SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
18 September 2017 | Seattle
23 August 2017 | Prince Rupert
15 August 2017 | Anan Bear Observatory
19 July 2017 | Petersburg, AK
17 June 2017 | Hoonah, AK
03 June 2017 | Seward AK
03 June 2017 | Denali
25 April 2017 | Seward AK
23 March 2017 | Seward, AK
11 March 2017 | Seward, AK
23 January 2017 | Seward AK
06 December 2016 | Seward AK
12 November 2016 | Seward Alaska
14 October 2016 | Valdez, AK
21 September 2016
05 August 2016 | Seward, AK
26 July 2016 | Whittier, AK
19 July 2016 | Valdez, Alaska
05 July 2016 | Seward, Alaska
Recent Blog Posts
18 September 2017 | Seattle

We are back in Seattle

It feels like home. Of course we are not in Silshole. Maybe we will be, someday, but there is a list and we are on it. In the meantime we are at Bainbridge Island Marina.

23 August 2017 | Prince Rupert

The dinghy holds air again

It wasn't very nice of the bear to tear the fabric across a seam. We were worried that we couldn't patch it but tried anyway. The glue had a job to do and it did it!

15 August 2017 | Anan Bear Observatory

A Grizzly Bear damaged our dinghy

We were visiting the Anan Bear Observatory south of Wrangell. It is one of the best places to visit in all of SE Alaska BECAUSE it has bears. But (as we learned) there is a dark side to this bear concentration. And of course, there is a story to tell.

19 July 2017 | Petersburg, AK

Moving On

"No matter where you go, there you are" (unknown reference). By now we have been there and done that. Most recently that included Cannery Cove on Admiralty Island. The photo shows the quiet grandeur of the setting with Ron and Suzie's boat SV Tango in the foreground. It has been like that for the last [...]

17 June 2017 | Hoonah, AK

We are in Hoonah, SE Alaska now

We got something resembling a high pressure ridge so we moved expeditously across the Gulf of Alaska. The crossing took three days and weather stayed as forecast. That was a very good thing. The weather changes in the far north far more rapidly and dramatically than we ever experienced in the more southern [...]

03 June 2017 | Seward AK

Crossing the Gulf of Alaska

We are still in Seward, AK. Now that spring has come, why not start south?

Learning Beach Landings

11 January 2011 | Bahia Santiago 4 mi north of Manzanillo Mexico
Larry Nelson
Today we planned to take the bus into Manzanillo with Jake and Sharon Howard.. To do this we have to land our dinghies through the surf onto the beach. We did this in Costacomante without instruction and learned that launching is even tougher than landing. Our friends Lauren and Lauren (SV Piko) managed to get dunked in Costacomante (and wrecked their iPod phone which was in a pocket of Lauren's pants). So for today's exercise we emptied our pockets into a semi-safe place in the dinghy. Then we put the wheels down and turned toward the beach at right angles to the surf. The idea is to drive forward with the motor running until wheels touch and then jump out and pull the dinghy up the beach. The wheels extend below the propellor of the motor so it is not necessary to raise the motor but it is necessary to stop the motor in a timely way else it will lose water cooling. Of course the wheels extend quite a way below the dinghy in order to give the protection to the motor and that means they touch bottom when it is fairly deep (compared to say the length of a human leg from the knee down to the bottom of the foot). So you can see that height is an advantage and generally the women are going to be "first quenched" OR THEY CAN WEAR VERY SHORT SHORTS. You can see Larry likes this already. Now as the wave approaches the beach the wheels touch and if you timed the approach right the front of the boat is ahead of the approaching wave. This makes the water a little shallow for you to leap into. Unfortunately the following wave brings with it much deeper water (more than a foot deeper can almost always be expected even in small surf). So you can see that you have to move fast....something geriatric sloths (aka retired folks) do not excel at. And pulling the dingy UP hill toward safety is a somewhat high energy task. The wheels make it possible to do this, but they don't make it easy. All the while the water is moving at high speed around your legs, tending to knock you over. So you need high energy, speed, and good balance. This does not describe either of us. If you don't move fast enough the following wave fills the dinghy completely up with water. That is a lot of weight...generally stopping everything. Then the surf pushes the dinghy slightly off center which usually folds a wheel under the dinghy and the whole thing tips over. This is the "told you so" condition the crew has been warned to avoid. So you can see that we have an incentive based system for learning. In this learning experience it is not kosher to blame the teacher for failure to learn. In our case, we made it up the beach before the dinghy got filled and we put out the anchor and tied the dinghy to a solid object. What I just described is the easy part, landing.

When we came back from Manzanillo, we got to launch. The nice thing about launching is that if you get wet, you can recover as soon as you reach your boat. You can do this even if you have to swim to reach the boat. But here is how it goes.

