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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

- 31 JANUARY, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - SNEAKER & ROGUE WAVES

Another 65 degree blue sky no wind day

We have "sneaker wave" warnings up all along the Oregon coast for beach walkers to be aware of, out in the blue water there are monster swells and rogue waves to fear. I think we need to define "wave" vs. "swell" . . . waves crown like in the image below, swells are clean, more like tidal rushes.



We just recently experienced our first "Sneaker wave" at the beach by Heceta Head Lighthouse, Low tide was at 1135, we were there on the surf line at 1130, the tide line was out perhaps 225 lineal feet from the high tide marks. We were all the way out when a single swell (not a breaking "wave") came in to run and run the full length of the beach all the way up to the parking lot, had we stayed standing at the low tide mark, we would have been 6-8 foot under water. It was a one surge-wave and back to normal.
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The 84-foot F/V Lady Alice was at sea 1,000 miles away from her New Jersey home, and trying to return from the Grand Banks heavy with a full load of swordfish in a storm blowing 140  MPH when the wave came, If you missed this great 4-minute video about ROGUE WAVES, Click and watch it here.
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At sea, I have only experienced three "rogue" (single-event) waves in over 45 years, one was an errant typhoon-driven wind wave wearing a white crown like in the image above, the other two were super smooth-topped (like enormous  swells) non-storm waves which were preceded by a deep trough that amplified them.   

The typhoon wave was a one-hit and gone 65 footer that removed sponson decks like key-rolling open an anchovy can, and deep-sixed a 30-ton 30 foot X 30-foot elevator, and took a "lot" of tied down equipment, on a 1200 foot Aircraft Carrier.

I "experienced" the third one first-hand, sea trialing a 97-foot fishing vessel crossing Farnsworth Bank (back-siding Santa Catalina Island), on a fairly calm sea with 5-8 foot swells at 20 seconds (a slow roller day), 25-knot steady wind, overcast, sea mist but no rain.


Working from the open upper bridge, I saw it appear on the horizon, like nothing I had seen before, scary-even unbelievable; after determining this was not a visual abberation, trying to come up with an evasive plan was simply not in my experience locker.




This "type" of swell-wave, but, much larger

I was unable to determine its height, but it was coming fast . . .  and blocked visibility of knowing what was behind it. I am recalling a 4 or 5-minute time span sighting-to-impact, making its approach speed around 50 or so MPH.

This single screw 20 knot steel boat had huge typhoon side hatch weather panels (that were closed!), and a Portuguese bridge (which saved us), I can remember sounding the siren, going to full throttle 0 degrees, and heading down to the lower bridge, the 12 man foreign crew was in the galley unawares, once in the pilot-house, the English speaking fish captain jabbered a short something on the PA/intercom, and we stared a mile in front of us at a 50 foot high solid blue 75-80 degree wall of water closing fast.


We were turned head-in, and seemingly were going to drive "through",  rather than go up and over it . . .  it never broke like a wave, but stayed as a solid wall-of-water swell.

As I stepped back from the wheel I looked up and determined the 50 foot height (referencing the dock warehousing roofs back in port), we shook or quivered then became engulfed (wrapped up) in blue water and darkness as we dove in, and then went harshly bow-up to some ugly angle (45 degrees ?) that left us staring upward lying on the aft-bulkhead and weightless, there was a loud growl followed by an extremely hard cherry-bump landing and it was over.... it was a feeling similar to kicking the blocks out on a new boat commissioning stern launch and riding in from a high dock.          

                       
   

We were
still upright and never yawed, but ended being knee deep in receeding water (in the pilothouse), fortunately, there was nothing more behind that wave, we did not spring any hull plates,  bust glass, lose our power or steering, and no crew was lost, miraculously, we only had two seriously injured.


Our sister-ship was almost line-of-sight, 10 miles behind us on the same course and thought we were joking, the wave disbursed before ever reaching them.

