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”

Everything is Swell

In one of my recent posts I talked about my use of Windy.com and how much I like the GUI they have developed. It’s an easy way to look at the two-main worldwide weather forecasting numerical models, the GFS and the ECMWF. Almost a year ago today, I wrote the post “The Atlantic is aContinue reading “Everything is Swell”

Tet – It’s Not a Holiday, It’s an Adventure

Yesterday as I was watching my girlfriend Trinh prepare the food at her grandmother’s grave, I realized how much my perspective has changed since crossing the Atlantic. I accept a level of uncertainly, magnitudes above, what I would have been comfortable with even 10 years ago. The cemetery is about 20 minutes from Trinh’s mother’sContinue reading “Tet – It’s Not a Holiday, It’s an Adventure”

What I Need

As spring gets closer and closer, I’m watching the weather daily.  I know what I want, but the light wind conditions may only last a couple of days, while I need a week plus. In the last weeks, the more I have thought of this, the more I am thinking of getting north as bestContinue reading “What I Need”

Curiosity

As I flit from place to place, I wonder what drives me. After all, crossing oceans, flying from continent to continent, costs time and money. “Is it worth it?” I’ve asked myself that question many times, not only since Dauntless entered my life but well before it. In the summer of 1970, I worked drivingContinue reading “Curiosity”

Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing

I know I’ve not been writing for a while.  Without being on Dauntless, my life is not as colorful or at least I’m not talking about it as much. While perusing Trawler forum and Cruiser Forum, I came across the story of the two women picked up off of Japan: https://unreasonablydangerousonionrings.com/2017/10/31/19-reasons-this-survival-story-smells-fishy/ It did get meContinue reading “Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing”

2016 & 2017 Pictures and Videos of Dauntless in Action

I thought I should share with everyone the pictures and videos I’ve taken on Dauntless in the last year. The gallery pictures are in ascending chronological order. Some of you may know and already have seen some of these pictures, but the most recent Galleries are now public: Dauntless 2017 Panama Canal Dauntless Crosses theContinue reading “2016 & 2017 Pictures and Videos of Dauntless in Action”

Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017

I had planned on giving a presentation at the Rendezvous, but it’s not to be. So, here is the outline.  I will post this on my blog, DauntlessatSea.com I have also posted, somewhat unedited, three galleries of pictures, you need to use these links: The most recent videos from the Atlantic crossing, https://dauntless.smugmug.com/Dauntless-Atlantic-2016-Videos/n-ddh7xF/ My northernContinue reading “Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017”

I Fixed My Watch

I’ve dropped my watch a number of times on my tile floor.  A couple of times, the crystal has popped off.  Just pressuring it back on was simple. Then, once the face also came off, as well as the minute hand.  That took a bit more effort and thought to put straight. Two weeks ago,Continue reading “I Fixed My Watch”

The Best Laid Plans

Perseverance, in the face of very adverse situations, being bored almost to tears or dealing with unimaginably stupid, selfish adults, has gotten me to many of my most important goals in my life: four university degrees, meteorologist, science teacher, high school principal, Dauntless and certainly crossing the Atlantic, now twice. But it has also gottenContinue reading “The Best Laid Plans”

Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!

Be aware, but not paranoid. If you are worried about everything, you will drive yourself and crew crazy. You need to be able to separate the likely from the remote. Be vigilant, but you can’t watch everything.  An hour from home, you can afford in indulge your paranoia, in the middle of the Atlantic, indulgencesContinue reading “Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!”