Sweet Thursday under full sail
Me, A Blogger, Contd.
In Chapter 8, we leave Elfin Cove - South Bound along the edge of the Gulf of Alaska and the worst weather of our trip.
Going commercial fishing for Halibut
Start chapter 9
End of Chapter 7
On to Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell and Ketchikan.
Start Chapter 8
June 25, 1983 - Saturday
1200 - The exhaust valves arrived while we were gone so I ground them to seat them and had dinner with Dave Walton.
1700 - A fellow by the name of Dick entered Elfin Cove in a '24 Reinell sail boat, the "Goody". He was elated to be there having crossed the Gulf from Anchoage. It was his birthday so we drank some wine with him and by midnight I got the engine together and it runs.
June 26, 1983 - Sunday.0130 - Finished celebrating with Dick and got back to work cleaning up the mess I made. I am pretty good at that especially with so little room to work in.
0930 - Refined the engine tuning. Compression before the engine work was # 1 before 75, now 115, # 2 before was 30, now 100, before # 3 was 50, now 105,
# 4 before was 50, now 100 Not real perfect but the best I could do by hand.
1430 - Set sail for Fern Harbor. We set the crabpot in Fern harbor and returned to Elfin Cove. Also saw a Black bear in Fern Harbor.
June 27, 1983 - Monday
1000 - Wrote some letters and did the laundry.
1330 - Dick of the "Goody" is wanderlust and departs southbound.
June 28, 1983 - Tuesday
1030 - Departed for the Hobbitt Hole for 4th of July celebration via Fern Harbor to collect up the crabpot.
1140 - Fern Harbor - No crabs. No wonder, it has been there for 2 days. Plenty of time for the critters to figure out how to get back out I guess. Suddenly the the rear shaft busining is shaking violently to the point I had to shut down the engine. There is no wind so we called Dave to tow us into the Hole.
1330 - Finally under good sail as Dave approached but we still need him to get us through the "Laundry". Not sure what the " Laundry" is. Thrash your boat around on the changing tides ? At home as I write this I see on the google maps, the way the islands are situated it is possible the currents get real squirrely as the vast amount of Gulf of Alaska waters rush in and out as the tide changes. The final entrance to the Hobbitt Hole is very narrow adding to my speculation that it could be called the "Laundry".
1430 - Tied to a scow in the Hobitt Hole and joined the party. Sarah and I relaxed in a hot tub made with a large animal watering trough heated with copper tubing and a fire. It worked really good. Reminisce of the shower system I had back in the late 70's in my cabin.
June 29, 1983 - Wed.
0900 - Prepare for a tow back to Elfin Cove.
1030 - Dockside, Elfin Cove, breakfast and prepare for the grid in the inner harbor to investigate the out of balance drive shaft. No one had any SCUBA gear and the the water was to cold for me to go under the boat.
1800 - The tide lacks a few inches so we wait for the next high tide tomorrow and even if we get on the grid the next high tide will not be enough to refloat us so we will wait until Monday.
2000 - Called my Mom to wish her a happy birthday.
June 30, 1983 - Thursday
1000 - Installed a new VHF antenna for a better reach on the radio. Sarah and I both read most of the day with overcast skies and rain. Oh theat rain.
2200 - Went to Dennis's, the local salmon fishing outfitter, for drinks, and review of a pilot for a TV program about Alaska outdoor life.
The whiskey flowed pretty freely and not having had any for some time I over indulged and spent the last half of the night nursing that feeling one gets when he drinks way to much.
July 1, 1983 - Friday
1030 - Fair skies with patchy blue skies. We are dockside at the Inner Harbor, Elfin Cove, AK.
1400 - We went for a hike off into the surrounding hills above the harbor for sunbathing and exploring.
1830 - Back Aboard. Went for a shower and use the hot tub.
July 2, 1983 - Saturday
0930 - Dockside, Inner Harbor, Elfin Cove, AK. Fair skies and warm temperatures
1030 - Installed a new VHF cable to go with the new antenna. The radio seems to work much better and with better range.
1330 - Ready the grid for the 2000 high tide.
