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

Big Blue

06 May 2013 | 9 05.'N:127 57.1'E, Pacific Ocean in 17, 585 ft of water
David C
Here we are! Headed out to sea yesterday afternoon in the most incredible blue violet water. As if on cue when we hit the continental shelf, a group of shearwaters glided over the waves around the boat. A good omen! For those who don't know, Shearwater is named for these pelagic seabirds in honor of my late father who loved to watch them fly when we fished out of the sight of land. They spend the majority of their lives offshore, fly gracefully as they fish, and often indicate that there are game fish in the area. (the most significant fact for my dad) For us, they fullfilled all these characteristics except the fish indicator function. Still dry but am patient for the long haul. This part of the ocean is a desert, by the way, and fish are far and few between. Time is on our side, however.

The conditions are good out here. Seas are "confused" which means that waves are coming from different directions and while none of them are large, the combined effect is an irregular bumpy ride akin to an old pickup on a really bad logging road. Another oft used description is lumpy. Have passed a series of small shower systems which show up on the horizon and then on radar and as we pass through them they bring high winds and torrential rain for a short period and are responsible for the multiple wave trains we are encountering. Nice to rinse the salt off of the boat and a bit exciting to watch them come and go. The boat feels great. Very secure and seemingly happy to be making this open water passage if I can anthropomorphize a bit.

Only 395 miles to Palau and less than that to the Mariana trench.
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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