Tuesday, January 30, 2018

29 - 30 - 31 JANUARY 2018 - SHIPS LOG

WEATHER: 50 degrees, overcast with mostly all sun, zero rain, balmy
SEAS: calm
SCUTTLEBUTT: very little going on
EVENTS: nothing, gave Len Christiansen a 6 page list of "A" dock problems and thanked him for his public meeting appearance and comments.
NOTES:  got the third tuna light on, and filled the 30 gallon F.W. drum for port side ballast, if the skiff was gone we would be level, stbd side is 1" lower than port. our rake is fine (bow high), tools, freezer, washing machine, are just too much for the starboard side !

Sunday, January 28, 2018


WEATHER:  At 0600 - 54 degrees ! dry- 0 wind flat calm and balmy... full starry sky "ZERO" chance of rain predicted all day and overnight, 60 degree sunny day !
0 mph -all day 
SEAS:  flat motionless in harbor last 24 hours

SCUTTLEBUTT:  Our new (yet to be announced) Port Manager, Dina will be gone for the next 9 days to Hawaii,  but, back in time for her February swear-in. 
EVENTS:  Scary weather !  The seagull colony serenaded us all night long on our dock, 100 birds ...  a first !
NOTES:  from Merry old   https://vimeo.com/247893658

Saturday, January 27, 2018


WEATHER:  daytime overcast, some intermittent showers, 40-42 degrees light sea mist, very warm all friday night long...
15-30 mph southwest hard gusts, 2AM on... blowing us away from the dock, but acting like Poseidon rollers ! 
SEAS:  zany chop, 22 footers in the jetty, 2 footers in turning basin, light chop in harbor

SCUTTLEBUTT:  Our new (yet to be announced) Port Manager, Dina will be gone for the next 9 days to Hawaii,  but, back in time for her February swear-in. 
EVENTS:  nothing ! We are simply loving being aboard in the storm, warm, dry, and quiet...although sitting rather than moving about.
NOTES: Chlorophyta is  the algae is that grows green on boats and flourishes on the North side (our Port side and away from the sun) in January ... it must be blooming.  it leads to actual sea moss, that closes off scuppers, and invades portlight seals (expanding them to create a leak), and embeds into any crevice available especially un-sealed wood grains, (making sure the spores return again and again to pester you).  This is different than that black fiberglass "mildew", and everyone here in the Northwest fights it wood, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, and ferro boats inclusive. 

Among the oldest of all organisms, this green algae appeared more than 2 billion years ago and are believed to be the closest relatives of our green land plants (perhaps even the origin). The Chlorophytes are the most diverse and widespread of the algae types with approximately 7,000 different species, ranging from seaweeds to microspores. They survive in either fresh or salt water, and cold does not impact their life cycle. they mostly ALL live "in" the water, making water appear green.  Some live ashore (like on So...fea !)

We are there !  the spores fly on the wind and coat everything, glass, air intakes, the air you breathe, your clothes, shoes, pets, decks, upholstery, sails, railings deck equipment, the docks, lines, EVERYTHING ! This is one of the reasons leaving a boat unheated, tied to the dock and unoccupied is so devastating and destroying ... making that boat smell never go away-ever !

Friday, January 26, 2018

25 - 26 JANUARY 2018 - SHIPS LOG

WEATHER:  constant overnight hard rain squalls, daytime overcast, some showers, 40-42 degrees gloomy and nasty damp
10-12 mph south,  night time 30 mph S gusts
SEAS: flat to mild chop, white caps at night, sameo sameo
SCUTTLEBUTT:  Our new (yet to be announced) Port Manager, Dina will be gone for the next 9 days to Hawaii,  but, back in time for her February swear-in.

EVENTS: Steve over on the Frank F got two too many logs in front of his boat, got yelled at by the Harbor Master !
NOTES: Ran up the 101 coast at low tide to Bobs Creek for some tide pooling (in the rain), was not very impressed, narrow beach area, all round rocks, no agates (as advertised), and just not a place we would ever go back to.

 Stopped by the Heceta Head Lighthouse turn off, (13 miles from the boat) and really loved it (want to move there !), super best of everything (and we never got to the lighthouse), great rocks, a wide fast shallow river to the sea, a magnificent under-bridge place with a super big sand beach, restrooms, two picnic areas, a foot bridge-trails, a lazy river portion, and sea stacks, monster wave action simply VERY impressed... got Bonnie on the beach, she loved it hates the water though.

