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8/18/2017 02:59 www.youtube.com
Ze Germans are here! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 132
8/17/2017 02:53 www.pendanablog.com
We have now been in Los Angeles (“LA”) for some time and I must say, something that has struck me a little like a freight train is, I really like the place! Why is this such a revelation? Well, if the truth be told, LA used to be my #1 most hated place on the face of planet earth. As such, even the idea of spending time here caused me concern way back when we first started planning this trip. So why the change the of mind and what led to this turnaround? How could I have been so wrong abou...
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8/16/2017 19:00 www.oceanzpirit.com
Lau Group at last....
Well here we are just over a year later and I’ve been given a sharpen up for not blogging. Thank you Chris. You have shamed me into getting a blog together. I just don’t know where to start.
Let me see if I can summarize the end of last Winter and Summer. We really didn’t use the boat too much last season – a couple of trips to Volivoli and Musket Cove and that was about it. Our electronics challenge continued even after Furuno and Alcom sent the best and brightest out to repair everything. We didn’t go to Australia – our Australian friends talked us out of that ?? plus a few sailors. So we opted instead to return to NZ for the summer which we did on 23 November, seven days back to NZ Colin ably assisted by Jacqui Powell and Chris Sinnott – thanks guys! Once in NZ, we secured the boat at Gulf Harbour and it was on to Christmas, family and the time just flew. Around 9 Feb we departed for Bay of Islands for two weeks. We were pretty excited because this was our first lengthy tr...
8/15/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Newfoundland's Fjord Coast
Kelly’s Cove to Port aux Basque
It is 5 AM; sunrise is still an hour away but it is already starting to lighten in the east. A schooner has joined us in Kelly Cove; it arrived after dark and anchored a short distance away. We prepare Tivoli for a crossing; it’s 95 miles to Port aux Basque on the west end of the southern coast of Newfoundland. We hope to make it across by nightfall; should be easy with 17 hours of daylight at this latitude this time of year. I remove the stack cap and check the security of all items on the boat deck. Back into the pilothouse to fire up all the electronics and start the trusty Lugger; then out to the anchor to bring in 150 feet of chain and our 125-pound Rocna. As usual the anchor comes up with 100 pounds of mud and takes a bit of time to clean. Soon we are out in the inlet heading offshore. Current here can exceed 5 knots; it is running at 3 knots on the nose. There is significant turbulence in the water; whirlpools here and there that tug at Tivoli....
8/15/2017 06:24 feeds.feedburner.com
Well, that didn't take long. Our intentions were to push out of Charleston with a heavy load of fuel and water and run all the way up to Beaufort Inlet. All the weather sites showed doable seas until Tuesday afternoon or later.
But, weather is as weather does, things changed. TS Gert became Hurricane Gert. Though the blow is not a threat to the coastline, the seas were getting crazy and they're predicted to become even more confused.
We looked at Southport as the next stop, but our timing was all wrong. We'd arrive in the dark.
Much closer was either Winyah Bay and Georgetown or Myrtle Beach.
We turned toward Georgetown.
We'd never been here though good things are often said about Georgetown.
Surprisingly, those good things were understated. What a cool little town.
We literally rolled into Winyah Bay Entrance with seas on our tail and made the fairly long run up to Georgetown. It's pretty far inland, 14 miles, but we found deep water all the way and it's carefully marked.
8/14/2017 12:53 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Countdown to Cubar...or ... Chaos is Just a State of Mind
We are in Ensenada on Northern Ranger I, hull newly polished, bottom paint newly applied, just-varnished teak shining in the sun ( it’s sunny!!!!! hooray!!!) , miscellaneous mechanical issues all taken care of. Two days ago we were in San DIego, moving Northern Ranger II over to Marine Group ( the small yard… yeah, right..some mighty fine yachts there!) in Chula Vista, all hauled out and ready to be worked on ( again, miscellaneous mechanical issues, some electrical gremlins to be chased do...
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8/13/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Bras d' Or Lakes
Halifax to Bras d' Or Lakes
We departed Halifax on a beautiful sunny and cool Wednesday. Tivoli and Roam both took on fuel at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, paid for our two-week stay, and motored out of Northwest Arm at lunchtime. We had anticipated leaving on Thursday as I had a mail delivery scheduled but the mail arrived early so we took advantage of the nice weather to leave early and join the rest of the Nordhavns headed for the village of St. Peters on Bras d ’Or Lakes. We met up with N47 Bluewater, and N55 Salty Dawg right at the entrance to Northwest Arm. N47 Happy and N55 Cathexis had departed a few hours earlier. N76 Seafox and N57 Worknot were already waiting in St. Peters.
As we headed east we enjoyed a smooth ride; long short swells on our starboard bow and no wind. The Lugger hummed along and the miles slowly passed. By nightfall around 8:30 PM we had reached the halfway point. The little traffic we had seen during the day gave us the impression we would hav...
8/13/2017 16:13 feeds.feedburner.com
Charleston - City Marina
Currently, we're tied up in Charleston
Yes, I know— it's been a long time since anything's been posted on this blog. We've been somewhat busy, but really, that's no reason. Usually it's photographs that inspire me to write something and I really haven't taken any photos that have roused me to open the blog and post.
We're always flattered and somewhat surprised when along the way a stranger speaks fondly of Istaboa and the blog we've done for more than a decade; I really don't know what to say when asked why I've not been writing much. That's happened several times on this trip.
Once again, it's a lazy Sunday morning, I've ingested a sufficient amount of caffeine, and gone through several days of unprocessed pics.
It seems we're always catching up, so ~~~~
Because it's August and we're just now heading north up the coast, this year's cruise has been somewhat different from those of the past. Hoping to avoid the packs of yachtistas at the marinas along the...
