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  • 11/10/2019 02:11 mvdirona.com


    The island of Texel, with its extensive sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, is the most visited Dutch island in the Wadden Sea. Ferries make the 15-minute crossing north to Texel from Den Helder every half-hour during busy periods. Texel was popular historically as well. Texel Roads, off the southeast coast of the island, was one...

  • 11/9/2019 15:49 feeds.feedburner.com


    Envoy's ownership is now transferred to Larry and Catherine Wood of Brisbane, Australia and we're sure they'll have as much fun and adventure as we enjoyed.  Envoy has been de-registered from the NZ Shipping Register in preparation for her new Australian listing. We've been back home in Auckland for three weeks now and busy searching for a new boat. We looked at about 15 before we found one we really liked and signed the deal last Wednesday, subject to survey, sea trial and engineering report. This should be all complete in about two weeks and then I'll provide some details. We've been too busy to sort out our problem of loading images to the blog so I'll post this update and add images next week. Now back to the Med. It's late September and we leave Kastos Island to cruise through the Dragonera and Echinades Islands. There are several islands in this remote and barren group with many fish farms among them. Although there are good day anchorages here it's not the place you'd want t...

  • 11/9/2019 05:27 mvdirona.com

    De Nollen Landscape

    In the 1980s, Dutch artist R.W. van de Wint began an experimental project that became his life’s work. Over the course of 25 years, he created paintings, steel sculptures and large structures amongst old bunkers in the dune area De Nollen in Den Helder. De Nollen was the southern extent of the Fort Dirksz Admiraal,...

  • 11/9/2019 04:50 mvdirona.com

    Vlieland to Den Helder

    Den Helder is the main naval base for the Royal Netherlands Navy and the harbour is packed with large and imposing naval ships. Within the port is the Royal Netherlands Navy Yacht club, where we stayed for several nights in sight of all the navy ships plus many large commercial and Coast Guard vessels. From...

  • 11/9/2019 02:55 mvdirona.com


    The beach Vliehors is an 8-sq-mile (20-sq-km) sandy plain, exposed to the North Sea, along the west side of the Dutch island of Vlieland. The Vliehors Expres carries visitors the length of the beach, leaving wonderful poems in the sand. Or you can visit by bicycle, as we and many others did. Below are trip...

  • 11/8/2019 08:29 www.youtube.com

    LOOK what you're MISSING OUTSIDE! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 242

  • 11/8/2019 04:46 mvdirona.com

    Heligoland to Vlieland

    We departed Heligoland shortly after daybreak on a 132nm run to Vlieland, Netherlands through the German Bight. The body of water, at the southeast corner of the North Sea, can be a nasty stretch and is our last offshore run off the year. We had blissfully calm conditions through much of the trip, with the...

  • 11/6/2019 10:39 www.youtube.com

    Replacing Lugger/Northern Lights PTO Clutch (MV Dirona Channel Nov, 2019 )

  • 11/6/2019 08:29 www.youtube.com

    Delos Ditch Kit - What to Bring if the BOAT SINKS! Cruiser University - SV Delos Safety series

  • 11/6/2019 03:46 mvdirona.com

    Dune and Bunkers

    The tiny island of Dune was connected to the Heligoland main island until 1720, when a storm flood destroyed the land bridge between them. As the name suggests, sand dunes cover much of the island and beaches ring the shores, making it a popular summer destination. The island’s healthy seal population also is a major...

  • 11/6/2019 00:04 mvdirona.com

    Heligoland Storm

    On our third day in Heligoland, a storm came through bringing southwest winds over 40 knots. In the large port basin, Dirona was moving around a bit in the wind and waves, and the boats in front of us on the dock were really tossing. The harbour would be removing the dock for the winter...

  • 11/5/2019 10:21 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Oct 2019: A Couple More Boat Projects

    Updated Port Side Fly Bridge SeatingChelle didn’t want to be left out of all the recent “boat business” fun so in parallel with the whole throttle replacement spend fest she embarked on a couple of new projects…as if we weren’t already spending enough B.O.A.T. units.  There is probably a cure for us out there somewhere, but for now at least we are slow learners in that particular area of fiscal responsibility.  The "Sea Notes" continue to flow. The first of these projects involved updating the vinyl cushions for Ghost Rider's fly bridge seating areas.  We had the helm seat rebuilt and recovered two years ago, but now all the other seat cushions were looking pretty ratty, too. And lately they had been absorbing and retaining more rain water than their covers were repelling.  We bought the new foam filling and marine vinyl from our own sources – with the material and color matching what was used for the helm seat do-over (Sea Oyster vinyl) – and then engaged Cape Canvas & Cushion (LINK)...

  • 11/5/2019 08:29 www.youtube.com

    SLOW TV - 6.5 HOURS! Florida Canals, SQUALLS and sailing the ATLANTIC OCEAN!

  • 11/4/2019 16:22 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn press conference - NFF and N41, New N148 with Vripack

  • 11/4/2019 01:04 mvdirona.com

    Exploring Heligoland

    Heligoland is a dramatic archipelago thirty miles offshore from mainland Germany. Attractions include incredible natural beauty, extensive seabird life, seal colonies, naval ruins and many excellent restaurants. On our second day in Heligoland, we toured throughout the main island and particularly enjoyed the views and scenery from the cliff tops at the north end. Below...