But "this" sea trial was over, there was a small fire and a great amount of mostly electrical damage (but, nothing structural, or to tankage) the skiffs and gear were not aboard, and only the radar and bimini cover were lost.

The foreign fish captain and I were the only above-deck witnesses to the entire event, luckily we had left the skiffs and deck gear back at the yard.
    There was absolutely no skill involved in this crossing, 18 minutes of pre-event angst, a 20 second event, and a after-life of memories, it was all luck, pure luck.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

29 JANUARY, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - Big Bahamas fire

60 degrees and full sun . . . no wind, stars and summertime
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Jon brought a 48 foot Hunter to Florence from Tampa Florida the summer of 2017, he works for Princess Cruises as an entertainer, he sent us this . . .
            
PRINCESS CAY BURNS TO THE SAND . . . 
Although a “cay” is technically defined as an island, Princess Cay is actually a beach resort at the southern end of the 100 mile long 2 mile wide island of Eleuthera, Bahamas which lies about 50 miles east of Nassau. 
Eleuthera & Harbour Island are the birthplace of the Bahamas, Harbour Island was once the capital of the Bahamas, it is very British and almost "colonial". The 11,000 or so residents who live there either fish, or farm the pineapple plantations.
The beach and resort complex is situated on about 40 acres, including more than a mile and a half of white-sand shoreline. Both eastern and western Caribbean cruise ships usually stop here. (the famous Pink Sand Beach is on this Island too).
Reportedly around 2300 last night a huge fire ravaged the resort, the marina was spared, but damages are immense Bahamas TV has this video up:       https://youtu.be/XwwIr2kI66s  
Last word (late today) is Princess cay is a total loss.

And this is important why? This fire most likely will be a diesel generator fire, but, low voltage (high amp) boat fires  from hot generators (especially in winter heating times)  are the biggest cause, diesel fuel heater soot, and electrical plugs need  annual cleaning . . .   never happens.






Monday, January 28, 2019

28 JANUARY, 2019 - MV So...fea DECK LOG - DOCK LINES BROKEN-ADRIFT

55 degree blue sky days, unbelievable late-January weather, cold and clear at night, with stars . . . in Florence ?  wow, what a winter (so far), lots of river action though-and a rough ride every night.
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So...Fea broke a dockline in last nights bob and dive activity, and then I read about the  "Polar Vortex" moving into the Great Lakes area, which made me recall Duluth/Superior Harbor, the Minneapolis Mississippi, Cleveland (Lake Erie) and the riverine "fresh water" boat situations.

It is generally known here in the Americas that you can survive living aboard on the "saltwater"as far North as the Bays of Fundy and/or Vancouver, and all the way South  to Usuaia Harbor.

But, on "fresh water", the Great Lakes and North-Eastern rivers it is quite a different story . . .
the Mohawk (Erie Canal), Connecticut, Hudson, Delaware, Susquehanna, Ohio,  Allegheny, Monongahela, St. Lawrence and Mississippi rivers, and many others that empty into the Inland waterway (the Great Loop),  all are full of tie-ups where the water freezes them in, making leaving a boat in the water, and living-aboard it, quite different than in saltwater.

Being frozen in at the dock in 10-24 inches of ice crushes steel hulls, cracks sea cock valves, and cold soaks hull innards to freeze even heated compartments,  on deck snow-load weight, and gale-iced rain coats everything in (sometimes) 2 inches of clear solid  (heavy) ice.  The freeze-thaw cycle is aggressive to all water tight integrity, dock water and sanitary become compromised, and mooring issues are a constant threat from the rising falling water levels, ice dams and melt cycles.

One of last summer's  So...fea dock visitors from New York sent us this video this AM... it is a slow mover, be patient ! watch the flag on the on stern of the second boat, as it wedges itself under the bridge, as the tide goes lower, it moves forward to the deck-cabin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oTor3mL1lU

Saturday, January 26, 2019

26 JANUARY, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - LED LIGHTS

Now in the second day of a 7 day weather pattern of zero chance of rain.... no clouds.... starry nights and blue sky days at 60 degrees !!!!

