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11/13/2018 02:30 mvdirona.com
Kiel Canal Day 3
Our third day on the Kiel Canal was the longest and the most exciting. After an aborted first attempt due to fog and traffic movement restrictions in the canal, we made a 36-mile run from Rendsburg to Brunsbuttel at the western canal entrance. During the transit, we ran at wide-open-throttle for a time in order...
11/12/2018 03:34 mvdirona.com
Kiel Canal Day 2
On our second day in the Kiel Canal, we stopped for the night in Rendsburg after an 11-mile run from Lake Flemhude. As part of our “full Kiel Canal experience” we had lunch canal-side at the Bruckenterrassen Cafe with a view to the passing ships. We also walked under the canal through a pedestrian tunnel...
11/11/2018 10:47 mvdirona.com
Kiel Canal Day 1
The Kiel Canal was completed in 1895, connecting the Baltic and North seas through northern Germany. It is the busiest artifical waterway in the world and annually carries nearly as many ships as the Suez and the Panama canals combined. In contrast to Scotland’s Crinan Canal that we passed through last year, Dirona wasn’t even...
11/10/2018 10:54 mvdirona.com
South Towards Germany
We turned south towards Germany after departing Aalborg and exiting the Limfjord, travelling 165 miles and making two stops before our final Danish anchorage at Thuro Bund. We were scheduled to arrive into Amsterdam by November 1st, so didn’t spend as much time exploring Denmark as we would have liked. But the town of Svendborg,...
11/9/2018 01:29 www.youtube.com
Gettin' Deep into the Grenada Cruiser Scene - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 198
11/9/2018 01:14 mvdirona.com
With a strategic position at the mouth of the Limfjord, Aalborg has long been an important Danish city. Settlement dates back to 700AD and it currently is Denmark’s fourth-largest city. A major industrial 20th-century industrial center, the city has done a wonderful job of revitalizing it’s waterfront and has a number of beautiful heritage buildings....
11/7/2018 06:21 mvdirona.com
The Limfjord is a peaceful cruising ground that provides a sheltered passage across Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula between Thyboron and Aalborg. With a maximum depth of 4m in the main channel, the waterway is too shallow for large ships and sees only light commercial traffic. Although not a fjord in the geololigical sense, the Limfjord once...
11/7/2018 01:29 www.youtube.com
SLOW TV - Beating Upwind to Grenada - Sailing Vessel Delos
11/4/2018 01:26 mvdirona.com
The largest naval battle in history took place 55nm west of Thyboron, Denmark. In 1916, 99 ships German High Seas fleet faced 151 ships of the British Grand Fleet in the World War I Battle of Jutland. One of the reasons we’d stopped at Thyboron was to visit the Sea War Museum there, with its...
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...
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11/2/2018 02:29 www.youtube.com
One Helluva sail to Grenada! - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.197
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 ...
10/31/2018 05:44 mvdirona.com
North Sea Crossing to Denmark
In early October, we made a 180-mile overnight crossing of the North Sea from Stavanger, Norway to Thyboron, Denmark. We’d had an incredible five months in Norway and wish we could have stayed for a year or more. The North Sea has a fearsome reputation, but we had a blissfully easy run with winds less...
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 10:35 mvdirona.com
Forward Spotlight Upgrade
Most fish boats run both deck lights and forward lights. They use the deck lights for working at night and the forward-facing lights to see further in front of the boat better. Our experience from operating around commercial fishing vessels at night is their forward-facing spotlights can be seen from great distances. We sometimes find...
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...
10/26/2018 02:26 mvdirona.com
Norwegian Oil Museum
We spent most of our final day in Stavanger at the exceptional Norwegian Oil Museum in Stavanger. The museum details the history and technology behind Norway’s growth as an oil nation through models, interactive displays and actual industry equipment. Below are trip highlights from October 4th and 5th in Stavanger, Norway. Click any image for...
10/26/2018 01:29 www.youtube.com
CARNIVAL in TRINIDAD! We be Limin'! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 196
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,...
