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Good Start - Still In Grays Harbor

We had a very good start to the trip. The boat is running very well and the newly tuned props have made a dramatic improvement to ride quality. We had some crazy fun as we ran the Strait of Juan De Fuca with 4 foot wind waves and 25 knots of wind. Gary got the props out of the water, but we had a blast riding the bucking bronco.

We pulled out of Neah Bay at first light this morning and we had an amazingly good ride. The swell was about 1 foot every 12 seconds with less than 1 foot wind waves. We easily got into Grays Harbor before noon.

The crew pick up took longer than expected and we didn't get away from Grays until after sunset. The wind had picked up to 15-20kts and without visibility, and with a 3-4 foot wind wave on the beam, we decided to flip around and head back to the dock.

We're going to wait for first light. The forecast is for a northerly wind at 20kts decreasing toward afternoon. We're going to stop short of Coos Bay at Newport OR so that we're guaranteed a fuel dock before closing. We plan to turn right around depending on our forecast update there and head for Eureka with a potential divert of Crescent City. Much of this leg depends on a big low pressure system moving onto the Central California coast so that we don't have to deal with it.

Gotta go get some sleep. Its going to be rough on the way out, but should be better once we turn south outside the crab pots.


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