Saturday, October 25, 2014
Voyage log and photos here...
Voyage log and photos here...
The Pirate Ship, m/v Treasure Seeker, a started her life as the salmon fishing boat, m/v Pelican in the Pacific Northwest. The vessel at some point was converted into a "pirate ship" to do theme tours in San Diego, California. Business there was good, until it wasn't but caught the attention of Greg Longnecker, of Extreme Watersports in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Longnecker knew right away that the pirate ship would be a success, doing pirate tours for families by day and a pirate themed night club on the water for adults at night.
|Tried and true: paper chart plotting|
|Greg and Kristle, ready to go!|
Day 1: March 21, 2013 / Departure from San Diego
|Off the coast of Mexico|
Day 2: March 22, 2013 / 31º 42.2' N / 117º 20.0' W 2200Z
|On watch, at the helm|
Day 3: March 23, 2013 / 31º 22.9' N / 117º 47.6' W 2200Z
Day 4: March 24, 2013 / 30º 44.9' N / 118º 39.6' W 2200Z
|Sunset and dolphins off the coast of Mexico|
Day 5: March 25, 2013 / 29º 2.4' N / 120º 39.3' W 2200Z
|Yes! The winds finally pick up.|
Day 6: March 26, 2013 / 28º 6.6' N / 123º 2.5' W 2200Z
|Chasing the sun|
Day 7: March 27, 2013 / 27º 47.3' N / 124º 8.8' W 2200Z
|Can we get this thing to start?|
Day 8: March 28, 2013 / 27º 47.5' N / 125º 45.0' W 2200Z
|Solar powered satellite communications|
Day 9: March 29, 2013 / 27º 18.9 ' N / 127º 56.8' W 2200Z
Day 10: March 30, 2013 / 27º 44.2' N / 129º 25.0' W 2200Z
Day 11: March 31, 2013 / 26º 55' N / 129º 28.2' W 2200Z
|Glass calm seas|
Day 12: April 1, 2013 / 26º 26.9' N / 130º 30.2' W 2200Z
|Caught a mahi mahi!|
Day 13: April 2, 2013 / 25º 44.2' N / 132º 46.2' W 2200Z
|Mahi mahi is best cooked, not raw|
Day 14: April 3, 2013 / 25º 39.9' N / 134º 02.2' W 2200Z
|Enjoying a fresh fish dinner|
Day 15: April 4, 2013 / 25º 40.6' N / 135º 00.3' W 2200Z
|Vada abordo catsuo! :)|
Day 16: April 5, 2013 / 25º 37.3' N / 136º 38.5' W 2200Z
Water: 15 gal in main tanks (estimated)
6 x 5 gal jerry tanks (30 gal)
5 x 1 gal drinking bottles (5 gal) ... 50 gallons total (62.5%)
Food: All bread, fruit and vegetables consumed
Used approx. 1/5 of dry/ canned provisions
1/2 yesterday's fish catch on hand
Batteries: Used approx 1/4 of AA batteries
Fuel: 95% of diesel on hand!! :/
|Seared tataki, oishii yo! :)|
Day 17: April 6, 2013 / 25º 10.0' N / 138º 29.0' W 2200Z
|Full sails down wind|
Day 18: April 7, 2013 / 24º 42.0' N / 141º 2.0' W 2200Z
|Moving along down wind|
Day 19: April 8, 2013 / 24º 3.0' N / 143º 28.0' W 2200Z
|At the helm|
Day 20: April 9, 2013 / 23º 34.0' N / 145º 45.0' W 2200Z
Day 21: April 10, 2013 / 22º 55.0' N / 147º 59.0' W 2200Z
|Wing on wing with whisker pole|
Day 22: April 11, 2013 / 22º 21.0' N / 150º 14.0' W 2200Z
|Broke in half|
Day 23: April 12, 2013 / 22º 4.0' N / 152º 23.0' W 2200Z
|Getting closer to Hawaii|
Day 24: April 13, 2013 / 21º 48.0' N / 154º 30.0' W 2200Z
|Working the mast|
Day 25: April 14, 2013 / 21º 19.8' N / 157º 16.0' W 2200Z
|Land ho! Molokai behind the haze|
Day 26: April 15, 2013 / 21º 9.0' N / 157º 48.5' W 2200Z
|Getting closer to Hawaii: spirits are up!|
Day 27: April 16, 2013 / 3 NM off the coast of Waikiki 2200Z
|Becalmed just a few miles from port|
Day 28: April 17, 2013 / In port Ala Wai Harbor, Honolulu 1200 Local
|Whales all around the boat off Waikiki|
|Finally on land: Ala Wai fuel dock|
Friday, October 24, 2014
Featured in the American Sailing Journal, Summer 2011
|Intrepid motoring clean and quiet under electric power|
