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

Much Better!

04 September 2013 | 45 44.9'N:127 41.5'W, 197nm from Wa entrance
David C
Position and Weather Report

Position: Lat: 45deg 44.9 " Long: 127deg 41.5"

Predicted 24h position: Lat: 47deg 42.1" Long: 125deg 34.1"

COG: 035deg SOG: 6.0kts

Baro: 1012 mb 24h range:1007-1012mb Wind: ESE 11kts 24h range:SW 19 kts- ESE 11kts Waves: SE 1 M Sails up: head sail only Present gph 1.6

Clouds:30% cumulus

Summary: Lovely NW day. Perfect conditions with wind on our Stbd quarter recently moving abeam. Will continue reporting until entering the strait.

24h summary Fuel used:62g Gal/hr 2.58 Fuel at destination 1090g Distance made good: 152nm Ave. Speed:6.33nm/h MPG: 2.45 Fuel remaining:1186g Max range:2906nm Range to Destination:235nm Reserve Range:2671nm

Conditions remarkably better. The Washington-Oregon coast, noted for its less than hospitable usual sea state is providing us a pretty nice end to our travels. We have a SE breeze, 10-15 kts, sails up, making 6.5kts and burning less than 1.5g/h. Mark, however, has noted whitecaps and solemnly advised me in his best family tradition that it is time to go in lest the boat rocks. What happened to the doldrums of the Pacific High?

Lines are out with Hawaiian lures to entice NW albacore to bite. We want to try grilling some steaks with wasabi butter. Wade, throwing all caution to the wind, surprised us with grilled cheese sandwiches, during a period of strict cheese rationing although we are close to the land of the Washington Dairy Farmer's Association and Oregon's own Tillamook Cheddar.

Tropical wear no longer necessary. I wrote to Dave Nagle that I never thought I'd look forward to ER checks as a cozy place versus a perfect spot to practice Bikhram Sweat yoga. In the tropics the temp rose to near 130 degrees and is now downright comfortable when during evening watch we linger a bit longer admiring the John Deere humming away uncomplainingly.

The comforters I bought at Hong Kong Ikea, which seemed absurd at the time, have now found their way into nightly use. Long pants and shirts and even sweaters are standard wear - it seems like only yesterday we were hopping around the deck with bare feet to find shady spots to stand on.

Tonight we are going to have a repeat viewing of Captain's Courageous for the new crew. It is a story of a spoiled rich kid who falls off a luxury liner and is rescued by the crew of a Glouster halibut schooner. Great sea story although a guaranteed tear jerker.

Well family and friends, only two more days of life offshore. We have begun to see coastal birds, phalaropes and cormorants and the sea is taking on a bit of green-grey rather than the violet tropical blue. Then another day to cruise up the Strait and to Shearwater's new home at the Everett 12th St Marina, stopping for clearance into the States for this Cook Island registered boat. Quite a journey and adventure and although we are happy to be almost done, all of us are saddened a bit that it is ending, for the time being anyway!

News flash: 150 nm off the coast of Oregon we caught our first albacore so dinner is secured! Nice way to return to the NW in late summer.
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