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

Not as bad as we feared

31 August 2013 | 40 23'N:138 20'W, 754 nm from Wa
David C
Position and Weather Report

Position: Lat: 40deg 20.2" Long: 138deg 23.4"

Predicted 24h position: Lat: 42deg 00" Long: 136deg 06"

COG: 048deg SOG: 6.6kts

Baro: 1005 24h range:1010-1005 Wind: W 26kts 24h range:SW18-W28 Waves 3-4M Sails up: reefed Present gph 1.8

Clouds:50% cumulus

Summary: Conditions good this morning and we turned back to Neah Bay after checking wind and pressure GRIB files. Presently sailing with reefed head and main sail and reasonably comfortable ride. 24h summary Fuel used:63g Gal/hr2.6 Fuel at destination:1105 Distance made good:157 Ave. Speed:6.5 MPG:2.5 Fuel remaining:1421 Max range:3553 Range to Destination:791 Reserve Range:2762 Lucky!

After all our preparations, which were both necessary to do and great practice, the storm was much less than we had feared. Last night we had 20-25kt SW winds off our stern for 5-6 hours with several squalls where winds reached the mid 30kt range. Following seas were comfortable for Shearwater and during my watch, the rest of the crew slept peacefully if not completely noiselessly. This morning dawned with brisk sunny weather and 18-20 kt WSW winds giving us the opportunity to raise sails again and change course back to the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. Multiple squalls have passed by requiring reefing the sail, getting us more comfortable with the finer points of motorsailing. At present we are headed 045deg with wind on our port quarter making 6+ knots and burning 1.6g/h. Lee advised us the low pressure system has changed direction to the North of us and we are considering heading East again depending on his recommendations.

Tonight, weather permitting, we are going to cook barbecued ribs, precooking in the pressure cooker and finishing with spicy sauce in the oven or barbecue. Crew is clamoring for meat after steady diet of beans and seafood type dishes.

Can't say enough about this boat. Even though the weather was not as bad as it could have been, my trust in its abilities and experiencing how well it handles a following sea give me great confidence in weathering more extreme conditions.
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