Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska

The last months, Ti got to calling me “mister chess”, which replaced “mister com’on” as her main moniker for me. I earned mister com’on, by being ready to leave the house sooner than she and saying com’on, let’s go a bit too much. She learned to give me a 10-minute delay, “Don’t come down toContinue reading “Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska”

Teamwork

It’s 20:30 hours. I had a glorious day in all aspects. The weather could not have been better, 72°, light breeze. Dauntless is under the roof, no problems with sun or rain. Of the two projects I started out this morning to get done: one’s done and the other two are almost done. But thisContinue reading “Teamwork”

Maretron or Not

For a little, non-electronic boat, I sure love my Maretron data. I have 9 modules: two to communicate with everything else, (USB, IPG) and the N2K Viewer two for the fresh water tanks, (TLM), one solid state compass, (SSC), one GPS, (GPS), one depth sounder with paddle wheel and lastly, (DST), the love of myContinue reading “Maretron or Not”

Self-Reliance

People tell me how brave I am to cross oceans in a little boat like my 42-foot Kadey Krogen. That’s a sentiment that always makes my uncomfortable. I know I’m not brave and I hate fixing things because I suck at it. But I’m prepared, and I pride myself on being self-reliant. That self-reliance trumpsContinue reading “Self-Reliance”

Who Can Say No to Hitchhiking Boobies?

Certainly not me. The stop in Xtapa gave me a chance to reboot my mind. It was fitting that the trip ended at the same high stress level as just after leaving Huatulco. Having to enter a strange harbor and marina at night is always stressful. My depth perception is askew. Everything seems significantly closerContinue reading “Who Can Say No to Hitchhiking Boobies?”

Forests & Oceans

Seattle Not the first place I communed with nature (is that now illegal?), but a most special place.  The University of Washington had a grove that was surrounded by trees, where the original columns of the University were located.  Since this grove was not a shortcut to anyplace, it was secluded and on a campusContinue reading “Forests & Oceans”