Envy

So, I was reading the adventures of M/Y Dirona as she crosses the North Atlantic. Check out Dirona’s Atlantic Passage It made me envious; I know, that’s ridiculous, but still. Dauntless spent two and a half years in Northern Europe because I knew we would like it. The weather, the people, the cultures all, theContinue reading “Envy”

Go West, Young Man, Go West

OK, I’m not so young anymore; well at least not physically. Yesterday, I decided to tackle the laundry basket of papers, books, magazines and miscellaneous stuff that should have been thrown away last year.  OK, actually two laundry baskets, plus a few smaller bins. My bicycle was also part of the melee, the last timeContinue reading “Go West, Young Man, Go West”

Baltic Recap

I’ve written about many aspects of the Dauntless’ Summer Cruise 2015, the good, the bad and certainly the ugly.  How ugly I’ll find out next week.  But now, I thought I would share a few more mundane issues that I think will be of interest. Let me say up front, that if you have anyContinue reading “Baltic Recap”

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

If you have been following Dauntless at Share.Delorme.com/Dauntless then you already know the outcome, since this blog is on a tape delay.  That way there is no chance of a wardrobe malfunction. Though I want to share some reflections of the last few days: While it took three iterations of the Plan, the last planContinue reading “I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”

Surrounded by Giant Behemoths

And the long night just started. Plan B did not last very long.  Once it got dark, surrounded by giant behemoths, I knew I needed a new plan, ummm let me think, let’s call it Plan C. So let’s recap: Plan A. Run for 12 hours, stop for 12 hours, do this for three days straight.Continue reading “Surrounded by Giant Behemoths”

Three Days; Three Plans

Day one started absolutely gorgeous. Evidently this is the reward for being patient and getting the things done yesterday that needed to be done: Complete bus heater installation Replace port side Racor fuel filter Replace both engine fuel filters Open the starboard tank, yet again and clean out Change the starboard tank vent line ByContinue reading “Three Days; Three Plans”

Some People Are Just Slow Learners

Really slow. But let’s start out on a more positive note! And I’m posting a number of writings at once for who knows when I will have internet again after tomorrow, Day 4 out of Stockholm, 31 August 2015, Grey skies, flat sea I awoke in the little cove of Rödskär to grey skies andContinue reading “Some People Are Just Slow Learners”

Why All’s Well that Ends Well

Day 3 Out of Stockholm I awoke this morning to broken altocumulus with altostratus mostly to the east and north.  It had just rained a bit.   Altostratus is a sign of a frontal system, but the pressure is still relatively high, so the weak rain probably indicates a weak front, maybe even just an upperContinue reading “Why All’s Well that Ends Well”

One Dead End Leads to Another

Day 2 started beautifully, at least the sun rose I the east and as I hauled the anchor, I marveled at the beauty of the tree covered rocks that is the east coast of Sweden. Quickly getting underway as I plotted my route for the day, I made my coffee and warmed up Danish likeContinue reading “One Dead End Leads to Another”

Dauntless’ Retreat from the Baltic and Return to Ireland.

Day 1 Leaving Stockholm – Debacle Averted – Barely Note: I will probably try to have something written for each day.  But getting them uploaded is a whole different story. After seeing Leonie and Martin off, I proceeded to get the boat ready to depart, but was in no real hurry.  I’ve realized that noContinue reading “Dauntless’ Retreat from the Baltic and Return to Ireland.”

First Times

Are always hard. I still remember vividly every mistake I made during my first winter in Fairbanks, Alaska: having to change a tire at 50° below zero (-45°C), because I had not put enough air in it when it was warmer, and now, at minus 50°, the tire was so flat it had a flatContinue reading “First Times”

Dauntless Cruise Plan – Baltic 2015

Well folks, as we get closer and closer to summer, the moss in growing under my feet, so it’s getting time to move on.  As initially planned a few years ago, this summer will be spent in the Baltic.  The attached picture shows the tentative route from our departure from Waterford in late May toContinue reading “Dauntless Cruise Plan – Baltic 2015”