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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Travelers & Just Say Yes

We are in Lemmer this morning.  A town on the Ijsselmeer in the beginning of Friesland, which has a really Dutch flavor. We’ve decided to stay here two nights, and will even move the boat into the inner harbor. I like showing our colors.  The liberalism of my youth was quickly extinguished once I movedContinue reading “Travelers & Just Say Yes”