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#546721 - 06/16/13 12:11 PM Journey of a Lifetime  
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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/default.aspx?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.

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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#546723 - 06/16/13 01:56 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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You guys are actually doing 11 knots.


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#546724 - 06/16/13 02:12 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Right now your out just outside Angeles..the "Henry Sause" is just off your starboard bow.


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#546725 - 06/16/13 02:13 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Wow, GFC...I had to go back and search your posts to see what the heck you were talking about! I guess something about the title of the other thread never really enticed me to click on it! wink

Anyway Bon Voyage and best of luck...should be lots of fun. However I do remember just post-college when I helped crew a 43' Mason sailboat from Annapolis, MD to near Portland, ME two of the highlights were the hot shower at the the destination yacht club....followed by captain's treat surf and turf dinner at the club. Your boat probably has a better shower than ours did! And you've probably had a few more fine dining meals than I'd had at that point.

Remember many details of that trip though...sure you will as well. Looking forward to pics and tales.


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Good luck & safe travel!!!

I type the name in the AIS site it says "out of range"!!!

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It's almost 7 pm here my time and I show you anchored/moored in Neah Bay. That's a cool charting tool. It's going to be fun to check in on you guys that way too.


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but it looks like they couldn't decide where the water is the best, running in zig-zag......


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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 that I took during the day, starting just after 0500 as we left the dock in Seattle....
























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Great pictures.


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#546738 - 06/16/13 11:30 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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.



You don't see any frowns on this crew, do you? Just to identify who everyone is in the photo, I'm on the left, Doug is in the center and Stuart, the boat's owner, is on the right.
-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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#546739 - 06/16/13 11:38 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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!

May God be with you on the voyage!


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Beats our chum. AkMaks and Pepper jack Cheese.... that was the staple of the Mawee crew back when!


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#546741 - 06/17/13 12:00 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Wish you all the best for tomorrow crossing the bar.... With such waves it will be an adventure. Fortunately it isn't a tiny boat.


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Breakfast at "Linda's Woodfired Kitchen" sounds good. I can see you are just about to strike out into the NW Pacific. Should be a good trip. Enjoy!


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#546743 - 06/17/13 07:58 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for coming along on this trip with us and thanks for the comments.

The boat we're on is a 2001 that Stuart just bought in Seattle 3 months ago. He's been busting his butt getting it ready for this trip by installing new electronics, air conditioning and a bunch of other stuff.

He also bought survival suits for each of us and rented a 4-man life raft.


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#546744 - 06/17/13 09:53 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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neat tracking program. if the waves continue, you may want to suggest changing the boat's name to "High Seas". best of luck for a smoother trip going forward.


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#546764 - 06/17/13 08:51 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: BToran]  
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Perhaps I'm stupid but, is there somewhere on that website to see wave conditions?

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#546765 - 06/17/13 09:10 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Very fun to follow along.
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?
Diesels? How big?


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#546766 - 06/17/13 10:07 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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they made a non stop ~12h trip of ~180mi at 17 knots most of the time today. Don't want to see the fuel bill for that.....


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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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Glad made it through safe & sound!

Sounds like shades of the Bering Sea!!!


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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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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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If you weren't salty before, you are now. Congrats on a safe journey.


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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 09:03 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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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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Great pictures. Tatoosh Island is amazing looking.


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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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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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OH, Nope, they're genuwine Bayliner Cabinets. :-)

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

















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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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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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Mike - Thanks for posting the videos. Was great to ride along. Must have been a wild ride.


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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.


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Fantastic. I'm so jealous!

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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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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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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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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 was on a garage in town. The plaque near the top marks the high water mark of the flood of 1947


Main street Ilwaco. Not much there.


Two views of the harbor...




Our Chariot....


AKBASSKING and his Admiral stopped by while we were in Ilwaco and bought us a couple of boxes of Klondike Bars. Gotta love boaters like that. From left to right...me, Stuart, Tom and Doug.


Red sky at night......you know the rest! IT worked because we had pretty smooth seas for much of today.


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THAT WAS FUN! Thanks for sharing. Reminded me of sailing between Maui and Molokai on our 48 foot cat... You felt the boost of speed of the swell on the stern coming in over the bar. We used to 'drop in' on 4-6 foot swells running with the seas and the sails set 'wing on wing'.. I miss the open ocean.

great videos... be safe and keep shooting.


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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….


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.


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.


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.


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.






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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Very riveting! Thanks for the narrative, videos, and pictures. This is indeed something to talk about the rest of your life, and I know y'all are having a ball!

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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 Coos Bay 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.




Some clouds over the CA coast.


USCG Station Eureka, CA


Following Seas at the dock in Eureka


I'm loading some videos to Youtube and will post them when they're loaded.


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#546888 - 06/20/13 11:22 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass

Following Seas at the dock in Eureka



Pretty dark there in Eureka.


