Busy Baby

That’s been me these last few months. Dauntless is now sitting on the hard (hauled out of the water) and waiting to have her bottom painted. She’s not happy; no good boat ever is having been hauled out of their element, literally as well as figuratively.  She’s probably thinking, why did you fill me to almost bursting with fuel if we’re not going anyplace! Let’s get this f…ing show on the road.  Umm, almost sounds like my mother.

Dauntless on the Hard at Port Edgewood
Dauntless on the Hard at Port Edgewood

So, I thought I would be a good time to recap, thank some people who really helped and share the details of the work and the outfitting of our now antsy Kadey Krogen.

Current Plan

Version 328.4  I’ll be in Providence until  mid-July, at which point, head up to Gloucester, top up the tanks and wait for a weather window to allow us to head northeast or east. If NE, then stopping at St. John’s to top up tanks again, then probably direct Iceland, or Scotland or Ireland.  If the NE track is not optimum, then southeast to the Azores and on to Galicia or Portugal.

We have an InReach Sat phone, so you will be able to following our progress every 10 minutes!

Thanks to some Great Friends and Crew

We’re about ready. But this trip has only been made possible with the help and advice of a number of friends, crew and forum buddies, who have make this possible.

I’ve had three great crew mates in the last year.  John, who came with me from Providence to North Carolina in November.  Chantal, who was with me December and January from Florida to the Bahamas and Richard, (if you’re thinking I am talking about myself again, in the regal third person, I’m not, there really is another Richard, who by the way, just bought a beautiful 40’ Endeavor sailboat yesterday). Richard spent two months with me in Miami and really worked hard to make Dauntless shine.  I learned something from each of them and they all diligent and treated Dauntless like it was theirs.

Dave Arnold also works on this boat also like it’s his own.  John Gear of Kadey Krogen, who I met when Dauntless was just a gleam in our eyes and has been a real supportive friend ever since.

Parks, at Hopkins Carter Marine in Miami, found me a refuge when I needed one and I have found his store to be extremely competitive price wise with even the big marine on-line places and I have continued to make most of my purchases thru his store, this spring.

Parks, is just one of a number of friends I’ve met through Trawler Forum.  Ed and Rosa, two more fantastic people, who were always available to help while I was in Miami, even while planning their own exciting trip to Cuba.  Paul, my Maine friend, who also was there for me in Miami, as well as Courtney and Penny and Larry and Lena.

Larry and Lena also have a KK42 only a few months older than Dauntless.  Larry has answered numerous questions, yes, some of them really obvious and he always pushes me into the right direction.  Every time I do a wash and dry, I am reminded of the last minute call I made to Larry, asking if I really had to swap out my current washer dryer.  He got me over my cold feet and now I have a large extra storage area under the Splendide combo, which sure came in handy as I had to pull more cables from pilot house to Engine room the other day.

Lastly, my New York friends, Samantha, Wil & Liz and Val, who were there for me when I really needed them and really did help me get this show on the road for the first time.

In the coming week, I will post the details of each major change and its effect.  Also, will pass along contact info so you can watch our progress across the Atlantic.

 

Published by Richard on Dauntless

I’m an eclectic person, who grew up in New York, lived overseas for many years and have a boat, Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen trawler yacht. Dauntless enables me to not only live in many different parts of the world, but to do it in a way that is interesting, affordable, with the added spice of a challenge. Dauntless also allows me to be in touch with nature. As the boat glides through the ocean, you have a sense of being part of a living organism. When dolphins come to frolic, they stay longer if you are out there talking to them, watching them. Birds come by, sometimes looking for a handout; sometimes grateful to find a respite from their long journey. I grew up on the New York waterfront, in the West Village, when everything west of Hudson St. was related to shipping and cargo from around the world. For a kid, it was an exciting place of warehouses, trucks, and working boats of all kinds: tugs and the barges and ships, cargo and passenger, they were pushing around. My father was an electrical engineer, my mother an intellectual, I fell in between. I have always been attracted to Earth’s natural processes, the physical sciences. I was in 8th grade when I decided to be a Meteorologist. After my career in meteorology, my natural interest in earth sciences: geology, astronomy, geography, earth history, made it a natural for me to become a science teacher in New York City, when I moved back to the Big Apple. Teaching led to becoming a high school principal to have the power to truly help kids learn and to be successful not only in school but in life. Dauntless is in western Europe now. In May and June, I will be wrapping up the last two years in northern Europe, heading south to spend the rest of the year in Spain & Portugal. Long term, I’m planning on returning to North American in the fall of 2017 and from there continuing to head west until we’re in Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, where we will settle for a bit. But now, my future lies not in NY or even Europe, but back to the water, where at night, when the winds die down, there is no noise, only the silence of the universe. I feel like I am at home, finally.

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