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3/27/2017 15:48 mvdirona.com
St. Augustine, FL
“The first this, the oldest that” begins Lonely Planet’s description of St. Augustine. The town the Spanish founded in 1565 retains dozens of historical buildings ranging as far back as the Spanish era and now is a popular tourist destination. We spent two night anchored off town, enjoying the sights from the water and ashore....
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...
3/25/2017 14:47 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn video: N40 "StarPlath"
3/24/2017 18:00 oursloboda.com
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...
3/24/2017 07:31 www.youtube.com
ICW Miles 778 to 830: St. Augustine to Daytona Beach (MV Dirona Channel)
3/24/2017 01:29 www.youtube.com
One Tiny Island That Has It All!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 111
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"
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...
3/20/2017 19:00 www.mvtivoli.org
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...
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. →
3/20/2017 10:19 www.youtube.com
Daytona 500 (MV Dirona channel)
3/19/2017 04:16 bkomeara-travelblog.blogspot.com
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3/19/2017 03:45 bkomeara-travelblog.blogspot.com
Traveling to The South Pacific
Life long dream of a journey to French Polynesia is finally a reality! 13 days from Barra De Navidad Mexico to Nuku Hiva on Daybreak Nordhavn 60 with Jerome Fisher, Don Weippert and Francisco. Bill is having the time of his life. Thank you Jerome and Karen for inviting us on this wonderful adventure!
3/18/2017 15:57 www.youtube.com
Seafair Miami leaving Halifax Harbor Marina (MV Dirona channel)
3/18/2017 09:36 mvdirona.com
Cumberland Island, Georgia
Cumberland Island is Georgia’s southernmost barrier island and is a popular destination full of hiking trails and dramatic scenery. In the 1880s, Thomas M. Carnegie, the brother of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, and his wife Lucy built Dungeness, a 59-room Scottish castle on the island’s southern tip. Fire later destroyed the mansion, and the Dungeness...
3/17/2017 01:39 www.youtube.com
Scuba Diving and Hiking a Live Volcano in La Reunion- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 110
3/16/2017 15:40 www.youtube.com
NASCAR Technical Inspection (MV Dirona channel)
3/16/2017 14:14 mvdirona.com
St. Marys, Georgia
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is the the east coast home to the US Navy’s Ohio-class nuclear submarines. Nearby St. Marys has a museum packed with submarine memorabilia and even a working periscope. The attractive town also is the gateway to the popular Cumberland Island National Seashore. Following a half-day run from Brunswick, Georgia we...
3/16/2017 10:19 shearmadness72.com
2017-03 A few projects and more land travel
March 16, 2017 Shear Madness is still resting comfortably in Morehead City, NC. Before departing for some land adventures, we completed a few boat projects. First, the motor that lifts the TV in the salon had failed and needed to be replaced. Of course, that motor is no longer made, but the same company had […]
3/15/2017 19:00 mvduet.talkspot.com
Duet is departing San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, this morning, Thursday March 16th, for Nuka Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands. We expect to arrive in about 18 days, after a journey of around 2,700 miles. The weather for the first 8 days or so is expected to be calm, which is about as good as it gets for this length of journey. Our buddy boat, the Nordhavn 60 Daybreak, will be departing from a little further south this weekend. We will be in touch with them every day.
You may follow us as www.snap.ocens.com. Enter "Duet" in the left hand box, and make sure that the start date of your search is 3/16 or later. You should see our little dot slowly progressing across a big ocean. We will be posting positions a couple of times a day.
We may, nor may not, post to the website while we are gone. We do not expect to have internet access until we get home in late May, so, while we really appreciate your comments, we won't be able to respond to them. Please feel free to email us at ncmgoldb...
3/15/2017 01:25 www.youtube.com
Patrons Q&A- Sailing Vessel Delos
3/13/2017 19:00 mvduet.talkspot.com
First Words From Duet's First Crew
As I begin to write my perspective as the first crew aboard Duet I can't help but to hear the words from Dr Seuss's book, Oh the Places you'll Go. Boating is one big adventure and you're likely to get mixed up with many strange birds as you go, and it's just that chance I love about boating. It's easy to say I'm a parent of 2 beautiful kids who likes to read Dr Seuss. Being the husband to a very understanding and beautiful wife makes me a very lucky man. And me? I work full-time as a firefighter of which a small portion of time is spent on our Fireboat. But let's go back some and set the stage.
