SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
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
25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Japan?
24 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
22 May 2016 | On Passage Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
21 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro to Dutch Harbor
19 May 2016 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
13 May 2016 | Majuro, MH
10 May 2016 | Majuro, MH
03 May 2016 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
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
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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

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

Passage Notes 3: Sea Water in the Boat - 2422 nm to go

Position at Tues May 2016 local time is 17d50mN 172d3mE.

22 May 2016 | On Passage Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 2: Hard To Weather - 2730 nm to go

2730 nm to go

21 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro to Dutch Harbor

Passage Notes 1: Majuro to Dutch Harbor 2754 nm to go

2754 nm to go

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
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Created 2 March 2013
Blackwater cave exploring in NZ
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Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
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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
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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
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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 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
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Created 28 April 2010

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