Busy Day at the Plant
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Busy Day at the Plant

Busy Day at the Plant

Busy Day at the Plant

I’ve got a list of jobs that are best done when the wind and waves are settled. For the past while I as thinking I could get them done somewhere in the weeks ahead when Seaburban is in the ITCZ.

This seemed a reasonable thing until I realized that the goal is to spend as little time in the doldrums as possible. Better yet, luck out and miss them entirely. What then of this long list of jobs?

This morning dawned flat calm so I figured why wait. All day we idled along under the Code Zero as I proved through the list.

One of those jobs needed me up the mast so I spent the better part of the afternoon dangling from the spreaders. It might seem flat calm on deck, but some 30 feet up, it’s whole different ball game. The view is to die for and when I reached into my ditty bag for the camera, I realized I had left it in the cockpit. Sadly, no pictures from aloft today.

But I did get some pictures of a pod of 4 whales that seemed keenly interested in the boat. They hung out for about an hour before leaving as suddenly as they had arrived. It was fascinating to watch them as they tried their best to figure Seaburban out. As soon as they got under the boat they would click, whistle, moan, and chirp. Whatever it was that had their attention, it was clear they weren’t leaving until they were satisfied.

I wonder what they were saying to each other about me. I am sure they were wondering what I thought about them.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on goodnewsnetwork.org looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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