It's a Long Shot II

43ft Hans Christian Ketch

Vessel Name: Long Shot II
Vessel Make/Model: Hans Christian 43T Ketch
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC
Crew: Doug & Susan Pickrell
About: Motley bunch includes Charlie, Riley & Saylor.
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05 June 2014
31 May 2014
01 October 2013
10 September 2013 | Victoria
31 August 2013 | Deep Bay
28 August 2013 | Salish Sea
20 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
11 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
07 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
05 August 2013 | Downtown Victoria
03 August 2013 | Ship's Point Wharf
03 August 2013 | Juan de Fuca Strait
02 August 2013 | Day 18 Hawai'i to Victoria
31 July 2013 | Day 17 Hawai'i to Victoria
31 July 2013 | Day 16 Hawai'i to Victoria
28 July 2013 | Day 14 to Victoria
24 July 2013 | Day 9 to Victoria
22 July 2013 | Day 7 from Hawaii
18 July 2013 | Day 3 from Hawaii
15 July 2013 | One Day Out Of Kauai
Recent Blog Posts
05 June 2014

Hand Off!

31 May 2014

Are You Reading?

Hi There,

01 October 2013

Hustle & Bustle

For those of you who won't give up reading - c'mon, it's all boring now :)

10 September 2013 | Victoria

Back To Work

Doug and I enjoyed our last week of freedom while the kids got settled into their new routine at school. Saylor was pretty freaked at the idea that her parents would be going back to work soon and she might have to go with strangers to school. After three days with our new neighbours walking with us, [...]

31 August 2013 | Deep Bay

Great Time

Nice sail up the Strait but not near enough wind to really get going so it was a bit of a motor. Good to see Roger and hear the turmoil of the America's Cup and Oracle caught cheating. They'll be in for more turmoil when those crazy Kiwis make landfall in San Fran! We continued North and couldn't [...]

28 August 2013 | Salish Sea

At Sea Again

Hard to break the habit of blogging once we are out on the water so had to post something even if no one is reading anymore. We have fit right back in to life ashore although both Doug & I haven't started work yet. We've been busy getting the house back in order which should have been easy except [...]

And We Wait

11 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
One week home and both the boat and the house look like they still need a lot of work. One is getting empty and the other looks like a bomb went off but slowly we are making our way through the piles. Just as Doug has done at every stop we made along the way, he seeks out how to get phone and internet. He craves it, can't live without it and arriving in Canada we weren't 5 minutes on the dock and he was ashore getting a SIM card. I had people from the marina wanting me to move but my Engineer was awol. But now we are in North America where it HAS to be easier to get Doug's fix cause look at all the competition. Well we nearly choked when they told us we had to wait a week to get hooked up. No worries though as we have lots to do and Doug has a temporary SIM card so he'll be alright. But wait, it gets better, our hook up date gets changed by Telus cause we got the extra special deal which means you are now have to wait 16 days until you can utilize this extra special deal. Not happy? Talk to a Telus Manager, but they aren't here right now so they will call you in 24 to 48 hours, giving you time to cool down. We are on the fourth day of waiting for that Telus Manager so they must have figured out that we needed an extra long cool down period. And Telus wonders why they have a very bad reputation? It's because people like me have no problems blogging the fact that their service is terrible!

