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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
Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara Video
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 10:02 mvdirona.com
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
The three-mile-long Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge crosses the Cooper River between Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. The bridge has a pedestrian and cycle lane with fabulous views to the city, the river and out to sea. We got the bikes down and spent a great day riding through Charleston and across the bridge, and explored a...
2/17/2017 01:15 www.youtube.com
It’s not for everyone! Sailing the Southern Indian Ocean- SV Delos Ep. 106
2/16/2017 06:17 mvdirona.com
As we neared Charleston City Marina from sea, we’d started to wonder if we were heading in the right direction. The marina was supposed to be walking distance from downtown, but where were the tall buildlings? The city, it turns out, looks different from other downtowns due to zoning restrictions that limit building heights. We’d...
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 15:00 mvdirona.com
Return to Cape Lookout
Our final leg along the ICW brought us to Beaufort, NC. South of here, the ICW is shallower than the section we just ran from Portsmouth, Virginia and has more bridges, current and shoaling issues. So we’ll be making a direct run offshore to our next stop in Charleston, South Carolina. A major weather system...
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 11:27 www.threeatsea.com
Three at Sea at TrawlerFest
Blog Entry by Kathryn
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
2/2/2017 09:44 mvdirona.com
ICW Miles 84 through 161
South of Albermarle Sound, the ICW continues south through the Alligator River. The swing bridge there, at mile 84, is the last of four bridges that we needed to have opened on our run between Portsmouth, Virginia and Beaufort, NC. The bridge won’t open in high winds of 35kts or more, which can be a...
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 19:33 mvdirona.com
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge includes 111,106 acres of wetlands south of Albermarle Sound. The refuge is home to over 300 different wildlife species including otters, muskrat, turtles, and the endangered red wolf, plus tens of thousands of migratory birds in the winter. Sponge-like peat soil in the wetlands retain water and hold it...
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
1/27/2017 17:45 www.ithakajourney.com
Closing our Nautical Chapter
Many of you are probably wondering why we haven’t posted any Ithaka updates for awhile. The answer: we’ve been wrestling (more…)
1/27/2017 08:30 www.youtube.com
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!
1/23/2017 18:00 www.youtube.com
Leaving Charleston Before Dawn
1/23/2017 13:00 feeds.feedburner.com
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
1/22/2017 05:26 mvdirona.com
TCOM manufacturing has a major airship manufacturing facility in North Carolina up the Pasquotank River, with a 1,000ft-long hangar that can accomodate airships up to 150ft tall. We were lucky to arrive in the area during a test flight of a smaller model, and got a glimpse of a much larger ship when the massive...
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
1/20/2017 01:29 www.youtube.com
Sailing at 18 KNOTS down the WILD COAST of South Africa! SV Delos Sailing Ep. 102
1/19/2017 15:10 mvdirona.com
ICW Mile 12 to 50: Great Bridge, VA to Coinjock, NC
In our second day along the ICW we travelled 38 miles from Great Bridge, Virgina to Coinjock in North Carolina. We passed five bridges, but only needed to have two opened for us. Depths generally were at least 10ft, with a few brief drops to about 8.5ft. A video of our transit between Great Bridge...
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
Life at Sea & Our First Video
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...
1/18/2017 01:08 www.youtube.com
100 Episodes Outtake Montage!! Sailing SV Delos
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...
1/14/2017 21:07 feeds.feedburner.com
Is really looking beautiful right now. We're still hangin' in Memphis. The weather's been crazy, 12º one day, 70º the next. We're about to head south and we're thinking blue.
Check it out!!
copped from Instagram:
When @tifftan6 is not feeding herself or our cats 😺😺, she's feeding sharks 😂🦈🦈🌊🐒 FULL VIDEO in bio, enjoy! #stanielcay #compasscay #dji #scyc
A video posted by Ron Quan (@ronquan) on Jan 14, 2017 at 5:32pm PST
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
1/14/2017 18:00 www.southernstarnz.com
Life in Great Harbour Marina-
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Life in Great Harbour Marina- 1/15/2017
Great Harbour Cay
The marina is a hurricane hole. Protection from all directions, good water depth, the marina piles are good and strong. A row of townhouses boarders the north side of the marina, back dropped by tall trees. The sailboat next to us, sat Hurricane Matthew out here in October, which went on to devastate Grand Bahama.
