IOLEA 2019

We are an Australian couple who have been cruising on our Hylas 49 since 2010. We are currently in Alaska having sailed from NZ via French Polynesia and Hawaii last year.

29 July 2019 | Prince William Sound: Snug Harbor
19 July 2019
17 July 2019
16 July 2019 | Aialik Bay, Kenai Peninsular
14 July 2019 | Northwestern Glacier
13 July 2019 | Kenai Penninsular
12 July 2019 | Pilot Harbor, Kenai Peninsular
11 July 2019 | Kenai Peninsular
10 July 2019 | Kenai Peninsular
09 July 2019 | Afognak Island
08 July 2019 | Afognak Island
06 July 2019 | Afognak Island
05 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
03 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
03 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
30 June 2019 | Kodiak Island

4th July in Kodiak

04 July 2019 | Kodiak Island
We caught up with John and Ivy on Ruby Slippers, a Stevens 46 which is the precursor to our Hylas 49 ,and Adam who is crew on one of the Fishing boats. Life as a crew can be rewarding but can also be hard and difficult depending on the boat. Crew get paid only a percentage of the catch and it varies depending on their skill set. An unskilled deckhand may earn 5% of the catch while those more experienced more like 10-15%. On a good boat an experienced crew can earn $90,000 or more in a season. Adam has done well for himself over the years working on the per seiners.

There are essentially four types of fishing methods and each requires the boat to be set up in a certain way. Larger boats ie around 58ft are per seiners. They are accompanied by a tender (usually jet propelled but with an engine almost as powerful as the fishing boat itself). The fishing boat feeds out net in a long line which is then gradually pulled to encircle the fish, trap them, and then haul them. Line fishing is used to catch halibut and requires a long line set with hooks that is fed out along the seabed with an anchor at one end. Smaller trawlers generally do gill net fishing where a wall of netting of regulated weave (to ensure the fish are mature enough) catches the fish as they try to swim through. Gill netters generally set their nets at one location for a period of time rather than move around and are referred to as Set Netters.

Fishing is not all work. In Sand Point we met a skipper who was planning to head through False pass to Bristol Bay (in the Bering sea). Sockeye salmon are running hard there, unlike around Chignik. He hopes to get enough time to do some surfing as well. Its very odd to see surfboards on a per seine.
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Vessel Name: Iolea
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Paul and Kate
About: We are an Australian couple on a 2003 Hylas 49 and have been cruising from the Caribbean to the South Pacific since 2010. We are now in Alaska after 6 years in the tropical Pacific
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Alaska 2019
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Another visit to Minca and 10 days anchoring in Tayrona Park
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6 day hike to Cuidad Perdida (the Lost City) in Columbia
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Created 17 August 2012
Today we took a taxi with bob and Vicky from FoxSea to the foothills of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to a place called Minca. It sits in heavy rainforest. Basic concete dwellings ,cafes, and restaurants and music and children everywhere. We visited a local artist, Leila, and her agronomist husband Guillame and I plan to take an afternoon class with her to make paper and build a visual diary - I'm looking forward to it, they are delightful people. Above the town via the stairs next to the church, across the concrete basketball field for the high school and up 200 stairs sits a hostel with hammocks, cold beer and views to the coast. Its run by Stephanie who is English and a refugee from London. Her dog Lola took us for a walk through the forest earlier in the day - very deliberate and well mannered
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Created 19 June 2012
The colour of the sunset is not enhanced. That is how it looked - blood red. The remaining three photos are arriving in Santa Marta
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From the top
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3 months in Bonaire
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Created 3 June 2012
Will get to this tomorrow
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Life in Chaguaramas
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Grenada friends and tours
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US Virgin islands to Grenada
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Created 31 May 2011
photos of artworks
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Our Boat
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From West End to the South Exumas
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The garage
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