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Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:34 am

I have a signed and sealed contract with a 28 June closing on the farm in Wyoming. I will be finally done with this place that has caused us so much misery over the past 32 years that it has been in our family. Will I miss the open spaces, the nosy neighbors and the harassment by leo's - nope, nada, zippo!

I'm going home to Resolute, via the midwest to pick up my out of work and out of luck best friend and to make his dream come true. F/V Alice's Dream all 29m of her will be departing Churchill for Vestmannaeyjar in mid-July.

It's been fun to converse with everyone, share a point of view, etc.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Little Kopit on Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:31 am

We'll see ya, when we see ya.

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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:04 pm

We'll miss you!

Can I come? Please, please, please, please, please! :mrgreen:
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Zinger on Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:05 pm

best of luck to you sounds like a new! adventure on the horizon
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby mtlogger44 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:30 am

Limey wrote:We'll miss you!

Can I come? Please, please, please, please, please! :mrgreen:


Got your TWIC card? I do and I'm joining them on part of the journey.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby cwit on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:15 pm

Hope you stay in touch untill the journey's end at least. May see you on the road someday.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:27 pm

mtlogger44 wrote:
Limey wrote:We'll miss you!

Can I come? Please, please, please, please, please! :mrgreen:


Got your TWIC card? I do and I'm joining them on part of the journey.


Yes, you must have a TWIC card - a royal pain created by your government. It's a waste of money anywhere else in the world, because it's not recognized.

I'll be driving the Jeep to Chicago to meet my friend and his wife and we'll all fly up to Churchill together. After that, the next port is Resolute, then Iqaluit (pick up my brother), then Thule (Qaanaaq) to pick up another brother, Kangerlussuaq and finally Iceland. Along the way we'll fish swordies, cod and shark. Winter plans are back to Ecuador for the squid, Chile for wolffish and maybe if our luck holds out, over to Capetown again.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby catmom on Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:34 pm

'Bye, Ozimo! Have an enjoyable & safe trip. We'll catch you on the flip side, as they used to say - whenever that happens to be.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:37 am

What the heck is a TWIC card? :)
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Zinger on Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:44 pm

Limey wrote:What the heck is a TWIC card? :)


I hate!!!! ackronyms
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:57 pm

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Identification
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It was created by your homeland/tsa insecurity - as if it would be a deterrent to crime. So far its a boondoggle - of red tape, background checks and other such nonsense. All those shipboard members, captains, stevedores, just about anyone that needs to go into any port in the US or its Territories MUST have this card. If I was to hire an American, I'm required by US law to only hire those with the card. We hire Able Bodied Seamen to do the bulk of the work including standing watch in 'berg fields. Even they are required to have this card, tho they may never set foot on US soil. Ask Logger what he did with his :mrgreen:
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:59 pm

We closed and collected our money this morning, wiring the bulk of it home to Canada!!! HOORAY - we are outta here.........
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:38 pm

Ozimo wrote:It was created by your homeland/tsa insecurity


Now I know. Thanks :) But... it's not my homeland/tsa insecurity - I'm a Brit! :mrgreen:
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Little Kopit on Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:35 pm

Limey wrote:
Ozimo wrote:It was created by your homeland/tsa insecurity


Now I know. Thanks :) But... it's not my homeland/tsa insecurity - I'm a Brit! :mrgreen:



& your citizenship is?


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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:06 pm

Little Kopit wrote:
Limey wrote:
Ozimo wrote:It was created by your homeland/tsa insecurity


Now I know. Thanks :) But... it's not my homeland/tsa insecurity - I'm a Brit! :mrgreen:



& your citizenship is?


:P


I am a current passport carrying citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby mtlogger44 on Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:00 pm

Little Kopit wrote:
Limey wrote:
Ozimo wrote:It was created by your homeland/tsa insecurity


Now I know. Thanks :) But... it's not my homeland/tsa insecurity - I'm a Brit! :mrgreen:



& your citizenship is?


:P


Abraham is Inuit - NWT and now a Nunavut resident - CANADIAN!!!

Me I'm just happy that he's finally happy - I'll see him next week in Chicago and give him your best wishes....
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Little Kopit on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:58 am

Logger, I meant Limey's citizenship.

I'd be willing to bet that even if he was born and raised in the UK, he has taken up citizenship in the country of his residence.

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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:46 pm

Eh, what? No Logger - no ferry service for you. You can fly to Keflavik from St. John's, but it makes for a very long day. And, no service to Kangerlussaq. When you get there call us on the sat line and we will pick you up.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby mtlogger44 on Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:00 am

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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:34 pm

Little Kopit wrote:Logger, I meant Limey's citizenship.

I'd be willing to bet that even if he was born and raised in the UK, he has taken up citizenship in the country of his residence.;)


Then you would lose your bet!
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:08 pm

Update: We loaded the ship and left Churchill the other day arriving home in Resolute, picking our way thru sheet ice 1-10" thick to discover my home harbour has been ice-free since late June. This is the earliest and latest on record, since they've been keeping them. We'll spend about a week here before going to Iqaluit, then over to Greenland and finally the Iceland to start fishing.

I heard from Mtlogger yesterday, that after his sojourn to L'Anse he's back in Montreal. Seems he found an internet buyer for the truck rig and the man is making arrangements at BMO for the purchase. His wife seems happy about it. I told him if he sold it, I'd give them the Dodge V10, I left in Wyoming - Annie has go get it.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:16 pm

Update: We sent "Alice's Dream" to the crusher - no one will ever walk her decks again. The "new" Alice's Dream was commissioned this month at a shipyard in Amsterdam and will be ready to launch next Spring. She'll be of similar size and have a larger CAT diesel - able to stay at sea 54 days.

