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    5/22/2017 10:09 grandbanks39.com

    Memorial Day

    Blue skies, sunshine and no wind were in the marine forecast after months of nothing but rain, so we grabbed a bag of groceries and headed out for the peaceful waters of Puget Sound. We were not disappointed, even arriving at the outstation late Friday evening, just before the sun set. The dog quickly got […]

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    5/22/2017 07:35 feeds.feedburner.com

    Dispatch from the N.A.P.


    It seems after pounding through harsh conditions, paying their dues for the first day or two, old Neptune has given that bold fleet of Nordhavns a bit of a break. Messages and blog posts indicate things have settled into a nice cruise for the North Atlantic Passage crews. This morning's position points to an arrival sometime tonight. Tivoli sends out real-time blog posts from aboard so I'm sure we'll receive a report later. Meanwhile back at the ranch... We're just wrapping up preparations on Istaboa and waiting for a nice 3 day weather window to give us pleasurable sea conditions to cross to the Exumas.  Typical late May weather patterns have prevailed. Puffy Southeast winds creating nasty head seas would make for  a miserable ride to the islands. So we're taking our time and going through all the systems needed for an extended stay. Credit, where credit's due: Shout out to James Knight for mending our davit; I don't think anyone else could, or would, have done it. He diagnosed a...

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    5/22/2017 05:02 feeds.feedburner.com

    MAJOR PROGRESS ON ENVOY'S FIRE DAMAGE REPAIR

    Envoy is in Lefkas Marina undergoing repairs for cosmetic damage caused by fire on an adjacent boat while we're living ashore in a nearby village. Tomorrow, Tuesday it's a month since we got back to Lefkas and progress seems to have been painfully slow, but on Friday we got the insurer's approval to proceed with repairs and our repair contractor, YachtPaint, started today. In fact they were on the job by 0830 – the earliest we can ever recall a contractor turning up for work on Envoy. Let's hope that's a good omen! We had expected repairs to start much sooner but with insurance there is a process to go through and here's a timeline of this whole affair so far:Tue 25/4: arrive Lefkas the day of fire Thu 27/4: meet assessor and YachtPaint manager Fri 28/4: receive quote from YachtPaint to clean Envoy of fire debris and forward to insurer Sun 30/4: organise accommodation and rental car as we can't live on board Tue 1/5: insurers approve cleaning quote Thu 4/5 – Fri 5/5: crane hoist...

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    5/22/2017 04:12 www.pendanablog.com

    San Juan Islands

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    5/21/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Arrival-Day

    We knew it wouldn't last. After 3 days of nearly flat seas a front has moved through and given us modest 5-6 foot seas and 13 knot winds. But they are on the nose and we have been pounding into them all day. Our progress has slowed to 7 knots. We've covered 984 nm and have 34 hard miles to go to our first Bermuda waypoint, then another two hour run in to St. George's. We won't arrive till midnight or later. We expect to anchor in Powder Hole tonight and run over to Ordinance Island in the morning to clear customs. Roam remains off our starboard bow, the rest of the fleet should have arrived. All is well aboard Tivoli. Start your own blog now! Free!

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    5/20/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Night-Watch

    The vastness of planet Earth is never more palpable than when far at sea. Stars shine brightly from horizon to horizon with no light pollution to block the magnificent view. The inky blackness of a moonless night on a calm sea makes one feel as though you are suspended in space, gliding gracefully along 3 miles above the sea floor. I sit in our comfortable pilothouse monitoring our place in this vastness to an accuracy of 3-4 feet. The dim glow of our array of instruments surrounds me, each with its story to tell, all of which collectively inform our state of health and progress toward our destination. I consider how easy today's technology makes such travel possible and am in awe of the old salts crossing oceans with little more than a sextant and a timepiece. Crude charts, little understanding of currents, no weather, no communications, and no accurate position data. Amazing. Of course, even with today's technology, the trawler cruising lifestyle isn't easy. The luxuries come with c...

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    5/20/2017 09:15 mvdirona.com

    Newport to Grand Banks


    The first seven days of our 2,800nm passage from Newport RI to Kinsale, Ireland were a battle. We battled negative Bay of Fundy currents, low-pressure systems, and a water-ingress issue that threatened the boat and took us ten hours to resolve. On the positive side, we also got a push from the Gulf Stream and...

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    5/19/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Day-Three

    Sunshine, blue skies, calm seas. Another beautiful day aboard Tivoli. We are 633 nautical miles into the trip. (Note I avoided the abbreviation nm which my spellchecker automatically changes to mm, several ended up in my last post, embarrassing but I figure you could surmise we traveled 300 nautical miles rather than 300 millimeters or 1 foot). Another 383 miles to go. Weather should remain good till late tomorrow when we could get a front moving through. Seas and winds should still be in the "doable" range. We are in the "Ground Hog Day" stage of the voyage, every day is much the same as we watch our vessel's icon inch across the chart. Our friends on Roam caught a 5-foot Mahi Mahi, Moxie caught a 6-foot Marlin, Tivoli caught a 6-inch flying fish (no pole, no bait, no skill). Pretty quiet day. Deanna did some laundry, we made some water, and generally lounged around watching the world go by. Tough life.

