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#546768 - 06/17/13 10:14 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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#546769 - 06/17/13 10:26 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Glad made it through safe & sound!

Sounds like shades of the Bering Sea!!!


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#546770 - 06/17/13 11:06 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Perhaps I'm stupid but, is there somewhere on that website to see wave conditions?
The NOAA National Data Buoy Center is probably the best for water conditions.

If you're looking for weather/waves/barometric pressure try PassageWeather dot com.

Nice and glassy early. Beautiful shots. GFC, what size and brand boat are you on? did I miss that earlier? She looks pretty big. Wish I was on board as crew! looks like way too much fun!
It's a 2001 Bayliner 5788 Motoryacht with twin 600hp Man diesels.

Maybe I missed it, but I can't help wondering how big of fuel tanks that beast has and what kind of range are you expecting?
The boat has a pair of 600hp Man diesels, 800 gallon fuel tank and we're probably getting somewhere around .8mpg.


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#546772 - 06/18/13 05:04 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Sounds like a real challenge so far.
Maybe you can pick up a GoPro helmet camera and walk around and do some narrations?

Enjoying the show from afar.


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#546774 - 06/18/13 05:17 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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If you weren't salty before, you are now. Congrats on a safe journey.


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#546776 - 06/18/13 06:42 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Wow, can't wait to see pictures. This is where some videos, movies, pictures from others can be misleading in a way. You see so many boaters posting pictures of them zipping across fairly calm ocean. You see boats in movies (goood guys and bad guys) going out on the ocean, zooming around for whatever reason, no mention of worrying about weather checks, lol, okay, yeah that's a movie, but still. You begin to forget (in spite of movies like "the Guardian") that the ocean deserves and demands repect.

I have a lot of respect for you guys too. That's some serious boating.


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#546777 - 06/18/13 08:03 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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wow! That boat has engines worthy of a tug boat! Two 600HP MAN Diesel. Now that's a boat I would trust in the ocean too.
Great report and pictures and hopefully the seas will calm down a bit for the rest of the journey.


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#546778 - 06/18/13 09:21 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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.


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


More of the same. This area is really pretty.


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.


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


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.






Maybe you can pick up a GoPro helmet camera and walk around and do some narrations?
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.

Well rested GFC


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#546782 - 06/18/13 11:10 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Great pictures. Tatoosh Island is amazing looking.


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#546783 - 06/18/13 11:10 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Great pictures........thanks.

I checked the live ships site couple of times this morning & you were not moving...better safe than sorry!


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#546784 - 06/18/13 11:22 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Quote:
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.


Are those Home Depot cabinets?


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#546789 - 06/18/13 03:42 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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OH, Nope, they're genuwine Bayliner Cabinets. :-)

Here are the videos I've taken so far....

















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#546792 - 06/18/13 04:50 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Great videos, but yeah, wow, got a little nauseaous just watching them. I usually watch videos like that on full screen to really enjoyo them, but after the first couple I had to watch them in the regular youtube size to keep from getting sick, lol. I can't even imagine how it was actually on the boat.


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#546794 - 06/18/13 05:08 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: FreshWaterLover]  
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I got to spend a few years in a row bear hunting in Alaska on a 50' boat and sailing out of Wrangel Alaska around the north side of the Prince of Wales Island and onto the south.

We use to hit some pretty rough seas and would have to duct close into shore. I never minded bucking the waves head on but those slow long rolling waves is what always made me ralph anything in my body.

Up there in Alaska when you see the sun the captain which had his 100 ton captains license would say, "you know what that is?". Which I would answer, "the sun?". Which he would reply, "nope, that's a sucker hole". And he was right, in the next 10 minutes it would be raining again.

Great story GFC. Please keep the posts coming and a sincere hope for a safe journey.

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#546795 - 06/18/13 05:36 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Mike - Thanks for posting the videos. Was great to ride along. Must have been a wild ride.


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#546800 - 06/18/13 07:58 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I keep waiting for the stuff on the computer table to roll off onto the floor, and my chair keeps rocking. Thanks for the videos. Makes you appreciate Mother Nature and the ancient sailors.


Have a great day of boating
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#546805 - 06/18/13 09:54 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Fantastic. I'm so jealous!

#546833 - 06/19/13 12:30 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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they are on their way again!
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?zoom=10&mmsi=338149406#
Almost half of today's leg done already!

safe trip and calm seas!


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#546845 - 06/19/13 06:49 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: kjsAZ]  
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GFC:

Just curious about the long gap of positioning of your vessel on marine traffic website today?

Out of range?

Not transmitting?

Not receiving?

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#546846 - 06/19/13 06:56 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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that was yesterday too and only SPOT had them covered. If you look at the map there are most likely no stations within 20-30mi to pick up the signal and transfer it to marine traffic.

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

We want to see the whale pictures!


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