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GFC,
I haven't posted much yet about your trip, but I find myself looking at your AIS position several times throughout the day. Speaking of which, your AIS signal was no where to be found since this afternoon?

Where will you guys be stopping tomorrow? Bodega Bay is around 180 miles away as the crow flies. Although not as far inland as Portland or the Tri-Cities, Stockton is a heckuva long way from the Golden Gate.


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Beautiful pictures. I am really enjoying vicariously taking this trip with you.



Isn't land on the wrong side in this one? Is that the back of the cabin on the left, it kind of looked like the front from the slant of the rail outside the window, and the slant of the roof toward the side of the picture. Or is that an island or something in the background?

You guys seem to be making great time in spite of some rough weather and a one-day layover.

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#546895 - 06/21/13 09:47 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: Titanium]  
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Originally Posted By: Titanium
GFC,
I haven't posted much yet about your trip, but I find myself looking at your AIS position several times throughout the day. Speaking of which, your AIS signal was no where to be found since this afternoon?


There needs to be an AIS receiver connected to the internet in the area for it to be displayed.

If you click on the Cover my area tab on the marine traffic website it will explain how you can provide coverage for your area if you choose.


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Good Morning. We're going to sit it out today in Eureka. It's as calm as can be right now but winds are forecasted to be in the 30-35 range with 8' seas on 8 seconds. That probably would mean an 8' sea + a 2'-3' wind wave which would result in 11' seas on 8 seconds.

I've learned on this trip that the longer the period between swells and the shorter the waves, the more manageable they are. When they hit the magic number where the swell height + the wind wave height are approaching the time period between swells, that is not a good time to be out there. An example of that would be a 5'-8' swell with a 2' wind wave on 10 seconds.

That's about what we were in on the way to Ilwaco and you've seen what that looks like. It's not so much the swell height that's the problem. We were in some 8' swells yesterday, but the time between swells was very long so they weren't any problem. The boat just rides up and over them.

As some of you may have noticed, I'm not posting during the day while we're moving. I have a vertigo problem that prevents me from doing that but if I maintain my eyes on the horizon I'm fine. It's when I start looking down at instruments or trying to read or type that it kicks in and it ain't fun. That's why you'll usually only see my pics and videos posted after we're at the dock.

Thus far, this trip has been a good education for me and it's getting me better prepared for when GW and I take our boat around the coast and spend a summer in Canadian waters. I'm grateful for the opportunity to get this first hand knowledge before we strike out on our own.

This boat is very well equipped and quite comfortable for cruising. It's about the same length as mine but 1.5' wider and has a different roll rate than mine. That took a bit of adjustment when we first started but after a day or so I've gotten used to the roll rate of Following Seas.

It's amazing to me how those diesels just keep on ticking. When I was buying my boat I talked with a Cat dealer about my 3406C's and he said they were designed to run at or near WOT 24/7. We've been running 12+ hours and day and the hum from the diesels is almost putting us to sleep, especially on a day like yesterday.

Walking around on the boat is a bit challenging even with calm seas. Every step you take when you're running on the ocean requires having a hand on something....cupboards, stair rails, etc. Even a simple thing like coming down from the helm to the galley to get something requires holding on. I know that before I take our boat around the coast I'm going to be putting some additional grab rails on the interior.

I'll take a few minutes and reply to some of the comments and questions that you've posted....
Originally Posted By: JackT/
.. 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.

Jack, your comment has gotten a lot of chuckles from the crew because you accurately described what it's like being on here. All the drawer locks have been engaged while we're running, nothing sits on a table top or counter top and cameras and binoculars that we want to have handy are usually sitting on the seat behind the helm.

Originally Posted By: Trooplewis
Fantastic. I'm so jealous!

Bill, I was thinking about you the other day, thinking about how much you'd enjoy being out here with us.

Originally Posted By: ISUforNU
Just curious about the long gap of positioning of your vessel on marine traffic website today? Out of range?Not transmitting? Not receiving?

Probably some of all of the above. The AIS on board is a Class B. That means it transmits a signal but often when we're a long distance from a receiver it needs another boat nearby that's equipped with a Class A receiver to repeat the signal for more strength.

Originally Posted By: Titanium
Where will you guys be stopping tomorrow? Bodega Bay is around 180 miles away as the crow flies.

We're holed up in Eureka but may try a run tomorrow afternoon if the weather lightens up a bit. Bodega Bay is almost 200 miles so we may try to make it into Ft.Bragg. From there we'd try for SF Bay on Sunday, a run of about 150 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Originally Posted By: FWL
Isn't land on the wrong side in this one?

Tami, that's not land out there, it's just a cloud bank lying offshore several miles further out from where we were cruising. We've done most of our cruising about 10-12 miles offshore. We wanted to be far enough offshore to miss the crab pots but we've still encountered some out there. I almost ran into one yesterday when we were in 500+' of water. Crazy!!!