My story begins some time ago... I was at the Seattle Boat show and met Barbara Lippert. Barbara was showing a N43 and between her and the boat I didn't want to leave. I was saturated with all kinds of information and when I finally pried myself away I headed straight for the Dreamers group. Ron and Nancy were the first folks to welcome me after my introduction on the site. We had some common...
3/13/2017 13:30 feeds.feedburner.com
MIBS 2017: Furuno standalone 1815 radar, DFF-3D multimodal sonar & more
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
While Furuno USA had a lot to show off at the Miami Boat Show, let's start with the new 815 standalone radar. Recent Panbo entries about Raymarine's sleek new Axiom Series multifunction displays and Navico's ambitious systems integration strategy drew some keep-it-simple skeptics. But it is still possible to find single function marine electronics if that's your preference, and the 1815 may be an excellent small radar choice packing a whole lot of performance for the price...
3/13/2017 00:54 comeonrover.com
Good boat neighbors help tear apart your home!
So the last post shows where I ended up doing demo work by myself. Below covers yesterday and today with the help of Darren, our neighbor. Darren is taking the existing equipment off my hands. Timing wise for him to help me this weekend was perfect. Last week working by myself allowed me to pull … Continue reading Good boat neighbors help tear apart your home! →
3/12/2017 06:32 mvdirona.com
We got another chance to see a Metal Shark boat in action during a routine Coast Guard inspection on the way to Brunswick, Georgia. We were trying to reach Brunswick Landing Marina to fuel before they closed for the day, so would have preferred not to have been boarded, but the Coast Guard officers were...
3/11/2017 12:42 oursloboda.com
Video Episode #3
Mainland Mexico 3.11.17 Another video, you ask? Yes! I have been working hard to capture some of the special moments of the past few weeks, and video numero tres is ready for your viewing pleasure! Don’t worry, I am not giving up on writing. I like the idea of creating stories with both words and...
3/10/2017 19:32 comeonrover.com
Navigation Upgrade for Red Rover
The next project we are undertaking on Red Rover is to upgrade the navigation system. The existing system is over 12 years old. It does work, heck, it got us up the west coast! But it is showing its age and there are some fluky things that happen now and again that bother us. So … Continue reading Navigation Upgrade for Red Rover →
3/10/2017 18:00 mvduet.talkspot.com
Preparing To Cross The South Pacific
As our regular readers know, Duet will be crossing the South Pacific this year. The journey, which begins in Mexico, in mid March, covers almost 7,000 miles. We will do it in two 3 month segments, with a 3 month break in the middle. We are fortunate that we will be traveling with another Nordhavn, a 60 named Daybreak. We are on similar schedules, so we should see them frequently throughout our journey. It will be an incredible adventure, as well as a considerable challenge.
But first, we had to get the boat, and ourselves, ready. We also had to find someone to join us on the first long ocean crossing, from Mexico to the Marquesas. While we have always run this Duet, and her predecessor, with only the two of us aboard, the almost 3,000 mile 18 day journey to the Marquesas is just too far. For us, the risk of one of us being ill or injured is just too high to take. We are private people and are used to relying entirely on each other. Making the decision to take someone wasn't easy, but...
3/10/2017 03:45 www.youtube.com
We Found Hikers Paradise in La Reunion! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 109
3/9/2017 22:38 www.threeatsea.com
Bon Voyage Three@Sea
Blog Entry by Kathryn
3/9/2017 10:54 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn video: Nordhavn 64 "Medallion"
3/6/2017 16:16 www.youtube.com
l'Adagio (Nordhavn 76) in the Bahamas 2017
3/6/2017 05:59 www.southernstarnz.com
3/5/2017 22:01 bkomeara-travelblog.blogspot.com
Back on the water again
We are so excited to spend time on Daybreak with Jerome and Karen Fisher!!! Out to The South Pacific we go....
3/5/2017 17:44 mvdirona.com
FPB 781 Cochise
We are interested in all ocean-going power boats, but right near the top of the pack is the FPB series from Steve and Linda Dashew. We’ve seen many FPBs over the years as we completed our around-the-world run and the first things that jumps out is they are unfinished aluminum. When we were in New Zealand...
3/5/2017 10:37 mvdirona.com
Hilton Head Island
The National Weather Service recorded peak wind gusts at 88 mph 5-10 miles off Hilton Head Island on October 8th, 2016 during Hurricane Mathew. We saw the resulting damage from those winds first-hand after an 86nm run from Charleston to Hilton Head Island. Palmetto Bay Marina, pictured, was completely destroyed. Many of the docks along...
