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Old 10-28-2011, 03:18 PM   #21
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markpierce wrote:Yup.* Another "boring" day "at sea."
Looks like another day at sea to me. Take the great circle from Seattle to Japan a few times in the winter then get back to us.

A rainy day on a floatel hardly counts as a seagoing adventure.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:26 PM   #22
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On our cruise from Vancouver to the Hawaiian Islands last October the seas were dead flat and the skies sunny but you could spend all day looking at the horizon 360 degrees and not see another vessel. It certainly made one realize just how damned big the ocean is and just how little our boats are. I could easily have cruised Penta (had she been in the water) to Hawaii at that time but there is no way I had any desire to do so.
There was a trio of older gents here in Victoria a few years back who annually sailed their 45 foot ex commercial fish boat to Hawaii and back, just for the fun of the trip so they said. They carried extra fuel in drums on deck lashed to very sturdy rails and apparently had great crossings but I would think they must have gotten very bored by the time they completed a crossing as it took the Statendam 5 days with us last year.
This is the one place where the expression "Leave the driving to us" applies to boating in my mind.
Now cruising up the coast along Vancouver Island and the BC Mainland inlets is my "cup of tea"!

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #23
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Rick was talking about a great circle route*with vessels typically transiting Unimak Pass near Dutch Harbor, AK.

It's a different ocean up north,*especially in the winter.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:15 PM   #24
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Back in the 1970s when I was a kid working in commercial television in Hawaii, there was a news story one day about a group of "hippies' for want of a better word, who sailed a nasty-looking black schooner of about 70' or so from Seattle to Hawaii. They loaded the boat down with row after row of car batteries to power the monster stereo system they had on board, bought some food and pot*and headed out.

Their navigation system consisted of..... lining the boat up with the jet contrails btween Seattle and Hawaii.

About 100 miles from Oahu they radioed the USCG that they were out of food and fuel. This was back in the days when the Coast Guard responded to calls like this with something more substantial than, "Bummer," and they went out and towed the schooner into Kaneohe Bay, which is where I saw it. Our news reporter interviewed some of the schooner's "crew" and they said the worst thing about the whole voyage had happened several days earlier when their batteries had finally died and they couldn't play their stereo anymore.

The USCG spokesman interviewed said that if the ocean conditions hadn't been super mild for the several weeks it took them to make the trip, and had there been any substantial cloud cover to mask the jet contrails, they would have ended up as box lunches for sharks.

i don't know what happened to the schooner's crew. They probably drifted away to one place or another. The schooner, I seem to recall, was finally declared derelict and was hauled out of the water and broken up.


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Now that was a ship of fools.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:21 PM   #26
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That's why my long-range, open-water cruises include stage shows, parlor games, movies, drinks at the piano bar, and four-course meals.
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That's why my long-range, open-water cruises include stage shows, parlor games, movies, drinks at the piano bar, and four-course meals.
*Yes, but Mark, are you going for the ride or the destination at the end?
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Larry, the ship/voyage is the primary "destination."* I've become so jaded I don't get off at most intermediate ports of call (been there).

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