2000 - The tide still isn't high enough to get on the grid. Tomorrows tide won't be as high as today so I'll have to skip a day.
July 3, 1983 - Sunday
1000 - Overcast skies with a promise of rain. Spent the day cleaning the boat and trying to figure out why the ships bateries won't charge.
2000 - I installed a new voltage regulator and it seems to be charging.
July 4, 1983 - Monday
1000 - Motor start to charge the batteries a little. The saltwater pump's main bearing burns out.
1600 - Saltwater pump back in stuffed with grease. It won't last to long but long enough until I can get a new one.
1900 - Elfin Cove July 4th celebration. About a dozen people not living in Elfin Cove showed up on a 55' crabber, some pleasure boats and a float plane making a crowd of about 30. There is Volley ball and a BBQ, bake out of every concievable seafood one might think of plus a few pieces of meat that, I am told, is Moose, Deer and Bear.
I had a small amount of each. They are, of course, gamier in taste but the bear meat seemed greasier.
2100 - I left the party for while to see if I could get "Sweet Thursday" on the grid. It still lacked about an inch.
July 5, 1983 - Tuesday
1130 - Inner Harbor, Elfin Cove, AK. under overcast but dry skies.
2210 - On the grid ! Now waiting for the tide to fall and adjust the boat to sit firmly
in the grid being sure it would lean slightly toward the pilings. I didn't want her to
2400 - Solid on the grid.
July 6, 1983 - Wednesday
0015 - As the tide falls and exposes the the screw and drive shaft I fine a large plastic bag wrapped around the shaft between the screw and strut. Someone's garbage, thrown overboard into the Gulf of Alaska waters. Sarah and I slept onboard but did not move around very much so as not upset the balance.
0730 - On the grid, Inner Harbor. I scrubbed the bottom carefully so not to remove the anti fouling paint still looking good.
1750 - Work on the grid is done .. Skeg bushing bolts are replaced and caulked. The rudder post is caulked and tightened .. Patches of paint all around with a new water line.
2145 - Ready "Sweet Thursday" for removal from the grid.
2200 - We are off and dockside.
July 7, 1983 - Thursday
1000 - The batteries are dead. I left the key on all night.I borrowed a battery and the motor started up right away.
1202 - Off for an afternoon of sailing with Kathy and Herb, the managers of the general store that includes the showers and hot tub.
1510 - Dockside, State float , Elfin Cove, Ak.
This was Kathy and Herb's first sailing experience. With a 20 kt. wind in the strait it was pretty exciting and they they enjoyed it enough to give us an hour in the hot tub. ( it is usually rented by the hour)
1600 - Sarah, Willie and I are off for clams in Port Althorp.
1730 - Anchored at the head of Port Althorp. We launch the dingy and head to shore right away, bucket in hand.
1830 - We are back aboard and underway for Elfin Cove.
2000 - Dockside, Inner Harbor, Elfin Cove for the night.
July 8, 1983 - Friday
0200 - Received a call from Toni. We argee to meet her in Sitka Saturday evening.
0730 - Up and about under partly cloudy skies.
0900 - After a pretty lengthy stay in Elfin Cove we are underway south with our first planned stop at White Sulphur Springs, out on the coast. We could have cut down past Pelican but did not for some reason. I think I thought we could get better wind on the outside and would not have to motor so much. It didn't happen that way tho'. Calm before ths storm I bet.
1800 - Anchored, Mirror harbor, inside White Sulphur Springs. I initially tried to anchor behind a small island I thought would protect us from the building winds coming off the Gulf but before I even tried to anchor it became obvious with the wind and waves coming off the we would not be protected enough so we moved just a little south where we met some kayakers surfing the breaking waves. They pointed to a nearly invisible slot in the shoreline that would give us entrance to Mirror Harbor. The channel into the Harbor looks like a dead end and with a strong following sea driving us onto a rocky beach and at the moment of panic it opens up to the right. that opening revealsed a narrow channel with large rocks just below the surface but in calm water. I climbed to the spreaders and directed Sarah thru the channel dodging the rocks. That gave way to a bay of about 20 acres in size. There was one other boat there already but they left soon after we arrived. I anchored in about the middle of the bay. Now we ate dinner, launched the dingy and rowed to the trail head that took us to the Springs 1 mile away. We arrived to a Forest service Pan Abode structure with a rope swing inside and Japanese style sliding doors that opened up for a great view of the pounding surf. Hot tub with a fantastic view of the surf that was building by the minute, very satisfying.
