Nice to hear from you. I am not completely sorted yet, and rather than leave you hanging, I am going over to Vancouver
Island for a couple of days and will make full contact when I return. At the moment, it is up in the air for crew since one guy I was counting on seems to have bowed out. To make the trip, I want three people since that is the best watch setup.
A little bit about myself, I am retired but spent many years at sea laterally running the West Coast
division of a company called Canada
Steamship Lines. I am married with a 14 year old daughter. My last sea posting
was Master on large freighters. The navigation
is no issue, GPS
or otherwise. Mechanically, I am fairly proficient with my boat, but larger electrical
and mechanical issues are a challenge. I have been down to Mexico
three times on the current
boat, and each time has been different. This year is likely to be better than the others as I intend to leave earlier (weather dependent). Given that you have made the trip yourself, you will understand that once you start down the Coast of Washington
, your weather options/port options are limited in heavy seas as all of the bars are closed. The boat is a Diesel Duck 462 - there is NO better sea boat, it is heavy and it sheds water
. Nonetheless, I hate weather and prefer to manage it carefully.
I am scheduled at the shipyard September 28th, but I couldn't give a rats ass if I get there for the date, so if you have a schedule, it makes no sense to make the trip. I will provide the fuel
and victualing, but the rest would be encumbered by you. i have made the trip in as little as 8.5 days, but realistically, I expect 10 continuous running days. I will take refuge in port for as long as it takes in the case of weather. The boat is not dry, but it is dry on watch. I am embarrassed to say that I am a smoker, but there is absolutely no smoking in the interior
of the boat.
If there are any other questions you would have of me, please let me know and i will try to address them. Your phone
number is a Danish area code(?), contact is no issue, but are you in the states or Denmark
at the moment?