Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I return and have my breakfast of green drink and almonds. I scrub some yukie stuff off my newly painted waterline and empty out my solar shower. Start the engine and yes, I do remember to check the water pump discharge. I slowly motor out and am in no hurray to get back. I see the Pacific Seacraft Orion up ahead, motoring up the channel. He must have been on the other side of the island or came up this morning. We are clicking right along at 6.7 knots. I place my auto pilot on. Actually it is my pedo-pilot. I use my foot to stabilize my course. My Dr. Scholl's tennis shoe seems to work the best. Inside my shoe it says, Hecho in China. Isn't that the funniest thing ever? I really get tickled reading that this morning. Another thing you might notice is the little blue item on my shoe. More people have asked about this on this cruise than ever before. In Dec 1979, I ran the Honolulu marathon. This is where I would always put my car key as I was training for the race. I have always worn this on my tennis shoe ever since. I did finish the race and was not last. I see that I could wash it once in a while.
I bypass my marina and cruise upriver looking at all the boats, marinas and floating homes. Then return reluctantly to the marina. I have been onboard since the 12th of Aug. This has been such a remarkable time, getting so much work done and having so much fun cruising the waters. I have met so many new people, run into people I have met before, seen so many interesting boats and become more enamored of Shatoosh's wonderful qualities. Tomorrow I am stopping by Kalama, Wa. to partake in their annual Hawaiian Heritage Weekend, then north to my condo.
I logged in 105 nm.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
6 Ships are in Longview. One is from Singapore, one is from France, The one from Port Vila is still anchored. I look up Port Vila to see where they are from. I had seen ships from there before but have forgotten. Port Vila is the biggest port in Vanuatu.
I decide to pull into Rainier, get ice, dump off trash, go to the Mexican Restaurant and then wait until the tide turns to advance up river. I get Pashmina up on the cabin top. While I am out, the Coast Guard Buoy Tender, the Bluebell, out of Portland docks across from me. They are very interested in Shatoosh when I return. They all liked the teak cleats. The crew are all very young men so I tell them that the light on marker 80 is out. They wanted to know where the light was, so I said, "Eureka island". They did not know where that was. I said, "up river from Cape Horn". They did not know where that was, either. They assured me that they would pass on the word.
I met 2 fellows cruising on a Compac 19. It is a very salty looking little cruiser. One guy had seen me in Cathlamet and had liked the looks of the Albin, so looked them up on the internet. I gave them a tour, which by now, you all know is my favorite thing to do. They left the same time as I did. I see them pulling into Martin Slough bout 2 hours after I arrived here. They wanted to try to sail, but gave up at Kalama.
I had another wonderful day on the water, meeting new friends who love boating and getting to be on Shatoosh one more day. It is just the best.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I look everywhere for my buckets that are usually tied to aft cabin rail. They are gone this morning, so they must have fallen overboard with all the wind and waves and they would not have been tied. Lesson number 1 for the day is always make certain loose items are secured to the boat. Lesson number 2 comes about 30 minutes later. I turn the heater on to warm up the cabins and have my computer charging and decide it is time to run the engine as I have been using the house batteries a lot. Whenever I start the engine I always check to see the water coming out of the exhaust, meaning the water pump is working and the intake seacock is open. Because it was cold I did not check to see the status of the pump/intake. Mistake: the alarm goes off, indicating the temp is too hot. I've never had an alarm go off. I shut everything down and see the temp is high. I quickly go through things I have been doing and realize yesterday I cleaned the water intake strainer and had forgotten to re-open the valve. I open it and let the engine cool off and later the engine starts up and runs fine the rest of the day.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Niko departs us.
Niko, a 41+ Maxum owned by Rick and Roxanna has a very unique feature: an over sized, submersible swim platform which carries their dinghy. When it is off loaded then they have a huge aft cockpit to sit, sun or read a book or perhaps imbibe in a cool one. This really grabs my attention. Late in the day everyone is swimming and floating down the river and all delight when they come sliding in and onto the submersed platform acting as though they all are Shamu. What will man think of next?
I decide to plug away on my curtain project. I set up my table in the cockpit and it makes for a nice sewing platform. Elizabeth, onboard Stella, is sewing on a cowhide covering for their steering wheel. Everyone else takes off in the dinghies to see an old military vessel up river behind Lord Island. After they all return they want to take a float out to mark a submerged deadhead. I'm easily talked into going along for the ride. We locate it and Paul of Kiddo attaches the float to the big deadhead with a screw. With mission accomplished, both dinghies are tied together and we drift back to the dock with the tide and wind. Everyone is hungry so Sheila of Kiddo and Roxanna whip up lovely pupus for all to eat.
While hanging out on the dock Elizabeth states her finger hurts from all that sewing work on the leather. So I give her a Reiki treatment, Roxanna's thumb hurts so she gets Reiki, as well. Rick's knee and foot hurt so I give him a Reiki treatment too. In the middle of all this magical healing time on the dock, Dan hooks into a 30 in. sturgeon, but throws it back as it is too small.