Is it safe to say that we became boaters because we love being out on the water? We don’t have to be reminded about how wonderful it is to go sailing, fishing or diving from our boats in a healthy marine environment, or how sad it is to see trash on the beach or oil on the water. The idea of Green Boating stems from our natural instinct to protect what we cherish. It is not a new fad, but an attitude that translates into behaviors that reflect our values.
Out on the water I also learned that the best and safest way also tends to be the most environmentally conscious way. Nobody wants to go swimming in a toilet. That’s why we’ve established NDZs (No Discharge Zones) to keep our waters clean of sewage. Some locales have gone as far as limiting the discharge of gray water by establishing ZLDs (Zero Liquid Discharge zones) because not everyone cleans their boat with the stuff that comes in the green package. Anchoring is another thing to consider. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of losing an anchor on a reef, you know that it can be a scary and expensive mistake. Not to mention, if you’re a diver you know that the damage isn’t only to the boat’s gear inventory. Green boating also considers such things as this.
|Think about the environment when doing boat work|
|Crystal clear waters of Tokashiki jima worth protecting|
Since my electric powered sailboat has limited range under power, I have had to completely re-think my philosophy about what it means to be sailing. Since I can’t use the motor if I don’t like the direction of the wind, I have to sail as much as possible. Having no choice but to sail has drastically increased my confidence and improved my sailing abilities. I have also discovered how to get the most sailing performance from my boat and found that she was actually designed to sail- imagine that! Of course, it should also be said that certain instincts and skills that all sailors should develop, like sail trim, trip planning and interpreting the weather forecast become very important and you must develop these skills even further when you go electric. For me, this personal transformation has led me to enjoy the sport of sailing so much more.
In the future we can expect pressure on the environment to inevitably increase, while we continue to be drawn to the water. The responsible and prudent sailor keeping a weather eye on the state of the world would be smart to think of “green boating” as just “normal boating.” With this change in mindset, you’ll discover that boating is just as much fun and can be rewarding on a much higher level.
Five things you can do right now to go green on your boat:
1.) Follow the laws regarding discharge of solid and liquid waste and the spilling of oil and other hazardous materials. Recycle your garbage, like you do on land.
2.) Wherever available, choose non-toxic paints, solvents and other environmentally friendly cleaning and maintenance methods. Do your boat maintenance on land if possible.
3.) Do something about your engine- keep it well tuned, prevent oil leaks, be careful when you re-fuel and minimize idle time. Combustion engines on a boat are probably the biggest environmental concern.
4.) Improve your sailing skills- the more you sail, the less you motor. You’ll enjoy being out on the water, you’ll go faster so less algae will grow on your hull, reducing the need to scrape toxic bottom paint into the water.
5.) Check out lots of other great green boating tips from these references:
Boat Green: 50 Steps Boaters Can Take to Save Our Waters,
Clyde W. Ford, New Society Publishers 2008
Sustainable Sailing: Go Green When You Cast Off, Dieter Loibner,
House, 2009 Sheridan
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