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Old 07-01-2012, 01:22   #1
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Japanís Debris affect on PNW

My plans were to head for the Philippines fairly soon but the housing market is keeping the market so low I donít really want to sell and I donít want to keep the house either.

And now, it seems, I have to sail South by the summer of 2013 or stay here. Or else I may get caught up in a debris field. If at night it could damage the boat. So I would have to lay a hull at nights until Iím sure Iím clear of the field. If it's really bad I may have to truck the boat to SF or even LA.

No one knows for sure how bad itís going to be but Iím trying to look at the worse case scenario. And Iím sure Iím not the only one concerned.

This video is a close guesstimate and for now thatís all one can rely on to make any plans. And I can imagine how itís going to affect local shipping industry.

And if one is trying to get here from the South or Hawaii it'll be even worse. One estimate says the stuff will be swirling around N. of Hawaii for years.

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Old 07-01-2012, 11:09   #2
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Re: Japanís Debris affect on PNW

I have some doubts that a body would remain intact enough to float in the Pacific long enough to reach the West Coast. The products of human industry are another matter, however. I would imagine that there's going to be a considerable amount of dimensional lumber, insulation and loads of small stuff on the way, along with plenty of half-empty jugs of all the chemicals typically found in a seaport.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:15   #3
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Re: Japanís Debris affect on PNW

You're fortunate that you have a sail boat.
1) It's not so fast that it would do much damage if hit something fairly small.
2) You can sail through the debris with worrying about your prop.

I run a trawler and have been considering putting a cage around the big prop, like on the netting boats.

On the other hand we might find something out there worth picking up.
Seen on the news, a fishing rig got themselves a nice runabout.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:48   #4
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Re: Japanís Debris affect on PNW

I call BS on the rotting bodies...

but the other stuff... yeah some of it will make it here I am sure...

But the bodies? That's just sensationalism.
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They have been blowing up lots of the large pieces such as houses so by the time it gets close to the west coast it should be mostly smallers stuff like 2x4's and such and all the large ships have been doing a good job running over the rest and making it even smaller most of the debris will end up mid pacific stuck in the current and argument to the existing pile of debris I suppose it's a good thing my boat is still in refit and won't be done for another year or so Good luck to any that venture out that way be safe
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Re: Japanís Debris affect on PNW

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I call BS on the rotting bodies...

but the other stuff... yeah some of it will make it here I am sure...

But the bodies? That's just sensationalism.
Yeah, I agree. I posted the video for the flow map not all the hype.
I'm sure over time a lot of the stuff will just sink, even the wood once it gets waterlogged enough. I'm more worried about drums of oil or whatever or half sunken boats. But hopefully the N. Pacific storms will take care of those.

It's almost unbelievable the amount of damage that was done. In some places they were prepared for the next tsunami by building walls but didn't calculate for one this big. Here's an example.....

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Rotting bodies? Come on use a little common sense. 20 billion fish trust me there will be no bodies. As to building supplies and such ... That I belive
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