Saturday, March 30, 2019

30 MARCH, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - GLORIOUS DAY

A real "wow" of a day, at 1200 Noon, it is full blue skies and full sun, 30.23 Barometer, 2-3 MPH ENE wind, 70% Humidity, and 58 Degrees F, and at slack tide ....  stunning.
Yet, there are no boats out, no dock crabbers or fishermen, and the Boardwalk is empty! on a Saturday during Spring Break ?  No barking dogs, screaming kids, motorcycles, sirens, airplanes, or other noises (even the gulls are silent), our wind bells are barely making a sound

So, it is up on deck to rewire the topside three fish-lights and the 125 VAC receptacle, to finally get rid of extension cords and ugly exposed wires, and add a breaker/switch to the main console.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

26 MARCH, 2019 - Deck Log M/V So...fea - CLEAN SWEEP!

Time for a little proud  braggadocio from A-Dock
Each year, there are three International Poetry Contests at the top of the food chain, think of them as the Indy 500 , Super Bowl and World Series of Poetry,  an'ya has been the "only" person to ever win the 1st Place International Haiku Award twice, and this year, she won the International Tanka Award . . .  along with a bevy of the other available award slots.   It was an International  "clean sweep' from right here aboard the M/V So...fea !

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The British Haiku Society 2018 Awards (Tanka Section)

Dear an’ya,

I am delighted to bring you some good news: your tanka has been selected by Linda Jeannette Ward
as multiple Winners in this year’s BHS Awards (Tanka Section). Your award of £125 will be paid
in pounds sterling.

Congratulations on your BHS Awards - one winning tanka and three honourable mentions!
(1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th placings).

Please find attached the official letters. You will receive your certificates and Awards money by
cheque and post.

Winner – an'ya, USA

                                                          without . . .
each evening seems even
                                                          than it takes the river
    to smooth a thousand stones

an'ya's winning tanka immediately arouses our curiosity with its one-word mystery for Line One: "without..."
The first thought for the reader may be to add the word "you" to this line, but upon reflection, there are many
other possibilities: the loss of one's self through illness or the loss of meaningful work, a family home,
or beloved pet. So, a story all in one word, and a juxtaposition with the next four lines that not only describes
how endless the grief of loss can be, but manages to tell us that it can wear one down to almost nothing.
An outstanding tanka that harmonizes human emotion with not only a meaningful description of nature,
but also includes the traditional Japanese tanka use of the word "thousand" for emphasis.

gibbous moon
the cosmos reposing
in its round
your body spoons a chair
that holds me to the bone


spring raindrops
spreading into circles
on our lake
a pair of ember-geese
glide through eternity


at boot camp
we were taught the art
of marching
I tape that cadence now
with a three-prong cane


Kind regards,
Iliyana Stoyanova  26/3/2019
(BHS Awards Administrator)
Full blue-sky Spring day, high expected of 70....

Monday, March 25, 2019

25 March, 2019 - M/V So...fea Deck Log - Nehalim Sneaker Wave

As we mentioned earlier on these posts, Sneaker Waves-Rogue Waves are real ,,, another sad tale over the weekend, at Nehalim. A woman sitting on an already beached log, not facing the water, was smacked by a sneaker wave that rolled the log on top of her, crushing her.

She was AirLifed to Portland with injuries, but will survive.

21 people have died  from sneaker wave attacks--see our Deck log posted here on 31 January, 2019 by typing that date up in the search box, or search by date at the bottom right of the page in "older Posts".

WEATHER TOO NICE . . . 65 degree days  45 degree nights,  no wind,  blue-clear skies,  full sun four days in a row now, out on deck removing winter crud and polishing gelcoat, will return here next rainy day.... (which is today, the 25th).

Monday, March 18, 2019


Last year we started watching the entrails and contents of fish landed here in town for cleaning and gut inspection . . . we reported here in the log about the plastics found in their gut, and did some entries on micro-plastics content found within the meat by the University, the state of Washington has just passed a plastic bag ban, and Oregon most likely will follow suit . . . one-way food plastics are next (straws, utensils, cups, water bottles and all styrofoam boxes). Also in earlier posts you will find the Pacific gyre trash posts, and the bottled water micro plastic warning.

It was all over the news yesterday in various presentations, but, here is a small Facebook gallery of first-hand images not seen elsewhere.plasticscontent


Same weather, less wind....

