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4/22/2019 05:20 mvdirona.com
Two Swedish submarines “escorted” us in from sea as we approached Karlskrona from Utklippan. The Swedish Navy is renowned for its submarine technology, particularly in building extremely quiet vessels that are difficult to detect. Over two years of war games with the US in 2005-2006, the Swedish submarine HSMS Gotland made repeated undetected attack runs...
4/21/2019 02:24 mvdirona.com
We were the first visitors of the season when we made Swedish landfall at Utklippan on March 27th. We were excited to finally reach Sweden and were looking forward to some fabulous cruising. Utklippan itself is an incredibly beautiful island full of migrating shorebirds, lots of history to see, and a lighthouse. It’s a wild...
4/20/2019 04:10 mvdirona.com
The Danish island of Bornholm has been fought over for centuries by Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. The 227sq mi (588 sq km) island is the 8th largest in the Baltic Sea, lying 80nm east from the nearest Danish land, 45 miles from Germany and only 25 miles from Sweden. Prominent on the northwest coast of...
4/18/2019 23:51 mvdirona.com
We reached Denmark the day after transiting the Kiel Canal, and anchored for the night at the west end of Smalandsfarvandet. The next day we passed through eastbound to Klintholm, where we rode our bikes out to view the famous Mont Klint chalk cliffs and enjoyed touring the area. Being early in the season, we...
4/18/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
Cooling Pump FAILURE! STOP Motoring You P***y's!!!!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 214
4/18/2019 11:15 www.youtube.com
SV Delos SAILING SCHOLARSHIP!
4/18/2019 02:14 mvdirona.com
Following an overnight run from Amsterdam, we made a brief pit stop in Heligoland to top up our diesel tanks with duty-free fuel and were underway again in time to catch the last half of the Elbe River flood tide and reach the Kiel Canal that afternoon. We arrived at the canal in a fog...
4/17/2019 05:50 mvdirona.com
Amsterdam to Heligoland
Just over four months after arriving, we departed Amsterdam on a calm but chilly morning and exited the canal system into the North Sea at IJmuiden. From there we made a 200nm overnight run to the German holding of Heligoland to pickup a load of duty-free diesel. Conditions were wonderfully settled most of the way...
4/17/2019 02:25 www.youtube.com
4/16/2019 17:25 www.youtube.com
Greenland test, TULU, 2019
4/16/2019 03:07 mvdirona.com
In addition to being a wonderful place to live and complete some boat projects, City Marina IJDok also was convenient for visitors. This gave us an opportunity to catch up with some old friends, meet in person some that we’d only corresponded with, and make new acquaintances with locals or those travelling to the area....
4/15/2019 15:58 feeds.feedburner.com
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...
4/15/2019 03:31 mvdirona.com
Besides being a great place to call home, City Marina IJDok in Amsterdam also was convenient to complete a number of boat projects including replacing the Jabsco 34600-0010 bilge pump with Whale Gulper 320 High Capacity bilge pump, installing a new steering pump, and adding shorepower soft start. Some of the gear and supplies we...
4/13/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
360* video of SINKING SHIP! SV Delos sailing
4/12/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
WE SUNK A BOAT!! Sailing vessel Delos Ep. 213
4/9/2019 00:26 mvdirona.com
City Marina IJDok
City Marina IJDok was an exceptional winter home for us. We were lucky to get a spot in the small marina in downtown Amsterdam that is an easy walk to the train station and countless restaurants and attractions. In addition to exploring the city and enjoying the Amsterdam Light Festival and the city’s extensive New...
4/5/2019 09:06 www.southernstarnz.com
Once in a lifetime
?Kiwis in the Bahamas??? Jenny’s nephew, Ethan, and his fiancé, 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 ½ miles each way. We sat at the beach bar and gazed at the incredible turquoise water colours ...
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4/5/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
Pulling a Drunk Sailor off a REEF! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 212
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...
4/2/2019 10:20 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 ab...
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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 ...
3/30/2019 12:24 mvdirona.com
March in Amsterdam
In our last couple of weeks in Amsterdam, we visited The Hague, completed a few boat projects, finalized our preparations for our summer cruise to the Baltic and hosted a few visitors. We’d initially planned to depart Amsterdam for the Baltic Sea on March 1st, but extended our stay until the 15th to give us...
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...
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3/25/2019 11:23 www.youtube.com
Kiel Canal Baltic Sea Lock (MV Dirona Channel)
3/22/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
What's it like to be James bond?! ! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 211
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 22:30 www.youtube.com
You Gotta EAT EM to BEAT EM! Sailing Vessel Delos- Ep. 210
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...
3/11/2019 11:21 www.youtube.com
L''ADAGIO docked in Malta
3/9/2019 17:48 feeds.feedburner.com
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....
3/7/2019 21:29 www.youtube.com
Screw the weather! Bloody Bay it is... - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 209
3/5/2019 21:29 www.youtube.com
Interview With a Cruiser - Bamba Maru - Sailing for a Smile
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 first thing we do is come home to Red Rover and look at our Luggers and our NLs equipment… And see that our 20kw genset is in need of some maintenance! We’ve put 490 hours …
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 ...
2/21/2019 21:29 www.youtube.com
The Art of Going with the Flow - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.208
2/20/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
SLOW TV - ASMR - Passage to Tobago - Sailing Vessel Delos
2/16/2019 22:57 comeonrover.com
It’s 2019. February even. And we haven’t posted a thing to this blog. It isn’t that we haven’t been busy with (and without) Red Rover, or that we didn’t have anything to share. I think rather it was just that we have been running fast on the treadmill. Now that the snow is melting in …
2/15/2019 15:19 comeonrover.com
Fun with Lugger Bob in his Northern Lights Diesel Class
For years we’ve heard about Lugger Bob’s Northern Lights training classes (link here) and knew we wanted to attend. The opportunity to sign up for the class presented itself while we were at the ABT Trac owners class last fall. Bob Senter was also attending and after a quick conversation with him, he pointed us …
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...
2/15/2019 04:30 www.youtube.com
Delos is BACK! Sailing to Tobago! Ep.207
2/14/2019 07:21 www.youtube.com
TREASURE HUNT! We buried BOOTY on this secret island :) - Sailing Vessel Delos
2/8/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
What It's Like To Be NEW CREW on Delos! NEW SEASON! Ep.206
2/1/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
Delos Dives Grenada! PATREON dive week!
1/17/2019 20:00 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Video: N100 SERENITY
1/15/2019 14:28 feeds.feedburner.com
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...
1/11/2019 19:51 www.mvduet.com
Duet Completes Her Pacific Crossing
Duet has arrived safely in Australia, thereby completing her crossing of the Pacific Ocean, which began almost two years ago in Mexico. The planning began long before that, but we actually left terra firma on March 17th, 2017. We arrived in Brisbane January 9, 2019, having traveled some 8,492 nautical miles (10,200 statute miles) from our departure port in Mexico. During this journey we spent 46 nights at sea, the longest leg was from Mexico to the Marquesas, which took 17 days. We added 1...
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WE MEET THE OWNERS OF STARLET
A couple of weeks back we had the huge pleasure of meeting Mark and Jennifer, the American owners of N46 Starlet, currently in Auckland's Westhaven marina.
They purchased Starlet in the States then cruised across the Atlantic to explore the Med, cruised back across the Atlantic to the States, then across the Pacific to New Zealand.
Being very keen scuba divers they had a very leisurely cruise across the Pacific stopping not only at some of the well-known islands but also at many remote reefs to dive.
Built about ten years after Envoy, Starlet is a magnificent vessel and a credit to her owners. She has a different layout to Envoy, the main variations being her forward main stateroom (Envoy's is amidships), wider galley layout, a flybridge above the pilothouse and a boarding platform (making diving a lot easier).
Starlet also has no stair access from the pilothouse to the the forward stateroom, making for more space in the pilothouse. We also liked her carpeted saloon and stairway ...
1/7/2019 20:46 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
The Breakdown Cruise Continues (7-17catch-up)
We moved north fairly quickly making our way to Washington DC. It’s a long trip up the Potomac River. We anchored on the way and the “breakdown” cruise did not disappoint. While in Norfolk replaced the washdown pump located just under the forward stateroom bed. It was leaking slightly and water was making its way onto the stateroom sole. The new pump leaked WORSE! This time the repair included a fabricated catch basin draining to the bilge. Will see how long this pump rebuild lasts. (The picture at the opening of the blog displays the washdown pump capability).
While in Washington we got a visit from a financial planner who we have worked with for years. Conservative guy, who dinghied out to us on a mooring ball and saw first hand were we lived and spent our money. Sure he still thinks or is perhaps more convinced we are nuts! Keela seems to think all is good.
Visiting the Holocaust museum was moving and sobering. Man’s inhumanity to man is staggering and on tha...
1/7/2019 10:38 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Video: N86 MYSTIC TIDE video tour
1/4/2019 05:18 www.southernstarnz.com
York River to Brunswick
Velcro Marina photos Weather dictated that we would again do the Norfolk-Beaufort trip inside down the intracoastal. We have this pretty much on auto now, and apart from frustrating delays at the Gilmerton bridges the first day, and at the Great Bridge Lock the second day, the first three days were uneventful. We were hailed by our friends on Sabbatical who were at AYB as we passed by. We hadn’t seen them since Washington DC last year. The end of the third day we arrived at one of our favouri...
1/2/2019 15:01 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog] Boatless in Seattle
Greetings all! They say the two happiest days in a boaters life are: 1) The day they take delivery of a new boat 2) The day they sell the boat I can confirm the first of these sayings, but am struggling with the second. Sans Souci, our beautiful Nordhavn 68, now has a new owner. We are proud that Sans Souci's reputation, extensive upgrades and amazing condition allowed her to sell so quickly, but sorry to see her go. The closest analogue to this mixture of sadness and joy would be when we se...
12/26/2018 13:53 www.mvduet.com
Duet Arrives In Australia
Duet arrived safely in Bundaberg, Australia on December 22nd, traveling directly from Fiji, with a brief stop in New Caledonia to avoid some weather. The trip from Fiji to New Caledonia took approximately 4.5 days, including 8 hours keeping station overnight outside the entrance to the New Caledonia lagoon, which we weren't comfortable entering in the dark. The journey was 745 miles, Duet averaged 7.1 knots and delivered 1.79NMPG. Conditions were bumpy on departure from Fiji, with SE winds to 25...
12/21/2018 04:25 www.southernstarnz.com
New York to York River
?New York to York River??? Weather was predicted to be good for 24 hours and then winds were building from the southeast. This suggested that we could get from Staten Island, along the New Jersey coast and through Cape May before the wind turned which would then blow us up the Delaware River. We timed our departure from Staten Island to align with a daybreak arrival into Cape May, and the full day up the river before taking a marina inside the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Our trip along the J...
12/18/2018 23:20 www.youtube.com
NBC Nordhavn commercial
12/16/2018 15:41 www.mvtanglewood.com
Ladder Molded into Hull
There has been some good discussion and suggestions on the toe pockets that I molded into the hull to serve as a ladder for getting to and from the tender. Toe pockets forming a ladder to access tender from foredeck For reference, the pockets are 10" wide and 4" high. At least that's what the drawing shows. I haven't actually measured them. And the depth is unknown. I asked for them to
12/16/2018 09:56 www.mvtanglewood.com
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, What's the Fairest Engine of All
I received a lot of questions about our Scania main engine and the thinking behind the decision, so here goes. First, none of the engine choices we had would have been bad. In fact, all are excellent engines with great reputation, and I wouldn't reject any boat just because it had one of these engines. Quite the opposite. But when faced with a blank (or almost blank) sheet of paper, the
12/15/2018 15:29 feeds.feedburner.com
OUR LAST DAYS ABOARD ENVOY
Envoy is in winter storage in Lefkas Marina, Greece and we are home in Auckland.
In late October we cruise back into Greece's Lefkas Marina with my brother Charles still aboard.
The weather is still great and totally suitable for cruising, though it generally deteriorates rapidly during November.
Although we had our smaller “spare” Raymarine radar serviced in August and the fluorescent back lighting replaced with LEDs the screen is still too hard to see, even at night. So we take it back to Dieter at Metronix and he tells us what we expected to hear; that the unit is from the early 2000s and old not only in years but in technology, being an LCD screen. The latest similar-sized units have a GPS/Plotter included so will solve the problem of replacing our failed Northstar GPS too. Also they support AIS which neither of our present radars do. So Dieter visits Envoy to check installation costs and quotes us for an Axiom 7 Display unit, Quantum Q24C Radar, Navionics charts for the plotte...
12/15/2018 10:45 www.mvtanglewood.com
Some Modifications We Are Making
We are making a variety of changes to the "standard" N68, though that's kind of a meaningless statement since there really is no "standard". The running joke is that if you've seen one Nordhavn, you've seen one Nordhavn. They are all different, and that's one of the key features of the brand and company, at least for us. This post will focus on some of the more noteworthy changes
12/14/2018 05:43 www.southernstarnz.com
Block Island to NYC
?NYC pictures??? Block Island was closed for the winter season. Literally it was closed. We were planning to grab a mooring for a few days, but all of the moorings were gone, only small orange floats left behind. We tried to contact the marina that rented the moorings. No answer on VHF or on the phone. We called another marina and were told that the marina was closed and the moorings were removed, and no private moorings were available. He had space in his marina, if we wished. We decided to an...
12/14/2018 03:11 www.mvtanglewood.com
More Molds, More Progress
I've just complete my first visit to Ta Shing Yacht Builders in Tainan, Taiwan. I'll spare the travelog, and just say I really like Taiwan, and Ta Shing's hospitality is second to none. Thank you Ta Shing!! Progress continues molding other parts of the boat. The hull that we followed in the last blog entry covered the creation of the hull, but that's just the beginning of the structural
12/10/2018 13:34 feeds.feedburner.com
Greenland - Land of Unending Ice
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
12/6/2018 08:29 www.youtube.com
Dubai Desert Safari, November 2018 (MV Dirona Channel)
12/6/2018 07:28 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
Running Inside on the ICW ( Catch-up 6/17/18)
Mary, Keela and I continued the run north on the inside.
Anchoring just south of Coinjock at Lutz creek we awoke to find the boat covered in bugs. Locals refer to them as “Fuzzy Wags”. Thank heaven they did not bite. They were so thick they clogged the deck drains and left green smudges everywhere.
We enjoyed a stop at Coinjock for prime rib and pie. It’s an interesting place made special by the family ownership. It’s a “wide spot on the ICW” that draws a tremendous number of cruisers each year. 1200’ of dock space often filled wall to wall. Good fuel stop but famous for the prime rib. Land lubbers from all around also flock to the restaurant. Reservations are encouraged and you MUST reserve your prime rib cut ahead of time to be assured it’s available. One of the many highlights of an ICW trip.
Sheltered Slip between float-in shedsNext stop was Atlantic Yacht Basin in Chesapeake. Established in 1936 it’s a major hurricane hole (we weathered hurricane Mathew a...
12/5/2018 20:16 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY HEADS SOUTH FROM CORFU
Envoy is berthed at Lefkas Marina, Greece and we are home in Auckland.
Beautiful gardens of beachside bar at Petriti on Corfu
Envoy anchored at Ormos Imerolia, northern Corfu with RHIB alongside jetty
This Selene trawler anchored nearby
This unusual "yellow submarine" came by with some tourists
Cruising around Corfu I hear a couple of knocking noises while under way and initially think the noise is caused by waves crashing against the hull. But it doesn't sound right and we soon establish that the port side Naiad stabilisers are making a slight knocking noise when Envoy is in larger waves (much of the time it's been too calm to need to use the stabilisers so we hadn't noticed this issue).
We send a brief audio-visual video clip of this to Internaftiki – the Naiad agents here.
They ask us to do some further tests by disconnecting the arm from the potentiometer that controls the stabiliser fin movement so that we could move the arm and therefore the fins by hand.
12/4/2018 21:03 www.mvtanglewood.com
Nordhavn 68 Build Underway
It's hard to believe that it's been a full year since we signed the contract to build Nordhavn 6837. And a full year and a half since we decided to move forward with the project. In that time we moved off our Nordhavn 60, sold it, refined the specifications for the 68, did some travel to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and caught up on a number of other projects. Oh yes, and our 68 build
12/3/2018 14:00 www.youtube.com
N60#75 "Morning Dew" - Sea Trial and Training
12/2/2018 14:27 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Our shakedown cruise
Our shakedown cruise - after a few days of organizing the boat ( six months away from the boat, there's always work to be done) our crew members, son Andrew and his girlfriend Adrienne, flew in and made it from Cabo to La Paz on the Baja Ecco bus with no problems. They even had time for a 'welcome to Mexico Margarita' at one of the bars outside the airport. We spent the next day getting ready, and the kids headed to the fancy forbidden pool ( $30 American each for the privilege of sitting ther...
12/1/2018 14:19 www.mvtanglewood.com
Testing BMS Voltage Sensing
In this article on building a BMS, one comment I received cautioned about "phantom" voltage reasons if one of the battery cell voltage sense wires broke, or a fuse blew. His experience was that the phantom voltage was essentially the average of the two adjacent cells, and could appear to be a healthy battery when it's not. That would be a problem, so I wanted to test it out. Thankfully, my BMS
11/30/2018 14:05 www.mvduet.com
Cruising in Fiji - Part Two
We returned to Fiji on September 7th, having left Tahoe on September 5th. The complexities of the international date line still cause Nancy some confusion, so it was a few days before she knew what day it was, never mind what time. Regardless, the mission was clear, to get Duet off the dock and go cruising. Duet herself looked great. Jo's folks had taken good care of her, with weekly checks and monthly washes and bottom cleanings. Jamie, Captain of the Nordhavn 75EYF Lady Grey, was docked just ...
11/26/2018 10:51 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog] Many decisions to make
Greetings all! For those of you who may have missed my last blog entry, the quick story is that Roberta and I have listed Sans Souci for sale and are in the process of ordering a new boat. The quick reason is that we are planning to cruise 'the Great Loop' (an inland journey on America's rivers). We chose our Nordhavn 68 as the best possible boat for ocean crossing and now we're building a boat that is built for a completely different flavor of cruising. We're now deep into the process of or...
11/25/2018 23:20 comeonrover.com
Liveaboard Thanksgiving – When the kids find their way home to the floating home
It’s funny. We’ve had a number of people who read our blog ask us if we have kids. I guess they haven’t made many appearances on this blog. Sorry kids. So we do have kids. Two of them in fact! Mike is 27 and lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Jenny. Mike works for …
11/21/2018 22:29 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Nov 2018: From Palm Beach to Fort Myers
Our Track from OPC in Palm Beach to Marathon
After our week-long dirt-dwelling break visiting family in the Midwest we returned to Florida…..Rick to the boat in Palm Beach while Chelle stayed at the condo in Fort Myers for a couple more days. During that spell Rick got caught up on a long list of overdue Wheelhouse recurring maintenance items while Chelle continued condo preps and coordinated some needed repairs at that location.
Our “boat business” maintenance list had been completed as planned with one exception (see footnotes at the bottom), so we turned our attention to planning the final legs to get ourselves and the boat back to our home port (Legacy Harbour) in Fort Myers; those sorties would also serve as our sea trial for all the repair work. Sea conditions weren’t looking great, but they were good enough to make the trip “around the horn” – down and around to Marathon in the Keys, then turning back north and up the west coast of Florida.
So, on Saturday, 17-November, we ...
11/21/2018 21:14 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY CONTINUES CRUISING NEAR CORFU
Photos are to be added in next few days.
Envoy is now safely tucked away under her storage cover in the Lefkas Marina while we have just arrived home in Auckland, NZ last week.
Our last Blog posting detailed Envoy's sale. Now we're going to backtrack to mid September.
I forgot to mention previously that since our exhaust system was reconditioned an exhaust vibration that we previously noticed at low rpm has gone, making for a much nicer exhaust sound right through the whole rpm range.
With our friend Chris still aboard we leave Gouvia marina in great weather and anchor in Kalami, made famous by being home to the English Durell family of authors in the 1930s and now featured in a popular British television series – The Durrells. The water here is perfectly clean and clear, ideal for a proper test of our newly repaired water maker and it works fine making about 90 litres an hour of pure fresh water, although we find there's a very slight (250 ml per hour) sea water leak in the line –...
11/20/2018 06:01 www.northernrangeradventures.com
51.557N to 24.1426 N.. road trip to La Paz
November 6 2018 We are presently landlocked in San Diego... having driven down here two weeks ago so that himself could take the 100 ton captain's license course. Not that he can actually get the license - being Canadian, that is not available to us. I was thinking of taking it too but having seen the work they have had to put into this two week course, and with other ways available to occupy myself during the day, (playing tourist with my sister Eileen while she visited us for the week.. ...
11/18/2018 16:30 www.mvtanglewood.com
Building a Battery Management System (BMS)
I've been building a Battery Management System (BMS) for my LFP battery system, and this article will go into more detail about what it does, and the equipment involved. I'm not building my own BMS because I want to. Well, maybe a little bit, but it's really because I'm concerned about support and repair 3 to 5 years from now. Most of the companies building stand-alone BMSs are tiny outfits,
11/14/2018 21:19 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
North on the ICW 5/17 (Catch-up)
Paul and Irma stayed with us northbound with stops in Vero Beach, Marine Land, and Savannah Ga. Along the way the learning continued ...near Rockhouse Creek we anchored and shut down all the engines only to hear “something running”. After searching bow to stern and noticing there was no power draw on the electrical panels discovered the sound was from a dredge at least a mile away. It’s discharge pipes ran underwater fairly near our location. If you listen closely can hear the gravel runnng thru the pipes.
One our favorite stops is Osprey Marina. They pack us in pretty tight!
Osprey is known for low cost fuel and one of the best goodie bags on ICW. The contents include a whistle for life jacket, Honey Bun, and more.
Another favorite is Randy’s BBQ in Savannah. The Uber driver was not crazy about stopping but man was it worthwhile!
We asked for sauce on the side (we got two of these trays) and we got a milk jug complete with milk lable filled with BBQsauce, prop...
11/13/2018 11:26 www.mvduet.com
Cruising in Fiji - Part One
Our time in Fiji was to be divided into two parts, first, the four weeks or so after our arrival in Savusavu, before we flew home for the summer, and, second, the several months after we returned in mid September, before we departed for New Caledonia and Australia. This blog covers our initial visit. Upon arrival in Savusavu, our plans immediately underwent a change, because Ron got the local Savusavu flu bug. We've found that we are more susceptible to microbes in other countries, and our US f...
11/3/2018 20:28 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
False Start 4/12/17 (Catch-up)
Friends Paul and Irma, liveaboards from San Diego joined us in a Florida to bring WORKNOT back to Mexico. Irma is from Guatemala, fluent in Spanish, great cook and Paul is a proven cruiser. Provisioning and boat prep continued non stop and we departed for Old Port Cove with plans to leave for the Bahamas and continue south. Keela seems to approve too.
The first year of owning a “new to me” boat is always filled with new problems and new maintenance issues. About 3 AM ( seems to be the boat God’s favorite time) Paul awoke to a burning smell and no air conditioning in the forward cabin. A quick inspection suggested the A/C fan had failed. Daylight revealed a failed shore cord connector. These are the top source of boat fires and marina fires.
Replacement is pretty straightforward. The was no damage to the wiring or surrounding area but the connector was toast. It’s the place where the cord and boat meet, potentially wiggling the contact points every time the boat rocks i...
11/3/2018 19:31 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Oct/Nov 2018: From St. Augustine to Palm Beach
Our Track Capture from St. Augustine to Palm Beach & OPCWe experienced another beautiful fall morning on Monday, 29-October, departing the St. Augustine Municipal docks at 0900 to chug further south. Air temp started off around 60F with low humidity and light winds, and sea conditions out in the Atlantic were actually pretty good. That would have been a nice change for us, but the longer term forecast out there wasn’t so attractive, so we stuck to the inside ICW route.
Once you get south of St. Augustine the tide variations and attendant currents taper off quite a bit, and that results in fewer shoaling areas in this part of the ditch….although the depths rarely get much more than about 15 feet. Still, it made for a fairly relaxing run, with only a few bridges to negotiate openings; at one we were able to lower the big antennae and squeeze under its 23 foot span by carefully keeping Ghost Rider in the middle of its channel. Temps rose to the low 80’s by mid-afternoon, it was a real...
11/3/2018 09:15 www.southernstarnz.com
Boston Photos Boston- Jenny writes. We arrived into Boston on a Sunday afternoon and tied up at Constitution Marina. We were right beside the Charlestown Bridge and had the most amazing views of the Boston skyline. We were getting ourselves organized when there was a knock on the boat, and we found a fellow kiwi welcoming us to Boston. Colin has been an expat for many years, and lives on board his 36ft Tartan, Antipodean, at the marina. We invited him on board for a beer and he suggested wher...
11/1/2018 07:26 www.southernstarnz.com
One of the biggest challenges of living on board a boat and moving along the less travelled road is the ability to communicate. In today’s connected world, we have found it very challenging to keep our selves connected to the internet, and at times even to make voice calls. It is very important to be able to stay in touch. We rely on the internet to give us weather so that we can plan our journeys safely, and to know the best places to anchor for predicted conditions. We use our communications...
11/1/2018 07:10 www.southernstarnz.com
Portland to Boston
Portland to Boston We spent a quiet night at an anchorage around from Boothbay. The trip south from NE Harbor was okay but we had a 6ft swell and were worried it might find its way into the anchorage. It didn’t, and justified our decision to anchor out, instead of taking a marina at Boothbay. We had called them for the end of season discount that others are now offering, and they offered a measly .25c off their usual $3.50/ft. Too expensive for us. We had another lumpy ride south from Linekin ...
10/31/2018 21:15 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
Feeling my way around Florida Catch-up 3/27/17
Along with trying to learn the new layout and systems aboard the “new to me boat” my friend DENNIS provided a great distraction with the “something I want to show you” item. My buddy who was “done boating” took an interest in this.
Two weeks later he owns a 76’ Nordhavn. So much for “done boating”. We were both aboard this boat in Mexico on the 2013 FUBAR Ralley. Named Spring Day then it’s a whole other level of boating. Yachting in my view. It’s massive. Weighing well over twice WORKNOT, powered by Detroit 60 Series and drawing over 7’. Everything is bigger, lines, fenders, anchors, fuel tank (5,000 gallons) and operating expense.
Check out this side by side!
Back on WORKNOT my daughter and grand kids came for a visit. Plenty of activity and excitement watching out for 2 kids under 3. Proud grandpa promptly took them all out for a ride and ran aground! Edged out of the channel by a bad intentioned center console (he laughed as we stopped) . Lesson taught, stay in ...
10/29/2018 20:37 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
First Haulout Catch-up 3/6/17
Haulouts are ALWAYS stressful. The entire vessel lifted from its natural habitat by 4 slings. Less than 5% of the hull surface area supporting it all. The minute or so when the boat is half over the water and half over the concrete edge as it’s wheeled to the blocking area. Just writing about it gives me the creeps.
Usually when purchasing boats of this type a survey including out of the water inspection is done by a professional surveyor. Many deals are broken by the disagreements between buyer and seller. A good surveyor finds that balance between the parties and deals work out, some surveyors view their job as proving their worth by finding every defect possible. A friend had a $1mm+ boat surveyed for purchase, included in the pages of notes was condemnation of the dinghy anchor light as it was a few inches short of the required height. The light was the installed by the OEM boat builder when the dinghy was new 10 years ago.
WORKNOT was not surveyed when I purchas...
10/28/2018 21:04 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
Maiden Voyage Catch-up 3/4/17
AND SO IT BEGINS, a “new to me” boat, same age and engine hours as the old one, from the same builder. Today is the first voyage where I’m the Captain and she’s really ours. Have been living aboard with the good friends Dennis and Julie on and off for past month as I shuttle between Mexico (suporting sale of N50) and Old Port Cove Florida preparing N57 to return to Mexico via Panama Canal.
