2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things

First, I’m still alive, though it was a close call. No, it wasn’t Covid-19, but something far worse, boredom. I hate being bored and perversely, the less I do, the less I want to do. Thus, my creative energy that it takes to write these blogs or make YouTube videos seems to have gone intoContinue reading “2020 Update on Paravanes and a Few Other Things”

Our Alaska Wedding

Trinh & Richard’s Alaska Wedding tells the story of our meeting in Vietnam and Trinh’s (aka Tee) and Thien’s arrival in the USA and Alaska With some still shots of us in Vietnam, the videos are of on Dauntless cruising between Ketchikan and Tenakee Warm Springs, Alaska, where we got married on 17 August 2019.

A Wild Ride Outbound on the Columbia River Bar

The cold weather finally broke last week, returning Southeast Alaska to more seasonal temperatures, in the 30’s and 40’s. The warmup came just in time, last week was a trying week for me. In the course of a few days, I managed to fry something in my Heart Inverter and flood my Wallas DT40 heater.Continue reading “A Wild Ride Outbound on the Columbia River Bar”

Lost Anchor, Lost Shrimp Pots, Lost Daylight

The week started ominously over some spilled rice. I had dropped about half a cup of rice on the galley floor. I told Tee I would take care of it and then I froze. Had I been alone, the dustpan would have come out and that little pile of rice would have been over theContinue reading “Lost Anchor, Lost Shrimp Pots, Lost Daylight”

Leave the Dance With the One You Brung

I wrote a story for the winter Kadey Krogen magazine, Waypoints. People occasionally ask me why KK or weren’t you afraid? etc., so I ended up writing a story that was tryly heartfelt. More than heartfelt, it distilled feelings that have only gotten stronger after 6 years and 25,000 miles. In a few years, whenContinue reading “Leave the Dance With the One You Brung”

Almost Done

I had hoped to leave Vallejo for my trip north as early as a week ago. It wasn’t to be and with the eastern Pacific high showing signs that it doesn’t know that summer is here, I doubt I will leave before mid-month! Talking with a boating friend Friday who is very attuned to theContinue reading “Almost Done”

Weather Planning Update

To refresh your memory, here is the screenshot I made on May 20th and posted in my Weather Planning post yesterday. It was pretty optimistic and in fact, if it would come to pass, it would be very good weather to get underway. Here is the map for the same period, valid 0800 on 26Continue reading “Weather Planning Update”

Weather Planning

I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain my weather planning or better said, planning on the weather. The fist picture on the left shows my main area of interest at the white dot, just south of Cape Mendocino. This is where the winds are the strongest. It’s a two day (46 hr)Continue reading “Weather Planning”

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”

That’s Done

With the completion of Ti’s visa interview, a goal more than two years in the making, is done. Waking up the next day, the feeling of thank god that’s done, cannot be ignored. Much like euphoria I felt waking up in Castletownbere, on the southeast coast of Ireland on the last days of August 2015,Continue reading “That’s Done”

Proud to Be an American

We spent 3 hours at the American Consulate in HCMC yesterday for Ti’s and Thien’s (15 yo son) K-1 Visa interview. Arriving just after 7 a.m., the line was already to the end of the block, about 80m long. We got dutifully in line and before long a couple of staff members were working themselvesContinue reading “Proud to Be an American”