Sans Souci is now about 50 miles south of Cape Flattery. This will be their northern most point before making a major right turn into the Strait of Juan De Fuca around 2pm today. Almost immediately after turning, they’ll stop at Neah Bay, relax for the evening, and then I’ll meet them Thursday around noon for the last 65 mile run into Seattle at Port Angeles.
When I spoke with Jeff last night, and today, he has been in high spirits. It has been a long trip, and the end is in sight. The weather isn’t great, but it’s not bad. It is supposed to turn bad again late afternoon, but he’ll soon be in protected waters, and life is good.
In the chart above, the left-most arrow is the boats current position, the second arrow is where I’ll jump on board, and the third arrow the ending point for this 4,000 mile run.
I don’t know how to phrase this correctly, so I’ll just say what I’m thinking: I am VERY impressed that the boat made it here on its’ own bottom. This statement can be taken several ways, so I’ll clarify what I mean. I am saying this as a positive, not a negative.
Roberta and I pushed the boat through commissioning last summer, then ran the boat to Seattle, where we almost immediately turned it around and headed back south, another 4,000 miles to Costa Rica. When I left the boat in Costa Rica, it was slated to be loaded aboard a freighter for delivery to Seattle (that’s a whole story itself…). Because the boat had been on the move non-stop, I hadn’t had time to get various warranty repairs that I knew about done. Neither Nordhavn or I were particularly worried as they have a commissioning group in Seattle that would be able to do any work I needed done. If someone had told me, when I left the boat in Costa Rica, that it would be moving north on its own bottom, I would have said “no way.” The boat was in good shape, but there were definitely maintenance items that needed addressed. If someone had said that it was not only going to come north but do so during the height of hurricane season, and during the onset of winter in the Pacific NW, I would have said “Impossible.”
I think its a major tribute to both Nordhavn and to Jeff, my delivery skipper. I don’t think any boat manufacturer would recommend taking the first boat of a new model, directly from a rushed commissioning effort, and running it 10,000 difficult miles – but, we did it. There were a few bumps along the way, but the maintenance issues we have now are essentially the same ones we started with. Both the boat, and Jeff, have done an amazing job.
By comparison, we now have six months to prepare for a comparitively “puny” 6,000 mile trip across the Bering Sea into Japan. It’s going to be fun!