|Our barge (the Westward Trader)|
Once we wrap up our off load and re-load here in Anchorage, it's off to Dutch Harbor, then up to Bethel, Dillingham, Naknek and back to Dutch, or at least that's the plan as of today. Things change rapidly in this business and the next thing you know, you're on a boat heading somewhere else, doing something entirely different with a completely new crew. It doesn't always go like that, but it can and has.
I'm settling into my new duties as 2nd Mate pretty well. The boat driving aspect is easy to do, but there's paperwork and reports that need to get done, so I'm learning. I'm also still learning more about winch operations and other fun stuff that we get to handle when underway, but for the most part, it's all going great.
The most exciting part of this trip for me, is that my new room, even though it is smaller than the AB's room, has a really long bed. Being 6'2", this is a big deal. I'm always cramped on these boats because of my height, but this bed is an awesome 7' long and has nice little shelf at the end for my laptop, or what I call my "entertainment center". No longer do I have to lay diagonally to fit and I have been sleeping wonderfully.
Sleep is a funny thing out here. When you're underway, you get too much sleep. I average about 9 hours a day when we're at sea, yet in port we sometimes go 20-30 hours without much rest. Somehow it all works out. There's really not much else to do, especially when it's crappy outside and you can't go out on deck. You eat, sleep, watch a movie, read a book and stand your watches. Get's a bit boring after a while. I try to workout, but I hate working out in the engine room, so if the deck is awash, I don't workout. I have, however, been doing pushups on my night watch. I'm doing 20 every hour x 8 hours/day. Occasionally I'll take a day off to rest my boobs, but so far, I've done a crap-load of pushups and seeing good results... I'm already jumping up one cup size. :-)
Anyhow, I'm babbling and should probably go make some rounds and ensure that the gen sets aren't spewing diesel all over the engine room. more later.