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Journey of a Lifetime 19 Jun 2013 17:11 #51

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Glad to see you guys are on the move again. The rainbow picture is beautiful. I am really enjoying all the updates and pictures you guys are providing. This looks like quiet the adventure.

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We are trucking along nicely, just passed a yacht going the other way and he is about 3X bigger then we are... Seas are 4-6', some wind but the yacht is handling it well. Some white caps but not bad... Some rain showers around us but mostly sunny... Just gave up the helm to Mike. Stuart is napping in his stateroom. LOL. Engine room looks great. All systems a go... Just finished lunch... time for a Klondike Bar Tom...

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then I want to pry the helm out of Mikes hands...

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Yawn. Just woke up from my nap. Amazingly I can hardly type in the salon, but the central stateroom, the lowest livable spot on the boat and about the center of roll, is clearly more stable. I felt a little pitching laying there, but I drifted off easily. Had a hard time waking up because the motion was really putting me in a deep sleep. I keep that up and I won't sleep tonight.

Looking out the rollers are becoming more defined with fewer white caps from wind waves. Getting knocked around because we are taking them off our fwd starboard quarter, but I am beginning to really realize this is just a bigger boat doing the same thing a smaller boat does in waves similar in size to themselves. It's all relative, just feels unusual to have your house or apartment on a giant spring bobbing around.

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A short video of this days adventure... But I did not get to film the big water hitting the windscreen... Maybe next time... We are too fast for tuna fishing...

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Doug yells out: Whales. We just passed two humpbacks, one rolling across our bow, the other coming at our port side We saw the port one much better which was heading right at us at about 100 yards. What a HUGE body. Unbelievable!!!!

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Journey of a Lifetime 20 Jun 2013 00:34 #57

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Now about an hour out and the seas have calmed down to about a 2-4' long period rollers from the west/northwest. Kinda nice but does roll the boat nicely and great for a power nap... Tomorrow weather is looking good for us... will verify before we leave with our weather guy. All is well. Tomorrow we hope to get into Eureka, CA... 145-155nm I think. Today was about 175 or so...

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Doug,

Keep an eye out for a Navigator 48 named "Island Style". We just sold it and it is leaving here (SF Bay) for Seattle tomorrow AM so I guess you will be passing each other. New owner is named Dick and works for Niad, real nice guy. Hull is white with black canvass.

Looks like I may see you this weekend in Stockton if I can kick the damned ear infection.

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Journey of a Lifetime 20 Jun 2013 02:09 #59

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:DThis is great I am really enjoying it and I am glad you all are having fun on your adventure

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Journey of a Lifetime 20 Jun 2013 02:27 #60

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NeilW;788832 wrote: Doug,Keep an eye out for a Navigator 48 named "Island Style". We just sold it and it is leaving here (SF Bay) for Seattle tomorrow AM so I guess you will be passing each other. New owner is named Dick and works for Niad, real nice guy. Hull is white with black canvass.Looks like I may see you this weekend in Stockton if I can kick the damned ear infection.

Thanks Neil... looking forward to meeting you (hope you like home made spirits)... I would not be surprised if that Navigator goes into Eureka tomorrow for the night like we will...for todays' adventure:We have tied off at the fuel docks waiting for fuel which opens tomorrow at??? In the mean time, we are first in line... We had a 13 hour journey today and will enjoy a good evening in a very protected area. No town to speak of...

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Long slog today. Glad the seas cut ya some slack this time. Gonna sleep like babes tonight I bet.

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Have no choice but to get a good nights sleep. The fuel dock isn't open until 7am. We wanted to be fueled and gone long before that. Now we have to wait around for the kid with the keys.

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We’re now in Coos Bay, OR after a 13-hour marathon run that covered about 175 miles. We crossed over the bar to get in here around 6:30 or so and this was a very long day. Much smoother than the day we had getting into Ilwaco, but still pretty lumpy. It started out fairly smooth again, then the swells picked up to about 4’-7’ with about a 1’-2’ wind chop on top of them. I'm learning a lot about ocean navigating and about ocean swells and wind waves and how the boat reacts to them.I spent much more time at the helm today, having apparently beaten down the Gods of seasickness. I may have spoken too soon though because tomorrow we pass Cape Blanco and that area is notorious for being rough.So here are some pictures from Ilwaco. It’s not much of a town so there aren’t many pics of it, but here’s what I shot….This depth chart was on a garage in Ilwaco. That little plaque shows how high the water level got during the flood of 1947. Yowzers!

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StuartT;788869 wrote: Have no choice but to get a good nights sleep. The fuel dock isn't open until 7am. We wanted to be fueled and gone long before that. Now we have to wait around for the kid with the keys.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY STUART!!!!


I hear that you're turning 70 today. What an amazing birthday present! I'm sure Lynn is wishing you were there to show off your new toy, but that'll have to wait another couple of days.

Lynn told me that you have permission to buy lots of fuel for yourself today. Doug will have to buy you an ice cream for you when you guys get to Eureka tonight.

Travel safe and enjoy your birthday on the high seas and on a beautiful new yacht.

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It’s Thursday, coming up on 0600 and I’m the first one up. That’s not been the pattern because I haven’t really felt like dragging my butt out of the sack. I think yesterday’s run, being so much nicer than the one before when we were headed to Ilwaco, has made me feel better.

