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We didn’t want a repeat of yesterday’s joust with King Neptune, so Don experimented all afternoon with different headings and speeds. As a result we zigged and zagged and didn’t have a stellar day with the milage, but we did avoid getting whacked by any more waves. By late afternoon the seas had moderated a bit and we were back up to speed on a direct heading to Dutch Harbor.About an hour after the incident,...

This is Noodle’s daily blog on 5 June1200 position 47N 163W. 450 miles from Dutch Harbor“What should be the title of today’s blog?”, I asked Sharry.“Gray”, she replied. It’s an accurate description of what it looks like out here. The ocean is gray except for the breaking white caps. The 100% overcast sky is gray.The wind has increased and clocked around so that it is now coming out of the west at about twenty five...

This is Noodle’s daily blog on 5 June1200 position 47N 163W. 450 miles from Dutch Harbor“What should be the title of today’s blog?”, I asked Sharry.“Gray”, she replied. It’s an accurate description of what it looks like out here. The ocean is gray except for the breaking white caps. The 100% overcast sky is gray.The wind has increased and clocked around so that it is now coming out of the west at about twenty five...

This is Noodle’s daily blog1200 position 41N 162W, 790 miles south of Kodiak, AlaskaI think Starr would be more accurately characterized as a small ship rather than a big yacht. She has most of the systems of a ship and is nearly as complex. Let’s consider her hydraulic systems. Starr’s main hydraulic system is powered by the main engine. It provides power to the bow and stern thrusters and the anchor windlass. There is a...

Sunday June 3.The port stabilizer is making more chattering noise, where the torque arm is reversing direction in incremental amounts several times per second rather than making long smooth strokes. The starboard stabilizer is making a similar noise but to a lesser degree. I have reduced the Naiad Datum sensitivity settings to bare minimum with better results. The Velocity is at 40 and Angle, Acceleration and Heel are at zero. The port stabilizer is now...

This is Noodle’s daily blog on 6/2/18.We are smack dab in the middle of the North Pacific high pressure area now, but it is strangely overcast. Normally here in the high we would have clear skies, but the cloud cover has been almost 100 percent for a few days now. Otherwise it is typical high pressure weather; light airs and flat seas. We’ve expected to see the fabled North Pacific garbage patch, but so far...

This is Clay’s May 31 blog entry. M/V Starr is currently sailing through an area defined on nautical charts as the “Musicians Seamounts”. The average depth in this part of the Pacific is about 17,000 feet, but some of these seamounts rise to a depth of 5,200 feet. The field of seamounts runsg South to North along our course. Our position as of noon Thursday, May31 is 31-03N 160-03W and we are passing a bit...

MV Starr, Friday, June1.34 09N, 161 37W801nm from Honolulu1234 DTG to Dutch HarborBoth Sharry and I have just finished reading, “The Thousand Mile War” by Brian Garfield, published in 1969 and updated in 1995. The story is a factually accurate and riveting tale about the battles between the United States and Japan that took place in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. The descriptions of the weather and hardships, even in the summer months, had both...

Starr’s galley is about the size of my kitchen at home, but the ice box is bigger and the finishes are nicer. We have all the necessary appliances; stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, trash compactor, etc. The galley is separated from the great room (salon) by a granite bar with some bar stools. Sharry and Lori did a great job filling the boat with tasty food. We are on our own for breakfast...

We are slowly settling in to life aboard Starr. It’s the beginning of our third day at sea now and the crew are getting their sea legs. The wind and seas are beginning to moderate a bit as we approach the North Pacific high pressure area. In a day or so it should be flat calm. Barometric pressure has risen from 1013 to 1021mb.Four of us, Sharry, Clay, Kyle and I, are standing 3 hour...