Well that's enough of my garbage for now. Doug and I are going to walk to Costco today to do some grazing on the samples and pick up more coffee, and that's about as far ahead as we've planned.

Thanks for the comments and questions. It's fun 'talking' with each of you on here.

Well rested GFC


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Mike,
I envy you, Doug and Stuart for this trip but mostly Stuart for having such a great boat. Seems like it just runs and runs. I love the sound of these Diesels in the videos. Reminds me of my time boating in the Mediterranean Sea.


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We're going to spend another night here in Eureka, but that's OK because it's REALLY nasty out on the water. The plan at this time is to pull out of here around 0530 Sunday morning and make a run down the coast. That certainly is subject to change as weather conditions change. We need to cross back over the bar as we go out of here so we'll have to be aware of that in addition to the weather out there.

Doug and I walked about 3/4 mile to Costco this afternoon. I picked up a 1.75L jug of Cuervo and some coffee so we wouldn't run out on the rest of the trip. Cuervo is $20 here and ~$52 at home. I wish I could have carried back a dozen or so bottles. We got back to the boat and I took a little snooze while Doug walked downtown. He called me about 4:30 and told me about this neat brew pub he found (we'd heard about it earlier) so I hiked up there and joined him for dinner. Good fish & chips, great oysters and good beer. Life is good.

No pictures today and no videos. Probably none tomorrow but I'll sign back in and respond to any comments.

kjs, those diesels have just been purring. Almost to the point yesterday of putting us to sleep....diesels purring, calm waters, blue skies, no winds....Life is good!!

Smiling GFC (loved those oysters!)


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Ooooh. Bodega Bay. One of my old haunts, well kind of. Worked on a salmon boat out of Bodega Bay and the son of the capt of my boat works at spud point marina now.

This boat would probably be a really good one to sit on SF Bay during fleetweek and watch the Blue Angels perform just off the water.

Seagoing is a lot different than anything else. When running in open water everything is always moving and the hand holding on to something is right on, lest you want to fall over or lose a steak overboard. When I worked on the boat we didn't get GFC kind of food. It was mostly cold canned food or canned food/soup heated up on an old stove.

But alas, it was a fun part of my life and shaped my love of the water.


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Great day yesterday GFC.. nice flat seas and no wind chop. The purr of those diesels sound so nice. Great videos too. Thanks.

Gotta get your sea legs workin, man! keep the legs slightly bent, keep your hips horizontal, and work the knees! If she rises on the portside, you stiffen your right leg a tad and bring the left leg up. Try sailing... you'll learn! smile

Safe journeys on the rest of the trip, love the commentary, videos, and pics. Wish I was there!


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Originally Posted By: nu2Boatn
Gotta get your sea legs workin, man! keep the legs slightly bent, keep your hips horizontal, and work the knees! If she rises on the portside, you stiffen your right leg a tad and bring the left leg up. Try sailing... you'll learn!


Nu, that works for most days on the water but the day we ran into those heavy seas it just was not enough. Stuart was on the helm chair and the rocking and rolling tipped him and the chair over, right off its base.

We had to adjust our speed a couple of times to try to find a speed that worked in that crap. We finally found a speed that lessened the pounding so we stuck with that.

All of us agreed that was not a fun day on the water.


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Well the 3 Musketeers are having a relaxing day, but it's been frustrating because we want to get underway and can't because of the winds south of here. It looks at this time like we may try to sneak across the bar early tomorrow a.m. and head out and play it by ear to see how far we can make it before we decide to pull in somewhere.

In the meanwhile, much of what we've done today could be considered twiddling our thumbs. The three of us walked up to Englund Marine and poked around in there for awhile. It's interesting to see the difference between a marine store in a fishing town and a marine store in a downtown area. Much more "big boat" stuff here....chain big enough to tow a building with, ball fenders I couldn't fit on my boat, harpoons, gaff hooks with a 5'-6' handle on them, etc.

After that we came back and Stuart changed the fuel filters on the Mans and I gave him a hand.





Check out these bad boys and how clean the engine room is.....




I did take one short video to show you what this area of the harbor looks like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cspJz_WvoQE

So that's about all we've done today. We're going to hike back up to the Lost Coast Brew Pub again for dinner.

Bored GFC


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GFC:

After changing those filters what was required to prime those bad boys?


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Mike, are these MAN's started with an electric starter or pressured air? Looks like the motors they use in generators.


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kjs, we have to eat about 4 pounds of kidney beans the night before then hold compressed air until just the right moment, then they start on cue.

Just kidding, they have electric starters.

We just got back from dinner at Gallagher's Irish Pub where I had the best fish & chips I've had in quite awhile. Good place to go if you're ever in Eureka.

Yesterday I had an opportunity to use something I'd read about but never used....fender boards. We had gone to the fuel dock to top off tanks but when we got there they didn't have the typical dock recreational boaters are used to, it was just pilings. The pilings were about 2' diameter and some were broken off just above the water line. There's no way we were going to take this beautiful boat up against wooden pilings so we went back to our original side-tie at the marina to see if they had any fender boards.

