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  • 10/16/2019 07:35 mvdirona.com

    Anholt


    The tiny island of Anholt is 7 miles (11 km) long and about 4 miles (6.4 km) wide and is 80% desert, making up the largest desert in Northern Europe. Just to the west is the 400-megawatt Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, the largest in Denmark and one of the largest wind farms in the world....

  • 10/16/2019 03:17 mvdirona.com

    Laeso


    Laeso, a Danish island in the Kattegat, is famous for its seaweed houses that are found nowhere else in the world. Seaweed is an excellent insulator and the islanders began using it for roofing since Laeso became deforested by the 1600s. The seaweed roofs can last up to 400 years, but many are in a...

  • 10/15/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    Our OFFSHORE Medical kit! - Cruiser University - Sailing Vessel Delos


  • 10/15/2019 09:49 mvdirona.com

    Around Skagen


    Denmark’s peninsula of Jutland is bordered on one side by the Skagerakk in the North Sea and on the other by the Kattegat in the Baltic Sea. At Grenen, a long spit off the northern tip of Jutland, you can walk out the end and stand with one foot in each body of water. Excellent...

  • 10/14/2019 23:59 oursloboda.com

    Film Festival Finalist- A Nordhavn Love Story

    We are home from a whirlwind weekend at the Nordhavn Film Festival in beautiful Dana Point, CA where we shared in an evening full of incredible boat films made by even more incredible boat people. When Nordhavn announced the film festival last year, we had just become the new owners of Pendana, and I knew... Read More

  • 10/14/2019 22:28 comeonrover.com

    Sea lions, smooth seas and the Nordhavn Film Festival weekend


    Sea lions are loud.  And stinky.  And they grace every marina we have visited in California.  They drive Zoe absolutely …

  • 10/14/2019 10:36 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Ophelia N5025 Gulf Stream Run


  • 10/14/2019 10:33 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: West Coast Wonders The Great Bear Rainforest


  • 10/14/2019 10:33 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Voyage of Nordhavn and Egret


  • 10/14/2019 10:32 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: NORDHAVN DOCUMENTARY TUGNACIOUS


  • 10/14/2019 10:32 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: SPREZZATURA Alaska to Maine


  • 10/14/2019 10:25 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Trek to the Extreme 81°27 7N


  • 10/14/2019 10:25 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: A Passagemaker Afternoon


  • 10/14/2019 00:37 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film estival: Flotilla, Fever and Smack: Collective Terms in the Cruising World


  • 10/14/2019 00:35 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film FestivaL: Captain Andy & Friends - Gordon Turner & Niguel Macleod


  • 10/14/2019 00:32 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Beyond Convention - Dougal, Jennifer & Cassidy Gardyne


  • 10/14/2019 00:28 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Adventures in Nordhavn Comfort - Jim Lynda Frantz, Tracy Frantz Reinhart


  • 10/14/2019 00:26 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Nordhavn 9614 VivieRae II - Jean de Ridder


  • 10/14/2019 00:24 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: A Nordhavn Love Story - Nicole Potter & Cody Sheehy


  • 10/13/2019 18:46 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival 1st Runner-up: Our Nordhavn Life - Shawn & Elizabeth Krenke


  • 10/13/2019 18:46 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival 3rd Runner-up: When Dreams Align - Brooke Palmer


  • 10/12/2019 05:44 www.cochranesadrift.com

    Physics of Docking - Backing the Boat

    The next technique we need to learn is how to back the boat. Usually we are faced with moving forward. But it is important to know how to accurately back the boat as well. This is a useful skill if we want to dock stern-in in a slip. It is also important for those occasions when we pull into a narrow fairway only to find that we are in the wrong fairway or the slip we intended to dock in is already occupied. In this episode, we will discuss a couple of ways to control the boat whilst backing in... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 10/11/2019 12:29 www.youtube.com

    Back in the US after 10 Years of SAILING! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 238


  • 10/11/2019 09:28 www.youtube.com

    Cost of Cruising LIVE!


  • 10/9/2019 01:42 mvdirona.com

    Skagen Arrival


    Skagen, at the northern tip of Denmark, is the largest fishing port in the country and lands one quarter of the total Danish catch by value. It is the home port for the Ceton, the pelagic trawler that we toured in Donso, and one of the reasons we wanted to visit was to see some...

  • 10/9/2019 00:25 mvdirona.com

    Return to Smogen


    On our final day in Sweden, we returned to Smogen, this time anchoring off the east shore. With the North Sea directly to our west, and after watching the waves crashing into the shore there during the big westerly winds a couple of weeks earlier, it felt a little crazy to be anchored there. But...

  • 10/8/2019 03:01 mvdirona.com

    Kosterhavet Trails


    The Koster Islands are known for their extensive and beautiful trail network. On our fourth day in Kosterhavet National Park, we took care of a few boat projects, then ran the tender to North Koster Island to walk the trails and stop for a drink on the patio of eclectic waterfront restaurant Strandkanten. Below are...