3/5/2017 08:29 www.youtube.com
THANK YOU Subscribers!!! YouTube sent us a silver framed play button! Sailing SV Delos
3/5/2017 08:26 www.youtube.com
2017 DirtCar Nationals at Volusia Motor Speedway (MV Dirona channel)
3/4/2017 19:27 feeds.feedburner.com
AHOY THERE CAPTAIN
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter and we're home for the New Zealand summer, returning April – not too far away now!
This is an article we wrote published by Pacific MotorBoat magazine – not to be taken too seriously!
Boating is one of the few freedoms left, a hugely relaxing pastime and as such we shouldn't allow many things out there on the water to annoy us. I don't easily get annoyed and even smile and wave when high-powered speedboats towing water skiers pass within a few metres of Envoy at anchor – that's how it is in the Med.
But I'm not perfect by any means so I do find the odd thing irritating.
High on the list is boats at anchor displaying incorrect lights – I mean Rules are Rules. I must admit it tends to be mostly sailing yacht skippers who display white or coloured flashing strobe lights instead of the regulation all-round continuous white light. They justify this by saying the white light is not clearly visible to other vessels, especially a...
3/4/2017 13:07 mvdirona.com
We enjoyed our time in Charleston, SC so much that we twice extended our stay. We loved the view to the Ashley River from our Charleston City Dock outside berth and had a great time exploring the city by tender, bicycle and on foot. The city lived up to its reputation for excellent food and...
3/4/2017 05:52 www.southernstarnz.com
Riding out, yet another, storm
3/4/2017 05:03 www.southernstarnz.com
3/3/2017 16:22 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn video: N52 "Stella Maris"
3/3/2017 13:26 www.youtube.com
Time on FPB 781 Cochise (MV Dirona channel)
3/3/2017 10:09 www.pendanablog.com
Almost Time to Say Goodbye!
3/3/2017 10:01 mvdirona.com
Charleston By Water
The Intracoastal Waterway continues south past Charleston through Wappoo Creek. We returned briefly to the ICW on a tour of the area by tender that included a run up the Ashley River beyond our marina, and a pass by the Port of Charleston where we watched the tugs Moira McAllister and Patrick McAllister assist the...
3/3/2017 00:49 www.youtube.com
How it feels to see land after 15 days at sea! Sailing SV Delos Ep. 108
3/2/2017 06:33 mvdirona.com
Charleston, SC was founded in 1670 and has done an excellent job of preserving its heritage and historic sites and buildings. On a surprisingly cold and frosty morning, we did a bicycle tour along the city’s historic waterfront. Trip highlights from January 8th, 2017 in Charleston, SC follow. Click any image for a larger view,...
3/1/2017 01:56 www.youtube.com
Avoiding Bad weather! How do we sail in the southern Indian Ocean? Sailing Vessel Delos
2/28/2017 11:55 grandbanks39.com
Island Home – Winter Boating
One of my favorite seasons for cruising in the Pacific Northwest is Winter. Anchorages are deserted, marinas are empty and the short days encourage enjoying the infrequent sunshine while it lasts, then snuggling up during the dark, cold nights. The barbecue still works extremely well for sizzling steaks and the snow flakes drifting down from […]
2/28/2017 04:20 www.pendanablog.com
Guest Interview – Bob Senter (Lugger Bob)
Guest Interview – Bob Senter (Lugger Bob) 2/28/2017 10:20:02 AM
So, Bob tell us a little something about your cruising to date and where you have been so far?
During my junior high school years in the Pacific Northwest (shortly after dinosaurs roamed the earth), I was introduced to cruising, navigation and single screw boat handling by my best friend who invited me to go cruising with him and his folks in their beautifully home built 32’ Monk Sr. design boat. Those are still some of my fondest memories, cruising everywhere in the Puget Sound with only paper charts and a compass – I have no idea why we never got lost – beginners’ luck, no doubt. But, there was a lot of serious sounding talk about dead reckoning, currents, landmarks and positions, in the dark centuries before Loran, GPS and daylight viewable monitors.
In the late 70’s I bought my first live aboard boat, a wonderful old wood Viking 38, and soon started cruising the San Francisco bay...