They did so we borrowed them and they worked just fine. For those of you who haven't used them before, they can be as simple as a 2x4 about 8' long with some holes drilled through near each end and some lines to tie them to the fenders. We got them rigged as we were heading back to the fuel dock and they worked just fine. Obviously they spread the load of being up against the piling between two fenders.

We had to position the boat so the fender boards were next to one of the pilings but that proved to be easy enough to do. Then we just had to adjust the height of the fender boards on the fenders but that also was a no brainer.

Here's what they look like....




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#546955 - 06/23/13 09:17 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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they made it under the golden gate bridge despite the fog..... That was a LONG day!


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Day 8
Today was a real record breaker for us. We left the dock in complete darkness at 0446, our earliest start. We crossed the bar coming out of Eureka in total darkness and fairly heavy fog, our first. We headed out into the ocean and had run almost an hour before the first signs of daylight showed up, our first predawn departure. And today will be the longest day we’ve been out, both in total hours and total miles.

As I’m typing this it’s almost 6:00 p.m. We’re about 45 minutes out of San Francisco Bay. By the time we enter the bay we’ll have well over 200 miles and by the time we anchor for the night (another first) we will have cruised somewhere around 13.5 hours, another first.

Fortunately it’s been mostly a relaxing day. The swells have been less than 2’ most of the day and there haven’t been many areas where there were wind waves. The bar crossing coming out of Eureka was pretty flat and we expect to enter SF Bay on a slack tide or slight ebb. That should also be a non-event.

Dinner is in the crock pot (Pork Tenderloin with potatoes and carrots) and cottage cheese and maybe some broccoli. Stuart doesn’t like broccoli so that may get nixed.

This afternoon we had to go off the autopilot and weave our way through a fleet of fishing boats as we got within 50 miles of SF. That was about the only excitement we’ve had all day. To be honest, it’s been somewhat of a long, boring day, but that’s better than the rough day we had going to Ilwaco.

Well we finally make it. We passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge around 7:00 and were anchored inside around 7:15. We made it. It seemed at times like we were never going to get here, but we’re in. Tomorrow we’ll make the 72 mile trip up to Stockton and the trip will be done. Doug and I will be flying back to Seattle on Tuesday then I’ll jump in GW’s car and head for home.

As always after one of my long trips I’ll post some notes on my memories and thoughts about the trip. But for now, the first margarita is gone, there’s another standing by and probably another after that.

Tired but happy GFC





















I have some videos but I’ll wait until tomorrow a.m. to upload those.

We're going to have some pork roast then probably another adult beverage or three, then we're headed to bed.


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GFC, thanks again for the vids. Glad to see you guys safe in Frisco Bay (I can say that cuz I was born in Frisco..otherwise it's San Francisco! :))

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It was strange weather for this time of year today. I went to dinner with friends on the boat tonight and we had sweatshirts on and had to put up the canvas when it started raining. 95F and sun is normal weather this time of year. It looked like it was really foggy in the bay - you could see the fog piling up in the distance.

What marina are you headed toward in Stockton?


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We anchored out last night in Richardson Bay(?) and got the snot beat out of us. I had left one of the forward hatches open so I could fall asleep listening to the fog horn. It was great to fall asleep to but at some point in the middle of the night I was awakened by a hurricane going through my cabin. Between the wind, the boat jumping around on the anchor and the waves slapping against the boat it was kind of tough to get back to sleep.

I woke up at 0600 this morning, showered and now feel like a new man. Doug had the coffee ready and life is good.


Here's the name and slip number of the marina we're headed to....
River Point Landing
4950 Buckley Cove Way
Stockton, CA 95219
209-951-4144
B7003. “B” dock, 70’ slip 03.

Stuart had mentioned an informal dock party for any who wanted to show up. The beer will be cold and the smiles large!

If you're in the area and would like to come down and share a cool one, you're more than welcome!


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Fantastic pictures. I had a laugh when I read where you said it was almost boring. Wow, I can't imagine it being boring out there. Relaxing, yeah, but boring, never. The videos were great too. How amazing to see a big boat like that from Panama while boating along. I'm sure you saw a lot of international boats out there while on your journey. Certainly this thread was very aptly named.


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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass


Here's the name and slip number of the marina we're headed to....
River Point Landing
4950 Buckley Cove Way
Stockton, CA 95219
209-951-4144
B7003. “B” dock, 70’ slip 03.

Stuart had mentioned an informal dock party for any who wanted to show up. The beer will be cold and the smiles large!

If you're in the area and would like to come down and share a cool one, you're more than welcome!



That's just down the road from my neighborhood. Let us know when you arrive and I'll try to swing by. My son has hockey this evening, but I should be able to make it if it is late afternoon.


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ETYPPO, we should be arriving at the slip around 2:30. Please do stop by and share one with us.