  • 10/8/2019 01:00 mvdirona.com

    Ursholmen


    The lighthouse station on Ursholmen, in Sweden’s Kosterhavet National Park, was opened in 1891. Twin towers were used to distinguish this station from others. The second light was disabled in the 1930s, when technology had advanced to produce characteristic flashing patterns with a single light, but the tower still remains. Ursholmen also is known for...

  • 10/7/2019 16:58 comeonrover.com

    Migrating south in the Pacific


    We’ve waited a long, long time for this moment. We’ve dreamed about it, talked about it, and of course made …

  • 10/7/2019 04:27 mvdirona.com

    Koster Swimrun


    We’d received many, many recommendations to visit Kosterhavet National Park, just south of the Swedish border with Norway. We finally arrived on a sunny September Saturday in time for the annual Koster Swimrun. The event, held annually in September, is a roughly 19-mile (30 km) race around the Koster Islands 3 miles (5 km) of...

  • 10/7/2019 03:35 www.youtube.com

    Departing Anholt, DK in the Dark (MV Dirona Channel)


  • 10/6/2019 01:14 mvdirona.com

    Fjallbacka


    The picturesque town of Fjallbacka is a popular and crowded summer destination. It is famous as being the summer home for Swedish film star Ingrid Bergman and also the setting for Swedish crime writer Camilla Lackberg’s “Fjallbackamorden” series of murder-mysteries. Strung along the water below steep cliffs, Fjallbacka is also known for its natural beauty,...

  • 10/5/2019 00:14 mvdirona.com

    Vaderoarna


    Vaderoarna (the Weather Islands) were classified as a nature reserve in 2012 and have one of Sweden’s warmest, but windiest, climates. A lighthouse was first installed there 1867, and a pilots’ station in 1754. Today the beautiful islands are a popular tourist destination, particularly the current pilots’ lookout, built in the 1930s. We initially planned...

  • 10/4/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    Our Last Sail Together - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 237


  • 10/4/2019 02:02 www.youtube.com

    Black Sabbath at Skagen, Denmark (MV Dirona Channel)


  • 9/27/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    This is WHY WE DO IT! Cruiser PARADISE - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 236


  • 9/27/2019 04:13 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY CRUISING SOUTH FROM CORFU


    ENVOY CRUISING SOUTH FROM CORFU  Envoy is now at stunning Kastos Island on the way to Mesolonghi to meet my brother Charles. Back to late August we've cleared in to Greece at Corfu after our return from Albania and heading south we spend time in Petriti and Syvota – both extensively mentioned in previous blogs. Enjoying cakes at one of our favourite bakeries - in Syvota (Mourtos) Cruising west from Petriti you need to stay well clear to the north of a large sand spit, covered with shallow water and well marked on charts but with no buoyage. There's a line of boats including us and several charter yachts keeping well clear of the spit and then I see a 45 ft sailing catamaran under motor veer out of line off to the south. At first I think maybe he has local knowledge and with his cat's shallow draught may be OK. He's well out of hailing distance when I see things go horribly wrong and the cat grounds. Fortunately the sea is very calm and I see the cat trying to get clear, but instea...

  • 9/26/2019 21:46 comeonrover.com

    August in Desolation Sound, British Columbia


    In Seattle, everyone in the boat world talks about Desolation Sound.  “Oh you know, last summer, when we were in …

  • 9/26/2019 20:56 adventuresoflittlefish.com

    You got this mom!


    Today we are in Crescent City, in northern California waiting for weather to travel south to Mexico, joining the Taco Run in San Diego! We are traveling with another Nordhavn, 5505 named Red Rover, friends Alison, Kevin, Zoe and little Max. On board Red Rover are Laura and Kevin of Slowboat fame. Header photo by … Continue reading "You got this mom!"

  • 9/25/2019 17:03 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Sep 2019: More Boat Business


    The "Brain Box", a ZF/Mathers MicroCommander 585; the Servos & Physical Cable Connections Are Behind the Printed Circuit Board. In the days following the electronic throttle (and gear) failure we began pursuing answers…but we weren’t finding anything definitive.  Immediately after the event Rick had tested the electronic throttle station in the pilot house and found it nonresponsive – dead, unable to take control at that location.  But by the following day (Tuesday, 17-September) ALL THREE throttle stations were operating normally once again.  He ran the engines for a few hours to heat up the engine room – wondering if the “brain box” for the electronic throttles, which is located in the engine room, might be succumbing to heat related issues.  But after retesting the throttles following the heat soak, all stations again worked normally. The next day, Wednesday, 18-September, Rick called on Ross Lund of Classic Yacht Service to visit the boat and assess the electronic throttle syste...

