SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
20 April 2016 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
30 March 2016 | Majuro, MH
04 March 2016 | Majuro MH
16 February 2016 | Honolulu Hawaii
25 January 2016 | Honolulu, HI
12 January 2016
01 January 2016 | Honolulu HI
30 December 2015 | Honolulu Hawaii
10 December 2015 | Honolulu, HI
30 November 2015 | Honolulu, Hawaii
23 November 2015 | Honolulu, Hawaii
16 November 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
13 November 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
04 November 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
28 October 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
22 October 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
20 October 2015 | On Passage from Tarawa, Kitibati to Majuro, The Marshall Islands
12 October 2015 | Tarawa, Keribati
09 October 2015 | Tarawa, Kerabati
01 October 2015 | 726 nm southwest of Tarawa, Kiribati
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.
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