  • 11/2/2019 01:33 mvdirona.com

    Duty-Free at Heligoland

    Heligoland, Germany is part of the EU, but is not inside the EU Customs Union or VAT area. The duty-free sale of fuel and luxury items such as alcohol, cigarettes and perfume make up a big part of the island’s economy. This is the reason we’ve stopped here for fuel three times in the past...

  • 11/1/2019 13:27 www.youtube.com

    Atlantic Crossing Begins! Capt. Brady at the helm! EP 241

  • 11/1/2019 08:56 mvdirona.com

    Kiel Canal to Heligoland

    From Lake Flemihude, just inside the Kiel Canal, we made a 97-nm run to Heligoland, a small island 30 miles offshore from mainland Germany. Despite adhering to an 8.1-knot speed limit in the canal, the delays in locking through, and an initial negative current in the river Elbe, we got enough positive current later on...

  • 10/25/2019 05:32 www.youtube.com

    THE BOAT IS OURS! MUAHAHA! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 240

  • 10/22/2019 13:37 feeds.feedburner.com


    We're now back home in Auckland and Envoy is safely on the hard at Lefkas marina, Greece. We're now in the process of changing legal ownership of Envoy to Larry and Catherine and associated matters such as converting insurance and taking Envoy off the NZ register. However we still have three or four postings to do to complete Envoy's epic under our ownership. I'm going to add some photos to this posting in a few days. It's mid-September as we leave our anchorage at Ormos Varko heading further south to Syvota, mentioned many times on the Blog, and then on to Cephalonia, one of the most attractive of the Ionian Islands. The weather is still warm being in the mid 20s and the sea temperature is 25d, but as usual in September over here the weather is unstable with many thunderstorm warnings. Here we anchor at a not-so-popular (because there's no tavernas or shops) but very sheltered bay called Kalo Limani.  In the early evening we notice a few Coastguard personnel and what appear to b...

  • 10/21/2019 21:27 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Oct 2019: Sea Trial to Captiva Island

    TS Nestor Moved Quickly from the Southwest Caribbean & Into the Gulf Towards Florida.  But Its Winds Stayed At or Below 50 MPH.We took a break from boat business from 10-October to 15-October to enjoy a visit from daughter Suzanne…a friend’s wedding and copious amounts of wine were involved. It was a great family break.  During that time Rick was trying to decide between selling the boat and taking it out for a sea trial, with the latter winning out for now.  Besides, our local Grady-White boat club has scheduled a long weekend get-together at nearby South Seas Resort on Captiva Island, and that looked to be a good excuse and opportunity to wring out the systems. So by Thursday, 17-October, we were back on the boat to prepare for the sea trial.  We packed and provisioned for a short three day jaunt and performed our usual pre-departure checks on Ghost Rider.  The weather forecast wasn’t particularly good for the coming weekend – actually it rather sucked.  A tropical depression was sp...

  • 10/21/2019 21:26 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com

    Sep-Oct 2019: Maintenance Wrap-up

    Ross & Jerry in Ghost Rider's Engine Room Working on Installing the New Transmission Cable and the New ZF MicroCommander 9110 Brain Box. We have noted before, and not without some humility and embarrassment, that experience can be a tough teacher.  And within that realm of education, that failure is the absolute best instructor.  Based just on failure frequency alone we're now thinking we should be at genius level by year end. At 0815 on the morning of Friday, 27-September, Ross and Jerry of Classic Yacht Service showed up at the boat with a new throttle control brain box.  The ZF 9110 – the latest edition of the “MicroCommander Marine Propulsion Control System” – was identical in size and proportion to the old unit, so it dropped right in.  Jerry worked on attaching the small lead wires from each of the three throttle stations while Ross ran the new cable to the transmission.  Calibration of this unit is done with electronic programming vs. the old style dip switches, and that tak...

  • 10/21/2019 12:07 www.youtube.com

    AIS or EPIRB on PFD?? Lifevest servicing! Cruiser University - SV Delos Safety Series Part 2

  • 10/21/2019 07:21 www.northernrangeradventures.com

    Fork In The Road

    Life can be way more fun when you occasionally allow things to happen to you rather than let plans dictate what you are doing or where you are going tomorrow. That is why when our good friends in San Diego - ones we met on Cubar 2015 - asked us to crew for them for Cubar 2019... we couldn't really say no. Our Nordhavn 50 Northern Ranger II is waiting for us in La Paz, and we are heading south in the Little Red Truck yet again. This summer was not the fun-filled travel fest of last year, but we... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 10/18/2019 14:45 comeonrover.com

    Offshore cruising without crash, bam, thud in the night

    Crashing furniture.  Glass tinkling followed by crunching noises. Heavy thuds that require investigation.  Whacking doors.  The lovely sound of unidentified …

  • 10/18/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    Leaving Delos - feels GOOD but SCARY! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 239

  • 10/18/2019 05:23 www.youtube.com

    Copenhagen Arrival (MV Dirona Channel Oct, 2019)

