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 […]Read more "2 days in Kodiak"
After a pleasant day of Moose spotting, story telling and pulling over to let cars pass. We rolled down the Homer Spit and Parked at the Salty Dog. The Tater Made Er….. Stevo wanted to show me some museums, he has taken field trips to. So thats what we did. After a fun day of […]Read more "Slow Rumble to Homer"
Our last night in Seward was a busy one. We had a few projects to wrap up before we hit the road this morning. My truck, the “Mashed Potato” was chomping at the bit, to haul our precious load. Shes’ not a looker, but shes’ a runner! Jason.. You rock. I will see you in […]Read more "“Mashed Potato” takes to the road"
Since leaving the slope May 20 and landing in Anchorage, it has been a non stop blast of energy amongst the crew of Empiricus. A long punch list sat before us as the time ticked away. The name of the game was “Checklist”. With a checklist in hand, mountains can be moved. without. Mountains can […]Read more "5 day scramble"
Today in Palmer Alaska, Dan Duame puts the final touches on the dinghy Its is almost ready for rigging! Meanwhile in Prudhoe Bay, the 2012 Ice charts are being studied and reviewed. They will be used as a baseline comparison for the 2013 Voyage.Read more "Sailing Dinghy Gets Paint and Ice Charts are compiled."
Well if you don’t already know, the Crew of Empiricus will be attempting a passage that has never been done in history. Route 1 East as it is called is the Eastbound route through McClure Straight. We do not yet know if conditions will be favorable for this passage but we plan to give it […]Read more "High Arctic Fuel Depot"
It is difficult to explain what burns in my heart. This push to explore. To feel my limits and chase my dreams. To inspire. To lead by example and show those around me that the impossible is far beyond our imaginations. Relative only to our limited experience and dampened by our view of comfort. These […]Read more "Reflections of preparation by Captain Jesse Osborn"
Fuel canisters staged in the kitchen for stenciling. Although Empiricus is a true sailing craft, Transiting the Northwest Passage has never (To my knowledge) been accomplished without the use of an auxiliary engine. Ronald Amundsen carried thousands of gallons of fuel for his multi year passage. He was the first to do so and attributed […]Read more "Fuel staging containers"