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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
S/V TRAVERSAY III continues homeward navigation by continuing offshore after more repairs in King Cove Alaska
On leaving King Cove, the pleasant sheltered-water sail to the northeast was slightly marred by the need to find shelter from a coming storm. We wanted to be out-of-town so we chose uninhabited Coal Harbor. This small offshoot of Zachary Bay seemed, from our reading of the Coast Pilot book, to have the right combination of shelter and sticky mud bottom to keep us safe from Friday's weather.
Unlike many mountain-rimmed bays, Coal Harbor did not seem to promote gustiness and variability in wind direction [williwaws], but neither did it block out the wind. Friday afternoon, we decided to keep an anchor watch. That is as the night grew blacker we took turns watching chart plotter and radar to allow a rapid response if the anchor dragged and the boat started to move. Of course re-anchoring in a gale is not much fun - particularly with our damaged anchor windlass. It is better if the anchor does not move.
The wind peaked at 60 knots around ten o'clock Friday evening and then dropped to 30 knots or so by one AM. For the non-nautical reader, the wind reached 70 miles per hour or 115 km/hour! ... but the bottom WAS sticky and the anchor did not budge. The last time we saw winds close to this strength in an anchorage was at Caleta Martial near Cape Horn as we awaited favorable weather to cross to Antarctica. By two o'clock in the morning the wind had died away enough for us to feel secure. We canceled the anchor watch and used the rest of the night for sleeping.
Saturday morning, there were still gale warnings [as opposed to the more serious storm warnings] all along the coast. These were however from a favorable direction and, importantly, there seemed to be no storms or contrary winds predicted for the week or so it might take to get across the Gulf.
So we are now on our way toward the other side. As the week unfolds, time along with revised forecasts will reveal exactly where we are going: Sitka, Alaska, Prince Rupert, Canada or perhaps even north to Kodiak Island.
At 13/10/2013 23:48 (utc) our position was 55°10.00'N 155°24.91'W
- - - BLOGGER COMMENT - - -
A COMMENT LIKE THE ABOVE HIGHLIGHT TELLS ME THE CAPTAIN HAS NOT DONE THE REQUIRED WEATHER BRIEFING TO KNOW WHERE HE IS GOING NOR DOES HE THINK WEATHER IS A BIG FACTOR REGARDING "SAFETY AT SEA" - REMEMBER THE SAILBOAT HAS NOT HAD A PROPER HAULOUT AND MARINE SURVEY, NOR MAINTENANCE SERVICE BEFORE CHALLENGING THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE AND REQUIRED EMERGENCY BROKEN ENGINE MOUNTS REPAIRS IN TUKTOYAKTUK NWT.... THEN AGAIN THE BOAT WAS LIFTED OUT IN KING COVE ALASKA FOR REPAIRS... I SERIOUSLY THINK THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF POOR SEAMANSHIP AND NEGLIGENCE BY THE OWNER-SKIPPER... DO YOU SEE THE CONTINUING TREND OF NEGLECT? WHAT WOULD YOU THINK FAILS NEXT? LIKELY CRITICAL STRUCTURAL RIGGING? IN THE OPEN NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN IN A GALE? OK, OK, I KNOW SOMEONE IS GOING TO COMMENT... SAYING I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND SAILBOATS... BUT I DARE CHALLENGE YOU TO SHOW WHAT A PRUDENT MARINER WOULD DO KNOWING FOUR ENGINE MOUNTS FAILED NEAR TUKTOYAKTUK - WHY DID THEY FAIL? NO GROUNDING WAS REPORTED. METAL ENGINE MOUNTS ONLY FAIL FROM STRESS OR CORROSION. YOU MEAN YOU DIDN'T INSPECT THE MAIN ENGINE WHEN CHANGING THE OIL. YOU DO CHANGE IT RIGHT? IS THIS A CLASSIC CASE OF NEGLIGENCE? "a failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances. Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm."
I SURE WOULDN'T VOYAGE ON THIS SAILBOAT - I REALIZE THE VAST OWNER'S EXPERIENCE AND THE WORLD MILES TRAVELED... BUT THAT IS JUST IT - THIS BOAT IS FALLING APART... NO MAINTENANCE IS A GOOD REASON WHY BOATS FALL APART - I'D RECOMMEND YOU ALWAYS INSPECT AND CONSIDER YOUR BOATING ALTERNATIVES - YOUR SAFETY AND LIFE IS FIRST AND FOREMOST YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.
NOW LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE FORECAST WEATHER... 24 HOURS... 48 HOURS... 96 HOURS...
LOOKING FURTHER OUT INTO THE FUTURE....
ABOUT TEN PLUS DAYS FROM UNIMAK PASS TO VANCOUVER CANADA FOR A 6KT BOAT