The dinghy I had tied comes untied so Rick and Kent jump up to rescue the run away dinghy. Later in the evening I am asked to join them for a scrumptious dinner onboard Niko. Everyone brought food but me. I just showed up with my begging bowl and believe me it was filled. There is nothing like traveling with the big boats. Stella, Niko and Kiddo are vessels of the Tremendous Trio.
Kiddo with Paul, Sheila and Dan
Elizabeth and Kent on Stella
Friday, August 21, 2009
Let me return to my morning at Martin Slough. I walked ashore early with my coffee to check all the blackberries. The island owners had mowed must of them down, but the bushes along the shoreline were getting ripe. I went back to Shatoosh and got my bucket and filled it to the brim. I spoke with the boaters on the dock and they were also thinking of going to Walker Island. I departed 1020 hrs and stopped by to see if my osprey mother who had given birth to 3 babies was still around. All 3 young ones had fledged but were still hanging out on top of the nest and mother was on the next piling. It is amazing she was able to keep 3 alive. She must be a very good mother.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
These are items that I am planning to take to the Marine Exchange:
- Teak medicine chest/wall hanging/with mirror
- 2 RCA stereo speakers
- Navigational chart light with red light/ gooseneck
- Cabin top rotating search light
- Possibly will take; danforth style anchor with 18 feet chain and 154 ft of braided rode.
- Any takers? Let me know in the next few weeks. Prices negotiable.
Did some touch up painting on a few spots, went to the grocery store, washed Shatoosh, sorted out the cockpit starboard locker and headed out the marina at 1430 hrs. Tonight I am in Martin Slough, my tummy full of asparagus and salmon, and I am getting very sleepy. It is only 2000 hrs and I feel I could go to bed. I had considered staying in St Helens to listen to the free concert and have some yummies from the food court, but the winds were blowing, the seas rough and the whole marina was full of bow pickers from Astoria. Bow pickers are a type of fishing boats that use nets to catch salmon. I guess they have been permission to fish these waters this year.
After passing Columbia City and approaching Goat Island the winds and seas quieted down some. I was tied up to the dock at 1745. Another boat was docked and they had launched their small Bayliner in Kalama and are cruising this week, heading down river as well. I plan to head over to Walker Island and spend a couple of days. Hopefully, I can have some Pashmina time in calm waters. I'll have the ebbing tide with me all morning and part of the afternoon. Should be a sweet run with some fun in the sun.
Shatoosh really looks good, all clean and painted. I am delighted with all the work I have been able to do this summer. It is such a delight when one is able to focus, with tender loving care, to bring new life into an old boat. The more I take care of her the safer the boat will be for me and others. It is an honor and a privilege to be her caretaker.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I really like how things are looking and feeling. There is not as much clutter. I do hate clutter.
Tomorrow will be cleaning the vinyl and restowing articles. Then I get to install my new little speakers.
I was delighted to see another Albin blogger join mine. Her name is Carol and is an ex harness racer. Wow. She and her husband own an Albin 27 in Florida. Click on her photo of the little bird in the "followers" section. She has some great wildlife links. You might find her blogs intesting.
She is a great photographer.
The back end of the berth with shelf. I even painted the underside of the cockpit. Away with Gray is my motto.
Monday, August 17, 2009
They are all over the docks so if you are docked there it might be hazardous to come and go. Some people don't stay there for that reason but others don't because the noise goes on day and night. I had noticed a small girl and her dad get off a Cal 20. On their way back to the boat the dock was full of sea lions. I asked the girl, "how do you get back to your boat, it all blocked"? She smartly replied, " oh, I just tell them to move." I watched as she shooed them off. They all politely scampered off into the water.
This golden hind was for sale. A very old, British design.
Looking from the aft cabin forward all the way through to the fore cabin. What a mess. The piles keep getting higher, but progress in in the making. The main cabin is done and I am slowly putting everything back after washing and drying each object. I am eliminating some things and will get rid of them, take them home or sell at the Marine Exchange.
I started painting the aft cabin after it took me 3 hours to prep. I finished the forward hatch cover. Then I ran out of paint, so headed back to Portland to get more, but they didn't have any more. So I ended up getting another brand which has even less cream than the other. Oh well, the aft cabin could use some lighting up in there. It will be fine. Bye, Bye Grey!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I was glad I went, and discovered that the boat design is not as large as I thought and would be able to singlehand her. I was disappointed that the cabin and forepeak were small. This particular vessel had a great diesel stove and oven which would keep the cabin nice and cozy.
Again it is always amazing to me that Shatoosh or I should say the Albin is really a spacious boat for her size. With my tri-cabin arrangement I have a very easy to handle boat. I'm not ready to give her up yet. So tomorrow I better get back to painting the ole girl.
There were many interesting boats to look at. I'll show you some tomorrow.