About Me

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Alaska, United States
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"

August 8, 2022

Update on Pauline

 On Sunday morning Pauline woke up to severe pains in her stomach.  She asked Mark to take her to the hospital.  After some testing it was found she had a super enlarged gallbladder and it was full of stones.  They admitted her right away and scheduled a surgery to remove it Monday morning.  The surgery went well and she is now recovering.

August 3, 2022

Mark is in Sitka

 The crew of the Fish Hawk got a chance to take a short break.  Mark was trying to slip home and surprise Pauline.  But she can view his text messages and figured out that he was on his way home when he was checking in at the airport.

July 31, 2022

Mark Saw Russia

 The Fish Hawk just finished a trip to Kotzebue.  To do so they had to go through the Bearing Strait and in the Chukchi Sea and into the Arctic Circle.  While going through the Bearing Strait north they had clear visibility and he could see Russia.  His comments on the trip.  Long and crappy weather.

June 6, 2022

Difference a Couple of Weeks Make

Bethel and the Fish Hawk

 When we were up here a couple of weeks ago we were breaking ice and dodging bergs coming up the river.  A few days later when we left all the ice was gone.  There was speculation that the few larger bergs were artificially broken up but no evidence supporting that.  It is more likely just how fast things change up here.  In any event we heard last week the temperature was touching 80 degrees up here.  We were a little south and closer to Bristol Bay.  So our temps were moderate.  But two days ago we arrived and everything is super green.  And yes the temperature is high 70’s supposedly hitting 80 yesterday again.  In any event it is good for painting something sorely needed on here because of the poor summer last year.

May 16, 2022

More on Into the Ice

We ended up circling outside Naknek for so long that the bosses decided we should skip Dillingham and head straight for Bethel.  Yesterday, the morning of the 15th of May, we had 8 hours of snow.  The good news was as we entered the Kuskokwim we didn’t encounter ice.  We heard another boat had made it as far as Eek before being turned back two days before.  We headed on and about 15 miles south of Eek we found the ice.  Eek is a natural holding area to await tides for shallows we have to cross before heading to Bethel, so we circled for 24 hours and are about to make the next leg up.  The good news is the ice has thinned.  Fingers Crossed!

Updated : they made it to Bethel.

This is a video made by Max, the engineer onboard the Fish Hawk, from the Sunday trip upriver.

May 9, 2022

Into The Ice Again!?!

 The Fish Hawk is in line to get to the dock in Naknek.  The ice broke in this river a couple of weeks ago.  The next stop is Dillingham which broke a few days ago.  But after that it is 120 miles up the Kuskokwim and that just broke yesterday.  So pretty good chance we will be waiting on ice.  But the bad news is one of the barges left behind last year has broke free and heading down river with the ice.  Looks like we will be slotted for a rescue mission.  Stay tuned for updates.

May 4, 2022


We have decided that Mark will go to work on the Fish Hawk for another year.

And so the season started, with them leaving Seward today.  They are headed to Naknek.

April 23, 2022

Traveling Again!

Mark is on the tug, traveling north to Alaska from Seattle.  Pauline is in Singapore, visiting family.  Sari Timur is being looked after by friends.  We think she was just beginning to like having us back but other commitments came up and we had to leave her for a few days.

April 14, 2022

And Off With The Winter Coat

Mark is on his way to join the Fish Hawk today.  Yesterday was spent taking the igloo off Sari Timur, remounting her solar panels and changing her oil.  We put the igloo up just before Mark joined the Fish Hawk in October of 2020.  And Pauline will get the pleasure of cleaning up her deck and topsides from the crud that accumulated over two winters.

with her winter cover on

and without her winter cover

April 5, 2022

Our First Week Back

We have been back for a week.  The new batteries are in and wired so the new Victron Battery Monitor can work.  It is installed and working.  We don’t need this while we are in a marina but will be great when we are cruising again.

We have a coat of paint on the repairs that Mark did last year.  It looks good but needs at least two more coats.

We filled up with diesel.  This is a bigger job than it should be, as it has to be done with Jerry Cans since the igloo is still on.  The igloo will come off this year but not until the next two coats of paint are on.

Sari Timur didn’t complain much at all about us leaving her so long this year.  Of course John and Ivy watched her closely and we kept the heat and dehumidifier going.  All that seemed to be wrong is the one light we left on kind of died but it was a cheaply, made in China one, so no harm here.  And a few canned and bottled drinks that were stored on deck needed to be discarded.  However, she is happy that we are back and showing her some attention.