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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"

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.

April 11, 2017

Mark is Back

Well Mark got back Sunday afternoon.  He has a couple of days off and is going to work on Sari Timur and do some chores on her.  The trip he was on got delayed so much that they didn't do the entire run down to Seattle.  But we are both glad he is back safe and almost sound.

March 14, 2017

Mark on the move

Mark is busy working.  The tug left Seward on Mar 4 and they made it to Kodiak on Mar 5.  They stayed in Kodiak, assisting a ship in and out of the harbor.  While there, Mark went up a hill and took some photos of the surroundings.

They came back to Seward on Mar 10 but took off again for Kodiak on Mar 11.  They left Kodiak today, towing a barge to King Cove and then to Dutch Harbor before turning around and heading back this way.

More updates later.

February 27, 2017

3-day weekend in Anchorage

We both had a 3-day weekend, so we decided to drive up to Anchorage.  On the itinerary were shopping, relaxing and some sightseeing.  However, this weekend was a little special as we were going to meet some old friends from Singapore.

We met John and May Hannon in Singapore when we were all living on our boats.  They are special enough that they were part of our wedding.  They and their daughter, Serena left Singapore and cruised up to Thailand and we met them again in Phuket when we sailed up there.

Long story short, Serena and her husband Nick live in Anchorage.  John and May decided that the skiing season is too good to miss (Alaska has lots of snow this winter) and decided that they will come up to spend time with Serena.  We have been in contact with them over the years and they invited us to their place for dinner.  Serena was serving Chilli Crab and Chicken Rice, so how can we say no!  Armed with some sake and beer, we headed over and had a most fantastic visit.  The food was good and so was the catching up.  Thank you Serena and Nick for the lovely sedap meal and thank you John and May for the invite.  It was so good to be able to catch up on good old times.

The next day, we decided to do a little sightseeing and discovered that the Fur Rondy was happening that weekend.  We headed down to downtown Anchorage and found a carnival and some ice sculptures, snow sculptures actually.  They were very well done.

Some shopping and the weekend was over too quickly.  Somebody had to be back at Seward in the afternoon on Monday to move a ship.

February 17, 2017

Snow Day

We are having another snow storm.  Seward had not seen this much snow in recent years.  There are more areas opened up for snow machines in the Chugach National Forest.  They are even organizing a local dog mushing event, the last of which was maybe 4 years ago.  Lots of skiing, tobogganing, ice skating for the kids too.  Yeah, just when we are spending the winter here, it snows.  Well, we are coping pretty well and loving the beauty of the snow and it is not too cold and unbearable.  Today, we had around 18 inches of snow in about a 20 hour period.  The last snow storm we had, it dropped around 24 inches.

Pauline took some pictures from the hotel this morning.

view of the boats in the boat harbor

a close up of the juvenile eagle sitting on top of a mast

look at the pile of snow in the foreground