8/13/2017 12:39 mvdirona.com
West Highland Line
The West Highland Line was voted the world’s best train journey by Wanderlust Magazine. The trip runs through the scenic Scottish highlands and across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig on the coast north of Oban. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is the dramatic span crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. We had wonderfully...
8/11/2017 14:42 shearmadness72.com
August 10, 2017 It was finally time to get back to cruising so we decided to head up the Penobscot River to Bangor. This would give us a good shakedown cruise in protected water and position us close to Hamlin’s Marine where we’d need to take the tender back in for scheduled service on our […]
8/11/2017 09:54 www.southernstarnz.com
North into Virginia
We left our North River anchorage and followed a large barge into the ICW. The upper reaches of the river turned into another canal but with good width and depth. The barge continued to travel in front of us at a slightly faster speed which helped as we exited the Coinjock canal and followed the barge through a meandering path of red and green markers transiting the shallow Currituck Harbour. This was a long slow stretch with a bit of side wind and we were happy to exit the harbour into another ...
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8/11/2017 09:23 mvdirona.com
Impressive Glasgow Cathedral is one of the few cathedrals in Scotland to survive the 16th-century Protestant Reformation mobs nearly intact. The building is huge and seems to go on forever. On a day-trip to Glasgow from Greenock, we toured the cathedral, took in the city views from the adjacent Necropolis, and spent several hours walking...
8/11/2017 01:30 www.youtube.com
Swimming with the BIGGEST fish in the world!!! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 131
8/9/2017 19:33 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 96 M/Y "VivieRae" - Indonesia 2017
8/9/2017 05:44 www.southernstarnz.com
Plastics Pollution-choking the oceans
We have spent 8 months so far on Southern Star, literally living our five year dream to own one of these gorgeous boats which allows us to safely and comfortably travel, explore and if we choose, stay in beautiful places, interesting towns and remote locations. We have travelled 2500 nautical miles through the Bahamas, and up the US east coast through Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and now Virginia. Ultimately we plan to take our boat back through the Caribbean, transit the Panama C...
8/9/2017 01:29 www.youtube.com
DIY Scuba Diving on Sailing Vessel Delos
8/8/2017 21:01 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 5901Coastal Pilot - Seattle to Dana Point
8/8/2017 13:15 feeds.feedburner.com
Lessons learned by causing a false AIS MOB alert
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
The grins tell the story: Mission accomplished! Due to an obscure but noteworthy electrical glitch, plus oodles of embarrassingly distracted seamanship on my part, a sizable U.S. Coast Guard team spent part of a beautiful Saturday looking for an AIS man overboard alert that seemed to be associated with my boat Gizmo. Fireman Joey Jansen-Hedrick and Petty Officer 1st Class T.J. Iaci (above) were the boarding party that had to deal with an owner/operator (me) who was pretty sure they didn't know what they were talking about. But they were politely persistent, and they were right...
8/8/2017 01:25 mvdirona.com
We booked a berth at the James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock near Glasgow way back in February while we were still in Daytona, Florida. Five months and 4,500 miles later, we’re actually here. En route, we met up with the only US-flagged vessel we’ve seen since leaving Newport, RI. Nordhavn 55 Odyssey arrived into...
8/7/2017 03:08 www.southernstarnz.com
Myrtle Beach to Virginia
Martyne and Jeff left us in Myrtle Beach. We really enjoyed having them on board the boat, and really did miss them once they were gone. We had to settle back into our normal routine, which is always a bit hard, after having so much fun with great friends. We departed Myrtle Beach, and completed the rest of the ICW trip exiting at Little River Inlet, to make the passage to Cape Fear, NC. Departing Myrtle Beach was like leaving behind Disneyland. It is an amazing tourist trap. Full of gaudy s...
8/6/2017 15:52 mvdirona.com
Rathlin Island is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited island and also is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in the UK. The West Light Seabird Centre is perched on a clifftop above the lighthouse at the western end of the island where visitors can take in the spectacular scenery, watch the thousands of seabirds...
8/5/2017 14:27 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog 2017-06] Southward Bound
Greetings all! Roberta and I are slowly working our way south somewhat retracing steps. We need to be back home to Seattle early in September and have some places further south (like Victoria Canada) that we want to visit. Here’s a recap of some of the places we visited on our way south… Echo Bay Resort We spent a couple nights at the Echo Bay resort which we really didn’t know much about, but enjoyed our time there. Here’s a video I found on the web that describes Echo Bay better than...
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8/5/2017 12:28 mvdirona.com
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland consists of over 40,000 hexagonal basalt stones that lead from a cliff foot into the sea. The dramatic site inspired legends of giants building the causeway to reach Scotland across the sea. Led Zeppelin fans might recognize the above scene from the Houses of the Holy cover. We had sorely...
8/4/2017 18:08 www.youtube.com
New video: N59CP
8/4/2017 09:03 mvdirona.com
Our stop at Arranmore Island was as much to avoid an upcoming weather system as it was to tour the island. But it ended up being an incredible stop. We really enjoyed our bike tour of the island and a dinghy trip to Burtonport on the mainland, met many of the locals, and really had...
8/4/2017 01:29 www.youtube.com
This Is Why We Love SCUBA DIVING! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 130
8/3/2017 09:52 mvdirona.com
The area around Donegal Bay has some of the most spectacular seascapes in Ireland, including the dramatic Doonbristy sea stack off Downpatrick Head and the soaring cliffs of Slieve League. Many people feel the Slieve League cliffs are more dramatic than the better-known Cliffs of Moher. They certainly are higher at 1,952ft (595m) compared to...
8/2/2017 08:49 mvdirona.com
Rounding Erris Head
The two-day run from the Aran Islands around Erris Head had an unusual diversity of sightings. Natural features included waterfalls, dolphins, plenty of dramatic seascape, and Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, the 2,168ft (661m) the Cliffs of Croaghaun. On the man-made side, we saw a ruined Cromwellian fort, an abandoned village and whaling station, three major...
