The Rest of the Story

Larry had returned to Alaska also, so when I got back to Dauntless on the 24th. I’d be taking her the last 400 miles of this 2000+ mile trip to Vallejo on my own. I had a plane ticket to leave Sacramento on 3 July to Austin. Assuming I had to arrive on the 2nd,Continue reading “The Rest of the Story”

Time Waits for No One

I was on schedule, the one I’d made month’s earlier. It was June 10th. 460 nm to go to our winter home of Vallejo, close compared to only a month ago, but now time was getting compressed. My hard, drop dead dates were also much closer.  July 6th was the hardest one, my flight fromContinue reading “Time Waits for No One”

Dauntless Returns to the USA

Dauntless returned to the USA on June 9, 2018; four years after she left Cape Cod, Mass. I left with Julie and came back with Larry, an interesting swap. But it’s nice to share special moments with special people and I’ve known Larry since we met on T-3 in 1973. He’s good crew. He knowsContinue reading “Dauntless Returns to the USA”

Third Time is the Charm; But it Wasn’t Easy

After arriving on the southern tip of Baja California May 9th, two weeks later we are faintly getting out of this tourist trap. Oh, Cabo, or better yet, Cabo Falso, has finally loosened her grip on us to to us pass. My two previous attempts were unpleasant at best, more like miserable. And on eachContinue reading “Third Time is the Charm; But it Wasn’t Easy”

What I’m Really Afraid Of?

Just when I thought I had the Plan, I read a story about drug driven crime spreading to the west coast of Mexico. Manzanillo, one of my planed stops, was prominently mentioned. Where does that leave me? Besides the obvious, afraid! Last summer I had a detailed plan to cruise up the coast of Mexico,Continue reading “What I’m Really Afraid Of?”

Planning – It Ain’t for the Faint Hearted

As I sit in my 10th floor apartment in Ho Chi Minh City, a.k.a. Saigon, the People’s Republic of Vietnam this balmy January 2018, writing these words, I think back one year.  I was in Martinique, in the Lessor Antilles, luxuriating in having just completed a harder than expected crossing of the Atlantic from NorthContinue reading “Planning – It Ain’t for the Faint Hearted”

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”

My Father’s Son

I am my father’s son. I do like the finer things in life. Too bad we see these things so late in life.  When the Buddha referred to enlightenment, he probably meant just that, old enough  to be over youthful  self-centeredness to now have the vision to see those things around us as they trulyContinue reading “My Father’s Son”

A Two Hour Cruise Took Five

And it was a wild ride! Day 08 St. Helier, Jersey to Port St. Peter, Guernsey Originally, I had planned the route in a most course fashion, just looking at the distance between the islands of Jersey and Guernsey and seeing the number “10” in my mind.  10 nm no problem; two hours. So weContinue reading “A Two Hour Cruise Took Five”

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”