Winter is rough !



LED lighting . . . back when we bought So...Fea, she was "as built" in 1979, that meant all incadescent Automotive style bayonet light bulbs on the DC side, and regular screw-in Edison based light bulbs on the AC side.

One of the very first things to happen was to make all of our lighting LED, and go with pure white 7,000K lighting, engine room to flying bridge, V-berth aft to office, and for the deck lights, running lights and fishing floods as well, we changed out complete fixtures and can now blind ourselves.

 But those lights can adversely affect VHF frequencies as well as VHF, GPS, SSB, AIS and DSC signals, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who just issued a warning: “Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps was found to create potential safety hazards,” said a Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert released in August 2018, the November/December issue said the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System task force recently began investigating the LED issue “but so far has identified no solutions.”
Brian Rodgers, president of Shadow-Caster, a manufacturer of LED lighting in Dunedin, Fla.,  said the problem is “some of the ‘inexpensive’ power supplies t used cause electromagnetic interference in the AM and VHF ranges.
   When fixtures use linear and passive-type power supplies they do not create any more "noise" than a traditional incandescent bulb.
Rodgers adds there are standards for measuring and controlling EMI and knowing about your fixtures and LED quality. the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Alert has a short section describing how to test for LED interference.
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This puzzles me . . .  they forget that their own vessels are fully loaded with both LED and the dastardly Flourescent ballasts  that "really" emit EMI (which is why EMI filters are built), and you test for EMI with a hand held meter every so often),  a task every Chief Engineer is fully aware of, and I think most radio checks by Captains "catch" such problems . . .  

When I relighted So...fea to all LED, I took no before and after readings (as most of the original system was toast), but I later learned about LED's doing the Christmas light shows in 2017 and 2018:



   In 2017 we had over 4,000 lights that were all AC incadescent, when it came time to fire off and balance circuits out, I ended up with three 10-11 amp 125 volt circuits.... in 2018 I had 5,000 lights (but, all LED) on 125 volts, the load was an amazing 6-7 amps TOTAL !  (one plug, 1/6 the ampacity ! 85% less power required than with using incadescents.  in short, I can match the lighting output even- steven from the previous year, and use about 85% less electricity.

You might be old enough to remember how much generator power we used to need for radar, radios, and Navigation needs,  between computerization, and miniturization of the today world (and LEDs), we need 75 % less !!

The advantages of long life, shock and vibration proof, low voltage and ultra high power are simply too great to make anyone discount LED, Microwave, or computer useage . . . learn about low cost system protection by EMF/RFI filters, test your system, and buy quality fixtures to begin with.
  It goes without saying, DO RADIO CHECKS !

Friday, January 25, 2019

25 January, 2019 - M/V Sofea DECK LOG - FISH FRAUD AND FISHATARIANISM

Here aboard So...fea we are probably 75% Fishatarian  . . . we got that way being
cheapskates (no ocean pun intended), working fish harbors and sea ports most of our
adult lives meant "by-catch" aplenty always coming in on the boats daily, during my
afternoon/evening dock rounds everything from Spiny lobster to eel,  fish of
undeterminant breeds to Abalone, or, a generous hank of a Captain's "take-home"
family fish was always shared.

Taking a random type of fish home that is free, is one thing, going out to a restaurant or
fish market and "paying" for fish is different, you want what you paid for, being fish
familiar, we have caught some pretty prestigious people lying about what they are
selling. wrong shape, wrong color, wrong size, and wrong taste... did I mention wrong
price ? and sometimes even an endangered species to boot.


Growing up on fresh water fish (Pike, Crappie, Bass, and Catfish),  once I met ocean
Cod, Tuna, Sword fish and Salmon, I was hooked (pun intended), eating fish and
seafood full time means it is no longer a delicacy to us, it is a staple, but, most all of
the product we eat is not even US caught !  here are some thoughts....

