TRADING FIRE FOR ICE July 10, When fellow sailor and explorer Mark Nelson, dropped me off at the airport in Juneau. I took a deep breath. After checking my 3 enormous bags in, and passing through security, I sat in a chair and tried to relax. This was it. If I did not have it […]Read more "TRADING FIRE FOR ICE"
During the 2013 voyage, Empiricus carried a heavier load than she ever has (so far as I know, that is.) Usually her weight in the slings sits at 35000 pounds. This year, when hauling out in Cambridge Bay, the crane recorded her at 38000 pounds. That’s minus a crew of five, all their personal gear […]Read more "A loaded boat, a leaky rudderpost and a weary bilge pump."
Blades of the Northwest Passage. The Northwest Passage is a fascinating place, to say the least. I remember reading numerous accounts of early exploration, specifically Roald Amundsen’s account of this place. He was Captain of the Gjoa. The first boat to sail through the Northwest Passage. Amunsdsen was successful in this for many reasons. I […]Read more "Blades of the Northwest Passage"
“Resonate” -to produce or be filled with a deep, full reverberating sound. We hear about all the ripple effects, don’t we? We hear the gossip and the drama. We as humans seem to love drama. Drama and blame. I have a theory about that. The theory goes that we tend to take the wide path […]Read more "Resonate on the bright side."
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 […]Read more "Running backstays, replaced just in time."
Custom winter classes by Captain Osborn. This winter, Captain Osborn is offering a short series of classes for the Alaskan Boater/Outdoorsman. “Practical Navigation” Will be an 8-hour class, taught in 2, 4 hour sessions. Topics will include Charting, Finding your position without electronics and Integrating traditional and modern methods. Cost is $125.00 per person. […]Read more "Captain Osborn’s Winter Class Schedule"