Last night’s dinner was a beef roast along with corn on the cob that was cooked on the propane grill. That was preceeded by some taco chips, guacamole and salsa for an appetizer. The cook (me) is feeling a lot better and a lot more like cooking, and everyone benefits from that.

Yesterday was fun and different. Oh yeah, we rocked and rolled in the swells but nothing like the last run. The sun was out much of the day as the clouds burned off and it made for a more pleasant day. We were cruising along about noonish with me at the helm when Doug and I heard a strange sound. We couldn’t figure out what it was until a USCG chopper went by us on a parallel course about a hundred yards off our port side and about 200’ high. I was tempted to call him on CH 16 and see if he’d swing around to give us a Kodak Moment but resisted the urge.

I was napping on the salon couch when the whales made their appearance so I missed that one. Darn, I hate it when that happens. We’ve established a pattern of sharing the helm duties and when we’re not on the helm one of us is usually standing watch nearby and the other is on the internet or napping. We only ran across a couple of crab pots yesterday but that’s snaps us to attention because where there’s one there’s usually a second one and third, etc. We spent most of the day in water too deep for pots so that was a good thing. The depth finder reads down to 500’ and it was not reading for a couple of hours yesterday. The charts showed we were in 200 fathoms (600’) for awhile so that’s what happened.

One of the things I’ve been impressed with is the immensity of this ocean, and yet how close we can be to other boats at some times. The AIS is a great tool because it identifies who is around you and can let you know if there’s any chance of a collision. I was watching one such track yesterday long before we could identify the target. It was almost on a head-on course with us and I suggested to Doug (he was at the helm) that we might want to change course to stbd a bit to give a little more room between us as we drew near each other. He didn’t and we passed by about 100 yards or less from this vessel….

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It’s amazing that 11 miles offshore we’d pass so close to another boat…and a big one at that.
Here’s a shot of the AIS screen that we watch all day. There are three screens to keep an eye on…AIS, radar and the GPS/Plotter. It doesn’t take but a second go give all three a quick scan and it’s a comforting feeling to know they’re there.

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Here’s a shot of what it looked like yesterday with the sun shining so nice. That sure does warm up the day a lot.

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As we were coming into Coos Bay and crossing the bar I got this shot of the north breakwater. Those things sure do keep the waves down when it’s blowing and they’re nice to have when entering a bar. Knock on wood, but so far our bar crossings have been non-events. As you can see we’ve lost the sunshine and this morning it’s still heavily overcast.

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Here are three shots of what the south side of the channel across the bar looks like at Coos Bay. Interesting rock formations here and very pretty to look at. They would be fun to explore in a dinghy.

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So here we sit waiting for the fuel dock to open. Our destination today is Eureka, CA, a jaunt of about 162 miles. That’s a bit shorter than we did yesterday and that puts us close to the first of two notorious rough spots…Cape Blonco. The second, at Cape Mendocino will be in Friday’s run, then we’ll be in San Francisco….and near home.



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Happy Birthday Stuart... :wow-

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Now get off the helm and take a nap... ;) :sur-

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Wishing you another safe journey today, We're keeping an eye on y'all :)

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Watch out for the big guys......
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Depoe Bay, Oregon, United States
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A Scientific Survey Site
In spring, the peak northbound migration of adults and juveniles is in March. Here the whales are closer to shore (1/2 to 3 miles), sometimes stopping to feed. Mothers and calves usually pass Oregon and Washington from late April through June, after the males and juvenile females without babies. They often rest in protected coves close to shore. Whales feeding close to shore can be seen from July to mid November. About 400 gray whales stop here and become "residents." Instead of continuing to Alaska to feed in the summer, they stay and feed along the coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. In November and December they join the first whales migrating south from the Arctic. The Oregon Parks & Recreation Department's Whale Watching Center counts passing whales during peak week in December (southbound) and peak week in March (northbound) and Journey North reports the news.

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Beautiful day. Just lost a lure to something big but need to grab the helm... Yeah baby... A little video to show how nice it is today despite some predictions by others...

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Today's video... Can't believe tomorrows weather is going to be bad... We are preparing to stay in Eureka the next two nights... Then head to San Fran maybe via Ft Bragg and eventually to Stockton... anyway enjoy the vid:

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Day 6

We just arrived in our first California marina, here at Eureka. What a beautiful day it was for being out on the ocean. The temps were probably in the high 60’s to 70’s, there were almost no winds, the clouds burned off by around 10:30 and it turned out to be a great day.

We left Ilwaco around 0715 after taking on a full load of fuel and it was about 7:00 p.m. when we got here, covering about 170 miles in that 12 hour period. I don’t think it could have been a better day. We saw a couple of whales, had some dolphins playing around the boat this morning an got to dodge some crab pots here and there during the day.

We cruised around 14-15kts and this afternoon we had a following sea pushing us along at times at speeds up to 16+ knots. I don’t have any pics of the whales; sorry but they were there then gone too quickly. I do have some photos and videos of what was just a beautiful day on the water. I’m going to make this short so I can add some comments to the forum comments and questions.
This is what it looked like all day long. What a great day on the ocean.

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Wow! Have been following your adventure and am jealous except for the big water part. I have been to Neah Bay and Ilwaco many times and agree with your comments.
Thanks for the video's and commentary.
Not sure I know where I got this info but if you get into town several blocks you will find a great brew pub. We drove through Eureka about three weeks ago and were recommended to try them.
Worth it.
Eureka is several steps above Coos Bay and your other stops. Not a bad place to find refuge.
Continue to have your safe and fun journey.

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