Seasickness

Getting or not getting “seasick” is a subject I have been meaning to write about for quite awhile now. I had partially addressed it in the excerpt below which I published two years ago. But I never made the follow-up post of my reflections on the subject and conclusions after the three month and 5,000-mileContinue reading “Seasickness”

Atlantic Passage 2016 Videos

I am writing a piece on getting seasick and I wanted to include some of the videos I had made just before I got sick. My point being that I’m not sure it is seasickness per se. In looking for the videos, I realized that while I had posted a link to them in myContinue reading “Atlantic Passage 2016 Videos”

Catastrophizing at Sea

I’m currently visiting my friends for 40+ years in northeastern Italy, in a little town called Budoia. At the very foot of the Dolomites (a portion of the Alps), I first came here while stationed at Aviano Air Base in 1976. Last night, while returning relatively late, it turned out, in spite of having allContinue reading “Catastrophizing at Sea”

Two Types of Boaters

Two More Projects Down; 37 to Go Now, there are two types of boaters. There are those who have few parts, but they are well organized and whenever they need something, they always have just what they need. Best of all, they have very few extra pieces, everything being stored in a few 2-liter containers.Continue reading “Two Types of Boaters”

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”

Plugging Away in Vallejo

Having dedicated these days to the three dozen items on my winter to-do checklist, I hardly have time to write this blog. So, I’ll just have to add this to the list. So, I figured I’d make goal, nice and high,  like 25%. What? You were expecting 110%? I’m not one of those super achieversContinue reading “Plugging Away in Vallejo”

The Dauntless Fuel System

After three days in Xtapa, I was getting ready to go again. The night before departure, I topped up all our fluids, both oil and coolant were down, since we had those repairs the days earlier. While they were topped up upon completion of those repairs, it takes running time for air to work outContinue reading “The Dauntless Fuel System”

The Saga of the Katadyn Watermaker

The passage from Huatulco to Xtapa was eventful in many ways. The Katadyn 160 Water maker, made in Switzerland, has been a stalwart since installation four years ago, in 2014. It’s simple, which attracted me to it. No gauges, no bells, no whistles, no back flushing, no nothing. When doing long distance cruising, the moreContinue reading “The Saga of the Katadyn Watermaker”

An Auspicious Start

Ever have those situations when the yellow/red flags are waving, and you spend all your time trying to decide if the flag is yellow or red? Instead of wondering what’s causing the flag to wave in the first place?? Welcome to my world. Brian and Mark arrived Sunday, the 29th of April. I was aContinue reading “An Auspicious Start”

The Dingy Fiasco part 2

As the winds finally let up after 10 days to let us get out of the tourist hell that is Cabo San Lucas, I was optimistic that having a functional dingy would give us increased stopping opportunities. One of the key factors in deciding to burn money staying at the marina in Cabo for $100Continue reading “The Dingy Fiasco part 2”

The Dingy Fiasco part 1

It’s hard to believe that I have 5+ years and 20,000+ miles under my belt. I don’t. Why, you wonder? Oh, the routine things, those daily tasks or almost daily takes, are easy. It was in Germany when I lost my bow thruster. That was at the beginning of our 2015 Baltic Adventure. Seems likeContinue reading “The Dingy Fiasco part 1”

Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!

Be aware, but not paranoid. If you are worried about everything, you will drive yourself and crew crazy. You need to be able to separate the likely from the remote. Be vigilant, but you can’t watch everything.  An hour from home, you can afford in indulge your paranoia, in the middle of the Atlantic, indulgencesContinue reading “Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!”