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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
10/20/2018 08:09 www.youtube.com
N76 IVANHOE enroute to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 10-18-18
10/20/2018 08:05 www.youtube.com
N76 IVANHOE enroute to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show10-17-18
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N76 IVANHOE enroute to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show10-16-18
10/19/2018 14:23 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
October 2018: From Oriental to Edisto Island
On the ICW Between Oriental & Beaufort We Saw Several Homes
with Blue Tarps Covering Roof Damage from TS MichaelOn Saturday, 13-October we arose early (for us) and experienced a slight taste of Fall weather – we had slept without air conditioning given the pleasant conditions overnight, and now we saw crystal clear skies, air temperature in the upper 50’s, humidity around 40% and a northerly breeze. It was jacket weather. After checking the weather one more time we were underway just before 0830…..according to our plan that would put us in the Beaufort Inlet at a slack current, and also get us into Charleston Harbor before sunset on the following day.
The run down the ICW to the Atlantic Ocean was smooth and mostly uneventful; there was some debris to dodge but nothing difficult. We did experience a troublesome battery charging issue where the alternators didn’t seem to be keeping up with the DC draw, but we had “bailout” opportunities along the ICW all morning, so we continued wit...
10/19/2018 01:29 www.youtube.com
Untouched TOBAGO! We made it to the CARIBBEAN! Episode 195
10/17/2018 18:30 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking Episode 5 - Side Ties
The simplest way to dock a boat is to tie to a side tie. A side tie is typically a long face dock or the end dock on a row of slips. The advantage to a side tie is that you typically have sufficient room to maneuver in and out. In case of problems, you can just pull away, reposition, and try again. In this episode we discuss some techniques for docking on a side tie. See Episode 5 here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ynVJP2uSKA. Enjoy!...
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10/16/2018 18:56 comeonrover.com
Red Rover Photo Submittals for the 2019 Nordhavn Calendar
And there it was. The posting from PAE requesting photos for the 2019 Nordhavn Calendar along with the deadline. Ugh! Our trip north was planned late this year. Not much time to get some good shots in great spots! So we were on a mission – get north and find some awesome anchorages. This meant … Continue reading Red Rover Photo Submittals for the 2019 Nordhavn Calendar →
10/15/2018 22:41 comeonrover.com
West Coast of Vancouver Island – Part 2
West Coast of Vancouver Island – Part 2 As I write this we are cruising east in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and it is totally flat, glassy water without any wind, waves, or anything. Unbelievable. With many hours of cruising left to go, it seems like a great time to draft the next … Continue reading West Coast of Vancouver Island – Part 2 →
10/15/2018 02:29 www.youtube.com
SLOW TV - Sailing Up the Maroni River, French Guiana - Sailing Vessel Delos
10/13/2018 06:28 www.southernstarnz.com
Maine continues to awe
?Maine photos??? Enjoying life in Maine We are well placed in Northeast Harbor, to take advantage of the Acadia National Park which surrounds us here in Mt Desert Island. LL Bean, the well- known outdoor outfitter company is based in Maine. They sponsor a bus system the goes all over the park, the service is great, and it is free. Michelle and Clark too us to the Thuya Gardens in the early afternoon, located on the East ridge of the harbor. It is a beautiful lush garden, with an old summer cot...
10/12/2018 13:15 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
October 2018: Riding Out Michael at Oriental
A Radar Image of Michael Passing Just to Our West
Right Before We Lost Power and InternetDuring the afternoon and evening of Thursday, 11-October, Tropical Storm Michael strafed our area with the expected rain and wind. Around 1400 we lost power to the marina, but only for about 30 minutes. But later, between 1900 and 2000 hours, as the low pressure center made its closest approach, we saw winds clocking a steady state around 50 knots with gusts to 60+ knots, and that was more than enough to knock out utility power for an extended period.
So we cranked up the generator and became self-sufficient, a lot like being at anchor, but with the protection of the River Dunes harbor area. Nonetheless we saw whitecaps and 2 foot waves in the marina. We were securely tied and adequately fendered, so had no real concerns….with the winds cranking mostly out of the south as Michael passed just to our west, as long as no other boats broke free from the other t-heads then we would remain safe and ...
