Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, Day 2

Still Clear, Sunny, Calm. No cell phone coverage, no local WiFi to pirate, no "internet".

Radio propagation has been poor. Not sure if it is our particular location, or conditions in general. Listening to comments from stations yesterday morning on the "Great Northern Boaters Net" (Google it) suggest conditions were pretty bad everywhere.

We did not do the Turn Point Lighthouse hike yesterday (gonna try today). Instead we took the dogs and hiked around the state park here on Stuart Is. There are two "loop" trails, all marked as "difficult" on the state park sign. In reality one was fairly easy and the other not so. Lots of "ups" and "downs" and a bit of rock scrambling.

The harbor is pretty packed with boats for this holiday weekend. For moorage, there is the state park shore dock (with a ramp to shore), two free floating docks in the center of the harbor, a linear mooring thingy, and numerous mooring buoys. The free floating docks have lots of boats tied, rafted up the three boats deep. Any vacant mooring buoys do not stay vacant very long. Mooring buoys are $12 a night. We checked the ships log and found that, ten years ago, we also payed $12 a night here for a buoy.

All is well on the boat. Our youngest dog got into some Tums (antacid tablets), but he seems ok. Though not very cold outside (60-70F), we have been running the diesel cabin heater just to keep things cozy. The quart container of stove alcohol (used to ignite the heater) leaked while stored in the settee locker. That prompted a cleanout of three lockers. No big deal.

I would like to post a picture, but WordPress does not recognize picture attachments coming from AirMail. Not sure if that is the fault of AirMail, or WordPress.

More later...

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Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, Day 1

TIME: 2012/09/01 14:27
LATITUDE: 48-40.42N
LONGITUDE: 123-12.04W

Clear, Sunny, Calm. No cell phone coverage and no local WiFi to pirate, no "internet".

Did a long motorsail from home. Crossing the Rosario straight we had the sails up, close hauled, auotpilot on, guided by GPS following a track pre-plotted on the navigation software. Meaning, we were going the direction we wanted, with the wind from the right direction, and the computer following the track plotted while at the dock. That almost never happens! The only thing missing was current at our back (we were bucking a knot or two).

Stuart Island was the first stop on our honeymoon years back. Years ago, Reid Harbor was the place where Jake, our then new Schipperke pup, promptly fell off the boat just after we anchored. He had just been "fixed" and still had his stiches. The seawater clearly had caused some irritation as he was not a happy pup that weekend.

Lots of boats here this Labor Day Weekend. All mooring buoys are occupied. Many boats (including us) are anchored. We might hike to Turn Point Lighthouse today.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, Day 1

TIME: 2012/09/01 14:27
LATITUDE: 48-40.42N
LONGITUDE: 123-12.04W

Clear, Sunny, Calm. No cell phone coverage and no local WiFi to pirate, no "internet".

Did a long motorsail from home. Crossing the Rosario straight we had the sails up, close hauled, auotpilot on, guided by GPS following a track pre-plotted on the navigation software. Meaning, we were going the direction we wanted, with the wind from the right direction, and the computer following the track plotted while at the dock. That almost never happens! The only thing missing was current at our back (we were bucking a knot or two).

Stuart Island was the first stop on our honeymoon years back. Years ago, Reid Harbor was the place where Jake, our then new Schipperke pup, promptly fell off the boat just after we anchored. He had just been "fixed" and still had his stiches. The seawater clearly had caused some irritation as he was not a happy pup that weekend.

Lots of boats here this Labor Day Weekend. All mooring buoys are occupied. Many boats (including us) are anchored. We might hike to Turn Point Lighthouse today.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Testing SpotWalla This Holiday Weekend

SpotWalla is a tracker mapping service that can take inputs from devices like SPOT and amateur APRS trackers. We are giving it a test this weekend. Follow our exploits via these links

 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

POSITION REPORT: Fisherman's Bay Day 2

TIME: 2012/07/08 15:19
LATITUDE: 48-30.57N
LONGITUDE: 122-55.27W
COMMENT: Fisherman's Bay Day 2

Still in Fisherman's Bay on Lopez Island. We attended the weekend farmer's market. While there was much "arts and craft" sort of stuff, they did in fact have local growers with local produce for sale! We picked up some locally made BBQ seasoning, coffee and hot sauce (basic food staples of course). We should come here more often.

The dinghy outboard, despite having been rebuilt a couple months ago, still had a bit of hesitation (but still ran much better than before). But after running it for a while it seemed to clear up. Maybe old fuel?

Going home today. Weather looks to be warm and calm.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

POSITION REPORT: Fisherman's Bay, Lopez Island

TIME: 2012/07/07 15:29
LATITUDE: 48-30.56N
LONGITUDE: 122-55.28W
COMMENT: Fisherman's Bay Lopez Island

Just an afternoon's motor trip from home to place we have never visited. Fisherman's Bay on Lopez Island is a big shallow well protected bay. The approach is very tricky with a narrow entrance that snakes left and right with rocky shoals on either side. As we approached there was one large power boat that looked like it may have been on the rocks (it was certainly stalled too close to the shore). Three other large power boaters decided to wait till the tide was higher. We decided to go anyway with our 4 foot draft. Going slow and watching the depth sounder, there was no problem.

Fisherman's bay is host to the main shopping center on this sparsely populated island. There are a couple restaurants and resorts and a local boat building and repair shop. There are two marinas (one of which is for the resort). The bay is filled with boats on mooring buoys that appear to be locally owned. The Westsail 42 Ketch, Margareta, which has been on and off the market a number of times, is stored here on a buoy (it is in need of some TLC).

This weekend is the Lopez Island Farmers market. I think we will go a shore to give ourselves and the dogs a good walk and see what the market has to offer.

-Team Learning Curve

Friday, July 6, 2012

Out



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Jake is happy to be out on the boat-although the photo doesn't show it!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Found it!



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Sometimes it is worth it to muck out the anchor locker. Don't know if that little fastener was properly attached or not during our windy night at Shallow Bay, but I will be Locktite'ing it into the anchor swivel and checking it more frequently henceforth!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Log Entry: 5/27/2012 4:42 PM UTC

Position of S/V Learning Curve

Local time is: 5/27/2012 @ 9:42 AM PDT

LAT: 4845.73'N
LON: 12254.92'W

It was really blowing last night. NWS issued a small craft advisory for 9pm, and boy were they correct. Winds were predicted out of the SW, so we anchored in Shallow Bay on the south side, upwind from the rest of the boats. This turned out to be a good plan as other boats were dragging anchor in the high winds. With us being up wind, there was little danger of another boat dragging onto us. We had set the anchor pretty well with plenty of scope, so we had no problems holding.

But it was bumpy, and noisy. A number of boaters were desperately trying to alert (with horns and spotlights) a 40 foot pleasure trawler that was dragging through the anchorage. My guess is there was no one onboard (perhaps at a campsite ashore) or they were passed out from holiday drinking. In any case, the trawler ended up on the rocks. It appears to be ok, and will likely float off on the next high tide.

R&J

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

What is this boating of which you speak?

Dog on deck.
Which also means LC is away the dock!

Aiming for Sucia this afternoon.

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