ESCAPE FROM NEWPORT

Early this morning Truce and I dropped down the Yaquina River from Toledo to Newport on the ebb tide.  Upon arrival at Newport I found the Coastguard had closed the Yaquina River the bar to vessels less than forty feet length.  As Truce is thirty-six feet long we couldn’t depart Newport.  Very frustrating, the weather … Continue reading ESCAPE FROM NEWPORT

RUDDER FIXED

It’s been a full-on sort of day and I feel tired at the end of it – but importantly ‘we got the job done’.  The rudder is good. At midday Truce was lifted out the water and half an hour later I had the rudder unshipped and hung off.  The bottom bushing was worn and … Continue reading RUDDER FIXED

RUDDER INSPECTION AND SUNSHINE

Heaps of rain last night and this morning and then the sun came out.  Wonderful to feel the suns warmth and the solar cells are charging the batteries again. The diver turned up this morning, a very helpful guy called Carson.  He had a good look at the rudder and made a video.  All the … Continue reading RUDDER INSPECTION AND SUNSHINE

SUSPECT RUDDER

It looks like I may linger longer in Newport after all.  As I was preparing the boat for departure today and running through my checks I noticed that the rudder has excessive play in the pintles.  I fear that something may have let go but can’t see any obvious cause.  Anyway, I don’t feel comfortable … Continue reading SUSPECT RUDDER

HAIL NEWPORT

After a refreshingly hot shower and a change into clean dry clothes I ventured up the road seeking libation and sustenance.  Fortunately, I stumbled across Hoovers Bar which provided both.  Good draft beer and real Bacon Berger.  Just like you see on TV it had bar stools, pool table, slot machines, men in hats, live … Continue reading HAIL NEWPORT