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

Land Ho and slippery fish

17 April 2013
David C
Land Ho!

Time: 22:30 UTC 17 April, 2013

Lat: 15deg 32.6min
Long: 119deg 48.2min

Course: 161 deg
Speed over ground: 7.2 Kts
Weather: Sunny and tropical
Wind: NE 5 kts
Seas: Calm

Landfall at dawn about 35 nm North of the Capones Islands. Last night made for complicated watches as thousands of Philippine bancas, small variably lit fishing vessels, surrounded our path. Not all showed on radar so for part of the time, a forward lookout was posted. No collisions and no nets or lines fouled as far as we know. Nice to have a steel boat just the same.

Engine running beautifully. For most of the trip we have been running at high rpms with an engine load above 70% to break in the engine properly. Break in oil has a slight abrasive characteristic and is meant to polish the pistons and cylinders before switching to oil after 100 hours which is meant to lubricate and decrease friction. At the banca fest, we slowed down to what will be our cruising speed for the remainder of the trip—around 1800 rpms down from 2200rpms. Speed is reduced by less than 1 knot while fuel comsumption falls from 5 gph to 2 gph. Everything is cooler in the engine room as our infrared temperature gun shows when we check temps on multiple sites of the engine, shaft bearings, and exhaust system. Underway after the oil change, we run at 1800 rpm but once a day we will run the engine at full throttle, 2500 rpms for a short period to check fuel filter vacuum gauge and burn up carbon accumulation from the exhaust manifold.

Yesterday we caught a beautiful bull dorado, (mahi mahi) We have gorgeous footage from Roger’s Gopro camera both of the fish underwater and the chaotic events as the boated fish flopped on the swim step, dehooked itself and slid back into the clear blue Pacific as there is no gunnel on the swimstep. Note to self: Get a fishbox! Or consider a future career in farming. (for those not in the know, “farmer” is a derogatory term used to describe inept fishing skills, one that my sainted father used frequently for his agrarian crew) My crew was somewhat disheartened as they had been reading recipes in Passagemaker magazine for Mahi Mahi. Had beef stew for dinner instead. Promised future success in catching another.
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

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