SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
16 October 2013 | Musket Cove, Fiji
05 October 2013 | Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Island Group, Fiji
01 October 2013 | Sawa-I-Lau Island in the Yasawa group of islands
24 September 2013 | Somosomo bay on Naviti Island in the Yasawa group of islands, Fiji
15 September 2013
12 September 2013 | Malolo Lailai
07 September 2013 | Nadi Fii
06 September 2013 | Denerau Marina, Fiji
03 September 2013 | Denerau Fiji
30 August 2013 | Vuda Point marina, Fiji
25 August 2013 | Bend Oregon
24 July 2013 | Crater Lake Oregon
16 July 2013 | Bend Oregon
28 June 2013 | Vuda Point, Fiji (near Lautoka Fiji)
27 June 2013 | North End of Viti Levu
25 June 2013
22 June 2013 | Koro Island, Fiji
19 June 2013 | Viani Bay on Vanu Levu Island
13 June 2013 | Taveuni Island, Fiji
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28 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 8: Albatross Abeam! 1717 nm to go

At 28 May 23:02 UTC we are at 29d11mN 175d29mE making 6.8 knots under sail with 10 knots of wind on the beam. 1717 nm left to go to Dutch Harbor. Temperature in cabin is 87F, cooler outside.

28 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro, Mashall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 7: Still Motoring Towards Alaska

On 28 May 04:27 our position is 27d27mN 174d28mE on course 028T making 6.2 knots under power. 1833 nm to go to Dutch Harbor. Wind is light. Temperature in the cabin is 95F. Its cooler outside but we are closed up to reject seawater!

27 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage notes 6: Motoring North to Alaska

On 27 May 14:14 utc Panta Rhei was at 26d07mN 173d35mE making 6 kts under power on cog 025T. Winds are calm.

26 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 5: Repairs at Sea

What a great day. First off, the sailing is smooth and effortless with steady 10-12 knot winds. Seas are fairly flat but slightly rolly. Heel angle is about 10 degrees, not too bad.

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 4: Motoring Through Light Airs

The refrigerator is working now. It got air in its water cooling system caused no doubt by the long boisterous conditions. Then after I bled the system and restarted it, the fuse burned up. The problem is that the fuse terminals are too small and they heat up, which causes the fuse to fail, I need a [...]

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Japan?

Passage Notes 3: Japan Ahead

On Wednesday May 25 at 04:23 local time our position is 19d35mN 172d11mE wind 10 knots making cog 337 at 3 kts

Passage Notes 8: Albatross Abeam! 1717 nm to go

28 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
At 28 May 23:02 UTC we are at 29d11mN 175d29mE making 6.8 knots under sail with 10 knots of wind on the beam. 1717 nm left to go to Dutch Harbor. Temperature in cabin is 87F, cooler outside.

I We started sailing again last night. All through the night we moved quickly but easily under sail. Today the good sailing conditions are continuing and we are moving further into the horse latitudes. Yay.

We discovered that our bimini has bolts that have fallen out! I replaced them the best I could. The threads are wrong so its not a great fix, but at least a bolt is in place if not tight. The radar post has eaten through its aluminum bracket that holds it to the bimini structure. Now it wags a lot more. I'll get it fixed in Dutch Harbor. I'm hopeful that it will make it. I have redundancies in the bimini, but I prefer that they be used to stiffen the structure, not just sustain it. I'm going to use some rope to rig temporary support to help get to Dutch Harbor.

We saw 3 albatross yesterday. They were huge. Then they landed on the water! The seas were smooth. We haven't seen any of the garbage that Rod writes about. Not one piece. Now maybe we aren't looking very hard, but I do look and I never see any of it. It is a very very big ocean.

I hope Rod gets some of this wind. He might have stopped just a little too far south. But maybe ... Surely he will get wind in the next day. Myself, I'm ready for this passage to complete. Waiting at sea as things break is not my idea of a good time. But Rod only has 28 gallons of fuel in his internal tank. Not much. He has added jerry jugs to make it 40 gallons total. That's still not enough.

I had a pot of coffee this morning. It was finally cool enough. Karen is cooking up the bacon with eggs for breakfast. We have lots of bacon left. I hope we can eat it fast enough though with the refrigerator working it is less of a worry. The ham and kielbasa seem to keep a long time. We have a lot of long life milk and now we are able to keep it cold for drinking. Much better. I drink a whole lot of water but eventually you get tired of just water. A little milk tastes great.

Larry and Karen



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Passage Notes 7: Still Motoring Towards Alaska

28 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro, Mashall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
On 28 May 04:27 our position is 27d27mN 174d28mE on course 028T making 6.2 knots under power. 1833 nm to go to Dutch Harbor. Wind is light. Temperature in the cabin is 95F. Its cooler outside but we are closed up to reject seawater!

We just finished a Kielbasa sausage with steamed cabbage for lunch. Larry cooked it! Karen topped her lunch off with a tablespoon of peanut butter. She is sitting outside now, staying much cooler. We are gradually making our way across the light wind feature that separates the trade winds from the horse latitudes. On Monday we will get a taste of windy. It is looking like it will be from a good angle, and it is definitely true that we need wind to complete this voyage. We have added the extra fuel we brought in gas cans to the tank. It's just a few gallons less than full (200gallons) now. Making that transfer required calm conditions.

Scott, your story about Celeste and her passport was great. Actually, I wonder, "Why do you need a passport to go from Hawaii (USA) to Sitka (USA)? I'm pretty sure you do, but if you have a good explanation I'd be interested to hear it.