We soon headed back. As mentioned, I anchored in the middle of the bay. As I rowed to a point where I thought I should see the boat, it was not there. I rowed faster in a mild panic and finally saw Sweet Thursday edging up on the smooth rock shore. I am unable to tell just what she is stuck on under the boat.
I lay anchors about 200' out in the bay and Swee Thursday winches herself easily away from the rocky shoreline. The wind is really blowing now. We are not in the direct wind, being protected from the breakers by a low shoreline and heavy stand of trees. The wind comes over the bank and through the channel in gusts that hit like a Mack truck. Mostly as an over reaction to Sweet Thursday dragging anchor earlier I set 200' of line with an anchor on all for quarters of the boat.
July 9, 1983 - Saturday
0415 - Up and about. Willie and I walk out to the point where I can see the surf. It has been blowing hard all night and the winds are down to about 15 kts. The surf though, is breaking about 10 feet high.
Willie and I walk back to tell Sarah we should wait for awhile. I can spend some time repairing a torn main sail.
0605 - The new main is rigged, reefed and ready. It is overcast with a light drizzle, 15 - 20 knots of wind coming off the Gulf. The tide is to low to get out of the channel.
1145 - Underway, seas are still 10 - 15 feet breaking near shore but once out a ways the ride is much better. Judging by the height of my spreaders I would say the steady seas are 10 - 15 with renegades nearing 20 feet. That seems like a lot now but I wrote this as it was happening and I knew the height of the spreaders so I have no reason as I sit here writing to doubt what I was experiencing. We are motorsailing with a reefed main lacking enough wind to give us good steady steerage. It will be an "E" ride, for sure. "Sweet Thursday" almost stalls as she falls off the windward side of the larger swells. We travel all day, about 5 miles off shore with visibility of about a mile to avoid the hazards that dot the coast line. We lost visual with the coast about 1300 and didn't see it again until about 1900 when we closed in on Salisbury Sound and the Klokacheff light standing on an 80 foot cliff beckoning us " This way seafarers". It was a tremendously welcome sight as one might expect.
2000 - Wet and bedraggled, I anchored in St. John Baptist Bay. It is very quiet except for the lone call of a loon and mirror smooth. What a wet and nasty ride.
End of chapter 8
Chapter 10 and we are heading south through 'British Columbia
Hangin' in Elfin Cove
July 10, 1983, Sunday.
0715 - Up to the sound of rain. There is a very low ceiling, light to moderate wind.
0740 - Underway for Sitka. Received a call from a pilot from BellAir Flyng Service that they are expecting us.
1210 - Dockside, Bellair Flying Service. Met Nick, toni's friend who has been listineing for us since we were to be there yesterday. We moved tot he marinna.
1250 - Underway to tow "Kapduva" out of the channel. She has a dead engine.
1350 - Dockside again in the Sitka Marina.
July 11, 1983, Monday.
0630 - Set sail for Goddard hot springs with Toni, Nick, Sarah, Willie and I aboard.
0930 - Anchored, Goddard hot springs. It is a very nice day with 8 - 10 knots of wind, just right for a nice easy sail. The Springs are maintained by the forest service. It is basically a Pan Abode shed covering a very good sized wooden barrel that would hold about 6 comfortably. The water is maintained by 2 inlets, one a cold spring and the other a very hot spring. It is up to the occupants just how hot they want it.There is a wooden walkway from the beach to the hot spring. It is only about a 5 minute walk. It is warm enough to lay on the walkway for a nice sun bath.
1400 - Time to head back so we set sail into a NW wind for Sitka.
1743 - Dockside, Sitka marina.
