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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"

October 6, 2017

Termination Dust

Well it arrived yesterday.  For those not familiar with the term.  Termination Dust is the first snowfall at higher altitudes in Alaska.  It signaled to miners and early settlers in Alaska that summer is over.  Actually there was some a couple of weeks ago on the really high peaks across the bay.  But yesterday was the first on our side of the bay.  Guess summer is over.

October 4, 2017

Pauline is leaving

Pauline is heading out for her vacation.  We have to take separate vacations in the winter or hire some one to watch the boat.  She hasn't been home for a couple of years and October is the slow time for the hotel so she could take a whole month off.  It is a pretty long way to travel for less than that so off she heads tomorrow via San Francisco so she can visit with Suzie and Doug for a couple of days and convince them to come up and see us.  Mark will have to fend for himself and use the time to study for his 500 ton master / 1600 ton mate tests.

Our Igloo

After last winter we decided that we would heat shrink the boat this winter.  By doing this we could leave all but the head sail on, and we would have some usable deck space. We also wouldn't have to bring everything below thus giving us our living space back below decks.  We also hope that it will help us with our heating bills this winter, the down side is we have never done this before.  However, Mark got after it and it has turned out pretty good for a first attempt.  We have learned some things and will do some things different if we ever do it again.  We are reasonably happy and below are some pics.  We have only installed two doors you can see one on the starboard side.  We have to put three more in, one on the bow, one by the propane tank and one on top near the chimney for knocking off excess snow and servicing the chimney.

the before, with the skeleton

the after, with the plastic shrink wrap

Wildlife in Alaska

Everyone who has been to Alaska realizes there is a lot of wildlife here.  But even in the marina we seem to get a fair amount.  It is pretty regular to see sea otters, seals and sea lions.  Matter of fact if you go a day or two without seeing them you begin to think something is wrong.  But a few weeks ago we had a black bear try to wander down the ramp.  He did get into the hotel across the street before the authorities decided he was a nuisance and was removed.  Earlier this summer a  whale got out of wack and swam into the entrance all the way to the fish processing plant before he figured out he was in the wrong place.

But the other day we were working on our boat trying to build our winter cover when a moose swam past our boat.  We later found out some tourists were chasing her through town and she fled down the boat ramp and into the water and swam away.  But now she had a problem because once in the marina she couldn't get out as the docks are too high for her to climb on to.  Luckily one of the neighbors still had his dinghy in the water and corralled her back towards the ramp where she was able to get out.


September 25, 2017

Mark's Work Trip

Mark and the crew on the tug were supposed to go to Dillingham but the trip kept getting delayed.  He was told he didn't have to go to work, so he stayed home and worked on projects.  Finally after 2 weeks, they were given the go-ahead.  They left on Saturday, September 16 and arrived in Dillingham by Bristol Bay 4 days later.

They are supposed to pick up a barge and tow it back to Homer.  However the barge was not there and so they had to wait.

They finally left Dillingham Monday, September 25.

More updates later.

August 19, 2017

Northwestern Fjord Cruise

We had dreary weather all week and when we found out that it was going to be sunny today, we signed up for a cruise with Major Marine Tours.

We had missed visiting the Northwestern Fjords when we came across from Homer as we were late in the season.  So it was the first time we were there.  There are 3 glaciers side by side, so it was a feast for the eye and so many harbor seals sunning themselves on the ice floes.  We stopped in front of Northwestern Glacier for a while and it was just magnificent.

On our way back, we have sightings of humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, puffins and other sea birds but we did not take any more photos as we have "hundreds" of photos of them.


Northwestern Fjord

a waterfall in Cataract Cove

3 glaciers, side by side

lots of icebergs and floes with many harbor seals

the harbor seals are so cute
Northwestern Glacier

close up of Northwestern Glacier



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.

the view from above

the resort



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.

Town of Whittier, with the Whittier Glacier above the town

Prince William Sound
Blackstone Glacier, featured in 50 First Dates
Beloit Glacier  

part of Beloit Glacier with the gushing waterfall

the waterfall closer up

another neat waterfall


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.

the vehicles are lined up waiting for the tunnel to open in our favor.  right in front of us is this cute dog

Portage Glacier

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

iceberg

glacier

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