8/1/2017 10:34 mvdirona.com
Inishmore Island, in the Aran Islands near Galway, Ireland, has several attractions. By far the most visited is Dun Aonghasa, a dramatic semi-circular fort built right to the edge of 300-foot cliffs with sweeping coastal views. And a popular way to tour the island is by bicycle. We saw literally hundreds of bicycles for rent...
8/1/2017 02:34 www.pendanablog.com
Guest Interview – Donna and Cal – New Fidelity N57
So, Cal, tell us a little something about your cruising to date and where you have been so far? We started cruising in 1985 on “Quicksilver Girl” a 34 ft sloop which was primarily in Florida and the Bahamas. In 1992 Hurricane Andrew hit Miami and sunk our boat. In 1994 we bought an Alden 44 “ Exile”and cruised the Bahamas, Caribbean, East Coast US/ Mediterranean for 10 years and finally San Francisco. Since acquiring “New Fidelity” we have cruised the East Coast of the US, returning to Spain, ...
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7/31/2017 12:20 grandbanks39.com
We’re heading into a bit of Heatwave in the Pacific Northwest. Predicted High Temperatures of 106° F were forecast and air conditioning is rare here, so we headed out onto the water to keep things cool! I also dragged along my sidemount dive gear (Scuba), because, doesn’t everyone want to squeeze themselves into 2″ thick […]
7/31/2017 12:00 feeds.feedburner.com
Smörgåsboat: The tasty testing buffet installed on Gizmo for 2017
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison While I do think that Gizmo offers a bountiful spread of delicious marine electronics these days, a more serious title for this entry might read: "Guilt: All the darn gear I've borrowed but haven't reviewed yet!" So the plan...
7/31/2017 10:55 n60blossom.blogspot.com
The Eastern Shore
Blossom at anchor in Glebe Bay
I’m afraid I’ve fallen a bit behind in the blog! This is from our last visit on Blossom in mid-July. We returned to Annapolis after spending the 4th of July weekend in Upstate, NY, where I grew up. We had a wonderful time with family and friends and squeezed so much in to our visit, it was wonderful!
We’re getting into the routine of coming and going from Blossom. Our first day back we pull out the bikes, ride to the grocery store to provision and then clean the decks. It’s amazing how dirty a boat gets just sitting there without daily swabbings…
The weather was cooperative so we headed out the next day with the intention of visiting two anchorages to the south of us. We rounded the corner below Annapolis and went to Glebe Bay off of London Towne. Capt. George had told us there were a couple restaurants in the area and that it was scenic and well protected and we found this was very true! After a short, 2-hour cruise, we set the anchor and put Petal i...
7/30/2017 11:42 mvdirona.com
Cliffs of Moher
The spectacular Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most well-known features and popular tourist destinations. The cliffs extend for five miles, rising over 600ft from the water surface at their highest point. More than a million people visit the cliffs each year, but relatively few have an opportunity to view them from the water....
7/28/2017 21:47 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 55 "Rainbow Chaser"
7/28/2017 13:56 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog 2017-05] Riddle Solutions and Finding Nimmo
Thank you to everyone who contributed all the great solutions to the riddle from my last blog entry. I’ve included your responses at the bottom of this blog entry. A brief comment about this season: Even though cold water cruising isn’t my first choice, we’re having fun! We have managed to find bays where we were 100% alone, or huge anchorages with only a couple other boats. We’ve been barbecuing, hanging out in the hot tub and exploring by tender. Cruising doesn’t get much better. And, best o...
7/28/2017 07:46 www.mvduet.com
Off To Tahiti
After about a week of waiting in Tahanea, OMNI Bob forecast a short window for Duet to reach Tahiti. Since our plane home was leaving in less than two weeks and we needed to get the boat ready to be left alone for three months, we tore ourselves away from Tahanea and our cruising friends, with promises to return on our next visit. We exited the atoll just before low slack at around 11AM local time, with a 40 hour journey putting us into Papeete Harbor around dawn. The weather was relatively sett...
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7/28/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com
Traditional sailing in PARADISE, Nosy Be, Madagascar! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.129
7/27/2017 05:49 www.pendanablog.com
Mega Yacht = Mega Lawsuit
This is a copy of article reposted here due to the nature and interest that this article will have for Pendanablog readers. Original content of Passagemaker Bob Conconi, a wealthy Canadian businessman and philanthropist, was overjoyed with his new Nordhavn 120 when he wrote: “You have to experience the majesty of Aurora, her stature and magnitude to get a starting point as to your feelings. She is impressive beyond my or Diane's expectations. She exceeds every dream we have had over the last ...
7/26/2017 07:49 www.kensblog.com
[Kensblog 2017-04] A riddle for you to think about
One of the greater challenges of cruising in the Pacific NW is dealing with tides and currents. The water levels rise and fall large distances (today, around fifteen feet) four times a day. As the water rises and lowers huge amounts of water moves creating currents. Roberta and I spent the last few days anchored in a large bay called “Turnbull Cove.” One of the fun things to do in Turnbull Cove is to hike to a nearby lake. The hike is short; only about a half mile. To do the hike you park yo...
7/25/2017 18:48 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Late July 2017: Back On Our Own Boat
The Next Ghost Rider
We are back in familiar territory: sitting on our new-to-us boat at Old Port Cove Marina in Palm Beach, Florida, moving stuff aboard and discussing the punch list with Yacht Tech personnel. Since arriving back in the USA on 03-July we had been busy checking out a Nordhavn 50 and ultimately, following surveys and sea trial, we purchased our second Nordy. We are either stubborn or crazy….likely both.
