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Old 03-26-2013, 10:54 PM   #21
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As I posted in another thread, winter (and late fall, early spring) boating is the best boating there is up here. All the wimps are huddled in their houses bemoaning the "harsh" winter weather. Be nice if they stayed there all year, frankly.
What? Didn't you previously say that weather in the PNW is unfavorable to boating all year round?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #22
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What? Didn't you previously say that weather in the PNW is unfavorable to boating all year round?
Only to people who don't like constant rain, fog, wind, damp, overcast, vicious boat-smashing, boater-eating whales, fifteen-knot rapids with huge, boat-sucking whirlpools, endless fields of escaped logs that are all itching to punch a hole in the hulls of the unwary, winter storm fronts of 40 knot sustained and 80 knot gusts in the marinas, and a constant gentle drift of volcanic ash.

But if you like all that stuff--- as we do--- then it's a fabulous place to boat.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:50 PM   #23
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Doesn't look so bad to me. And this is Alaska.

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Old 03-27-2013, 12:07 AM   #24
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Oh, SE Alaska is nothing compared to the northern Puget Sound and BC. And notice that the sky in your shot is nice and depressingly overcast, just the way we like it.
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Our snow is melting fast this week, temperature is finally on the plus side. Put this together with the two very large flocks of geese I saw yesterday heading north, the 12 robbins my mother spotted on her front lawn, all the deer in the fields this morning and I would say it's finally spring and about time. Hope to splash by the end of April but the lake still has a foot or more of ice.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #26
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Got down to 36 last night here in central Florida. The norm is about 55-60 this time of year.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #27
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Got down to 36 last night here in central Florida. The norm is about 55-60 this time of year.
Maybe that's why the geese are flying north
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #28
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Maybe that's why the geese are flying north
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #29
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We took the ferry from Port-aux-Basques to North Sydney on our way back from Newfoundland. Maybe some day I'll be able to take that trip in my own boat.
I was thinking before I bought my boat that I was going to have to do that too but was able to get the Ocean Breeze in Newfoundland. Only once with all the crossing I did on the different ferry's that it was too rough to do it in my boat.

Anyway here is what it looks like on a normal day.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:44 PM   #30
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Great Time in the PNW

Saturday here on the Great Columbia River in the PNW! And we are past 12 hours a day of sunshine!

Saturday, March 30
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47Rise: 6:55 AMSet: 7:38 PMRise: 11:59 PMSet: 8:42 AMSunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s.

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47Rise: 6:53 AMSet: 7:39 PMRise: 12:05 AMSet: 9:32 AMA few clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:23 AM   #31
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Splashed Sand Castle. Cleaned her up this weekend in upper 50s weather...
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Splashed Sand Castle. Cleaned her up this weekend in upper 50s weather...
In the first image, it looks a tad shallow...
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:37 AM   #33
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In the first image, it looks a tad shallow...
Narrow, it is. About 5-6 deep. Google Wayfarers Cove, near Minnesott Beach, NC, then zoom in with Google Maps. Excellent hurricane hole, nervous entrance. Still, they manage to get 50-footers to haul out in there.
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Narrow, it is. About 5-6 deep. Google Wayfarers Cove, near Minnesott Beach, NC, then zoom in with Google Maps. Excellent hurricane hole, nervous entrance. Still, they manage to get 50-footers to haul out in there.
I'd be nervous. Kinda reminds me of Worton Creek on the eastern shore of Maryland
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:27 PM   #35
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I play devil's advocate good place for a single prop boat. Way more forgiving when going through a narrow channel.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:26 AM   #37
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Mine's a single screw with a skeg protecting prop and rudder, the channel surface is sand, the wind and current calm in the channel. The captain however, was a nervous wreck because I had not piloted the boat for 5 months and the yard was in a hurry to splash me because their busy season is here and I wanted a couple more weeks to do self-work. Quite obviously, their profit margin is larger with their work, than when i do self-work. (this is the same place where the local diesel mechanic estimated 30-40 hours to do a hose change). So I reluctantly agreed to splash (understand, I MISS the boat in water, but needs and wants are not the same thing.)

So this weekend, on my marina work raft, I scraped old paint tape (crappy tape, sticky) off the boat hull taking 5 times as much time because I did it from the water and not from scaffold. This took the place of my changing oil and filter and changing fuel filters. However I did get a great lesson in procedure from my good buddy TomB on here in fuel filter change process, and my wife has the boat almost the way she wants it, and that's the most important part.
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Not quite spring, got 2 feet of snow today!!
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Ice Fishing is just about over for the year... lol
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