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    Question - "What does having a dream mean to you?"
    Answer - "A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished,
    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004
     

    Image: The new rudder assembly has a cassette inside which the white blade can move up or down. The new rudder assembly has a cassette inside which the white blade can move up or down.

    Launching from Crescent City second half of June
    May 26, 2021    
    The latest plan is to launch by rowboat from Crescent City during the second half of June. Finding the suitable weather windows based on long range forecast will be critical. Most of the work on the rowboat is complete and remaining items will soon be done. We are down to loading the rowboat and configuring the onboard communications systems for regular updates during the entire crossing.

    For a while, there was the suggestion to launch from San Francisco on Earth Day, April 22. This would have required a stopover at Waikiki only to relaunch from there in September in order to avoid the worst of typhoons further west. My goal is to pace the crossing such that I reach the longitude of the Marianas in January. Arriving at that latitude in the fall would have meant assuming life threatening risks. However stopping at Waikiki created some controversy, so the San Francisco option is no longer in consideration.

    With this change, I was able to choose my launch window and my launch site to reduce storm exposure and to better serve my personal goals. The relaxed schedule, also allowed nice-to-have improvements to my existing rowboat like a retractable rudder assembly. This will allow me to deploy a drogue or a para-anchor from behind the boat without the rode line constantly wrapping around the rudder blade. We integrated an auto-tiller in that setup to improve performance while I rest.

    My friend and boatwright Paul Papenhouse built me a waterchest to remove bubbles from the raw water entering the desalinator and addressed remaining structural issues with the rowboat.

    Together with trusted marine electrician Brian Johnson, we ripped out the original electrical system dating back to 2001 then installed new wiring, custom solar panels, instrument panel and switches. The new custom solar panels we installed, added about 180 more watts to my power production. That in addition to what I already had on top of the cabin now give me about 300W. I will no longer suffer from drained batteries when I make water using my power hungry desalinator.

    During these improvements, Tacoma Community Boatbuilders offered me a roof while Aaron Goodge and Emerson Lamb shared their shop space, giving me premium assistance in wood and metal works as needed.

    Then I moved my rowboat to Henderson Boat Company near Fishermen’s Terminal where Kris Henderson completed the new rudder assembly. This has a cassette inside which I can raise and lower the rudder blade using control lines in the cockpit. Kris is an accomplished boatwright, I-14 builder/racer, experienced sailor and a former national sailing coach. Ken Selvidge helped with some custom stainless steel work and Doug Crews turned a brass bushing to customize an additional gudgeon for our new rudder.

    I am grateful for the competent help that I received to get the work done.

    Previous Dispatches
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    Please stay tuned...    Feb 14, 2021
    As February rolled in, I met with my boatwright friend Paul Papenhouse and had a heart to heart exchange. Until then each time I had hesitated on account of lacking funds, my schedule slipped another

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    Message to the world: We need help    Jan 1, 2021
    I have a new endeavor which requires partnerships, visibility and most importantly appropriate funding. You may treat this as my New Year’s Resolution.

    I am building a new rowboat. I

    Longest time at sea...    May 16, 2019
    As of today, Jacob Adoram has been at sea for 313 days, longer than my 312 days 2 hour record which I held since May 2008 for the longest time at sea for a solo ocean rower. He will receive a Guinness

    Later dispatches - Previous dispatches


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