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I am owned by Pauline and Mark Blasky. My hull was built at the Duncan Marine Yard in Taiwan and launched in Dec of 1980. It is a William Garden design based on the Pixie Design and called by Duncan Marine a Freedom 45. They are the fourth owners and have owned me the longest. They have done extensive refitting to me including replacing my entire deck structure and rig. My masts are roughly 10% taller than original and now are made of aluminium as opposed to the original wood ones, which, though pretty, were always problematic. You can read more about me under "MORE ABOUT SARI TIMUR"

June 23, 2018

Heading to Fairbanks

We decided to take a long weekend near the solstice and head to Fairbanks.  Spent the first night in Talkeetna to catch up with Danny and Yvonne.  Weather is fantastic.  We left the pub last night at 02:00 and it looked like 18:00.  I think it got dark some time but I didn’t see it.  Off this morning for our furthest drive north so far.

Well we are back in Seward.  We attended the Summer Solstice Fair in downtown by the riverfront.  Went to North Pole, Alaska and saw Santa's House ate shopped and relaxed.  Had a great drive up there and back.  The weather was great up there but we did see the parking pedestals where you plug your car in during the winter to stop the block from freezing up so we know it gets cold there in the winter time.  We did find out that the International Ice Festival is on again next year, it was canceled this year.  So we are thinking pretty hard about attending it the first week of March.

April 26, 2018

Quick Update

There are a few missing posts.  Basically waiting to get some photos.  But they are of Mark's visits in Florida and his trip to Skagway.  Right now he is in Seward waiting on some permits for the barge to go back to work.  But we just had to share today.  It is the 25th of April and this morning there was so much snow on the dock it made it slippery for Pauline to get to work.  Then it started raining and by the time Mark got out most of the snow was gone (10:00 am) by noon we had hail.  Didn't we just tell you this is April 25.  Didn't Al Gore say that global warming was a problem?  Did he know what he was talking about?  Maybe we need to burn more fossil fuels so that global warming really happens!

March 24, 2018

In Seattle

Pauline flew into Seattle on Wednesday and Mark rolled in on Friday.  He has a few days off so we spent the weekend with our niece, Tayler, taking in the sights and eating, of course.

the Pig at Pike Place Market

Pike Fish Market

long line outside the dim sum restaurant

stuffed our faces with all these yummy dim sum

The Space Needle, view from our room

March 10, 2018

Back at Sea

Hey just to let everyone know Mark has taken a job on the Reece Eagle.  He is currently towing a barge from Dutch Harbor to Seattle. He is off Kodiak right now and got a chance to update the blog.

February 22, 2018

Back on the road again

Well I am a few posts behind.  My schools went well and I got to see most of the relatives.  Missed pictures of many but I will get the couple up I have soon.

Right now I am back on the road again.  Waiting for an airplane to take me to Dutch Harbor where I will join a tug to Seattle and back to Seward

February 10, 2018

Celestial and Ocean Navigation Course Complete

Mark passed his finals for the Celestial and Ocean Navigation course.  This is the US Coast Guard's hurdle that has to be met to swap the two hundred ton near coastal to full oceans and international.  This means he is now allowed to take vessels of up to two hundred gross tons internationally anywhere in the world.  He thinks the second test may have been the hardest test he has ever taken, it was certainly the longest.  Many other mariners say the same thing.  But though the 13 day course was hard work and both exams were in depth.  He really enjoyed the course, and hopes he gets to use it soon while the skills are fresh in his memory.

January 23, 2018

Everything is alright

Pauline was woken up just before 01:00 by the tsunami alert sirens.  An 8.2 magnitude quake happened just south of Kodiak.   The tsunami alert went all the way down to Southern California and Hawaii.  Mark was in Michigan so she had to deal with everything herself.  She quickly called the hotel to confirm the evacuation was in place and then headed to a friend's house to await the all clear. As many people know Seward was badly hit during the 1964 earthquake so no one in Alaska takes these things lightly.  Apparently volcanoes also erupted on the other side of the Pacific in Japan and the Philippines as well, so the ring of fire is active.

January 9, 2018

200 Tons

Mark passed his 200 ton course.  He is now heading to Green Cove Springs marina to see Isao-san Yamazaki who is arriving on his yacht King Bee from Japan.  Tomorrow he is flying up to Michigan to see the family for a couple of weeks.  Then on the 28th it is back to Jacksonville to take his Celestial course that will give him the full oceans endorsement.

Mark and Isao-san with King Bee just behind us

November 18, 2017

Mark is heading South

Mark is heading to Charlotte to spend Thanksgiving with his sister Laura's family.  Mom and Dad are going to be there as well.  He was going to spend the whole week, but a course that he needs came up in Jacksonville, Fla.  So after he arrives in Charlotte it is into a rental car for the six hour drive south.  He will head back to Charlotte on Tuesday night

November 10, 2017

Pauline's Home!

Well, Pauline is finally back on the boat.  It was a good trip back to Singapore.  On the way to, and from Singapore, she stopped in San Francisco to visit with her good friend, Suzie.  They had a great few days catching up.

The weather in Singapore was hot.  Of course, coming from Alaska where temperatures never went above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it was brutal.

The visit with the family was great.  Pauline got to see everyone in her immediate family, as PJ and his family came down from Hong Kong.  She also caught up with some of her cousins and friends.  She has some great memories to keep her going for a while.

However, it is nice to be back on the boat, with Mark and of course, to cooler weather!