The dinghy is walked down the beach and turned to face into the waves. As soon as a big wave breaks we pick up the dinghy from both sides and move it into the water. While we do this the next wave approaches and generally breaks directly into the bow. If the bow is heavy (because a person jumped in too early) the wave will break over the bow or at least splash many gallons of water into the boat. So you can't get in early, and remember the wheels are in shallow water and are "hard aground". You must make sure that the dinghy moves through the breaking wave and then both people jump in ... making sure the alignment doesn't go sideways which the wave tends to make happen. Again, this straightening task delays entry and suddenly the crew finds itself in deep water caused by the passing wave and the decent of the dinghy on the steep beach. It's time to get aboard. Doing this without being neck deep in water is the big trick. And don't forget that your head is down because you are pushing on the dinghy so you entire field of view is of moving water...which water is also pulling on your legs. So, balance is an issue. It is very easy to fall into the water instead of into the dinghy. Once you are in the dinghy you have to get the motor going and move your weight forward (to take weight off the wheels) before the next wave hits. It's a good thing if the motor starts on the first pull. Delay here means the dinghy goes sideways and of course tips over. This is salt water, so dunkings of the motor can be expensive.

I should make clear that achieving this landing enables other worthwhile things, like walking on the beach which is a wonderful experience. And in this case the beach is a high end Mexican living area with lots of nice homes and lawns in a gated community. It's really nice here. After a short walk we catch the bus into the big city. Shop. and return to launch the dinghy where a nap inevitably awaits aboard the boat. Sounds good, huh? This time we made it both ways.
Panta Rhei's Photos - Main
22 Photos
Created 1 October 2013
Pictures of South Island NZ and the Milford Track
68 Photos
Created 2 March 2013
Blackwater cave exploring in NZ
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Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
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Created 6 June 2012
Pics from the crossing and after arrival in the marquesas
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Created 10 May 2012
Karen and Larry exploring Santa Cruz, Isla Isabella, and San Cristobal Islands
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Created 3 April 2012
pictures from a passage aboard SV Talofa as line handlers
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Created 17 March 2012
accumulated pictures of the SV Safety Cat rescue and repair
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Created 7 July 2011
swimming with a whale shark in clear warm water
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Created 12 June 2011
Karen and Larry hike up a desert canyon in Mexico
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Created 22 May 2011
pictures of Karen at the doctor, shopping in Mazatlan, and work on the boat in the yard
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Created 5 April 2011
Pictures of San Blas and Isla Isabella
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Created 30 March 2011
pictures of the trip up a jungle river to a crocodile farm and to a spring which is the source of all San Blas water
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Created 28 March 2011
pictures of karen's medical care for her arm injury while in San Blas
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Created 27 March 2011
Day trip from La Cruz to Yualapa by bus and panga
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Created 25 March 2011
Pictures of our day trip to La Penita
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Created 18 March 2011
cleaning boat bottoms and other recent activities
23 Photos
Created 5 March 2011
bob and Larry went looking for a hose from a store next to a "Table Dance" entertainment center
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Created 22 February 2011
A day at the beach with exotic drinks and then north to Lazaro Cardenas
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Created 11 February 2011
Before and after pictures of a friends boat underbody showing the growth that happens in a short time in Zihuatanejo
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Created 8 February 2011
pictures from Bahia Santiago to Ziahuatanejo including Ixtapa
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Created 1 February 2011
Sailfest pictures
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Created 1 February 2011
A trip with Jake and Sharon up the jungle river in Tenacatita
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Created 16 December 2010
Scenes from our stay in Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta
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Created 7 December 2010
Scenes from Paul Nelson's visit in Paradise Village and in Puerto Vallarta including procession for Lady of Guadalupe
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Created 7 December 2010
hike up the river and float trip down it
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Created 4 December 2010
Arrival in the south part of Mexico and beginning of the cruising lifestyle
21 Photos
Created 23 November 2010
warmer weather experiences
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Created 15 November 2010
stop in san francisco at at Sea Ranch CA to visit Grace and Bob Carter
44 Photos
Created 11 October 2010
pictures from preparing and leaving Seattle to Ft Bragg CA
16 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
weather faxes that show the weather in the Pacific Ocean while we are safe in port in Newport Oregon
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Created 26 September 2010
A few pics of Panta Rhei out of the water
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Created 6 September 2010
Sherry and Bob took a few pictures and shared them with us.
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Created 30 July 2010
travel from Petersburg to Thorne Bay with stop at Anan Bear Observatory
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Created 19 July 2010
Candidates for most beautiful places in the world
78 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
bob and Sherry took pictures of Panta Rhei and shared them with us.
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Created 12 July 2010
great fishing and crabbing with good weather
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Created 1 July 2010
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Created 25 June 2010
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Created 24 June 2010
Pelican scenes then travel up Lisianski Inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Bay, Dundas Bay
46 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
trip up lisianski inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Island, and Dundas Bay
14 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
tight passages that kayakers would love and an abandoned town (Chichagof)
47 Photos
Created 12 June 2010
transit of Lisianski Strait enroute to Pelican
10 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
Around the outside of Baranof Island and some caveing in el capitan passage
37 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 June 2010
Prince of Wales Island and enroute
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Created 21 May 2010
photos of rudder damage from the log we hit
8 Photos
Created 17 May 2010
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Created 15 May 2010
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Created 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
12 Photos
Created 28 April 2010

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