The Smell of Nothing

Was never so sweet. Just picked up 2411 liters, 637 gallons, of gas oil, a.k.a diesel.  That’s 4533 pounds of fuel, added to the 400 pounds she already had.  Dauntless now sits a few inches lower than before, but looks ready to go. And the engine room smells as sweet as ever, with no fuelContinue reading “The Smell of Nothing”

Waiting for Weather

Monday 21Z Update I keep on looking for excuses not to leave, but Mother Nature, continues to send warning signals that I best be on my way.  Right now, the best 42 hour window is from the 13th at 0300L, putting us just off of Brest on the 14th at 22L. A night time entry,Continue reading “Waiting for Weather”

The Great Battery Caper

After months of planning, thinking and just plain fretting, the batteries are in and Dauntless is no longer acting like a one legged duck. How do one legged ducks act you wonder? Without the engine running or being plugged into shore power, we had only a few minutes’ worth of electrical power. And I’d goContinue reading “The Great Battery Caper”

A Quickie in New York

I wish! But it was a quick trip, 5-days, to New York to tie up some loose ends. Some lines always need a good whipping. I also got to spend some time with some good friends, both new and old. And best of all, I ate Korean food 3x, Japanese 2x, pizza 2x and lastlyContinue reading “A Quickie in New York”

A Man with a Plan

  Well any number of plans; the current one, 15 months to Japan, now in the 29th day since its start date. But like all plans, a plan is good only until first contact with the enemy.  For Dauntless it’s headwinds, or better said, for Richard it’s the hobby horse ride headwinds produce on Dauntless. Continue reading “A Man with a Plan”

Waterford, Ireland – Day 22

The biggest sigh of relief; bigger than having crossed an ocean. I know it’s hard to believe, but think about it.  Boat yards have far more scary unknowns than oceans!  I knew I would cross the Atlantic in 4 weeks; Dauntless in the boat yard?  Boat yards are the Hotel California for boats; many enterContinue reading “Waterford, Ireland – Day 22”

Southbound and Down

Day 16 – 19 Scotland to S.E. Ireland, Kilmore Quay We are running before the wind. Our planned stop, at a marina just north of Dublin, has been scrubbed. With northerly winds increasing in strength, it seems best to continue due south, instead of turning southwest towards shore.  Winds are 18 gusting to 30. WeContinue reading “Southbound and Down”

Why I Am Not Afraid

  Being in the New Ross Boat Yard daily, now in the spring, almost daily I run into people who ask me about our passage across the Atlantic.  They always ask if I was ever afraid.  Yes, inwardly I do roll my eyes, but now I have my answer down rote, I was never afraid,Continue reading “Why I Am Not Afraid”

Dauntless Cruise Plan 2016-17 Europe to Asia

Make the Plan, Do the Plan. So here is the plan.  The first four months show little change, but after I get back from the USA in mid-October it will be a lot of cruising. Previously I had decided to stay in Europe this coming year, but life happens and circumstances change. Therefore, In NovemberContinue reading “Dauntless Cruise Plan 2016-17 Europe to Asia”

PassageMaker versus Aviation Week

Should be a no brainer.  AW was my old life; PM my new one.  I love reading about boats, cruising in boats, living on boats and of course, crossing oceans on small boats. Now, this article in PM about another Kadey Krogen 42 is a great story. http://www.passagemaker.com/articles/cruiser-reviews/refit/moveable-feast-a-restored-kadey-krogen-with-a-culinary-core/ This boat, in the above article, wasContinue reading “PassageMaker versus Aviation Week”