Previously this boat had been known as Boundary Waters, then Sea Fox, and lastly The Getaway, and in each case had received lots of care and numerous upgrades. We got lucky; we had seen Getaway when she accompanied the N60 (Relish) that we were taking to Nassau back in late April '17 in preparation for the Atlantic crossing (NAP-2017). At the time we both had commented on her pristine condition and agreed if that boat ever came on the market again, we wanted a shot at it. Fast forward just two months, still aboard Relish as we were approaching our last...
7/25/2017 15:03 www.northernrangeradventures.com
July 25th… San Diego, Ensenada, and points in between
We have spent the past week or two down in either Ensenada or in Chula Vista, organizing boat yards and such, and getting to know our new boat. While we wait for the yard in Mexico to prep Northern Ranger I for new bottom paint and a spiffy new coat of varnish on all the teak ( after taking everything down to the wood and the bottom coat)… Why we have the hull cleaned monthly.. tube worms down here, not barnacles ...
7/25/2017 15:03 www.southernstarnz.com
We left Brunswick GA marina a few days before my sister Martyne and her husband Jeff were to meet us. We wanted to get a bit further along for them to have a few days of travelling both inside the ICW and some outside passages. And so we left what was beginning to feel a lot like home, Brunswick Landing Marina on the 10th of July for our pick up point at Hilton Head, SC. We left just as the sun was rising in GA, and travelled the long haul to the outside channel makers for our offshore passage...
7/24/2017 11:31 www.pendanablog.com
Pendana Arrives in Los Angeles
Pendana arrived safely in Los Angles and slips into her magnificent surrounds at Marina del Rey (“MDR”). After a relatively straight forward passage from San Francisco it sure feels good to be out of the wind and cooler climate of the San Francisco bay area and into the heat of Los Angeles. Thank God, no more cold weather from this point forward for me. NEVER, EVER! Our departure from Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond was made so much easier when our good friends Adam & Eve (former owners o...
7/24/2017 07:11 feeds.feedburner.com
Over a cup of coffee on a peaceful Sunday morning I realized it's been a while since our last post. There hasn't been anything unusual to speak of, almost everything we did we've done before and written about it, but there are a few photos to share so I'll just write around them.
We're now back in the USA... nothing's changed here and we won't go into that. It is nice to be back; it always is. We sometimes complain, but there really is no place like home.
Our first stop was Ft Lauderdale.
Istaboa's been kind to us on this trip, however there were (as always) some minor fixes needing to be done and we can always count on Craig at Hogan Marine to knock 'em out quickly — so Bahia Mar was our first stop. We did a little technical work there at the marina and caught up with old friends — then to take advantage of flat seas, we eased north.
Now, temporally home at Old Port Cove and continuing on with those fixes: the cook range needs attention, this time of year the ACs can always stand a...
7/23/2017 08:43 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog 2017-03] Sullivan Bay
Roberta and I have cruised 40,000 miles, but amazingly we have never really cruised our own home waters; the Pacific Northwest. I’m the culprit, not Roberta. I am not into fishing, and I don’t like cruising in cold water. I guess I can’t say that we’ve never cruised the area, because we did pass through here on our way to Alaska in 2009, but we were moving quickly in a hurry on our way to Japan. And, we cruised the region twenty years ago, in a much smaller boat, never making it this far nor...
7/23/2017 08:27 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY CRUISING AGAIN
We are now cruising aboard Envoy with our friends Frank and Marie aboard at the island of
Paxxos, south of Corfu.
Nearly all fire-related jobs were completed and now we're only still awaiting the curved pilot house window and new VHF antenna but decided to commence cruising without these. Subsequently the antenna arrived at Lefkas awaiting our return while a temporary Plexiglas window has been made to be fitted until we can get the correct tempered glass one made. Currently we have a very temporary flexible plastic cover over the window cavity.
Envoy's very temporary pilothouse "window"
A crane lifts our newly-painted mast into position
Laurie inspects Envoy's new hull paint
Repairs almost completed prior to launching
Envoy in the travel lift ready for launching
Other jobs were completed too.The keel cooler was removed for internal and external cleaning and re-sealing the through hull fitting.
The windlass motor was checked and re-installed.
The air horn motor was repaired and ...
7/21/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Cabot Trail Road Trip
Its been two weeks since we cleared Customs in Lunenburg. Time flies. We spent a few days reacquainting ourselves with this quaint seaside town before moving on to yet another quaint seaside town, Mahone Bay. We’d visited both last year but wanted to share with our guests Kristin and Wayne. We stopped in grocery stores, art galleries, museums, shops of all kinds, and a few restaurants; taking in the culture and enjoying the wonderful Nova Scotia hospitality. We intended to linger longer in the bay but a doctors appointment in Halifax prompted us to move on. We departed Mahone Bay in bright sunshine but by the time we left the bay and entered the colder waters of the North Atlantic a fog bank engulfed Tivoli and visibility went to a few hundred yards. By late afternoon, as we approached Northwest Arm in Halifax, the fog dissipated. We motored up the familiar Arm and dropped anchor off Armdale Yacht Club. We spent several lovely days exploring Halifax, watching the jazz festival, and ten...
7/21/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com
Birthday Week for my Swedish Princess!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 128
7/20/2017 05:28 www.pendanablog.com
Pendana Farewells San Francisco
Our time in San Francisco has been, to say the very least incredibly busy and while we would like to stay longer, Los Angeles beckons us further south to warmer weather and our next destination. I must say that trying to find a berth/slip in San Francisco was a little like trying to find the Holy Grail. It was not easy! I remember Ken Williams saying to me, “James, you are going to have a hard time getting a slip”. I thought at the time, Ken, Ken, Ken, I will get a berth, no problems at all,...