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That should work. I'll drop by between 2:30-3.


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It has been a great ride through the pictures and descriptions. Thanks for doing all that Mike.


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Boating under the Golden Gate bridge for the first time...that's gotta get anyone's spine tingling! Congrats on a successful voyage. thumb


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Are you able to give us a video tour of the boat? Sorry that SF looked like pea soup fog for you.


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Great to meet you guys yesterday!! The scotch wasn't bad either!!


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Nothing new to add in the way of photos or videos. I have some that I haven't loaded but I'm too pooped to participate right now. As I write this Doug and I are sitting in the Sacramento airport waiting for our flight to Seattle. Both of us are exhausted and looking forward to getting home. I have a 3.5 hour drive ahead of me that I'm not looking forward to but that's life in the little city. Doug has promised me a 5-hour Energy Drink once we get to Seattle so I can stay awake on the way home. I might need it.

To make a very long (10-days long) story short, this trip was pretty successful and fun by all measures. I have some final thoughts to add but that also will have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who posted on this thread. It meant a lot to each of us to know there were many at home watching as we made the journey. In a way, having all of you out there kept us grounded. Well, maybe that was the wrong choice of words when dealing with a boat trip. What I probably should have said was it helped to keep things in perspective.

I'll check in tomorrow to post the photos and videos. Later Guys and Gals!

Tired GFC


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GFC. Have a safe rest of your journey home. It was fun watching your progress.


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I'm finally back home after a good flight and a ~3 hour drive from Seattle to the home digs. My brain is mush, I'm too wired to sit down and too tired to stand up.

On the way home on this side of Snoqualmie Pass I watched and accident in my rear view mirror that I'd bet was a fatality. I'll cover more of that tomorrow.

It sure seemed nice to eat dinner on the back patio and watch the Columbia River roll past. It's almost mirror calm out there and it's a welcome change from what we had for a couple of days.

I'm headed to bed soon and will post my remaining pics and videos tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Glad-to-be-home GFC


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Bummer about all that fog!

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Glad you made it home safe and sound. Scary that you witnessed a serious accident so close. I'm very glad you were ahead of it. Can't wait to see the rest of what you have on the trip.


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Last Day

We raised the anchor and pulled out of Richardson Bay under grey skies and a light sprinkle. We headed up into the bay and just slow cruised toward the new home slip for Following Seas. Here are a few pics of what it looked like….

We spotted this beautiful lighthouse home not long after leaving Richardson Bay…


Here’s a shot of the happy crew as we got closer to the marina….


and here are three shots of Following Seas in her new slip…..






and last but not least, the rumors of Stuart’s arrival must have gotten there ahead of him. Here’s his welcoming committee…


As we got safely into the slip and tied up there was a welcoming committee waiting. They had stretched a length of blue tape across the opening to the slip so we’d have a “finish line tape” to break as we backed in.

After getting her safely secured in the slip the cold ones were opened and a small but lively celebration started.

Here are also some videos I took on the way from Richardson Bay to the new slip….

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f91oIA7axAc[/VIDEO]

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAw5W4kpfYw[/VIDEO]

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAw5W4kpfYw[/VIDEO]

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysAUYvyu2VU[/VIDEO]

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_CnOdU8wxI[/VIDEO]

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCle2KGVccQ[/VIDEO]

[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGXbhezYwvM[/VIDEO]

So that's it. Those are the last of the pics and videos of our Journey Of A Lifetime! Glad you could all join us for this little jaunt!

GFC


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Just a little tid bit of info to add on….

During our trip we posted on five threads, boatingabc, clubsearay, iboatnw, trawlerorum and baylinerownersclub. At this point those threads have been viewed 19,550 times and there are a total of 853 comments posted.

Thanks for joining with us on the trip and the postings. It makes me feel good to know there are many out there who had fun with us.


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As we got safely into the slip and tied up there was a welcoming committee waiting. They had stretched a length of blue tape across the opening to the slip so we’d have a “finish line tape” to break as we backed in.


How cute!


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I have been hitting and missing your posts since you started this thread.
I must go back and read them all.
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Thanks for taking us along.......a bit sad your trip is over. Enjoyed the pictures, videos, and the narrative.


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As you were leaving Richardson Bay you passed right by our family compound on your port side. I am only there a few times a year for family functions.
The Naval mothball fleet is impressive over near Martinez. I can't remember the name of the battleship that is moored there.

See any cargo ships up the river?


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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass
Last Day

We spotted this beautiful lighthouse home not long after leaving Richardson Bay…



GFC


East Brother Light House just after you passed San Quentin


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Fun to meet GFC and the rest of the crew (and see Snupy and another local boater I've met in the past) Stuart has a beautiful boat and he'll enjoy his new home. That maina is very nice, and is home to the local Sheriff's dept. as seen in the picture.

