Wind and Waves

Now that you hopefully have a better understanding of following seas, let’s define a few more terms and procedures. If I say the winds are westerly, that means they are from the west.  Generally I speak of wind direction in relation to the direction we are trying to go.  So, for example, when we leftContinue reading “Wind and Waves”

Following Seas

Our passage from Nova Scotia started out perfectly, with northwesterly winds (meaning they are from the NW and since we were going southeast, they were directly behind us, the so called “following sea”), almost pushing us. Perfect for Dauntless as she handles waves from behind very well. Before our purchase of Dauntless, my research hadContinue reading “Following Seas”

The Ocean is So Blue

This surprised us.  Having been in the Bahamas this winter, when the water as not so deep, it was so blue, like you are looking at a swimming pool.  But the deeper parts, like “Tongue of the Ocean” where the water is over 5,000 feet deep, the water is a dark navy blue color. So,Continue reading “The Ocean is So Blue”

It’s Showtime

.OK, Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the time has finally come to get this show on the road Dauntless is loaded, (I wish I was) and most stuff is put away, well, at least on the outside of the boat. After more than 5 years of dreaming, hoping, wishing, planning, reading and even someContinue reading “It’s Showtime”

Dauntless – It’s Not Just a Name

An Update After 5 years of planning, reading, thinking, asking, listening and worrying, we are just days away from leaving Thanks to Parks and the cat, at Hopkins-Carter, I got a great deal on a whole bunch of stuff, including a Digital Yacht Class B AIS Transponder, which just went live minutes ago.  http://www.hopkins-carter.com/ IContinue reading “Dauntless – It’s Not Just a Name”

How I almost Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory or When a Shortcut, Isn’t!

Chubb Cay to Dollar Harbour, 30 January 2014, Thursday, It’s Oh Dark Thirty, really, 3:00 a.m.  If I want to get to Cat Cay today, it’s 76 nm @ 6.5 knots, that’s 12 hours, plus the usual hour of hijinks, so I either leave now or drive in the dark. Since for the first few hoursContinue reading “How I almost Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory or When a Shortcut, Isn’t!”