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Old 09-02-2018, 09:05 AM   #1
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“Kinship” away again...

Finally got away from the dock for a couple weeks. Going to try and spend some time in the Gulf Islands and San Juans. Left this morning around 6:30. Nice morning, with light air.

My tachometer is refusing to give me a reading this morning giving me a “Sim no J39 data” error. This happens occasionally and will resolve itself eventually.

The mountain was out as we were leaving the Harbor. Nice morning.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:06 AM   #2
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Beautiful start to the day and trip. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Thank you. Nice shots!
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Dave, don't you know it's not nice to make others jealous on a Sunday morning?


Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Beautiful photos and I hope there are more to come.
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Old 09-02-2018, 12:04 PM   #7
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“Kinship” away again...

Lots of boats out salmon fishing. Had to carefully snake my way through a whole gaggle of boats clustered around the West Point buoy. I saw a few netting some nice fish. A bit hazy out here today. Looks like some smoke.
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Old 09-02-2018, 01:55 PM   #8
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For some reason my boat speed is way down. I don’t think I am facing any time of significant current, but I’m running over a knot slower than what I would normally be running at my current RPM and fuel burn.

One possibility would be that my RPM and fuel burn numbers are incorrect. I don’t think so as when I don’t get them it is simply an all or nothing thing.

Possibly I picked up a line, pot, or something that I am dragging.

Dirty bottom, I don’t think so as if has been regularly cleaned by the diver.

GPS reading faulty? Not likely.
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:46 PM   #9
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Still no ideas on slow speed. My wife had the idea of doing a 180 and see if the speed picked up thereby eliminating current as a culprit. We did it and we saw an increase of at least a 1/2 knot. However, it just doesn't make sense because the slow speed was consistent for the rest of the day.

I tried to use my GoPro to see if I was dragging anything and didn't see anything. (Too cold and windy to risk swimming under for a look and I don't have a mask anyway).

I am open to any ideas.
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dirty bottom or prop seems the most likely, or you picked up a crab trap line.


Any vibration in the drive line?


Can the engine make full RPM when wide open, assuming it could before? If it can't, that would be another indication that it's drag of some sort.


And what about fuel and water load? That will definitely make a difference of some amount.
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dirty bottom or prop seems the most likely, or you picked up a crab trap line.


Any vibration in the drive line?


Can the engine make full RPM when wide open, assuming it could before? If it can't, that would be another indication that it's drag of some sort.


And what about fuel and water load? That will definitely make a difference of some amount.


Thanks twisted.

No vibration that I can feel at any RPM. Engine still makes the rated RPM at full power. Full water and half fuel, so not exactly light but not really heavier than normal.

It certainly could be a dirty hull and running gear. I just checked at it has been 3 months since my last cleaning. It is cleaned every 3 months and this summer has been unusually warm. I should have asked the diver to do me ahead of schedule in advance of this trip. If get brave I may go under and take a look, but damn this water is cold and I don’t have a mask.
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It will be a good test of ablative paint, if that’s what you have. Maybe it will improve with Miles.
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Hard, not ablative. I am a slow boat after all.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:13 AM   #14
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Spent last night at Oak Harbor. I've never been there before and we were hoping to get a slip, but no such luck. We ended up anchoring in the bay in front of the Marina with a bunch of other boats. It was a pretty tight fit. I put out 100' of chain and the full length of my bridle. We had 20knot winds coming off the strait over night and being so close to the other boats I didn't sleep really well. No one dragged anchor so all was good.

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Did you try backing up? Not sure of your local conditions, but I get weeds around my prop/rudder in some areas which are easy cleared by backing up aggressively for a couple of boatlengths.
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Did you try backing up? Not sure of your local conditions, but I get weeds around my prop/rudder in some areas which are easy cleared by backing up aggressively for a couple of boatlengths.
Well, I did when I went into the Oak Harbor Marina and turned around and left. Also when I dropped anchor. Hard to tell with the currents today, but it may be better this morning.

I could have picked up some kelp leaving Gig Harbor yesterday.
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Surprised there was not space in Oak, usually space available, but it is a Holiday wkend.
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The plan was to go through the Swinomish then across Rosario to Lopez. I finally figured out that the reason my wife wanted to go that route was that she was afraid if Deception Pass. Not sure why but I explained that there are only 3 routes out of Puget Sound. She doesn't like Juan de Fuca Strait, and if she is afraid of Deception, that leaves us only one option. There are times when Swinomish isn't viable. So I talked her into it. Neither one of us have been through before as the timing wasn't good. Today, it was ideal.

Slack was predicted at 10:15am. I hit it at 10:17. Looks like the prediction was a few minutes early as we still had a bit of flood against us. The Pass is fine, the number of large cruisers blasting by within a boat length, not much.

The Southern part of Rosario is a bit rolly from the swells coming down Juan de Fuca but not too bad. Not sure where we will end up tonight but I think my wife would like to try Fisherman's Bay.
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Hunter Bay, at the SE side of Lopez is a great anchorage, just to sit back and relax. Fishermans Bay has lots to do, tie up or anchor, both good options. Entry to Bay requires attention and some water!
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