A Lesson in Anchoring

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To my fellow skippers. What can you determine about anchoring conditions when you look at this picture? Would you feel this beach offers good holding? What would you want to check before anchoring? It’s probably deceptive, but 10 meters from the beach what looks like a nice sandy bottom is actually only a light covering of sand over a solid, slick rock reef. …

The Headaches of Boat Ownership

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Well, it looks like Typhoon Mindulle passed Chiba without too much damage. Winds were about 60 knots, which was likely only around half that in the protected harbour. I’m waiting to hear from the other pleasure boat owners if Watari suffered any visible damage. I won’t be able to go out and check for sure until Friday night after work. …

Typhoon Prediction

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It’s been a long, hot summer, and the warming ocean’s evaporation has begun to build tropical depressions one after the other. Typhoon season is upon us. I’ve been studying meteorology lately, trying to learn how to follow weather maps issued by the JMA (Japan Meteorological Association). Out at sea these maps are the best source of weather info. Offshore there’s …

Refit Phase 2 – Interior

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The past couple of weeks I’ve been busy on a project that started out fairly simply, then rapidly expanded, as most boat projects do. When I launched Watari at the start of the summer I had never actually seen her in the water before. I had no idea if she would live up to my expectations, and so no idea …

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Hayama Beach

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After our epic trip down to Shimoda with its white sand beaches I got to wondering if there were any beaches like that closer to home. Yep, a little google searching led me to this article: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/travel/100-best-beaches/. Number 65 on CNN’s list of 100 best beaches worldwide is Hayama, just a few hours sail away? Time to go exploring! I set …

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Katsuyama to Oshima and Shimoda

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The next weekend after our trip to Velassis, Miura and Enoshima, we made another voyage even further abroad. This time Kiwako was able to join us as well. After a week onshore we were all rested up and ready to head down to Shimoda in Shizuoka, to a little beach I’d been to a couple of years ago and had …

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Katsuyama to Velasis Marina, Miura, and Enoshima

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It’s been a while since my last post. Not because I haven’t been out sailing, but because I had a wonderful surprise visit from my uncle D’arcy. Mom’s been in Japan for the past month getting inspiration for her artwork (which you can see on her website at: http://peggyburkosky.com/). It’s been great having her here, but the enjoyment was doubled one …

Guest Post – Oshima Island Harbours

Bengel At Nomashi

The following post is from comments left on this blog by friend and fellow sailor Wolfgang. This is very useful info for anyone visiting Oshima, so I’ve included his comments as their own post. Wolfgang’s former sailboat Bengel moored to the seawall at Nomashi port: Hi Evan, great to read that you got lucky with some whales! I’ve been back …

Walk the Plank!

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This weekend I continued my interior rebuild project. On the way to the boat I figured I’d stop by the bus office in Kisarazu to pick up Mom’s bag. The one I forgot on the bus last weekend. So I stepped off the bus in Kisarazu and pulled out my phone to check the directions. At which point I realized …

Interior Rebuild

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This month Mom is visiting from Canada. She’s been getting inspiration from Japanese scenes for her artwork, and last weekend she came out to the boat to take some pictures of the surrounding area, see Watari for the first time, and help with various maintenance projects. I’ll post some of her resulting paintings soon! On the way out to the …