The lighthouse is now a bed and breakfast. They shuttle you out in a boat for overnights. Supposed to be a fun experience. Mark - the battleship was the iowa. It is actually down in your part of the state now, and open for tours.


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I would guess San Diego then for the berthing of the Iowa.


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Originally Posted By: MarkHB
I would guess San Diego then for the berthing of the Iowa.


Port San Pedro. I'm going to try to go see it when I'm down there for some meetings in August.


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Originally Posted By: MarkHB
I would guess San Diego then for the berthing of the Iowa.


Port San Pedro. I'm going to try to go see it when I'm down there for some meetings in August.


I never heard it ever arrived. I need to expand my news gathering. A visit will be in store for sure. Thanks for the info.


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Great adventure and accounting thereof Mike. thumb

Thanks for sharing the journey with us.


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Very nice, and wow... what an amazing experience!
Now you're ready to head to Japan on Beachcomber!

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Reflections on the Journey of a Lifetime…..

In the past when I’ve taken trips on the boat I’ve posted threads similar to this and after the trip is done I’ve come back and posted some of my thoughts and recollections of the trip. That’s what this post will be and I’m hoping it will provide some closure to a great trip for all of us.

Before I get started on this though, I’d like to thank Stuart for providing the opportunity for me to make this trip. From before I had even considered being a part of this I recognized that it would be the trip of a lifetime and it was. So Thanks Stuart. It was fun, I learned a lot, and had a great time.

I’d also like to thank Doug for being the kind of guy he is. I learned many things from him and appreciated his good nature, his ability to joke about things and to hang in there when the seas got a bit rough. As an example, while I was hanging over the galley sink depositing my breakfast, Doug was making a pulled pork sandwich. He was kind enough to ask me if making the sandwich was going to upset my stomach even more, saying he’d go up to the pilothouse to eat it if I wanted him to. It wouldn’t have bothered me, but just the fact that he thought to ask makes a huge comment about the kind of guy Doug is. I hope we get to do some boating together again in the future. I’ll let you show me around the San Juans and points north!

In one of the forums I’ve posted my ‘blog’ on someone mentioned a feeling of depression when the trip is over. He likened it to a post-partum depression. Well I can assure you right up front that none of us delivered a baby on this cruise but I am feeling a bit sad/depressed that the trip has ended.

All of the pre-trip excitement that comes with high expectations for a great cruise, the hours spent on planning to make sure you have everything you will need, the menu planning I did (more on that later) and just the excitement of the new adventure kept me on a high for several weeks. As the departure date grew nearer the smile on my ugly mug grew wider.

I went into this journey not as a new boater but as an experienced boater heading out on a new adventure. I know that at some point GW and I are going to take Beachcomber up the coast of WA and into Canada. This trip was to be, in many ways, a training mission for that. I’d never spent much time on the ocean and I’d get that experience on this trip. I’d never done any real long distance trip planning and route planning and I’d also get to do some of that on this trip.

I was going into the trip with high expectations and I was not disappointed. Yeah, we were disappointed by having to hole up in port a few days, but that’s part of boating. The rough weather we experienced on the way to Ilwaco was a bit more than I expected but with 20/20 hindsight I’m glad we encountered that rough water because now I have a better sense of what it means when they say “swells of 5’-8’ and a 1’-2’ wind chop on 10 seconds.” I know the next time I’ll stay in port if the heights of the swells + wind waves = the wave separation time. Ain’t no reason for this kid to be out there trying to prove to mama nature that I’m capable of handling anything she can throw at me.

I’d never met the other two (Stuart and Doug) I was to cruise with before we met at the boat. There’s always a bit of apprehension about being thrown into a boat with two guys you don’t know for 7-10 days. Experienced boaters have developed their own styles; their own ways of doing things. When those styles don’t fit perfectly with the styles of the other two there can be conflicts…..and there were. The good thing is the conflicts were all minor and we were able to resolve them on board. The cops didn’t think they were a big problem either. Just kidding…no cops were harmed in the making of this trip.

Following Seas performed nearly flawlessly. When you figure that Stuart just got this boat about 3 weeks before we departed and spent much of that time installing air conditioning and other equipment, it’s not surprising that he knew the boat pretty well. There were a few small glitches but nothing that couldn’t be easily rectified. For example, the porthole windows in my stateroom leaked. Not just a tiny bit, they leaked a decent size trickle. As fate would have it, there were no hangars on board so I had put my clothes on the shelf beneath the window. The one where the water ran down and soaked all my clothes. Stuart applied a couple of coats of silicone sealant around the perimeter and that fixed it. It took a couple of days for my bedding and clothes to thoroughly dry but that’s OK, I lived with it and we did OK.