2/27/2017 13:15 feeds.feedburner.com
Navico Hawks 2017: "Full boat integration into one display cluster"
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
The Miami Boat Show was loaded with marine electronics news, but first let's visit the Navico writers event held at Hawks Cay, Florida, earlier this month. Deeper still - Mercury engine integration, B&G Zeus PredictWind weather routing, the Halo radar VelocityTrack Doppler upgrade, Navionics SonarChart Live everywhere, Simrad's new 3kW 3-channel S5100 super sonar, and Lowrance Carbon (Gen3) MFDs are some of the goodies that were demonstrated and/or discussed. But I was especially taken with CEO Leif Ottosson's opening "big picture" presentation and think it's valuable to anyone interested in the future of boating...
2/26/2017 00:09 feeds.feedburner.com
STABILISERS PART 3
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we're home for the New Zealand summer returning to Greece in April.
Our last Post discussed passive stabilisers.
This shot shows Laurie holding a bird, connected to a winch for lowering into the water. You can see the holes on top of the bird for adjusting the stabilising effect
Active stabilisers consist of a fin mounted below the waterline extending out each side of the hull using mostly hydraulics but in some systems electric motors to move them like aircraft ailerons to counteract rolling motion.
Envoy out of the water with stabilising fin visible
Envoy has hydraulically driven fins with the hydraulic pump powered by vee-belts from the main engine crankshaft and a 12 volt DC pump providing a constant flow of sea water to cool the hydraulic fluid. An electronic motion detector signals the hydraulics to move the fins to suit differing sea conditions with adjustment available via two thumb wheels in a pilot hou...
2/24/2017 23:20 www.mvtanglewood.com
Electric Power Strategy
Since talking about the original design of our power system back when we were specifying the boat, I really haven't said much more about how it's working, what changes we are making, and why. I've posted this article on our solar system, this article on reworking my main engine alternator system, and this article on the relative efficiency of generating power via the main engine vs a generator.
2/24/2017 00:59 www.youtube.com
Sailing the Roaring 40s in 30 foot Waves! Sailing SV Delos Ep. 107
2/22/2017 12:34 oursloboda.com
Video Episode #2
At anchor somewhere off Mainland Mexico 2.22.17 Three months ago this evening, we sat aboard Sloboda with the exciting anticipation of leaving our life in California for full time life at sea. Having spent the previous year provisioning and preparing for this massive undertaking, I thought I knew what lie ahead, and often daydreamed of...
2/22/2017 01:30 www.youtube.com
Moonshining on A Sailboat! (The Still Off!) - Sailing SV Delos
2/21/2017 22:33 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
Change comes to WORKNOT (N5017 for sale but there is more)
It has been too long since we have updated our blog and I'm attempting to catch up. Reasons for not posting include not doing much exciting over the summer as we stayed in Ensenada for most of the summer of 2016. We buddy boated to Los Cabos with our friends on Duet N50 as they make their way to New Zealand. Our travels seem tame in comparison. Ron and Nancy have a great blog and it tells the story of the trip south in detail. http://www.mvduet.com/2017/01/29/Shelter-Island-Boatyard
Mary and I enjoyed a very peaceful crossing to Puerto Vallarta and settled in for the holidays. About a dozen times we remarked how happy we were with N5017 and had it in the cruising condition we dreamed of. Hull painted, interior revarmished, electronics updated, bottom painted, prop balanced and on and on.
Even with all this done we still looked at the damned "YachtWorld" app suffering from 7' ITIS...... .
Sooo, a cruising buddy simply sent an email asking if we would want to b...
2/20/2017 11:28 mvdirona.com
The USS Yorktown is the second of twenty-four Essex-class aircraft carriers launched during World War II. The Yorktown served in World War II and Vietnam and was the recovery ship for Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Today the Yorktown is a National Historic Landmark and open for tours as part...
2/17/2017 19:34 largeflightlessbirds.com
The end of this story
Today I said goodbye to N5516, Large Flightless Birds. When this story began 12 years ago I knew it would eventually come to an end. And when we acquired N5516 in August of 2015 I knew that someday I would hand her off to someone new but I did not foresee it would be this […]
2/17/2017 01:15 www.youtube.com
It’s not for everyone! Sailing the Southern Indian Ocean- SV Delos Ep. 106
2/15/2017 12:30 feeds.feedburner.com
BAM! Raymarine Axiom MFDs, LightHouse 3, RealVision 3D sonar & FLIR M100/200 ClearCruise
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
Raymarine and FLIR are coming to the Miami Boat Show loaded for bear. Those three new 7-, 9- and 12-inch Axiom multifunction displays are showing new LightHouse 3 operating software and new RealVision 3D sonar. Moreover, you'll learn below about how new M100 and M200 thermal cameras can give the Axioms some features normally seen on superyachts. BAM! The theme that seems evident throughout is modern interface and hardware design with value pricing and a potent dash of innovation spice...
