2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things

First, I’m still alive, though it was a close call. No, it wasn’t Covid-19, but something far worse, boredom. I hate being bored and perversely, the less I do, the less I want to do. Thus, my creative energy that it takes to write these blogs or make YouTube videos seems to have gone intoContinue reading “2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things”

Our Alaska Wedding

Trinh & Richard’s Alaska Wedding tells the story of our meeting in Vietnam and Trinh’s (aka Tee) and Thien’s arrival in the USA and Alaska With some still shots of us in Vietnam, the videos are of on Dauntless cruising between Ketchikan and Tenakee Warm Springs, Alaska, where we got married on 17 August 2019.

A Wild Ride Outbound on the Columbia River Bar

The cold weather finally broke last week, returning Southeast Alaska to more seasonal temperatures, in the 30’s and 40’s. The warmup came just in time, last week was a trying week for me. In the course of a few days, I managed to fry something in my Heart Inverter and flood my Wallas DT40 heater.Continue reading “A Wild Ride Outbound on the Columbia River Bar”

Leave the Dance With the One You Brung

I wrote a story for the winter Kadey Krogen magazine, Waypoints. People occasionally ask me why KK or weren’t you afraid? etc., so I ended up writing a story that was tryly heartfelt. More than heartfelt, it distilled feelings that have only gotten stronger after 6 years and 25,000 miles. In a few years, whenContinue reading “Leave the Dance With the One You Brung”

On a Roll

Yesterday, I completed two things on the nice to do list: replacement of the Raritan water heater anode and replacement of a terminal block for my 120-volt neutral circuits in the engine room distribution panel. After two months, I’ve finally hit my stride and actually feel confident in what I am doing. That manifested itselfContinue reading “On a Roll”

What’s Done So Far

Slowly, but surely progress is being made. I have completed the following: Installation of outside LED rows and inside wiring, Amazon LED Link Added another power line for the pilot house electrical panel and also added an additional ground, Replaced the terminal block for the 120v system neutrals in the engine room distribution panel, ReplacedContinue reading “What’s Done So Far”

That’s Done

With the completion of Ti’s visa interview, a goal more than two years in the making, is done. Waking up the next day, the feeling of thank god that’s done, cannot be ignored. Much like euphoria I felt waking up in Castletownbere, on the southeast coast of Ireland on the last days of August 2015,Continue reading “That’s Done”

Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better

This was written in June 2016, but never published. The recent Trawler Forum post about paravanes made me look for what I had written already and discovered I had never published this. So , here it is. June 11, 2016 – The Pacific Rim or Less is Not Always Safer While the Pacific Rim is myContinue reading “Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better”

Hindsight is Not Always 20-20

Despite my accomplishments this past year, another 2500 miles behind me, the Golden Gate in front of me, the Baja bash, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean, behind me, I wonder if I did not make some big mistake. For not the first time, I wondered about my sudden decision to flee northern Europe two yearsContinue reading “Hindsight is Not Always 20-20”

Third Time is the Charm, I Hope

As of Tuesday evening,  we are planning to try to get to Magdalena Bay, 130nm, tomorrow. Our third try in the last 9 days. Though even at that, we will probably we stuck there for three days over the weekend, as another period of very strong (15 to 25 kts) winds is forecast to hitContinue reading “Third Time is the Charm, I Hope”

Return to Huatulco

I could call this, Mexico Just Works, at least this part. As international trips of 3,000+ miles go, this was by far one of the easiest ever! 13 hours after wake-up at oh-dark-thirty, I was being dropped off at my hotel in Huatulco. Hotel Balcon Gueela turned out to be a really nice, comfortable placeContinue reading “Return to Huatulco”

Plans and Goals

One needs to have a good plan to accomplish the goal, but sometimes, life happens, plans change and maybe the goal too. The rub is, it’s even easier to change the goal, then to make a better plan for the circumstances. But changing goals is a slippery slope; so easy to do, but before youContinue reading “Plans and Goals”