  • 9/21/2019 06:01 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY IN ALBANIA


    Envoy is now anchored at beautiful Cephalonia, Greece. Fingers crossed we seem to have sorted out our photo issue now. I meant to mention that although Envoy has two aircons – a forward unit cooling the two sleeping cabins and an amidships unit cooling the pilothouse and saloon – we only use these to provide an AC load for the generator as to use them properly we'd obviously have to close all the portholes, doors and windows - something Di and I don't like to do. Also to use the aircons we need AC power which means being on shore power or running the generator or running the Lugger with the inverter. While we're in Gouvia marina waiting for the epirb situation to be resolved it's hot – like up to 37d. It's generally hotter in marinas as there's less wind than at anchor and large expanses of concretes that soak up and then radiate the heat. Larry and Catherine are having a bit of difficulty sleeping in the heat and suggest we run the forward aircon all night. So we close the portholes...

  • 9/20/2019 19:11 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Sep 2019: After Hurricane Dorian


    Ghost Rider's Bottom Paint Getting a Much Needed Waterline Touch Up. Rick didn’t visit RFYC and Ghost Rideragain until Tuesday, 10-September, when he made the drive to check on work order progress and to coordinate logistics for splashing the boat once it was again ready for sea duty.  The RFYC crew had been busy….they were about 80% complete with the bottom paint touch-up job, and had already torn into the two raw water intake seacocks for the main engine.  The one on the port side checked out OK – we visually verified the ball valve was moving to the closed position, plus they removed a hose end and poured water in to verify the ball valve wasn’t leaking. Where the Starboard Side Seacock Used to Be. The starboard side seacock definitely had a problem, though.  While we could visually verify the ball valve was moving to the closed position, when we performed the same leak check it was a veritable sieve.  Under pressure it would produce the scary flow that Rick had observed last ...

  • 9/20/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    HOLY SHIP! Lightning Storm at Sea- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 235


  • 9/17/2019 06:33 www.kensblog.com

    [KensBlog] September Construction Update


    NOTE: This blog entry is very different from my normal blog entries. Roberta and I are building a new boat and this boat is focused on the construction process and decisions we are making. If you are seeking a travelogue, stay tuned. That is coming! But . . . we need to get the boat built first.  Greetings! Roberta and I are still in 'waiting mode'; waiting for our boat to be complete so we can start cruising. That said, I am using the word 'waiting' very loosely in that there hasn't been muc... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 9/13/2019 10:30 www.youtube.com

    Brian’s SEAHAB challenge! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 234


  • 9/12/2019 06:00 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY DETAINED AFTER EPIRB ACCIDENTALLY ACTIVATES


    Envoy is currently anchored at Lefkada Island. With Envoy's new owners, Larry and Catherine aboard we have left Italy's Santa Maria di Leuca at first light bound for Greece. For those who don't know, an EPRB is an emergency position indicating radio beacon and when activated provides rescue authorities with your vessel details and position. You wouldn't use it unless in case of dire emergency combined with inability to give your position by VHF radio. Just north of the Greek island of Othoni our old EPIRB with an expired battery, which I had kept on board activated by itself. This causes a Coastguard boat to come out from Othoni island to check we are OK as well as radio calls from Olympia Radio, the Greek rescue authorities. We explain both by VHF radio to Olympia Radio and in person to the Coastguard people alongside us that the EPIRB had activated by itself with no human intervention and I thought that might be the end of it – but no such luck. The Coastguard said we would have t...

  • 9/11/2019 17:39 comeonrover.com

    Big Left Turn Ahead


    “Come watch me disconnect us from Seattle.”  That was Kevin’s cheesy line this morning as he removed the 50 amp …

  • 9/10/2019 10:30 www.youtube.com

    EMERGENCY! We're taking on water! - Sailing Vessel Delos


  • 9/8/2019 07:00 feeds.feedburner.com

    RETURN TO ENVOY AFTER A SHORT BREAK BACK HOME


    Envoy is currently cruising to Preveza, mainland Greece. Still having problems loading images so that's why there's not many. Late in the evening of Sunday 28 July we arrive back to Envoy berthed at Taranto in Italy. There's a 20 knot wind blowing and the boat is moving around making it tricky to get our luggage back aboard across a bouncing passarelle. All is as we left it except that we inadvertently closed the fridge door (we usually leave it wedged open when its not operating) and in the high heat a bit of mould had formed inside. However this is soon cleaned up. Next day the marina lends us a car and driver to take us to a supermarket a couple of km away where we do a huge shop to re-supply. It's fun in these smallish and unfamiliar Med supermarkets, but there always seems to be a shortage of trolleys. Taranto is interesting but seems a bit run down with a lot of derelict, unoccupied buildings. Next day we cruise back to Porti di Caesareo – already mentioned previously. Some ...

