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Tropical Sunrise
Tue Jan 24 12:01:24 EST 2012

As it's midwinter in Alaska, I thought I'd post a tropical sunrise picture for variety. The picture was taken in the South Atlantic, near Brazil.

Tue Jan 24 22:20:37 EST 2012 | Victor
Good picture, it warms me up. NW winds, it must be above 25S while open hatch would worry me at lee side as you were sailing single hand then.
Fri Jan 27 13:36:14 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
Victor, thanks. I wasn't concerned about the little hatch as the winds were steady and that hatch is small. I've since replaced that hatch with bolted-down plywood. When I find some thick enough plastic, I'll replace the plywood with clear plastic.
Sun Jan 22 10:33:07 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Presentation Saturday in New York
Thu Jan 19 16:18:21 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

I'm giving a talk about Sailing the Northwest Passage this Saturday in midtown Manhattan, for Frank's Art Evenings.
Duke Ellington Party Room, 2nd Floor
400 W 43rd Street (at 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10128 US

Doors open 5PM, talk starts 6:15PM.
No admission, just know that you need to come to the Duke Ellington room
on the second floor.

****Everyone is asked to bring something for others to drink***

Thu Jan 19 23:31:29 EST 2012 | Victor
For all of you who attended Toronto meeting to see photos please contact me like Don Proctor & Brian of Bluffers Park Marina. We had good meeting with Richard and former NWP sailors of 2006 "s/y Nekton". Hope we will see another spectacle in N.Y.
Mon Jan 23 18:07:53 EST 2012 | Douglas
Richard, Did anyone video your presentation and upload it to
Tue Jan 24 7:05:02 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
Doug, both my presentations in New York were taped, but neither has been uploaded. Exactly what will be done with the raw footage hasn't been decided yet.

There are some pictures from one of the presentations at

Wed Jan 18 9:23:25 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Wed Jan 18 12:30:37 EST 2012 | Joe Berta
Richard, is there by any chance a recording of your presentation in Toronto? - video perhaps? I would have loved to go but we're in the Keys until the end of Feb.
Just to resonate Ron Ouwehand's comment, yes, I am one of the mnay looking forward to your postings and pictures every day.....
Wed Jan 18 19:53:27 EST 2012 | terry
richard ... nice to meet you in toronto ....
Wed Jan 18 20:10:54 EST 2012 | george ray
YES!! a video of you presentation and post on YouTube !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wed Jan 18 20:31:32 EST 2012 | Victor
As I recall, Tim was recording the meeting on video, may be has it. I have only few photos.
Fri Jan 20 23:28:04 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
Thanks for the thoughts. I do have some video of the presentation, but it is from two cameras, and hasn't been edited, so isn't really in a condition to be released at this time.
If you'd still like to see it, email me.
Tue Jan 17 15:17:47 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Tue Jan 17 18:19:20 EST 2012 | Ron Ouwehand
Good to see your back Richard! Thanks for your visit and interesting talk. Stay warm and keep the blog going. There are many who enjoy and look forward to this posting daily.
Wed Jan 18 9:11:48 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
Thanks very much, Ron.
Wed Jan 18 9:11:49 EST 2012 | Amos
I thought you'd be in NYC doing your slide show by now!

Wed Jan 18 9:18:14 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
I am in NYC now, but Issuma is still in Sitka :)
I did a presentation last week in Toronto at the Polish Canadian Yacht Club. I'm doing another in NYC tonight and on Saturday.
Sun Jan 15 21:39:27 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Fri Jan 13 21:55:29 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Thu Jan 12 11:38:37 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

The anchor chain is quite visible on Nordic Lass's anchor winch. I'm sure there is wire cable on the drum under the chain.

Thu Jan 12 18:29:09 EST 2012 | george ray
nice to see the anchor chain .... wonder how much chain is commonly used.
Fri Jan 13 21:47:14 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
I'm going to have to ask someone about that. I suspect no more than a boatlength worth of chain.
Wed Jan 11 14:12:36 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Wed Jan 11 17:33:32 EST 2012 | george ray
m/v Leif H has a foredeck winch like m/v Sitka Spruce. Richard, what can you say about anchoring with cable? Are you doing it? That depths are they anchoring in? What size/type cable?
Wed Jan 11 17:53:56 EST 2012 | Terry
ny thought about using wire .... IT'S CHEAPER !!
Wed Jan 11 22:29:26 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
George, the most common anchor cable setup I have seen on Alaskan fishing boats is some chain attached to the anchor, and then a lot of wire cable. No snubbers.

The fishing boats do have lead weights, though (for fishing with), and they can be slid down the wire cable to where the chain attaches, adding a lot of weight close to the anchor.

I can't say quite what depths or what scope is used, but Alaska is a deep-water place.

The cable is just galvanized steel wire, nothing special as far as I can tell.

A few weeks back we discussed the use of wire for anchor cable in more detail here, .

I'm quite interested in the use of wire/chain anchor rodes, but am not using them myself.

Terry, yes, wire is much cheaper than chain and rope. A drum winch that brings a long mixed (ie chain and wire, or chain and rope) anchor rode up without any messing about with stopping off one part while switching to a different type of winch drum has a lot of appeal.
Sun Jan 8 12:00:00 EST 2012, Sitka, AK

Sun Jan 8 19:03:13 EST 2012 | george ray
Looks like Sitka Spruce has a cable winch for anchoring with wire cable? Do you see that much?
Sun Jan 8 21:19:09 EST 2012 | Richard Hudson
What I see a lot of is hydraulic winches that use wire cable with a chain leader for anchoring. I think both the anchor and chain have been removed from Sitka Spruce (perhaps for the off-season), and that is why they only have wire on the anchor winch.
Mon Nov 26 6:45:39 EST 2012 | chris stock
I'm the new owner of the Sitka Spruce. Bought her in July on 2011. I live in Philadelphia, but travel there as often as possible to fix her up.

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