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    #46
    Following too and loving it.. amazing !
    1989 3218, twin 350 gas motors
    1988 Boston Whaler 13 Super Sport Limited
    2007 Yamaha VX Cruiser
    2012 Yamaha FX Cruiser

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      #47
      Fantastic voyage and it sure seams this was a perfect weather window and a perfectly executed crossing Kevin. A great decision to get up on plane too. Man that was a long day I bet. I don’t know that I would have it in me to go that alone.
      Cool Change - 1999 4788
      330 Cummins
      Custom enclosed hardtop

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        #48
        Kevin congrats on the arrival man, that is one long leg, I can't even imagine being out there in the darkness with the purr of the engines you've been hearing ALL day. How did you do staying awake? How are you feeling, you said you have a cold. Happy to hear you're tied to a dock and can fill up and get some much-needed rest!
        Derek
        1997 Bayliner 2588 Cierra 7.4 Bravo 1 - Mahal
        (past)1997 Bayliner 4788 w/330 Cummins - Phoenix
        (past) 1987 Bayliner 3218 w/135 Hino - True Story

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          #49
          Saturday morning update

          I took on 372 gallons of fuel in Yakutat this morning.

          I am worried that the weather is building in and am going to trade some fuel $$$ to get me out of the gulf today.

          I am making 14-15 knots and intend to be out of the gulf and into protected waters by dark.

          Right now it is 10:35am and I am 122NM from cape spencer

          After today I get to relax. The Gulf crossing will be over.



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          KEVIN SANDERS
          4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


          Whats the weather like on the boat
          https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


          Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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            #50
            Kevin you dropped your speed down a couple knots, is that current you're fighting or did you throttle back a bit? How's the sea condition today?
            1997 Bayliner 2588 Cierra 7.4 Bravo 1 - Mahal
            (past)1997 Bayliner 4788 w/330 Cummins - Phoenix
            (past) 1987 Bayliner 3218 w/135 Hino - True Story

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              #51
              Originally posted by Simonsen View Post
              Kevin you dropped your speed down a couple knots, is that current you're fighting or did you throttle back a bit? How's the sea condition today?
              Had to make some food so I dropped off plane for a few minutes.

              The seas are flat today no wind. This is expected to change to a following 18 knts by nightfall. Thats why I'm getting after it today.
              The next few days are going to be windy. Tail winds are best, but above about 15KN I have tohand steer as the autopilot cannot anticipate, only react.


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              KEVIN SANDERS
              4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


              Whats the weather like on the boat
              https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


              Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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                #52
                Originally posted by Simonsen View Post
                Kevin congrats on the arrival man, that is one long leg, I can't even imagine being out there in the darkness with the purr of the engines you've been hearing ALL day. How did you do staying awake? How are you feeling, you said you have a cold. Happy to hear you're tied to a dock and can fill up and get some much-needed rest!
                Derek
                Thanks! I'm much better today! I had some caffene yesterday to help stay awake, but I'm used to it having recently retired from a job requiring shift work.

                Pulling into a new harbor in the complete dark is no fun. It also violated my first rule of happy cruising. Be in port or at anchor by sunset.

                That is not going to happen again.

                KEVIN SANDERS
                4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


                Whats the weather like on the boat
                https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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                  #53
                  Good plan Kevin
                  Cool Change - 1999 4788
                  330 Cummins
                  Custom enclosed hardtop

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                    #54
                    Kevin--thank you for allowing us to enjoy your journey from our computer screens. I check in every day to follow your adventure which is much better than watching national and world news.
                    "Del-Sea"
                    "98, 2859
                    7.4 Mercruiser, B II
                    Ferndale, WA. USA

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                      #55
                      I wondered if you decided that was a one time event.
                      P/C Pete
                      Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
                      1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
                      Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
                      MMSI 367770440

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                      • ksanders
                        ksanders commented
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                        my first rule of happy cruising is and was to always be at anchor or tied up before dark. Crossing the gulf was an exception

                      #56
                      I am about 30 miles N of Cape Spencer. The wind is from the north at about the same speed as the boat (15 kn) as the flag is straight down.
                      The seas are not small but since it is downhill they are comfortable.

                      I am going to spend the night in Elfin Cove

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                      KEVIN SANDERS
                      4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


                      Whats the weather like on the boat
                      https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                      Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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                        #57
                        Other than the nice nose wind, looks like you are gold for Elfin. The hardest part is behind you. Now you can pick and enjoy. Do that!
                        Tally and Vicki
                        "Wickus" Meridian 341
                        MMSI 338014939

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                          #58
                          Originally posted by talman View Post
                          Other than the nice nose wind, looks like you are gold for Elfin. The hardest part is behind you. Now you can pick and enjoy. Do that!
                          Yep, now the trip gets easier and a whole lot more fun.

                          I have a good sense of accomplishment, but crossing the Gulf of Alaska is never really fun.

                          KEVIN SANDERS
                          4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


                          Whats the weather like on the boat
                          https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                          Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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                            #59
                            I don't think he has a nose wind, I'd guess 1/4 stern hence the flag isn't moving (he's travelling at approx. 14.9 knts, wind direction 15knts so effective wind = 0 ish) Keven, Elfin cove looks gorgeous! In fact, I think I've looked that up before for a guys fishing trip Anyway, safe travels there, what's ETA to Elfin?
                            1997 Bayliner 2588 Cierra 7.4 Bravo 1 - Mahal
                            (past)1997 Bayliner 4788 w/330 Cummins - Phoenix
                            (past) 1987 Bayliner 3218 w/135 Hino - True Story

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                              #60
                              Based on his Spot position and my crude calculations he's at least an hour out. Probably 2 hours before he can have a post-anchoring glass of scotch.
                              R.J.(Bob) Evans
                              Buchanan, SK
                              Cierra 2755
                              Previously 43 Defever, Response LX
                              Various runabouts, canoes & kayaks

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