Tentative dates are August 8-23
: 2004 Catalina
Departing and Arriving @ Seattle
Estimated nm: 1000-1500
This is a progression from past trips to further grow skills and experience. For this trip I'd like to spend 2 weeks off the Washington
coast, 100-400nm offshore
. We'll go south for about 4-5 days (after taking 1-2 days to get out of the straight) and then figure out how to make northern progress over another 7-8. From what I've read, beating north can be a real drain depending on the conditions. So the intent is to use our lateral freedom to create more favorable approaches as well as stretch out our time if we're making too much progress north.
Next summer, and the reason for all this, will be a round trip to/from Hawaii
. If this goes well you're welcome back for that. The goals for this trip are to gain more experience with: 24x7 sailing, sleeping on the ocean, power/food/water management, fishing/trolling, close quarters and prolonged idle time, etc before committing 3 months to HI next summer.
We're looking for 2 others to join my father and I. He's been a recreational offshore
fisherman for 25 years, runs a charter
business, has his captains license
. He however is not a sailor, limited to 1 week last year with me in the San Juans. For that reason, the other 2 joining should have experience roughly equal to my own or better. I'm quite comfortable with my boat
, but I recognize I could still benefit from more skill refinement.
I picked up sailing 3 years ago. Live in Seattle
and mainly sail Puget Sound
. Do day and weekend trips about every 3 weeks for the past 3 years. In 2014 I also did a 2 week trip around Vancouver
Island and a week in the San Juan Islands
. Started living aboard
2 years ago to better learn the boats systems. Spent the last 2 years upgrading boat systems for better passage
making, which is 90% complete... but when is a boat every really complete.
Crew will share in sailing, keeping watch and simple cooking
. Should have experience sailing and single-handing in "normal" conditions (even though there will be 1-2 others awake at all times). Experience with foul weather
and/or ocean sailing is a plus but not required. Should have passports and are responsible for transport to/from Seattle. You can stay on the boat for a few days before/after to ease travel arrangements. Crew neither pays nor is paid, though you're welcome to pitch
in for food
: 100 jib
, 130/160 genoa
, battened main w/ 2 reefs
Power generation: solar
, towed, diesel engine alternator
, gas generator
Comms: sat phone
, sat tracker, vhf
onboard and hand held, walkies, epirb
: series drogue
, 4 person offshore raft, katadyn
: 100+5 gallons (2 tanks
+ jerry), spectra 150 watermaker
, backup hand pump
: 40+20 gallons (tank + jerry), 600 mile range under good conditions.
Heat: diesel heater
exchange; hot water
, engine or diesel heater
, electric autopilot
, will use sat phone
for weather/grib downloads.