[MVStarr] Weather report and more!

[MVStarr] Weather report and more!

Day 6, 1120 NM from Hawaii

TDG 6.5 days

DTG 1241 NM

Weather Report:

4/16/ 1630Z

37 22’N, 146 29’W

ETA WPT 40 22N, 142W, 18/0200Z

SOG 8.2kt


Sky. 6/8 cover, 10nm vis

Wind W 20-25 few gusts to 30

Air.sea, 49F, 58F

Baro. 1018MB holding

Sea/Swell/period NW 6’/ NW 12′, 10-12sec


Brian O’Neill asked about our new personal DSC, AIS’s devices.

We picked up 2 of Oceansignal’s Rescueme MOB1 personal AIS’s at WestMarine for $250 each. One is installed in a self inflating life vest and it works great. The DSC function will blow out your ears on the VHF and the AIS signal comes up on the Furuno chart plotter. The second MOB unit’s AIS works, but we can’t get the DSC to work. It might be me with the problem.

Re: getting the fishnet stuck in the prop during Joe’s 12 to 3am watch [4/15, 1030Z]. Joe first knew we had a problem when the rpm’s slowed down and we had big time vibration. We got on the swim step and used a GoPro on a boat hook, along with 2 underwater LED 12vdc spotlights and a $50 12vdc 6inch video monitor. The cool thing was that when we could clearly see the fishnet wrapped around the prop and we could also determine what risks we were taking by attempting to turn the propshaft. I could actually be hovering over the camera and have the ComNav 221 remote control in my hand, shifting back and forth while looking at the monitor. We could differentiate whither it was,say cable and logs or…..something the SPURS could cut thru…whatever! We could then watch the SPURS/line cutter slowly chew up the net as we shifted back and forth from fwd to reverse until the prop was completely clear. Pretty neat! Fortunately the night of the 15th was fairly calm…just a long swell. If that would have happened last night, it would NOT have been pretty. It would have been dangerous to attempt in the dark with the swim step awash. If that was the case,then we would have just launched the sea anchor off of the stern[not the bow] , and stern anchored and then possibly put out the flippers toppers until we felt things were safe enough to deal with the problem.


Even though it’s a little rough, the boat runs like its on rails. When I check the rudders it looks like they are frozen…just a degree movement here or a couple of degrees there.

Life is good!

1 Comment
  • Douglas McClaflin
    Posted at 17:01h, 16 April Reply

    SUBJECT: Re: [MVStarr] Weather report and more!

    Sounds like never a dull moment. The go pro camera and rig sounds very cool. A good article for Passage Magazine.

    Regards, Doug
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