Still Plugging Away in Vallejo, But a New Tale of Adventure and Woe on the High Seas

My fresh water replumbing job was 75% done yesterday, today it’s 50% and even that took a couple of hours. Suffice to say that the floor of closet now looks like Charlie Kruger took to it with a chain saw. No pictures, since many who read this are carpenters or at last know how toContinue reading “Still Plugging Away in Vallejo, But a New Tale of Adventure and Woe on the High Seas”

Getting the Show on the Road

The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Having gotten my toothache taken care of by having a root canal the first evening I was back in Huatulco, I was finally felling pretty good. The previous 5 days were a whirlwind of: pain, getting things done in NY, flying to southern MexicoContinue reading “Getting the Show on the Road”

Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017

I had planned on giving a presentation at the Rendezvous, but it’s not to be. So, here is the outline.  I will post this on my blog, DauntlessatSea.com I have also posted, somewhat unedited, three galleries of pictures, you need to use these links: The most recent videos from the Atlantic crossing, https://dauntless.smugmug.com/Dauntless-Atlantic-2016-Videos/n-ddh7xF/ My northernContinue reading “Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017”

I Fixed My Watch

I’ve dropped my watch a number of times on my tile floor.  A couple of times, the crystal has popped off.  Just pressuring it back on was simple. Then, once the face also came off, as well as the minute hand.  That took a bit more effort and thought to put straight. Two weeks ago,Continue reading “I Fixed My Watch”

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

I left the marina finally. Southern Costa Rica is like Vietnam, hot, 30° and humid.  Maybe more humid.  But that thought prompted me to check the latest obs from VVTS, Tansonnhat Int’l. Nope, their morning dew point is 77°, while it was only 72° this morning in Golfito. In any case, after the stress of leavingContinue reading “Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water”

An Opportunity

The plan is coming together. With my new USCG Document clutched in my sweaty hand, Dauntless and I will get underway in July. It will be three months of moving north to winter in northern Mexico.  So, the trip that started in Ireland a year ago will come to a close this fall. But IContinue reading “An Opportunity”

Dauntless Redux

Just in case you missed it, here are the pictures of Dauntless, before and after her winter in Ireland. It was a transformative time! When I get back to Dauntless in a couple of weeks, it will be time to get her wet again. Then, just days later, we will take the first steps inContinue reading “Dauntless Redux”

There, But for the Grace of God, Go I

While I was stressing about my scratch, I got an email that referred me to this link about Ghost Rider, a Nordhavn 47. http://mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com/2016/09/08-aug-ghost-rider-down.html It’s a heart wrenching story; difficult enough to live though, probably even harder to write about. So that ended my pity party pretty quick. I had a close call with aContinue reading “There, But for the Grace of God, Go I”

The Smell of Nothing

Was never so sweet. Just picked up 2411 liters, 637 gallons, of gas oil, a.k.a diesel.  That’s 4533 pounds of fuel, added to the 400 pounds she already had.  Dauntless now sits a few inches lower than before, but looks ready to go. And the engine room smells as sweet as ever, with no fuelContinue reading “The Smell of Nothing”

Waterford, Ireland – Day 22

The biggest sigh of relief; bigger than having crossed an ocean. I know it’s hard to believe, but think about it.  Boat yards have far more scary unknowns than oceans!  I knew I would cross the Atlantic in 4 weeks; Dauntless in the boat yard?  Boat yards are the Hotel California for boats; many enterContinue reading “Waterford, Ireland – Day 22”

Southbound and Down

Day 16 – 19 Scotland to S.E. Ireland, Kilmore Quay We are running before the wind. Our planned stop, at a marina just north of Dublin, has been scrubbed. With northerly winds increasing in strength, it seems best to continue due south, instead of turning southwest towards shore.  Winds are 18 gusting to 30. WeContinue reading “Southbound and Down”

Why I Am Not Afraid

  Being in the New Ross Boat Yard daily, now in the spring, almost daily I run into people who ask me about our passage across the Atlantic.  They always ask if I was ever afraid.  Yes, inwardly I do roll my eyes, but now I have my answer down rote, I was never afraid,Continue reading “Why I Am Not Afraid”