  • 9/7/2019 09:46 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Aug-Sep 2019: Hurricane Dorian


    The Early Path Predictions for This Storm Covered a Huge Area.  Marinas & Boat Owners Had to Make Decisions Early. From August through October hurricanes are an annoying but normal part of life in Florida.  The damned things are inevitable, and with climate change accelerating at an alarming pace they are also getting more frequent and stronger.  And that’s why we always give ourselves a bailout option.  This year we knew we would be stuck in Florida for the tropical storm season, so we signed up for the hurricane club at the River Forest Yachting Center (RFYC) in Labelle, Fl.  That facility is 40 miles up-river from our Fort Myers (Legacy Harbour) mooring, with two locks (meaning no storm surge) between it and the open ocean, and with an expansive apron of concrete dotted with embedded tie-down anchors.  It was designed specifically to offer safe harbor from big blows. Our Satellite Tracker Path from Fort Myers to River Forest Yachting Center Near Labelle, Florida. When the foreca...

  • 9/6/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    The best way to explore is with a local- Culebra, Puerto Rico! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 233


  • 9/4/2019 10:30 www.youtube.com

    [75 MIN] SLOW TV ASMR OCEAN SOUND- Relax while sailing on the ocean! Sailing Vessel Delos


  • 9/4/2019 07:13 www.mvstarr.com

    Day 11 and only 457nm to Hanalei


    This has been an uneventful passage thus far. Uneventful is as good as it gets! The only glitch has been the leaking swimstep hatch which the manufacturer just adjusted the day before our departure. Obviously that didn't work! They say they will come to Hawaii to make it right. Stay tuned. The weather was calm enough for me to open the lazarette hatch and wash the salt out of the things that got drowned in the flooded swimstep. I'm not sure what the official definition of a lazarette is, but t... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 9/2/2019 08:38 www.mvstarr.com

    End of the Line


    9/2 0800 position 22-13N 159-30W. At anchor in Hanalei Bay in 30 feet, sand bottom. As the mighty Starr entered Hanalei Bay yesterday morning we could see pal Mitch Haynie tow in surfing on his foiling board on the reef at the entrance to the bay. Lori told me by email that he'd be out there this morning, taking advantage of the season's first big north swell. Fortunately, the swell wasn't big enough to ruin the Hanalei anchorage, but it will ruin our plans to head down to some of my favorite a...

  • 9/1/2019 06:26 www.mvstarr.com

    Land Ho!


    9/1 0600 position 22-28N 159-12W. Wind NE@9 knots. Seas 3 feet. 21 miles from Hanalei. When I came on watch at 1AM this morning I could just see the loom of Honolulu's lights off to the south. We never did see any lights on Kauai. Dawn broke this morning when we were still thirty miles from Hanalei, too far offshore to see lights on shore there. We get a bit stir crazy during the night watches aboard Starr, staring at the instruments with nothing else happening. Clay noticed that our log, the...

  • 8/31/2019 07:53 www.mvstarr.com

    Meteor!


    This is Noodle's 8/31 blog post: '0600 position 25-17N 156-31W. Wind E@4kts. Seas 2 feet. 245 miles to Hanalei. I'm sure Fred's advice on the lures was correct, but when the ocean is full of mahi mahi, and not ahi, mahi is what you catch. We put an ahi lure out and caught three more mahi in quick succession, just keeping the last and largest one. We hooked up the second fish before the lure was even all the way out again after releasing the first one. The second was probably one of the first f...

  • 8/30/2019 17:08 www.mvstarr.com

    Day 11 and only 457nm to Hanalei


    This has been an uneventful passage thus far. Uneventful is as good as it gets! The only glitch has been the leaking swimstep hatch which the manufacturer just adjusted the day before our departure. Obviously that didn't work! They say they will come to Hawaii to make it right. Stay tuned. The weather was calm enough for me to open the lazarette hatch and wash the salt out of the things that got drowned in the flooded swimstep. I'm not sure what the official definition of a lazarette is, but t...

  • 8/30/2019 12:15 www.mvstarr.com

    Day 11 and only 457nm to Hanalei


    This has been an uneventful passage thus far. Uneventful is as good as it gets! The only glitch has been the leaking swimstep hatch which the manufacturer just adjusted the day before our departure. Obviously that didn't work! They say they will come to Hawaii to make it right. Stay tuned. The weather was calm enough for me to open the lazarette hatch and wash the salt out of the things that got drowned in the flooded swimstep. I'm not sure what the official definition of a lazarette is, but t...

  • 8/30/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    SAILING with complete STRANGERS- The great Fafalel challenge!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 232


  • 8/30/2019 07:15 www.mvstarr.com

    Green Flash


    8/30 0600 position 27-55N 153-50W. Wind E@4kts. Seas flat. 457 miles from Hanalei. Yesterday morning we decided it was time to bust out the fishing gear again and snag something for dinner. Within an hour we had landed two mahi mahi. The first went into the freezer. We threw the second one back and put away the rod and reel. Not bad. We've fished for just over an hour total and landed three mahi mahi. The skipper declared that we've caught enough mahi. It was time to catch some ahi. How do we ...