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    5/19/2017 10:44 mvdirona.com

    Newport Yachting Center


    Newport Yachting Center was a wonderful place to live for a few weeks as we staged for our Atlantic crossing. The marina had just put its docks back in the water the week prior to our arrival, but we didn’t realize just how early we were in their season until we’d been there a month...

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    5/19/2017 02:59 www.youtube.com

    The Perfect Ocean Passage! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 119


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    5/18/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Day-Two

    Big improvement in conditions today. As predicted, the further north the calmer the wind and seas. It's Thurs. 9 PM and I've started my watch with my usual engine room check. All is well. We are 300 mm into the trip. Running this far north has added 85 mm to the distance, but the boost in speed due to the Gulf Stream has been a benefit. The weather improvement is huge. Seas are down to 3-5 feet with the occasional thumper. Winds are also down to 10-15. Tivoli's crew is doing well, no issues. I spent part of the day on sat phone communications and have been able to get a 5-day weather forecast from Ocens and communicate with Commander's Weather. I can also see emails sent to our regular Yahoo account. Patience is a virtue when using sat phones; everything is slow and often more than one attempt to send or receive is required. Still, it is great to have the technology. The Delorme Inreach also continues to amaze, a very robust and versatile sat communicator. It is black as coal outside, ...

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    5/18/2017 10:38 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn video: Nordhavn 55 "Rhapsody"


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    5/18/2017 10:14 mvdirona.com

    Passage Preparation


    We generally keep Dirona ready to go to sea at a moment’s notice, and securing the cockpit furniture is typically all we need to do as we get underway. For multi-day passages, we do some additional preparation ranging from provisioning, to heavy weather preparation, to paperwork necessary to bring Spitfire into a new country. Highlights...

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    5/18/2017 06:55 feeds.feedburner.com

    UPDATE ON THE CRUISING SITUATION IN TURKEY

    We are staying ashore in the hills behind Lefkas Marina, Greece where Envoy is on the hardstand awaiting repairs to heat and soot damage caused by fire on a nearby boat. It's over three weeks since the fire and not much has happened except for a major clean-up so the damage could be properly assessed. The broken windows and portholes have also been removed for repair so that's a start. These windows are a bit unusual since each toughened glass pane is set into a stainless steel frame which is then sealed into a further stainless steel frame attached to the GRP cabin's window cavity. All the windows have rounded corners and one is slightly curved as well. The insurance assessor and local contractors tell us that usually the boat's manufacturer supplies replacements for broken windows but Nordhavn told us they don't stock these, and in fact haven't been very helpful at all.The quote to repair Envoy was received Tuesday and it will take several days to get insurer's approval for work to ...

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    5/17/2017 20:19 feeds.feedburner.com

    Here Ya Go —

    For those who want a Porsche and a boat. And, it's only $13M.  You better hurry, they're only making 7. Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa

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    5/17/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Day-One

    I'm up early, too excited to sleep. I fire up all the electronics and make sure all are configured and ready to go. Though we typically navigate carefully planned and reviewed routes, today we will be following the group and our course will depend on Commander's Weather excellent support. I run down to the engine room for one last check and notice the Racor filter on the genset appears to need changing. I changed it recently, did I forget to reset the max PSI or does it really need changing? Better to be safe. I dug out a spare, tools, cleanup materials and changed the filter. I then primed the genset using the transfer pump. All is well. The Nordhavn Atlantic Passage 2017 fleet departed Old Port Cove Marina as planned at 8 AM and motored single-file down the ICW. Clark on Roam captured the parade with his drone, should be fun to see. As we make the turn around Peanut Island the swell picks up. It is rough as we beat into head seas making our way out to the sea buoy. We are finally a...

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    5/17/2017 09:23 www.youtube.com

    WE HAVE A WINNER!! Patreon Crew Contest Winner Announcement!


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    5/16/2017 14:57 mvduet.talkspot.com

    Duet Arrives in Tahiti

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    5/16/2017 13:54 mvdirona.com

    Steering Issue


    We haven’t had steering issues in the past. Given they can happen anywhere, why the heck would it occur within hours of dead-center on our 2,800 nm trip through the North Atlantic? We have covered a lot of miles over the years and generally have seen pretty good conditions. The weather we’ve encountered has been...

