The Day of Reckoning

Who said old dogs can’t learn new tricks! By Friday, the weather still looked good. That evening, I told my crew, Tee and Thien, that they could sleep late. I could get off on my own, but they needed to be ready for action by 09:00 sharp and they needed to be prepared to spendContinue reading “The Day of Reckoning”

Breakup Sex

Quick update. I now have on my You Tube Channel the video that does with this blog post. It’s here Vlog 13 20190704 , The roughest 3 minutes crossing the Columbia Bar and the aftermath Enjoy I was shocked to see that I had not written any blog posts in weeks. I certainly wrote a considerableContinue reading “Breakup Sex”

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”

What’s Done So Far

Slowly, but surely progress is being made. I have completed the following: Installation of outside LED rows and inside wiring, Amazon LED Link Added another power line for the pilot house electrical panel and also added an additional ground, Replaced the terminal block for the 120v system neutrals in the engine room distribution panel, ReplacedContinue reading “What’s Done So Far”

Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back

Why couldn’t I just say Two Forward and Two Back? The words: a couple, a few, came in handy back in 2004 when I had to teach significant digits to my high school physics class. While I’m pretty good in physics, meteorology really just being mostly math and physics, with a few fluid dynamics classesContinue reading “Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back”

Work on the Mast

During the last week on Dauntless, getting her ready for the winter without me, tears all around, I realized how sweet it was to work under a roof.  I loved it so much, I changed my project priorities a bit.  I figured it made the most sense to do those things that are difficult toContinue reading “Work on the Mast”

Maretron or Not

For a little, non-electronic boat, I sure love my Maretron data. I have 9 modules: two to communicate with everything else, (USB, IPG) and the N2K Viewer two for the fresh water tanks, (TLM), one solid state compass, (SSC), one GPS, (GPS), one depth sounder with paddle wheel and lastly, (DST), the love of myContinue reading “Maretron or Not”

The Dauntless Winter Home

Passing under the Golden Gate, I felt the chapter coming to the end. Like turning the page and seeing only a short paragraph remaining. As I made my course eastward under the bridge, the winds picked up as forecast to westerly at 20 to 25 knots. I was happy to have just gotten up theContinue reading “The Dauntless Winter Home”

The Golden Gate

On the 63rd day since getting underway from Huatulco, 2300 hard miles ago, I got up for the last day at 02:00. 70 gallons of fuel would be more than enough to get Dauntless the last leg to San Francisco Bay and Vallejo. Checking the current tables, I had to get to the Golden GateContinue reading “The Golden Gate”

With My Heart Still Racing

I still needed to get Dauntless out of this harbor safely. After a close call, like I just had, it’s easy to relax your guard, but it’s still dark, in a narrow channel lined with boats, piers, infrastructure and even sleeping otters. For 30 minutes I threaded my way thru the horseshoe shaped channel. AtContinue reading “With My Heart Still Racing”

Seconds from Disaster

A long, harrowing day was over. A good night’s sleep erased much of the drama. I was closer and closer to the end of this Baja bash. 07:25 I get up 07:30 I did my morning checks and log entries: Fuel: 3.25” port; 5.5” stbd Batts: Current draw -8 amps, 12.48v, -84 amp-hrs. H2O: 72-galContinue reading “Seconds from Disaster”

The Rest of the Story

Larry had returned to Alaska also, so when I got back to Dauntless on the 24th. I’d be taking her the last 400 miles of this 2000+ mile trip to Vallejo on my own. I had a plane ticket to leave Sacramento on 3 July to Austin. Assuming I had to arrive on the 2nd,Continue reading “The Rest of the Story”