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Old 05-01-2016, 06:31 PM   #21
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Strong to gale force westerlies on west entrance of Juan de Fuca forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Fog banks forming Monday. Combined with a strong ebb those conditions could prove challenging. Thursday looks much better.
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:57 PM   #22
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You think about starting a whole new escape thread in the traveller folder?
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Strong to gale force westerlies on west entrance of Juan de Fuca forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Fog banks forming Monday. Combined with a strong ebb those conditions could prove challenging. Thursday looks much better.
Thanks for the concern. We will be crossing the Bar early tomorrow, turning on the Cats at 2100rpm and 14kts + and should be in Neah Bay late tomorrow afternoon.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:00 PM   #24
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You think about starting a whole new escape thread in the traveller folder?
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Good Point. Hey Admin guys! Please move this thread over to the above. Thank you
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Good Point. Hey Admin guys! Please move this thread over to the above. Thank you
I didn't mean for you to move, Tom, just maybe a new one from cast off.


Does your AIS transmit?
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Leg 1

Leg 1 completed. Left the home dock at noon and made Astoria around 5 PM. Weather was fantastic, sunny 85f and the water was a lake. Weather reports for the "run" to Neah Bay WA look good. Should cross the Columbia River Bar around 0500-0530. An easterly breeze tomorrow and sunny weather promised. May get to practice my skill in fog navigation tomorrow.


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Old 05-01-2016, 09:12 PM   #27
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Does your AIS transmit?
His AIS is working great and so is his Spot, here is his home for the night......
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His AIS is working great and so is his Spot, here is his home for the night......
Cool. Another unsuspecting el tourista to stalk.
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I know you are weather smart. I note Dixon Entrance East is with a gale warning and seas 2 to 3 meters tonight.
And another damn good reason to have: https://www.windyty.com/?55.615,-131.585,1 on your book marks.
It has proven quite actuate. That in conjunction with the Canadian West Coast weather will cover your weather bases.

Tanglewood, I plan on hitting Clarence Straits Wed. Morning around 5 AM for a full day run to Wrangell. Be there for a few days golfing and such. Will keep an eye out just in case.

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14 hours running time Astoria to Neah Bay, hope you had a great trip. Looking forward to the updates and photos. Welcome to the PNW!
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14 hours running time Astoria to Neah Bay, hope you had a great trip. Looking forward to the updates and photos. Welcome to the PNW!
Yes! Now ASD, cross on over to paradise.

Mike; what you tracking them with?
Marine traffic has had them stuck off La Push for the last 4 hours.
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Yes! Now ASD, cross on over to paradise.

Mike; what you tracking them with?
Marine traffic has had them stuck off La Push for the last 4 hours.
Hawgwash, yes AIS stalled out at La Push but the Spot just kept on tracking. Now safe and sound in Neah Bay tied to the dock........

Hope they don't mind the armchair stalking.........
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Chapter 2

After 13 hours of a slightly uncomfortable ride we are sitting in Neah Bay. Left Astoria at 0600m just as the sun was peaking over the mountains. We contemplating leaving earlier, but were scared of crab pots. As the sun broke we were in the middle of the Columbia River Bar. Mid-Channel had swells at 6 feet, but calm. As we got further into it the wind was blowing from the south and made for "confused seas." Once we were clear of the North Jetty and Peacock area, we turned NNW out to sea. Once we were a few miles, we got out of the Columbia River zone and the seas were fine with a south wind, wind waves 2 feet and swells at 8 feet, 13 seconds apart. Raised the Cats to a purr at 2150rpms and we were on our way at 12 kts.

Our first waypoint would put us off shore 33.5 miles. We saw whales and dolphins all over the place. One sad note. We saw a baby whale stuck in a green net. Oh and yes on our way out there we saw crab pots everywhere! Some idiot also painted his floats BLACK! yeah black. We are scared of crab traps as they can do lots of damage. Once we were 33 miles out, in 450 feet of water, no crab traps all the way to Neah Bay!

When we were across from Gray's Harbor we started to get shore wind from the east. I had swells on the port bow and these 3-4 foot wind waves from the stbd bow. Made an uncomfortable situation. Another 50 miles and the wind shifted to the south. This pushed the stern and made steering difficult. You got a workout on the wheel. Across from La Push we had everything and confused seas. Once we started toward Cape Flattery the seas died down and we were making almost 15mph!

Never being to Juan De Fuca Straits, it was hard to figure out the entrance. Trust the electronics, but I couldn't help to wonder how Cap'ts Cook and Vancouver missed this entrance at first. We called the Neah Bay marina and got a slip assignment of A-4. Cool. When we were about 4nm from Cape Flattery, we called Prince Rupert Traffic to report our position and intensions. They appreciated us calling. Pulled into Neah Bay with plenty of daylight, but we were tired.

It was a good run, but after 13 hours we were wore out! mmm Auto pilot...Kay!!!!!

Hope you followed us. We will spend a day or two here to explore this Native American Village
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:20 AM   #34
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So no auto pilot? I can't even imagine hand steering in that for 13hrs. I'm a total whimp.
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Glad to hear you guys are on the way and the uphill trip wasent to bad. We didn't like Nea Bay much at all with sunk and abandoned boats. Pretty good oil slick too! We entered Canada at Bedwell yesterday. The San Juans were great as usall and the weather has been Awesome. Our AIS is on so when you guys get close, let's have a few and tell lies!
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Glad to hear you guys are on the way and the uphill trip wasent to bad. We didn't like Nea Bay much at all with sunk and abandoned boats. Pretty good oil slick too! We entered Canada at Bedwell yesterday. The San Juans were great as usall and the weather has been Awesome. Our AIS is on so when you guys get close, let's have a few and tell lies!

You got it! We also have AIS. Give us a shout too.....

Yep no auto pilot. Not having it I would know how to act with it, but it is on my wish list. That and a water maker.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:43 AM   #37
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Yep no auto pilot.
Respect!

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An AP is a significant investment, but it hugely reduces fatigue on longer runs. With the cruising you are doing, I expect you will want one pretty soon.

Enjoy the San Juans. It's a lovely place, and you are ahead of the crowds so will largely have it to yourself.
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Tom, Congratulation on making Neah Bay. That is a VERY cheap place to fuel up because it's an Indian reservation and the taxes are much lower.


I hope your trip in the Straits of JdF are better than we had when we took Stuart's boat through there.


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So AIS (Class B) doesn't seem to be working well in the Neah Bay area. I looked on Marine Traffic and it shows me as a pleasure craft, with no further information. I am transmitting.


Hey GFC, thanks and yes we will fuel there and I will post some numbers tomorrow. Freezer has plenty of Klondike Bars in my new freezer!!!!
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