Barbara, if you have trouble catching the mud crabs, buy a couple for dinner. But don't let them near your fingers when they are alive. They can do more damage than a dungenous. I was told to use chicken for bait but to remember that crocodiles like chicken too, so keep your hands inside the boat when retreiving the crab trap. Crocodiles will follow the trap up to the surface. One more thing, put your trap near other peoples traps. Other people know where the crabs live.

Gary, I think we have passed SV Proximity, but we were so much further east (about 120nm) than he is that we weren't within VHF or AIS range. We did see a tanker on AIS and were on a collision course. Who would think? A VHF conversation ensued and course adjustemnts were made. All very impressivve use of technology. We LOVE our AIS.

Having the boat flat in the water makes everything easier. I took a shower, cooked lunch, sat and typed at my computer on the settee table. All easy. Too bad it doesn't last!

Larry and Karen
SV Panta Rhei

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Passage notes 6: Motoring North to Alaska

27 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
On 27 May 14:14 utc Panta Rhei was at 26d07mN 173d35mE making 6 kts under power on cog 025T. Winds are calm.

We put in our spare fuel yesterday before nightfall, giving us full 200 gallons on 26 May 00:00 utc. We are powering at low rpm to extend range.

Crew are now well rested and fed. The smooth water has been really nice.

When we look at the grib files we see storms but they are still far away and not too big. They look like tail winds when we come together. We will watch this carefully. We do in fact need wind. Motoring really doesn't move us far even though we are doing it seemingly endlessly.

Its cooler now, especially at night. I'm wearing a T shirt on watch. During the day there is still plenty of hot (85F inside the boat which is closed up). Cockpit temperatures are much better and there is wind from the boat motion. If we work at all, we still sweat copiously.

Larry and Karen
SV Panta Rhei

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Passage Notes 5: Repairs at Sea

26 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
What a great day. First off, the sailing is smooth and effortless with steady 10-12 knot winds. Seas are fairly flat but slightly rolly. Heel angle is about 10 degrees, not too bad.

Most people that speak of wonderful ocean passages are talking about the concept of an ocean passage, not the reality. In reality important things break and you have to deal with that. Usually dealing with that involves a great deal of suffering. Which is why you had the things that is broke in the first place.

Our reality is that we had a leak somewhere in the pressurized fresh water system. It was pumping our water over pretty fast; about every 12 minutes it dumped a teapot of fresh water into the bilge. 24 hours a day, every day, every 12 minutes. It had to be fixed, but there are thousands of feet of plumbing in a boat. Where was the leak? Even looking for water means opening up the space, which is itself a lot of work. But today I can report I found and fixed the leak. Yay! It was a pin hole in a cold water hose that was about 15 inches long. We needed to replace the hose, and (great joy!) we have about 8 feet of replacement hose of that type. Spares, you have got to love them.

And I found new connectors for the refrigerator fuse and replaced the burned up ones. So the refrigerator works, too. It all sounds so easy. That is because I leave out all the tough stuff. In this case I left out the effect of the long pump down and extended high expansion valve time which caused oil in the refrigerant to pool in the lines and disrupt the thermal feedback to the expansion valve, causing the control loop to "run away". It happens and we overcame it by doing a reset and allowing the temperatures to come into normal operating range which causes high freon flow initially which sweeps away the oil that had poooled in the wrong places.

I also left out the difficulty of replacing the hose. There is a trick. You must first lubricate the ends of the new hose with something like super lube or you will never manage to assemble it. Of course you find this out by trying. Trying happens in very difficult places to reach and involves copious sweating. Only then do you really really think.

Position is 23d02mN 172d24mE
Speed is 7.2 K.
The wind is 10.7 knots.
cog is 357T
157 Ahr solar energy and still making it.

A record day. Something to write home about. wait a minute, ...

Last night I wore a t shirt to bed. Its getting cooler. Yay!



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Passage Notes 4: Motoring Through Light Airs

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
The refrigerator is working now. It got air in its water cooling system caused no doubt by the long boisterous conditions. Then after I bled the system and restarted it, the fuse burned up. The problem is that the fuse terminals are too small and they heat up, which causes the fuse to fail, I need a larger fuse and new termination for its sockets, I can get that in Dutch Harbor. Until then I use it until it fails and then get out another spare.

Our floorboards are all swelling. I got out the hand plane and made a little space. I also reinstalled the anchor wobble stopper. It makes a clunking noise in storms without that.

I have an idea how to stop the leak in the Groco strainer. That may get worked on tomorrow.

We are motoring now. Wind died to less than 5 knots and we were trying to use that to go due west. Not our destination. We brought 30 extra gallons on top of the 200 we normally carry. We decided to use some of that. Between 20-30N we need a motor. We'll use whatever wind we get, but there isn't much.

The new batteries are working wonderfully. Two of the old batteries had completely failed. Big difference.

Larry and Karen

Passage Notes 3: Japan Ahead

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Japan?
Larry 😜
On Wednesday May 25 at 04:23 local time our position is 19d35mN 172d11mE wind 10 knots making cog 337 at 3 kts

We expect light winds for next two days.

Karen is sleeping, Larry is watching.

Floorboards are swelling shut and we have a fresh water leak, a slow leak but we need to look for it. I am also going to try to fix the leaking Groco fuel strainer and the refrigerator. That's a pretty ambitious schedule for us. We'll see what we get done after the day starts. Right now we'd both rather sleep.

We are running with no reefs and going the wrong direction because of the wind. Oh, well. Japan? The wind is forecast to bend a little better direction as we move.

Larry and Karen
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