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Running the coast of California
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posted 04-16-2007 08:23 PM ET (US)
Re 1965 coastal trip from Santa Cruz, California, to Morro Bay by three Whalers, we carried two 12 gallon Tempo Whaler tanks on the deck below the console's lower shelf, two six gallon Tempo tanks under the Nauset pilot seat and three 5 gallon cans. All fuel containers were grounded and properly secured. Each boat had a spare fuel line with proper end fittings should failure occur in the fuel lines that ran through the Whaler's tunnels. Two of the Whalers had the then new 55 hp Homelight 4-stroke outboards and one had a Johnson 90 hp 2-stroke. All three boats carried 9 hp auxiliary engines.
A considerable part of the 125 nautical mile voyage was in fairly dense fog making the need for the good old Ritchie Whaler compass essential. Knowlege of variation and deviation was a must. All three boats carried marine charts and had taped to the tops of the consoles waterproof cards showing descriptions of each leg, magnetic headings and their reciprocals, turning points, leg distances,
Today, in addition to a registered VHF marine radio with the RED DSC button,
In my 1963 Nauset Whaler, So Long Darling, I did 13 years of Search and Rescue as a volunteer in Santa Cruz' Coast Guard Auxiliary, during that time I logged over 650 ocean assists, saving many lives and millions of dollars of property. I made rescues as far as 28 nautical miles at sea in dense fog. I worked through gales and breakers, sometimes full of water. I received the two highest awards given by the Commandant of the Coast Guard in Washington D.C. My Whaler's picture going over a breaker graced the cover of two magazines and was written up in Yachting and the New Yorker.
In 1964, three times we ran at dawn in 3 Whalers from Redwood City, out the Golden Gate to the old San Francisco Light Ship and on to the Farralone Islands, then turned to the south to Princeton Harbor at Half Moon Bay and on to Santa Cruz, arriving at about 1400.
I am now 83 and enjoying life on the North Umpqua River in Oregon.
posted 04-16-2007 08:29 PM ET (US)
Great first post, I'm sure you have a ton of amazing stories under your belt.
Welcome to the site.
posted 04-16-2007 08:55 PM ET (US)
Welcome to this wonderful website.
Regarding your run from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay, did you also make the uphill return trip by boat?
posted 04-17-2007 01:05 PM ET (US)
Welcome aboard - we love this stuff! My buddy, fisheries biologist and fish photographer, lives on N Umpqua as well, one of my favorite places on this planet. Used to fish it when I lived in OR.
best to you
posted 04-19-2007 04:03 PM ET (US)
Can you share that famous picture with us? I'm sure may would like to see it.-G
posted 04-19-2007 11:53 PM ET (US)
One of us ought to take this man out sometime. Thanks for sharing your experiences, very inspiring to me.
posted 04-20-2007 12:16 AM ET (US)
Welcome ol Salt.
North Umpqua? Detroit Lake?
I was grew up a ways downstream of you...Reedsport. I learned to swim in the Umpqua River near the Scottsburg bridge.
Used to swivelneck on the Piute & Holiday in Winchester Bay. Remember the Impy Poo? Salty?
I'll be going back down there Memorial Day weekend to play in the sand with the quads and snag a crab or two with my 19. If you are in the area, just go to the Umpqua Lighthouse and look for the biggest campfire.
ask for michael k
posted 04-20-2007 12:17 AM ET (US)
I was grew up...
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