We are stuck here with 20-25 knot easterly winds keeping the whole fleet of boats here. The long range forecast is not very promising. We’ve been here since Friday, and now its Friday 13th. A week already, and the forecast pretty glum for departing much earlier than another week.
Jenny and I have taken a couple of long walks. The island is only about 7 miles long by 2 miles wide. Much of the infrastructure has been left to the elements. Great Harbour Cay was developed as a playground for the rich and famous. Elaborate club house was built on one of the highest points of the island...
1/14/2017 07:31 mvdirona.com
ICW Mile 0 to Mile 12: Portsmouth to Great Bridge
Except for a brief transit around the Palm Beach area, we’ve not traveled the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Dirona. In our first leg along the ICW, we headed 12 miles south from Portsmouth, Virginia to the town of Great Bridge. Depths were at least 10 feet all the way, except for about 8.5ft at Great...
1/13/2017 18:00 www.southernstarnz.com
Port Lucaya to Great Harbour Cay
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Port Lucaya to Great Harbour Cay 1/14/2017
We hadn’t intended to stay more than a couple of days at the marina at Port Lucaya. But the weather was against us, and we had a long 10 hour day to travel south to the Berry Islands, so wanted to have reasonable conditions. The marina was convenient – we had power and water, a reasonable rate of $1.80/ft/day and close to restaurants and some shops. But it was a tourist area – visited by busloads of cruise ship passengers each day. Restaurants were expensive and when we spent an afternoon at one bar watching the Patriots final game of the season, we paid $60 for beers, nachos and wings – ouch.
We filled our time there, cleaning the boat, doing more minor chores and routine maintenance, still discovering things on board we didn’t know we had.
The marina wasn’t full – the usual sportfish group from Florida, left early morning, returned late afternoon, lots of activity, and lots of money. One boat had an etc...
1/13/2017 09:26 mvdirona.com
Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base with ships ranging from aircraft carriers to destroyers to nuclear submarines. Navy ships are moored on both sides of the the channel into Norfolk, with security patrol craft in the air. The city also has a large and busy shipping port. As a fitting envoy, we...
1/13/2017 01:41 www.youtube.com
WILD weather, WILD animals and AWESOME people! South Africa! Sailing SV Delos Ep.101
1/12/2017 17:23 comeonrover.com
Sea Trial for Red Rover
Last week we scheduled a sea trial for this Tuesday to check some things out. The autopilot needed some adjustments and the electronic throttle/transmission control was acting up. With the throttle/trans control, when put in to gear, it wouldn’t always engage until “throttle” was added. I felt something was off with this particular unit vs … Continue reading Sea Trial for Red Rover →
1/12/2017 13:16 largeflightlessbirds.com
The Journey to Florida
Saturday, December 31, 6am local time. Sun not up, its cold but no breeze. The crew does another check of all the engines and starts firing up the systems. Everything checks out, we disconnect shore power, take in the lines and the captain maneuvers us off the dock and heads us downstream on the […]
1/12/2017 05:12 www.youtube.com
Sailing in 360 Video! (Pan With Mouse)- The Wild Coast South Africa- Sailing SV Delos
1/11/2017 18:00 feeds.feedburner.com
Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
Folding bikes seem great for cruising boats. You can extend your sightseeing, fetch supplies, or simply get some rolling excercise. But I've wondered if a compactable electric bike could be even better and more fun. While that manly beast above is certainly unfit for stowing on even a mid-sized trawler, it's led me to love the ebike concept and taught me what a good one may look like for my cruising situation...
1/11/2017 09:23 www.mvtanglewood.com
Some Winter Cruising in the Pacific Northwest
We are out for a little winter cruising. We went from Seattle to Port Townsend yesterday. 20-30kt winds on the nose most of the way, but sea state was fine. I was a little worried about getting into Pt Townsend in the wind, but it was fine. It's a very tight dog leg entrance, then immediate 90 deg turn into the slip. With strong cross wind, it can be interesting. Last time we came in
1/9/2017 15:59 largeflightlessbirds.com
Time to Relocate for the Winter – The Prep
Our insurance company prefers (strongly) that we stay out of Florida during Hurricane Season. So this summer we set up shop at the Port City Marina in Wilmington NC and got hit by Hurricane Matthew. You can read the various blog entries we posted during the storm; while conditions never got really bad at the […]
1/8/2017 21:10 kapowaicruising.com
Nelson was picked out early as a potential site for settlement by the New Zealand Company because the Boulder Bank provided a sheltered anchorage. The Boulder Bank is 13 km long starting at Mackay Bluff and ending off Nelson. It is a very unusual feature formed by the stones moving in a SW’ly direction at … Continue reading Port Nelson
1/8/2017 18:00 mvduet.talkspot.com
Getting Ready to Get Ready for the South Pacific Crossing
While most of our focus this summer was on preparing for our upcoming South Pacific crossing, Ron did have a few of the usual maintenance things to do, which we will cover in this blog. Our preparation for the South Pacific journey will be covered separately, as will our stay at the Shelter Island Boatyard.
