Ghosts, Gremlins and Diesel Engines

The wind had dropped to under 5 knots so it was time to turn on the diesel – or on a sailboat, the auxiliary or iron genoa. We’d used the diesel for two days down the Columbia River, from Portland to Astoria, where we refueled adding 40 more gallons to the...

Exotic repairs in Portland

At 8 a.m., Ron called SE Marine Services in Scappoose to see if they had a 100-amp Balmar alternator in stock. They did and he headed on over there. Scappoose is notable for us for a couple of reasons. From about 2003 to 2005, we kept Cetacean at a Scappoose marina....

Huge start

We brought another pickup load of ‘stuff’ to the boat this morning. The final load. We planned to make about 40 miles today and stay overnight on the Columbia at a quiet anchorage near Longview Wa. Somehow we got that shit load of stuff put away ( I still...