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    I had to go back to the OP for a reminder; you've come a long way, congratulations! I've been studying the Douglas' Guide to Southeast Alaska this spring. Here's hoping you get to drop anchor in some of those places I've been reading about. Happy Cruising! / Jim

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    Thanks Jim! We’re hoping to get out on the boat quite a bit this summer since our summer plans have fallen through. We’ll see.

    The boat is making about a gallon and a half of water in an hour now, which is a heck of a lot better than the 400 gallons an hour it was making when we launched a week ago. At the current rate, that means the bilge pump is cycling once every six hours or so. Definitely going in the right direction.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Default Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Quote Originally Posted by chas View Post
    I had to go back to the OP for a reminder; you've come a long way, congratulations! I've been studying the Douglas' Guide to Southeast Alaska this spring. Here's hoping you get to drop anchor in some of those places I've been reading about. Happy Cruising! / Jim
    Is that a companion to Douglas' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

    @ the other Jim - glad she's swelling up!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Congrats Jim, happy you're able to move around on the water again :-D!

    May I ask you how the actual situation for recreational boating is in Alaska right now? I'm asking because a mate of mine can't be talked out of leaving Hawaii (where he arrived just before the lockdown coming from Panama, is properly cleared in and allowed to stay till his Visa has to be renewed in September) with the intention of sailing to Alaska now because he's getting "itchy feet" and wants to be on the move again. The whole Pacific is closed including Australia and New Zealand, so he thinks he could go for some nice cruising in Alaska ... Sorry to trouble you but I wouldn't know whom else to ask!
    fair winds, Dody
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    Right now, travelers arriving from outside the state are required to quarrantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state. Other than that there aren’t really any restrictions that I know of, but Canadian waters are closed to traffic from elsewhere.
    -Jim

    Sucker for a pretty face.
    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Thank you Jim, this is good news in our world gone mad!
    fair winds, Dody
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    That's bigger than my house. Just remember that a boat is a hole in the water you throw money in.

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    I’ve never particularly liked that expression. Now BOAT standing for Break Out Another Thousand I totally get.

    Boats are expensive, it’s just the way it goes. Then again so are houses and I don’t take my house out and bash it through 4 foot seas like I did with Amazon last weekend.
    -Jim

    Sucker for a pretty face.
    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    No, of course not, houses can't even float !

    Went back a whole page but couldn't find a hint to what shawnkielty was referring to. Well, not important I guess.
    fair winds, Dody
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    "bash it through 4 foot seas like I did with Amazon last weekend."

    Wind over tide? It's amazing how quick things in the channels can change sometimes. I now shy away from running in much more than a 3-knot current and am very carefull about wind forecasts when I'm passing through the tight spots.

    I'm thinking Amazon would handle 4' on the nose with ease, given a little care at the helm; am I overestimating her? / Jim

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    Yeah, nose on or following seas really aren’t that bad. What gets us are the crossings where you get cross waves from opposing currents, like where Stephens passage meets Taku Inlet. Amazon can get pretty rolly, with only an eight foot beam. But usually I can pick a path that isn’t too bad. We weren’t intending to be out in crappy weather, the marine forecast was for light winds and seas 1 to 2 feet. Turns out that wasn’t quite right and we got caught in building seas rain and fog. By that point is was closer to safe harbor to keep going than it was to head home. Then yesterday we had to come back home through more of the same, but it was all following seas once we got out of Taku Harbor and were able to make the turn north.

    Still, everyone seems to have had a good time.
    -Jim

    Sucker for a pretty face.
    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    The captain starts grinning when the pots start spinning. / Jim

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