10/12/2018 02:30 www.youtube.com
Our SAILBOAT up a South American Jungle River!? - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 194
10/10/2018 17:12 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Sep/Oct 2018: From Baltimore to Oriental
Passing Fort McHenry Just South of Baltimore Harbor....Where During the
War of 1812 the British Navy Was Repulsed & Francis Scott Key
Penned the Words for Our National AnthemIt was time to say goodbye to Baltimore and begin our trek back to our Florida home, so on the morning of Sunday, 30-September, we got back underway. It was a cool (60F), and cloudy but dry morning, requiring jackets, but winds were generally light, and by 0930 we were off the dock and underway once again. We encountered plenty of floating debris in the muddy Patapsco River, with a few floaters bigger than telephone poles, but we managed to avoid all that. Vessel traffic was moderately heavy, as plenty of folks were anxious to take advantage of a dry weekend.
By early afternoon the clouds had cleared and we were treated to another very pleasant day for cruising…..bright sun, light breezes, temps hovering around 80F. Once we reached Chesapeake Bay and got south of Annapolis the vessel traffic lightened consider...
10/9/2018 10:57 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 120 AURORA & Nordhavn 100 SERENITY in Dana Point Harbor
10/8/2018 18:32 comeonrover.com
ABT-TRAC Captains Course
At Nordhavn’s 40th Anniversary Gala this past spring, we spoke to Ernie Romeo with ABT-TRAC (the company that supplies the hydraulic systems for Nordhavn and many other quality boatbuilders) about the captains course (link to their site) that the company offers. We’d heard about it before and it was on the to do list, but when … Continue reading ABT-TRAC Captains Course →
10/5/2018 02:30 www.youtube.com
Sailing into a NIGHT SQUALL!!!! Life in the ITC ZED- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 193
9/30/2018 18:55 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
September 2018: From Annapolis to Baltimore
Our Track from DC to Annapolis to BaltimoreThe weather on the morning of Sunday, 23-September, was just as predicted – absolutely lousy: rain showers with temps in the low 60’s and a north wind. It felt a bit raw for us. We donned our rain gear, untied from the mooring ball and got underway around 0930. In spite of the poor weather the river and bay were packed with small sailing vessels and a fair number of power vessels, requiring a few detours from the planned route and an occasional evasive maneuver until we were north of the Bay Bridge.
There were a few areas where we also had to dodge floating debris, not too surprising given the recent high tides and coastal flooding, but we managed to avoid the big stuff (including a very large truck tire…still mounted on its steel wheel rim…that was different.) The blah weather persisted all day, so we handled helm duties from the pilot house except for the two short spells on the fly bridge during the departure from the Annapolis mooring...
9/28/2018 15:47 www.mvtanglewood.com
Lithium-based Power System
There is so much to say on this topic that I struggle with where to begin. It's been an exercise in drinking from a fire hose, and everywhere I turn there is another hose blasting away. So I'll just pick a starting point, and describe what our plans are for 6837, and how I'm proceeding from here to there. That should set out the context, and I can write other articles later digging into
9/28/2018 11:07 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 63 TRUE BLUE video tour
9/28/2018 01:30 www.youtube.com
Drone LOST at Sea! Crossing the EQUATOR! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.192
9/26/2018 09:00 www.mvtanglewood.com
Lithium Battery Backgrounder
I started writing about the lithium power system we are planning for the new Nordhavn 68, and quickly realized that it's incomprehensible without some basic back ground. So here is my attempt at a lithium battery summary. Not all Lithium Batteries are the Same First, there are lots of different types of lithium batteries, and different types of lithium-ion batteries, and they behave quite
9/25/2018 11:28 feeds.feedburner.com
CRUISING WITH OUR FRIEND CHRIS
Envoy is currently under offer to an Australian couple who will visit Lefkas marina late October for an inspection and survey.
Envoy being launched at Lefkas Marina
Laurie enjoying a Greek Mythos beer and giant beans
After a few days cruising by ourselves we anchor off Lefkas Marina to pick up Chris who's flown into Athens and caught the bus to Lefkas with just two minutes to spare after a super-fast taxi ride from the airport to the bus station.
We visit some of our favourite local places, especially Sivota, before moving on to Cephalonia – Ay Eufemia and Ithica – N Ay Nikolau. Here we meet three kiwi farming couples from the Manwatu cruising aboard a 50 year-old 60ft displacement motor vessel with loads of character called Lochinvar.
Laurie and Chris by dinghy at N Ay Nikolau
Chris and Di at N Ay Nikolau with mobile taverna in background. They store all their beer outside with no security overnight and it's still there in the morning
Dog on waveski
At many of these places w...
