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”

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?”

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 Eventful Passage

Only an hour and a half after leaving the wonderful little stop of Marina Chahue, Dauntless’ winter home, we were underway once again. I wanted nothing more than an uneventful passage. I was so appreciative of Mark and Brian stepping up and volunteering as crew, so I wanted them to have a good time tooContinue reading “An Eventful Passage”

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 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”