As our regular readers will recall, Duet arrived in Ensenada in late May, after a memorable bash up the coast. She remained there for the summer, while we returned home. We visited Duet once during the 16 weeks she was in Ensenada, although we had her washed and her bottom cleaned every 4 weeks. We also had the comforting presence of Gale and Mary, who were spending lots of time on their Nordhavn 50, Worknot, in the next slip over.
Ron and Gale consulting
During our visit we drove down from Tahoe and had a pretty easy trip. Once we arrived, the well known Project X immediately declared itself. As we've mentioned before, we always budget some time for the unknown breakdown. In o...
1/7/2017 20:25 feeds.feedburner.com
Happy New Year to our readers from around the world.
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter and we are home enjoying the New Zealand summer.
Back to early November and after a very scenic five hour bus trip from Lefkas we stop over one night in Athens on our way home. There are so many ancient ruins in Greece that we see many along the way that aren't even signposted. This is real treat for us coming from NZ where there are hardly any structures over 150 years old.
Our hotel is in the downtown Plaka district close to the Acropolis and next morning we go for a walk in a huge wooded park next to parliament. Historically this park was the gardens of the royal family and parliament was their palace.
On the way back to the hotel we encounter a large and very peaceful demonstration of several thousand older folks carrying placards protesting the pension cuts that have been part of Greece's austerity measures. One retired man tells us his pension was formerly 2,300 E...
1/7/2017 11:45 www.northernrangeradventures.com
After Christmas Trip with FAMILY!!!
Northern Ranger Baja Adventures
After Christmas Trip with FAMILY!!! 1/7/2017 5:45:12 PM
New Years in Baja… Andrew and Adrienne’s Baja Adventure
January - 2.
Our second foray down to Mexico happened right after Christmas, with number two son Andrew and his girlfriend Adrienne. Of course, it being Christmas, we first had to travel to Denman Island for celebrations with family. Travel plans were tight but we were convinced it would work - unfortunately the weather gods conspired against us and dumped a storm in our laps which managed to stop the ferries just in time for us to be stuck on the wrong side of the straight. The kids made it across, barely - but they had left the dog with us. So there we were in Nanaimo, in a snow storm, with the pooch, needing a pet friendly hotel and a reservation on the first ferry off the island so we could get to the airport in time to make our 10:15 a.m. flight.
It all worked out, as these things have a habit of doing… but not...
1/7/2017 06:42 oursloboda.com
Still somewhere in the Sea of Cortez Not really sure what day it is It’s 3:32am and we are underway on an overnight passage back to civilization. Sloboda was at anchor for seventeen nights total, in a countless number of wild, blue, desert bays. Both doors in the pilothouse are open and I can feel...
1/6/2017 18:00 www.southernstarnz.com
Underway on Southern Star
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Underway on Southern Star 1/7/2017
We departed Old Port Cove Marina for our first passage on Southern Star on Dec 28. We had delayed a week already as we waited for a weather window to allow us to make the 60 mile passage across the Gulf Stream. And the weather window finally presented itself.
We planned to make the passage at night, so to arrive at West End, Grand Bahama in the morning with plenty of light to clear in and continue along the southern coast of Grand Bahama to Ocean Reef Marina. There are no anchorages on the south side of Grand Bahama, and the Abacos (of which Grand Bahama is a part of) are very open to the north and to the often strong winds generated by cold fronts coming out of the US. So we have decided after taking some advice from Dennis on Sea Fox (multiple Nordhavn owner- and current owner of Sea Fox N50 and soon to be Sea Fox N57) to visit the Abacos on the way back north at the end of the season for more settled weather. ...
1/6/2017 05:25 www.pendanablog.com
How the Numbers Stacked Up 1/6/2017 11:25
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PLEASE NOTE ALL DOLLAR AMOUNTS REPORTED ARE IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS
This will be the last year I report our annual numbers as I think that the value and the lessons to learn regarding this for prospective buyers, have now been well served.