9/22/2018 14:49 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
September 2018: From DC to Annapolis
Fort Washington Sits on the East Bank of the Potomac
Just a Few Miles South of the DC Area
We departed National Harbor just before 0900 on Saturday, 15-September, and pointed Ghost Rider south down the Potomac River. The weather was a rerun of the previous week’s humid gloominess, with air temperature at the 70F mark and a northeast breeze of about 8 knots. Up on the fly bridge it felt a bit chilly and we both wore light jackets for most of the day.
By early afternoon the winds had clocked around to the east giving us an apparent wind speed near 20 knots on some headings, along with a healthy wind chop at times. It wasn’t a particularly relaxing cruise as constant vigilance was required to avoid all the flotsam floating in the river – mostly tree branches but there was the occasional entire tree as well. In the northern half of the river the water was the color of chocolate milk, although once we got below Quantico we saw less debris and the water color was more its normal green...
9/21/2018 06:40 www.southernstarnz.com
Exploring Maine pt 1
Maine ?Maine photos??? We left Lunenburg Nova Scotia after a few nights on the hook. The weather looked good for our westerly trip to Cape Negro, or if we are feeling up to it, we could keep on and make Maine in one trip. The trip to the Cape was just almost perfect. We had very small beam seas, and so we decided to keep on moving and go directly to Maine’s Northeast Harbor. We passed Cape Sable at about 11:00 pm. It was a dark night, but the conditions were still good. We had a current push...
9/21/2018 02:29 www.youtube.com
Hidden Treasures of Fernando de Noronha - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 191
9/20/2018 14:48 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 76#24 Seattle to Vancouver Delivery
9/20/2018 12:36 www.southernstarnz.com
St Peters and the Bras dOr Lakes
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6GLSxQ6HpRNfcR7Q6 The next morning we readied lines and fenders for the Canal and Lock, which we need to, do on our port side, where we don’t have easy access. It was great to have Gordon on board to manage stern lines, while I was on the bow and Ted drove the boat. We glided into the lock and tied up while they raised the water level, only slightly. We then had to wait till they drove along to the bridge which also had to be opened to allow us through. Immediately on ...
9/20/2018 12:34 www.southernstarnz.com
GUESTS ON BOARD
Halifax https://photos.app.goo.gl/vE4BXN13TzX7QGf78 We had 24 hours to prepare Southern Star for the arrival of our next guest – Gordon – who was flying into Halifax from spending time with family in Scotland, before continuing onto Toronto for more family time. Gordon lives in NZ and operates as our NZ address and contact. We were still exhausted from our long passage, but managed to get the VIP stateroom cleaned up, the rest of the interior looking good and did a big external washdown to ma...
9/18/2018 12:07 www.cochranesadrift.com
Crossing the Bar
Introduction If you are planning to transit the U.S. Pacific Coast, the following information about crossing river bars may be of interest to you. Because the Columbia River bar is the most challenging of all the West Coast bars, I will give it extra attention. Why cross the Columbia bar at all? Astoria is a wonderful historic harbor town with a great marina, excellent chandlery, and lots of good restaurants and places to see. Portland, Oregon is just a day sail up the river. The Columbia Gorge ...
9/18/2018 03:55 www.mvtivoli.org
A Simple Mistake
After significant effort we’ve concluded the electronics issues that aborted our plan to cruise the Canadian Maritimes this season were self-induced. In the interest of redundancy I installed a NMEA2000 rudder position indicator while we were at Atlantic Yacht Basin. You wouldn’t think this would present a problem but, in fact, the additional cabling required drove the voltage reduction across one leg of my NMEA2000 network past specification likely leading to random loss of data. The electro...
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9/17/2018 09:47 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Gloucester Aventures and Future Plans
The end of the summer is here - I know this because it snowed yesterday. Thursday September the 13th… has to be some kind of record! However I cannot dwell on our weather, as it is to be expected and is totally benign - as opposed to the hurricanes and storms that are hitting the rest of the world. We have been glued to our computers trying to keep track of what is happening on the east coast of the US.. and of course the Philippines… both our boats are in Mexico (Ensenada and La Paz) and this...
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9/14/2018 16:10 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
September 2018: Hanging Out Around DC
The National Harbor Waterfront District is Dotted with Numerous Statues.
