Limit Stalker: Not Under Command

On August 19, 2014, in Deliveries, by CaptRR

While inbound in the fog on Sunday we were Not Under Command for about five minutes.  We lost the traansmission due to vibration while backing down.  The location of the event was bwtween the arrows.  Thanks to Calen Mehrer’s quick and professional approach the problem was solved before we needed to deploy the anchor.  The actuator arm was the culprit.  The anchor was ready for letting go.

It was cold (50′s) last night here in Charleston OR.  We had a fire goinf in the salon.


New Weather option $20 in app purchase for one year

New AIS option (requires web access) $16 per year.

Cap Sante Marina here.

BTW, I had Verizon LTE and 4G service 25-30 miles off shore from Westport WA south on the iPad and no ATT service on the iPhone.


This is a first

On August 17, 2014, in Deliveries, Interesting, by CaptRR

Wow, new use for the iPad.  The surgeon who owns the boat we’re delivering just had an this MRI send to me.  The patient info has been redacted.


Here’s what we’re looking at for weather

On August 17, 2014, in Deliveries, by CaptRR

Not fun if it can be avoidend


Weather delay

On August 17, 2014, in Deliveries, Environment, by CaptRR

Headed to Coos Bay for weather. Forecast to hi is for gusts to 40 kts. 


LitterWatch: you can make a difference

On August 16, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR



BE reader John Kopp writes:

Hi Richard,

I just wanted to drop you a line and offer my appreciation for your frequent contributions to those of us in the maritime community. I’m in the Coast Guard, stationed in Barnegat Light, NJ, but originally from the Seattle area and your blog warmly reminds me of home. As much as I’d like to drop a compliment and run, I have something else I’d like to send your way. I had a clean-up/ conservation idea the other day and I’m reaching out to those I know, and those who I think could bite, with my idea.

I’m an avid walker in my neighborhood and I’ve taken to picking up litter I see along my route. What if we could spread the word and get buy-in from individuals to do the same? People walk, bike, run, and paddle/ boat/ dock (after all, we’re professional mariners, here) their same routes every day and if they were to consciously pick up a few pieces of trash per jaunt… well, the potential leverage is unimaginable! Even just getting people to commit to policing their front yards (or boat slips?) once or twice a week would be powerful.

Anyway, I made a blog and Google map for the idea to see if it can go somewhere and maybe even begin to evolve on its own. Take a look and drop a pin on the map if you like the idea: Take care and thanks!

John Kopp



Pit Stop

On August 15, 2014, in Deliveries, Uncategorized, by CaptRR

Going to Port Angeles to trouble shoot two problems (one electrical, one plumbing) before heading out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Will be there noon ish.  More later. 

Problems solved at 1330. We’re on the road again.

Issues were a through hull the we plugged, an auto pilot the yesterday’s installer helped us diagnose, and a pesky breaker switch.


She’s in the water

On August 15, 2014, in Anacortes, History, Interesting, by CaptRR



BitterEnd Photo

History is reporting:

Navy Christens Research Ship Named for Sally Ride

Family, friends and dignitaries gathered for the naming ceremony of R/V Sally Ride on a sun-splashed day at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. “For the United States of America, I christen thee ‘Sally Ride.’ May God bless this ship and all who sail in her,” bellowed Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, Ride’s life partner of 27 years and the CEO and co-founder of Sally Ride Science, before smashing the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship’s bow. The auxiliary general oceanographic research vessel then gave a mighty blow of its horn as applause filled the air.

The complete History post is here.




#1. The Point Lookout Lighthouse

ListVerse has the post:

The Point Lookout Lighthouse, built in 1830, is known as one of the most haunted places in Maryland. For more than 130 years, the lighthouse served the surrounding community and ships until it was decommissioned in 1981, after which several reports of supernatural activity began popping up. In response to these reports, parapsychologist Dr. Hans Holzer and a team of other experts descended on the Point Lookout Lighthouse and managed to record 24 different voices during their investigation.

The voices can be heard singing, talking, and even swearing. A voice saying “Fire if they get too close to you” can be clearly heard in their recordings, thought to be related to the Confederate soldiers that were held prisoner on the island. Holzer also believed that he captured the voice of the first lighthouse keeper at Point Lookout, Ann Davis, who fondly spoke of “my home” somewhere on the staircase. A sighting of Ann Davis dressed in a white top and blue skirt was also reported. When a stinking smell emanated from a room inside the lighthouse, Holzer was convinced that it was the spirits of tormented souls who couldn’t leave. Soon after he uttered this statement, the horrible smell dissipated

The other nine are at ListVerse, here.


A Bridge too far

On August 13, 2014, in Assistance Towing, by CaptRR



The Swinhomish Channel Railroad Bride is rarely closed, but yesterday was one of those exceptions adding about 25 minutes to the trip South to La Conner from Anacortes.  The BNSF crew was taking measurements.  (I swear she is the original 1909 build.) This bridge is that caused me havoc a number of years ago as it closed twice while towing a 70′ boat.


My buddy, Al Felker, happened to catch us hooking up before I got underway.  La Conner can be a tricky place to work because of the currents. “Retriever” is an extremely lively boat, and she handles much better with a vessel on the hip, as there is more drag.  In fact the 75′ Pacifica that currently in Bodega Bay is an easier boat to maneuver in close quarters.



This 26′ Cooper could not get started.  We’re underway for Cap Sante Marine at the Fidalgo Marina.

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