Each year, for the past five years, I have reported the costs involved of owning complex vessel such as Pendana. These ocean-going vessels are like little micro cities capable of making electricity, storing electricity, compacting garbage, making fresh drinking water and some, like Pendana, have satellite stations to provide internet, phone, texting and HDTV from just about anywhere on the planet. These little ships can also, cool the air inside or make it warmer, burn used oil and all of this while travelling in an unforgiving environment, salt water. The costs associated with maintaining these mighty little ships needs to be understood as often pe...
1/6/2017 01:30 www.youtube.com
Scuba Diving with SHARKS!! Bassas Da India - Sailing SV Delos Ep. 100
1/3/2017 11:28 grandbanks39.com
Happy New Year
With a New Year on the horizon, we headed up to Gig Harbor to celebrate, despite the freezing temperatures and High Wind warnings. We stopped by Boston Harbor Marina for some fuel and as seems to be the case 3 out of every 4 times, fuel was not available and the fuel dock was blocked […]
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FINAL DAYS IN GREECE FOR 2016
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we're home in New Zealand enjoying summer.
Back to late October and it's always much more fun getting any boat ready to cruise for the summer than to store for the winter, but we get stuck into Envoy's winter storage process. We have this well documented and it's simply a case of spending a few days doing all the jobs and ticking them off.
On the way back to Lefkas we spotted a Diesel Duck trawler. These are a rugged no-nonsense go anywhere passagemaker that we've often admired.
At this time of the year there are frequent squally fronts passing over like the one depicted below that chased Envoy down the coast.
Envoy in Lefkas marina with winter cover fitted
After a couple of days a cat befriends us and becomes a regular visitor, boarding Envoy in the mornings for a feed. We're very happy to see plenty of cats around any marina as it keeps the rodent population down.
1/1/2017 18:00 www.southernstarnz.com
Taking the helm from Robbie and Jo
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Taking the helm from Robbie and Jo 1/2/2017
Jenny and I left Auckland on Nov 30 to take possession of Southern Star. You have probably already heard of us from Robbie and Jo. We are New Zealanders, and first saw Southern Star about 5 years ago. And now here we are- sitting in Grand Bahamas on our dream boat. A New Zealand registered vessel, which we hope to take back to the Southern Hemisphere in the next 5+ years.
Much more about the pre purchase journey, and our drift from dreamer to doers.
Just wanted to check in and let you know we are now new owners, have been on board 1 month today. We are very excited and invite you to journey with us.
Much thanks to Robbie and Jo who left us with an impeccable ship. Robbie spent 5 days doing our handover and he was wonderful, thorough and very, very knowledgeable.
Stay tuned, as we learn more about Southern Star, Nordhavns, and just slowing down some.
You can access the blog entry here...
1/1/2017 10:10 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 52 Dirona arriving into Norfolk, Virginia
1/1/2017 01:30 www.youtube.com
Sailing a Pirogue in Madagascar- Sailing SV Delos Ep. 99
12/30/2016 18:15 oursloboda.com
Still somewhere in the Sea of Cortez 12.30.16 I haven’t been prioritizing the blog for a couple reasons. One; we’ve been busy with friends so I haven’t had a lot of time to myself. When I do get a few minutes alone, I am tired from all the activity of the day. Two; since we...
12/30/2016 16:00 feeds.feedburner.com
Cartography lessons learned searching for the best charts of Cuba
Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison
Pardon my photography, but the point is that many detailed, up-to-date, and well-crafted official paper charts of Cuba do exist. Unfortunately, they're not easy to own and the good work of the Cuban hydrographic service is also not yet fully available in any electronic form. In fact, many "current" electronic Cuba charts are based on shockingly old data with substantial chunks of critical cruising detail missing. But visiting boaters do have at least one good current chart choice - GeoCuba is moving into the modern world, and the back story reveals chart issues every navigator should understand, with a Cuban twist...
12/30/2016 15:04 www.youtube.com
ICW Mile 185 to 205: Neuse River to Beaufort Inlet
12/30/2016 08:41 www.youtube.com
ICW Mile 100 to 130: Alligator River-Pungo River Canal
12/30/2016 01:30 www.youtube.com
Lemur Madness! Sailing through Madagascar- Sailing SV Delos Ep. 98
12/29/2016 16:53 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 96 "Lacey Kay" departing Dana Point
12/29/2016 07:08 www.pendanablog.com
The Finishing Touches
The Finishing Touches 12/29/2016 1:08:16 PM
Phase three of our remodel is now complete and with that, our time here at Pacific Yacht Management (“PYM”) has now come to an end. As such, this blog entry will be more a pictorial blog to show how everything came together during our time here in Seattle. That being said, however, there is one thing that I really need to get off my chest before I begin.