18 MARCH, 2019 - M/V So...fea Deck Log - JADEBERGS

The network has been kinda' quiet, which is another reason to not be posting, but, yesterday was Saint Patricks Day . . . In the  Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Coleridge’ the mariner describes how “ice, mast-high, came floating by, as green as emerald.” which begs the question...Why are some icebergs green? Are they from Ireland Daddy?

"Green" water -Hawaii/Argentina/New Zealand ... like our river and off-shore ocean here in the Northwest, there are many color changes year-round, from almost grey to blue to green (all dependant on algae and sea life cycles. 
A Dark Jadeberg
The green color of an iceberg is due to the presence of marine‐derived organic matter (algae) picked up in local seawater that freezes when in contact with an iceberg, icebergs are normally blue because they are glacial ice, -not sea ice-, the red and yellow marine life from certain sea water algae freezes atop the blue ice and yields a green color, they are called "JADEBERGS". 

 It has been six days since the last So..Fea log-entry . . . my bad, too much great weather, sun, and the de-wintering process ate me up. Here is a  recap... 68-70 degree days!  sunny (mostly), 38-42 degree windy night-times with lots of rock n' roll tidal currents! same-o same-o nothing to report weather-wise.  Today however, we are really being beaten here at the dock with hammer-gusting Easterly hot winds of 25 MPH, and a relentless rolling river yaw.

Events? After the log booms were taken away, the tourist traffic began, great weather even restarted the crabber activity, but, still very quiet on the docks.  a noticeable number of female ducks (of all types) have appeared, obviously now nesting.

We got the flag back up and relocated after being wrapped (pole and all) around the mast, and even got the night-light rigged for it; we have begun the green yuk removal and clean-up from winter algae, moss, and seagull excrement (an annual chore).

This summer, it is time to Diver clean the bottom, and get the hull-sides cleaned and polished . . . both of which happen every 3 years or so (between the 6-7 year dry dockings), the aft Bimini project is baaack! . . .  I have been able to put it off the past two years, but, am now fresh out of excuses.

I am back into revisiting the radio show as well . . . gave it up after one wind-noise show last year, but it has been haunting me in my dreams at night ever since, the redesigned format and second attempt should surface sometime in late April . . . the new website is partially up but still "in-progress" over at www.PortholeRadio.com , once again, it will all emanate from right here aboard So...fea and be listed on almost every RSS on the planet, and "on demand"... not scheduled. 

Next mid-month (April) is our 2nd-anniversary celebration of arriving in Port of Siuslaw!  A lot of changes here in the past two years (all for the better).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

12 MARCH, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - water/flotation/weather

As follow-up to all of the recent Tri and Catamaran entries is Ginga, a tri-foil 125 person ferry that was underway up on foil  (at 50 MPH) from Niigata to Sado Island, Japan when she hit a whale!
As follow-up to the winter storm entries, is a YouTube video of an example of mid-speed (70MPH) "hammer" wind gusts and their impact on the Antwerp, Belgium Harbor :
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=oUNsdZPvSQI   remember each of those "empty" containers weigh  8,000 Lbs!
The other tale hitting the SSB is delivering the yacht, Wahoo, to Brazil from New Zealand:

Arne Murke, 30, was sailing with his brother in Tolaga Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island, when the yacht’s boom swung unexpectedly, whacking him into the water. he stayed afloat 3 ½ hours until picked up by Coastguard helicopter.

To any Navy sailor or Merchant Seaman this story was almost grimace-tedious . . . “He made knots at the end of his pants legs and pulled them over his head, to get air inside and then forced them under water to trap the air creating a  water wing life float", But the response has been "so" extreme, it proves many are going to sea without even “basic” survival skills or knowledge.The very reason for bell-bottomed trousers was to make easy the underwater removal of them for this very use (abandon ship), and dates back in the U.S. Navy to 1817!  The procedure is boot camp level training for anyone who ever went to sea, it is very scary that this no-brainer storyline even made the Maritime newswires at all.

I am sure there are old 1940's Training films on this ancient method (that is taught to Army and Marines today as well), but, the procedure is a "no-brainer", it all begins with "always" wearing trousers -not shorts- at sea.

Once in the water, remove your trousers... easy to do keeping shoes on with bell bottoms, you tie the cuff-end of the legs in a knot (either together, or individually), then hold the belt loops and put the trousers behind your head, do a arms-up fast sweep over your head to the front (filling the pants fully with air), and tighten the belt or hand squeeze the belt area closed.
If you tied the legs together, it acts as a head out of the water device for injury or sleeping (like in the image below), if you submerge the untied legs you can "sit" in them.