   

US fisherman are a dying breed, similar to coal miners, loggers, and steel workers.
We need to support the few we have left from Asian encroachment and price wars.
A big impact of both is Fish Fraud-Counterfeit Fish, ripoffs, and name substitutions.


One of the ecology groups I belong to, Oceana, took samples of "labled" fish from
1,200 markets in 21 states across the United States and genetically tested them,
every - yes, every - sushi restaurant tested served imposter fish, and 33 percent of the
fish nation-wide were mislabeled.


Fish labeling  standards compare with  examples from the natural foods industry, and
one must ask, what really constitutes “organic” versus “local” versus “natural” and
what is "wild"?
  
        • A food processing plant in Florida, packaged 8,000 pounds of farm-raised Vietnamese
        • Broadhead filets in boxes labeled as "wild caught Grouper", Grouper sells for twice the price
        • of Broadhead.  Nation-wide 87 percent of the fish sold as "Snapper" and 59 percent of fish
        • labeled "Tuna" are not ! The only fish likely to be misrepresented more than Tuna was
        • Snapper, and was actually any of six different species.
        • Mislabeling fish isn't just a scam, it's a health hazard. Tilefish is frequently served in place
        • of Red  Snapper, and it's on the U.S. government's "do-not-ever-eat" list because of high
        • mercury content.
            • In New York City, 94 percent of the  fish labeled "white Tuna" turned out to be Escolar,
            • a Snake Mackerel with high mercury toxins that acts as a "fish laxative" after only  a few
            • bites, a consumer could unwittingly be dining on Rockfish instead of Red Snapper or Tilapia
            • instead of Grouper. In California a Michelin 5 star chef was convicted of substituting Tilapia
            • for Petrale Sole for more than two years knowing.

        • The Magnusen Act, follows commercial fisheries and controls overfished species such as
        • Speckled Hind, a critically endangered fish that Oceana frequently found labeled as Grouper.
        • This law also covers the over fished Atlantic Halibut, which is sometimes sold as Pacific
        • Halibut, its similar-looking but eco-friendlier cousin.

One of the biggest  offenders was Grouper—or, more accurately, the 66 varied species
of fish that the FDA legally (and confusingly) recognizes as falling under the loose term
"Grouper," then, Fish markets pass off over 400 "other" species as "Grouper", including
Asian Catfish, Perch, Bream, Weakfish, and King Mackerel.
Over 100 studies  performed in 29 countries, on all continents, showed massive fish
fraud, which was most prevalent in both breaded and filleted seafood (products where
the only tool that can make sense of anonymous fish meats is the expensive DNA
sequencing.


DNA sequence will be super evident, but DNA sequencing takes at least 12 hours.  
methyl mercury testing were trying to pass off Swordfish from Uruguay as Whitefish,
and were fined.

The inspections and violations go on endlessly, but, you get the idea. . .   sometime in
the future, (as a part 2 of this tale), we will look at our Northwest fish . . .  Cod, Salmon,
Tuna, and Halibut specifically, watch for it.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

24 JANUARY, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - COAST GUARD ADMIRAL SCHULTZ


This is serious stuff with impact here on the Siuslaw . . . IMHO
I wonder why millionaire Congressmen/women still get paychecks as usual.
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz says "it is “unacceptable” that Coast Guard service members must rely on food pantries and donations amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that service members in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations.”
As the only military service falling under the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard has been uniquely impacted by the shutdown. Since many of the Coast Guard’s operations are deemed essential for national security and protection of life and property, service members and employees continue to work without pay during the lapse in appropriations. Tomorow, in its 32nd day.some 42,000 service members and 8,000 civilian employees will miss their second paycheck of the shutdown. 
For the full video/audio click here:  Admiral Karl Schultz (@ComdtUSCG) January 23, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

23 JANUARY, 2019 - MV So...fea DECK LOG - MARY B 2 INVESTIGATION - SEA LETTUCE


           Yesterday 60 degrees, clear blue skies, today, 45 degrees overcast and rain ... go figure...  

