Departure V2
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Departure V2

Departure V2

Departure v2.0

It was hard leaving San Francisco. I had been treated like royalty and made to feel welcome and at home. It all felt rather undeserved as the only thing I had accomplished thus far was a lubberly loss of one of only two air blades for the wind vane and a sloppy fuel fill. I departed Berkeley Marine Center mired in the dark of pre-morning gloom. There was no one whatsoever and everything seemed in stark contrast to the day before.

But as I write, It feels like we may actually be on our way. Yesterday, it all seemed in doubt. When you’re having a serious conversation with a Master Boat Builder about cutting a giant hole in the side of your boat to remove a built-in tank, you know deep in your soul that things are just about to go sideways n a big way.

Cree, the owner of Berkely Marine Center, was telling was going to be something like $10,000 USD and 2 weeks to do it. Moreover, open-hull surgery would be the cheapest and best option.

The real issue, however, wasn’t the fix it was actually wrong. The stop in Berkeley was made to figure out what in the world had taken up housekeeping in Seaburban’s primary fuel tank. Whatever it was, it was thunder and booming and booing away to such an extent that it seemed certain to rupture the tank, the cabin sole, or me.

While trying to figure the tank problem, Rick Whiting and Nani had commissioned a special delivery of air blades from the folks at Scanmar Marine. The blades themselves were to be delivered by none other than Randall Reeves. In the meantime, however, the whole 5 Capes adventure hung in the balance.

The consensus was that overfilling the tank (that would have been me) had caused at least one of the tank baffles to work loose. Not all of it added up so we were all trying to work through a proper diagnosis. I had intentionally burned through some fuel thinking that if the tank was simply over full, a little motoring could fix that. Cree figured to try and duplicate the noises I had heard by rocking the boat in the Travel Lift slings. I figured we could grab some guys fro around the yard and get the boat rocking right at the finger simply by heaving away at the rail.

In no time we had the rub rails in the water. We took turns listening down below and the tank gremlins were nowhere to be heard. I had simply overfilled the tank and, we supposed, caused the fuel to slap away t the top of the tank. Problem solved. Trip saved. $10,000 to the wiser.

With the tank problem licked, Rick and I waited anxiously for Randall…

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:24h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t think that anyone that attended Estevan Junior High could have imagined that this was in the future for one of it’s students. I checked in at different legs of the journey and was fascinated every time. Congrats!

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