Here: Churchill, FDR & Rosie the RiveterJust as with the prior day, the weather on Sunday, 09-September, was exactly as predicted….which is to say pretty crappy. Rain chances had been pegged near 100% with temps in the 60’s and a stout 15 MPH breeze from the east, and that’s pretty much what we got. Perhaps eventually we would start pining for the sunny and hot days of the previous weeks, but for now we were content to cool off.
Rick spent the day onboard and dry – loading routes into the ship’s PC, backing up that computer, checking weather forecasts (all ugly), repairing a sagging ceiling panel, and catching up with the MLB pennant races and some boring NFL games. Chelle, not capable of sitting still for very long, braved the raw weather and scouted out the local water taxi tours to Alexandria and DC proper.
Another Interesting Sculpture at National Harbor. This One, Called
"The Awakening", is Not Supposed...
9/14/2018 02:29 www.youtube.com
Sailing to the Most Famous Island in Brazil! Fernando de Noronha - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 190
9/12/2018 20:51 www.mvtanglewood.com
Tanglewood N6062 has Sold
They say the happiest two days of boat ownership are the day you buy and the day you sell. We closed on the sale of Tanglewood N6062 today, and I only kind of agree. It's definitely not a happy day, but it's certainly a load off my mind. A boat sitting is a boat breaking, and I'm glad Tanglewood didn't sit for too long, and now it's ready for more adventures with her new owners. It's exciting
9/11/2018 03:38 www.southernstarnz.com
Offshore to Nova Scotia
Offshore passage https://photos.app.goo.gl/AMcd6MNMqC4iMA7TA I began to write this after 3 days at sea. 'We are now located off of Cape Cod having finished our second night. Jenny is below taking a sleep as she is off watch. I have the music on, the doors open in the wheel house, a nice cooling breeze coming through the doors. I am running the generator to charge the batteries, and to make some water. We are heading NE in nearly perfect conditions. Clear skies, following seas, 1-2’, no boat...
9/8/2018 18:43 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
September 2018: Chesapeake & The Potomac
Ghost Rider Comfortably Hanging on Her Hook at
Horseshoe Bend in the St. Mary's RiverWe had our usual laid back morning on Monday, 03-September. The anchor had stayed where we had dropped it and it looked to be another warm and sunny day ahead. We got through our normal checks in the pilot house and engine room in short order, and performed a quick weather check – the tropics were heating up again but locally things looked good for the next several days. It was time to launch the tender and explore.
Just as we were getting to launch the dinghy we received a visit (via their own dinghy), from Don and Debra McCarty, who happened to be out for a spin and recognized a fellow Nordhavn. They own N55, Mondai Nai, (Japanese for ‘no problem’) and live in the general area but were exercising their Nordy with some local gunkholing. We had a nice if brief visit, and decided we would reconnect that evening for a happy hour event.
St. Mary's College Boasts a Fine Marina Facility for a
9/8/2018 00:39 comeonrover.com
West Coast of Vancouver Island, Part 1 – Seattle to Ucluelet, British Columbia
It has been awhile since we wrote a cruising post, because, well, it has been awhile since we’ve been truly cruising. Our daughter Kirsten was home from college this summer, which was lovely. As Kirsten was working (and so were we) we did weekend trips to local favorite anchorages plus two trips to the San … Continue reading West Coast of Vancouver Island, Part 1 – Seattle to Ucluelet, British Columbia →
9/7/2018 02:29 www.youtube.com
Running AGROUND! There's two types of sailors.... Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 189
9/4/2018 05:44 www.mvduet.com
Bora Bora to Fiji
Ron began looking for weather windows to Fiji in late May, before Sean and Celia even arrived. Weather patterns can be glimpsed, if not solidified, as much as two weeks in advance. Often the details don't pan out, but the general trend is useful. Given that we planned to leave as soon as we could after Celia's departure, Ron wanted a good understanding of what was going on out there. Unfortunately, what he found wasn't great. During the Southern Hemisphere Fall, the weather between French Polyn...
