Japan

Bellport Ashiya 35degrees 42.35N/131degrees 19.03E Arrival time: 1400 local time (GMT+9,1 day later) Tuesday, April 20, 2010: One Week in Ashiya Heavy commercial traffic became a big issue once we approached mainland Japan. Entering Osaka Wan (Osaka Sound) we would often have more than 30 boats with AIS on our navigation screen within a 12 nm range; and that didn’t take into account other vessels, such as fishing boats, that didn’t...

Bellport Marina Ashiya 34degrees42.35N/135degrees19.03E April 15, 2010 8999 Nautical Miles Total Distance Traveled from Seattle, WA The mechanical issues that we have had since leaving Seattle have been minimal: 1. The Cummins Engine fuel solenoid shorted out, killing the engine and shorting out the engine electrical panel (blog entry “A Night to Remember”). 2. The two brand-new 20kw Northern Light Generators each lost their oil sending unit, which maxed out at over the 80lb....

April 7, 2010 Chichijima, Japan 27degrees05N/142degrees12E 8371nm traveled so far We entered the closed port (not an entry port) of Chichijima, an island 600nm SE of Ashiya our final destination in Japan, at 1400 (Japan time, GMT +9) yesterday afternoon. We had arranged through our ship's agent Furuno-san to enter this port as a port of refuge. Don needed to do some minor repairs and we needed to "hunker down" in expectation...

Starr is leaving Honolulu this morning (January 29) heading to the Marshall Islands. We will cruise through the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands, arriving in Japan by mid-April. I have started a new Blog to allow our friends to cruise with us as we make this 6300nm voyage. Currently the blog is not ready for viewing, but if you register and ask to be notified by email, you will be...