Well we’ve made it through the Aleutian Islands! After a slow start with contrary winds, we made up time with some long passages and raging winds. Our route has taken us from well offshore, to inland passages from Chignik Lagoon, to King Cove to False Pass. In Chignik we picked up a stray dog that […]
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After 23 hours out, we are about half way down Kodiak Island.
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For those of you who have climbed a real mountain. You will understand this fully. At the base looking up, you are excited. Dreamy even, in love with your imaginings of the view from up there. As you approach the mountain and disappear into the brush. You lose sight of the top. In fact you […]
Read more "Empiricus Embarks"
During the recent re rig process aboard Empiricus, I discovered that the running back stays were frayed badly, just at the eye. I believe this was due to, too short of a shackle being used to carry them both. Another problem with the backstays were that the leeward stay, would slide back and forth on […]
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I recently spoke with a local fisherman here in Kodiak for quite a spell. we were both doing laundry and loudly, visiting among the hum of, dropping coins and the rumble of circular machinery. He made a statement regarding cost analysis that I have been trying to finalize in my mind. After 25 years experience […]
Read more "This for that. A quid pro quo of finances"
Our full week in Kodiak has been Jam packed. So far we have; Stowed the food, Mounted the new stove, Built and installed lee cloths, Re wired the Chart Plotter and depth sounder, Reconfigured the coachroof area and mounted the life raft, Built the Headstay radio antenna, built new Genoa and Jib stays, Sold some […]
Read more "Rigging, dinghy swamping, Coastal Exploring and lots of work!"
Steven and I rolled onto the ferry, and slept hard, from dock to dock… Its a good thing because the next 2 days were a whirlwind. Over 20 trips from the Potato, with 200lb plus carts at low tide. Steven earned his keep ad impresses some local fisherman with his energy and good attitude. I […]
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