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Monday, June 24, 2019

24 JUNE, 2017 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - SUN HALO MAXIMUS

Amidst all of this 62 degree sunny daytime 42 degree nights weather of high wind ,  I blew up my laptop!  (still working on the repair), but today right above So...fea's fantail was the most magnificent sun halo EVER !!


an'ya spotted it on her walk, and tried desperately to have people on the dock look up (and see it), astonishingly NOT ONE PERSON would look at it, especially our walking-down-the-dock boat neighbor who had to get back to work ????   absolutely a rare sight.

 a sunglass lens for a filter destroys the quality


After the parts come in, I will be back online...

Friday, June 14, 2019

15 JUNE, 2019 - MV...SOFEA DECK LOG - MEMORY TRIGGERS

Two beautiful days of low humidity, 68 degree windy sunny weather, last night was the first night not to turn on the V berth heat.

The "F/V TWO DREAMS" is back  at A-7,  they mentioned having been squidding around Catalina ... which triggered some of my old LA/San Pedro remembrances from the 1970's when the Tuna/Anchovy/Squid market was where the easy money was... back when the fish stocks were inexhaustible.

I was at Star-Kist inthe early 1970's, and the Albacore were just leaving their south-school (Chile-Peru) location and migrating toward the North again . . . every 20 years they return to the same locations again, but make a sweep from Just noth of Vancouver BC, to the waters off of South America.

The Tuna schools between Punta Arenas, Costa Rica and Guayaquil, Ecuador  used to be the best/largest in the world, everything was there for them, temperature, food source, acidity levels, and current conditions...  (Punta Arenas is 3000 miles South of southern California, and was at the maximum fuel range for a typical 75-85 foot tuna boat, meaning you must refuel for return in Panama, Guayaquil or Punta), as our boats left San Pedro and San Diego headed to these "hot" grounds, and then returned home... the one-way 8-12 day trip "to" the area, and the one-way 3,000 gallon fuel costs, time on station, and return time usually ment this was a full 2 months tour and very expensive. If it was a good year many boats stayed on station, unloading there for repeated loads.

Those two month long blue water days are sometimes filled with events and experiences that are indelible, and back then... could only be described as a sea story over beer at Brandi's (across from Western Engine and Larson's on S.Seaside).

The big wild (laughed at) story came off of the Margi B. and Venturer 1971 trip, when they experienced hundreds of what they thought were giant 5 foot bats flying during the night, the next day they realized that they were Mobula Rays.... as experienced many years at sea fisherman their excited (not believed) story went to ridicule and, always stuck in my memory.

Today, after talking with "Two Dreams", when I went online to update myself about the "Los Angeles Squid fishing in 2019", I stumbled over this BBC youtube video on Cost Rican Mobula Rays.... enjoy ! 

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz6zOyZpYTY

My (48 year) belated apologies to the crews of the Margi B and Ventura for not believing them back then, and forcing them to pay for beer. And for my Central Oregon Tuna fisherman.... 2019 is a South American Albacore return-pattern year.... they will not be back up here until 2020-2025 heading North for a 2028 turn around. loop

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

12 JUNE, 2017 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - BAD DAY TO BE A MUSSEL

88 degrees (F), no wind!  yuk, it was one of our four total days a year of heat wave...  3 more to go (August ?).

Awakened to find black mussel shells all up and down the A Dock (20 or so), a first time 2019 happening, overnight I heard chirping 0100-on, and can now assume the Otter pups are back, they love mussels, and unraveling my dock lines, it looks like at 0400 they triggered the security light (but no siren).

Cannot really get a good photo to share,  


What a fabulous way to spend retirement, the (mostly birds) wildlife of seals and otter, and people watching make this a very special place, this past weeks tourist interface (China and Australia) was great!! and our US Harbors work is having an impact.

Fun times in Florence.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

11 JUNE, 2019 - M/V SOFEA DECK LOG - SUMMER SCHEDULE

SUMMER !!!! 70 degree days-45 degree nights, SUN, and puffy clouds, again.
No crabbing - No fishing - Beyond this Point

Not much ever changes aboard So...fea, except the winter rains and summer sun, sunrises range between 0500 and 0730, summer winds from the north winter winds from the south, sunsets between 1630 and 2100, winter temperature of 40-55, and Summer of 45-65, we arise at 0530-0545 year around, and crash by 2200 nightly, the computers go online at 0600 and stay on until 2200, meal-times and TV times are predictable as well, even the ships cat and dog are hopelessly on a schedule.

Even out on the waterfront, it is the same events repeating .. , the garbage trucks and street cleaner are "same time" within minutes daily year-around (their back-up alarms serving warning), the pub crawlers noisily wander on the boardwalk 'til 2300 most nights (rain-shine} and the Jake brakes go off down Glenada hill and over the bridge all night long, in summer the swallows rim our rails waking up the cat at 0445 without fail, in winter it is the before dawn croaking of the heron who nests alongside So...fea nightly  (making a huge mess!).

Our once-a-day Port dock walker comes by around 0730-0800, and usually Saturday May-November at 0515 the same wide-open grey boat races from the ramp to the bridge  knocking anything off the shelves not behind a sea rail,  Saturdays are up-early"days during September when Salmon season arrives  and another 25-40 boats a day launch early (so we stay alert and tied down),  the 20 MPH winds can be counted on 1/2 hour before every dawn and at 1530 daily, the Rhody carnival, Saturday Market, 4th of July fireworks, Veterans Day parade and the Christmas  crowd round out the year . . . the "only" inconsistency here are the rain squalls layering in at random.

Pretty boring huh?  these daily routines are important, and more urgent on the water than ashore (where you can "skip' chores, maintenance, inspections, and timetables), Awareness afloat is full-time, not only about the boat, but, about what is going on outside (wind, rain, people, birds, other vessels, dock connections, tides, and sea conditions),  all of which dictate a full-time need for personal awareness, preparation, adjustments and response, and make boat living what it is.

A great topic for a radio show !

This past week was ugly-spent updating/upgrading/rethinking our two new laptops, and bringing us current with 2019 mid-year technology, all in preparation for Porthole Radio to get revived, along with an'ya's new poetry thrust (we will talk about both of those on here soon).







Sunday, June 2, 2019

3 June 2019 - M/V SO...FEADECK LOG - A WEEK OFF

Looking at the long-term weather... it has broken into a never-ending sunny, clear sky windy 65 degree day, 48 degree night, 30-day plan for the entire month of June !!    The Port installed some "No Wake" signage all along the riverside docks, we'll see.

We have been very busy on boat stuff for a week now, and will get back to more writing after we get caught up.

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 ...