Came back, got both websites up on the web (barely and just roughed in) and transferred around...now to start building them !! need to unload five hard drives into two and be done with it ! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

22-23-24 JANUARY 2018 - SHIPS LOG

WEATHER:  constant overnight hard rain squalls, daytime overcast, some showers, 45 degrees gloomy Seattle-like
10-12 mph south,  night time 30 mph S gusts
SEAS: flat to mild chop, white caps at night
SCUTTLEBUTT:  Our new (yet to be announced) Port Manager, Dina will be gone for the next 9 days to Hawaii,  but, back in time for her February swear-in.

EVENTS: On the Coast Printing closed it's doors to merge with the Shipping Shack, (boo hoo), Al is great (from Minnesota but still great).
NOTES: Hard at work building up an'ya's framed tankart for the February display, Mailed back the hearing aid package today, resurrecting both the whazammo.com and the tankaanya.com websites, and continuing the migration from Linux over to Chrome...  

Fifty years ago on January 23, 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo while operating in international waters. One sailor was killed and 82 were taken prisoner. The Pueblo was commanded by Lloyd “Pete” Bucher. He and his crew were charged with spying on North Korea. Commander Bucher and his crew were released December 1968 after enduring 11 months of brutal captivity at the hands of the North Koreans. Pueblo is still listed as a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel — the only one held by a foreign nation-- The 177 foot X 32 foot ship is now a tourist attraction in Pyongyang, North Korea. click to view original story : The 1968 North Korea Crisis – ABC News (January 25, 1968)

Monday, January 22, 2018

20-21-21 January, 2018 - SHIPS LOG

WEATHER:  overnight hard in-out rain squalls, daytime overcast, some showers, 45 degrees, sun in-out
10-12 mph south
SEAS: flat to mild chop
SCUTTLEBUTT: The NOAA Gale and high wind warning for yesterday (all day) was FAKE WEATHER REPORTING

EVENTS: an'ya will be the February "featured Artist" at the Old Town Coffee Shop, with some 15 displayed hangings and lots of unframed prints for sale.

When the UK boat M/V Content was in last summer (see July 2017), we had a long
seatalk about the Caribe & Antilles, and recalled the invasions of common on board
species encountered in harbors there, many of which were discovered weeks later
out at sea. . .
Spiders love water, hand sized banana spiders, and deck lockers full of all types,
snakes dropping from trees, coming up dock lines and swimming aboard, monkeys
crapping, stealing, pilfering, frogs of great numbers and varieties, the yellow ones
are poisonous, a great variety of lizards (even gliders) of all types and sizes, Palm
rats, and coconut squirrels, Palmetto bugs and Cockroaches flying in, mice and
bats, Pelican infestations (almost worse than gulls), Parrot flocks,  waking up to
being totally encased in a tent caterpillar web, sucker fish taking over your entire
bottom, firefly-lightning bugs of many types, the ever present mosquito,
sand fleas, ticks, mites and gadfly, termites, even on-dock wild boar keeping you
aboard, and here in Oregon … only Seagulls.

Friday, January 19, 2018


WEATHER:  overnight rain squalls, daytime overcast, some showers, 45 degrees, sun in-out
10-12 mph south
SEAS: flat
EVENTS: working an'ya's new website transition to Wix, away from coding and Linux, and html5, and . . .
SCUTTLEBUTT: none... how boring winter is.

NOTES: This has been in the news alot, Buoy 10 Astoria, Oregon at-the-sea Columbia River run-over

Here is a static YouTube of So...fea  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6zaRUCnlAo

an'ya taking her morning long-walk caught on camera ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5FrQrLdIJw  

Decided to build four small sister-vertical shaft wind generators for So...fea, more later.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


WEATHER: 45 degree, overcast , intermittent light rains, 1/2 hour of sun
WIND: 5-8 MPH South
SEAS: light chop, to ripples, overnight was a roller
EVENTS: nothing
SCUTTLEBUTT: nothing, actually boring ain't it ?

