Self-Reliance

People tell me how brave I am to cross oceans in a little boat like my 42-foot Kadey Krogen. That’s a sentiment that always makes my uncomfortable. I know I’m not brave and I hate fixing things because I suck at it. But I’m prepared, and I pride myself on being self-reliant. That self-reliance trumpsContinue reading “Self-Reliance”

Third Time is the Charm; But it Wasn’t Easy

After arriving on the southern tip of Baja California May 9th, two weeks later we are faintly getting out of this tourist trap. Oh, Cabo, or better yet, Cabo Falso, has finally loosened her grip on us to to us pass. My two previous attempts were unpleasant at best, more like miserable. And on eachContinue reading “Third Time is the Charm; But it Wasn’t Easy”

The Dauntless Fuel System

After three days in Xtapa, I was getting ready to go again. The night before departure, I topped up all our fluids, both oil and coolant were down, since we had those repairs the days earlier. While they were topped up upon completion of those repairs, it takes running time for air to work outContinue reading “The Dauntless Fuel System”

Chasing Weather Forecasts

When will I ever learn? I don’t know what part of me ignores good advice that I give others. It can be about weather, stocks, women or whatever, I’m very consistent, as I seem to consistently do what I tell others is a fool’s errand. I suppose that makes me the fool. Yep, I haveContinue reading “Chasing Weather Forecasts”

Who Can Say No to Hitchhiking Boobies?

Certainly not me. The stop in Xtapa gave me a chance to reboot my mind. It was fitting that the trip ended at the same high stress level as just after leaving Huatulco. Having to enter a strange harbor and marina at night is always stressful. My depth perception is askew. Everything seems significantly closerContinue reading “Who Can Say No to Hitchhiking Boobies?”

The Saga of the Katadyn Watermaker

The passage from Huatulco to Xtapa was eventful in many ways. The Katadyn 160 Water maker, made in Switzerland, has been a stalwart since installation four years ago, in 2014. It’s simple, which attracted me to it. No gauges, no bells, no whistles, no back flushing, no nothing. When doing long distance cruising, the moreContinue reading “The Saga of the Katadyn Watermaker”

An Eventful Passage

Only an hour and a half after leaving the wonderful little stop of Marina Chahue, Dauntless’ winter home, we were underway once again. I wanted nothing more than an uneventful passage. I was so appreciative of Mark and Brian stepping up and volunteering as crew, so I wanted them to have a good time tooContinue reading “An Eventful Passage”

An Auspicious Start

Ever have those situations when the yellow/red flags are waving, and you spend all your time trying to decide if the flag is yellow or red? Instead of wondering what’s causing the flag to wave in the first place?? Welcome to my world. Brian and Mark arrived Sunday, the 29th of April. I was aContinue reading “An Auspicious Start”

Getting the Show on the Road

The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Having gotten my toothache taken care of by having a root canal the first evening I was back in Huatulco, I was finally felling pretty good. The previous 5 days were a whirlwind of: pain, getting things done in NY, flying to southern MexicoContinue reading “Getting the Show on the Road”

Anchoring at Night in Strange Places; It’s not for the Faint Hearted.

Only day’s away from completing this 2,000-mile, two-month journey, I found myself breaking yet another of my hard and fast rules I made for myself 5 years ago.  Entering yet another harbor at night, and having to anchor by radar, avoiding darkened, moored boats and mooring balls. But like most hard and fast rules, IContinue reading “Anchoring at Night in Strange Places; It’s not for the Faint Hearted.”