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?

It is SO nice to arrive

08 August 2014 | Brisbane, AU
Larry Nelson
We had forgotten what a thrill arriving at a new destination is. As we approached the weather improved. The seas eased. The sun came out. We were attacked by swarms of really large flying fish and one small squid! And a whale splashed us.

The autopilot continued to work but the loads decreased because we were under power (what little we could summon from the sick engine). So our confidence rose. It had sunk pretty low so there was a lot of rising to do! In the last post I reported about this event, but didn't really explain its true emotional difficulty. Doing the fix was very difficult. It looks in the picture like I just inserted a screwdriver into the bolt hole. That's true enough but what you need to know is that before you can insert the screwdriver, first you have to dissemble the steering mechanism to discover and realign the mechanism. This was accomplished at the end of my watch so I'm really wanting to go to bed. And nothing is stationary. We have to wedge ourselves into place or learn to fly as we transit the boat. Before I can fix the rudder attach point, I needed to SUCCESSFULLY reattach the hydraulic cylinder to the boat. The key thing here is the imperative that I succeed. I'm scared to death that if I don't succeed, I'll have no choice but to go outside and steer. Waves are breaking over the boat. It is windy and cold (due mostly to the high wind). We clip our harness to the hard points in the cockpit but still HAVE to hold on with both hands. Also, it's daylight at the time but there is a whole lot of very dark night between us and Brisbane. Karen is thinking I will have to do the steering. Guys, this isn't like being asked to do the dishes! And then there is the issue that I have to find the missing hardware. All of it. Missing a nut is a failure. Access to the attach point is behind the scuba compressor. I'm thinking I may have to remove the compressor from its mount. Terrible thought. Instead I choose to sacrifice parts of my too large body. How much skin can you lose before it is serious? This all takes hours with the constant fear of failure. My mouth is so dry I can hardly swallow. I'm head down and sideways looking only out of my right eye (because I cannot turn my head) and working two wrenches with only my right hand. My finger tips are extended to reach, and I keep dropping things. Each time I drop things, I get to start over. And I'm seasick. I'm really worried that I'm too tired to continue trying.

So fast forward to our arrival. The sun is out as we approach an extended passage throu the shoals, but dark will arrive before we do. Ohhhh man, I pray, please don't let the engine, gps map, or the autopilot fail tonight. But of course they have all recently failed. My confidence is low and all around us in the dark are boat threatening shallows. They AREN'T distant. Of course we still have an anchor and it is shallow enough to use it, but while the weather is improving, it isn't smooth water. Our heading varies a lot due to wave action. I don't want to anchor here and hope that the anchor will hold. But that is what we will be doing if just about anything fails. And did I mention that we are NOT ALLOWED to anchor before clearing customs? Aussies are very nice only so long as you don't break their rules. And they will judge you while in daylight, well rested, at the dock should you find a way to recover and actually arrive. That arrival seems only a distant possibility at this point. First there is an all night passage to manage.

So when we actually do arrive, it feels pretty good!

We are at their dock now and they are looking for bugs. Yes, this country with the most life threatening critters EVERYWHERE is worried about what might live aboard my boat. There is good reason for this I am sure, and they are quite nice while they do their work. But they took all our fresh vegetables and meat and lots of other foods and there is no grocery store nearby and we cannot move the boat until this bug inspection is complete. Hopefully that happens Monday.

Still, we are quite happy to be here.
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
18 Photos
Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
104 Photos
Created 6 June 2012
Pics from the crossing and after arrival in the marquesas
24 Photos
Created 10 May 2012
Karen and Larry exploring Santa Cruz, Isla Isabella, and San Cristobal Islands
30 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
pictures from a passage aboard SV Talofa as line handlers
80 Photos
Created 17 March 2012
accumulated pictures of the SV Safety Cat rescue and repair
63 Photos
Created 7 July 2011
swimming with a whale shark in clear warm water
9 Photos
Created 12 June 2011
Karen and Larry hike up a desert canyon in Mexico
43 Photos
Created 22 May 2011
pictures of Karen at the doctor, shopping in Mazatlan, and work on the boat in the yard
26 Photos
Created 5 April 2011
Pictures of San Blas and Isla Isabella
41 Photos
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
72 Photos
Created 28 March 2011
pictures of karen's medical care for her arm injury while in San Blas
16 Photos
Created 27 March 2011
Day trip from La Cruz to Yualapa by bus and panga
44 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
Pictures of our day trip to La Penita
10 Photos
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
9 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
A day at the beach with exotic drinks and then north to Lazaro Cardenas
6 Photos
Created 11 February 2011
Before and after pictures of a friends boat underbody showing the growth that happens in a short time in Zihuatanejo
12 Photos
Created 8 February 2011
pictures from Bahia Santiago to Ziahuatanejo including Ixtapa
40 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
Sailfest pictures
21 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
A trip with Jake and Sharon up the jungle river in Tenacatita
11 Photos
Created 16 December 2010
Scenes from our stay in Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta
19 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
Scenes from Paul Nelson's visit in Paradise Village and in Puerto Vallarta including procession for Lady of Guadalupe
21 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
hike up the river and float trip down it
17 Photos
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
21 Photos
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
1 Photo
Created 26 September 2010
A few pics of Panta Rhei out of the water
11 Photos
Created 6 September 2010
Sherry and Bob took a few pictures and shared them with us.
34 Photos
Created 30 July 2010
travel from Petersburg to Thorne Bay with stop at Anan Bear Observatory
56 Photos
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.
29 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
great fishing and crabbing with good weather
23 Photos
Created 1 July 2010
65 Photos
Created 25 June 2010
64 Photos
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
13 Photos
Created 21 May 2010
photos of rudder damage from the log we hit
8 Photos
Created 17 May 2010
32 Photos
Created 15 May 2010
50 Photos
Created 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
12 Photos
Created 28 April 2010

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