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Old 05-03-2016, 02:54 PM   #41
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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
Here are two attachements of your Marine Traffic detail page, couldn't get it in one capture. The map still shows yesterdays afternoon location off La Push but the recent port of calls at the bottom of the second capture says Neah Bay.....
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:21 AM   #43
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Neah Bay WA

This such a cool little town. Everyone is friendly willing to help you. The harbor is full of fishing boats, a lot of fishing boats. Reminds me of Crescent City CA when I was a kid. This place has gotten some bad press, but I don't see it. We have had a wonderful day. First I made some room in the cockpit and took the dingy out, blew it up and put it on its home. Then we walked about 1/2 mile to the Makah Indian Nation museum. What a treat! Best $5 I have spent so far. Stopped for dinner at the Warm House, then the general store for a few things. We were then surprised by a great sunset!!

We are off to Port Angeles tomorrow morning after we get fuel and see how much going fast is going to cost us.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:23 AM   #44
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Hey GFC!!!! Look at what I found!
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:49 AM   #45
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I'll be in and out of the Port Angeles Boat Haven today as we are putting on an autopilot. We are moored on the transient dock - please say hello if you see me first.

I will PM you my phone number - please call if you need support/car etc. For dinner, I recommend Strait Slice Pizza (closes at 6pm) or Next Door Gastropub. Both are fantastic and easy walking distance.
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I'll be in and out of the Port Angeles Boat Haven today as we are putting on an autopilot. We are moored on the transient dock - please say hello if you see me first.

I will PM you my phone number - please call if you need support/car etc. For dinner, I recommend Strait Slice Pizza (closes at 6pm) or Next Door Gastropub. Both are fantastic and easy walking distance.
Thanks Jeff. I'll give you a shout when I get closer this afternoon. I have been assigned K dock.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:48 AM   #47
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Chapter 3 Neah Bay to Port Angeles

Took easy today wasn't in a big hurry to leave. The big gale blow didn't happen last night. But.........How things can go to crap in a second. Got ready to leave the dock, the starboard (STBD-Right) engine alternator failed to come on line. I went to the engine room and removed it in about 20 minutes. Crap, oh well I did bring a new spare! That was till I opened the box and the new one did not have a pulley! How did I miss that ? I could remove it and there was no place on the reservation that could do the work, so I reinstalled it so we could make Port Angeles. well surprise, surprise surprise!!! I came on line. Well this bites! So off to the fuel dock.

You know Mother Nature has a sense of humor sometimes, because just as we rounded the corner and the wind suddenly came up and was pushing me AWAY from the fuel dock! Dang it.... Well the other boats got a show as it took me almost twenty minutes to get tied up to the dock while almost taking out the poor fuel guy's shack with the bow pulpit! We fueled up and we were on our way to Port Angeles. Fuel info below.

At first the sea conditions were a little snotty. Following seas with some wind chop. Not bad, but I don't have auto pilot, so you have to "work" the wheel (steering) to maintain a course and it was 63 miles to Port Angeles! But as we worked our way up the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the seas started to calm down. The last 10 miles was like being on a lake, nice and smooth. We pulled into Port Angeles and found our assigned dock, but the show wasn't over. Our dock was an end dock, so I pulled along side and swung the boat around like a professional! I was looking good, so I thought. So we were slowly pulling up to the dock so Kay could get on the dock and tie up the line. The back of the boat was only 4 feet away and drifting closer! A few more feet and Kay was getting off! The stupid me wasn't satisfied with slow and I tapped one of the engines in gear! Crap now the bow was point away from the dock and the stern, where Kay was standing started to move AWAY from the dock! Sound familiar? Just like the fuel dock, but there was NO WIND! It was calm, this was all me! Kay saved the day and lassoed the dock cleat and pulled the boat into the dock. She is my hero!!!

A new friend on the Trawler's Forum, Jeff of the good boat Irene contacted me. He works for the Coast Guard. He offered to take me any place I needed to go to get my alternator pulley switched over to the new one. He took me to an auto shop and 10 minutes later we were on our way back to the boat. I installed the new alternator and we were back in business. Thanks Jeff for all your help. I am hoping we can meet up later this summer. You have a new friend. But you know most boaters (cruisers) are like that willing to help a fellow cruiser out.