July 12, 1983, Tuesday.
1000 - Moved to the fuel dock to get ready for Petersburg via Peril Straits with toni aboard as a guest.
1930 - Nick drops in from the sky in his C - 180 on floats. He nosed up to our stern, loaded the ladies on the plane and left for a mountain lake. They were gone about 45 minutes just before I entered Saook Bay. I believe the lake was Sitkoh lake.
2030 - Anchored, Saook Bay, Bow and stern.
50 NM today.
July 13, 1983, Wednesday.
0800 - Under power for Petersburg wia Chatham Straits.
2110 - Anchored, Cannery Cove, Pybus Bay, West Fredrick Sound.
69 NM today
July 14, 1983, Thursday.
0700 - Up and about. Sarah and Toni are being a little lazy while I do some maintenance.
0800 - Under sail for Petersburg, AK.
0830 - Hove to for breakfast. Normally I would continue underway but no one wanted to work the sails so I figured we were not in that big of a hurry.
0830 - Undersail again but after covering only a mile in this pas 1/2 hour I relented and turned on the Iron jybe.
1800 - Dockside, Petersburg.
July 15, 1983, Friday.
0500 - Underpower for Wrangell leaving 1 hour 24 minutes before Juneau High tide. It worked great for the ride through Wrangell Narrows.
0800 - Cleared Wringell Narrows and car upon Dick of the "Goody" with an engine temperature problem so we are waiting for him at the south end of the narrows.
0830 - Took "Goody" in tow bound for Wrangell.
0920 - Turned "Goody" loose to sail on his own..
1130 - Took "Goody" in tow again as the wind dies.
1500 - Dockside, Wrangell. Toni departs to stay with friends of hers in town.
July 16, 1983, Saturday.
0900 - Under power for Ketchikan via Stikine Strait and Meyers Chuck.
1925 - HIT A LOG ! No damage but it sure gets the adrenaline going.
2030 - Rafted to the ketch "Tajow" in Meyers Chuck. "Tajow" hails from Vancouver, BC and they are on their way to Juneau.
56 NM today.
July 17, 1983, Sunday.
0812 - Underway for Ketchikan.
1510 - Rafted to the F/V "Iona Mae", city dock, Ketchikan.
I have noticed the oil pressure is down to 20 lbs after the engine warms up. It is usually 30 - 35 lbs.
34 NM, an easy day.
July 18, 1983, Monday.
0800 - Shuffled boats as the "Iona Mae" gets underway.
I bought an oil filter and oil today so we have a clean flter and new oil. Except I could not get the oil filter to seal properl so I will get a new gasket in the morning. I was unable to find a new saltwater pump main bearing so I packed it with "Slick Fifty" and hope it works.
End Chapter 9
May 25, 1983 - Wednesday
1000 - Tore into the engine, pulled the head and it doesn't look good. The valves are badly pitted.
1300 - Called Parts Northwest in Seattle to order the parts. Roger, my brother, will go get them and get them shipped to me here in Elfin Cove. It will take about a week so we use the time to enjoy the area.
1710 - Roger called, he has the parts and will call tomorrow to let me know they are on the way.
1740 - Sarah called her Grandmother to have her IRS rebate check sent along with a letter from my son she had.
1815 - Showers ashore.
1900 - We got invited to the "Maggy Jo' for dinner. She is a crabber with Len as the skipper. Good sea stories and we call it a night at 2330. It is just getting dark. gotta love these long days.
May 26, 1983 - Friday
1730 - Received a call from Roger, the parts are on the way via USPS, Elfin Cove, AK.
I spent the next 2 days fussing about the boat and on Sunday we will set sail for Fern Harbor, across the sound in Taylor Bay at the foot of Brady Glacier.
May 29, 1983 - Sunday
0945 - On our way across the strait to Fern harbor.
1230 - Anchored Fern Harbor in the first bay (the only one) East side. We set off for some exploring on foot in the nude. The sand was warm and the air was warm. What a marvelous day in Alaska. We found a glass ball and a large fender. The glass ball we will keep, the fender we will trade away since it is to large for our use.
