, the test was Larry's, thus the picture!

25 January 2016 | Honolulu, HI

Good checkups and good corn

Hurricane Pali petered out, Karen had a good checkup, we are busy every day enjoying friends of friends, and on top of all this fresh corn has come in season! That's right. The farmers market has absolutely delicious corn on the cob. They have a sweet variety with yellow and white kernels interspersed. [...]

12 January 2016

Hurricane Pali

That tropical depression that I wrote about in the last blog is back. This time it is hurricane Pali. From Weather Underground, "January is not typically a month in which tropical cyclones develop in the central Pacific, but Hurricane Pali strengthened into the earliest hurricane on record in the central [...]

Going sailing

20 April 2016 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
Larry Nelson
No, I'm not talking about leaving for Alaska. I'm talking about going for a ride in a Marshal Islands sailing canoe. We are scheduled to sail across the lagoon on Monday afternoon. We will have sailing crew for this trip. These canoes are different than Panta Rhei.

These aren't lightweight vessels. So a large crew and high tide are required to launch them. The sail rig is simple to make but complex to sail. When you tack, you have to swap the mast on one end of the boat to the other end. They do this in high wind and big seas.

There is no compass or wind instruments or speed or depth meter. The rudder is a paddle, and don't drop it. It is not tied to the boat. The boats are lashed together. This alone makes me worry. These lashings get wet. Then what?

This tradition is kept alive by a training program for youth (both men and women). Tools are modern. They have a table saw, planar, band saw, chain saw, and sanders lying around their classroom. The picture shows a class working together. Fun!

The lagoon is a shark sanctuary. I just thought I would mention that factoid. Monday, ... That's the day we sail.

Meanwhile, the batteries haven't arrived, but the invoice has. That's some progress!

Late update: new projected date for the ship to arrive Majuro is May 13. One way to look at it that this is good news. After all, we were planning/hoping to leave May 15!

Time to turn heaven and earth

30 March 2016 | Majuro, MH
Larry Nelson
I'm referring in this blog title to the problem of new batteries for Panta Rhei. We are a long way from anywhere that sells the batteries we want. But, we still need them. In fact we need 6 8D batteries (total 930 pounds). The batteries we have haven't actually failed. But they have substantially reduced capacity. It is our courage that has failed. Remember that our autopilot runs on electricity and in this Pacific crossing we need it to run without interruption for a month. For that you need a reliable supply of electricity.

So, we need a ship and a container to put onto that ship and someone that knows how to get that container filled, approved, loaded and unloaded, inspected, and delivered. In other words, we need a piggyback ride from a friend. And we just might have one.

Yea! It's amazing what can be done when you need it badly enough. There is a shipment of RO components (including solar and batteries) coming to Majuro April 20. Our batteries are on that ship. It is loading as I type this blog.

Our plan is to change out our batteries and then get real ernest about continuing on to Dutch Harbor Alaska.

That's our plan. Do you think the ship will arrive in time?

Back in Majuro, Marshall Islands

04 March 2016 | Majuro MH
Larry Nelson
Karen is fully recovered. So it is time to actually resume our "life plan". Drat. I was enjoying the detour. Say it isn't so!

You can see the yachts in the picture (it is a trick suggestion because while it is true, it isn't actually easy). Panta Rhei is one of them. The waterline is dirty, but otherwise the boat systems are fine. I'm a little worried about the batteries (which are getting old). When are they too old? No one knows. Normally the electricity mostly flows from the dock power, but here there is no dock. And certainly there is no dock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For a moment I consider, ... the autopilot runs on electricity. It uses a lot of it. But, will the batteries be "good enough" until I get to AK where getting new ones is easier? I've decided to watch and ponder before turning heaven and earth to replace them while literally in the middle of nowhere. Truth be known, I'm better at using new stuff than living with old stuff.

Speaking of old stuff .... we resemble that.

Diamond Head

16 February 2016 | Honolulu Hawaii
Larry Nelson
On the island of Oahu, the second most popular tourist attraction (after Pearl Harbor) is the hike up Diamond Head. It has been our goal to hike this with Karen's repaired leg (as a proof test). Truth be known, the test was Larry's, thus the picture!

This trail is worth the effort. It is varied and beautiful with interesting geography and history at every turn.

On the way home we broke up the bus ride by stopping at the Cheesecake factory in downtown Waikiki. Monday they have corn soup. It is the absolute best corn soup in the whole world. And the Cobb salad is also outstanding. And the California cheese steak sandwich is also great. You may sense a developing problem with this story ...

Making good choices is not so easy at the Cheesecake Factory.

Karen's checkup is Feb 24. If it is good, we plan to return to Majuro on March 2. We passed the proof test, so that is our plan until it changes!

