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June 16, 2018

Boat trip – day 14

Filed under: boat trip — admin @ 8:29 pm

Got up at 6:40, showered, did engine checks, then set out at 8am since it was a short trip ahead of us. I had made the decision to forego getting fuel yesterday because I felt we had more than enough to make the trip. When I started up the boat tho the guage said it was just above 1/4 full, so we headed to the fuel dock – which didnt open until 9. Fortunately the kind lady came by at 8:30, got us fueled up, and we were on our way by 9. The trip out the SF channel was pretty rough, but smoothed out a little when we turned NW after the last of the channel buoys. The waves and swells were all over the place and the bow was swinging a lot, by about 25 degrees most of the time but the wind was nominal so it wasn’t bad. We were shrouded in fog that left about 1-2 miles of visibility for most of the way until we got just outside Bodega, then it dropped down to about a quarter mile. We had a brief show from some small whales but not enough to get some pictures, one was only about 30 feet to port.

We got to Point Reves and the swells started picking up again, but once we were about 2 miles past they calmed down a lot and were only about half the size they had been around the point. Dodging several crabpots, and almost running over two of them, we made it to Spud Harbor Marina, topped off the tank, and got us a slip for the night. We ate at the only local restaurant and did some laundry. Now its engine check time and then chill for the rest of the night.

The worst thing about today was that I forgot to put the oil fill caps back on this morning so there was oil sprayed all over the engine room. I am not a morning person….but I won’t forget to do that again. 87 miles to Fort Bragg tomorrow, now we’re picking up some momentum finally.

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