Levis and denim last 15 minutes or so before losing air, if you are wearing those cool surfer baggies shorts that sail boaters and cruisers wear . . . the sharks thank you.

LOTS of sun, rain, 55 degree days, 40 degree nights ....  the LOG BOOMS were removed yesterday, Flowers popping up all around, we see nesting ducks and ferrets.

Thursday, March 7, 2019


Back to Sunny-warm 50 degrees, then, 45 degrees overcast nasty, then Sunny-warm 50 degrees (repeat often all day long) and add in rain/sleet overnight at 40 degrees....

Do you "LOVE" or "HATE" Seagulls . . . ?

I think we are all aware of the Fishing nets, and many types of pollution problems, but, Seagulls and all sea birds (even fish and Whales) are having a very hard time with plastics and balloons (and the strings attached to balloons). We have personally removed plastic drink ties from birds...not fun!

Yesterday, we saw a young grey gull flying by towing a deflated blue balloon that was wrapped around him somehow, which prompted this entry... being full-time here on the water, we treat our harbor and docks like landlubbers treat their yard and sidewalk . . . (just as you do in "your" yard) we pick up the trash and disrespect left behind by visitors, the dog droppings and the unused bait, the plastic ties, packaging, and even the bottles and cans,  and snag floating refuse thrown in the water.

Unthinking city-folks who are unaccustomed to living amongst nature, simply do not think about the impact of their actions on this waterfront neighborhood they are visiting, (although it is illegal) we see people feeding and taunting the Seagulls almost daily (we hear the noise-see the event-then rinse off our dock and boat), seabirds crippled by strings and 1/2 swallowed balloons  are not pretty sights, this article came in over the wires this morning, if you are into knowing more about  why (supposedly BIODEGRADEABLE) Balloons are the number one killer of seabirds, visit balloons blow,  and spend some time on their pages photo gallery links.  

Next time you walk the Jetty, you will see many of those same scenes, right here in Florence.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Well . . . the ugly weather has passed, across the land things are back to the beginnings of a normal Spring, here we are still into our 32 -36 degree nights, our 50 degree sunny days, and our usual 5-20 MPH winds, Eugene has returned to normal, and the ice Tsunami's back East are melting.

As promised, revisiting ice Tsunami . . . here are some more pictures:

Although the lakes have no appreciable "Tides" (1-2 inch), the wind and barometer changes make up nicely,  living aboard in the North Shore is tricky as you fight severe winds, lake effect snow, many 75+MPH gales, ice Tsunami, and 12-24 inch solid ice at 50 below temperatures.

And, living ashore along the water is tricky too (as these images portray), but, the Great Loop, the Canal system and St. Lawrence Seaway make great exits for winter if you are a boat dweller, every mariner should experience the Great Lakes, but, none will stay . . . ocean storms can be planned for, the fast-forming violent 150 MPH lake storms appear and are on you in minutes, and take no prisoners, water spouts, and exotic vertical rising waves tear boats to pieces.

Estimates are that between 10,000 and 15,000  boats lie at the bottom of the 5 lakes, with most down in Lake Erie (the shallowest), wave action on Erie is high and super rapid, 6 foot @ 3 seconds is common, a Erie Witch of November was photographed by Dave Sanford, and proves my point (few Ocean Mariners have ever experienced storm action like the Lakes).

The images and tales could go on forever, you get the idea . . . next time you feel uncomfortable or unnerved by what our NorthWest Pacific throws at us, remember, the North Sea and the Great Lakes can be far more perilous and nasty.

Friday, March 1, 2019


- Motorized River Barge Returns!

Er . . . Almost returns, it came stealthily down river like a quarantined plague ship, no radar, no name,
no numbers of identity, no license, mast (or masthead light), no running lights or stern light, a 65-foot
motorized ghost ship-barge in boat clothing.

As it passed by us, it was a shock to my eyes and my recall tapes came off the spools, by the time I
verified who and what it was and made the phone call . . . I was too late, the alarm was already
sounded, the Port Office had the situation under control, with eyes and boots on the dock, and the
Gendarmes on the way.

It was impressive, it took 23 minutes (tie-up to disembark), and on down the river-away and gone.

Hats off to the Port of Siuslaw for scrambling the troops and being actually “in” the watchtower right at
quitting time on a Friday night.

Last night right at 32 degrees again aboard So...fea, tonight is looking at 24 and Sunday night at 19 ....
yes, that is Nineteen degrees! full sun and 50 degrees in the daytime though.