The reason this project has run so smoothly can be put down to three things. Firstly, the people we used were almost as keen to get the job done as we were. Secondly, I spent every day on the job from 6am in the morning until between 4-5pm in the afternoon making sure the work continued at speed required to complete and had no problem letting Jeff know if I felt things were taking too long and finally, there were many meetings well before hand to ensure everyone built in availability to their work schedules for Pendana’s arrival. Without all of the servi...
12/28/2016 13:08 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn video: Nordhavn 40 "Albatross"
12/27/2016 09:40 feeds.feedburner.com
A few years old, but if you haven´t seen this short film by director Michael Tyburski, you might enjoy… While searching for isolation, an aimless young man named August moves to live aboard a sailboat on New York City’s East River.
Angelfish (Short Film) from Michael Tyburski on Vimeo.
reposted from Digital Wolke
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
12/24/2016 18:00 www.mvtivoli.org
Tis The Season
Happy Holidays friends and family!
Tivoli is snug at Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach FL over the holidays. Though it is a challenging time to get anything done on the boat, we generally use our time here to catch up on annual maintenance tasks and upgrades. Patience is a necessity and I’m generally a bit short on that virtue. We haul out next week to replace our dripless shaft seal (it is dripping and additional compression on the bellows doesn’t stop the drip) and check the condition of the prop, shaft, cutlass bearing, line cutter, bottom paint, thruster props, wing prop, etc. We had a few gelcoat scratches repaired and the teak varnish touched up. I’ve replaced our SiriusXM weather module (the original failed) and updated charts and navigation software. We pulled up the carpet in the master and guest staterooms to reveal the beautiful teak floors and are replacing the salon carpet; it was time. We’ve also spent time catching up on paperwork and further organizing the ship’s equip...
12/24/2016 12:04 oursloboda.com
Somewhere in the Sea of Cortez 12.24.16 Our week in La Paz was busy yet relaxing, as we worked on a couple boat projects, got the boat cleaned up, and had a little fun sprinkled in too. Mike worked on fixing the electric outboard for our dinghy which had a damaged sheer pin on the...
12/23/2016 19:41 kapowaicruising.com
Looking down the main street (Trafalgar St.) of Nelson. Christmas is very low key here especially compared to the effort put into it in the UK. We visited the market this morning, held every Saturday morning. It was packed. It sells everything from local crafts, fruit & vege, oils, soaps, bows & arrows, bread etc … Continue reading Merry Christmas
12/23/2016 12:28 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY CRUISES BACK TO LEFKAS MARINA
Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter while we're home in New Zealand to enjoy the summer.
Now back to mid-October. As we leave Gouvia Marina we load another 400 litres of diesel to top up our fuel tanks as it's best to leave them full to reduce condensation during long absences from any boat. This brings our total diesel purchase this year to a very reasonable 4,025 litres, which has been sufficient for six months cruising most days.
One of the hugely compelling qualities of a full-displacement boat like Envoy is her economy at about six to seven litres of diesel per hour. A similar sized planing vessel would use something like 150 litres per hour and even though it'd be covering around 20 miles in an hour we only need about 22 litres to cover the same distance – one seventh as much.
We cruise slowly south towards Lefkas visiting places we've mentioned previously in the Blog so won't repeat.
Anchored off the town of Preveza we have a choppy night in 20 kno...
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12/19/2016 21:30 oursloboda.com
Rounding the Bend
La Paz, Mexico 12/20/16 Not quite four weeks into cruising life and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m not going home anytime soon. I’ve checked the calendar less and less and most days it doesn’t matter what time it is. I also realized I’ve gone ten whole days without writing a blog post so...
12/19/2016 08:30 feeds.feedburner.com
Kermit + Miles
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
12/18/2016 06:31 www.youtube.com
Annapolis Light Parade
12/14/2016 23:12 kapowaicruising.com
Centre of New Zealand
A couple of days after we arrived Mark & I had a walk up the somewhat muddy track to the centre of New Zealand. The spot itself. The view looking over the city towards the port. Looking the other way up the Matai Valley, nice walks and cycle paths up yon. Looking from the … Continue reading Centre of New Zealand