7/19/2017 16:10 shearmadness72.com
2017-07 Belfast, ME
July 14, 2017 What ARE you guys doing??? Perhaps you’ve been wanting to ask us that question. Are we or aren’t we selling the boat? What are we doing this summer? Well, it’s all evolving. It’s true that we listed the boat for sale late last year. We know that at some point in the […]
7/18/2017 11:23 feeds.feedburner.com
Beta testing FloatHub boat monitoring, and the wonders of marine WiFi
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
I don't usually write about beta testing, but the FloatHub monitoring system is already proving itself so smart and functional that I want its Kickstarter campaign to succeed and hope that some readers enjoy the good deal that seems available, at least for the next few days. Detailing FloatHub is also a good opportunity to discuss the many ways WiFi is being used afloat these days, a subject that many boaters are understandably confused about...
7/17/2017 08:51 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog] 2017-02 Dent Island to Port McNeil
Greetings all! Roberta and I have started our 2017 cruising season! After a week of spoiling ourselves at Dent Island Lodge (sleeping on the boat but enjoying the resort’s great service and amenities) we started plotting our route to reach the Broughton Islands, near the tip of Vancouver Island, approximately 300 miles south of Ketchikan Alaska. Plotting Our Course I mentioned in my last blog entry that Dent Island is surrounded by rapids. Water flow through these islands happens as th...
7/17/2017 00:39 comeonrover.com
Sitka & Baranof Island
Glacier Bay National Park to Hoonah, to Appleton Cove, to Sitka and back to Appleton Cove: 207 nm / Critter Count: 38 humpback whales, many sea otters, 8 seals, multiple sea lions, 5 porpoises, 5 deer and 1 grizzly bear! After a fantastic visit to Glacier Bay National Park, we found ourselves looking at the … Continue reading Sitka & Baranof Island →
7/14/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com
Attempted robbery! - The darker side of sailing around the world! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 127
7/13/2017 12:43 www.northernrangeradventures.com
There’s a Reason You Should Always Sleep on the Same Side of the Bed.
The past few months have been a veritable roller coaster of activity - from the moment we hopped on Northern Ranger I to bring her up to Ensenada to sell until now, we have probably not been in the same place for more than 5 days… and at one point, I figured we had slept in 5 different beds in 7 days. Which accounts for the title… it’s hard enough waking up in a different bed every morning and not knowing where you are, but if you have to get out of said bed in a hurry, and you are on the wrong...
7/11/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Farewell Bermuda! Our new crew Wayne and Kristin (N40, Kemo Sabe) arrived at midnight Saturday night and are ready to go. We spent Sunday getting the boat ready for a crossing and doing last-minute provisioning. Thankfully, the grocery at St. George’s is only a short walk from the dinghy dock. On Monday we cleared customs at Ordinance Island at 8 AM and, following a short delay to allow a shower to pass, motored out Town Cut and turned due north for Nova Scotia via “I65”, roughly 65 degrees West longitude. Weather is not the best but should improve with time. Commander’s Weather has us threading our way around the backside of a low pressure area moving east well to our north while trying to outrun the next one due to pass to our south. The zig in our route will add very little distance to the 730 nautical mile trip. If you can avoid 8-9 foot seas with 7 second periods, do it!
The first two days are lumpy but not the worst we’ve experienced. Tivoli is handling wonderfully. We are playi...
7/11/2017 16:41 feeds.feedburner.com
For The Dog Lovers
Those of us who frequent the Bahamas love these dogs...
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
7/10/2017 20:47 feeds.feedburner.com
New at ICAST: Evinrude iDock and Raymarine Axiom Pro
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
I won't be at the ICAST fishing show this week, but I do know something about two of the major pre-show product announcements that came out today. For instance, while the introduction of yet another outboard engine joystick control system might seem insignificant, what if the technology is deeply integrated into the outboards, requires little rigging work or locker space, and costs a whole lot less? Say hello to iDock as it joins Evinrude's Intelligent Piloting System...
7/10/2017 00:48 www.youtube.com
Spectacular Skellig Michael (MV Dirona Channel)
7/9/2017 12:25 www.mvduet.com
Onward to the Tuamotus
Our 500 mile 72 hour trip to the Tuamotus was uneventful, except for a series of squalls. The first was the fiercest, packing winds in the low 40's. Nancy is glad she slept through it. This interlude did demonstrate that putting the storm plates back on the port side was a good idea, as this squall came from the port side. Putting the plates on was a bit of tour de force, as we no longer had Sean's help. We spent some time figuring out how to actually get the plates on, preferably without drop...
7/9/2017 09:27 oursloboda.com
Video Episode #7 Save the Best for Last
Video #7 The Islands This is our last video from cruising Mexico and I think it’s the best one yet! I don’t want to give anything away but we had an epic close encounter with a few thousand Manta Rays, we caught a bunch of fish, we visited a tiny remote island where a local...
7/8/2017 08:59 www.kensblog.com
[Kensblog]Starting the season in style – Dent Island Lodge
Greetings all! Roberta and I have now moved aboard the boat for the summer. But, before I get to that, I thought I’d show this picture I snapped when we were home in Seattle for July 4th. July 4 in Seattle It’s a little hard to make out what you are seeing, but it is Lake Union, an inland lake adjacent to the Space Needle in downtown Seattle. Every July 4th a massive fireworks display is launched from a floating barge on the lake. The best place to see the fireworks is from aboard a boat...
7/7/2017 16:53 comeonrover.com
Glacier Bay National Park
About 8 years ago when we owned our 4788 Bayliner Pilothouse we decided that we’d take that vessel on the Inside Passage to Alaska. (Yes, we owned a Bayliner named Island Dog and no we didn’t run with our fenders hanging out – it was a great boat for a family with dogs and teenagers … Continue reading Glacier Bay National Park →
7/7/2017 01:59 www.youtube.com
It's the WEEKEND!!! Just kidding it's Wednesday :) Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 126
7/5/2017 06:35 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
July 2017: Madrid, Lisbon...Then Back to the USA
It was another leisurely morning for us as our train didn’t depart until late afternoon, so after a room service breakfast we checked out at noon and walked to the adjoining mall area for some shopping (wine and scotch mostly), and later a light lunch.
