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”

Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better

This was written in June 2016, but never published. The recent Trawler Forum post about paravanes made me look for what I had written already and discovered I had never published this. So , here it is. June 11, 2016 – The Pacific Rim or Less is Not Always Safer While the Pacific Rim is myContinue reading “Less is Not Always Safer, More is Not Always Better”

Hindsight is Not Always 20-20

Despite my accomplishments this past year, another 2500 miles behind me, the Golden Gate in front of me, the Baja bash, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean, behind me, I wonder if I did not make some big mistake. For not the first time, I wondered about my sudden decision to flee northern Europe two yearsContinue reading “Hindsight is Not Always 20-20”

Sirens Call

While I’m cooling my heel in Vietnam; a great place to do so, while Dauntless waits for better weather to head north this coming summer and fall, I seem to hear the sirens calling. The problem is, after having moved south and west for the last 12 months and 7,000 miles, passing west thru theContinue reading “Sirens Call”

Cruising Costs of a 42 foot Kadey Krogen

Having some time on my hands for another couple of weeks, I thought I would share with everyone what the Cruising Costs have been for Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen Motor yacht over the last two years. I’ve broken out the numbers, so for instance, if you only go to a marina 10% ofContinue reading “Cruising Costs of a 42 foot Kadey Krogen”

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”

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”

As One Chapter Ends Another Begins

Asia, via the North Pacific is still a goal. But now that transiting the Panama Canal, a set structure in time and space, has been done, I have time to take a breath. I want to enjoy the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.  These areas provide the spectacular scenery of Norway with wildlifeContinue reading “As One Chapter Ends Another Begins”

As One Chapter Ends Another Begins

Asia, via the North Pacific is still the medium-term goal. But now that transiting the Panama Canal, a set structure in time and space, has been done, I have time to take a breath. I want to enjoy the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.  These areas provide the spectacular scenery of Norway withContinue reading “As One Chapter Ends Another Begins”

Getting My Head Back in the Game

is easier said than done.  These past three weeks has been a nice respite from the duty and responsibilities of Master and Commander of Dauntless. The last 10 days in Italy, at the house of my friends for 40 years, eating, drinking, sleeping, eating, drinking, sleeping, ad infinitum, lulls one in into a stupor sweeterContinue reading “Getting My Head Back in the Game”

Twenty-four Hours to Go

It’s been a terrifying two days, but knock wood, I have survived so far. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea was a piece of cake compared to driving on the left hand side of the road. Shifting with my left hand feels as weird as blowing my nose with my left hand, inContinue reading “Twenty-four Hours to Go”

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”