2000 - Returned to the boat with soon after seeing a Black bear. We caught one crab from the pot.
May 30, 1983 - Monday
0845 - Fern Harbor. Gusty winds most of the night. I took Willie to shore but Sarah warned me of a wolf sighting on the beach as I approached the beach so I took Willie back to the boat and grabbed my camera gear and went back, staying in the dingy. The wolf was mostly black with some tan blotches. I hung off shore in the dingy for about an hour trying to get a good shot but it was very leary and I couldn't get a good shot. Note to self, remember to bring some telephoto gear next time.
1030 - Breakfast - It is to windy to go after the crab pot in the dingy.
1200 - The wind is calm enough to go after the carb pot. The dingy still took on a little water.. We kept one nice male.
I dropped it off and took Willie to shore having not seen the wolf for some time now. After the wolf incident I didn't let Willie out of my sight. I also dropped the excess crab bait ( a halibut head minus the cheeks) on the beach and by the time I got Willie back on board an eagle showed up so I took the camera ashore to get a good shot of him.
1300 - As we are getting ready to set sail for Elfin Cove I heard a very excited Blue Jay in the woods so I told Sarah to wait and see what happens. The same wolf showed up and after several cautious minutes it took the bait off into the woods.
1630 - Arrived dockside Elfin Cove under sail and a very slow final hour with just enough wind to make the dock. I had, now and then, practiced docking and undocking without the engine just for situations as this.
May 31, 1983, Tuesday.
1000 - Painted the boom and secured some stainless steel washers I can work into a useable starter part and did
other odds and ends.
June 1, 1983 - Wednesday
1000 - Waiting for the mail plane. Out of propane and there isn't any for sale here in Elfin Cove.
1500 - the parts arrived. Sarah went to pick them up. I guess the exhaust valves are back ordered because they have not arrived with this order.
June 2, 1983 - Thursday - rain again.
1200 - 1600 - I worked on the starter and finished it. I ground the intake valves and
1700 - Met Augusta and Roy who traded me a two burner coleman stove for a bottle
of Canadian Mist. Now we can cook and have a backup stove if we get into this propane
June 3, 1983 - Friday
0900 - Overcast skies, trying to rain. Installed the intake valves. There is not much room around the engine so I a hard time getting the keepers in. The weather turned nice for the afternoon.
June 4, 1983 - Saturday
0920 - Fair weather ( partly sunny ) We took showers ashore and did some laundry.
It is a very warm day. I rebuilt the saltwater pump-again- and had dinener on the "Flora W" with Dave Walton, the resident electronics expert and with Valerie and Peter from the Tahitian Ketch,"Takaroa 2". Volley ball tonight.
June 5, 1983 - Sunday
0830 - Light rain and no wind. Jim, one of the local fishing guides is in with a 110 lb. Halibut. Last nights dinner was from an 88 lb. Halibut Dave had caught.
1100 - Went visiting and fishing with Dave. We threw back all the days catch except the last 3. Sarah's 20 lb. and my 20 lb. and 67 lb. Halibut.
1900 - There is a community potluck and volleyball game this evening.
June 6. 1983 - Monday
1015 - Light overcast. Sewed sails while Sarah canned 16 pints of Halibut.
2000 - Dave came by tonight to invite us to an evening of fishing. We caught and
released one Halibut of about 100 lbs.
0100 Lights out
June 7, 1983 - Tuesday thru June 23, 1983 No log entries while we are off fishing.
0930 - Bright sunshine and a light wind. Maggy Jo's back in town. I did some work on "Sweet Thursday" and Sarah is canning the last of the 32 pints of Halibut and started some Halibut Jerky. It is a perfect day. Warm, bright sun and slight breeze.
June 8, 1983 - Wednesday
Snagged a job on the "Wanderer", a 42 foot long liner with Dan Goodwin as captain.
Sarah wanted to go along so Dan got two crewmen for the price of one. At the end Dan
admitted she was a real asset.
Having never fished commercially before there was some on the job training to be had.