  • 8/29/2019 10:59 www.mvstarr.com

    Water Temperature

    One of the aspects of voyaging that I most enjoy is observing the subtle changes in environmental conditions as the vessel moves across the ocean. Upon assuming the watch on 'Starr' we make logbook entries including date, time, position, total miles, speed, course, engine RPM, fuel burn rate, and alternator charging rate. We also record barometric pressure, air and sea temperatures, sea state, cloud cover, wind direction and speed, and anything else of note. Taken as a group, the record of the e...

  • 8/29/2019 07:47 www.mvstarr.com

    Headwinds

    This is Noodle's 8/29 blog post: '0600 position 30-26N 151-05W. Wind NW@3kts. Seas 2 feet and confused. The forecast showed that the southwesterly headwinds we experienced yesterday morning would be light and short lived. They were neither. The wind slowly increased as the day progressed, and after dark last night it was up near twenty knots with a good sized wind chop. It got a bit uncomfortable aboard the mighty Starr heading directly into it at nine knots, but at least we were dry in our cl...

  • 8/28/2019 12:27 www.mvstarr.com

    Don, you stink like fish!


    I finished my 0100 watch and was soundly sleeping when at 0500 this morning Sharry nudged me awake and said to me 'god you smell fishy!' On my pillow was a flying fish! It's getting warm here so last night we opened our leeward porthole which is only 6'x12'. Somehow this flying fish flew thru the porthole and landed next to me. Do they ever smell!...

  • 8/28/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    DREAM ANCHORAGE! ⛵Why unplanned stops are the best! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 231


  • 8/28/2019 08:48 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/28 update - NET DODGING


    8/28 0600 position 32-59N 148-05W. Wind SW@7kts. Seas flat. It was another glorious day yesterday spent piloting Starr from the flying bridge. The wind was still from the NE, directly behind us, basically blowing the same speed we were going so it was like a calm day at the beach. There was a lot of lounging, napping, and reading up there by the off watch crew. Visibility is much better from Starr's flying bridge, ten feet higher than the wheelhouse. As a result, we could see a lot more of the...

  • 8/28/2019 08:46 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/27 update - INTO THE TROPICS


    0600 position 35-24N 145-00W. Wind NE@6. Seas almost flat. Yesterday it felt like we were in the tropics. The wind was from the Northeast, directly behind us, and blowing at the same speed Starr was powering, about nine knots. That made the apparent wind close to calm, and it was glorious on deck. Don dug out the flying bridge cushions from the lockers, and all of the crew spent time up there during the day. Sharry read her book for a few hours in the shade of the bimini and Donna spent her en...

  • 8/28/2019 08:44 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/26 update - TRAFFIC


    8/26 0600 position 37-44N 141-42W. Wind NE@8kts. Seas 2 feet. Shortly after posting yesterday's blog we got a radar contact. The 'Ever Lyric', an 1,100 foot container ship heading from Taiwan to Los Angeles at 21 knots, was on a near collision course with the mighty Starr. Don called them on the radio, 'Do you see us?', he asked. 'Yes, we see you,' the female on the other end of the radio call answered in Chinese accented English. 'Would you mind altering course a bit to pass green to green?'...

  • 8/28/2019 08:41 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/25 update


    8/25 0800 position 39-59N 138-12W. Seas flat. Wind NE@3kts. We are definitely in The High now. The barometer has steadily climbing up from 1014mb a few days ago to 1023mb today. Water temperature is up to 76 degrees, seas are almost Kaneohe Bay smooth, and last night the skies were perfectly clear. The Milky Way was directly overhead during my midnight to 3AM watch pointing the way to Kauai. After seeing no garbage all day long, we saw a plastic buoy and a few minutes later some styrofoam just...

  • 8/27/2019 10:12 www.mvstarr.com

    Questions and Answers


    Questions and answers: When we are in port some questions come up multiple times, such as: Hey Don, where do you anchor or tie up at night? We don't. Right now the depth reading is 5999ft deep. We run 24/7 until we get where we can anchor. Hanalei is still 1063nm ahead of us. How far can you run on a single fueling? Starr carries 14,102liters, (3726usg). Running at 8-9kts we can cover 4000nm but that leaves no reserve. We always plan on 25-30 reserve. For this run to Hawaii we have plent...

  • 8/25/2019 10:33 www.mvstarr.com

    On Entering the Garbage Patch


    Don's post, Sunday, August 25 We have been underway for 5 days with 7 more to go to Hanalei and are 650 NM off the coast of California having run 1000NM since leaving Seattle. As I am writing this, a school of dolphin came to play with us. We have only seen two ships since leaving the coast, both of them today. We are running two radars, one a Furuno FAR 1518, set at 12NM range and a Furuno FAR 2117 set at 24Nm. During my 0330 watch the Furuno FAR 2117 picked up a target 24NM ahead of us. T...

