Sans Souci is at the dock, in Newport Oregon, where she shall remain until the seas calm.
Here’s an email exchange from yesterday, between Jeff, my deliver shipper, and Bob, the weather router:
Bob: I stopped short in Newport Oregon because of the exciting conditions that are coming in tonight. I am going home in the AM and will wait for an e-mail from you or call to get back under way. Right now it looks like maybe Tuesday? What are your thoughts?
Thank you – Jeff
Jeff: As of now, Tuesday looks to be the day. However a new system will approach quickly from the west and could produce rough conditions by as early as Wed/am. If that is the case, this window may be only 24hrs or so. Would you prefer a window closer to 48-72hrs or are smaller windows OK?B/Rgds, Bob/OMNI
Bob: I am 240 mile from Cape Flattery. I need about 28 Hours. to get up then make my turn. We can be back on board and ready on monday or when you tell me.. I will keep an eye on the bouys to get an idea and will be ready to go.
Thank you – Jeff
So, my guess is that it will be mid-next week before the boat is moving again.
My current project is to focus on marinas for our boats in Japan. All of us are planning to spend six months to a year in Japan. I wrote to one marina, near Osaka, that hasn’t written back yet. I also swapped a couple of emails with a friend of a friend who is now in Japan, trying to convince him to visit as many marinas as possible in Japan, to find a spot for our boats. I’m expecting we’re going to have a heck of a time finding moorage, but it’s really too soon to say.
My other project yesterday was to sign up for a “Marine Electrical Certification Course” which is being taught in Seattle.
Here’s what the course catalog says about it:
“…This 4 day course is designed for the experienced technician with at least 3 – 5 years experience working with marine electricity. The student needs to be very familiar with ABYC electrical standards. Course topics include electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more. At the time of registration, each student will be shipped a study guide which should be studied prior to class along with the ABYC standards. The class concludes with a 200 question certification exam. …”
I spoke with the instructor, trying to decide if the course was too advanced for me or not. The course is intended for marine electricians, and I’m a software developer. I’ll be a bit of a “fish out of water”, but I’m good at studying, and a fast learner, so it should be fine.
PS Some good comments came in yesterday on my blog entry from a couple days ago.