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Journey of a Lifetime 16 Jun 2013 18:05 #1

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Well here we are, cruising merrily along at 10kts. We got an early start out of the marina right at 0500 and after a short wait to get into the Ballard Locks we went through without any hitches and now we’re in salt water.

I suppose I should start this with a mention of our trip over to Seattle. I was just a bit anxious to get there so I kicked up the speed a bit and we had a great trip over the Cascade mountains and got to Seattle ahead of schedule. We got to the boat, unloaded all the food and gear and had plenty of time before our “briefing” that Stuart had arranged. We were fortunate to have a neighbor of Stuart’s who was a career USCG officer give us some insight into what we could expect as we went down the coast. Rolland also brought along a stack of paper charts of the entire trip that he left with us. Nice guy that Rolland is. Thank you sir.

Following the briefing we started our dock party. We had friends, relatives and business associates of Stuarts show up and wish us well. A good time was had by all as we shared some funny tales about our boating experiences. I had my first screw up as chef ….I didn’t plan anything for last night’s dinner. I hadn’t even thought about it until the dock party was in full swing and someone asked what we were eating for dinner. Oops. I completely forgot about dinner. I hate it when I miss something like that. No big deal though. We borrowed a car and went up to a pizza joint and had a great pizza and a pitcher of PBR. Nice way to start the cruise.

It’s now about 7:30, we’re well out into Puget Sound (I know, the “new name” is supposed to be Salish Sea, but I ain’t a PC kinda guy!!!) heading toward Port Townsend. It’s sunny, calm, no wind, high thin clouds and just about as perfect as one could ask. LIFE IS GOOD!!!

It's 0900, we're abreast of Port Townsend cruising along at 10kts. If you're interested in watching our progress you can go to...

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/def...px?level0=100#

Look in the lowest of the three windows on the upper left side and type in Following Seas. It will automatically find us and show our track.

We're now in about a 3' chop that's right on the bow. We have some spray coming over the bow and we're bouncing around a bit. Doug has a 'sea sick watch' that I'm going to put on because of my vertigo issues. I'll let you know how it works.

This boat is beautiful. It has lots of room, as you would expect on a boat of this size. The staterooms are about the same size as on my boat but the galley and salon are larger. More on that later.

I'm going to quit for now and get this posted. It's hard to type on a keyboard that is bouncing.

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Journey of a Lifetime 16 Jun 2013 18:26 #2

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Mike and all: have a safe trip and enjoy!

The link didn't work for me but this one did:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?zoom=10&mmsi=338149406

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Journey of a Lifetime 16 Jun 2013 20:21 #3

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Yep, Mike is doing well wearing the sea sick watch... We are in small craft advisory conditions currently and bouncing a bit. Still, I was able to make and drink coffee so it is not that bad. We continue to check the engine room and monitor our progress. Looks like we are going to bypass Port Angeles (already have) and stay the night in glorious Neah Bay, a fishing village owned by the tribes... We hope to top off the tanks which are doing better than expected in this 4' incoming seas. We are intending on going into Grays Harbor tomorrow night. Then the day after, into Coos Bay. Check out the http://threesheetsnw.com/onceinalifetime/ during the day as I attempt to update that blog and we read the comments and post photos. I turned off the comments requiring moderation... SO they should show up immediately... having fun and enjoying this adventure... Just hope I can find ice cream this evening... BTW, Mike is making roast loin of pork and is smelling up the yacht with those smells... I'm hungry!!! BTW, I only had taste a beer last night as I was the designated driver. I stuck to the pepsi... ;) and yes, we have good Dish TV... LOL

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Journey of a Lifetime 17 Jun 2013 00:12 #4

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So how does one know you are in Makah tribal country? When you are pulling up to the fuel docks and the only side we could fit, slips right in front of us, a small tribal boat dead center on the fuel dock... So we wait the 20 + minutes... No harm no foul... just different...

We will stay here at Neah Bay for the evening and enjoy the sights and sounds of the town (yeah right)... Looking forward to Mike's Pork Loin special for din din tonight...

Next overnight stop tomorrow is Ilwaco harbor for the evening... 13 hours away (as the yacht flies).

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Glad to see Juan de Fuca calmed down a little for you. Was in a derby today, went thru Race Passage ( Race Rocks ) at 4:45 this morning - 4 to 5 ft. seas, wind 24, gusting to 30. Too ugly for fishing there so went back and fished Pedder. Followed you on SPOT from the laptop and try to call you three times on the VHF 16 between 10:30 and noon to wish you a safe trip from north of the border. Have a great trip. Ted

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Thanks Ted... I understand that Stu was listening to 22 for a while and then went to 16... We are tied up in Neah Bay and before we departed the fuel docks a fishing boat offered a fillet of fresh halibut... Of course we could not refuse so we will dine on butt tomorrow evening... What a life, what a trip... :getsmilie so far...

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Sounds like a great trip so far. Hope all continues well. Definitely one of those trips of a lifetime.

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Doug - if you get a chance, throw a salmon rod out. Plenty of springs moving into J de F as well as the odd pink and coho. Saturday we had 14 springs on but in the wind only got 1 today. Can't beat fresh butt for that price though. Ted

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Journey of a Lifetime 17 Jun 2013 02:21 #9

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Sunday 5:15 p.m. We made Neah Bay and are taking on fuel then headed to a dock for the night. Rough as all get out getting here. 5'-6' waves and spray going all over the place. The boat did well but in that kind of water you're going to get bounced no matter what you're on. We finished fueling and some guys on a fishing boat that pulled in across the dock from us gave us a halibut filet. Tomorrow night's dinner has just arrived!!! Not that we needed it because we already have more food than we'll eat. I guess this just means we'll have to take an extra day or three on this trip.