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    5/15/2017 22:44 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    May 2017: Final Preps for Departure


    On Wednesday 10-May we once again drove back to Palm Beach, this time in a one-way rental car loaded with our travel bags.  We stopped at Old Port Cove marina to grab a couple more spare parts from Yacht Tech for Relish, and then the next day (11-May) caught a flight out of PBI back to Nassau.  Relaxing Dinner in Relish's Cockpit Untangling the Jordan Drogue Chute With just less than 5 days remaining before our planned departure date we went to work on final departure preps.  They were all relatively minor items:  troubleshooting the GFCI outlet for the fresh water pump, tightening the couplings on the transmission drain/fill lines, laying down new absorbent pads for the main engine, preparing and then securing the Jordon drogue chute, topping off the wing engine’s day tank, and mounting a coolant recovery tank for the wing engine….plus a few other nits here and there. Who the Hell Put a GFCI Back There? We also prepared clipboards for the Pilot House with appropriate checklist...

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    5/15/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Departure TIme!

    It is daybreak. The sun is peeping over the horizon. The crew of Tivoli is up and already working on a list of last-minute items prior to departure. At long last. After several months of planning, a couple dozen boat projects, and working through lists of spare parts, provisions and safety gear we are finally ready to head to Bermuda. Tivoli is heavily laden with a full load of fuel, water and food. We are part of a small fleet of six Nordhavn’s, the Nordhavn Atlantic Passage 2017, headed east. Four of the fleet will stop in Bermuda for a few days then proceed to the Azores and ultimately the Med. Tivoli and the N47 Roam will stay in Bermuda for America’s Cup events throughout June and depart for Nova Scotia in early July. The weather is looking a bit lumpy for the first day or two but easing up as the weekend approaches. We will head north in the Gulf Stream to reach calmer waters, then turn east for the run out to Bermuda. Departure time is 8 AM tomorrow! We expect to clear customs a...

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    5/15/2017 14:11 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn video: Custom Nordhavn 92 "Rest Assured"


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    5/14/2017 20:15 feeds.feedburner.com

    Glomex USA, Shakespeare and the search for better antenna cabling systems


    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison Recently I struggled installing a typical marine antenna with its included cable and annoying 0.71-inch (18 mm) diameter PL-259 connector. I could have cut the coax, run the cable, and attached a new PL-259, but I'm not sure that any human can install a cable connector as well as a machine, and certainly not me. That's why it's nice that Glomex now offers a variety of antennas and machine-made cables that use 0.35-inch (9mm) FME connectors. But for U.S. boaters, the Glomex news is better still...

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    5/14/2017 13:15 mvdirona.com

    Alarms at 1:15am


    I bolted awoke at 1:15am to a shrieking alarm. We were 50 miles south of the Grand Banks, in large seas, on passage from Newport, RI to Kinsale, Ireland. I ran upstairs to the pilot house and Jennifer at the helm just said “high bilge water.” Yuck. Better than fire but far from good news....

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    5/14/2017 10:34 feeds.feedburner.com

    Turning the lights back on -


    It's been a while since our last post; with not much going on, with not much to report, we've been quiet. Life on the beach at Jupiter is cheerful. But, after many dollars and much work done aboard Istaboa, it's now time to bust some kinda move. So here we are at Old Port Cove, docked right in the middle of a pod of Nordhavns all bent on going the distance. The convoy's plan is to cross to Bermuda, approximately a 5 day run, where some will hangout for a month or so and experience the America's Cup races before pointing northwest toward Nova Scotia, the others are heading on to The Azores and then the Mediterranean. A relatively monumental plan and what these boats are made to do.   http://www.nordhavn.com/news/newsletter/april_2017/nap.php It's fun watching all the crews prepare for this significant passage. On the docks at OPC, the vibe of anticipation is thick. This crew? Were off to visit friends in the Bahamas, then after a run through the islands, we may point north to see wh...

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    5/13/2017 11:04 mvdirona.com

    Big System Coming


    For quite some time now we have been watching a very large low in the weather models coming down from Greenland. The storm is currently predicted to bring 20′ waves on 10 second period, with 25 to 30 kt winds.  With 20′ waves nominal, there will be some that approach or exceed our 30′ mast...

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    5/12/2017 02:59 www.youtube.com

    Naked in Nature! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 118


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    5/11/2017 23:19 kapowaicruising.com

    Beatrix Bay


    Our next trip out was to Beatrix Bay. Still farmed it appears to be going back to bush. Looking north on the way to the bay. On the eastern side the farm house and pasture. A mussel farm to the right. Our anchorage for the night, I wonder what history lies behind the house. Looking … Continue reading Beatrix Bay

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    5/11/2017 13:45 feeds.feedburner.com

    Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain, now what?


    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison This morning Garmin purchased ActiveCaptain and I have no idea if that will turn out to be good news or otherwise. Will this large and growing database of crowdsourced cruising information change now that it belongs to a major electronics brand? I have no bold opinions but I do have lots of questions I hope to discuss...

