Power to the People

This entire spring, I have been dealing with electrical power issues, of course, like usual, mostly self-imposed. My Kadey Krogen 42 is a really well designed, well-built boat, but for the nut behind the wheel, all would be perfect. This is what’s been happening. Batteries. My four Yuasa 8D Sealed Lead Acid batteries, bought inContinue reading “Power to the People”

It’s Cut & Dry

It’s amazing how what happens or doesn’t happen on the boat can make such a difference in my mood. In some weird way, I am not that competitive with other people. In fact, in the workplace, I have always been a total team player, giving credit even when it isn’t due to others and beingContinue reading “It’s Cut & Dry”

Neah Bay to Bedwell Harbor and Checking into Canada

It’s not for the faint hearted. As I rounded Cape Flattery, I was careful not to take any shortcuts. After a full day at sea, it’s always tempting to cut that last corner, but I resisted the urge this time! I went to sleep a little after 07:00 having just cruised 25 hours from AstoriaContinue reading “Neah Bay to Bedwell Harbor and Checking into Canada”

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”

Two Weeks So Far & Still Bitterly Cold

It’s been below freezing since the new year began. The first few days of the year were only in the mid-20’s, but for the last 10 days temperatures in Wrangell have stayed in the small range of 8° to 15°F (-13° to-8°C). This is the coldest outbreaks Southeast Alaska has experienced in more than 10Continue reading “Two Weeks So Far & Still Bitterly Cold”

Surviving Winter on a Boat

We are in for a period of really cold weather, at least for Southeast Alaska, with temperatures going down to zero (F) by early next week and staying in the single digits for a week or more. I’ve had to turn up my Wallas heater, no longer content to leave it on the minimum setting.Continue reading “Surviving Winter on a Boat”

BBQing in the Snow of Winter

My first wife was a vegetarian. While I wasn’t, I did eat less mean than previously and tried not to cook meat that produced smoke (like hamburger) in the house. Therefore, since the mid-‘70’s, I’ve had a BBQ grill no matter where I lived. Whether in Fairbanks, Alaska, Italy, Germany or now, on Dauntless, I’veContinue reading “BBQing in the Snow of Winter”

A Miserable Trip

Vallejo to Crescent City California, 26 to 28 June 2019. I’m finally getting around to writing in detail about my cruise up the west coast. Since this is a past summary, I am going to change the format a bit. I have also started a You tube channel, Dauntless at Sea, where I am postingContinue reading “A Miserable Trip”

Alaska, The Last Frontier

It was 50 years ago for me and still is today. This is my first time living in the Southeast; my last three periods of Alaska habitation having occurred in or around Fairbanks, the heart of the interior. And the difference between the Interior (of Alaska) and the Southeast is pretty much night and day.Continue reading “Alaska, The Last Frontier”

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”

Getting Ocean Ready

I’ve been ready to leave Vallejo for a month now. This is getting old. But I have vowed not to let myself be beat up any ore than usual. I spent much of last week organizing parts. I thought I had only two types of hose clamps, stainless and non stainless, which I separated lastContinue reading “Getting Ocean Ready”

Chasing Screws

I’ve been ready to leave Vallejo for a couple of weeks. But the winds off the northern California coast are proving to be more persistent than the northerly winds off the Mexican coast last year. There is a blocking high pressure area in the eastern Pacific that just won’t leave. It’s certainly been there almostContinue reading “Chasing Screws”