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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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#546728 - 06/16/13 04:24 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Good luck & safe travel!!!

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

Will try again in awhile


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#546733 - 06/16/13 07:00 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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#546734 - 06/16/13 07:13 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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#546735 - 06/16/13 08:59 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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#546736 - 06/16/13 09:00 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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#546737 - 06/16/13 10:28 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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#546740 - 06/16/13 11:42 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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#546742 - 06/17/13 06:05 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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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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