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    5/10/2017 14:34 mvdirona.com

    Fort Adams


    Fort Adams guards the harbor entrance to Newport and is the largest coastal fortification in the US. The parade area is 800ft across and covers 6.5 acres. We can see the fort from our berth at Newport Yachting Center and on a warm, sunny day finally got over for a tour. On the way we...

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    5/9/2017 17:20 shearmadness72.com

    2017-05 Morehead City, NC to Belfast, ME


    May 9, 2017 This post will detail our trip from Morehead City, NC to Belfast Maine. It was written (mostly) en route by Bradley. We departed from Morehead City Yacht Basin  at 15:00 on Saturday, April 29th. Our crew was our good friend Neil from New Zealand who will be spending the season with us as […]

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    5/9/2017 09:22 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY'S FIRE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT COMPLETED

    We are staying ashore in a country area 10km from Lefkas Marina, Greece where Envoy is on the hardstand. Vassilis warned us about snakes and although we haven't seen any near the house we've seen two slithering across the road to Lefkas. Following heat, soot and smoke damage to Envoy caused by fire on a nearby boat the clean up has finished and today Tuesday the surveyor, together with the contractor who will be doing the repairs, visited for the second time to fully assess the actual damage. This was mostly about determining which GRP areas need repairs to the GRP, which need painting and which only need polishing. The next steps are the contractor has to prepare a detailed quote for every item that needs repair, discuss it with me on Friday, then pass it to the surveyor who will pass it on to the insurers with his recommendations. The one contractor is quoting for everything and will engage subcontractors (eg for rigging, upholstery, glazing) as needed. The surveyor says we should...

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    5/9/2017 06:15 www.kensblog.com

    [kensblog] It’s 2017. What are our cruising plans?

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    5/8/2017 05:33 www.southernstarnz.com

    Returning to the real world

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    5/6/2017 09:19 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    Stuck? in Los Cabos??

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    5/6/2017 07:47 mvdirona.com

    North Atlantic 500mb Forecast


    We plan on getting underway this weekend for Kinsale, Ireland. It’s a tiny bit early in the season but we have what looks to be a blocking high developing in the North Atlantic which will stall the steady stream of low-pressure systems that we’ve been watching for the past several months. Unfortunately the high is...

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    5/6/2017 07:45 www.youtube.com

    North Atlantic 500mb Forecast


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    5/5/2017 16:54 n60blossom.blogspot.com


    Blossom's Out of the Shed and Ready to Cruise A calm evening It was wonderful being back on board! Our time back on Blossom began with a long weekend of storms. The temperature dropped 30 degrees and we had thunder and lightning with pouring down rain. It was awesome! The cool weather meant we could open the doors and windows and get down to business without sweating to death. When we arrived, the boat was half washed. I wish I’d taken a picture of our swim platform. There was no fiberglass for want of bird poo. But they came and finished the job on Saturday and Blossom was looking spiffy again. Our first night having happy hour on the flybridge, I insisted, though it was a tad cold 😊 A few nights later it was more comfortable The first few days were spent doing the basics. Everything had to be cleaned – not only had she been sitting for months, but we had bug-bombed right after we left to get rid of our weevil infestation. (It still sounds weird and I have no clue how we manag...

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    5/5/2017 10:12 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY'S FIRE DAMAGE PROGRESS REPORT

    Following smoke and heat damage to Envoy caused by fire on a nearby boat one of our priorities was to find somewhere to stay since we can't live aboard while the clean up, sanding and then GRP repairs and painting are being done. As the arrival of May signals the start of the local summer season and accommodation becomes more difficult we mention this to our contractor, Sailand, whose staff member Vassilis advises the house next to his is available for rent. Last Sunday we check this out to find a large four-bed-roomed, two-bath-roomed stone villa fully furnished and equipped, built in 1888 but completely refurbished while retaining its historical charm based on a mostly wooden interior decorated with antiques and artifacts. It's located high in the hills about 10 km from the marina where it's nice and cool with a stunning view over the Lefkas area and sea beyond. All of this for a most reasonable 600 Euros (about NZ$923) for a MONTH – that is about $30 per day. Ironically Di and I h...

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    5/5/2017 01:59 www.youtube.com

    Sailing to a remote uninhabited Paradise!! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 117


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    5/4/2017 14:32 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    Muertos ..

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    5/3/2017 11:00 mvdirona.com

    Stack Socket Replacement


    A couple of days after we arrived into Newport, we found the breaker for the pilothouse 120V outlets had tripped. We investigated all the electronics plugged into the PH outlets but the breaker would still trip. We eventually unplugged everything and it still tripped so it had to be a bad breaker or a circuit...

