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Wed Nov 30 23:21:41 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

We hadn't done a thorough enough job of tying the sheets (ropes that control the sails) up off the deck before the last snowfall, so they were full of snow and ice, and quite difficult to move thru the blocks. The winch sockets (where the winch handles fit in) were also full of ice (I'll have to make some covers for these), so the winching was done without the winch handle and we didn't put up a lot of sails. Still, it was an enjoyable sail.

Wed Dec 7 11:54:38 EST 2011 | Amos
Man, the details you need to remember when sailing in frozen climates. It's a specialty in itself!
Wed Dec 7 15:02:24 EST 2011 | michael
Let me congratulate you on your magnificent achievement this last year. I follow your account often and find it fascinating, so I've added Issuma blog to the "live feed" on DoryMan.
I've been puzzling for a few weeks why your posts reside so low on the list ("live-feed" means that a new post moves to the top of the blog list). I believe it's because of the dates on your posts. Perhaps you could list the log date in the body of the post and leave the current date as a posting date? Then we'd have a better idea of when you've put up another great photo!

michael bogoger
Thu Dec 8 0:31:02 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Amos, yes, sailing in below-freezing conditions is quite different and there's not a lot of information around about techniques and what works/what doesn't.

Michael, thank you very much. I had a look at your picturesque DoryMan blog, it's nice to see people making good use of deadeyes and lanyards.

I hadn't thought about the post date being used by the live-feed on other blogs. The post date is also used by the dreaded map, and of late I've been trying to keep the post dates close to those of the pictures and text they are about. The next several posts are all going to be in Sitka, so I'll use the posting date instead of the picture date.
Wed Nov 30 23:04:54 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

To check some systems out (and for fun), we went for a daysail one pleasant afternoon just outside Sitka harbor.

Tue Nov 29 9:52:47 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Coast Guard helicopter over Japonski Island (Sitka harbor). Coast Guard Air Station Sitka has three of these helicopters, used primarily for Search and Rescue.

Mon Dec 5 13:10:49 EST 2011 | Doug
How 'cozy' is steel hull IZZUMA in frozen Alaska? I know you have several diesel-drip cabin stoves - what inside cabin temperature do you maintain for how much daily diesel consumption? Is ISSUMA's hull insulated with 4 inches of urethane foam? Inquiring minds want to know how it is in the real (northern) world.
NW Passage in 2012 - looking for a few good crew members
Tue Dec 6 8:17:15 EST 2011 | Steve
Hi Richard and Maggie,
It's great to follow your journey on the blog.
Best wishes and warmth (hope you make it south sooner than later).
Steve & Sini
Tue Dec 6 14:08:54 EST 2011 | Doug
Richard - here is an interesting reference - - take a look, would you run a test on ISSUMA for a day and advise the outside and inside temperatures F and quantity of diesel used.
Tue Dec 6 22:53:15 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Steve and Sini, thanks. I think getting south will be more later than sooner.

Doug, Issuma's insulation is fitted extruded polystyrene (Styrofoam Blue), two layers, each 3/4" (2cm) thick.

I followed your link, and it is a good test if one can easily monitor fuel consumption. The way I have the fuel system setup on Issuma is that fuel is pumped from storage tanks thru a Racor filter/water separator, to a day tank. From the day tank, it goes thru filters/water separators to the engine and the heaters.

The day tank is about 80 litres, and the gauge on it is not very accurate. The heaters gravity feed from the day tank when the day tank level is high enough. So I can't run the day tank down very far before the heaters shut off due to lack of fuel. So it isn't easy to get fuel consumption measurements.

I can say that last winter, in Toronto, Issuma used 1000 litres of fuel for heating, as well as having 2kW of electric heaters. The heating system is capable of making the inside of the boat about 25 degrees C (45F) higher than the outside temperature if it is not very windy (20C/36F higher if it is windy).
Mon Nov 28 11:59:29 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

This totem pole, along with many others, commemorates native Tlingit and Haida cultures at the Sitka National Historic Park. The forest touches the beach at Sitka Sound, and trails take you wandering through to enjoy the natural beauty and native monuments.

