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Old 09-18-2016, 09:14 PM   #21
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I think I fixed the dink. Lost the inside part of the filling fixture inside the tube. Could see it so I rigged a coat hanger hook and got it up to the hole .... and then what? With most of the air out of the tubes I managed to position the part inside and line up the hole .... I eventially got them screwed together. It's held for about 5 hours now. Couldn't justify continuing the trip w/o a life raft.

Thanks Tom, AV8r, Al and Doug,
If the weather is'nt OK tomorrow I'll be look'in at Tom's list for sure. Dude the less you know about "duckies" the better. Dave I'm trying to arrange a course up the Strait that will give us stern seas. Willy eats stern seas. SE wind should deliver. Doug I'd be grumpy too if my boat was named Blue ____. Al we all need to think nice at least once a year. Craig that duckie inflated my anger today. When we leave big water I plan to tow it .. at least try that.
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:11 PM   #22
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I was poking some fun at my brother Conrad on Blue Sky. He should in the area or at least he was last week and he's always open to visitors.
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:25 AM   #23
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I was poking some fun at my brother Conrad on Blue Sky. He should in the area or at least he was last week and he's always open to visitors.
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Yes Eric if you make it to Campbell River we should catch up - Starbucks is very close to the marina. Ted & Dorothy would be delighted to catch up as well.

I'm only grumpy when my brother is around.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:17 AM   #24
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Georga Strait is like the Skgit River. Rather dangerous.

As a young man I crossed Dixion Entrance w a single engined OB boat w no spare. Actually went to Juneau from Rupert on that boat w only a hiking compass (w the quivering needle) and an Alaska tourist map .. green for land blue for water. I found my way though and I'm sure I wasn't nervous about it either. Those things that concern most people just didn't bother me. Now (today) it does. I've been bit twice in Georgia Strait and safety spots are far appart. The only thing that concerns me is the single engine thing w no backup. Can't belive I actually said that.

So we're going to catch the tide at Dodd Narrows and meander on back. My instinct got me this far and ya gotta have faith in something. Maybe this is why I've always been pro-twin engine on TF. Something inside was building up. We'll have a good time going back and there's several things I should be doing and want to be doing at home.

Ghost vanished thismorning. One could say I did too I suppose. Sorry.
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Eric, the key is to have fun and enjoy. A rough crossing is not fun. The islands will be wonderful as they should be relatively quiet without the summer crowds.
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Having been whacked pretty hard out in Georgia Strait a couple of times in the last few weeks I'd have to agree that you made a wise decision Eric. Even if you had a good run up this way you could be held hostage by the seas and not get back for some time. (Not that Campbell River is a bad place!)

Another time.
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We caught Dodd rather early, just at first light. Honestly a little borderline early for the stretch down to Dodd through the worst log infected area. It was rainy but otherwise fine and we caught Dodd at a comfortable time about 45 minutes after slack. Not many boats out yesterday, I probably only saw two other vessels that were not working boats. Very few even on AIS. We ended up in Genoa bay, as with moderate but not severe winds forecast, I did not feel like punishing myself on anchor watch on vacation. Good call, great great food here at Genoa, they have a chef and we had a great time here. Will probably play at marinas for a couple more days, though would not mind a peaceful night on the hook somewhere.

Not sure what is up next, pretty much playing it by ear. Might go back towards Maple Bay or Brentwood. Possibly Sydney, though for some reason I don't like laying in that harbor. I just never got a great vibe there, don't know why as its a nice place. Love Sydney Spit though so if the weather improves, I'll find a way there.

Thankfully the rain has washed out the fog for us. My old 1930 Furuno radar has finally bit the dust.

Hope you have a good trip. Don't apologize for following your instincts, the weather has not been terrible but unstable enough to throw a curve on short notice. I've had the same feeling, a nagging overtone to not take risks the past few days. I guess that's why I decided to sneak out before sunup yesterday morning to open up some options. Thus far, nothing terrible has materialized but as September goes, things can change fast.
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The only thing that concerns me is the single engine thing w no backup...
Have you considered a small "get home, or at least to a safe place" outboard?

I've seen photo's of OB's on Allweather boats, which have a stern like yours.
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Oh well, maybe next time.

Beautiful morning out there now. Just like glass earlier. Have a great trip.
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We got home last night.