2/13/2017 01:57 www.southernstarnz.com
Black Point to Cave Cay- And a Nordfest
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Black Point to Cave Cay- And a Nordfest 2/13/2017 7:57:51 AM
Black Point to Cave Cay- Feb 6
The Nordhavn group was planning to head to Cave Cay, about 13 miles from Black Point for some snorkeling, before moving on toward George Town, to hunker down for the next cold front, and strong winds.
This move from Black Point was across the banks side of the Exuma Islands. We plotted the run across the deepest waters, and left a few hours after L’Adagio, Starlet, and Sea Turtle. The conditions were perfect as we were protected from the Easterly winds by the islands. So we were moving in the lee of the islands. The waters were clear and we enjoyed running Southern Star from the fly bridge- with an amazing view of the bottom through the clear water. It was easy to steer around the few coral heads that could cause some concern.
We arrived at the Cave Cay waypoint and steered our way toward the Cay, and past Galliot Cay, with a reputation for a pretty rough ...
2/12/2017 18:50 kapowaicruising.com
After a lot of cruising we eventually arrived at Kapowai Bay. This is where Lois’ maternal grandparents lived and where she spent many school holidays. It is on the east coast of D’Urville Island just across from French Pass This is the only photo I have of the house as it was, unfortunately any attempt … Continue reading Kapowai
2/12/2017 18:16 www.mvtanglewood.com
Engine Alternator or Generator: Which is More Efficient?
This question keeps coming up, and is often debated at length. Like most endless debates, they go on and on because nobody really knows the answer. Here's an attempt at getting to a real answer, but I'll spoil it for you - the answer still isn't super clear..... The question, in a nut shell, is which is more efficient, generating electricity with a big alternator on your main engine, or
2/11/2017 15:22 feeds.feedburner.com
STABILISERS PART 2
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter and we are home for the New Zealand summer, heading back in April.
Upcoming Posts - Stabilisers Part 3, Cruising in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf aboard 48ft motor yacht Moritz, Using the title Captain, Envoy's 2017 cruising plans.
Our last Posting introduced the subject of stabilisers, now we'll talk more about passive stabilisers.
A passive stabilisation system consist of two poles each about seven metres long mounted near amidships on the vessel's beam, which are stored vertically and when in use lowered to be deployed out from the vessel's side using a downhaul, topping lift and fore and aft guy-wires to keep them in position. They are mostly made from aluminium or steel though less commonly using laminated timber.
A large metal plate weighing about 25kg and shaped like a delta-winged aircraft, known as a “paravane”, “bird” (the term we use) or “fish” suspends from the end of the pole using a combination of chain and nylon ...
2/11/2017 15:00 oursloboda.com
Footage of Sloboda
Our dear friend and filmmaker Cody Sheehy shot some beautiful footage of Sloboda during our time together in the Sea of Cortez last month. I edited the footage with music and thought it was a great little video of Sloboda to share! You can view the video here: Sloboda in the Sea of Cortez You...
2/11/2017 07:28 www.southernstarnz.com
Cambridge to Black Point via Staniel (and Super Bowl)
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Cambridge to Black Point via Staniel (and Super Bowl) 2/11/2017 1:28:42 PM
We left Cambridge Cay heading for Staniel Cay, which was a relatively easy run. We had nice conditions, with winds from the south at less than 10 knots, and 1-2 foot seas. Ted was keen to get out of the Park so he could fish, but although we had lines in the water as soon as we passed the Park boundary, there was no activity.
The entrance to Staniel Cay was tricky with rocks and lots of current, and some skinny water to avoid. We looked at anchoring between Little and Big Majors, but there were two catamarans taking the best spots. We cruised up to the Yacht Club but the marina was small and mostly taken up by a superyacht. We returned to the original anchorage and dropped the hook, launched the dinghy and explored a bit more. Staniel Cay is best known for two things – the Thunder ball grotto which you can snorkel into, featured in the James Bond movie of the same name, and t...