The Train Station in Malaga - Clean, Bright, Modern
The well-established train system in Spain has a solid and well-earned reputation for timely and reliable service, and our scheduled departure was a good example of that – with boarding as advertised promptly at 1530. Then without any fanfare or announcement it quietly glided away from the station at exactlyat the scheduled time, 1555. This was the high speed link to Madrid…reaching up to 271 kilometers per hour during the open stretches, or 168 MPH. By the time you added up the comparative time to/from airports, standing in long airport security lines (which were a good deal more streamlined at the train station), and then the cumbersome boarding processes, the 2.5 ho...
7/3/2017 07:29 www.mvduet.com
Cruising the Marquesas
Duet has been in French Polynesia for about 7 weeks. We cruised the Marquesas Islands for three weeks after our arrival. They are really spectacular, they look just like Jurassic Park, high stone cliffs, lush vegetation. They are also quite hot and humid, so Duet's air conditioning was working overtime. After the Marquesas, we visited an atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago for two weeks, before moving the boat to Tahiti, where she will spend the summer. Our big news is that we have decided to keep...
7/2/2017 17:23 feeds.feedburner.com
Garmin inReach Explorer+, armchair transatlantics & hands on
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
A big kick in my small life is seeing a technology I champion do well (especially when it involves a small company in Maine). I became a DeLorme inReach fanboy before it even shipped, and a succession of models have not let me down over thousands of testing hours. And I believe that the Explorer+ jointly developed with new owner Garmin is the best yet, based on personal experience and also on observing one serve well over thousands of transatlantic miles aboard S/V Lunacy (above). However, I also recently watched one Panbo reader suffer a very close call with inReach customer support...
7/2/2017 04:46 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
June 2017: Cadiz, Sevilla & Ronda
Cadiz is a Port City with Many Park Areas
We spent just a single night in Arcos and headed out Tuesday morning, backtracking a bit south and further west to the coastal town of Cadiz. This large city is mostly notable as a deep water port on Spain’s southwest coast (and thus is a handy stopover point when the weather in the Gibraltar Straits is nasty), but we wanted to check it out. So we wandered around a bit – very pretty parks – had a coffee and juice in one of the sidewalk plaza cafes, and headed back north for Sevilla (aka Seville), another two hours of driving.
There are a couple of notable sights one will notice when driving the winding mountain roads of southern Spain. The first is the number of large wind farms consisting of dozens of large – over 90 meters tall (300 feet) – power-generating wind turbines; there is always a breeze here and Spain has been one of the leaders in their deployment and use, currently ranked fifth in the world. Also noticeable are ...
7/2/2017 03:27 www.pendanablog.com
Guest Interview Callum McCormick
So, Callum, tell us a little something about your current role as Captain in charge of all things Nordhavn? Regulars will know that nearly 10 years ago, I had a contract across my desk to sell my company for a figure just shy of £5m. Unfortunately this was about 4 weeks before Lehman Brothers went pop and to cut a long story short, the deal evaporated and over the coming years, I nearly lost the lot. In the 4-weeks that I imagined myself as a minnow in the world of high-finance, I cruised th...
6/30/2017 12:52 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
June 2017: Malaga, Gibraltar & Arcos
After Silvio dropped us at the Malaga airport and we grabbed the (Hertz) rental car – which was an interesting and somewhat frustrating treasure hunt given how well Spanish airports disguise their car rental offices – we decided to tour the city of Malaga by car. Our eventual goal was to find a nice seaside restaurant for a late lunch. There were plenty of inviting eateries that would have fit the bill just fine, but finding a place to park even the small car we had rented was beyond challenging. It apparently was, as previously noted, the peak of the summer vacation season in southern Spain. There simply was no place to park the vehicle.
Wind Turbines in the Spanish Hills
We tired of the traffic and multiple U-turns (the numerous roundabouts helped to some degree) and ultimately said “screw it” and jumped on one of the main freeway arteries to head towards Marbella, a very attractive coastal resort area to the southwest. As we were headed in that general direction ...
6/30/2017 10:58 www.youtube.com
Mizen Head Signal Station and Lighthouse (MV Dirona Channel)
6/30/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com
We're BACK! Lemurs, tortoise and SMILING FACES! Sailing Vessel Delos EP. 125
6/29/2017 06:59 feeds.feedburner.com
Exumas From Above
Flying out of Staniel Cay on a clear day - The Blues!
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Big Major's Spot Anchorage
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Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
6/29/2017 03:22 www.youtube.com
Brow Head: From Napoleon to Marconi to Skywalker (MV Dirona Channel)
6/28/2017 16:43 comeonrover.com
Kevin and Alison Interviewed by James with Pendana Nordhavn
We just realized that we had not posted this Guest Interview by James with Pendana, a 62 Nordhavn. James, Claire and their two daughters are traveling the world in their Nordhavn. They left Australia about 4 years ago and we had the pleasure to meet and get to know them while they spent this past winter … Continue reading Kevin and Alison Interviewed by James with Pendana Nordhavn →
6/28/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com
Sailing and Navigation Electronics Installation!- Sailing Vessel Delos
6/27/2017 09:11 www.youtube.com
Crookhaven, Ireland From The Air (MV Dirona Channel)
6/27/2017 02:55 comeonrover.com
Juneau, Funter Bay & Hoonah
Time to catch up again! We’ve been in Glacier Bay (which will be in our next post as it deserves its own post entirely) and the scenery kept our eyes busy. No time to look at a computer screen. I wrote this as we took a 3.5 hour ride from Glacier Bay back to Hoonah for a … Continue reading Juneau, Funter Bay & Hoonah →
6/26/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Team Oracle Loses
Team Oracle loses to New Zealand. NZ had a faster boat and better crew; they deserve the win. Still, it’s been amazing to be on N47 Roam, on the race course, watching these events unfold. One couldn’t get a better seat, along with the on-board TV up on the flybridge providing the play-by-play. Thank you Clark and Michelle!
