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”

Cruising Costs of a 42 foot Kadey Krogen

Having some time on my hands for another couple of weeks, I thought I would share with everyone what the Cruising Costs have been for Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen Motor yacht over the last two years. I’ve broken out the numbers, so for instance, if you only go to a marina 10% ofContinue reading “Cruising Costs of a 42 foot Kadey Krogen”

I Paid the Ferryman Before He Got Me to the Other Side

Yes, I know; “don’t pay the ferryman until get gets you to the other side!” How many times have I heard that sage advice in the last 30 years, certainly more than a thousand! But you know me, follow convention, but with a twist. OK maybe more than a twist.  Maybe simply unconventional, so ofContinue reading “I Paid the Ferryman Before He Got Me to the Other Side”

Baltic Recap

I’ve written about many aspects of the Dauntless’ Summer Cruise 2015, the good, the bad and certainly the ugly.  How ugly I’ll find out next week.  But now, I thought I would share a few more mundane issues that I think will be of interest. Let me say up front, that if you have anyContinue reading “Baltic Recap”

Quest for the Real Danish

And to think it only cost $17,000! Well I suppose our Baltic Cruise did have other objectives, but let’s not minimize my fondness for morning baked goods, in particular Danish. Now, you all know the capital of the Danish; no, not Copenhagen, but New York.  And of course, we are talking about the morning pastry,Continue reading “Quest for the Real Danish”

And We Never Spoke of it Again

Just when you thought it safe to reenter the water… Waking up in the now Polish town of Swinoujscie, I had two problems to solve; one more vexing than the other. But first, let’s talk about Swinoujscie, gateway to the Baltic and until 1945, a German city, aka Swinemünde.  With the looks of an oldContinue reading “And We Never Spoke of it Again”

A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings

It’s been an eventful few days.  Now into Day 5 of our 8 day Cruising Association’s 2015 Baltic Rally, having all those sail boats around keeps you on your toes.  The winds had been howling since Wednesday.  Therefore it was decided to remain in Kröslin until Saturday morning. But I needed to be in Ueckermünde,Continue reading “A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings”

Italy, Holland, Germany and the Tower Incident

Sort of like the “Bedford Incident” but without Sidney Poitier, or a submarine or the drama, but let’s start at the end. So, I just had a little conversation with the conductor of the train taking Ivan to Berlin for his plane to Venezia.  The fact that I could have this conversation in German remindsContinue reading “Italy, Holland, Germany and the Tower Incident”

Germany, A Few Thoughts and Bugaboos Too

Yesterday, we arrived at the harbor of Stralsund at 23:15.  Jeremy from the Cruising Association was ready, waving a flashlight so I knew where to go and I cannot tell you how relieved I was having that last uncertainty removed. We had D tied up and engine off in 10 minutes, surely a record. SaturdayContinue reading “Germany, A Few Thoughts and Bugaboos Too”

Deutschland

Well my faith has been renewed in the human race or at least my decision making whichever is lessor. We had an uneventful night passage from Lauwersoog in Friesland, the Netherlands to Cuxhaven Germany. Unlike the English Channel, which really whipped my ass, the currents north of the Frisian Islands were as advertised; we gotContinue reading “Deutschland”

Dauntless Cruise Plan – Baltic 2015

Well folks, as we get closer and closer to summer, the moss in growing under my feet, so it’s getting time to move on.  As initially planned a few years ago, this summer will be spent in the Baltic.  The attached picture shows the tentative route from our departure from Waterford in late May toContinue reading “Dauntless Cruise Plan – Baltic 2015”

Italy, Germans, the Euro, the Lire and the Road to Moscow*

*Al Stewart’s haunting song about the last time the Germans were in charge. Now you’re asking yourself, what does this have to do with Dauntless and how are events from 75 years ago applicable to today.  Having Dauntless in Europe, gives me the freedom to visit my friends in Italy at a more leisurely paceContinue reading “Italy, Germans, the Euro, the Lire and the Road to Moscow*”