We ate like kings on this trip. I had done the menu planning, bought all the food ahead of time, prepared some of it before I left home and fixed the rest of it on board as we traveled. I planned on meals for four people for 8 days. There were only 3 on board and we ate dinner out twice in Eureka so Stuart is not going to have to buy groceries for awhile for the boat because there will be lots of stuff left over. Dinner menus consisted of a beef roast, two pork roasts, a fresh halibut filet, salmon, and an assortment of fresh vegetables, corn on the cob and all sorts of snacks and cheeses. Lunches consisted of pulled pork sandwich meat made from the pork tenderloin roasts. Nobody was going to leave this boat lighter than when they first stepped aboard.

When I take off on a trip such as this I try to mentally prepare myself for any eventuality. I don’t like bad surprises when they pop up. I can gladly say that on this trip we had no bad surprises. Well except for maybe the day we were headed to Ilwaco and I gave back breakfast. That was the first time I’ve ever ralphed from motion sickness. When Doug and I hiked up to Costco in Eureka I got some killer pills to take care of that. I took them the day we left Eureka and, while the waves weren’t as large as we’d seen before, I felt no queasiness at all. Thanks Costco.

So all things considered I’d have to say that this trip was a great success. I learned a lot about long distance navigating, about rough water boat handling, food prep when the boat is rocking, and how AIS is such a benefit. I certainly won’t say that we couldn’t have made this trip without the AIS, but it was nice to have. Radar, on the other hand, was absolutely essential. I would never even try a trip like this without a good Radar and chart plotter. The importance of those two cannot be overstated. Having heat and a/c on the boat made it much more comfortable. We used both at varying times and it was nice to have them.

Following Seas is a very nicely equipped yacht. It’s about the same length (60’) as my boat but about 1.5’ wider. That additional space is very nice. It’s also a very comfortable boat. It’s hard to draw a comparison between Following Seas and Beachcomber. There are some things about this boat that I like better than mine, but also things about my boat I like better than this one. That’s natural. Would I trade? Nope. Stuart and I were talking one day and he asked me what I would change about my boat. I honestly couldn’t think of anything major that I would change because I’m very happy with Beachcomber.

Well I guess that’s about all I have to say at this time. If anyone has any specific questions about any of this or about the trip in general, fire away and I’ll respond to them.

GFC


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GFC:

Thanks again for journaling your adventure. For a small lake boater like myself, I find it fascinating reading and dreaming. The way you deliver your story, I almost feel like I am there with you.

As odd as it sounds, I also feel like I have come to know you personally. Odd, I know. Not that you will but, if you ever find yourself in my area, please look me up.


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#547219 - 06/29/13 12:12 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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ISU, thanks for extending that invitation. Same goes for you traveling out here. Want a ride on the Columbia? It's not THAT far from Bennington to Pasco, and the major highways that head to the PNW from the Midwest pass right through our area.

Well, it's further than I thought. 1524 miles according to Google Maps. Not really a day trip, but it's not like FL to WA.


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#547323 - 07/01/13 11:46 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC,

I wanted to add my thanks for all of your posts, pics and video which took us along on your journey of a lifetime! It was fun to live vicariously through you and your trip! Obviously with all of the views on the different boards you posted on, lots of people were enjoying the ride!

Thanks for sharing!

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Not sure if i missed it or not but do you have any idea how many gallons of fuel was used on your trip?


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Sorry Kevin, but I don't. I figured it wasn't my business to know how much he spent so I wasn't paying attention to gallons or price.

He did mention at some point that he had spent "around $5,000" for fuel.

That would be about right at .7 mph for 1,000 miles would be ~1400 gallons and at a rough estimate of the cost/gallon of $3.75 that would be $5,600.


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Judging by the size of those engines, I'd guess a lot smile The exhausts on those things looked like water mains. There was an episode of the Deadliest Catch a few months ago where the Time Bandit guys replaced their engines,and after seeing Stuart's boat, I don't think the new Time Bandit engines were much bigger than his.

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Thank you GFC for sharing your experience, the pics and videos are great. Your narrative made me feel the adventure. Thanks again


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GFC- You did it again, what an awesome adventure to have been a part of. The commentary on the trip and the photos were asweome. I haven't looked at the videos yet. (I will need to get on the office computer for that).
Thank you for taking us along on your journey. And to your friends, I am sure that you kept each other entertained and that you enjoyed each others company.
The Ocean isn't something to mess with when the weather changes, and it does that real quick.
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Originally Posted By: Ladybugskater
GFC- The Ocean isn't something to mess with when the weather changes, and it does that real quick.
LBS

You're spot on with that observation LBS. We'd be out in a stretch that was just knocking the boat all over the place, then 10 miles later it would be a bit calmer. That was the first time for me to be on ocean swells where there was a wind chop on top of it. I sort of got used to the swell action and did OK with that, but when the winds picked up and added a 2'-3' chop on top of the 5'-8' swells, I didn't like that so much.

I'm glad you all enjoyed the photos and videos. I wish I'd had more time to post more commentary but I just couldn't do that during the day when we were running. I found if I took my eyes off the horizon for even a few minutes I'd start to get nauseous, and we all know where that can lead.

