|Etienne and Norman spent a night ashore in Tom Young Cabin at Goddard Hot Springs|
|Etienne enjoyed a teenager sized burger at The Bay-view Pub|
|The black rubber bearing liner was protruding from the front of the bearing strut.|
|The home built bearing removal tool.|
|On the tidal grid for one of the three low tide cycles the job took us.|
The down side is that “tide and time wait for no man” so the time you have to access the bottom of the boat is limited. SE Alaska has a diurnal tidal cycle with two highs and two lows each day. Usually on set of highs and lows is less extreme than the second. We had hoped that the tool would be uber effective and the bearing would pop right out and the new one back in and within a single low tide cycle we would get the job completed. The folding prop came off fairly easily with the puller set we have on-board but it went downhill from there.
|Clarice cleaning the folding prop.|
New bearing partially installed when the tide rose too high to continue.
|This is about the water level where we would start and end our work cycle.|
|Even in our SCUBA dry suits we were very cold by the end of the tide cycles.|
I spent the high tide cycle rebuilding the tool so it was better suited for installing (rather than removing) the bearing. The rebuild included doubling the 3/8 in steel on one end and using ¼ inch stainless for the other end. At the next low tide (which wasn’t low enough to even drop below the bottom of the keel) we finally were able to get the new bearing in place by tightening the (now grade 8) bolts until the stainless was flexed and then hitting it with the brass hammer. The prop was replaced and we exited the waist deep water about 11:30 PM. The next high tide lifted us free about 4:30 AM and we headed back to our berth before we were stuck on the grid for another 24 hours as the next high would not have been high enough to lift us free. In the end we decided we hope this bearing lasts another 22 years and if it doesn’t the next time we’ll spring for the $400 tool.
|Corrosion in a connector was the basis of our false temperature readings. Thank you Lugger Bob!!|
|Trying on the immersion suits in the local marine store before purchasing them.|
|Clarice ended up with belly bruises from leaning over the edge of the dock but she got the boat done "her way".|
In the ongoing saga of the Hurricane furnace we believe that maybe, just perhaps, finally, the gremlins have been exorcised from it. It ran almost continuously for the past 2 months since we installed a new control board and only asked for a nozzle cleaning yesterday (after shutting itself down correctly when the flame wouldn’t light rather than dripping diesel all over the engine room). Good news is it has kept us warm through our Alaskan winter when we didn’t have enough shore amperage to keep the electric heat on all of the time. The bad news is it isn’t the most efficient furnace in the world as a lot of heat goes out the exhaust pipe resulting in a lot of diesel burned while we sat at the dock.
|One day we noticed Ida Lee was riding low in the water.|
Her captain told us it was a good thing as his holds were filled with black cod (AKA sable fish)
|The fish caught in about 3600 ft of water (over 1/2 mile of line just to get the string |
of hooks to the bottom) await processing.
|The cannery "slime line" where the fish heads and entrails are removed in preparation for freezing for shipment.|
On another wildlife note the eagles certainly have been keeping us entertained. The Sitka Raptor Center takes in injured raptors and those that can be released are let go in the spring. Watching them release 7 eagles (some needed surgery, others just left the nest too soon) was impressive. After spending months in the indoor flight room and then being carried hooded to the launch meadow, I assumed they would at least take a few seconds to get their bearings before taking off but they were off within a second or so of being let loose and into the air where they acted like they had never been away from the wild.
|Raptor Center volunteers and donors were given the honor of releasing the eagles.|
|The handler removes the hood.....|
|....the eagles quickly take wing....|
|.....and they are off to the wild.|
|I caught 15 eagles in one photo frame.|
|Yummy wheat bread|
|One loaf of sourdough just from the oven and another ready to bake.|
|The two local women who made the class available demonstrate a self rescue.|
|The crocuses are out in Sitka - its time to move on.|