Kodiak Alaska to Seward







There are simply no words to describe the majesty of Kodiak, Alaska and, as such, this will be more a pictorial blog to help capture the beauty of the place.

We are all so pleased we came this way otherwise we would have missed, what may possibly be, the jewel in earths crown. There is rawness about this place, a sense of freedom and pride within its people and a landscape that beckons you forward. There is no pretence about Kodiak, its people or its landscape but rather a simple understatement of just being.


Pendana making friends with her trawler buddies!



All the photos in this blog are taken as is, as frankly there is no improving the perfection of this place. If you ever get the chance to visit Kodiak do not pass it up as I am sure you will be as impressed as we have been.


On approach into Kodiak




Passing a pretty little fishing vessel



 
St Paul’s Harbour




St Paul’s Harbour




St Paul’s Harbour – View from Pendana’s rear cockpit




St Paul’s Harbour – View from Pendana’s port side




St Paul’s Harbour




St Paul’s Harbour with snow-capped mountains in the distance




St Paul’s Harbour



There is one thing I need to say which is a negative about Kodiak and that is the internet speeds are somewhat pre-historic. I combat this by waking early before the residents of Kodiak jam the limited bandwidth that is available. The girls now realise that streaming everything is sometimes simply not possible. To alleviate the issue of bandwidth I have taken to using the satellite during Peak Ellingford Consumption Periods (“PECPs”). Thank God for Talkspot’s post to blog via email feature called ‘Otto’ as without that low bandwidth option none of these blogs would be possible. For those boating or in remote areas or for those who want simply an easier way to blog, then I can vouch for, and highly recommend the Talkspot platform and it ‘Otto’ feature.

Now for some statistics on our trip from Hawaii to Kodiak.

Engine hours: 268 or in other words eleven days four hours from start up to shut down!

Total fuel used: 1,745USG (includes approx. 10 hours gen time)

Nautical miles per gallon: 1.27

Average speed over ground: 8.32kts

Distance travelled: 2,230nms

Distance travelled since leaving Sydney Australia: 7,700nms

Max roll to port: 11 degrees

Max roll to starboard: 17 degrees

Average wind speed: 12.1kts

** Note this makes Pendana not only the most economical Nordhavn 62 in the World but also the fastest over long distances.










American Bald Eagle fly’s on by




This river mouth will be jammed with Salmon in a few months




Claire testing WW2 comms at Fort Abercrombie




Stunning




Abi and Bianca walking in the woods




Promise this shot has not been touched up – Kodiak also called the Emerald Isle




There are simply no words








I think this is the Crown of Thorns starfish




Bald Eagle with chick in nest




Bambi lives!




A spot of fly fishing




Believe it or not this guy (local resident Billy Copper) actually caught this salmon while we were there!




Marine Traffic showing Pendana in Alaska – which I thought was pretty cool!



On the mechanical front we are in good shape. Abi and I did the oil change on the main engine yesterday which took one hour and five minutes (we getting better!), changed our house fresh water filters and other than the shower sump pump failing, yet again, in the master cabin, which is now fixed I might add, there have been no other issues to report.

The girls, and in particular Abi, are truly loving Kodiak and the cooler climate of Alaska. Abi actually said that she could live here (well, six months a year at least)! Bianca is amazed at the scenery and Claire is in awe of Kodiak as well, but is still missing the warmth from her one true love, Hawaii!

We plan to depart for Seward on Friday or Saturday once the winds ease just a little. This will/should be an easy 185nm run which will take us about 22 hours in all. So, the journey continues.


Route to Seward from Kodiak Alaska



Apologies that the blog is so loaded with photos but to appreciate this place, one needs to see it and what better than a photo to replace my dribble!

Stay safe

James

16 thoughts on “Kodiak Alaska to Seward”

  1. SUBJECT: RE: Kodiak Alaska to Seward

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  2. SUBJECT: Re: Kodiak Alaska to Seward

    James, pictures are amazing. And your fuel economy fabulous! What”s with the failing pump, I wonder. Oh well, keep plugging. PS the harbour looks incredible. So much colour!

  3. SUBJECT: RE: Kodiak Alaska to Seward

    Hi Pendana family,

    Just sending a quick e-mail to let you know that Jackie and Mike Schmidt of Seattle continue to read your blog with enthusiasm! Your book is also on our bookshelf.

    I think I mentioned it before, but we ordered our KK50 Open that will be complete spring 2018. Our youngest will be graduating from high school June 2018. We plan on selling our home soon thereafter and moving onto our boat full time then. Our two boys w


  4. Response to a post by Jackiesch who said:

    SUBJECT: RE: Kodiak Alaska to Seward

    Hi Pendana family,

    Just sending a quick e-mail to let you know that Jackie and Mike Schmidt of Seattle continue to read your blog with enthusiasm! Your book is also on our bookshelf.

    I think I mentioned it befo…


    Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to catching up with you when in Seattle around October/November this year. Glad you enjoy the blog.

    James & Claire


  5. Response to a post by callum who said:

    SUBJECT: Re: Kodiak Alaska to Seward

    James, pictures are amazing. And your fuel economy fabulous! What”s with the failing pump, I wonder. Oh well, keep plugging. PS the harbour looks incredible. So much colour!


    We have a shower sump with a stupid little bilge pump which I replaced with a small whale pump but even that has now failed.. no big deal just a pain in the backside as space is so tight makes working on it very hard. I was very pleased with the average speed thats for sure, Pendana did well.

    J


  6. Response to a post by t.lansky who said:

    SUBJECT: Re: Kodiak Alaska to Seward

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

    Sent from my iPad

    > On Jun 13, 2016, at 8:01 PM, http://WWW.PENDANABLOG.COM wrote:
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    Pleasure glad you enjoyed them!

  7. Love the blog and pictures. But is that a picture of you fly fishing?? I thought that was an activity you were not going to ever participate in again?


  8. Response to a post by Tim H who said:

    Love the blog and pictures. But is that a picture of you fly fishing?? I thought that was an activity you were not going to ever participate in again?


    No thats not me its he is a local.

  9. I think I posted this on the wrong blog… nevertheless.
    Awesome photos, brings back memories. I know you’re loving it. Seward, your next adventure was my main go to hangout summers in Alaska with my two (much smaller boats over the years). Trust me when I say, you will love it too. Keep in mind you can fish! Or, simply cruise Resurrection Bay for hours along its rocky shores and its marvels of marine life, including harbor seals, killer whales, porpoise, humpbacks, sea lions and the incredible assortment of sea birds. Then in the evenings, take in the marvels of the small town restaurants and saloons. It’s a wonderfully happy balance of nature and small city charm.

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  11. Response to a post by Alicia Bardsley who said:

    Love your photos. Watch out for those grizzlies!


    Have no fear we will keep our distance!!


  12. Response to a post by Ronn S. who said:

    I think I posted this on the wrong blog… nevertheless.
    Awesome photos, brings back memories. I know you’re loving it. Seward, your next adventure was my main go to hangout summers in Alaska with my two (much smaller boats over the years). Trust me …


    Thank you Ronn, Seward is indeed a lovely spot. Just discovered the main town further west!!

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