Cruising on Dauntless

But before talk about the upcoming cruise 2016 and & 2017, we need to take a step back and look at what for me, made this summer so successful, my friends/crew who joined me and made the trip fun and interesting. With Julie’s limited cruising time, but with us wanting to take advantage of seeing asContinue reading “Cruising on Dauntless”

Baltic Recap

I’ve written about many aspects of the Dauntless’ Summer Cruise 2015, the good, the bad and certainly the ugly.  How ugly I’ll find out next week.  But now, I thought I would share a few more mundane issues that I think will be of interest. Let me say up front, that if you have anyContinue reading “Baltic Recap”

Quest for the Real Danish

And to think it only cost $17,000! Well I suppose our Baltic Cruise did have other objectives, but let’s not minimize my fondness for morning baked goods, in particular Danish. Now, you all know the capital of the Danish; no, not Copenhagen, but New York.  And of course, we are talking about the morning pastry,Continue reading “Quest for the Real Danish”

Dauntless Summer 2015 Summary of Expenses & Fuel Consumption

This is the table for our Summer 2015 Baltic Sea Cruise on Dauntless OK.  Sorry about the black background, but I have spent too many hours today just f…ing with this “picture” imported from Excel via Word. Some of the things that jump out at me: While the Fuel cost was a third of totalContinue reading “Dauntless Summer 2015 Summary of Expenses & Fuel Consumption”

Coming Full Circle

30 September 2015, 13:10 hours, we passed the track off of Dunmore East that we had made leaving Ireland 4 months and 5 days earlier on the 25th of May. As I motored slowly up the River Suir, it is impossible to describe my feelings.  Much like crossing the Atlantic, this was another 4,000 nm,Continue reading “Coming Full Circle”

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

If you have been following Dauntless at Share.Delorme.com/Dauntless then you already know the outcome, since this blog is on a tape delay.  That way there is no chance of a wardrobe malfunction. Though I want to share some reflections of the last few days: While it took three iterations of the Plan, the last planContinue reading “I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”

Surrounded by Giant Behemoths

And the long night just started. Plan B did not last very long.  Once it got dark, surrounded by giant behemoths, I knew I needed a new plan, ummm let me think, let’s call it Plan C. So let’s recap: Plan A. Run for 12 hours, stop for 12 hours, do this for three days straight.Continue reading “Surrounded by Giant Behemoths”

Three Days; Three Plans

Day one started absolutely gorgeous. Evidently this is the reward for being patient and getting the things done yesterday that needed to be done: Complete bus heater installation Replace port side Racor fuel filter Replace both engine fuel filters Open the starboard tank, yet again and clean out Change the starboard tank vent line ByContinue reading “Three Days; Three Plans”

Some People Are Just Slow Learners

Really slow. But let’s start out on a more positive note! And I’m posting a number of writings at once for who knows when I will have internet again after tomorrow, Day 4 out of Stockholm, 31 August 2015, Grey skies, flat sea I awoke in the little cove of Rödskär to grey skies andContinue reading “Some People Are Just Slow Learners”

Why All’s Well that Ends Well

Day 3 Out of Stockholm I awoke this morning to broken altocumulus with altostratus mostly to the east and north.  It had just rained a bit.   Altostratus is a sign of a frontal system, but the pressure is still relatively high, so the weak rain probably indicates a weak front, maybe even just an upperContinue reading “Why All’s Well that Ends Well”

Dauntless’ Retreat from the Baltic and Return to Ireland.

Day 1 Leaving Stockholm – Debacle Averted – Barely Note: I will probably try to have something written for each day.  But getting them uploaded is a whole different story. After seeing Leonie and Martin off, I proceeded to get the boat ready to depart, but was in no real hurry.  I’ve realized that noContinue reading “Dauntless’ Retreat from the Baltic and Return to Ireland.”

The Crater

So, on day three of the cruise through the Finnish hinterland, we had come up with a slightly revised plan. Leonie and Martin needed to take the train to the airport from either Stockholm or Kalmar, the latter being two hours closer, by train!.  The problem is that two hours on the train is twoContinue reading “The Crater”