Monthly Archives: July 2014

Radar Class this week

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Back at “skool” this week for Radar

Observer Unlimited.  Having used radar quite a bit over the years, I was pretty confident however plotting on paper has me spinning.  Its all coming together gradually.  Thankfully we have an excellent instructor.  Again:  I highly recommend Compass Courses.

R/V Clifford A. Barnes

Sailing as mate for a couple short trips onboard the Cliffy as she’s known.  This week’s trip is in Puget Sound.  Yesterday we deployed a science mooring then took water samples.  The rest of the trip is water samples and net tows.  I’ll try to take some more pictures.  Since there is just a crew of two, we either anchor or tie up to a dock each day.  Last night we anchored in Port Madison across from Seattle and the views of Mount Rainier are incredible.

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Cliffy is a former USCG harbor tug converted to research.  She’s scheduled to be replaced with a bigger purpose built vessel in the next couple years.