  • 8/24/2019 08:15 www.mvstarr.com

    Cleaning Up the Mess


    This is Noodle's 24 August blog post: '8/24 0900 position 42-06N 134-29W. Wind N@4kts. Seas 2 ft. Yesterday morning at 11AM we passed our first bit of floating debris. I couldn't tell what it was, but it looked like plastic. Sharry and I saw another, a piece of styrofoam, this morning as I was typing this. Nothing else sighted. We also haven't seen any ships in a couple of days. At some point we will be crossing the California - Asia shipping lanes so we are remaining vigilant. The seas were ...

  • 8/23/2019 20:14 www.mvstarr.com

    Happy 55th Anniversary Sharry!

    This is Noodle's personal blog post on 8/22. You can follow his blog at noodlesnotes.com. '0900 position 46-03N 126-22W. Wind N at 12, seas confused. Starr's short stay in Neah Bay worked to perfection. We got the last of our engine maintenance done, the entire crew had a nap, and we had a pre-ocean lunch of vegi pizza prepared by Donna. All this occurred while a front was passing overhead heading east, and by 130PM when we weighed anchor, the wind was calm and the sky was sunny. We powered o...

  • 8/23/2019 17:42 comeonrover.com

    Cruising the Broughtons, British Columbia – Part 2


    One of the best things about owning a Nordhavn is the Nordhavn community.  Kevin and I spent years raising our …

  • 8/23/2019 12:19 www.youtube.com

    Sailing to the Volcano that buried a city. - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 230


  • 8/23/2019 07:11 feeds.feedburner.com

    ITALY'S GOLFO DI TARANTO

    Currently we're cruising in southern Albania until late next week when we'll return to Corfu in Greece. Sorry the Blog has got behind. Have had Envoy's new owners aboard for last couple of weeks or so and a problem with an accidental EPIRB activation - will catch up now. Adding photos is an issue right now and I hope to add these later. Golfo di Taranto So far in our story we've been on the Adriatic coast of Italy and Porto Castro is the last reasonable anchorage heading south. So we cruise south and west into the Golfo di Taranto to anchor off the marina Santa Maria di Leuca. It's pretty good, but like many anchorages here subject to wakes from large motor boats from late morning until late afternoon. We stay here just one day and then cruise north with a southerly wind behind us further into the Golfo di Taranto. In the late afternoon we drop anchor in a very large and calm south-facing bay called Torre del Pizza. We're staggered to see more than 200 mostly motor boats ranging fro...

  • 8/22/2019 16:28 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Aug 2019: Miscellaneous Boat Business


    Looking Down Into the Bilge Cavity Which is Just Aft of the Main Engine, with a Water Hose Pumping Water In at a Pretty Good Clip.The summer weather in southwest Florida is rarely an attraction, but this year it truly sucks.  A persistent westerly flow has been bringing copious amounts of moisture, so not only has it been raining every day, it has been raining all day.  And some nights.  Based on the decline of El Nino and NOAA's latest tropical storm forecast, we've calculated the rain might stop some time in November.  Ghost Rider may be our ark. Still, even as we were enjoying the distraction and satisfaction of recently completing two special projects – for the boat’s remote monitoring and CCTV systems, see two previous blogs – we of course continued to pay attention to the periodic duties that Ghost Rider requires to stay (and keep us) happy.  It is not normal to wake up one morning and think “let’s see if we can flood the boat today”, but that’s essentially the approach require...

  • 8/21/2019 10:09 www.mvstarr.com

    Starr Heads to Hawaii (Our 11th Pacific Crossing)


    We departed Seattle yesterday afternoon (August 20) and now are ready to head out past Tatoosh Island at the west end of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Hawaii is our next stop. Starr on hard and deck rot: Starr has been on the hard for the last two months at Delta Marine having 60sf of Fly Bridge deck balsa core replaced by Diamond Painting plus some paint touch up.  The builder failed to properly bed twenty screws under the fly bridge seating benches when the boat was built 22 years ago resulti...

  • 8/16/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    Are we going to CAPSIZE?!? - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 229


  • 8/15/2019 19:48 comeonrover.com

    Cruising the Broughtons, British Columbia – Part 1


    In July, we realized that we were being asked the same series of questions almost everywhere we went. Where are …

  • 8/15/2019 11:21 www.youtube.com

    The Pioneers of Sailing Videos - Distant Shores Interview


  • 8/15/2019 09:13 www.youtube.com

    Close Quarters Operation in the Gota Canal (MV Dirona Channel)


  • 8/13/2019 07:17 feeds.feedburner.com

    Time and Maintenance


    Several land based projects are standing in the way of any cruising plans this year, but it does look like we'll be moving aboard soon. We're renovating our home in Jupiter and having lived amidst that before - we'll not do it again. Our new home port, The Bluffs Marina, is just a couple of miles down US 1 so the boat will be the perfect base of operations. The Bluffs is as good a hurricane hole as can be found in these parts, however we're hoping that's a non issue. With time on our hands, we'll take advantage of it and do some needed maintenance. This weekend we motored down to the new Seahaven Superyacht Marina in Dania Beach. From there we just eased across the Dania Cutoff Canal to Playboy Marine Center where we've hauled out to paint the bottom. There will be new transducers to replace the old, and other things that can only be done while out of the water. Craig at Hogan Marine Systems in Ft Lauderdale will be busy for a week or so. There's something to be said for sitting out ...

