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I am owned by Pauline and Mark Blasky. My hull was built at the Duncan Marine Yard in Taiwan and launched in Dec of 1980. It is a William Garden design based on the Pixie Design and called by Duncan Marine a Freedom 45. They are the fourth owners and have owned me the longest. They have done extensive refitting to me including replacing my entire deck structure and rig. My masts are roughly 10% taller than original and now are made of aluminium as opposed to the original wood ones, which, though pretty, were always problematic. You can read more about me under "MORE ABOUT SARI TIMUR"

August 2, 2017

Girdwood and Whittier

This weekend we decided to play tourist.  So Friday after work we headed out to Girdwood and booked ourselves into the Alyeska Resort.  This place is pretty famous as one of the better ski resorts in the winter.  What we didn't realize is that in the summer it is a main event attraction as well.  A quaint town with a lot of hiking trails etc, and usually some event or other going on each weekend. We were lucky to get a room and the price certainly reflected that, but hey you only live once.  The first night we hit the sushi bar for some very missed sushi, sashimi, and sake.  All things we were spoiled with in Japan.  And we're not let down and other than the fact the sushi chefs were not Japanese it was on par with what we were used to in Japan.  By the way they had spent several years under Japanese chefs learning the trade.  The next morning we decided to hike to town for brunch.  Great lunch, great hike and it tired us out enough to take a shot nap before we took the tram up the hill for some more hiking.

After our hiking we hit the pool and hot tub and up to the bar for dinner.

The next morning we set out early for Whittier as we had a cruise set up.  We visited two glaciers Beloit and Blackstone.  Blackstone was used in the movie Fifty First Dates.  The cruises in Whittier are pretty neat and a lot different from the cruises in Ressurection Bay.  Don't get us wrong we like cruising in both places.  It is one of the neat things about Alaska.  Two places offer the same thing but they are very much different.  One of the other passengers kind of made a similar analogy.  At Beloit glacier there was a waterfall, one of the most spectacular ones we have ever seen.  He said, man anywhere else in the world people would drive hundreds of miles just to see that waterfall.  Here everyone is seeing it as an aside.

One other thing interesting about our trip to Whittier was this was our first trip through the tunnel.  This is a one lane tunnel, shared by trains, and motor vehicles which have to go in both directions.  It was built as an emergency tunnel in case Seward fell to the Japanese.  It is still the second longest tunnel in North America and it is the longest one that is used by both motor vehicles and rail.

July 14, 2017

The Motorcycle Gang!

Justin, a friend we met while on Guam was on a motorcycle tour from Seattle to Alaska.  He came up with his friends some weeks ago and left his bike in Anchorage.  His wife, Lara, had her bike shipped up from Seattle and they are riding back to Seattle.  We had convinced them to come to Seward to visit and they turned up on July 8.

We went out on a glacier tour on the boat on Sunday and it was a lovely day.  Mark had to get ready to go offshore and could not join us Sunday.

Margarita made with glacier ice

big black bear on the island near Holgate Glacier.  he apparently swam out from the mainland



Justin used his drone to take this photo of Sari Timur

July 8, 2017

From Igloo to Sailboat

We moved once again but this time into a vacant berth.  This means we can go sailing on a weekend without losing our spot.  We only have it for the month of July so Sunday we straightened the boat up and took her out for a sail.  It was a little chilly but otherwise a great day out.  The breezes were between 10 and 15 knots.  The new sails set well and the issues we didn't like with the old sails all seem sorted.  The only thing wrong is the second reefing block is on the wrong side, but we have a work around for that.

June 20, 2017

Family Visit

Aunt Anita,  cousins Jeff and Linda, Tim and Kelly with their kids, Drake and Madison and even Kelly's mom, Sharon and her husband Bill went on a Princess cruise from Vancouver, Canada to Whittier, Alaska.  Before they headed home to Florida, they came to Seward to visit with us on June 18.

We went out to dinner and took a boat cruise to the glaciers on Major Marine Tours.  We had a great visit with them and enjoyed some quality family time.  Wish we had more time!!

Family photo on the boat tour

Jeff and Linda

Drake and Kelly

Aialik Glacier

Humpback Whales

June 9, 2017

We Have Moved Again

Well we moved again. This time it wasn't the scenery but the conditions.  The nice little cubby hole they had us in was very well protected and pretty nice.  It was also the closest marina berth to Pauline's work.  We were told there was plenty of water there as well.  Seward doesn't get as high a tide as many of the harbors do in Alaska but they still are pretty reasonable.  At the end of May we experienced some pretty large tides and here in America low water is not zero tide.  Tides go negative and the May one meant a minus 3.4 feet and Sari Timur was firmly aground and leaning over the pilings.  Actually they were  sticking through the rigging.  Luckily the boat was situated in such a way that nothing touched anything over the three days of extreme tides. Even though the pictures look scary all is well.  June also has nearly 16.5 feet of tide with a minus 3.4 again, so when a position became available we jumped on it.  We are now on the end tie of F Dock for those who are coming to visit.  Pauline has to walk a little farther to work but we do get a lot more marine life.  The other day even a whale swam by but we were both at work so no pictures.

This was the worst day

This was the next day's low

May 2, 2017

May Day

Wow it is hard to believe it's May First.  The weather gods made it even harder today as they made it snow.  We have been having beautiful weather for a couple of weeks but it turned cold and mother nature decided to give us another sniff of winter.  We love snow but come on, it's May already!

If You Blow up this picture you can see the snow in the trees behind the hotel

April 28, 2017

Our Car is Now an Alaskan Resident

Our car has gone from a Florida plate, to a Michigan plate and now an Alaskan plate all within the space of a year and a half.  It has done all this with Mark and Pauline inside making the trips and allowing them to see a large portion of N. America.

Mark is On His Way to Homer

Mark has a job in Homer assisting a ship into port there.  They leave tomorrow and will be gone through the weekend.

We Installed Our New Cooker

We ordered a new Dickinson Cooker in February.  We had been struggling with our Force 10 stove for many years and Mark swore he would never order one from them again.  Pauline was just frustrated with how irregular the oven worked.  Anyway after doing some research we decided on the Dickinson Mediterranean.  It came today and we didn't waste any time installing it.  Brownies are about to pop out of the oven within a few minutes.  It is the first time we have ever had an oven that heats up to the set temperature and stays there.  And it did it so quickly.  Plus it looks so much nicer than the old one.  Pauline is really doing her happy dance!

April 15, 2017

We Moved

One of the great things about living on a boat is when ever you get tired of the scenery or neighbors you can move.  This time it was neither, but we had borrowed a spot for the winter and the boat in that spot was coming out of dry dock.  We were just about to move to the most remote part of the marina when they suggested another spot.  It turns out there is no closer spot to Pauline's work than this one.  It does mean we have the inhabitants of the hotel always looking at us.  No running around deck in the nude, like anyone does that in Alaska!  But other than that looks like a great spot.