Things & Stuff11/26/2011
We've just returned from a whirlwind driving trip to Seattle for the annual workboat show. This is a boat show for tugs, fishboats, charter boats and such - boats very similar in size to ours, with much of the same equipment aboard. It's a chance to talk to engineers and technicians who build and service the stuff we have; to see what's new, and what might help solve this or that nagging little issue we have with the boat.
Home11/06/2011, A Dock, Spud Point Marine, Bodega Bay, CA
We're settling into life in one place for awhile, and re-integrating back into our lives in Sonoma County (although I'm already twitching to be going again). Doctors, dentists, lab tests, new glasses, physical therapy... Jeez, send me back to SE AK! Same stuff for Dot, with the addition of some outpatient hand surgery. She's doing fine, although her mention that the surgery would keep her from cooking or washing dishes for at least 6 months is a little suspect.
Last Lapphoto courtesy Wade Biggs
09/28/2011, Spud Pt Marina, Bodega Bay CA
21 September Wed Well, in the last blog I wrote that we were going to leave Newport that afternoon, to try to stay in the benign weather bubble, ahead of really crappy weather coming in from north of us. We got underway about 1500 that afternoon; came out of the yacht harbor, under the bridge and turned the corner into the entrance channel, and there was a 16' breaking wave, with a nearly 100' steel fishboat surfing in on it and another wave, broken and reflected off the north jetty heading toward our starboard side about 10' - Yikes! Nothing to do but increase power and meet the waves. We got out OK, but I would not have wanted to come in under these same conditions. With the right kind of boat and enough power, one can come in through breaking waves, and our Diesel Duck is a great boat, but it's not that kind of boat. Offshore again we had fog, big swells and little wind; by midnight the fog had cleared somewhat, speed 7+ knots, 400 nm to Bodega Bay.