  • 8/3/2019 05:11 www.southernstarnz.com

    Back to York River


    Back to York River Photos We were anchored in behind Cape Lookout, NC after arriving, early in the morning after a pleasant overnight passage from Bald Head Island, NC.  The anchorage was calm and scenic. There were a fair number of boats anchored, but not too crowded considering it was 4th of July week end. We woke early the next morning to start the long passage along the inside of NC, up the ICW. The weather would not allow us to make the trip to Norfolk outside along Cape Hatteras. The wi... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 8/2/2019 11:13 feeds.feedburner.com

    An Interesting Cruising Lifestyle


    Traveling the British Waterways - Across England and Wales our 2,000 miles of canals and rivers flow through cities, past homes, alongside offices and out into glorious countryside. Many very narrow tunnels that can be several miles long. Lots of tiny locks. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network This fellow, Kevin Shelley, has managed to put 4 seasons of his vlog on Amazon Prime Video - not terribly exciting, but interesting. Warning! -  watching this late at night, the steady clatter of his little diesel, will put you to sleep. Comforting on sleepless nights, though. Kind of fun to watch and some of the scenery can be quite nice. Travels by Narrowboat - One Man, One Boat, One Life from CountryHouseGent on Vimeo. Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa

  • 8/2/2019 09:30 feeds.feedburner.com

    ITALY'S ADRIATIC COAST


    Otranto area At this point in our story Envoy's still in Italy, berthed in a not-so-good marina, but in a very picturesque location - Otranto. For several days there are over 20 knot winds outside the port causing two metre seas that create a surge in the port. All the moored boats move around and strain at their mooring lines, in fact we joke that it's a lot rougher here than in many anchorages. Nevertheless locals say Otranto is tenable in most conditions, even at anchor. Otranto is in an area known as Apulia, steeped in history with many interesting places to see. We arrange a taxi to take us to the historic town of Maglie and the fare is a very steep 40 Euros for about a 20 minute ride. Our visit coincides with siesta time so there's virtually nobody around in the streets and piazzas and nothing open. For the return journey Chris negotiates a cheaper fare of 30 Euros. The driver's a nice young guy and tells us he has a girlfriend, but that there's a big problem with the summer h...

  • 7/28/2019 08:00 comeonrover.com

    Lugger L1276A Valve Adjustment


    Red Rover‘s main engine, the Lugger L1276A, requires a valve adjustment only once in it’s lifetime at 2500 hours.  The …

  • 7/27/2019 11:28 comeonrover.com

    Rolling north on the 55


    Cruising north the weather was beautiful.  So we had to do some pilothouse, flybridge and cockpit karaoke.  And spontaneous dance …

  • 7/22/2019 09:19 www.youtube.com

    Scania Demo Center (MV Dirona Channel)


  • 7/21/2019 14:18 comeonrover.com

    Leaving…


    “Are you having some sort of midlife crisis?” – asked my doctor. “Aren’t you too young to retire? You’ll be …

  • 7/20/2019 13:58 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    July 2019: More Monitoring – with CCTV


    A Typical Robust Wired Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) ArchitectureHaving made good progress on a remote monitoring project for Ghost Rider (LINK) we had also decided to take the next logical step and pursue another significant and closely related boat project: visual monitoring via cameras in a closed circuit configuration.  (Admittedly, the words 'logical' and 'boat' don't often collide in the same sentence...indulge us on this one.)  And once again we wanted to go as wireless as possible so as to avoid tearing up the boat trying to run cables all over the place. The most common visual monitoring objective on a vessel like Ghost Rider is to have remote but real time camera views into the engine room while underway; it’s comforting (and something of a safety factor) to be able to see what’s going on down in the engineering spaces without having to leave the pilot house helm station.  Secondarily, having some visual view of the boat on a smartphone while physically separated from the boat is...

  • 7/15/2019 11:49 www.youtube.com

    Collision at Wasahamnen, Stockholm (MV Dirona Channel)


  • 7/13/2019 07:31 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY IN ALBANIA


    After we complete the work on Envoy in Corfu's Gouvia marina our agents, A1 Yachting, clear us out of Greece and we head to Sarande in Albania just a short hop across the Corfu Channel. Our friend Chris is still with us.  On the way a six metre powerboat overtakes us at high speed about five metres off our beam – unthinking, dangerous behavior from locals in high speed power boats can be a problem throughout the Med. At Sarande the shelter isn't very good as it's fully exposed to the South while the prevailing NW winds send a swell around into the bay. We're directed to moor quayside, but the quay was in fact just a finger about 10 metres long leaving Envoy's stern exposed and close to a large car ferry. So we decide not to stay there but to anchor out in the bay close to a NZ yacht with a solo yachtsman aboard. With our flopper stoppers deployed the effect of the swell is considerably reduced and we're quite comfortable. Sarande anchorage viewed from castle Envoy alongside a very s...