We are now looking forward to the next leg of our journey; the 715 nautical mile run due north to Lunenberg. The next few days will be spent re-provisioning and getting Tivoli ready for offshore. This will entail cleaning the bottom, an oil change, and lashing down anything that moves. Our friends Kristin and Wayne (N40 Kemo Sabe) arrive on July 1 and will be ready to go the next day. If weather permits we may do just that.
Maybe one of these young sailors will win the Cup back in 2021 in Aukland.
6/25/2017 16:52 feeds.feedburner.com
Photos and Thoughts of Compass Cay
Yes, we're still in the Exumas and, yep, life remains pretty good.
There are probably those who wonder how we maintain our sanity while hanging out static, tied up at Compass for weeks, even months. And we admit, sanity is subjective, but this thing we all do on boats is not exactly rational behavior. — is it? So we do what makes us happy at the moment.
We've said it before. One must be conscious of what it is to be at Compass Cay. It's an acquired taste if you're lucky enough. We're down with that, we do feel fortunate to be here and we're always sad to leave. Those who have put in extended time here at Compass will understand.
This trip has had several unavoidable diversions, forcing us to redraw our cruising plans.
Future plans? Nothing is off the table yet - everything is back on - like rebooting, we're mulling over our intentions for the next few months with fresh eyes wide open.
But, while here we've been busy; island busy, anyway.
Good news for those who cruise thi...
6/25/2017 11:16 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
June 2017: From Gibraltar to Malaga
View of Harbor as Relish Departs....That's the Gibraltar Airport's
Runway on the Left - More on That in an Upcoming Post
We awoke early and had Relish away from her Med-Mooring and tied up at the fuel dock even before it opened at 0800, and by 1000 had topped off her tanks with 1,680 gallons of diesel. We also added a healthy dose of Stanadyne PF treatment in each tank since it would take Silvio considerable time to burn through 2800+ gallons now that he’s done crossing oceans. (Diesel fuel doesn’t store well after about 90 days unless you add a quality additive such as Stanadyne.)
By 1015 we were underway once again. We picked our way through the numerous ships anchored in or near the Port of Gibraltar, rounded the Rock’s peninsula, and pointed the bow northeast towards Malaga, Spain. The sea conditions were perfect – barely a breeze and an almost imperceptible gentle swell. No stabilizers required!
View of The Rock From the Other Side as We Departed
6/24/2017 06:19 www.southernstarnz.com
Life on the dock-
Brunswick layover We have been here in Brunswick, Georgia for over a week now. We have signed up for a month, not really intending to stay that long. But the marina has the rates set, so that if you are here a week, you are better off to go to the monthly plan. The only issue is that we have to watch our power consumption as they then meter the power at .23 per kilowatt hour. With that we are turning off AC units as we can, to stay comfortable and to try to save power. Brunswick Landing Mar...
6/23/2017 20:19 oursloboda.com
Video Episode #6
Video Episode #6 This video captures our last few days of embracing the amazing cruising community that we made during the trip. When we had to turn back north, they were all continuing south. Saying “see ya later” to our friends and fellow cruisers was the hardest thing we’ve had to do, but knowing we...
6/23/2017 09:11 n60blossom.blogspot.com
Visiting St Michael’s, MD
Heading out of the marina
We had a fantastic time aboard Blossom this trip and were able to do a bit of exploring as well. We returned to the boat on Sunday and spent a couple of days provisioning, settling in and exploring the Annapolis area in the dinghy. This included going into “ego alley” in downtown Annapolis to provision with wine, beer and ginger beer - there’s a great wine shop right next to the dock. They told us that in the future we can call ahead and they’ll meet us at the dinghy dock with our stash – talk about convenient!
While heading into town, we noticed a Nordy 55 on a mooring ball. We stopped by to say hi and were thrilled to realize it was a couple we’d met almost 3 years ago in Ft. Lauderdale. We had a great time chatting and hope to get together with them later this summer when they pass through Annapolis again.
The weather was looking great so we headed out to St. Michael’s for a long weekend. It was a little breezy in the marina when we left and we were sho...
6/23/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com
The magical Nosy Hara archipelago in Madagascar! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 124
6/22/2017 10:40 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
June 2017: A Few Days in Gibraltar
SUN 18-JUN to THU 22-JUN
Ocean View Marina at Port of Gibraltar
We had four wonderfully relaxing days in the Port of Gibraltar. It felt fabulous to unwind in such an accommodating place while savoring the experiences and accomplishments of the past month. And the weather was simply idyllic – cloudless, sunny skies, low humidity and light breezes.
The docks here in Ocean View Marina are floating and in exceptionally good condition, the staff is helpful and friendly, and the rates are quite reasonable. We hooked up to shore power with a pair of the 32 amp cords we had assembled way back in Bermuda, and had consistent quality power available. (We even got our washer and dryer to work on the 50 Hz power!) There are numerous bars, pubs, casinos and restaurants on the premises and within easy walking (or stumbling) distance. And the town square is an easy walk as well.
The Gang at Little Bay Bar for a Group Dinner
Compared to our Horta and St. George’s facility experiences, this...
6/21/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Lazy Days, Cool Nights
We continue to enjoy Bermuda and all its attractions. Roam had guests arriving so we’ve welcomed their crew Mark and Michele aboard Tivoli and have enjoyed their company for the past week. During that time we made the two-hour run back to St. Georges to take on fuel. Although we still have 800 gallons aboard and don’t need it for the upcoming passage to Nova Scotia we get a one-time duty-free purchase making the final cost a bit less than Canadian prices; so we took on 400 gallons. We also enjoyed a couple nights in a beautiful anchorage in St. Georges inlet. A nearby resident motored out to welcome us and gave us some Bermuda onions and garlic they grow on their farm. This is typical of our encounters with residents; welcoming, kind and generous. Our friends Clark and Michelle picked up their guests Tom and Diane and we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Wahoo’s. Then it was back to Hamilton for the first of the Team Oracle and Team Emirates New Zealand finals. Sadly, Team USA appears to have...