After long, tiring rides in rough seas the first thing I wanted to do in the evening when we were at the dock was grab something to drink. Since we usually didn't get off the ocean until after 5:30 or so, and it was my job to fix dinner, I took care of that as soon as we docked. By the time dinner was done and I was able to get back on the 'puter it was about 7:30 or so. I took about a hour to post pics and commentary on 5 different sites (yup, they're all the same!) it was time to hit the sack.

At one point, after we'd gotten into Ilwaco, WA (at the mouth of the Columbia) I was seriously questioning my decision to go on this trip. That was the day the waters were so rough and the day I got seasick. I figured I couldn't leave Stuart stranded with only one other crew member (Doug) so I just put that behind me and didn't say anything to anyone.

But, all things considered the whole trip was worthwhile. I'd do it again, but not with that skipper.


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" I'd do it again, but not with that skipper."

Not sure how to interpret this. Any insights?


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" I'd do it again, but not with that skipper."

Not sure how to interpret this. Any insights?


Suspect that some "specific's" can't be divulged publicly, but probably mostly related to rough seas, vertigo, etc.


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Originally Posted By: Jack T
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Not sure how to interpret this.


Really? Seems pretty clear to me, and I don't care about the details.

I haven't "been to sea" (open ocean) since I was in the USN, which was a very long time ago, on a fairly large ship.

Weather at sea is an extremely intimidating experience. Not sure I'd have the cajones to do so on a 50 'er. Much less under a less than ideal "situation" - no siree.


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Originally Posted By: Philr
Originally Posted By: Jack T
.....
Not sure how to interpret this.


Really? Seems pretty clear to me, and I don't care about the details.

I haven't "been to sea" (open ocean) since I was in the USN, which was a very long time ago, on a fairly large ship.

Weather at sea is an extremely intimidating experience. Not sure I'd have the cajones to do so on a 50 'er. Much less under a less than ideal "situation" - no siree.


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I'd do the trip again on a similar size boat, even knowing we might encounter rough seas like we did. The seasickness pills I picked up at Costco in Eureka, CA pretty much took care of that problem. I took one the night before then two just before we left Eureka at 0445. They seemed to work throughout the day as I had zero problems that day.

Doug and I both had some issues with the skipper that really don't need to be aired publicly. Suffice it to say that neither Doug nor I would do that trip again with that skipper. If you're REALLY interested in what some of the issues were, you can check this thread on iboatnw.com.



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The talk of swells and chop remind me of the seemingly popular misconception in my area about the definition of "small craft" when the Weather Service issues a small craft advisory.

I will hear something like "Well I have a 32-footer. So I'll be OK."

To which I reply "If there are not three digits in your boat length, you are a small craft. wink


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Good comment Mike. There were times when we were headed to Ilwaco that I wished we were on a 100'+ boat.

I kept trying to compare the way Stuart's boat rode in those waves to what I thought Beachcomber would do. Our boats are about the same length. His is about 1.5' wider so that should make it less succeptible to tippiness. On the other hand, my boat weighs about 10,000 pounds more than his does so I would guess that would make it a bit more stable.

One thing I noticed on his boat that mine does not do...when we were running on plane in 5' waves, there was a lot of pounding and slapping noise coming up through the hull. We don't get that on Beachcomber. When we came up the Columbia from Portland last year and were running on plane (~20kts) in 4'-5' waves I was down in the cabin a few times and there was no pounding noise at all. Just the sound of the water/spray being blown out to the side of the boat.

I don't know if it's because we have a thicker hull (that's probably where most of the 10,000 pound difference comes from) or what, but the sound sure was noticeable on his boat.


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I'm late to the party here, but jealous of your trip, Mike. I've made the run from Lake Union to the Washington coast on a 58' wood boat many times, and few times on 77' and 125' steel boats, but never further south than Aberdeen. It's awfully nice country, though Neah Bay left something to be desired 20 years ago. Is it still dry? It was a nice place to hunker down and reprovision, but shopping was purely for basics and entertainment was entirely DIY.

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Yeah, Neah Bay (what we saw of it) leaves a lot to be desired. The people there are very nice and that's a plus. Also, the fuel is cheaper there than just about anywhere because it's sold by the Indians and they don't have to charge some of the high WA state taxes.

That's also where we were given a freebie halibut filet by some indian fishermen.


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I was eating lunch at a local restaurant a few weeks ago, and a guy at a nearby table looked familiar. I couldn't place him at the time, but later remembered it was your skipper. I haven't been into that marina this year, but evidently his boat must still be docked there.


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etyppo, the last I heard from another forum was that his boat is now back in the Seattle area. They had seen it on the SPOT webpage moving north and they followed its progress to Seattle. They didn't know if he still owned it or if it had been sold.


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Mark is a SPAMMER. He posted that same link in other places on here.


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And...

The cretin has been smacked down with the BAN HAMMER.

POW!

Sorry guys. I usually catch these scum before they strike. Been a busy day.


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