Good checkups and good corn

25 January 2016 | Honolulu, HI
Larry Nelson
Hurricane Pali petered out, Karen had a good checkup, we are busy every day enjoying friends of friends, and on top of all this fresh corn has come in season! That's right. The farmers market has absolutely delicious corn on the cob. They have a sweet variety with yellow and white kernels interspersed.

Every night we see news reports of snow on the east coast of the US. Here we get rain showers occasionally. Sometimes the bright sun gets in our eyes at the pool. We try not to complain.

Our friend, Paul Nelson, is coming to visit. He is bringing our mail and he says there are medical bills in it.

Oh, well.



Hurricane Pali

12 January 2016
That tropical depression that I wrote about in the last blog is back. This time it is hurricane Pali. From Weather Underground, "January is not typically a month in which tropical cyclones develop in the central Pacific, but Hurricane Pali strengthened into the earliest hurricane on record in the central Pacific Monday evening. Pali was named last Thursday afternoon, becoming the earliest central Pacific tropical storm on record.

This is on the heels of a historically active 2015 tropical season in the Pacific Ocean, including a Tropical Depression Nine-C, which formed near the end of the year and dissipated on Jan. 1, 2016."

see http://www.wunderground.com/news/tropical-depression-one-c-pali-central-pacific

So far it looks like it will pass far enough south of Majuro, Marshall Islands where Panta Rhei is moored. Fingers crossed.
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
24 Photos
Created 10 May 2012
Karen and Larry exploring Santa Cruz, Isla Isabella, and San Cristobal Islands
30 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
pictures from a passage aboard SV Talofa as line handlers
80 Photos
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
9 Photos
Created 12 June 2011
Karen and Larry hike up a desert canyon in Mexico
43 Photos
Created 22 May 2011
pictures of Karen at the doctor, shopping in Mazatlan, and work on the boat in the yard
26 Photos
Created 5 April 2011
Pictures of San Blas and Isla Isabella
41 Photos
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
72 Photos
Created 28 March 2011
pictures of karen's medical care for her arm injury while in San Blas
16 Photos
Created 27 March 2011
Day trip from La Cruz to Yualapa by bus and panga
44 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
Pictures of our day trip to La Penita
10 Photos
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
9 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
A day at the beach with exotic drinks and then north to Lazaro Cardenas
6 Photos
Created 11 February 2011
Before and after pictures of a friends boat underbody showing the growth that happens in a short time in Zihuatanejo
12 Photos
Created 8 February 2011
pictures from Bahia Santiago to Ziahuatanejo including Ixtapa
40 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
Sailfest pictures
21 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
A trip with Jake and Sharon up the jungle river in Tenacatita
11 Photos
Created 16 December 2010
Scenes from our stay in Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta
19 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
Scenes from Paul Nelson's visit in Paradise Village and in Puerto Vallarta including procession for Lady of Guadalupe
21 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
hike up the river and float trip down it
17 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Arrival in the south part of Mexico and beginning of the cruising lifestyle
21 Photos
Created 23 November 2010
warmer weather experiences
21 Photos
Created 15 November 2010
stop in san francisco at at Sea Ranch CA to visit Grace and Bob Carter
44 Photos
Created 11 October 2010
pictures from preparing and leaving Seattle to Ft Bragg CA
16 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
weather faxes that show the weather in the Pacific Ocean while we are safe in port in Newport Oregon
1 Photo
Created 26 September 2010
A few pics of Panta Rhei out of the water
11 Photos
Created 6 September 2010
Sherry and Bob took a few pictures and shared them with us.
34 Photos
Created 30 July 2010
travel from Petersburg to Thorne Bay with stop at Anan Bear Observatory
56 Photos
Created 19 July 2010
Candidates for most beautiful places in the world
78 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
bob and Sherry took pictures of Panta Rhei and shared them with us.
29 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
great fishing and crabbing with good weather
23 Photos
Created 1 July 2010
65 Photos
Created 25 June 2010
64 Photos
Created 24 June 2010
Pelican scenes then travel up Lisianski Inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Bay, Dundas Bay
46 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
trip up lisianski inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Island, and Dundas Bay
14 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
tight passages that kayakers would love and an abandoned town (Chichagof)
47 Photos
Created 12 June 2010
transit of Lisianski Strait enroute to Pelican
10 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
Around the outside of Baranof Island and some caveing in el capitan passage
37 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 June 2010
Prince of Wales Island and enroute
13 Photos
Created 21 May 2010
photos of rudder damage from the log we hit
8 Photos
Created 17 May 2010
32 Photos
Created 15 May 2010
50 Photos
Created 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
12 Photos
Created 28 April 2010