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Journey of a Lifetime 18 Jun 2013 02:55 #26

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We are tied up to the main dock in Ilwaco and will start baking the fresh halibut we got yesterday. We had some big seas, big winds and lots of water... but we won...

Drinking a nice Canadian Whiskey and enjoying life. Had a blast at the helm today... Will take off early AM tomorrow if weather holds. If not, we will stay in glorious Ilwaco... LOL... Photos will go on the blog and possibly here too.

The plan is to take it one day at a time and try to go for night shelter each evening. So the 5 day thing is not going to happen... Maybe 7 days... Maybe 8, not sure, don't care... If the conditions are right, we may continue until dark and either go into a marina or slog on...

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Couple of photos of the day... it got rough and we lost the TV but it is back in its cabinet and works great. Watching the Voice right now I think... I am uploading a short video of some of the rough water and will post that as well later...

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The guys on the Trawler Forum are having fun guessing your next adventure together. :)
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Here is a short video of our days trip from Neah Bay to Ilwaco today... some of it was a tad rough...

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Well we FINALLY made it to Ilwaco, WA. This has been a heck of a day. We started out about 0730 from Neah Bay under sunny skies, flat seas with no winds and just a beautiful day. We passed inside of Tatoosh Island rather than go around the outside and we headed down the coast of WA. This is an area where there are almost no roads so the only ways to see it are by boat or by air.

It stayed calm for a couple of hours but then the seas started to build. By lunch time it was getting REAL nasty with the marine weather saying 4’-7’ seas and I believe every bit of that. We were running about 9-10 kts as we headed south but after awhile we stepped that up so we were doing about 12-13kts. The seas continued to build so we had to slow back down a bit.

To make a long story short, this day seemed like it would never end. The seas were on our stbd bow so we were rolling a bit and at times it seemed like we were going to drop into a hole between the waves. Spray going everywhere, the wind blowing the spray over the boat, and nobody on board could stand up without leaning against something or hanging tight to something.

But all good things must come to an end and finally it did. As we came down the coast and got into the channel to cross the infamous Columbia River Bar, we were taking the seas on our stern. They calmed down a lot and as we crossed the bar we were in about a 2’-3’ swell with a light chop on top. We crossed the bar in the calmest seas we’d seen for hours.

So here we are, tied to the dock and it’s time for a toddy. For dinner we’re having the halibut filet that the Indians gave us last night and as soon as my head and stomach settle down a bit I’ll get to the cooking duties.

I have some photos but the internet service here is pretty spotty and it will take some time to upload them. I’ll post them as soon as I can.

Bruised and battered GFC

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Looks like we may enjoy the sunny city of Ilwaco as I watch the sunrise this AM, drink fresh brewed coffee and watch FOX news... Oh and uploading another video on youtube... The rains last evening cleaned off a lot of the salt spray so that was a welcome rain.

BTW, There are several stores here that sell ice cream...all is well.

We will decide later on when the waters are worthy of our trip south... ... to be continued... ;)

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The seas parted as we approached Ilwaco and the Columbia bar. This video shows the last of our trip to moorage for the night... The seas were calm compared to just 30 mins prior...

Yes, great to be on a 57' yacht vice a 24'... warning... no fish or other boaters were hurt during the journey to Ilwaco... (not badly hurt anyway ;) )

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Journey of a Lifetime 18 Jun 2013 15:42 #33

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Well it sure feels good to have had a good night's sleep. I went to bed some time around 10:30 and just got up at 7:30. We're stuck in Ilwaco today because the weather/wave report looks a lot like what we had yesterday. I'm not feeling a bit bad about spending the day here rather than going out.

Yesterday was not fun for me. I had breakfast some time shortly after we rounded the NW corner of WA state when we were in beautifully calm waters. Then I gave it all back around lunch time when we were getting tossed around so much. That's the first time in my 65+ years that I've ralphed due to rough seas. Yuck.

I did manage to take some photos yesterday and also some videos. The internet service here is pretty slow so I'll wait until later to load them but I'm going to post the pics and identify what they are.

Cruising along the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the extreme northern coast of WA. Much of this land is inaccessible by road so you can only see it by air or water.

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More of the same. These cliffs remind me of some of the areas along the Columbia River that I've posted pics of before.

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More of the same. This area is really pretty.

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Our first real good look at Tatoosh Island. It sits right at the NW corner of the state. Most of the boats that pass through here go out and around the island. There are many underwater shallow shoals that require you go out a mile or more around the island. Rolland (the USCG guy) told us he used to take his 190' ship between the island and the mainland and showed us where the passage was. We took that and saved probably an hour of transit time. It's a relatively narrow channel but easily wide enough for us to pass through.

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Tatoosh Island Light and some of the surrounding islands and rocks.

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The next two shots were taken while we were rocking and rolling around. They really don't do justice to the way things really were. As I said earlier, I took some videos and will try to upload them to Youtube later today or tonight.

