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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"

October 21, 2017

It's Snowing

Well it looks like winter has arrived.  It started snowing a little while ago and it is coming down pretty good.

October 6, 2017

Termination Dust

Well it arrived yesterday.  For those not familiar with the term.  Termination Dust is the first snowfall at higher altitudes in Alaska.  It signaled to miners and early settlers in Alaska that summer is over.  Actually there was some a couple of weeks ago on the really high peaks across the bay.  But yesterday was the first on our side of the bay.  Guess summer is over.

October 4, 2017

Pauline is leaving

Pauline is heading out for her vacation.  We have to take separate vacations in the winter or hire some one to watch the boat.  She hasn't been home for a couple of years and October is the slow time for the hotel so she could take a whole month off.  It is a pretty long way to travel for less than that so off she heads tomorrow via San Francisco so she can visit with Suzie and Doug for a couple of days and convince them to come up and see us.  Mark will have to fend for himself and use the time to study for his 500 ton master / 1600 ton mate tests.

Our Igloo

After last winter we decided that we would heat shrink the boat this winter.  By doing this we could leave all but the head sail on, and we would have some usable deck space. We also wouldn't have to bring everything below thus giving us our living space back below decks.  We also hope that it will help us with our heating bills this winter, the down side is we have never done this before.  However, Mark got after it and it has turned out pretty good for a first attempt.  We have learned some things and will do some things different if we ever do it again.  We are reasonably happy and below are some pics.  We have only installed two doors you can see one on the starboard side.  We have to put three more in, one on the bow, one by the propane tank and one on top near the chimney for knocking off excess snow and servicing the chimney.

the before, with the skeleton

the after, with the plastic shrink wrap

Wildlife in Alaska

Everyone who has been to Alaska realizes there is a lot of wildlife here.  But even in the marina we seem to get a fair amount.  It is pretty regular to see sea otters, seals and sea lions.  Matter of fact if you go a day or two without seeing them you begin to think something is wrong.  But a few weeks ago we had a black bear try to wander down the ramp.  He did get into the hotel across the street before the authorities decided he was a nuisance and was removed.  Earlier this summer a  whale got out of wack and swam into the entrance all the way to the fish processing plant before he figured out he was in the wrong place.

But the other day we were working on our boat trying to build our winter cover when a moose swam past our boat.  We later found out some tourists were chasing her through town and she fled down the boat ramp and into the water and swam away.  But now she had a problem because once in the marina she couldn't get out as the docks are too high for her to climb on to.  Luckily one of the neighbors still had his dinghy in the water and corralled her back towards the ramp where she was able to get out.