So here I sit eating baked Tilapia and Spanish rice for supper, later with scotch in one hand and a cigar in the other as we walked the dock looking at these 115 feet Westport Yachts......mmmmmm

Numbers from our dock to Neah Bay WA:

Total Miles: 236.7
Average RPMs: 2150
Total Fuel used: 308 gal
MPG: 1.3
Total Hours: 19.2
Fuel Burn Rate Per Hour: 16.07 GPH
Price of fuel: $2.24 PG
Total Fuel Cost: $691.15

Cost of going fast. But these numbers aren't bad. We will be slowing way down for the rest of the trip. More pics on the blog
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:51 AM   #48
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Big thank you to a tf member!

I want to personally thank Jeff of Irene who is a TF member. He went above and beyond the call of help. Thank you Jeff for your assistance. Could have done it without you.......Love TF!
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Glad you made it and got your alternator fixed.

BTW, I think your MPG number is inverted. Should be 0.77 MPG

I too have always heard that fuel is cheap at Neah Bay, but I've never bought there. For comparison, does anyone know the current price at Covich-Williams in Seattle? Last time I bought there is was on $1.38/gal, but I think prices have gone up since then.
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Awesome trip! Nice job Jeff!
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Tom, good job on getting the alternator pulley switched over and Thanks to Jeff for helping out a fellow TF'er.


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Hey that's our Westport! You should stop by and say hi. Just kidding. But man, are you gonna check into an autopilot soon? I think if you can swing it you'll be very happy with it. We're on the Chesapeake waiting for 7 ft seas with 2 second period to lie down some before we go out.
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BTW, I think your MPG number is inverted. Should be 0.77 MPG
You are correct. Thanks
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Chapter 4 Port Angeles to Friday Harbor

We departed Port Angeles under clear sunny skies for the 40 mile run to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Seas were calm and like glass as we followed a tug with a tow out of the harbor. Our course would take through Cattle Pass and based on our speed 0f 8 knots, we would be at the pass just as the tide started to come in, or called a flood. I didn't notice it for a while, but when I turned around to see Port Angeles......WOW! The Olympic Mountains stood high and proud with a little snow on top. They reminded me of the June Lake in California. Just wow.... Oh and little brother no sign of Big Foot!!!

We called Seattle Traffic on 5A to give them our intentions to cross commercial shipping lane. These folks are like air traffic controllers, except for water. It was a real pleasant ride to Cattle Pass. Cattle Pass has a lot of rocks so you have to take the entrance mid-channel. This was our first time going through a passage like this during a flood and wow. We were doing 8kts and when we got into the pass our speed jumped to 14kts! The heavy current pushed us around a bit, but a little power and we were ok. In our up coming travels we will come across many of these passes, and we will have to wait until slack tide to cross.

We were now officially in the san Juan Islands. As we rounded the island we called Friday Harbor for a slip assignment. BWB was it and we didn't know it at the time, but the primo spot! You can see the sunrise and sunset off of Mt. Baker. Nice warm sunny day. I like this retirement thing.

After paying our slip fee for 2 nights, we walked the town. Everything is so green and the old store fronts are in great condition with hanging baskets everywhere. Kay visited art stores, I went to Ace hardware for a few things. We are looking forward to our day adventure. Here is a link to the town:

http://www.visitsanjuans.com/about-islands/friday-harbor-san-juan-island

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Beautiful! Congrats on your progress so far. Great job helping a fellow TFer, Jeff! It's always great to find that there's help at the next town!
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So I am on the bow giving my baby a much needed bath. When all of a sudden I hear "Hi Tom!" I look up and see this beautiful lady. It was the Irene. They are headed up to Canada for a few days. We will try to meet up later this summer in the Broughton. Oh and she handed me a boat card too.... Thank Jeff.
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Tom, you two are docked in our favorite San Juans town. We absolutely love FH. There's a bar on the south side of the main drag where we watched some Seahawk football a few years ago when we were there. Cold beer, Seahawks victory. Doesn't get much better.
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Herb'so Tavern? We ate lunch there today. Great fish and chips.
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