We learned to bait and set the hooks. Most of the trip was fairly laid back. We worked long
hours but Dan was not a yell and scream kind of guy but and he loved Irish music. Since it
was such a big deal to get out of our work clothes the tape played over and over for hours on end.
We laid three sets ( Long Lines ) of hooks about 4000 feet long each. The initial set "soaked" for about three hours
and then about 1/2 hours to haul it in. The catch rate was about one cod per 3 hooks. That was enough to keep the cod coming as fast as we could clean them. When it came to the Halibut we were awash in fish and there was no way two people could clean them as fast as they came aboard so we had cleaning marathons in some bay til 0200 getting bitten by swarms of mosquito's that were impossible to ward off with cold, rubber and slime rain gear on. Sleeping three hours in bad smelling and crusty clothes next to the diesel engine that ran all night was not the best of time either. Eating lunch, going to the bathroom ( a 5 gallon bucket) was a major undressing because we were not allowed in the cabin with our scale coated rain gear on. One night we even stayed at sea keeping watch in shifts, sleeping a couple of hours next to that running diesel engine all night while the boat rolled and pitched under starry bright skies.
June 24, 1983, Friday.
After an off load at Excursion Inlet we arrived back in Elfin Cove $ 1425 richer. Sarah's halibut Jerky got fly infested while we were gone and became useless.
Start chapter 10 British Columbia, here we come.
July 19, 1983, Tuesday.
0815 - Under power for the fuel dock.
0845 - Underway for Prince Rupert via Foggy Bay, Dundas Island.
1500 - Anchored off a small island for Willie break. Can't find the proper name of it.
We did find about 300 feet of 3/8ths poly line, a glass ball and 2 orange fenders.
1630 - Anchored Foggy Bay. 34 NM.
Jult 20, 1983, Wednesday.
0735 - Departed Foggy Bay for Prince Rupert.
1712 - Dockside, Prince Rupert and cleared customs by 1820. The freshwater reservoir for
the engine is leaking. I filled it at east 8 times today. The oil pressure stayed good tho'. Not 30 lbs but it held the 20 lbs. 51 NM.
July 21, 1983, Thursday.
0730 - Moving to the fuel dock.
0815 - Under power for Lowe Inlet.
2040 - Anchored Lowe Inlet. Fought the tide the last two hours. 57 NM today. The run down Grenville channel ruined the overall speed to Lowe inlet.
July 22, 1983, Friday.
0505 - Off to Butedale.
0805 - Cleared Sinty Point at the south end of Grenville channel.
1255 - Dockside Butedale with no fuel here. What to do, what to do. Well, we got nice long and hot showers ashore.
1412 - Underway for Swansons Bay. It is an abandoned cannery. There is a standing brick chimney and lots of used brick laying around. Being into pottery, Sarah wished she could take a bunch of it home.
1712 - Dinner and exploring on shore. 48 NM today. All undersail due to low fuel. We need the little fuel we do have for emergencys.
July 23, 1983, Saturday.
0600 - Underway with power.
0630 - Set full down wind sail with a diminshing ebbing tide at our stern.
0745 - Arrived Hiekish Narrows just as the tide is starting to flood.
0800 - Anchored adjacent to Hewitt Rock to wait out the current.
1315 - Undersail for Finlayson Channel.
1800 - Anchored, Bottle Neck Inlet. There was someone shooting in the woods so we and anchored at the entrance to the inlet. We hit one log today. Good wind today but beating to windward is tiring. We only covered 19 NM.
July 24, 1983, Sunday.
0510 - Underpower for Klemtu.
0640 - Dockside, Klemtu, BC. It is very quiet and I can't find anyone to iquire about fuel. Finally whenb I do find someone he tells me thee is no fuel but the fuel ship will arrive today, sometime.
1530 - The fuel ship arrives and by 1600 - we are under power for Powell anchorage via Milbanke Sound.
1810 - Sarah calls her mother on the East coast, to update her on our pregress I guess.
2020 - Anchored, Powell anchorage. I hit tow logs today. they sure are hard to see in time to avoid them. Motored all day.
July 25, 1983, Monday.