          MARY B ll Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard is convening a formal marine casualty investigation into the loss of the fishing vessel Mary B II, which capsized off Newport, Oregon this month resulting in the loss of three lives .


On January 9, 2019, crew of the 42-foot fishing vessel, Mary B II, were attempting to cross the Yaquina Bay Bar during heavy weather when the vessel capsized with all three crew members on board.  (SEE OUR 10 JANUARY BLOG PAGE)  Following the incident, the Coast Guard reported that prior to the accident the crew of the vessel had requested a Coast Guard escort across the bar, but before the escort could reach them the fishing vessel capsized suddenly.
Rear Adm. David Throop, Coast Guard 13th District Commander, has now authorized the investigation pursuant to his authority contained in Title 46, United States Code, Section 6301.
The marine casualty investigation will be led by Cmdr. Karen Denny, the executive officer of Marine Safety Unit Portland. Denny, who has served in the Coast Guard for 18 years, has extensive experience in commercial fishing vessel safety and marine casualty investigations.
Upon completion of the investigation, Denny will issue a report of investigation with collected evidence, established facts and conclusions with possible safety recommendations to prevent future incidents.
The Mary B II had been crabbing for three days before attempting to return to port with their catch when the accident occurred.
SEA LETTUCE




Sea lettuces are those green seaweeds that you see appear as mats . . .  attached to rocks and driftwood, floating along or washed up on the jetty beach. They “bloom” in spring and usually die off in summer.
They are widely found along tropical and temperate coasts, and several species even propagate very well in freshwater streams and lakes like the Siuslaw.  In high-nutrient pollution conditions, green tides can cover several hundred miles of coastal off-shore waters. 
Back in the day, we used to fight seine net clogging when school fish fed underneath, and, crab pots clog and then "sail" with the current from this stuff !  when dry it is like wall paper, and hard to remove.

Once beached, these mats can smother shorelines, making these areas unusable for the public as they rot., when sea lettuce populations decay, they emit hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas that can harm or even kill humans or animals.
 The beached mats can suffocate shellfish or other sea life, leading to a dead zone. Floating mats of sea lettuce in harbors can interfere with fishing nets and lines, get entangled in boat propellers and negatively impact commercial shipping. So...fea fought these all last summer here at the dock.
But, sea lettuce species have valuable attributes. These fast-growing species can act to remove excess nutrients in the water column, such as from coastal runoff. Blooms are therefore good markers of nitrate pollution. Sea lettuce  can also be used to make bio-ethanol and, with its fast weight-doubling growth  time of two to three days and high carbon content, it may prove of future interest as petroleum sources decline. Finally, sea lettuce is eaten in several countries either raw or in stews, and is a staple in Japan.
There is no way to prevent sea lettuce blooms because of the unpredictable nature of nutrient availability in the world’s oceans, although reduced pollution from runoff is critical to minimize their occurrence. 
Sea Lettuce relies on bacterial help to gain its typical blade-like form and cannot develop normally in a bacterium-free  culture, like the human gut microbiome, many other species also need microbes to grow and develop normally.
The decline in fisheries due to overuse, exacerbated by climate change, offers opportunities to develop alternative ways of generating revenue from the world’s oceans. Seaweeds can be part of this solution by offering options for biomass production for biofuel production or for animal feed because Sea Lettuce is so rich in vitamins and minerals.
So next time you pull this stuff out of a pump, or untangle it from your crab pot or boat motor, take a different look at it, we might be growing it someday.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

20 January 2019 - M/V So...fea Deck Log - Fish Harbor Redux ?

Met the foot soldiers from Empire Seafoods (Coos Bay) here on the (65 degree shirt-sleeve weather) dock today at So...fea, and afterwards was sent down some long hallways of memories in listening to them, the seas have changed -yet are the same-



Fisheries Development, was thought by me to be dead and gone . . . not so Marie !  these guys are reliving the same 1970's-1990's "build it and they will come (somehow we will make it work) dream I endured for 20ish years.