  • 10/15/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    Our OFFSHORE Medical kit! - Cruiser University - SV Delos Safety Series Part 1

  • 10/14/2019 23:59 oursloboda.com

    Film Festival Finalist- A Nordhavn Love Story

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

  • 10/14/2019 22:28 comeonrover.com

    Sea lions, smooth seas and the Nordhavn Film Festival weekend

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

  • 10/14/2019 10:36 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Ophelia N5025 Gulf Stream Run

  • 10/14/2019 10:33 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: West Coast Wonders The Great Bear Rainforest

  • 10/14/2019 10:33 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: Voyage of Nordhavn and Egret

  • 10/14/2019 10:32 www.youtube.com


  • 10/14/2019 10:32 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: SPREZZATURA Alaska to Maine

  • 10/14/2019 10:25 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/14/2019 10:25 www.youtube.com

    Nordhavn Film Festival: A Passagemaker Afternoon

  • 10/14/2019 00:37 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/14/2019 00:35 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/14/2019 00:32 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/14/2019 00:28 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/14/2019 00:26 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/14/2019 00:24 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/13/2019 18:46 www.youtube.com

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

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

    Physics of Docking - Backing the Boat

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

  • 10/11/2019 12:29 www.youtube.com

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

  • 10/11/2019 09:28 www.youtube.com

    Cost of Cruising LIVE!

  • 10/7/2019 16:58 comeonrover.com

    Migrating south in the Pacific

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

  • 10/7/2019 03:35 www.youtube.com

    Departing Anholt, DK in the Dark (MV Dirona Channel Oct, 2019)

  • 10/4/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

    Our Last Sail Together - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 237

  • 10/4/2019 02:02 www.youtube.com

    Black Sabbath at Skagen, Denmark (MV Dirona Channel, Oct 2019)

  • 9/27/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

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

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


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

  • 9/26/2019 21:46 comeonrover.com

    August in Desolation Sound, British Columbia

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

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

    You got this mom!

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

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

    Sep 2019: More Boat Business

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

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


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

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

    Sep 2019: After Hurricane Dorian

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

  • 9/20/2019 10:29 www.youtube.com

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

  • 9/17/2019 06:33 www.kensblog.com

    [KensBlog] September Construction Update

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

  • 9/13/2019 10:30 www.youtube.com

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

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


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

  • 9/11/2019 17:39 comeonrover.com

    Big Left Turn Ahead

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

  • 9/10/2019 10:30 www.youtube.com

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

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


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

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

    Aug-Sep 2019: Hurricane Dorian

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

  • 9/4/2019 07:13 www.mvstarr.com

    Day 11 and only 457nm to Hanalei

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

  • 9/2/2019 08:38 www.mvstarr.com

    End of the Line

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

  • 9/1/2019 06:26 www.mvstarr.com

    Land Ho!

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

  • 8/31/2019 07:53 www.mvstarr.com


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

  • 8/30/2019 17:08 www.mvstarr.com

    Day 11 and only 457nm to Hanalei

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

  • 8/30/2019 12:15 www.mvstarr.com

    Day 11 and only 457nm to Hanalei

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

  • 8/30/2019 07:15 www.mvstarr.com

    Green Flash

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

  • 8/29/2019 10:59 www.mvstarr.com

    Water Temperature

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

  • 8/29/2019 07:47 www.mvstarr.com


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

  • 8/28/2019 12:27 www.mvstarr.com

    Don, you stink like fish!

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

  • 8/28/2019 08:48 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/28 update - NET DODGING

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

  • 8/28/2019 08:46 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/27 update - INTO THE TROPICS

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

  • 8/28/2019 08:44 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/26 update - TRAFFIC

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

  • 8/28/2019 08:41 www.mvstarr.com

    MV Starr 8/25 update

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

  • 8/27/2019 10:12 www.mvstarr.com

    Questions and Answers

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

  • 8/25/2019 10:33 www.mvstarr.com

    On Entering the Garbage Patch

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

  • 8/24/2019 08:15 www.mvstarr.com

    Cleaning Up the Mess

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

  • 8/23/2019 20:14 www.mvstarr.com

    Happy 55th Anniversary Sharry!

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

  • 8/23/2019 17:42 comeonrover.com

    Cruising the Broughtons, British Columbia – Part 2

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

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


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

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

    Aug 2019: Miscellaneous Boat Business

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

  • 8/21/2019 10:09 www.mvstarr.com

    Starr Heads to Hawaii (Our 11th Pacific Crossing)

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

  • 8/15/2019 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 09:13 www.youtube.com

    Close Quarters Operation in the Gota Canal (MV Dirona Channe Aug, 2019l)

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

    Time and Maintenance

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

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

    Back to York River

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

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

    An Interesting Cruising Lifestyle

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

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


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

  • 7/28/2019 08:00 comeonrover.com

    Lugger L1276A Valve Adjustment

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

  • 7/27/2019 11:28 comeonrover.com

    Rolling north on the 55

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

  • 7/22/2019 09:19 www.youtube.com

    Scania Demo Center (MV Dirona Channel July, 2019)

  • 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...