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    5/3/2017 02:15 kapowaicruising.com

    Kenepuru – Raetihi


    Our next trip along the Kenepuru took us to another lodge – Raetihi. This is a popular site and often it is closed for functions like weddings. Best to ring beforehand. They have a wharf but given the tidal ranges we anchored off and took the tender in. The lodge from the sound A close … Continue reading Kenepuru – Raetihi

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    5/2/2017 19:24 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn video: Nordhavn 63 "Ithaka"


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    5/1/2017 14:11 mvdirona.com

    Departure Planning


    We’ve been studying the weather every day as we prepare for our Atlantic crossing from Newport, RI to Kinsale, Ireland. We use a variety of data sources, including NOAA surface analysis and 500MB forecasts. The sources we rely most heavily on are GRIB files containing data from computer-generated models such as NOAA GFS and WAVEWATCH...

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    5/1/2017 14:09 www.youtube.com

    Departure Planning


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    5/1/2017 11:33 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    May 1 - time to get this party started!

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    4/30/2017 09:10 www.youtube.com

    First Carrier Landing (MV Dirona Channel)


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    4/29/2017 18:54 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    April 2017: Taking Relish Back to Nassau


    Our inReach Track to Nassau On Monday 24-April we drove back over to Palm Beach once again, with the goal of completing another round of provisioning as well as getting Relish’s punch list completed and moving her back to Nassau. By late morning on Wednesday, 26-April, we were ready to go.  On the way out of the Lake Worth area we stopped for fuel, taking on about 1100 gallons of diesel (bringing our total to 2800 gallons) and then headed out into open waters.  (Click HERE for our tracking site.) Onboard were James Knight and Scott (from Yacht Tech), Gary Brace (our 4thcrewmember for the upcoming sortie to Bermuda), plus Rick & Michelle.  On the first leg of the route we sailed due south hugging the coastline, mainly to minimize the impact of the Gulf Stream current.  Then at Fort Lauderdale we turned Relish eastward towards the Bahamas.   inReach Track....with Messaging Detail Displayed During the remaining daylight hours we spent our time testing systems, otherwise known as sea ...

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    4/29/2017 12:06 shearmadness72.com

    2017-04 Heading North

    April 29, 2017 Just a short update to say we are back on the boat, have been frantically working to get ready for a passage, and plan to depart later today to head north to Belfast, Maine. You can track us beginning tonight (technology permitting!) at: https://wx.ocens.com/everon/tracking3.php?uname=shearmadness72  where you will hopefully see a track going […]

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    4/29/2017 10:41 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY'S NEAR DISASTER


    We are now staying in a hotel at Lefkas Marina, Greece. On the way to Lefkas we spend ten great but cold days at Scotland's Orkney Islands, famous for their scenic beauty, wildlife and history including Neolithic and Viking settlement and the Royal Navy's Scapa Flow base which saw extensive action during both World Wars. A future Blog posting will describe the Orkneys. In the cruising life you have mostly great days and some not so great, but this one would end up one of our worst. We arrive at Lefkas by five hour bus trip from Athens on a beautiful sunny Tuesday late afternoon. After checking into the marina hotel we wander over to check Envoy on the hardstand, approaching from her port side. We're firstly surprised to see Envoy's location surrounded by wide red “crime scene” style tape. As we get closer we see marina staff standing watch over the area, then closer still we smell a bitter aroma in the air and see the burnt-out remains of a large motor boat at right angles to Envoy ...

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    4/29/2017 04:59 www.pendanablog.com

    Guest Interview Dick and Gail Barnes – Ice Dancer II

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    4/28/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com

    We rode a F*****G SUBMARINE to a shipwreck! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 116


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    4/26/2017 09:47 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    just a few pics...

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    4/25/2017 04:20 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    La Paz - Getting Ready

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    4/24/2017 15:26 www.youtube.com

    Flying over Newport (MV Dirona Channel)


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    4/24/2017 10:33 grandbanks39.com

    Spring Sunshine

    Spring finally decided to show up in the Pacific Northwest, which meant we decided to drop whatever chores we were supposed to be doing and head out in Yes Please. The Kirk’s parents were visiting from California, so we loaded up the boat with lots of picnic goodies and the entire family to head north […]

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    4/23/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Key Biscayne


    Weather dictates ones every move when cruising. We carefully survey the options and decide a run north to Miami would be wise. We don’t want to be caught in strong northerlies down in the Keys that would make a passage north a long slog. We certainly don’t want weather to impede our ability to return to Old Port Cove to get some last-minute work done before our departure to Bermuda. We rise early, weigh anchor and motor out of Boot Key harbor. Seas are lumpy but are predicted to subside with time and distance north. Rain is definitely in our future. But, we are comfy and dry as we motor up Hawk Channel. Miles pass, keys pass, a few boats pass. Most fishing boats are heading into harbor to avoid the rains; some fanatics are heading out to the reefs regardless. A few sailboats are marching north with us. By lunch time the seas are flat but the rain begins. We take our usual precautionary measure of stowing small portable electronics items in the microwave, just in case a lighting strik...

