SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
31 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
30 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
28 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
28 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro, Mashall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
28 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro, Mashall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
27 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
26 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
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24 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
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31 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 10: Halfway There! 1473 nm to go

At UTC 30 May 21:03 Panta Rhei was at 32d32mN 178d22mE making 6.1 knots on slight seas. Distance to go is 1473. We are more than half way there.

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

Passage Notes 9: Gliding Along Wing on Wing

Our position is 30d51mN 176d53mE. making 5.3 knots with direct tail wind of 7 knots apparent. cog 033T sailing wing on wing.

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!

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.

Passage Notes 10: Halfway There! 1473 nm to go

31 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
At UTC 30 May 21:03 Panta Rhei was at 32d32mN 178d22mE making 6.1 knots on slight seas. Distance to go is 1473. We are more than half way there.

I'm up. It is 9am. It is foggy and we have an 8-10 knot apparent breeze blowing out of the south. Temperatures are about like summer in Seattle. Cabin temp is 76F although the stove is warming up the cabin as it heats my coffee.

We had to motor most of yesterday and all night. It was just windless. Much better now.

The sails are set at dawn wing on wing with the jib poled out to weather. Its a stable steering position (easy on the autopilot) but the boat rolls a little. It is a reasonably flat cabin, too. Nice.

Hot coffee is here and it is nice to have cool conditions to drink it.

I am reading a book about life on the raincoast of BC. Its about growing up in the wilderness and making a living. It describes what is done in Canada by people that live in the wilderness. I bought the book years ago from the author but am just now finding the time to read it. It puts me in the mood to be in Alaska and Canada.

We still have bacon, so Karen is cooking it along with eggs for breakfast. It makes the cabin smell great. Lettuce finished up yesterday. Tomatoes are gone today.

We are 11 days out. It really feels good to be closer to our destination than to our departure point. The present sailing conditions increase my confidence in our arrival. I was beginning to really worry about fuel. According to our gage, we have about 165 gallons remaining. It sounds like a lot until you consider how far it will get you. We are operating at reduced rpm to conserve fuel and extend range when we motor. This is a very big ocean.

The days are getting longer as we sail north. That makes the solar work longer. We had one record 161 Ahr day. Two days ago we had 147 AHr. Those are big numbers.

In writing this email, I've moved the computer from the nav station to the settee table. In these sea and sail conditions I can actually type. It is so nice!

Our electric winches have been really getting a workout changing sail settings. They are sooo nice. For a while just before we left Majuro, one of them quit working (after I doused it with salt water from the membrane in the watermaker). I'm so glad I was able to recover that winch. Did I mention that about a week before departure about everythiing that I needed on the boat broke in a new way? That was challenging and scary. I was worried I might not be able to fix enough to be able to leave. Some of the problems were hard (think of the gps multiplexer ground issue). Of course I didn't fix things like the fresh water leak, which I should have. Fixing it at sea is a bad strategy, though it worked.

Karen has served breakfast.

Larry
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Passage Notes 9: Gliding Along Wing on Wing

30 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
Our position is 30d51mN 176d53mE. making 5.3 knots with direct tail wind of 7 knots apparent. cog 033T sailing wing on wing.

I'm wearing pants now and a shirt. Karen has a blanket at night when she sleeps. We motored this morning after inspecting new GRIB files. We needed to get out of the wind hole that is persistent south of 31dN. You could sit there forever. I think Rod is doing that. It will be interesting to see how his journey unfolds.

The boat is very quiet now, and sailing flat. Nice. Its still warm inside during the day, but it cools substantially at night.

I've finished two books and am starting a new one on this watch.

I found a touch based virtual keyboard on my nav computer. I didn't know it was there because it doesn't have a touch screen. It can be operated with the point and click cursor selection that still works. Using it, I might be able to log in again if something upsets the computer. The keyboard is bad so signing in is tough. I need an r in my password and the normal keyboard won't provide it. I still have the back up computer but I want to keep using the one I set up as long as it works.

Breakfast was eggs and bacon. No toast any more.

We just passed another ship 8 miles south of us at closest point of approach. Its foggy. I love AIS.

Larry

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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 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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