0540 - Underway for Namu using the engine.
1320 - Dockside, Namu fuel dock.
1345 - Underpower for Safety Cove near the south end of Calvert Island.
1745 - Anchored Safety cove. Motored all day again. 61 NM in 11.5 hours.
July 26, 1983, Tuesday.
0605 - Underway for Port Hardy via Egg island, Storm Island and Pine Island. The day is overcast, 15 mile visibility, light rain showers, light chop and the wind is building.
1645 - Port Hardy fuel dock.
1715 - Rafted alongside"Makoolis". We covered 55 NM while the environment turned out to be 20 - 25 kts with 3 - 5 foot seas and we motored all day again. This motoring is getting to be the thing. Mostly because we are in a southerly flow ( pressure systems).
July 27, !983, Wednesday.
0540 - Underway again, now for Port McNeil. Sarah is still asleep, but that is the standard procedure. Usually I am anxious to be underway so our agreement is thatthere is no pressure on her to get up, unless I need her for help of course, until she wants to but once she is up she fixes a really good breakfast for us and shares in some of the boat handling.
1050 - Rafted to a power boat, Port McNeil, BC. to top off the fuel tanks and get Willie to shore for awhile.
1250 - Underway for the run down Johnstone straits.
2135 - Anchored, Blenkinsop bay. We have motored all day covering 67 NM.
July 28, 1983, Thursday.
0550 - Underway for Campbell river via Seymour narrows.
This is the day we decide we have get-home-itis...Bad. Sarah mostly. She is getting a little tired of the cramped quarters and the lack of better creature comforts. Shower and running hot water
mostly. I would like a little for room too and a pilot house so we could be underway and out of the rain.
0655 - Entered the thick fog 2 miles south of Kelsy bay. Without radar or GPS I navigated by watching for obstacles noted on the chart and staying just offshore enough to get a glimpse of shadowy trees on the shore. After two and a half hours I was stressed out. Came upon a logging camp and tied to one of their booms until the fog lifted (slightly) and at 0950 we gpt imderwau again.
1600 - Fuel dock, Campbell river.
1640 - Under power for home.
1700 - Sarah's watch as I try to get some sleep.
2200 - I take the watch and Sarah fixes us dinner while underway.
July 29, 1983, Friday.
000 - Still my watch. It is warm air, calms seas and a nearly full moon. It is the most beautiful cruising one can imagine.
0340 - There is a Mayday call from actosse the staits that a barge hs overrun the towing tug. One person is missing. I can see the emergency lights to the east of me.
0730 - Dock side, Sylva bay marina. It is a very sunny morning with warm temperatures promised for the ay. I take Willie ashore while Sarah makes us breakfast. After breakfast we all three go for a good leg stretching walk. The marina is a resort with luxury lodging and lots of hotels nearby.
0830 - Underpower for Friday Harbor, WA. and the United States. Sarah's watch while I sleep.
1300 - My watch.
1710 - Dockside Friday Harbor and customes. Very familiar grounds now.
1900 - Underway for Deception Pass.
2320 - Dockside, Reservation bay, Sharpe cove. The current is against us through the pass so I take Willie ashore and catch a couple of winks.
July 30, 1983, Saturday.
0220 - Underpower for Everett via Saratoga Passage.
0600 - As I round Lowell point Hat Island comes into view so I called my Mom to let her know I am just 2 hours away from home. she is very elated not wanting me to go in the first place because she thought I would be lost in the Alaskan waters for sure. My Mom visite my boat one time when I first bought it and has no on the water experience except some lake fisshing and some salmon fishing in the bay.
Next I called Sarah's Grandmother while Sarah slept to let them know we were almost home and gave her an ETA of 0900. Sarah's mother and two sisters were visiting from the East coast. She said they would meet us at the visitors dock, Everett Marina.
0850 - Dockside, Everett Marina. They were all there and happy to see us.
the day is clear blue and will be in the 80's. Could not be a better day to arrive home.
I can't wait to go again but maybe spend a year or two next time.
End of Chapter 10 and end of my story such as it is.