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    4/23/2017 04:32 www.southernstarnz.com

    Exploring the Exuma Land and Sea Park

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    4/22/2017 11:49 n60blossom.blogspot.com


    Returning to Blossom! It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 8 months since we said goodbye to Blossom, tucked up under her shed in Virginia. We expected to be back by the end of March at the latest but hadn’t planned on our lives changing as they did after our return to California! To make a long story short, we made a quick and somewhat surprising decision (even to us) to move to St. Petersburg, Florida shortly after we returned home last summer. To paraphrase, a friend of ours said, “if it’s meant to be, it’ll be easy”. And with the move, everything just fell into place, including finding a house when we weren’t really house-hunting… And so we started off the year in a new town and a new home where we hope to grow old(er) 😊.   Our 2017 Cruising Season is going to be a bit different than we had thought as we’ve decided to do some renovations to our house and yard that are going to keep us busy over the next year. We’re a bit too hands-on to leave when there’s so much happening ...

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    4/21/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    To The Keys

    Slack tide at Ft. Pierce City Marina is at 11 AM so that is our departure time. We’ve very much enjoyed our month here. New docks, great facilities, all kinds of activities in the park adjacent to the marina (farmers market, music festival, seafood fest, oyster fest, on and on), several decent restaurants within walking distance…it’s been fun. We are ready….we think. We’ve spent several months now working on Tivoli rather than cruising. Not that she needed much. But, she hasn’t done a long ocean voyage and needed some attention relative to the task. Things like spare parts, fire extinguisher replacement, testing of various systems, etc. For example, we discovered the fire suppression system appropriately shut down both main and genset engines but did not shut down the engine room blower system. Not good! I spent a couple days diagnosing (mis-wired) and fixing the problem and all is well. Now it is time for a decent sea-trial. We opt to stay in the US and run down to Marathon in the Key...

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    4/21/2017 14:00 feeds.feedburner.com

    News+: Victron Venus, CruzPro SOG2, DY WindSense, Vaavud Ultrasonic, & Panbo "News+"


    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison Victron's new Venus GX is a dauntingly complicated looking blue box, but it could beautifully simplify and improve the monitoring and control of a boat's electrical power system. Essentially, Venus is a Color Control GX without the screen, which makes it less expensive, and it also has extra goodies like 3 tank level and 2 temperature inputs, built-in WiFi, and yet more I/O that hasn't been enabled yet. The Color Control has evolved (and been used) a lot since I wrote about it in 2014, and Venus can do more...

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    4/21/2017 11:40 mvduet.talkspot.com

    Mexico to French Polynesia Part Three, Days 12 - 17

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    4/21/2017 03:31 www.southernstarnz.com

    Heading back North

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    4/21/2017 02:00 www.youtube.com

    A drone crash, a lost tooth and a live concert! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 115


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    4/20/2017 12:38 mvduet.talkspot.com

    Mexico to French Polynesia Part Two - Days 7 - 11

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    4/20/2017 09:21 mvduet.talkspot.com

    Mexico to French Polynesia - Part One

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    4/19/2017 14:41 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    April 2017: All About N60 Relish


    Firstly, as promised in the last blog entry, here is the link information for the blog site that covers the larger “Nordhavn Atlantic Passage 2017”…note there are two NAP blog entries already posted as of today, the first providing an overview of the boats involved and the general schedule, the second offering insights into what sort of preparations are involved for such a journey:  Formal Introduction to the NAP-2017 Preparing for the NAP Ocean Crossing You will also note that in the upper right hand corner of the sidebar there are a couple of new links that point to the NAP web site and our satellite tracker (not much to see on the latter yet, but it is up & live if you want to test out access to it.) Since Michelle and Rick are also responsible for the NAP blogs you will find some occasional overlap between those and our personal Ghost Rider blog, but we’ll try to avoid that where possible.  Once you’ve had a chance to peruse the NAP coverage at the links above, come back here a...

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    4/17/2017 17:00 feeds.feedburner.com

    Sabre 66: excellence in digital switching and control


    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison Frankly, there's no plan behind the Panbo trend of more detailed entries posted less often, but sometimes it does seem like a feature rather than a bug. For instance, Sabre gave me a long and impressive systems tour of their first Dirigo 66 while she beautifully occupied this slip at Yachts Miami Beach 2016, and while I didn't intend to delay the write-up this long, last week I got aboard just-launched hull #3 the day before heading from Maine to Florida at about 25 knots. So I have additional detail on how well the original system design has worked out - also impressive...

