What I’ve Learned from Crossing Oceans

Well, it would probably take a book I’m too lazy to write. But as I sit here in the sweltering heat of Mexico, air conditioning or lack thereof has become my number one concern. Having spent two years in Northern Europe, AC was the least of my concerns.  So last year when cruising south, onceContinue reading “What I’ve Learned from Crossing Oceans”

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”

The Last 7 Days

A video of the morning after. If I’ve learned nothing in the last 60 years, it’s that I need 6 to 7 hours sleep on a routine basis to not get into a sleep deficit.  The watches on this passage were set up to facilitate that. In spite of the drama I like instilling inContinue reading “The Last 7 Days”

Crisis in the Mid-Atlantic – How Can So Few Chickens Make So Much Noise

A long day is ending, but crossing an ocean, there is no rest for the weary. This video shows the view from the fly bridge looking aft as we were topping up the hydraulic fluid after my first temporary repair. Of course, I had been looking at the manual for the helm and Auto-Pilot.  TheyContinue reading “Crisis in the Mid-Atlantic – How Can So Few Chickens Make So Much Noise”

Crisis in the Mid-Atlantic – The Chickens Come Home to Roost

 This video shows the day before, Dec 21st.  Even before the preventer stick broke (which you can see going form the fly beige rail to the middle of the paravane pole)  This is from the afternoon.  GIves you a nice idea of the seas. This is what we had plus or minus for 21 days.Continue reading “Crisis in the Mid-Atlantic – The Chickens Come Home to Roost”

Q & A After the Atlantic Crossing

My Friend Alfa Mike asked the following, so I thought I would share with everyone: >Do they speak a lot of English Language in Martinique or is it all French? some English, once in a while, you need to know some basic French. > What have you seen & experienced there? This past weekend, we droveContinue reading “Q & A After the Atlantic Crossing”

Go West, Young Man, Go West

OK, I’m not so young anymore; well at least not physically. Yesterday, I decided to tackle the laundry basket of papers, books, magazines and miscellaneous stuff that should have been thrown away last year.  OK, actually two laundry baskets, plus a few smaller bins. My bicycle was also part of the melee, the last timeContinue reading “Go West, Young Man, Go West”

Triad

So in the last weeks I have posted very little. I have written a lot; but getting it posted is another issue.  Issues related to no internet access or most recently just related to my lack of focus. I try to write all the time, at least every couple of days.  But as I re-readContinue reading “Triad”

A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings

It’s been an eventful few days.  Now into Day 5 of our 8 day Cruising Association’s 2015 Baltic Rally, having all those sail boats around keeps you on your toes.  The winds had been howling since Wednesday.  Therefore it was decided to remain in Kröslin until Saturday morning. But I needed to be in Ueckermünde,Continue reading “A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings”

Unexpected Noise is Never Good

I am striving to post twice a week.  Sometimes it will be more and sometimes less, but at a minimum I like to have a post out by Saturday morning.  I didn’t make it this week, because I’ve been sick with the flu or something these past few days, having absolutely no energy to doContinue reading “Unexpected Noise is Never Good”

A Far Better Day

I can see why satire is so effective; no, I did not sleep well, but I woke up in a far better mood and the simple fact is I am tied to the dock, so any problem is fixable.  Getting across an ocean helps the perspective. Larry, my Alaskan friend, along with his wife, Karla,Continue reading “A Far Better Day”

Dauntless Crosses the North Atlantic – The Post Mortem

The crux of a successful ocean passage Providence Rhode Island to Castletownbere, Ireland: 3624 nm, 6523 km.; 638 running hours Average speed 5.7 knots 1013 gallons of fuel consumed Average = 1.59 gal/hr. Average 3.6 nm/gal= 1.7 km/liter Cost of fuel $4000 Cost per nm = $1.1/nm Stuff that broke: Four Stories and lessons LearnedContinue reading “Dauntless Crosses the North Atlantic – The Post Mortem”