We had an unintentionally funny moment when he asked if I was going to fly out and ride on the boat for the last 100 mile run into Seattle.
Roberta and I have been swamped, getting ready to move (moving from a house to a condo), plus we’re leaving in a week to head to Cabo for a month. Adding to it all I’m gone all next week for a marine electric course.
So.. I thought seriously about doing the final leg with Jeff, but then the last straw was when I checked the weather today. On Thursday, for the final stretch, the boat will be beating straight into a 20 knot wind all day.
When Jeff asked if I was going to make the run, I mentioned that it just didn’t sound that much fun to pound into a 20kt head wind, in the rain, all day. Jeff said “S**t Ken — Are you kidding? — that’ll be a calm day in the sunshine!” We both starting laughing hard at the same time, and couldn’t stop . Jeff has “been around,” and done a lot of miles, but I think this trip from Costa Rica has recalibrated his definition of rough running. He has run 3,700 miles, dodged two hurricanes, run in 115 heat for days, in endless squalls, with no air conditioning, and 40 degree days with no heat, and not had a nice sunny calm day yet. I wasn’t going to get much sympathy for not being excited about slamming into rainy 20kt headwinds. I’m still laughing, but it was one of the dumber things I’ve ever said… I owe Jeff a few favors when I see him next (which is very soon now!). He did say that as soon as he turns the corner at Cape Flattery he’ll be going into a marina for the night. He’ll be only 12 hours from home, but with all the high wind in the Pacific NW, the waters will be full of logs. It’s smarter to relax over night, and make the final run in the daylight.
And, on a different topic….
My project today was to investigate different “flow sensors.” I’m interested in measuring the raw water that is coming out of my seachest, to feed the watermakers, gensets, hydraulic cooling and a/c cooling. I like the idea of being able to constantly monitor the gallons per hour of water flowing. If the water flow is constricted, I want to know it before it leads to a problem. It’s not really something I need to do, but it’s something I’d like to do, and that I know is possible. Unfortunately, the ultra sonic sensors I’ve wanted to use have been cost prohibitive. The makers of my vessel monitoring system, Simon, recommended I go with sensors that protude into the hose, and represent an obstruction to flow. I ruled that out immediately. The ultra sonic sensors work with no interuption to the water they are measuring, but cost $4,000 to $6,000 per sensor! After some googling I finally found some sensors that are $400 each. That puts the project back in reach, and the Simon people were as excited as I was. I’ll know more once I get one here and see if it actually works.
And.. my other project for the day was seeking moorage for our fleet of four boats that is arriving in Japan in August. I went to the website for virtually every marina in Japan. Most were in Japanese, with no english. Fortunately, I have a son who speaks Japanese who was helping me figure out email addresses, and fax numbers. I wrote to them all, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll start getting a sense of how practical finding moorage for our group will be.
I’m not optimistic. When I was last in Japan, I went to the Yokohama marina. It is the largest marina I’ve found, at 1,400 slips. The next closest is much smaller. At Yokohama, there were a lot of boats, but most were 20 to 40 foot sailboats. There were power boats, but they were smaller. There were only a few slips or endcaps for power boats our size, and they were all taken.
I know we’ll figure this out, but I’m not sure how…