Went so to Montgue Harbour and spent another day there. Did a lot of walking in the park (pics later) and met a number of great people.
Launched the rubber duckie for the first time .. thought we should try it out in a non-emergency situation .. and I was curious. Terrible in the water. It rowed fine .. I mean it was no trouble going straight but there was precious little "going". Turned around to see how far the beach was and it was always twice as far as I thought it should be. My thoughts are turning back to towing our old yellow dinghy or getting a disposable aluminum skiff about 13' long. Have a 6hp Johnson I could contribute to the experiment. Gotta be something better than that duckie.
One important thing though was that it was quite easy to lift up on the cabintop. Went to the "Humming Bird Bar and Grill" on an old school bus. The driver was a hoot X 10. Everybody was singing Yellow Submarine and the driver had symbols and a drum stick to beat on things. Fun ride!

It was windy in Montague the day we left but I employed my "poke nose out and see" habbits of the past. Thought the seas would be a froth of whitecaps but wasn't bad at all. So we struck out for Friday Harbor. It was a confused sea at Haro Strait but just a little uncomfortable. Cleared customs (ugh!) and saw most of the fleet at Montague had arrived also. Ate out for dinner and met up w folks we met at Montague and did breakfast w them at Cynthia's (excellent!) and had a nice mellow ride home. Our timing seems excellent as it's windy today and a bit wet.

Got things to fix on the boat now .....
Forgot the VHF antenna and broke it entering our slip. I've got the electrical cord thing down now but behind the curve on the antenna.
Water lift muffler is leaking and probably is cracked. Don't think my arthritis will not allow that job .... $$$.
Vent on the forecabin roof is leaking in the head overhead.
Intermediate prop shaft bearing is running too warm to keep my fingers on it for long. I greased it and need to watch it close the next run. I think it's a ball bearing so should run cool ... me thinks.
Curser (representing our boat) on the GPS indicator is a bit off the real course. But it has been before.
Holding tank discharge pump seems to be not working. May be fuse.

No regrets on the trip though. Thought about why I aborted and came up w quite a few reasons. I remember when I flew ultralights w a new wing or rebuild or if a time had passed I'd not extend my flying for a time but eventially as I got intamate w the wing, the engine and all the door would open up to serious flying. That way of venturing forth may still be w me.

At home on the computer I'll post some pics later. Just at Starbucks now.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:26 PM   #31
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Pictures on the foreshortened trip.

5,6,7, 8 and 9 are at Montague Harbour.

First 3 are in Namaimo and you can see Ghost is no longer a ghost.

Last at Friday Harbor.

That's Chris next to last.
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Photo #4 would be an awesome bouldering site!
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Very nice pictures Eric! Welcome home.
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Nice pics Eric. You can expect a few issues to present on a trip after a break from cruising.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:24 AM   #35
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Murray,
Bouldering site ???

Thanks 78,
US customs agents didn't exactly welcome us home. That big woman w the big ass tattoo on her arm is an angry woman. Even raised her voice to other customs agents! They need to send that woman to Guam for a few years .. like 40.

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I'm suppressed the exhaust system lasted as long as it did. The high rise pipe sticks up over a foot and engine motion being what it is (mostly radial) the top of the high rise goes left and right w the vibration. And the big hose is extremely ridgid so I'm thinking the vibration movement is transferred directly to the lift muffler. And to the boat where the lift muffler mounts. So I'm going to look into installing a short section of SS accordian like pipe to absorb the vibration. The whole boat may be smoother. I'm fortuneate though as the fairly small amount of vibration felt is at rpms that are very seldom used. But any reduction of vibration is good. Anyway I'm going down there today to look the situation over.
By the way my holding tank extractor pump works fine .. must have the seacock closed.
I'm a little afraid the wires for the VHF antenna don't have connecters close to the antenna so may be a PITA to do the wires.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:55 AM   #36
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The rest of the presentable pictures.

The second and third pics are Prevost Harbor.

The blue one was Haro Strait and the rest Montague Marine Park.
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Welcome back Eric, great pictures as always.
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Bouldering site ???
Rock climbing without a rope. That bluff is low enough for bouldering....anything higher and you're into free soloing territory!
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Ahhh I see ..
Haven't done anything like that in years. You need to keep your skill up so as to be able to reach everyone's mailbox.

I stumbled over good picture of the hose I intend to replace w a flex pipe. It's right above the seacock.
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Eric, great pictures as would be expected from you. Chris and Willy looked especially good. The last I saw of you, you were in a canoe.
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