NOTES:  A harbor boat skipper over on "B" dock named Sea Spirit is so worried about sinking at thbe dock (or possibly sinking in a seaway) that he has pre-installed a industrial orange "Danger cone" atop his mast, the thinking being that when she settles to the bottom, the cone will still be visible in even 30 foot of water, and not be a navigation hazard to passing vessels, plus, be easy to find.  great seamanship ! (maybe it has a float inside and 200 foot of line to act as a float-off buoy ?)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 JANUARY 2018 - SHIPS LOG

WEATHER: More of the same, 50 degree days, 40 degree nights, sun and clouds... no rain, occaisional mist, or light rain
WIND:8-12 Knot, one day of 25 knot surgingSEAS: chop, wind waves of 6-12" EVENTS: noneSCUTTLEBUTT: rain is on its way ! and the sun will come up again tomorrow
NOTES: Last week, I was rudely chastised by a dock walker, regarding something he heard about my attitude, and why I don't attend these public meetings, he said "He does not appreciate that I come to Florence as a "Know-it-all", when I know "nothing" about this place, or marinas at all", to which I responded by stopping, printing out and handing  him a copy of an ancient (1980’s) whazammo.com blog post titled "How I know this" . . .   before I rudely went below.

“Somewhere between Ships Master/Captain and the Port Captain/Manager lies a lot of expanse, these two job titles are extremely & absolutely junxtaposed as opposites.

Captains certainly are not familiar with ashore-shoreside civic antics and process, and the Manager (usually being a “comfort” appointee) is oblivious to the sea, ships, the mariner life and language. In between these two is the supposed glue that ties it all together, the Harbor Master and/or a Dock Master.

I personally, have never worked in a Captain, Port Manager or Harbor Master billet,  but, as a Port Engineer and Fleet person I straddled their rails, played their politic, cajoled-begged and threaded my “needs” through their 3 way maze of Harbor conflict-games in many Ports and Harbors around this planet.

This three-way Port Management collusion is fraught with three very different world experiences and three attitudes that frequently conflict:  a Harbor Master is usually a fisherman/seaman/shipyard person “in respite”, who has also learned the shore-side life-style, and can therefore usually can act as a go-between.

The variables changed with each Harbor, and, in “MOST" cases, the ship’s Captain, the Port Manager, and the Harbor Master were all permanent long-time (arrogant) fixtures in their familiar little Harbor . . . while “I”, was a newcomer, foreigner, outsider who had never set foot or rudder here before.

Almost always, I did not speak the native language, and, I “was” an American to boot (did I mention usually representing a Fishery Development company that could be scorned or in competition in this Port ?), but, I was there to spend money, complete a project , hire local labor and leave . . what’s not to like?

The scenarios for my being there were many, from a “sunken or grounded” boat, a towed-in machinery-hull failure, to a crew mutiny, a new-purchase boat outfitting and manning, or even a new boat startup/outfitting/commissioning assignment; sometimes I had an Agent or Corporate office in Port, but usually not, we did this for 35 plus years.

I really cannot say that I have seen it all… (when it comes to Port & Harbor Management), but, I have seen variables and twists aplenty, some Ports were exemplary, others were . . . “not”,  fortunately, I was consistantly very successful in "reading" and manipulating Harbors . . .  but, I am over-simplifying.

As a visiting Port Engineer, you must tie together all that a “unknown” Harbor has to offer (quickly), and learn “who” the power players are, and what the corruption base is all about - and who runs it, what the gratuity (pizzo) level is, then, find out who has the marine and boat expertise, and way-lay (even Shanghai) them into your team (or, give up, buy a house here, never call the office again, and simply retire here).

This was not rocket science, within a VERY short time (usually a looong day), by reading the phone book, dock talking and boarding boats you learn who-is-who, and complete the familiarity tour, but, the insecure and back biting, infighting, talking heads that control most Harbors are devious locals with long established personal/business/family/money (hidden) agendas and usually shallow (or none) marine skill levels (that you are now disrupting, or in a position to expose or challenge).