2/10/2017 11:42 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn video: Nordhavn 52#76
2/10/2017 01:17 www.youtube.com
Dodging Massive Storm at Cape of Good Hope! Sailing SV Delos Ep. 105
2/9/2017 08:55 feeds.feedburner.com
Nautic Alert, excellence in monitoring and control
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
While my boat thankfully doesn't need six bilge pumps like the system above, four months of serious testing has left me deeply impressed with the Nautic Alert bilge, battery and GPS precision sensor platform. Yes, it also manages one pump or many -- probably better than any us ever will -- and it clearly informs a skipper of problems whether you're on board or off. Finally, Nautic Alert regularly assures me that all is well, and it's ripe for expansion. I think I'm in love...
2/9/2017 03:28 www.youtube.com
Indian Ocean Sailing- NEW Season Trailer!!!!
2/8/2017 13:16 oursloboda.com
Mainland Photo Blog
Banderas Bay, Mexico 2.8.17 We are alive and well and have finally finished several boat projects that held us up for the past several weeks. Our time in the marina has been filled with having guests aboard, Mike traveling back to the States for work, getting a new muffler custom built and installed on the...
2/7/2017 03:18 www.southernstarnz.com
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Cambridge Cay 2/7/2017 9:18:31 AM
The winds were just starting to build as we entered the approach to Cambridge Cay. There was an anchorage to our left, a mooring field to our right, and a large sandbar and reef to negotiate. We had a relatively severe weather event approaching, with unusual westerly winds predicted of over 40 knots. For this reason, we had decided to take a mooring if one was available. As we rounded the point we were surprised to see only 3 moorings taken, so we nudged up to one that Ted thought would give best protection from the west, and picked up the line.
A short time later, we were hailed on the VHF radio by Sea Turtle, an N50 who had been following us down towards Cambridge. We had met Michel and Caroline with Robbie in North Palm Beach, and had been told by Houmana that they were close by. They had chosen to anchor rather than pick up a mooring, but visited us later on their dinghy after walking their dog on...
2/6/2017 18:29 www.threeatsea.com
Three@Sea at TrawlerFest
2/5/2017 18:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Our apologies for the long silence. We have been engaged in prepping the boat for a short trip to the Bahamas then a long run to Newfoundland via Bermuda. We hauled the boat to replace the dripless shaft seal and discovered that the Aquamet 17, 2.25 inch, stainless prop shaft was badly pitted under the PSS shaft seal. This is not uncommon as the water in the shaft tube tends to stagnate and turn acidic which, in turn, can damage the shaft. So, we’ve replaced the shaft with a shiny new Aquamet 22 (more corrosion resistant) stainless shaft, replaced the PSS shaft seal with a Tides SureSeal, replaced the cutlass bearing and transmission coupling, and scanned and tweaked the prop. We also had the hull waxed and applied fresh antifouling, Glidecoat, on the running gear, fresh zincs, etc. Tivoli is better than ever. A short sea-trial, including a wide-open-throttle run, revealed she runs smoothly with no vibration at any RPM…perfect. We’ve also replaced the carpet, added a Mastervolt 100 Amp...
2/5/2017 16:10 kapowaicruising.com
French Pass – Village
After clearing the pass we went and had a look at the village of French Pass. Lois went to school here for a bit and her Mum was the Postmistress. The road from Rai Valley was put through in 1957 and is reported to be one of, if not the best, scenic routes in new … Continue reading French Pass – Village
2/3/2017 01:38 www.youtube.com
Sailing into City Life! Summer in Cape Town, South Africa! Sailing SV Delos Ep. 104
2/2/2017 11:38 www.youtube.com
Transiting Brunswick River at Night (MV Dirona channel)
2/1/2017 09:44 www.southernstarnz.com
Highborne Cay to Cambridge
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Highborne Cay to Cambridge 2/1/2017 3:44:11 PM
Highborne Cay to Cambridge Cay
We spent two nights at Highborne Cay, after a wonderful and calm passage from Nassau across the banks, and over the Yellow Banks to anchor just off the west side of Highborne.
We spotted another Nordhavn anchored off the beach, Houmera an N46 with Tom and Linda from Durango Colorado came by after we were anchored and gave us two filets of Mahi that they had caught that day on the Sound side.
The water was crystal clear, no breeze, and we had a nice swim after anchoring to check the hook. Well planted, we then enjoyed some sundowners , watching for the green flash, which Jenny is convinced is a myth, and cooked the Mahi on the grill for amazing, melt in your mouth Fish Tacos.
