May 17, 2005

Spent yesterday hopefully finishing repairs on the transmission. After the replacement part did not fix things, a friend suggested that my oil cooler line may have separated and collapsed. This made sense, so I ordered a new pair from a small shop in Hoonah. I installed the lines and left the dock. After I sped up to running speed, I thought to check the fittings and one was leaking profusely. I turned around and limped back to the dock, disconnected the fitting, and found I’d cross-threaded the male fitting. After replacing that, I decided not to head out to the outer coast since there was only one day left open there this week, and had dinner at Mary’s Inn in Hoonah.

Hoonah is a neat little town on Icy Strait. The community is a mixture of commercial fishing, logging, sport fishing and hunting, US Forest Service, a cooperative-type farm, and now a destination stop for a small fraction of the cruiseships. I thinks it’s this diversity that has allowed the community to better weather the economic ups and downs of the resource-based economy of the region. All looks good with the tranny today,and back out fishing at 4:30 this morning.

A few large kings by noon, and the same score as my buddy who called by cell phone from out on the coast, so happy now I didn’t try to run out there last night and then fish for a day on a few hours sleep. My friend has a much larger boat and a deck hand, so easier for them to get sleep than it is for me fishing solo. Beautiful weather- partly sunny, light northerly breeze, and about 60 degrees. Passed a mother humpback whale with her calf earlier, and several eagles along the way.
Mark Stopha
F/V Dutch Master
Alaska Wild Salmon Co
4455 N Douglas Hwy
Juneau, Alaska 99801

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