Here are some pics I took today, starting with our departure at 0500....

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I've taken some crap about the amount of food I bought for this trip so I thought I'd post this picture of our first dinner aboard. The menu....

Marinated Pork Tenderloin slow cooked with spices and served with cooked potatoes and carrots
Fresh green salad with grated cheese and a Bacon French dressing.

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You don't see any frowns on this crew, do you?

-Just a few notes about today's Journey. This is about the roughest water I've been on. That's why our track has been a bit of zig-zagged. We started off this morning with very calm seas but as we ventured up Puget Sound and turned into the Straits of Juan de Fuca it got rougher. We had planned on cruising just outside the VTSS lanes but because of the water condition we turned in toward the coast. It worked for awhile but as we continued west toward Neah Bay it just kept getting rougher and rougher. By the time we were almost here we were running in 4'-6' seas with some higher. Add to that the waves from the commercial ocean boats we passed and it was not a comfortable ride.

I was wearing Doug's sea sickness band and it seemed to work to minimize the effects of the bouncing. As I'm typing this it's almost 9:30. We're comfortably at the dock and looking forward to a good night's sleep. We're planning on pulling out at 0500 again and running down to the Columbia River and stopping at Ilwaco.

That's all for tonight. I'm headed to bed, so see y'all tomorrow a.m.

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Journey of a Lifetime 17 Jun 2013 05:21 #14

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Thanks for the posting and photos. I really enjoyed the commentary. More to come?

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It's about 0630 and we're getting ready to shove off. Sitting here in Neah Bay harbor there isn't a breath of wind....not even riffles on the water so it should be a smooth run to start out. Our goal today is Ilwaco at the mouth of the Columbia River, a run of about 180 miles. We'll be crossing the infamous Columbia River Bar but it looks like the bar will be pretty smooth.

So come on along for the ride and enjoy the fun.

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What a fantastic journey guys!

Please continue to post photos of your great adventure!!!

Oh, and NICE boat!

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justvisiting;787990 wrote: It's about 0630 and we're getting ready to shove off. ... So come on along for the ride and enjoy the fun.


Gotcha on SPOT.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0Oe4p9Ah2dLYX5K3Fuq0fcucvkqJPUC9O

You'll be in the good smelling salt in no time now. See ya underway and turning left. :)

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Weather looking good up this way... but chunkier as you head south.

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ZZ153-180045-
COASTAL WATERS FROM JAMES ISLAND TO POINT GRENVILLE OUT 10 NM-
845 AM PDT MON JUN 17 2013

TODAY
SE WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING S 5 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 3 FT AT 15 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS.

TONIGHT
SE WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 3 FT
AT 15 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER
MIDNIGHT.

PZZ156-180045-
COASTAL WATERS FROM POINT GRENVILLE TO CAPE SHOALWATER OUT 10 NM-
845 AM PDT MON JUN 17 2013

TODAY
S WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 3 FT AT
15 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

TONIGHT
S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL
4 FT AT 15 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER
MIDNIGHT.

The bar may be be chunky:

PZZ210-172230-
COLUMBIA RIVER BAR-
850 AM PDT MON JUN 17 2013

IN THE MAIN CHANNEL
COMBINED SEAS 3 FT TODAY AND TONIGHT...
THEN NEAR 4 FT ON TUE. HOWEVER...SEAS TEMPORARILY 4 FT DURING THE
EBBS WHICH WILL OCCUR AROUND 1130 AM TODAY AND 1245 AM TUE.

Looking even more fun down toward Pt. St George and South towards the California / Oregon border:

SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH IS THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT.
PZZ083-180345-
POINT ST. GEORGE TO POINT ARENA-
845 AM PDT MON JUN 17 2013


TODAY
W TO SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 6 FT. AREAS OF FOG
WITH VSBY 1 NM OR LESS LATE IN THE MORNING.

TONIGHT
W TO NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.

TUE
W TO NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.

TUE NIGHT
W TO NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 5 TO 6 FT.

WED
W TO NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.

THU
N TO NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.

FRI
NW PORTION...N TO NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SE PORTION...N TO
NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. SEAS 5 TO 9 FT.

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Journey of a Lifetime 17 Jun 2013 20:15 #20

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If you guys stay into next weekend at Stockton, Ed and I will come over on my ski boat for a visit, but I won't be driving to the Delta until late Friday night. Have a safe trip

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I think their original plan had them away for 5 days. That might have them there over the weekend. It's a pretty long slog down the hill and the trip up from the city to Stockton is quite a leg at that. :)

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Here's a cool link that I use for weather routing, uses grib files. From what I can see, they will have pretty good conditions most of the way, some lumpy seas at times but they are going with it. All the nasty stuff looks to be down south near conception http://passageweather.com/

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looks like they are pushing her harder than yesterday! 16-18 knots most of the time. Guess they have to if they want to reach the Columbia River before dark.....
For whatever reason marinetraffic lost them for a long time but SPOT and vesselfinder kept track of them.

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13.5 knots now - with approx 60 miles to Astoria (assuming that's where they're going) - could be a late evening...

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Nikko;788196 wrote: 13.5 knots now - with approx 60 miles to Astoria (assuming that's where they're going) - could be a late evening...


They're overnighting in Ilwaco and topping off tanks. Looks like the water has been bouncing them around a bit. Doug said about 6' pretty windy and tossing stuff around a bit.

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