MV Shearwater

08 September 2013 | Kitchen Table
06 September 2013 | Admiralty Inlet
06 September 2013 | Mid Pacific
06 September 2013 | Off Oregon coast
06 September 2013 | Neah Bay
05 September 2013 | 47 42.7'N:125 27.6'W, 50nm from Wa entrance
04 September 2013 | 45 44.9'N:127 41.5'W, 197nm from Wa entrance
03 September 2013 | 43 51.3'N:130 07.0'W, 350nm from Wa entrance
02 September 2013 | 42 18.2'N:132 43.2'W, 498nm from Wa
01 September 2013 | 40 47.1'N:135 11.7'W, 636 nm from Wa
31 August 2013 | 40 23'N:138 20'W, 754 nm from Wa
30 August 2013 | 39 42.4'N:141 25.8'W, 882nm from Wa
29 August 2013 | 38 50.3'N:144 27.3'W, 1021nm from Wa
28 August 2013 | 37 18.7'N:146 40.4'W, 1160 nm from Wa
27 August 2013 | 34 41.2'N:148 30.1'W, 1292 nm from Wa
26 August 2013 | 34 11.0'N:150 23.5'W, 1420 nm from Wa
25 August 2013 | 32 25.1'N:152 21.8'W, 1565nm from Wa
24 August 2013 | 27 25.9'N:153 57.0'W, 1706 nm from Wa
23 August 2013 | 27 25.9'N:153 57.0'W, 1893 nm from Wa
23 August 2013 | 24 57.9'N:154 31.8'W, NE of Hawaii

My oh my!

14 April 2013
Lillie for DJ/perfect weather!
We have been underway for 24 hours. Could not ask for more perfect weather so far. Cloudy with fog leaving Hong Kong yesterday morning rapidly clearing to bright sunny skies. Made our way through fishing boats, long line buoys, and container ships. About 30 miles offshore put in a tuna feather and promptly caught 2 skipjack tuna which we bled, filleted, and iced. Lines were stowed as there was more than enough to eat. Passed a huge school of tuna breaking the surface with birds working everywhere. I was forced to admire them and keep the rod in its holder. Felt like Clarence in a sit-stay with a milk bone on the floor across the kitchen. We did enjoy a plate of tuna nori rolls as the sun set and we glided along. Were we not “dry” underway, we all could have used an ice cold Sapporo beer to wash it down. Passed a city of oil rigs around 12 hours out with gas flares burning and supply ships all around. Surreal! As night fell, multiple squid boats lit up with their sodium vapor lights burning, making them visible over the horizon and destroying our night vision as we passed them, like miniature baseball stadiums lit up for a night game. A crescent moon soon set leaving a pitch black night with stars blazing. Gentle rolling swell, phosphorescence sparking in the wake, the John Deere humming. Pretty nice beginning of the trip!

Anders has joined us for this first leg. He is building a Diesel duck and is busy finding ways to improve his boat with the experience of cruising. We’ve begun our formal watch system with 2 hours on and 8 hours off. Presently perfecting the log entry form to include all pertinent data points for navigation, weather, engine, electrical and watermaker. We do hourly log entries and engine room checks which are lovely as it stays in the 120-130 degree range, but it has finally begun to feel like home as I have a pretty good understanding of how things should look and act. By the way, the autopilot has been working flawlessly.

Today more of the same. Watch schedule is the only regimented part of our day. Lots of time to read, nap, gaze out onto the sea, play cards, watch movies, and talk endlessly about boats, past experiences, and life in general. Will cook the rest of the tuna today giving us reason to go fishing again!
Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: Seahorse Marine Diesel duck 462
Hailing Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands
Crew: Dave C, Dave N, Roger R, Wade B John M, Mark R
Shearwater's Photos - Main
9 Photos
Created 11 June 2013
11 Photos
Created 31 May 2013
Different colors of the ocean
15 Photos
Created 27 May 2013
17 Photos
Created 11 May 2013
Selected pics from trip official photographer and videographer
10 Photos
Created 28 April 2013
7 Photos
Created 24 April 2013
Fun with hydraulics
6 Photos
Created 12 April 2013
Crew trying on survival suits
4 Photos
Created 11 April 2013
From Build to Hong Kong
6 Photos
Created 24 March 2013

Who: Dave C, Dave N, Roger R, Wade B John M, Mark R
Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands