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8/24/2019 10:09 mvdirona.com
Gota Canal Day 2: Lake Asplangen
On our second day in the Gota Canal, we travelled further into idyllic rural Sweden, passing alongside many farms and parks and through ten locks and four bridges. Unlike yesterday, we weren’t alone in the locks, and passed through with a smaller boat in front. Cruising through the canal, with its maximum speed limit of...
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...
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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 GOLFI 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...
8/22/2019 02:57 mvdirona.com
Gota Canal Day 1: Soderkoping
The Gota Canal (pronounced “Yota” to rhyme with “Yoda”) was named the Swedish Construction of the Millennium. Completed in 1832, the 120-mile (190km) long canal took 22 years to build using 58,000 workers, has 58 locks and 48 bridges, and rises 301ft (91.8m) above sea level. It is a sister canal to the Caledonian Canal...
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...
8/20/2019 14:23 www.youtube.com
Tour of the new Nordhavn 475
8/19/2019 09:17 mvdirona.com
Lake Malaren is the third largest in Sweden, stretching 64 nm west from Stockholm. The lake is accessible from the Baltic via locks at Sodertalje, where we toured the Scania manufacturing plant, and at Stockholm. The path through Lake Malaren via these two locks provided a scenic and convenient shortcut for our 100-mile trip from...
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 ...
8/13/2019 01:17 mvdirona.com
From late June to early August, we spent a fabulous five weeks at Wasahamnen marina in downtown Stockholm. Wasahamnen is centrally located with great views to the Stockholm islands, convenient access to ferry and transit services, and is close to many restaurants and local attractions. It was definitely one of the more busy marinas we’d...
8/9/2019 10:59 www.youtube.com
SAILING life vs. MOUNTAIN life! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 228
8/7/2019 02:40 mvdirona.com
Two Weeks in Seattle
In mid-July, we made our annual summer trip to Seattle for James to participate in a multi-week AWS business review. It’s a busy time, with lots of meetings, plus we picked up about 300 pounds (136kg) of spares and supplies to bring back with us. We also found time to have some fun, including attending...
8/3/2019 17:30 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn brokerage video: Horizon 82 - LIBERATION
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...
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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.
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 10:59 www.youtube.com
I DO I DO!!! WE DID IT!!! 😍 How I Met Your Mother ⛵- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 227
8/2/2019 09:30 feeds.feedburner.com
ITALY'S ADRIATIC COAST
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...
7/30/2019 04:07 mvdirona.com
Historic Steamship Tour
In our 28th Technology Series episode, we tour the historic steamships SS Savonlinna and SS Punkaharju and take a 90-minute cruise of the area on the SS Punkaharju. The ships are located in Savonlinna, Finland within the Great Saimaa Lakes system. Steamships have long been a popular form of transit in the area and the...
7/29/2019 21:30 www.youtube.com
Midnight DINGY RESCUE through breaking waves! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 226
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 …
7/26/2019 12:59 www.youtube.com
Dr. Brady in the house! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 225
7/25/2019 11:57 mvdirona.com
Drottningholm Palace on the island of Lovon was completed in the late 1600s during Sweden’s time as a great power. The Swedish royal court resided here regularly during the 18th century and it remains a summer residence for the Royal Family, but is also open to the public. In 1991, the palace and its grounds...
7/24/2019 12:00 mvdirona.com
In 1628, the warship Vasa set off from Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town, on its maiden voyage. The flagship of the Swedish fleet, designed to be the most powerful warship in the Baltic, the Vasa was 226ft (69 m) long, over 164ft (50 m) tall from keel to mast-top, and weighed over 1,200 tonnes including...
7/23/2019 10:54 mvdirona.com
The 608-room Royal Palace Kungliga Slottet was completed in the mid-1700s and still is the official residence of the Swedish Royal family, making it the largest in the world still used for its original purpose. The palace and much of the grounds are open to the public, however, and a popular changing of the guard...
7/22/2019 09:59 mvdirona.com
Scania Site Visit
In the 27th edition of our Technology Series, we visit the Scania manufacturing plant at Sodertalje, Sweden near Stockholm. Scania is famous for producing modular engines with excellent fuel economy and power-to-weigh ratios. We’ve seen their beautiful trucks and buses throughout Europe, and they have a particularly loyal and happy customers base. We’ve stopped to...
7/22/2019 09:19 www.youtube.com
Scania Demo Center (MV Dirona Channel)
7/21/2019 14:18 comeonrover.com
“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...
7/19/2019 12:05 www.youtube.com
Capt. Brian's Favorite sail! The Mizzen Ballooner! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 224
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...
7/11/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
SCARIEST Dive Yet - Midnight ocean SCUBA in 5,000 ft of water! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 223
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...
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7/4/2019 19:30 www.youtube.com
Diving with Sperm Whales- Worlds largest predator!
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...
6/29/2019 19:30 www.youtube.com
Q&A with Brian and Kazza in Sweden! Sailing Vessel Delos
6/27/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
Cannot wait to tell you the news! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 221
6/26/2019 08:43 www.youtube.com
Steamship Tour and Cruise (MV Dirona Channel)
6/20/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
Brian's Favorite Way To Start The Morning! Sailing vessel Delos Ep. 220
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...
6/14/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
An average day at work: Scuba diving into a BAT CAVE! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 219
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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6/6/2019 07:47 feeds.feedburner.com
Real Time & Recollections
I finally got around to updating the "About Istaboa" section of this blog. Istaboa's new interior inspired me to take a few photos and pictures often trigger an itch that only writing about them can scratch. I guess every picture does tell a story.
This is the final installment of a multi-part section that covers finding N57-26 back in 2006 and the years aboard Istaboa that have led up to now.
For those into 57s, there's a lot about N57s in general and Istaboa in particular — See the column to your left.
Real Time10 Years After
It's now 2019: The economy is booming, everything's great, —however— the boats are getting bigger and the docks are packed with them. Many of our favorite marinas have been bought out by large corporations, gutted of their personalities, and it seems a knowledgeable dock staff is a relic from days of yore. Due to this current illusion of prosperity, the boat fixers are busy, most are arrogant, and they're all elusive. And, I can't say anything nice about the...
6/3/2019 11:30 www.mvduet.com
Cruising in Australia
Once we arrived in Australia, we had about four weeks until the third week of January, when we were due to meet the Yacht Express ship in Brisbane, so Duet could travel safely home. Our actual sailing date wouldn't be available until about a week before, so we targeted mid January as a good time to arrive. The Yacht Express loads at the commercial docks in Brisbane, so we made a reservation at Rivergate Marina, just upriver. But, right then, Duet was still some 250 miles north of Brisbane, in ...
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6/2/2019 15:05 www.northernrangeradventures.com
A Tale of Two Nordies
May 2019 San Diego Where oh where is Northern Ranger!? I am now at the point where the closest I get to cruising is either living vicariously through other people's posts or dreaming about it...and last night I had a doozy, everyone I have ever cruised with was there!! So fun, and so sad when I woke up and realized I was on dry land. Bummer. So where IS Northern Ranger? Well, NRII is happily ( I assume) tied up and hunkered down for the summer in La Paz. We cut our cruising short in order to...
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6/2/2019 06:17 www.southernstarnz.com
Carnage in Big Majors, Bahamas
Carnage in Big Majors photos We had a rough night at Little Bay, Guana Island. We were anchored with our friends on KYA, Bella Jane, and Manatee. They had been anchored at Little Bay for several days, and were going to stay one more night before heading over to us at Big Majors, about 10 miles north. We wanted to catch up with everyone, so we went over to Little Bay to join the gang. We had a nice time on KYA, but that night the southerly winds picked up and made the anchorage very rollie. We...
6/1/2019 09:34 feeds.feedburner.com
DELAY TO ENVOY'S LAUNCHING
We've met a NZ couple from Blenheim – Keven and Kerry who've recently bought a “green” motor vessel. It has an electric motor, good for about 20 miles cruising plus a VW diesel engine with a range of about 600 miles. They eventually plan to ship it home where the electric motor will suit cruising in the Marlborough Sounds.
We're constantly reminded that many costs are still very reasonable in Greece. Last night we went to dinner at a nice restaurant overlooking the estuary and had a Greek salad, french fries, fried eggplant, mushrooms with cheese, bread, one bottle of water, one litre of house white wine and desserts of fruit and yoghurt for a total cost of 27 Euros – about NZ$47. In many restaurants at home we'd pay nearly that just for the wine. On the other hand petrol is nearly 2 Euros per litre – about NZ$3.48.
Huge crane lifts our RHIB down for engine service
Preparation for Envoy's launching had been going well and after 7 days aboard were ready for launching the day before i...
5/30/2019 23:35 www.youtube.com
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Eco-Antifouling Results Q&A - Failure or Success????
5/30/2019 09:38 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Apr - May 2019: Continuing in Fort Myers
Keeping Ghost Rider Clean & Shiny at Legacy Harbour in Fort MyersSpring weather in southern Florida ends about midway through baseball’s spring training season – which is roughly mid-March. By April we’re into early summer temps. Early summer means it’s already quite warm but the occasional cool front will drop the humidity to something tolerable for about a day and a half. And by May it’s just plain hot and humid here with daily afternoon TRWs, and it continues that way until roughly late October. Which is why we are typically underway and heading elsewhere by this time.
The intensity of the south Florida sun presents a number of other challenges, most notably with its attempts to bleach the boat’s gelcoat into something resembling chalk. While we’re stuck in port this year we’re doing our best to combat that with frequent fresh water rinses and chamois-wiping exposed surfaces so dirt and bug juice don’t dig in. Where stains do form Rick is experimenting with a mild soap-with-w...
5/23/2019 14:09 feeds.feedburner.com
BACK ABOARD ENVOY IN GREECE
We had a great trip up from Auckland enjoying one night stopovers in Dubai and Athens. The flight to Dubai is nearly 17 hours, but the time seemed to pass OK with nice meals, plenty of movies to watch and a few hours sleep. The economy class seats have quite generous space and we had a spare seat between us. Our favourite hotel in Dubai - the Roda Al Bustan upgraded us to a palatial suite having a separate lounge 26 feet across!
Our huge hotel room
After a five hour bus ride we arrived in Lefkada to a beautiful early evening, but the taxi driver told us the weather has been bad until a few days ago with heavy rain laden with red dust from Africa.
After checking into our hotel (which is pretty basic and no comparison with the Roda Al Bustan) we checked Envoy sitting on the hardstand. She still had her winter cover on and we could see the hull had been readied for anti-fouling and the Lugger, Yanmar and bow thruster props had been cleaned. Inside was perfectly dry as always and look...
5/22/2019 10:12 comeonrover.com
Teak Table for Flybridge
When we were looking at Nordhavns and the different models, a flybridge was on the want list. Living in the …
5/19/2019 08:58 www.southernstarnz.com
Cruising. Repairing boats in exotic places
'Cruising is repairing boats in exotic places.' Underway across the banks, heading north, we are on plan C. We left Georgetown yesterday early and travelled 68 miles to Big Majors Cay, just off Staniel Cay. The weather promised to be kind to us, after 3 days of lashing us in Georgetown. Seems that the weather really is not really improving, despite being in the Bahamas later this year, but it is what it is. Ethan and Penny left on to the next leg of their 2 year OE. They seemed to have enjoye...
5/17/2019 20:02 comeonrover.com
Adding a 6kw Northern Lights Genset to Red Rover
During the week of the Great Seattle Boat Show in January, Alison and I attended Lugger Bob’s Northern Lights owners …
5/13/2019 16:55 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 55 ZOE
5/11/2019 13:28 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 63 ITHAKA
5/11/2019 01:14 feeds.feedburner.com
RETURN TO ENVOY NOW IMMINENT
Diane booked our fares yesterday and dealing with Emirates had no issues getting our travel arranged at short notice at good pricing with departure next Friday. We'll spend one night in Dubai and one in Athens before catching the bus for the five hour trip to Lefkada.
Just to clarify - yes Envoy has been sold but the new owners didn't intend to use her this season so part of the deal was we could use her. They will be joining us for some cruising in early August.
I had already arranged for Envoy's winter storage cover to be removed and for Envoy to be pulled out of the water onto the hardstand. There she will be water blasted to remove any marine growth, the hull sanded before having new anti-fouling applied, the props and shafts cleaned, zinc anodes replaced, stainless steel cleaned and white topsides areas polished.
Internally we're getting the generator and Yanmar wing engine sea water pumps checked over and impellers replaced. The Yanmar's dripless shaft seal will be checked and it...
5/10/2019 10:53 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 64 GEORGINA
5/8/2019 12:13 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 57 NO PLANS
5/6/2019 20:19 comeonrover.com
Tool Storage and Engine Room Lighting
Along with the dream of cruising and exploring remote areas around the world, we knew the reality was there is …
5/1/2019 09:10 comeonrover.com
Turning to the next chapter
“It is easier to keep working than to decide to stop working,” said Scott Allen, our friend who with his …
4/25/2019 00:23 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY'S 2109 CRUISING
We are home in Auckland, NZ while Envoy is in Greece's Lefkada marina.
We hope to know by this time next week - Thursday 2 May that all is on track for our return to the Med for several months of cruising - watch this space!
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Springtime For Elvis
April: For a dose of reality, it's good for us to leave the beach, the manicured seaside estates with palm trees swaying in the balmy sea breezes, and make the grueling 1000 mile drive up to funky old Memphis for some much needed contrast —and, to see what our old home town is up to.
We were pleased to find our neighborhood booming with cool new developments that have been squeezed into the renovated old buildings. The, circa 1909, Brewery next door has been transformed into luxury apartments and the old train station will soon be an upscale boutique hotel. An eclectic mix of restaurants are popping up everywhere and they appear to be busy, business is good. The area is thriving with young folks zipping around on those annoying little electric scooters and the trolley cars are running again. Yep, it seems like Downtown Memphis is finally enjoying a long awaited resurgence.
Springtime is the best time in Memphis
Springtime means Azaleas and Dogwoods are blooming everywhere you look ...
4/23/2019 13:03 www.mvstarr.com
Making a Better Flopper Stopper: One Year Later
Sharry and I have been cruising the South Pacific and more recently Hawaii since 2001. Hawaii has a reputation for challenging cruising since most anchorages are open roadsteads. The Pacific swell is ever-present and stabilization at rest makes many more anchorages available. Last year we cruised 1900nm around the Hawaiian Islands and were at anchor about 90 nights, most of which required flopper stoppers for comfort aboard. We were anchored in Hanalei long enough to have barnacles growing on o...
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Greenland test, TULU, 2019
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We are currently home in Auckland, NZ and expect to return to Envoy to do some cruising mid-May. Envoy's new owners will join us during part of this time for a joint cruise.
There all types of boaties and about as many different approaches to the subject of boat care and maintenance. At one extreme plenty of derelict-looking boats can be seen on moorings, apparently never used with growth dangling below their hulls, while at the other extreme some owners can be seen on their anchored boats lovingly cleaning their pride and joy all day long.
Boating is about enjoyment – cruising to great anchorages, swimming, diving, fishing, children playing on the beach, BBQs with family and friends etc and as such it's well to consider that care and maintenance should focus more on the technical than the cosmetic aspects - minor marks and imperfections show that adventures and fun have been had, they add character and are part of a boat's life story. This is not to say that gelcoat and stainless st...
4/5/2019 09:06 www.southernstarnz.com
Once in a lifetime
?Kiwis in the Bahamas??? Jenny's nephew, Ethan, and his fianc, Penny joined us in Georgetown, from New Zealand. We met them at Emerald Bay Marina. We waited in the marina for a couple of days, waiting for some strong NE winds to blow through. The marina has a horrible surge in these conditions, and Southern Star tugged on her dock lines constantly. We walked all over and to Steventon Village about 2 miles each way. We sat at the beach bar and gazed at the incredible turquoise water colours tha...
4/2/2019 19:31 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Feb - Mar 2019: Hanging in Fort Myers
We Had a Front Row Seat on the Bow of Ghost Rider for Viewing the
Pyrotechnics that Concluded This Year's Edison Festival of Lights
Two months have passed since our previous post, so here’s another catch up entry from the crew of Ghost Rider for the months of February and March. Our days have been a good mix of recreation, social events, some travel, lots of reading, occasional boat business and even some actual boating. Since we started our dirt-dwelling winter spell here in Fort Myers Chelle has turned her attention back to her golf game, playing an average of twice per week. She even has taken some corrective lessons and spent time at the range, which used to be heresy for her. Meanwhile, Rick has continued his recovery both in terms of energy level and weight gain, which of course means he’s gotten quite active once again with his main hobby – more boat projects. (There’s always a list.)
With guests occupying the condo we moved back onto the boat in February...
4/1/2019 21:49 feeds.feedburner.com
REALITY CHECK - BUY Vs CHARTER
Envoy is in Greece's Lefkas Marina. We expect to return there mid-May for several months' cruising including some time with her new owners.
We recently wrote this article published in Pacific MotorBoat magazine.
When Envoy, our Greece-based Nordhavn 46 passagemaker was for sale, one inquiry is from a Kiwi guy saying that due to work commitments he'd only able to travel to Greece to use the boat for about one month a year. He asks my opinion on this idea. As much as I want to sell Envoy and proceed with our new boating plans I don't want to mislead anybody so tell him it would be much more practical and cost-effective to charter one of the thousands of boats available throughout the Med. My reply is based not only on cost, but also on the fact it takes at least a week to get your boat ready for cruising and about the same to lay her up again for winter. He agrees and this prompts me to write this article.
We've chartered boats several times here in NZ, in Britain and in Queensland's ...
4/1/2019 21:26 www.kensblog.com
[Kensblog] The first pictures are here!
Greetings all! It has been twenty years since Roberta and I had a summer where we weren't living on a boat. Sans Souci (our Nordhavn) sold quickly and our new boat won't be delivered until next Spring. It feels strange being stuck on land. I regularly monitor several boating blogs and discussion groups, but haven't participated in any of the discussions recently. It feels like I am now outside the boating community looking in. That said, Roberta and I wanted this. We've talked for a while abo...
3/28/2019 13:30 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 75 PINCH ME
3/25/2019 16:32 www.northernrangeradventures.com
more from La Cruz
more emails and drama back home, should we stay or should we go? ( a little Clash to start the day) For now we stay... Which is nice because each day we sink deeper into the lifestyle! I go for my walk/run in the morning while Lawrence reads blogs. Or works... sometime there is real work to do, the kind that puts a bit of money back in the cruising kitty. Then I do boat yoga or take out the kayak, and... who am I kidding, most of the time I just make myself another cup of coffee and sit ou...
3/25/2019 11:23 www.youtube.com
Kiel Canal Baltic Sea Lock (MV Dirona Channel)
3/18/2019 20:59 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY'S 2019 CRUISING PLANS
Although the sale of Envoy was finalised late last year, the new Brisbane-based owners don't plan to use her until they retire and part of our sales agreement was that we are able to still use Envoy this year.
At the time we left Envoy we were inclined towards not using her again, but having been away for several months we've changed our minds and now plan to return around mid-May and cruise through to about early October.
This of course will be better for Envoy and her new owners since it's preferable for machinery to be used than to sit in storage.
Under normal circumstances NZ passport holders are allowed to spend up to 90 days out of any 180 day period in each of the Schengen Treaty countries, which are similar to but not exactly the same as EU countries. Using an agent we've previously managed to get that extended to the whole 180 days in Greece and if we can do the same again we'll spend the whole time there. However this extension is becoming more difficult and we may be re...
3/18/2019 10:32 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Film Festival trailer
3/14/2019 10:57 www.southernstarnz.com
Back to the Bahamas
Bahamas photos Florida to Bahamas 3rd time Jenny writes: It was a great feeling to release the lines at Marathon and make our way out the channel just after 3pm on Saturday afternoon. We had cleared out with US Customs and Border Patrol the previous day, giving us 48 hours to be out of US waters. My 6 month US visa was due to expire the following week, which aligned with the end of our month at the marina, and amazingly a decent weather window. The ocean was flat with little wind as we made o...
3/11/2019 11:21 www.youtube.com
L''ADAGIO docked in Malta
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THE MAGNIFICENT MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
Watch this space for some news of Envoy's future plans about this time next week.
Here is an article we wrote that was recently published in Pacific PowerBoat magazine.
The North Island's north-east coast and the greater Marlborough Sounds area provide New Zealand's two prime cruising areas. Many visitors only experience Queen Charlotte Sound as their ferry cruises into Picton, but this is only a small part of the broader “Sounds” cruising area also comprising Kerepuru and Pelorus Sounds, D'Urville and several other smaller islands, Taman Bay including the coastal sections of the Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay, together constituting over a fifth of New Zealand's entire coastline.
The majority of cruisers here are South Islanders, but some hardy Wellingtonians venture across the often challenging (particularly in fresh northerlies and southerlies) Cook Strait, both from Wellington harbour itself, some 50 miles distant and from Mana only about 25 miles away.
Indeed the not...
3/9/2019 16:20 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Well we finally made it! The weather gods looked kindly upon us, and we were able to achieve our goal of crossing to the other side just in time to have dinner with Sea Level II and then say goodbye to them! Our original plan had been to head to Muertos just around the corner, grab some sleep, and then head across and down around midnight. The weather made us change our minds... it looked good! Forecast was favourable, and the waters were docile, so we just kept on going. Great decision! I...
3/9/2019 08:26 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Written in Sand...or Snow...
We got the call a few days after we landed back in La Paz. Preparations for our winter cruise south to La Cruz and parts beyond, and north up the Sea of Cortez, were well underway. Plans were in place for friends to fly down and join us for a few weeks, and we were going to meet up with our longtime cruising friends and spend time with them before they point the boat north and head back up to Canada. Our last Mexican holiday together... And then... the text messages. Parent ill... come home....
3/1/2019 11:41 www.youtube.com
N59CP walk through video with Garrett Severen
2/27/2019 19:00 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 60 OCEANZPIRIT
2/25/2019 14:42 comeonrover.com
20kw Northern Lights Generator Maintenance
We recently posted about attending the Northern Lights training class taught by Lugger Bob. Of course, after the class, the …
2/23/2019 02:13 www.southernstarnz.com
Life in the Keys
Life in the Keys photos Marathon life After a week in OPC we left Palm Beach at 0815 and stayed close to the shoreline, never more than 5-6 miles offshore. We passed Ft Lauderdale that afternoon and Miami just as it got dark. We moved a bit further offshore and paralleled the Florida Coast. We arrived in Marathon Florida about 28 hours later. We tucked into the small and very friendly marina on 31 Jan. We had a hiccup with the power supply at the dock. We plugged into the forward shore power...
2/22/2019 21:12 feeds.feedburner.com
Picking It Back Up
Nope — haven't written anything in a while, haven't taken any pics to speak of either, however, we've made the best of our time. Christmas in Jupiter was great; much better weather than Christmas in Memphis, and it was cool hangin' out on the boat up in Georgia. Mel's been hankering for some fall weather and Brunswick/St Simons did serve that up from time to time.
St Simons Sound Sunset
We rode out the thankfully benign hurricane season at Brunswick Landing then moved over to St Simons Island and Morningstar Marina for their view and breeze. We like spending time in Glynn County, the local culture is comfortable and the local restaurants are good— especially after Labor Day.
Maggie Mae's downtown Brunswick serves a blue-ribbon country style breakfast and the service is sincerely old school southern. Fox's Pizza is good too, but never pass up Willy's Wee-Nee Wagon and their Pork Chop Sandwich. It's in the hood which gives it authenticity and street cred. (Some cruisers we spoke with ...
2/15/2019 11:24 www.southernstarnz.com
Brunswick to South Florida
Onward to Florida Auto Pilot and provisioning. We finally got unstuck from Velcro marina, and departed Brunswick about 1230 pm on Tuesday 15th Jan. We had 240 miles to go, and went offshore the entire route. The trip was good. We had the winds behind us, with 4-6 seas. The backup auto pilot worked okay. It did meander a bit in the larger following seas, but we did not need to hand steer. The trip was pretty routine, except that we planned to arrive in Stuart about mid-day, failing to think tha...
1/17/2019 20:00 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Video: N100 SERENITY
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WHY SO MANY KIWIS AND AUSSIES CRUISE THE MED
This is an edited version of our article recently published in Pacific PowerBoat magazine
Travel not to escape life but so life doesn’t escape you
You don't have to cruise far in the Med to come across a yacht flying the Silver Fern or Boxing Kangaroo flag from its yardarm. I say “yacht” deliberately because the vast majority of Australasian Med cruisers are found aboard sailing yachts (including many catamarans) and rarely aboard motor vessels. Most of the cruisers we meet are retired couples aged in their 50s on who've bought their new or pre-owned boats in Europe.
Here there are many more boats for sale and consequently more choice and cheaper prices.
Some cruisers plan to ship or sail their boats home, although if you are planning this you need to consider the total cost of getting your boat back to Australasia including GST and duty.
There's also a far smaller number of cruisers who've sailed their boats to the Med either as their destination or as part of a circumnavigati...
1/14/2019 13:15 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Dec 2018 / Jan 2019: Holiday Time in Fort Myers
Winter in Our Fort Myers Condo is....PleasantHappy New Year! Since arriving back in Fort Myers back in late November we’ve grown accustomed to being dirt-dwellers once again, thoroughly enjoying time in our waterfront condo and visits from daughter Suzi, Chelle’s mom, and Rick’s sister and brother-in-law. Southwest Florida is simply a fabulous place to enjoy the winter holidays and long overdue family visits.
It also occurred to us that with all the travels and blogging during the past year we had forgotten to mention a second interview we had conducted with James Ellingford of N62 Pendana fame, way back in June 2018. For those of you who have not had a chance to browse through that exchange, you can find it by clicking HERE.
The Healthpark Hospital Lobby Looks More Like a Hotel but We
Would Have Preferred to be Elsewhere in DecemberWe had hoped to use the month of December to resolve the few problems that had arisen during our November return to Fort Myers, but t...