6/21/2017 11:54 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn video: Interview with James and Jennifer Hamilton owners of N52 "Dirona"
6/21/2017 09:54 www.southernstarnz.com
More of the ditch and then open-ocean We spent a total of 8 days in Stuart Florida. This is plenty of time really, as we were not really very happy about the lack of local transportation. We were planning to head north with my mom on board and get her close to Orlando Florida to drop her off at the airport in about a week, and decided Cocoa Florida would work as a convenient drop off point. We ventured down the river and back to the cross roads, of the St Lucie River and the Intracoastal Wate...
6/21/2017 05:56 www.youtube.com
Two Laps Around Fastnet Rock (MV Dirona Channel)
6/20/2017 18:49 feeds.feedburner.com
Raymarine Axiom & LH3, a little fishing & then the install
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
There is understandable grumbling about how Raymarine's new 7-, 9- and 12-inch Axiom multifunction displays shipped (somewhat late) without several significant features that Ray plans to deliver with a software update at a yet unspecified date. But I'm fairly confident that the longer term story is rosy. After two days of fishing with beta MFDs in Florida and installing a test Axiom 7 myself, I'm impressed with both the hardware and the new LightHouse 3 interface, and I'll be surprised if the missing features and more don't fill in nicely. Let's take a glass-at-least-half-full look at this major product line change...
6/20/2017 10:30 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY'S FIRE DAMAGE REPAIRS NEARLY COMPLETE
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina undergoing repairs for cosmetic damage caused by fire on an adjacent boat while we're staying in an apartment near the marina.
Last Saturday was four weeks since YachtPaint started the repair work. They said it was a four week job and we were skeptical, but most is completed. The painting and anti fouling is complete, the mast is back up and the only remaining things are the pilot house special curved window (due next week), the VHF antenna (due any day), the hull's name transfers (due any day), replacement navigation light (due tomorrow) plus a couple of minor things. The job is excellent and Envoy gleams.
Tomorrow the technicians from Internaftiki, Athens arrive to do a routine periodic service of the Naiad stabilisers, involving removing the fins and replacing the through-hull seals. This is a four to five day job and during this time we expect Sailand to complete most of their outstanding work. So we're looking at putting Envoy back in the water next wee...
6/20/2017 03:30 comeonrover.com
Petersburg, Sandborn Canal & Tracy Arm
It’s a rainy afternoon here in Hoonah, and once again we need to catch up on the blog! We’re here waiting to be able to enter Glacier Bay tomorrow. It has been a lovely day in this small interesting town, but now we have a bit of time to enjoy a good glass of wine, … Continue reading Petersburg, Sandborn Canal & Tracy Arm →
6/19/2017 20:37 oursloboda.com
Video Episode #5
Video Episode #5 Episode #5 features stunning Manzanillo, birds riding on the backs of turtles, tons of dolphins, the fishing village of Zihuatanejo, and making sure Dexter didn’t get eaten by a croc! If you weren’t already aware, I make these videos for Mike and I to re-live the memories and also to share a...
6/19/2017 09:27 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
June 2017: From the Azores to Gibraltar
Jura is First Departing Horta HarborThe weather once again was quite pleasant, but also still quite cool with temps in the lower 60’s. And the Commanders weather forecast for our planned route into the Mediterranean was also good enough. We had a lazy, peaceful morning while our agent, Duncan Sweet, processed our paperwork. Just before 1100 Jura pulled up her anchor and headed out of the harbor, eventually turning north towards England and Scotland. At approximately 1120 the remaining there boats – Angela, Moxie and Relish– also departed and headed towards Gibraltar, 1,128 nautical miles to the east.
Aboard Relish our new mate, Michel, got the immediate opportunity to familiarize himself with the pilot house and nav/comm equipment as he took the first shift at the helm. Michel is a veteran seaman and Nordhavn owner himself – check out N50-26 Sea Turtle if you ever have the chance.
Leaving Horta in Our Wake
For the initial part of this leg we experienced flat sea co...
6/19/2017 05:51 feeds.feedburner.com
Exumas Return ~ Exhale...
It's nice to be back; though there was a disturbing moment as we walked onto the boat hearing a highwater alarm. But, barring a faulty primary bilge pump, a quick look revealed all was well.
Yeah, but still -
Our stay in Jupiter was longer than we had expected. After all that had happened there was a lot to be taken care of and high-speed internet / reliable cell phone service certainly made life more manageable.
Finally, after a week's stay, we caught a ride to Ft Lauderdale and hopped a little Watermakers plane back to Staniel Cay. Tucker had dispatched a small boat to pick us up and the last leg was a beautiful ride back to Compass and Istaboa.
Crew Istaboa - Happily boarding the Watermakers flight back to the Exumas
(Thanks to Norman, from Chicken Cay, for the pic)
So, literally, at the end of the day, we're back on the boat; a bit tired, but happy to be home. For the first time in more than a week we've stopped to take a breath. Then an apt finale to a week that has ...
6/16/2017 07:47 feeds.feedburner.com
For Thought ‹
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
6/16/2017 02:01 comeonrover.com
Heading north from Ketchikan – Meyers Chuck, Wrangell & Petersburg
Well, we’re behind on the blogging again. So much to look at vs. a computer screen + so very little cell service (which is actually quite lovely) = no updates from the Jeffries. So we’ll cram some time in here as we head north on Stephens Passage on a misty morning. After a last trip … Continue reading Heading north from Ketchikan – Meyers Chuck, Wrangell & Petersburg →