Local small boat/small-scale, low-technology, low-capital, fisherman who catch seasonal pelagics have fully different - opposing needs, theory and sale/supply problems than do the large blue-water commercial boat and corporate packer/cannery who support them.

Corporate fisheries ignore this group (actually they insuult them),
and, a "politic" is created . . . organizing and supporting this artisanal fisherman and marketing/supplying/supporting them is a untapped revival of hidden revenue and potential.

I applaud their vision.

The world’s population will climb to 9 billion people by 2050, the oceans and their bounty will have to become bigger players than they are in 2019, the marine world currently provides about 20 percent of the world’s food, but, many years of intentional over-fishing, inefficient fishing practices, pollution and climate change have now consumed/destroyed 90% of what the worlds fish stocks were 100 years ago. (1918-2018), and we are now left with 10 % of “what used to be”..


The Corporation I worked for was a part of that fish rape up until 1980, after realizing what we had done, I took the reverse course with my own private Fisheries Development company (1980 up until 2003 (retirement) and still today I am a seafood-Ocean-ecology supporter.

Many of the many information sources, contacts,and organizations I worked with in the 1970’s are still interfacing with me today, and still support my current maritime retirement level of activity.
The three powerful 20th Century world-dominate seafood industry leaders were all American Companies (Chicken-of-the-Sea, Star-Kist, Bumble Bee), but they are no more, their marquis names are  gone - absorbed by new entities. FYI, here are the top world leaders in this 21st century seafood industry, these 10 companies control 50% of the global catch and sales.
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Thai Union, Samai Sakhon, Thailand (John West, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee)
Dongwon, South Korea’s largest and owner of the StarKist
Cargill (fish meal) Aqua Nutrition and Nutreco, Wayzata, Minnesota, USA
Marine Harvest, Bergen Norway
Cermaq, Oslo Norway
Maruha Nichiro, Sendai, Japan
Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui)
Kyokuyo Co., Tokyo, Japan
Youngs seafood, UK, (40% of UK consumption)
Trident seafoods, Seattle, Washington, USA  (largest in US)
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Friday, January 18, 2019

19 January, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - WHALES

Watching the "dead heads" go down river reminds me of whales,  45 degrees here day and night, windy  from the East and South East at 25-30 MPH (at times) grey and yuk.



The largest mammal to ever have lived on Earth in the history of the planet is not a dinosaur or some prehistoric monster. It's the 90 foot Blue Whale, and it is alive right now, swimming around in our oceans,E seen here alongsde 45 foot whale-watch boats (the size of So...fea).  There are estimates of  between 10,000 and 25,000 blue whales in existance worldwide, today our California Blue Whale population is estimated at 2,200.

. Before whaling, the largest population was in the Antarctic alone was approximately 239,000.




Encounters with these guys at sea, are scary up close, especially on under 100 foot vessels, their rendition of a back rub is terrifying, and you very quickly get the idea of what will happen if one rises and lunges up underneath you. They swim at around 12-15 knots (like most sail/trawlers do), and can sprint up to 25 knots when playing . . . a lot of inertia and wallop if your boat gets in the way.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

17 January 2019 - So...fea DECK LOG - Sea Temperature

Global warming be damn'ed, sea temperature. is the result/cause.

The journal   Science  has concluded that the oceans are warming four times faster than had been previously predicted by a United Nations panel five years ago. 


“2018 is going on record as the warmest year on record for the Earth’s oceans,” said the independent climate research group Berkeley Earth.

As the planet warms, the oceans provide a critical buffer. They have slowed the effects of climate change by absorbing 93 percent of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases humans pump into the atmosphere .In fact, the ocean is saving us from  warming right now.

But the surging water temperatures are already killing off marine ecosystems, raising sea levels and  possibly making hurricanes more destructive. (an arguable point).

