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Old 12-19-2009, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default The Countdown To The Jumping Off...hawaii May 2010

You guys probably know from my various posts that we plan on cruising around the Pacific Northwest (and possibly Alaska) before we leave the West Coast of North America. As many cruisers already know, because of the prevailing winds, during most of the year, the easiest way to make it from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest is to go offshore skirting the southern side of the Pacific High...and many people simply go to Hawaii, enjoy a bit of sunshine there and then go from Hawaii to the Northwest over top the Pacific High. It takes about 3 weeks to get to Hawaii from here and about a month to make it from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest from Hawaii.

While many of our friends here in San Diego have made multiple trips in this manner, because of our having a cat aboard and not wanting the cat to go through the 120 day rabies quarantine period required by Hawaii, we've been somewhat worried about how we'll make our way to the Pacific Northwest without doing it "the easy way via Hawaii." We had pretty much resigned ourselves to slogging up the West coast harbor hopping and motorsailing. We've not been too excited about this--the people, the cat, and the boat all are likely to find it rough going.

Well, we have "new news" in that the quarantine requirement in Hawaii has changed dramatically as of October 2009 because of availability of a new rabies test. Now thanks to the recent changes in quarantine regs, the cat is only required to have a 5 day quarantine in Hawaii! I've been in email contact with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and they have just sent me a list of veterinarians who are willing to visit the cat on the boat to provide a Hawaii health certificate upon our arrival to Hawaii.

Exciting news! That means we can, if we choose, enjoy downwind sailing and nice beam reaches rather than beating our way up the West coast

Indeed, this really changes how we plan to travel to the Pacific Northwest. It also puts us on a "schedule" to leave San Diego on our first "big" passage late in the spring of 2010. The rabies tests for the cat must be performed 120 days before his arrival in Hawaii and his appointment for the required bloodwork is January 5th. So, we can arrive in Hawaii no sooner than mid-May 2010.

We're setting a schedule to leave San Diego in early May.
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Happy sails Brenda. I keep telling myself that Spring 2010 is not too far off.

In the mean time, here in DC is snowing heavily.

Happy Holidays!

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I am very jealous. There is nothing in the world like an old wooden schooner on the water.

The best of luck to you with your well-earned freedom.
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Our kitty cat, Beamer, has been having some wheezing going on while he breaths and its been getting really bad in the past two weeks. We took him in today for his blood test for the Hawaii trip so were able to have x-rays and other blood work to try and figure out why he's having such a hard time breathing of late. We were thinking it was cat asthma since when he gets stressed it's harder for him to breath.

He's sicker than we thought. He's also lost 4 lbs in the last 8 months since his last check up (from 22 lbs to 18 lbs)...Well, long and short of it is that it's not his lungs but rather his heart. He has fluid pressing on the lungs because he has heart disease. He's very sick with what is likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)--we'll know more by Friday. The vet gave us a drug to lower his blood pressure as it was dangerously high and a diuretic to try and remove fluid pressure from the lungs.

This does not bode well for Beamer and lengthy passages since he is always stressed while we're underway on the ocean. Two weeks to Hawaii and a month to the Pacific Northwest--that's a lot of stress. The prognosis for a cat his age (15-1/2) and this condition is very bad even if he were in a comfy low stress situation. In any situation, the vet believes he will be unlikely to live more than a few more months--even though he looks so healthy.

We are still making plans for our trip in May, but very realistically believe that Beamer will no longer be with us by then.
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The vet believes he will be unlikely to live more than a few more months--even though he looks so healthy.

We are still making plans for our trip in May, but very realistically believe that Beamer will no longer be with us by then.
Sad news Red ...

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Good news and sitting on the edge of my seat for "the rest of the story"....the radiologist says that Beamer's heart looks fine though his lungs are suffering and he either has a bronchial disease (remember I thought it was cat asthma?) which we can treat with anti-inflammatory meds and/or antihistamines OR he has a serious fungal infection (unlikely, but they're testing his blood for it now).

Bottom line, his blood pressure is high and we can treat for that--and he'll be ok in high stress situations if we get it under control. And, looks like anything else wrong is going to be manageable! We'll have the full blood work back friday, will continue the high blood pressure (and diuretic) meds and after we learn what we learn on friday we will either treat for asthma or the fungal infection.

Keeping the fingers crossed that Beamer will be able to make the passages with us after all.
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Just a thought, having done the SD to Victoria, and Mexico back to the PNW a number of times around April-May. We used the old clipper ship route, sail west and make north if you can until you are 135w or so, go around the high, and then north and east to your destination. We left Punta Mita in Banderas Bay, stopped at Clarion Is for a day of surfing, went out to 135w 32n and then on to Victoria BC. We never had more than 32 knots, never had the wind forward of 80 degrees, and made 4000nm in 20 days of easy sailing. Hawaii adds days and miles to the trip, and adds the cat and puppy jail time and adds weeks to the trip....

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Very happy to hear Beamer is on the up.

Keep us informed of how the sailing plans are going and kitty cat's health.

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Very happy to hear Beamer is on the up.

Keep us informed of how the sailing plans are going and kitty cat's health.

Cheers Dave
The sailing is good. Beamer seems to have asthma. Oral steroids don't seem to be really working yet but we're hoping that we'll see an improvement this week.
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redbopeep,

We're heading North from Victoria BC to the Queen Charlottes this June. Perhaps we'll see you.

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We're heading North from Victoria BC to the Queen Charlottes this June. Perhaps we'll see you.

Enjoy!
Yes, perhaps we'll cross paths up north. I read on another of your posts that you're very flexible with your schedule--is there a chance that you'll do some winter sailing around up north or will you head south before it gets too cold?
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Yes, perhaps we'll cross paths up north. I read on another of your posts that you're very flexible with your schedule--is there a chance that you'll do some winter sailing around up north or will you head south before it gets too cold?
We are leaving mid or late June. I'm thinking we'll head straight to the Charlottes in a relatively direct manner (still playing but more efficiently than normal) to get the last of the summer season and then when the season turns too fierce there (I'm still reading about the weather there and on the BC mainland) we'll get behind Vancouver Island and keep making our way south in Desolation/Gulf/San Juans/Puget Sound through the winter until it is mild enough to head up the W Coast of Vancouver Island again and play until August or so when we head *really* south to CA.
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The sailing is good. Beamer seems to have asthma. Oral steroids don't seem to be really working yet but we're hoping that we'll see an improvement this week.
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Sorry to hear Beamer has not been well. Hope he is back to his old self. Our plans are still on track to leave Queensland, Australia to Victoria, British Columbia. We should cast lines off approx 2nd week June. Our two siamese cats know something is going to happen with all the work going on on board. They looked at me kinda funny when I was storing away a heap of our supplies the other day. They had this look in their eyes that said, "Oh No Not sailing again" But I couldn't imagine going without them. Hope Beamer is fully recovered now. Hope all is well for your planned May trip.

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We're glad that your plans are coming along! We hope we'll be able to meet up with you at some time during your travels. Sadly, Beamer is no longer with us. I've posted about that, here in this topic, today since maybe folks didn't see other discussion about it.

We're still flipping coins about going via HI or up the coast. We've found a good boatyard in the SF Bay area so might go there in late April/early May and then head up from SFB to the PNW. If the weather is totally awful up the coast, we'll definitely do the HI passage and hit a boatyard in Washington State before exploring the PNW.

Good luck with your passage--and PLEASE keep us all posted on how things are coming along!
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