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Potpourri at Sea

Posted by Keith on April 11, 2007 at 9:55 pm  

23.18N 150.19W

379 Miles NW of Honolulu

Life on this tenth day at sea

…Catching two Dorado. Kate planning our first fish dinner. Twenty-knot south-easterlies on our port quarter. Sledding toward Hawaii.

…The sweet smell of rain showers.

…Seawater washing through the scuppers on the aft cockpit. Warm salt-water foot baths.

…Sitting on the flybridge watching the endless horizon, drinking a no-load[1] Saint Pauli Girl, smoking a Carlos Torano (saving my last Churchill Macanudo for our arrival), listening on my I-Pod to Aretha Franklin’s gospel-rock Spirit In the Dark.

…Watching Captain Wolf use a parallel ruler and divider to chart our progress on hard-copy maps.

…Corresponding by email with Ron Dubois, Dock Master at the Hawaii Yacht Club. Learning that they’ve reserved for us great dock space.

…Watching on my laptop Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood’s tribute to the Marines (my alma mater) on Iowa Jima. Particularly poignant as we approach Pearl Harbor, and cross a Pacific made free by their heroism.

…Listening to the constant hum of our Trac stabilizers as they do their best to level our ride in some fairly choppy seas.

…Learning how better to use our SAT-COM capability with the help of emails from KVH’s chief technician. Planning to increase our video and photographic content from now on, once we figure it all out in Hawaii.

…Warm breezes. Shorts and no shirt.

…Night watches and long silences

…Appreciating chat room posts by website visitors. Responding often.

…Calling home.

…Hawaii a little more than two days away.

–Keith




[1] That’s a little financial planner joke. No Load = Non-Alcoholic, having exceeded my lifetime quota of the real stuff twenty years ago!


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  1. Guy Puckett on May 10, 2007 5:37 pm

    Came across your adventure from the Nordhavn home page. I am envious of your expedition! I have been studying Nordhavn’s for some time, and agree with you. Best boat out there for what it is you are doing. Good luck out there.

    Not sure if it would help, but I have a web based electronic storage company. What we do is high speed scan companies documents, and make them accessible securely online.

    Not sure if you would be interested, but I would consider donating some resources if you were interested.

    Regards, and happy sailing!

    Guy Puckett

    GUY,

    Thanks! I’ll pass this on to our Web Master.

    –Keith

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