We are presently aboard the F/V Ozimo - 28m x7.5m x 2.9m longliner, single NTA 855 Cummins 400hp with 35 T fuel able to fish sword and sharks for up to 38 days at sea with 80T of fish in three blast freezers to -40C. We're in Resolute now prepping the ship for departure to Greenland tomorrow. Hardly any ice, when we should have skim right now. Weather is holding steady 3C today and tonight, 5C tomorrow. Wind SE 30 km/h becoming light this evening. Still nearly 22hrs visible light. Should be a pleasant journey. Have new cooks on board - my best friends who lost their jobs in June. Crew numbers 16 this year.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:06 pm

Bon Voyage, mon ami! :)
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:36 pm

Wow - what a trip this has been. From Greenland to Iceland to Madeira to Canaries to Cape Verde to Cape Town - one big adventure after another. Originally our plan and that of our five boat fleet was to transit the Panama Canal and fish our way to Chile. Had we done that we'd have been in Chile when the quake occurred. Thankfully we were not.

After arriving in Cape Town we off-loaded the Unimog and took off to see the country and wound our way up to Nairobi, then back down to Mombassa, where Al & Kathy's friends now live. Big game hunters from the USA who decided they'd rather protect the animals they used to hunt.

Our relief Capt. Jose brought the ship up to Mombassa and we took off last week to Mahe in Seychelles, where again Al & Kathy have friends. And, again former fishermen now devoting their remaining years protecting the fishery. In the Mozambique Channel we had a "boomer" come up behind us at night and give us a loud ping. Later that day, a frigate came alongside our fleet and kept us company to Mahe. They left us to chase down a pirate mothership.

We are on the way to Fremantle and expected to arrive next week. Our tuna contracts are nearly filled and the ship will have completed its journey.

Tah for now.....
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:07 pm

Good to hear from you - what a wonderful adventure! Whenever you can please keep us updated - sure beats commuting 30 miles to Denver every day. :mrgreen:

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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:53 am

Made the crossing quickly with US frigate escort out of the Seychelles. Picked up on radar by Aussie patrol hundred miles out and brought into the quarantine docks at Fremantle late last night. Our five boats are now in unloading process. We are taking the Uni cross Oz next week for another land adventure. A couple from Darwin are here getting their Freightliner serviced. Typically there's good service just about everywhere in Oz and this is no exception. They are doing the Uni's oil and grease on Monday. When we were in Africa we used up the last of our dino Rotella-T. I want to try their synthetic all the way around. Mind you the last change was 43,000 km, when we were in Churchill! Our chefs have prepared a final feast for the five boat crew (119 people) and it's going to be a blast - Fosters all around.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby catmom on Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:02 am

What an amazing adventure! That's quite a way to see the world! Glad your travels have been safe so far, and we hope that continues, of course. Enjoy the Oz overland travel - Unimog would be a fantastic way to experience it! :) Thanks for the update!
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Little Kopit on Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:44 am

Don't drive like you were hauling goods for an employer, now. Drive to see something you haven't seen before.

Who/how many are going overland?

QCity is having a snow and blow as we speak.

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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:31 pm

Our chefs left for Darwin to visit friends and plan to be back Wednesday so we can start our journey. Drive like I haven't seen it? Well, we all have. Al used to work in Darwin with the Aborig's, Kathy worked at Lizard Island and I drove outback sheep trucks. Nothing like todays' road trains with multiple trailers. We are visiting friends along the way - the Uni is perfectly suited for the off-road.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Limey on Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:37 am

Thanks for the update Ozimo - keep 'em coming. This is very informative and educational. Love to hear more, as and when you get the opportunity to post here! :)
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby Ozimo on Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:54 am

We arrived in Kalgoorlie a few minutes after a 5.0 quake occured. I wasn't surprised at the damages - but it did close the Barrick mine. Upset more were the brothels which were flattened. Now a 5.0 isn't that large, but is in W Oz - where they don't have them much. When they are using exp in mine it records as 2.2-2.5 range.

Moving on to Port Augusta we toured the new Pt. Paterson desal plant. Surprised that USA does not embrace desal - oh, I know the enviros don't want it - but they don't have to drink it if they feel that way. Let's see 1/2 of 1% don't want it, so the other 99.5% can't have it - makes no sense.

Adelaide orchid gardens are next - AL's dad used to import them and still has growers he knows, so we will be living inside for a few days.
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Re: Adios for now

Unread postby catmom on Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:53 pm

Surprised that USA does not embrace desal - oh, I know the enviros don't want it - but they don't have to drink it if they feel that way. Let's see 1/2 of 1% don't want it, so the other 99.5% can't have it - makes no sense.
Hey, that's the way the US works these days. Minority rules, ya know? ;)

Seriously, thanks for the continued updates. Gives us a little bit of virtual sightseeing, as it were.

On edit: checked out desal in the U.S. Turns out it uses enormous amounts of energy, so it is most popular in oceanfront places that have a shortage of water and an abundance of fuel sources - like Oz. In the U.S. it's done in Florida, Texas and California - again, places where it makes sense. Usually no water shortages in the northeast & northwest, and the other dry places in the U.S. aren't near the ocean.
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