World-wide, every Port-Harbor situation is run by a corrupt syndicate, oligarchy or cabal of some sort . . .  (corporate, union, familia or ethnic), big Sea Ports, Destination Harbors, and Fish Harbors on down to small isolated six boat wooden docks, are all the same, we traveled mostly to clearance entry/exit ports requiring Q flag military protocol, and zarpes paperwork (which is TRULY not just a customs form !), but, you are a threat to their "coterie or cartel operation" and their continued existence, so, buy a gun and bring aboard the best 24 hour in-port goon squad you can muster, be aware, know your own power position in this maze or you can end up dead, banished or vanished, sunk at the dock, or forcibly exited from the Port on a whim.”

Entering a Port as a tourist is usually routine and without incident, and most cruisers are unaware of the network at play, their naivete’ protects them, entering for commercial business or work is on a different plane, and the zarpe (with vetting attachments) preloads all the local players to be ‘ready’ for your arrival. Your surname and “references” (sic) will work for, or against you.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

8-9-10 JANUARY 2018 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG

WEATHER: 48-52 degrees, overcast, no rain; sprinkles at night, sun in-out
WIND: "4-8"
SEAS: mild, light chop, normal
EVENTS: pretty much none, washed vacuumed van, nutso' Bonnie been off-on boat last three days (by her request) ??? really slow and quiet in the harbor, starting in on the alarm system and flood lights, loose ends time, nice !
NOTES: skipped last nights public input POS meeting

Saturday, January 6, 2018

6-7 JANUARY 2018 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG

WEATHER: WOW ! 58 degrees, full sun, night fog; the 7th is grey, light wind 50 degree
WIND: "0"
SEAS: Flat, shiny/oily looking, 7th light chop
EVENTS:  (6th) Did final grooming of the light install removal, cleaned drains, limber holes and removed all ties, swept down, stowed PVC pies and generally got past the lights for good....
Bonnie was very antsy all day yesterday doing goofy stuff like never before, barking, poking, constantly wanting to go out on deck, then refusing to come back in, it was like a severe case of boat-cabin fever (remember, she has not been off the boat for six full months !), so, today, we hooked her up and got her ashore ! for 1/2 hour on the dock, for some odd reason she actually wanted to go off the boat !.

(7th) Eastern Orthodox Christmas ! we looked at the posted Job Description for the POS Port Manager position...no mention of anything marine or nautical, they want someone from the "Public Sector", not the Maritime sector, and no requirement for IAPM credentials or certification, or any marine experience required. unbelievable. I offered to share the certified version of the International Port Manager Job description but, was refused, they wrote their own, after reading it, we already sorta' know what's going on, and who the next PM will be.

NOTES: Upcoming - Wednesday the 9th, POS Public Meeting re: public input... we are not going - the end-decisions are already pre-determined, so it is a waste of time to "pretend" . . . we gave Dina our concerns in an email after "last month's meeting", (and, I am sure the six items will be relayed on to this Wednesday's council members.)

SCUTTLEBUTT: Not much, Dave and Michelle seem very determined to pull out of the Harbor and go live on the Island upriver that they are buying.... we will see.

Friday, January 5, 2018

1-5 JANUARY 2018 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG

1 through 5 January 2018 combined Deck Log:

Weather: the same daily for all 5 days, low 36, high 52 mostly blue skies-puffy clouds-5 minute sprinkles, sun, clouds, sun, clear skies at night, more like spring than winter !

Winds: non-stop constant from East & SE, 8 mph day-20 mph @ night with gusting , chimes and lantern never resting,

Seas: fast moving wind waves  & white caps choppy 24 hour non-stop, rolling boils overnight dock slamming and bobbing, fast flow ! very high tides (full moon)

Events: none in-harbor or aboard, too much rock and roll gyrating, check and retie, squalls, dock dried towels from the flood, 5th lots of foamy air in dock water ? jacked pressure up to 42 PSIG

Notes: cleaned out van, erected warehouse shelves and pre-sorted, lights to shelves, emptying out Michelle's store,  one day lost to shopping, computer time spent pondering and rethinking actions for the upcoming public meeting on the 9th, cleaned off the top deck piles from light show teardown.

Bob Ross, over in B-3 traded his 28 foot sail boat for a 35 foot motor home on NewYear's Eve, and vanished to Nevada on the 3rd ! Gone !

Amber's rooftop Crab Shack sign destroyed itself over the week-end, I called her.

2017 Christmas Light Contest winner Port of Siuslaw 22 December