Dennis is a vertern cruiser, owned more boats than I’ve owned cars and crossed most oceans. More importantly Julie and he are good friends. It was a little awkward buying a boat to live on and having the previous owner stay involved, let alone live aboard in the master suite. However, true to his nature, DENNIS kept fixing things while I was gone. Should have let them say longer.......
Take a look at the picture on the top of the blog, the water stream is used to washdown the anchor chain. It’s from a large hydraulic driven pump that delivers several hundred gallons an hour of seawater...
10/28/2018 19:11 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
October 2018: From Edisto Island to St. Augustine
Our Track from Edisto Island to the Hilton Head Area.The morning of Saturday, 20-October came damned early for us….we set the alarm for 0700 so we could time our departure from Paul and Dee Dee’s Edisto home at a relatively high tide and an outgoing current. Temps and humidity were both already in the mid-70’s by 0815 when we thrusted away from the dock and spun Ghost Rider around to head further south. The ride down-river was relatively quick with the pushing current and it was very smooth, but that changed quickly once we got outside and back into the Atlantic waters.
Winds were brisk out of the southwest at 15+ knots, producing white-capped wind waves of three to four feet on top of dual swells running two to three feet, all at narrow intervals. And we were punching straight into it all….for about four hours, with frequent salt water spraying over the fly bridge. We quickly retreated to the pilot house helm. Eventually, around 1300, we reach our turn point for the entry channe...
10/27/2018 18:11 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
WORKNOTATLAST BLOG Restart (again)
Those of you who were following my blog know it has not been updated in almost a year. While there are many excuses there are no reasons. Mary, Keela and I are just as committed to cruising as before and have been actively traveling between Florida and Nova Scotia CANADA.
Since buying Nordhavn 5715 in February of 2017 we have logged 1155 engine hours. Conservatively averaging 7 kts/hr yields 8,085 nautical miles. 5 gallons of fuel an hour average consumption equates to about 6,000 gallons. My fuel logs indicate we purchased a bit less but WORKNOT had more than half of her 2,000 gallon capacity on board when purchased. (Thanks DENNIS)
Our original plan was to bring this boat back to Mexico and we were actually on the way just after purchase. Fate interviened (more later) and we decided to cruise the east coast for a season. Well this will be our second season here and still have not seen 20% of the available ports.
With over 1,000 hours on N57 WORKNOT I’m glad we took t...
10/26/2018 08:28 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY'S SALE COMPLETED
Sorry about the delay since our last Blog posting – we've had an issue loading images, but I'll do another Post shortly, even without pictures.
Our prospective buyer arrived from Australia last Tuesday with his surveyor friend and a boating friend from UK. The buyer and I had already exchanged dozens of emails and had several phone conversations, but had never met, so on a rainy Tuesday afternoon we had a quick tour of Envoy followed by a dinner so we could all get to know each other. This included my brother Charles, a qualified shipwright and very experienced yachtsman, who came over from Scotland where he works as a Harbour Master.
On the Wednesday the rain passed, the weather was great again and the buying team did a thorough inspection and sea trial. They were well pleased and commented that Envoy's appearance surpassed their expectations and their impressions from photographs. On Thursday we lifted Envoy out of the water for a hull survey. On completion the surveyor said Envoy...
10/24/2018 09:31 www.kensblog.com
End of an era, Start of an era
I have some very bizarre news. Roberta and I have listed Sans Souci for sale ! Why? you might ask… The quick answer is that after completing a semi-circumnavigation we’ve been struggling to think of where we want to go next. We’ve cruised our way through over twenty-five countries and have come very close on a couple of ideas. We joined the Waikiki Yacht Club in anticipation of taking the boat to Hawaii, and then had trouble finding moorage. Weird as it sounds, a marina in Hawaii accepted us,...
10/22/2018 22:34 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 80 mold released
10/20/2018 10:41 www.youtube.com
N76 IVANHOE enroute to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 10-19-18