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September 4, 2013
Name: Peter Murphy
City: Seward
State: Alaska
Country: USA
Subject: Fuel bladders

Question: Susan and I plan on exploring the Aleutians (False Pass and maybe beyond), fuel is very expensive out there so I was wondering if you could provide details regarding your use of bladders, type, issues, stability of boat. I enjoy your posts and appreciate any helpful information.

Thank you.

Peter Murphy "Four Seasons" N46-70

Scott Flanders on board N46 Egret responds:
Peter & Susan, we carry three bladders: a 150 gallon on the foredeck with
140 usable, a 75 gallon behind the Portuguese bridge with 70 usable and 100 gallons in the cockpit with 95 gallons usable. I don't know if you have a flybridge boat or not but Egret is very heavy with the flybridge, paravanes, provisions and extensive spares. The cockpit bladder is the first we empty because it sinks the stern, typically on the 3d day at sea, then the forward bladder after another 4 full days and then the Portuguese bridge bladder but only after the fuel is around 140 gallons down on the port side which is heavy as you know.

The bladders came from Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation in the Pacific North West. They are very high quality & use high quality fittings that don't leak. We made up a simple garden hose to drain the bladders thru a Baja Filter (largest size) into the tank. We made up a step down hose to attach to the Baja filter to put into the fill so the filter may be kept upright. We use a commercial duty Jabsco 12V Water Puppy pump with a 6303-0003 impeller (do not use the 6303-0001 impeller - it will swell in the diesel). The pump is connected with heavy battery clips to the wing alternator hot lead and grounded anywhere on the wing. We use about 25' of 14'2 wire and a 10 amp circuit breaker to turn the pump on and off.

We always leave in good weather with the bladders. Head seas aren't that much of an issue but large beam seas are. Fortunately we have never been caught out where we had to tack to keep the seas off the beam. Large following seas with full bladders must be avoided at all costs. In a true emergency you can cut the bladders to get rid of the weight but they can't be repaired

If you have followed the VofE blog for any length of time you know we use bladders only occasionally. The most recent was taking extra fuel in Greenland simply for economics, not range. The savings per gallon was substantial.

Good luck on your Aleutian adventure. I assume this is next year, not this. N57 Ice Dancer went to the end of the Aleutians a couple years ago and even went north to Pribilof Island, around 250nm north. Way cool stuff.

August 21, 2013
Name: Chuck Osgood
City: Bangor
State: Maine
Country: USA
Subject: S/V Bear

Question: Came across your site- great that you are still out there. We sold Bear in Annapolis 10/2010, moved back ashore and resumed "normal" life on the hard after completing our circumnavigation. Just bought an Eagle 40 trawler and will gear up for some coastal/ditch/Bahmas/loop cruising in a year or two. Bear is now in Russia with new owners. Watch out for her.


Chuck and Dianne

Scott Flanders on board N46 Egret responds:

Chuck and Dianne, let's see, we first met in Samos, Aegean Greek Islands and later in Auckland, New Zealand. I think you two had a pretty good run.
Good luck on your new adventure. Give Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador a try. Its well within your boats ability.

August 8, 2013
Name: Sue & Larry N4654
City: Marina del Rey
State: CA
Country: USA
Subject: Greenland

Question: Awesome!!!!! Congrats on reaching Greenland and wishing you
clear skies & smooth seas for Iceland.

Scott Flanders on board N46 Egret responds:

Sue & Larry, thank you for the smooth sea wishes. We'll wait until we get the best window possible.

Scott & Mary

August 8, 2013
Name: Ross
City: Clarenville
State: Newfoundland
Country: CAN
Subject: Newfoundland

Question: Hi Scott & Mary...I've been following your voyage and
looking at your beautiful and breathtaking photographs for a couple of
years now...I just read your latest blog about newfoundland and
labrador south coast,If you have the time the east coast north of Cape
St Francis up to Bonavista Bay and Notre Dame Bays have so much
beautiful boating.. Trinity Bay to Bonavista Bay have alot of
communities that are abandoned but have alot of safe places and
wharves...I could go on forever....if you have any questions please drop
me a line...sincerely Ross

Scott Flanders on board N46 Egret responds:

Ross, thanks for the info. We are already in Greenland and will be leaving within a week for Iceland. We enjoyed Labrador very much as you read.

Scott & Mary

July 26, 2013
Name: Charles MacRae
City: Tucson
State: AZ
Zip: 85737
Country: USA

Question: Scott & Mary,
Thank you for you blog.
I have been following your journey for several years now and dream of doing a similar journey soon.
I read you had chartered a boat and cruised on Loch Ness a few years ago.
(Inverness is my home town)
Are you planing going through that way with Egret?
I hope to cruise on the West coast of Scotland when my time comes.
All the best with you travels.

Scott Flanders onboard Egret responds:

Charlie, yes we chartered from Calley Cruisers and had a great time in the Caledonian Canal.

Right now we don't have any plans other than to winter in Iceland and Norway next year. The general plan is to see Northern Europe in a clockwise direction. Whether that leads us in time to the Caledonian Canal, who knows?

These days the major agenda is to cross to Greenland in good weather. Then to Iceland. Step by step.

Small world, we'll be in Arizona this fall.

April 9, 2013

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