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”

2016 Retrospective

Looking for something else, I came across my 2015 Post Mortem of my First Atlantic Passage.  It’s fascinating.  Makes me feel I should write another one for this passage.  I will, but also think I would like to do a compare & contrast, a great teacher’s tool. But this is not that.  This is moreContinue reading “2016 Retrospective”

Dauntless Redux

Just in case you missed it, here are the pictures of Dauntless, before and after her winter in Ireland. It was a transformative time! When I get back to Dauntless in a couple of weeks, it will be time to get her wet again. Then, just days later, we will take the first steps inContinue reading “Dauntless Redux”

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”

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”

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”

Day 1 thru 5, Kilmore Quay to Arklow, Dunloagharie & Glenarn Northern Ireland,

So it’s been an interesting 6 days. I wanted to get to Arklow on time, so I had a bit of rough weather and seas, but nothing terrible. For 6 months, I had planned all the work that needed to be done on Dauntless this winter and spring. Almost none of it was done. Why,Continue reading “Day 1 thru 5, Kilmore Quay to Arklow, Dunloagharie & Glenarn Northern Ireland,”

D-Day – Day Zero

After 8 months of waiting, repair and refit, Dauntless got underway to day a little after noon.  The first three hours are going down the river Barrow and the Suir.  Leaving just after high water, we got a little boost of about a knot (1.2mph). But although we are only going 7 knots, I’m feelingContinue reading “D-Day – Day Zero”

I Like Cats

Tonight I took a whore’s shower. How are they related? Of course I am going to tell you. It’s my last night in New Ross and the New Ross Boat Yard.  Stephen and Michael, the two brothers who own the yard, had a bbq tonight for me and a few other friends and boat yardContinue reading “I Like Cats”

Three Goals in Three Days

I can handle that.  In the middle of the night, it finally dawned on me that I needed a goat that I could accomplish in one day. As Ziggy Stardust would say, Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am. Otherwise my brain just keep spinning, like tires spinning in the snow going no where. Not fun. Well,Continue reading “Three Goals in Three Days”

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”

Phase I is Done

Phase I was doing he stuff that had to be done before Dauntless got her feet wet.  All done except for salt water pump.  For a competent person, this is a few days work; for me about three weeks. Forward Bilge Complete hookup of New Vetus holding tank, with new fittings and electrical Install newContinue reading “Phase I is Done”