  • 7/12/2019 15:57 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Jun-Jul 2019: A Boat Monitoring Project


    There is an old theorem in the yacht ownership universe ("yacht" being code for an over-complicated boat) that has several nuanced variations, but each version generally goes something like this: Q: How do you become a millionaire?  A: Start out as a billionaire and then buy a boat.  So in that spirit, here’s another installment in what seems to be a continuing series of how to spend money on boating without (currently at least) doing much boating. The Match-box Sized Trackimo Device Locates Ghost Rider on a 24-by-7 Basis via Cellular & GPS Triangulation & Until Now Has Been the Only "Monitoring" Device Aboard the Boat. As mentioned in a previous blog post, we had decided to pursue a remote boat monitoring solution for Ghost Rider.  Up until this year we had spent most of our time aboard, and any short separations were mostly when the boat was on the hard for maintenance. So this hadn’t been a priority until very recently when medical issues grounded us for a spell. While we had a...

  • 7/12/2019 15:42 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Jun-Jul 2019: Some Routine Maintenance


    The Red Arrow Points to Our Original Slip Location at Legacy Harbour.  The Green Arrow Points Out Our New Location in Slip B-11.   It's Like a Different Zip Code. While the month of June had been reserved mostly for Rick’s post-surgical recovery and a couple of “special projects” (remote monitoring and CCTV camera solutions, separate blogs to follow) we still had to tend to the more mundane and regular maintenance tasks that Ghost Riderrequires to stay healthy and seaworthy. But at the top of our June list was moving the boat from the far end of Legacy Harbour’s “D” dock (slip # D-22, which we have joked is in a different zip code than the remainder of the marina) to a much closer-in slip on the “B” dock.  With the departure of a large number of snow-bird boats in May, Eric (the dockmaster) was able to reserve B-11 for us.  So we picked a dry and calm June afternoon and maneuvered Ghost Riderto its new summer mooring. Given the hot, humid and frequently stormy summer weather here in...

  • 7/8/2019 12:35 www.cochranesadrift.com

    Physics of Docking 102F - Docking Bow In

    Having covered the basics of docking a large, single screw vessel on a side tie, we now use the same techniques to dock bow in to a slip. Watch this episode here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EH9AAs6-Y3A&t=2s Enjoy! Douglas Cochrane...

  • 7/2/2019 07:24 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY AROUND CORFU


    Leaving Parga on Greece's mainland coast we cruise further up to Mourtos – one of Di's favorite shopping areas and also one of mine as they have an excellent hardware store and more importantly a great bakery with delicious chocolate cakes. Parga harbour viewed from castle At many of these small boat harbors it's quite difficult to find a place to leave your tender as nowhere provides a designated area and you have to find a spot among the local small fishing boats. There is no real concern about theft, just finding a vacant spot. The first night at Mourtos there's a lot of lightning in the distance and this is always a bit disconcerting because if a thunderstorm arrives it can often bring nasty squalls and wind shifts. Our only few bad nights aboard Envoy have been during thunderstorms, but fortunately this one stays well away. Another night we return to Envoy from ashore to find a yacht anchored much too close to us – at times only four metres away. We put out fenders but don't a...

  • 6/26/2019 08:43 www.youtube.com

    Steamship Tour and Cruise (MV Dirona Channel)


  • 6/14/2019 10:52 feeds.feedburner.com

    ENVOY CRUISING IN THE IONIAN SEA


    Before leaving the marina we enjoy one day away from Envoy, hiring a car to tour around this great island of Lefkada with its small sandy coves, picturesque villages and inland mountains soaring to about 3,000 feet. Traffic is negligible and I don't think there's any traffic lights at all on the island. Greece seems to be a very honest country with little crime evident beyond copious amounts of graffiti in the cities. Shopkeepers often leave items outside overnight and people leave their keys in cars and scooters. So it was a surprise when a 46ft Bavaria yacht was stolen from Lefkada's quayside during our stay and hasn't been seen since. Locals speculate that it will have been sailed across to Italy. While in Lefkada we also meet our Kiwi friend Bruce from sailing cat Midi. This year his wife Leslie decided to stay home, so Bruce is cruising with two friends Gavin and David. Anybody thinking about sailing in the Med couldn't do better than to buy the superbly equipped and lovingly ma...

  • 6/9/2019 03:03 www.kensblog.com

    [Kensblog] It’s starting to look like a boat!


    Greetings all! Roberta and I are still awaiting the delivery of our new boat. This will be our first summer to be stuck on land in over twenty years. Even though we miss our boat, I must admit we are looking forward to a summer on land. As much as we love boating it will be good to take a break. That isn't to say we haven't been thinking about boating! Hardly a day goes by that we don't have an email from the factory building our new boat or one of our various experts with questions about the ...

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