We promised that we would write down all the things we felt we needed on this trip, some things we did do and others we wished we had. For those who don't have a boat or you have no intentions of going offshore, don't waste your time reading any further cause it will be BORING! In no organized manner, here is our list: At least 80 fathoms of chain, 2 long rodes of 300ft each, fenders - 6 cylinder and 2 sphere, Wonder Wash (loved my manual washing machine) and Spin Dryer (it was a must), 150ft of fresh water hose, "Q" flag and courtesy flags, Ownership papers, Horse feed Black Buckets (or how else would Doug write his blogs?), Cockpit enclosure canvas, No surfboards (kids didn't use them enough), Canadian Tire spring clamps (they worked the best), lots of books (Kindles don't like water), extra line for the furler, gifts to give (reading glasses, balloons, marbles, switches, LED lightbulbs, wire, screwdrivers, flashlights, nuts & bolts, clothes), hard dinghy (loved being able to hit the beach without worrying about popping), rust remover and Armour All, good solar panels, Honda generator (not chinese knock off next time), quality plastic dinner bowls, shrink wrap storage bags, dry bed mat for bookshelves too, 5200, stand-on paddleboard, waterproof head lamps (Princeton Tee), Coffee Thermos (2), Water bottles (3), Waterhoses - rain catchment to water tanks, grocery dolly/wheeler (at least 2 that can carry 2 full jerry cans), quick dry towels, bungy/snubber mooring lines, 3 braid mooring lines, antibiotic usage info (5Ws), toilet pump kits, varnish, USB sticks, memory drives (lots of movie, music, book swapping), Ziploc Bags (med & lrge), outdoor USB long range wifi antenna (Alpha), hacksaw, angle grinder, egg timer (Doug's watchmate buddy), AIS transmitter, sat phone (for when our SSB Pactor Modem couldn't get out), 2 gas and 2 diesel jerry cans, cast iron frying pan, bowls with rubber bottoms, silicone cooking mats, good rain gear, wood plug for spurling pipe, Sailrite zigzag sewing machine, garden spray bottles with black covers, waterproof camera, desiccant for cameras/printer (, minimum 2 computers, 2 charting programs, 2 GPS, women - shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, spare bilge pump, spare autopilot system, handheld wind speed indicator, wind generator with spare blades, drogue, swivel snatch block, collapsible cooler bags, snooba dive compressor (bottom cleaning), antiseptic spray (4 bottles/yr if you have a Riley) and Antibiotic ointment (3 lrg), chocolate - lots, crossword type books, solar xmas lights, 220/110 charge inverter, sewing needles, speedy stitcher (Lee Valley), sail patch tape and sail material, grease winches, galley strap (it's horrible cooking when you have to hang on), gravity feed line for filling propane cylinders, bug killer, more fans, fish and bird books, hammocks for fruit/veg outdoors, vessel business cards, document binder with waterproof bag for clearing customs, spare leather pieces for chafing

There will be something that you question what the heck we are talking about so feel free to ask and we will happily explain further. There are lots of other things on the list but these were just some of the musts that we wanted to remember for next time.
Long Shot II's Photos - Main
17 Photos
Created 3 August 2013
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Created 14 July 2013
Sports Fishing
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Created 28 June 2013
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Created 22 June 2013
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Created 2 June 2013
16 Photos
Created 21 May 2013
We will leave for Canada soon
14 Photos
Created 13 April 2013
Our last full month in NZ
26 Photos
Created 7 March 2013
8 Photos
Created 25 February 2013
30 Photos
Created 10 February 2013
28 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
Gigi and Pops time on the boat
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Created 6 January 2013
36 Photos
Created 29 November 2012
14 Photos
Created 22 November 2012
During the Big Blow
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Created 9 November 2012
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Created 5 November 2012
39 Photos
Created 9 October 2012
27 Photos
Created 1 October 2012
Beautiful islands of Upolu and Savai'i
35 Photos
Created 11 September 2012
Apia, Samoa where this has to be your next festival to attend!
22 Photos
Created 5 September 2012
American Samoa
25 Photos
Created 25 August 2012
The catches on the way to American Samoa
7 Photos
Created 23 August 2012
18 Photos
Created 23 August 2012
Northern Cook Island
14 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
Enroute Penrhyn from Fanning
9 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
This island has the most beautiful people who may live the simple life but they live it well.
12 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
Arrival in the Big Hawaii
18 Photos
Created 20 June 2012
Here are some pics of our transit to Hawaii
17 Photos
Created 20 June 2012
We are loading a little boat for 15 months and emptying our house!
2 Photos
Created 9 May 2012
9 Photos
Created 25 April 2012

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