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I have a video camera that I used a few times yesterday and will try to post those videos to Youtube so I can share them. The problem we had was that when the going really got rough enough for good videos it took both hands to hold onto something. As an example of how we were rolling around, at one point Stuart was sitting on the helm seat. It's on a wide base but not mounted to the floor. The chair (and Stuart) were tipped over due to the waves. I managed to reach up and grab his arm and he got a foot down on the floor before he went all the way over or he might have bashed his head against the helm cabinets.

I'm going to get some breakfast so I'll see y'all later.

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Nikko;788420 wrote: We see you - you're right....there:

That be us for the day... Wind is howling out there and we are tucked in nice a warm. Most of the businesses here are closed down and either are for sale or rent. Fortunately, there are others that sell ice cream. Found two already...Good day to read my Nook and get caught up with bad guys on the forum trying to get in...

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Looks like you're probably snookered through Thursday morning:

NDBC - NWS Forecast

FZUS56 KPQR 181441 CWFPQR COASTAL WATERS FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON 741 AM PDT TUE JUN 18 2013 COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WASHINGTON TO FLORENCE OREGON AND WESTWARD 60 NM PZZ200-182215- 741 AM PDT TUE JUN 18 2013

SYNOPSIS FOR SOUTHERN WASHINGTON AND NORTHERN OREGON COAST

A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRES 200 MI W OF ASTORIA WILL SLOWLY PUSH TOWARDS THE COAST AS IT WEAKENS. HIGH PRES WILL RETURN LATER THIS WEEK. PZZ250-255-270-275-182215- COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WA TO CASCADE HEAD OR OUT 10 NM-COASTAL WATERS FROM CASCADE HEAD TO FLORENCE OR OUT 10 NM- WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WA TO CASCADE HEAD OR FROM 10 TO 60 NM-WATERS FROM CASCADE HEAD TO FLORENCE OR FROM 10 TO 60 NM- 741 AM PDT TUE JUN 18 2013 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

TODAY S WIND 15 TO 20 KT. GUSTS AROUND 25 KT. WIND WAVES 4 FT. SW SWELL 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY. ISOLATED TSTMS.

TONIGHT SW WIND 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 15 KT BY MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 4 FT. SW SWELL 5 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY.

WED W WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 3 FT. SW SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY.

WED NIGHT W WIND 10 TO 15 KT...STRONGEST IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

THU W WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

FRI NW WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 3 FT.

SAT W WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT.

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Just had a great nap... Had a pulled pork sandwich from the left overs Chef Mike had from the day before (delicious!!!). Now time to walk the "town"... Be back in 20 mins... with ice cream in hand... and maybe a photo or two... :getsmilie

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You'll have to mark how long this stop by how many ice creams get eaten. :)

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Doug, you're gonna eat your way to a new wardrobe during this trip! :go-

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SomeSailor;788493 wrote: You'll have to mark how long this stop by how many ice creams get eaten. :)

Pau Hana;788495 wrote: Doug, you're gonna eat your way to a new wardrobe during this trip! :go-



The video you all have been waiting for... the video of Ilwaco... wait for it... wait for it...

Crap, it did not load up correctly... stand by...


and the photos on June 18th of our blog: http://threesheetsnw.com/onceinalifetime/june-18/

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This is really cool, guys. I like the blog/photos.
Thanks for sharing!

Keep on having fun and stay safe!

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And now for the video EVERYONE has been waiting for... the video of Ilwaco...

wait for it...

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We had a pleasant surprise about an hour ago... AKBASSKING (Tom) showed up with the Admiral (Kay) and he had ICE CREAM with them... Klondike bars... TWO packages...Thank you for the ice cream AND stopping by to say hi... Very cool having our friends stop by to say hi... especially bearing gifts...

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Absolutely loving this doug. What a great adventure. Im so glad your sharing it with all of us! THANKS and stay SAFE!

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0515 and waiting for Stuart to make the call at 0530 to the weather guy for his synopsis on todays weather... standing by... and ready to rock and roll (not literally of course)...

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If we go SPOT will be on...

UPDATE: Its a go... on our way to Coos Bay

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No fuel huh? I think I'd be topping off if nothing else for the stability the weight will give ya.

Pry that credit card out of Stuart's hands and tell him to buy some while he's got the opportunity. :)

Looks like the weather down the Oregon coast looks better in the forecast. California coast all the way to the approach is gonna be 5' or so still it appears. That's smaller than the stuff you came through on the Washington coast.

Looking forward to following your progress. Fair winds!

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Enjoying your reports and the pics. Hope the weather clears up soon for ya! Be safe....Joe

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Awesome!!!! Have a great day. The pics and submissions are priceless. Get more chairs,there are a bunch of us in that wheelhouse with you. Ice cream stops at every port, whats with that? We must be connected. There's no bad ice cream,some is just better then other's :D....Safe journey......Mike

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We are clipping along at 13-14 kts in 4-6' seas off our bow so not as much roll as the other day. The port hole leaks are all sealed so no wet bedding tonight... If the weather holds, we'll be in Coos Bay in 9 hrs or less at this speed. Sun is in and out and we still see crab pots in 300 ft of water out here. Visibility is unlimited...Rainbow off stbd side... (hard to see but its there...)

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