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    4/15/2017 05:37 www.southernstarnz.com

    Conception to Cat Island

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    4/14/2017 01:59 www.youtube.com

    Camilla-Lilla joins us in Mauritius! Yeeaahh! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 114


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    4/13/2017 14:53 www.pendanablog.com

    Adios Washington

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    4/13/2017 11:21 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    Done Deal!

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    4/12/2017 10:18 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    April 2017: Ghost Rider Redux?


    The DeFever 53It has been a long time since our last post, but all along we've been busy trying to figure out a way to get back into the boating business with a Ghost Rider II.  We've actually been scouring the boat brokerage market since last October, and in that span we've been on at least 13 prospective boats.  One of those, a DeFever 53, caught our fancy. But after a very extensive survey and sea trial revealed some unanticipated issues, we decided to pass on it. So the search continues. Relish - A Nordhavn 60Nevertheless, in the midst of all the boat browsing we've been making preparations for a crossing of the Atlantic ocean on a Nordhavn 60, named Relish. The Nordy community is a tight one, and one where it's common to make new friends on a regular basis.  In this case we befriended a relatively new Nordhavn owner who, after buying the boat of his dreams here in the U.S., wants to get it back to his home waters in the Mediterranean.  And he needed some crew to help him do that...

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    4/11/2017 07:24 www.southernstarnz.com

    Conception Island

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    4/8/2017 09:24 www.southernstarnz.com

    GEORGE TOWN, VISAS, AND LONG ISLAND

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    4/8/2017 05:37 www.southernstarnz.com

    Cave Cay and Rudder Cut Cay

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    4/7/2017 23:49 kapowaicruising.com

    Kenepuru Sound – Portage & St. Omer


    As you approach Havelock off to port is Kenepuru Sound. Some 16 Nm long it’s eastern end runs close to the Queen Charlotte Sound with a narrow ridge between them.   A convenient bay in Queen Charlotte is just on the other side of the ridge. Catch a boat to Torea Bay and then walk … Continue reading Kenepuru Sound – Portage & St. Omer

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    4/7/2017 17:24 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    We did it!

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    4/7/2017 09:31 oursloboda.com

    Things Not to Do

    3_28am 4.7.17 Off the Pacific Coast of Mexico It was one of those days when all the lessons were wrapped up into one nice little package addressed to me. If you happen to also be on an overnight passage on a boat at 3:30 in the morning off the coast of Mexico, staring into the... Read More

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    4/7/2017 01:30 www.youtube.com

    Carmen aka Stripagedon strikes again in Mauritius! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 113


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    4/5/2017 22:28 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY'S 2017 CRUISING PLANS

    Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we're home for the New Zealand summer, returning in just a few days. We have exciting plans for this year's cruising! After a brief shakedown cruise to ensure Envoy is performing well in the vicinity of our Lefkas home base, around mid-May we'll head north to Corfu and then north-east to Albania. From there we head west across to the north-east coast of Italy and south down the Italian Boot to Sicily, where we'll spend the bulk of our time, with two side trips to Malta , a destination we haven't visited before about 50 miles offshore from Sicily. We'll also visit the Aeolian Islands off north-east Sicily and while leaving Envoy in a marina take the hydrofoil to Stromboli Island. Then around early September we'll start a leisurely northwards cruise back to the northern Ionian area to go into Lefkas Marina second week of October. Yes we're having a slightly shorter cruising season this year, being away for only a bit ove...

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    4/5/2017 10:02 feeds.feedburner.com

    MV Dirona: deep cruising, deeply shared


    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison If there were a lifetime award for cruising excellence, I think that Jennifer and James Hamilton would deserve at least a nomination. I mean excellence at the core practical cruising skills -- seamanship and boat care -- plus inspirational levels of curiosity about the vast world cruising makes accessible, and perhaps at the top of my imagined award criteria: distinction at sharing all of the above with the rest of us. Visiting M/V Dirona in Belfast, Maine, last October was a treat, but you too can ride along as this Nordhavn heads to Ireland and beyond...

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    4/4/2017 19:32 kapowaicruising.com

    Havelock


    Our home for the next two months is going to be Havelock, a port at the head of the Pelorus Sound where the Pelorus River meets the sea. Kapowai moored in Havelock Marina at sunset. Looking down on Havelock with a good view of the Pelorus Sound. Havelock is the centre of the ‘greenshell’ mussel … Continue reading Havelock

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    3/31/2017 05:46 www.youtube.com

    Sailing 150NM overnight to Mauritius!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 112


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    3/30/2017 15:17 feeds.feedburner.com

    CRUISING ABOARD MORITZ - PART 2


    CRUISING ABOARD MORITZPART 2 Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we're home for the New Zealand summer – but not for much longer as in early April we start our journey back end of next week. First we'll be spending 10 days in the Orkney Islands off Scotland's north-west coast, where I'm sure there will be plenty of boating-related material to write about. Then we head to Athens for the six hour bus trip to Lefkas Marina and Envoy. Continuing on from our last Blog posting we're aboard stunning Maritimo 48 foot motor yacht, Moritz,  owned by our friends Morris and Gail. On day two we wake up well-refreshed and while eating breakfast quietly cruise across to Waiheke Island to anchor in Matiatia Bay.  Matiatia Bay wharf from Moritz at anchor Here we go ashore to walk around the headland overlooking Matiatia while culturally enriching ourselves by viewing the Sculpture on the Gulf Exhibition supported by about 50 sponsors including respected international...

