Monthly Archives: August 2021

Been Too Long…………..

It has definitely been too long since my last web site post. I could say I’ve been too busy, but the real truth is I’ve been too lazy to deal with the really slow internet in Ketchikan and not being able to seamlessly write and post. I have done a lot of work on Caroline, including another new charging system and Alternator. I think I’ve got it right this time. I have gone through tree potential crew members. I have now got a decent crewman, Seed Marmolejo, from Florida. Seed has many interests and he’s a pleasure to have aboard.

We hauled the boat out for an inspection haul on Wednesday August 4th. Power washed the bottom and put her back in the water. Two hours total time, but we got the critical measurements for the bulbous bow addition to the forward under-water profile of Caroline. It’s all designed and the 34 inch diameter thick walled fiberglass pipe (1 3/4″) being used for the section is ordered and should be ready in 6 weeks. We should be able to start in early October.

 

We left Wrangell for Petersburg on August 7th. Nice short trip, just under 6 hours burning under 2.0 Gal. per hour. Petersburg is a nice little fishing town full of Norwegians and Natives. Very friendly, very cost effective moorage fees compared with Ketchikan.

We stayed in Petersburg for 5 nights, sat through some rain waiting for a widow which never came. Left Petersburg for Juneau Aug. 12th and chose to stop for the night in Hobart Bay and anchor behind entrance Island.

I knew it was not great anchoring there, alternating between too deep to drop a hook and too shallow for us with no swinging room and very steep drop-offs. I tucked into a little spot that was very pretty and flat calm.

 

We grilled Hamburgers for dinner an went to bed at 10. By eleven the wind came up, the tide dropped and we swung to within about 15 feet of a now exposed group of rock with a couple of feet showing on the fathometer. We had to leave. we cautiously pulled the hook in pitch black, clouds, no light whatsoever and carefully exited Hobart Bay. as we got out into Stephens Passage and headed toward Juneau, it started to howl. We had 25 to 30 knots across from the Southeast the deck and we were making 7 over the bottom bucking chop and incoming tide. At three am it was blowing 30 to 40 and pouring rain. I stayed on watch all night and steered for the last two hours in Stephens Passage, surfing down the growing seas at 8 to 9 knots.

As we got out into Stephens Passage and headed toward Juneau, it started to howl. We had 25 to 30 knots across from the Southeast the deck and we were making 7 over the bottom bucking chop and incoming tide. At three am it was blowing 30 to 40 and pouring rain. I stayed on watch all night and steered for the last two hours in Stephens Passage, surfing down the growing seas at 8 to 9 knots. Made it to Juneau at about 8AM blowing and still raining hard, finally got into a slip at 9am. and tried to get dry. I haven’t taken any pics yet in Juneau and I was too busy and it was dark most of the way here from Hobart bay.