After a nice calm night on the hook, Tom and Linda came by on the way out for some fishing, asking us our plans. Another cold front is coming through in the next three or so days and we need to ge...
1/30/2017 17:32 feeds.feedburner.com
STABILISERS PART 1
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter and we are home for the New Zealand summer returning to Lefkas during April.
This posting is based around an article I've written for Pacific MotorBoat magazine.
In pre-Envoy days boating around Auckland's Hauraki Gulf we owned several planing boats culminating in a 40 ft Oliver Royale GRP planing boat with twin Yanmar diesel shaft drives. We never then considered rolling to be an issue, however we realised very soon after buying our Nordhavn 46, Envoy, that full-displacement hulls are another matter, definitely requiring stabilisation to provide acceptable levels of comfort and safety when cruising moderate distances in beam seas higher than about one metre. I'm sure there are reasons for this that a boat designer could properly articulate. As much as I know is that in slight to moderate seas the flatter hull sections of a planing boat resist rolling to a greater extent than the rounded sections of a displacement boat. Als...
1/30/2017 07:17 www.pendanablog.com
Guest Interview David Wright - ABT TRAC
Guest Interview David Wright - ABT TRAC 1/30/2017 1:17:14 PM
David Wright in China
So, David, tell us a little something about you and how you came to work for ABT-TRAC?
I was born and raised in the boating industry. After selling the family business I took a year off to play and try to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. This was an exciting yet very challenging year. It seems though that once you are a “Boat Guy” you are ALWAYS a boat guy. So one day I came across an add from a company looking for a service tech. They were looking for someone with a very specific skill set so I sent off a resume. A couple of days later I had a brand new career. Little did I know just how life would change with a position with TRAC!
The blown pipe and yes, I was standing in front of it!
I understand that your family used to make boats here in the PNW. Can you tell me a little more about that?
The family business was started in 1955 with by ...
1/29/2017 23:46 www.mvtanglewood.com
Propane tank level gauge
One problem I expect other cruisers encounter is knowing when your propane tank is getting low. It's much harder than you might imagine. Liquid Propane, or LP gas, is stored in a liquid form in your tank. If you lift the tank and shake it, you can feel the liquid slosh it around. The gas that is drawn out to fuel your stove or grill is the vapor that accumulates above the liquid fuel. As
1/28/2017 18:00 mvduet.talkspot.com
Shelter Island Boatyard
We arrived at the boatyard in good order and Duet was pushed under the crane, so the transmission could be removed. This would be done before she is hauled out, so we would be spending a night or two on the docks before she came out of the water. At this point, we moved into a hotel, as we don't stay aboard the boat when she is out of the water and we weren't exactly sure when she was going to come out.
Pushing Duet under the crane was harder than it sounds, as the fairway was too tight for us to manuever under power, so we used the old fashioned muscle method.
Removing the transmission was an interesting exercise. We've not seen it done before, but it was our sense that our provider did a pretty good job. Nothing was damaged, including the inside of the boat. Given the size of the transmission, this was an achievement. Further, the unit came off pretty easily, with smaller hammers and less pounding than we expected. Off it went to ZF in Seattle to be evaluated and either rebuilt or ...
1/28/2017 06:07 www.youtube.com
Coast Guard Boarding of Nordhavn 52 Dirona (MV Dirona channel)
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We sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa!! SV Delos Sailing EP. 103
1/27/2017 08:25 www.southernstarnz.com
Nassau, Bahamas and on to Highborne Cay. Across the Yellow Banks.
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Nassau, Bahamas and on to Highborne Cay. Across the Yellow Banks. 1/27/2017 2:25:26 PM
Nassau and on to Highbourne
We spied Nassau about 10 miles offshore. Looking ahead we see some of the large buildings in the skyline, thinking they were ships at first. The VHF came to life with all vessels having to request permission to enter the harbour, and we heard Shalaylee request permission ahead of us.
We came in on the range markers of the harbour entrance, keeping the white lighthouse of Paradise Island on our port side. We had received permission to proceed into the harbour and as we turned 90 degrees to port behind the island, right in front of us were 5 massive cruise ships, tied stern to the quay.
After long and tiresome slog, and the frontier and isolation of the Berry Islands, Nassau was quite a contrast. There was boat traffic everywhere, and the harbour was lined with marinas, full of superyachts.
But too, after the friendliness and safety ...