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    3/30/2017 04:52 www.pendanablog.com

    Kevin and Alison Red Rover N55

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    3/28/2017 12:21 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    The Story - One Month of Ch-ch-ch-changes...

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    3/26/2017 11:47 feeds.feedburner.com

    SkyMate Mazu/mSeries all-in-one Iridium sat comms & Si-Tex NavStar Android MFD


    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison It was good to see SkyMate return to the Miami Boat Show after years focused on commercial fishing, and the company clearly has not lost its touch at squeezing lots of easy utility out of skinny-band satellite communications. Its new Mazu/mSeries marine system promises surprisingly full-featured weather and email using Iridium's least expensive service, plus texting, SOS, navigation and (optional) off-boat monitoring. And, just around the corner in the Si-Tex booth, I saw a very interesting Android-based touchscreen NavStar MFD nicely interfacing with SkyMate's existing communications system...

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    3/25/2017 14:47 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn video: N40 "StarPlath"


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    3/24/2017 18:00 oursloboda.com

    Salty

    Still in the beautiful land of Mexico 3.24.17 Four of the seven people we went out to dinner with last week weren’t wearing shoes. It was a warm crystal clear night in Manzanillo Bay. The tiny yellow lights of the Mediterranean style resorts lining the hillsides twinkled across the golden blue waters that gently rocked... Read More

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    3/24/2017 07:31 www.youtube.com

    ICW Miles 778 to 830: St. Augustine to Daytona Beach (MV Dirona Channel)


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    3/24/2017 01:29 www.youtube.com

    One Tiny Island That Has It All!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 111


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    3/23/2017 02:32 www.southernstarnz.com

    Exploring more of the Exumas

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    3/22/2017 10:15 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn video: N46 "Rebecca Anne"


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    3/21/2017 02:33 feeds.feedburner.com

    CRUISING ABOARD MORITZ - PART 1


    Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we're home for the New Zealand summer, returning next month. It's early February, nearly three months since we left Envoy and after such a break from boating we're ready for some more, happily accepting an invitation to join long-time friends Morris and Gail Watson for a few days aboard “Moritz”, a Maritimo 48 motor yacht in Auckland's superb Hauraki Gulf.Maritimos are upper end of the market planing motor yachts built in Queensland's Gold Coast.  The company's owner, Bill Barry-Cotter, is well experienced in the marine industry and formerly owned Riviera – also builders of popular planing motor yachts. We presume the brand name is inspired by Maritimo Island, one of the Egadi Islands located off the north-west coast of Sicily where coincidentally we visited in 2014. Moritz is a big volume luxury boat We meet Morris and Gail at Half Moon Bay Marina and quickly settle on Moritz – not only have we been aboard previousl...

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    3/20/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org

    Ft. Pierce

    Tivoli is finally on the move. After 4 months in North Palm Beach we cast off our dock lines and departed Lake Worth inlet one more time. The many boat projects we completed, large and small, demanded a proper sea trial. So, we did a slow run up the coast to Ft. Pierce City Marina. Along the way numerous engine room checks revealed all is well. The boat runs very smoothly with its new shaft, coupler, cutlass bearing and dripless shaft seal. We had a minor issue with our ship’s computer but that was an easy fix. The sea trial was uneventful, the seas calm, the day sunny. Our friends Clark and Michelle on N47 Roam were on a test run of their own and met us at the Ft. Pierce inlet. We both hustled back to City Marina to catch slack water. A modest current runs through this spot and we wanted to minimize its impact on our docking. We backed into our new slip without incident or insurance claim, rinsed off the boat, and joined our friends for a lovely dinner down the street. We are impresse...

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    3/20/2017 18:44 comeonrover.com

    Christmas in March? Red Rover thinks so.


    The equipment showed up at Emerald Harbor Marine last week so I decided to go pick it up and load it on to Red Rover.  If the Christmas Tree was still up, I would of thought it was the end of December!  The boxes are now tucked away in the pilothouse.  Brad and Scott from … Continue reading Christmas in March? Red Rover thinks so. →

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    3/20/2017 10:19 www.youtube.com

    Daytona 500 (MV Dirona channel)


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