ARRIVAL SITKA

The sun rose this morning to perfect calm, water like a mirror and the mountains reflecting upside down.  I had a leisurely breakfast in the cockpit in glorious warm sunshine. It was a nice easy couple of hours trip down from the anchorage to Sitka where the harbourmaster allocated me a berth for two days.  … Continue reading ARRIVAL SITKA

BUSY IN SITKA

Today has been full on action all day. This morning I started some maintenance, replaced the toilet inlet hose, put a new non return valve in the bilge pump discharge, made a new gasket for the engine raw water strainer and did a thousand and one other little jobs outstanding.

EL CAPITANO PASSAGE

We anchored overnight in Marble Bay, where there is a mine, marble I guess.  The day started flat calm and the sun shone.  The air was cool but by nine in the morning it was warm enough for shorts and t shirt.  Taking advantage of the warmth I opened up the boat, all hatches, carpet … Continue reading EL CAPITANO PASSAGE

SLOWDOWN DEER CROSSING AND CLEARING INTO USA

A beautiful calm morning at Foggy bay.  There were nine boats anchored overnight but most had gone by the time I heaved anchor at six thirty.  We changed clocks yesterday to Alaska time and now it gets light at four in the morning.   For a change it was not raining this morning.  The day remained … Continue reading SLOWDOWN DEER CROSSING AND CLEARING INTO USA

ENTERING ALASKA USA

It rained again last night and continued intermittently all day today.  I feel like a human wick.  Can’t remember the last time I felt the warmth of the sun.  But, today for the first time this voyage we had wind from the right direction. Last night I heard a high pitched eagle squawking.  A large … Continue reading ENTERING ALASKA USA

PRINCE RUPERT – WEEKEND

Wonderful, it stopped raining – just a light drizzle now and again.  Slowly the damp from the last few days is drying up. John, Jennifer and Hillary came over this morning with some fresh date and walnut muffins which we had with tea and coffee – very nice.  Whilst I had extra hands around I … Continue reading PRINCE RUPERT – WEEKEND

ENGINE READY TO GO

Finally, the engine parts arrived from the USA.  Big event, the engine has been serviced and the new exhaust mixer was fitted this afternoon. Engine wise we are all ready to go.  I took a trip into town this morning to pick up some additional antenna cable and connectors. This afternoon I installed the AIS … Continue reading ENGINE READY TO GO

MORE RAIN AND PLANNING

It rained all night with some wind and a nice fresh cold breezy day today.  I am trying to get a reasonably priced ERPIB and expected I could get one from West Marine in the USA.  Unfortunately, although the price is great they are only programmed for American boats.  I then spoke at length with West … Continue reading MORE RAIN AND PLANNING