Coastlines around the world now flood more frequently. Coral reefs, whose fish populations are sources of food for hundreds of millions of people, will come under increasing stress; a fifth of all corals have already died in the past three years. People in the tropics, who rely heavily on fish for protein, could be in trouble, as warm oceans o not produce food creating a large economic problem.

The rain came back . . . our four days of sun, blue skies and 55 degrees has left ! we are back to overcast Oregon coast drizzle and 45 degree days and 45 degree nights with 5 MPH winds (constant).


We have been in a week-long tidal action mode of yaw, just enough to squeek lines, it has been 24 hours a day in a 3-4 second cyclic... never being much on hydrology, I see the "results" without knowing the scientific "cause", the wind here is never ending and constant, when the easterly wind at 5-8 MPH is on us we get into this yaw-effect.

Last year, we had southerly winds all winter, with North winds all summer, this is a change.

  They tightened up the harbor boom, and we since have witnessed these pesky small diameter logs now being deflected, rather than entering, a big help !  one big item herein this location is the "constant" wind effect . . .  always at 5-8 mph.... always...  anything like a gust is in addition to that 5 MPH base wind, this is very similar to  being in the Caribbean somewhere !  I had to move our dolly to the opposite side of the dock box, it would travel on its own down the dock !

Saturday, January 12, 2019

12 January, 2019 - M/V So...fea Deck Log - The weather aboard So...fea

WEATHER ON THE SO...FEA


Do not believe what you see online or hear on the TV about weather in Florence, Oregon.


The weather station aboard M/V/ So...fea is correct. And, we also have learned that our sea condition
report from onboard here is far more accurate than what NOAA and the US Coast Guard are reporti
So...fea rather than read in the Siuslaw News ?

Why ? syndication, uncaring accuracy,  and laziness would be for starters, bu a “who-cares” wins the
day, all year long, every day, the weather is VERY important when you live on the water . . . So, I have
my click-ons … 6 of them, to compare with and plan my day at 0600 every morning, and again at 1800.


NOAA is based in Portland, Oregon and all of the subservient online weather stations simply “mirror”
what is on their conditions and forecast site, there are many “neighborhood” hobbyist weather stations
also reporting in right here around Florence (all are ashore and inland), NOAA adds in their MARINE
weather by taking ocean off shore buoy info as an add-in, and this is what the USCG weather keys off
of as well.


Sitting here on an unobstructed waterfront, “on” the water and “in” the tidal flow at the end of a finger
pier adjacent to a bay, with weather sensors 15 foot above sea level tells a repeatedly different tale
than anything found online from any source. And the recorded observations are extremely different !


Being “full-time” boaters, we no longer care to be amused by the open ocean, or even just coastal
cruising for pleasure, there is no novelty in repeating your every day routine (which is exactly why the
week-end hobby part-time boater/fisherman leaves home to go out on the water).  The second
componant to that is fresh in our minds as we review this weeks loss of the Mary B ll, and we relive
being in blue water, or returning, even struggling to seek refuge from weather and sea conditions that
are SO far out of the box from what is being reported…. It should be criminal, it should be prosecuted.


Having outfitted many fleet vessels, I learned that your onboard weather station needs to be quality,
and “looked at”, and, that unless you have good incoming SSB info from nearby boats, you had better
be a weatherman or own a crystal ball, be able to read nature, and the ships cat, and be lucky.


The weather 1 mile around you is your concern, not Portland, or some bobbing buoy, relying on
ashore weather reporting is dangerous… as I see almost everyday when I compare notes here aboard.



CENTRAL OREGON PORT NEWS 7 OCTOBER 2020

THE CENTRAL OREGON PORT OF SIUSLAW, HAS A  PROTECTED 50 BOAT MAIN HARBOR WITH A ¼ MILE LONG  TRANSIENT DOCK EXTENSION FOR COMMERCIAL, SHORT ...