1/27/2017 04:08 www.southernstarnz.com
Great Harbour Cay to Nassau
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Great Harbour Cay to Nassau 1/27/2017 10:08:09 AM
Leaving GHC was a bit like saying good bye to old friends. There were a few other boats that were planning to depart today but we were the first ones to go. Lee and Cheryl , off Shalaylee helped us with our lines, and we waved good bye to the marina, as we maneuvered out of the slip, past the narrow blasted channel out onto the banks.
It was a beautiful bright and sunny morning. The winds were still coming out of the east, stronger than we hoped, but I wanted to get away. 9 days in Great Harbour Cay Marina was causing me to get a bit stir crazy. It was a fun place- with potlucks, and pizza delivery, watching the Pats with Lee and Cheryl on their boat, but it was time to go.
The route across the banks was nice and easy, we back tracked our route in, the water clear and easy to read. The bank side of the island, west, was protected from the wind, and the trip to deep water was perfect.
1/25/2017 06:43 www.youtube.com
Chill Upwind Sailing in 360!
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Leaving Charleston Before Dawn (MV Dirona channel)
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PanPan CrewWatcher, smart MOB beacon for smartphones, plus Sea Tags & Fell MOB+
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
Does it make sense to use smartphones and tablets for a man overboard alarm and recovery system? I can testify that the first reaction of Sail magazine's Pittman Innovation Award judges was skepticism. Nonetheless we found PanPan's CrewWatcher so well thought out and potentially so useful that we gave it an award in the safety category, and then an independent second set of judges picked it for the Overall Winner. And truth be told, the finished CrewWatcher personal beacons and apps don't actually exist yet!
1/22/2017 15:00 kapowaicruising.com
https_//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Pass French pass is between D’urville Is and the mainland of the South Island. Tidal streams of upto 8 knots run through here and the passage is about 100m wide. You only go through with the tide although fast planing hulls do go through at any stage of the tide. Approaching the pass from the … Continue reading French Pass
1/21/2017 12:16 kapowaicruising.com
For a couple of reasons, such as no berth at Nelson Marina, we had to move round to the Havelock Marina in the Pelorus Sound. After departing Nelson we sailed passed Mackay Bluff. This is the source of the rocks and gravel that make up the Boulder Bank. Looking up into Current Basin, South Island … Continue reading Heading North
1/19/2017 11:52 kapowaicruising.com
This is a well known Nelson land mark and I’m pleased to see it is still there.
1/19/2017 11:51 oursloboda.com
Video Episode #1
Banderas Bay, Mexico 1.19.17 The past few weeks at sea have been that of self reflection and an emphasis on being present. After a couple of cruising related personal challenges a few weeks ago, I needed to sit back and reflect on the past two months of cruising without the distraction of my blog. I...
1/16/2017 18:00 comeonrover.com
Winter Cruise to Gig Harbor
Last time we had been away from the dock was Thanksgiving of last year. And that was for a quick Christmas Ships cruise. Alison and I were itching to head out somewhere for a weekend. We decided to head to Gig Harbor Saturday morning and spend the night, returning Sunday afternoon. After a quick dash … Continue reading Winter Cruise to Gig Harbor →
1/15/2017 22:05 kapowaicruising.com
Wine & Beer Tour
With the team recovered from the excitement of opening presents we spent a day doing a wine and beer tour. The bus picked us up at the marina to join another 3 couples who had the misfortune to book on the same day as the Kapowai crew. There was a couple from NZ, one from … Continue reading Wine & Beer Tour
1/15/2017 06:30 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Why We Cruise...Finding Our Motivation, Charting a Course...
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Why We Cruise...Finding Our Motivation, Charting a Course... 1/15/2017 12:30:03 PM
Over a year has passed since we embarked on the Grand Adventure - travelling in our own vessel down the coast from Vancouver, Canada to La Paz, Baja California Sur - with only a few stops in between.
The planning and learning that went into accomplishing this task had technically started the year before, but in reality everything we have done as a cruising couple in the past 35 years had led us to this journey. Dreamers and Doers ( Nordhavn’s terms for future and present owners and adventurers) have provided a lot of the inspiration and knowledge that has helped us on our way.
I often think about those Doers - we started reading blogs ( my husband ) and books ( me ) about other couples and individuals who have decided to live the dream. Everyone has a common theme, of course - the boat, (I include all boats, big, small, sail, power… without prejudice, h...