Centuries ago, the Tlingit had located a fort on this site, which was attacked by the Russians in 1804. The fort, made of local spruce, was so strong that it withstood heavy bombardment from Russian ships. A bloody battle happened ashore, and the Tlingit repulsed the Russians under the leadership of War Chief K'alyaan, who fought hand to hand wielding a blacksmith's hammer. The Tlingit were never defeated in battle, but abandoned the fort after the siege wore on and their gunpowder ran low. You can see K'alyaan's Raven war helmet preserved at a local museum, and imagine his fierce defense of this beautiful homeland.

Sun Dec 4 13:35:22 EST 2011 | Amos
Beautiful, Maggie; thanks so much for the history, too. I am glad you are safe in harbor, and hope you are staying warm.
Sun Nov 27 19:49:38 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

Sometimes even the best sailor needs wheels, and Richard used a cart to haul a just-purchased battery back to the boat.

Sun Dec 4 20:38:36 EST 2011 | Victor
The best picture of the Year
Sat Nov 26 19:55:02 EST 2011, Sitka, AK5

Sitka received 10 inches of snow over a few days soon after our arrival. The community usually sees rain instead of snow because of a warm coastal current (that originates in Japan as the Kuroshiro Current), so this storm was a major disruption. But nothing could keep intrepid mariners away from the two day sale at the local chandlery!

This boating supply store has a huge inventory of rope, rigging, chain, safety gear, engine maintenance parts, plumbing parts, electronics, hydraulics, navigation equipment, galley accessories, tools, knives, paint, adhesives, and repair and cleaning supplies, and they sell bait and fishing licenses. They sell gear for all kinds of fisheries - troll, longline, seine, gillnet, and crab/shrimp - I was amazed to see all the different kinds of bait cups to select from for your pot. They also offer an extensive selection of boots, gloves, hats, and foul weather gear, the most Grundens in one place outside of Sweden, I believe!

Richard and I let ourselves get lost inside; not a bad way to spend a snowy afternoon.

Sun Nov 20 12:56:00 EST 2011, Sitka, AK

As we passed Old Sitka Rocks, we began to see suburban homes lining the waterfront boulevard--the largest structures I'd seen in two months.

In this same area in 1799, the first Russian settlement on these shores, Redoubt St. Archangel Michael, was built by Alexander Baranov to support the fur trade. It was destroyed by the native Tlingit in 1802, who had a vibrant established society and were unwilling to submit to Russian control. So the Russians came back in 1804 and destroyed the Tlingit village of Sheet'ka several miles away at what is now the city center, and took over the port that is present-day Sitka. Under Russian colonization, such opulent European developments were imported that Sitka was known as the Paris of the Pacific.

After a long and frosty transit, we were happy to arrive.

Thu Dec 1 22:35:23 EST 2011 | Victor
Snow, snow and more snow coming. Lets retire till May, June.
Sitka Sound Sunset
Sun Nov 20 12:55:00 EST 2011, Southeast Alaska

Thu Dec 1 22:38:31 EST 2011 | Victor
Is that the gap?. Salisbury is wider.
Thu Dec 1 23:14:20 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Its not the gap, just some islands in Sitka Sound and I'll correct the title of the post.

Clearly I should finish drinking my coffee before posting :).
Along the Way
Sun Nov 20 12:54:00 EST 2011, Southeast Alaska

Wed Nov 30 15:35:00 EST 2011 | Doug
Beautiful pixs - so happy you are taking your time to enjoy my slice of heaven in Alaska - cannot wait to depart and bring GREY GOOSE home in 2012. Give my best to Maggie. A Keeper!
Wed Nov 30 19:41:31 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Doug. It is a beautiful place. I understand your wanting to hurry back here.
Along the Way
Sun Nov 20 12:53:00 EST 2011, Southeast Alaska

Wed Nov 30 16:36:10 EST 2011 | Terry
thanks for the marker number ... i'v been using Fugawi to follow you ..
Wed Nov 30 19:39:59 EST 2011 | Richard Hudson
I've never used Fugawi, how is it?
Thu Dec 1 8:24:32 EST 2011 | Terry
i'v been using " Fugawi Global Navigator" for years .... works great ... lots of bells and whistles ... will take all charts and scanned paper charts too
Thu Dec 1 22:20:06 EST 2011 | Victor
R-20, near Columbine Rk. next South is red18 and green 17. Neva Str. Take me there.

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