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9/2/2018 20:20 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Aug-Sep 2018: From Norfolk & Into Chesapeake Bay
We Enjoyed Some Evening Time on the Fly Bridge at Waterside MarinaWe had stayed up a bit late enjoying the music and dancing the night before so on the morning of Sunday, 26-August we slept in, then had a lazy, relaxing morning on the boat. Rick did mix in a little troubleshooting of the fly bridge thruster controls – they had been showing an annoying tendency to stick, which in close quarters could be a little stressful; after tightening some connectors and spraying a little CRC electrical cleaner around they seemed to be behaving better.
We grabbed an early lunch at the nearby Smokehouse restaurant and then walked along the riverfront over to the Nauticus maritime and naval museum. (LINK.) It is a fabulous place to learn about the rich nautical history not only of Norfolk, but also of Portsmouth and Hampton Roads, from the early settlement days all the way to today’s period, where it is now home to the world’s largest naval base. In between it was a pivotal battleground and cont...
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ENVOY IS CRUISING AGAIN
We departed Lefkas Marina on Friday morning and anchored in a bay off mainland Greece about 15 miles south. Weather is fine with temp in low 30s, little humidity and sea water a beautiful 28d. This was pretty fast progress seeing as we didn't arrive here until one week before, but Sailand and Yachtpaint had done a good job of getting things ready. Everything seems to be working well except
for our B&G Network wind speed and direction gear which powers up OK but doesn't read wind speed or direction. The local B&G specialist has inspected the system and says the sender unit on the mast has failed. Wait for it - we can't just replace this 15 year old sender because the new model apparently won't work with our old instrument, so we need a new sender, wiring loom and instrument, all of which has been ordered and will be here week of 10 Sept. I guess it's not too bad to get 15 years life out of a product continuously exposed to weather. Haven't done a whole lot of relaxing yet as have been s...
8/31/2018 02:29 www.youtube.com
Gentleman Don't Sail To Weather - Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 188
8/29/2018 11:30 shearmadness72.com
2018-08 Farewell to Cruising
I’ve been procrastinating on this post for a very long time! January marked the end of a major chapter in our lives when we accepted an offer to sell Shear Madness. It was with mixed emotions that we handed her over to her new owners, a wonderful family who will continue to show her great […]
8/27/2018 15:36 feeds.feedburner.com
RETURN TO LEFKAS, GREECE
Our advertising of Envoy on this Blog has resulted in an offer to purchase from long time readers of the Blog. In fact not only have this Australian couple been following our Blog since its inception, but followed Envoy's Atlantic Crossing by the previous owners in 2004. The potential buyer's offer is naturally subject to their inspection and survey which will take place here in Lefkas late October. So Envoy is “under offer” and we won't be considering any further offers unless this sale doesn't proceed.
We've arrived in Lefkada after a good trip from Auckland spending one night in Dubai and one in Athens on the way. Emirates are a great airline and the nearly 17 hour flight passed quite quickly aided by a solid 8 hours sleep. We like Emirates 30kg luggage allowance, their lenient attitude towards cabin bags and the generous space between economy seat rows. Having a spare seat between us on both flights certainly helped too. Our hotel in Dubai was good and it's a convenient place to b...
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Brunswick, GA - Revisited
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
8/26/2018 18:18 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
August 2018: Service at AYB and on to Norfolk
We got a visit from our assigned AYB technician (Tim) the morning of Wednesday, 22-August and we went to work on the sight gauge and steering ram issues.
We managed to get the sight gauge upper shutoff valve completely closed with a mostly unreasonable amount of torque on its packing nut, and that allowed us to drain the sight tube glass into a small bucket. Removal of that tube revealed a crack near the top along with a malformed o-ring, so Tim would be hunting for replacement parts. Then, after we depressurized the steering system, Tim also removed the faulty steering ram, and then took all the parts with him back to the shop to see what they could match up, or determine what needed to be ordered and shipped.
Another Shot of Ghost Rider's Alongside Tie Up at AYB
The estimate to rebuild the steering ram came back at a week and an undetermined cost….whereas a new one could be here in a day or so at 1.5 boat units. Rick opted for the latter – rebuilding a 16 year old ram just did...
8/24/2018 01:29 www.youtube.com
UNCHARTED Rivers of Brazil! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.187
8/21/2018 16:50 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
August 2018: Oriental to Atlantic Yacht Basin
Nice Homes Located on the River Dunes Property Overlooking the Marina
On Thursday, 16-August and Friday, 17-August we continued our very pleasant stay at River Dunes with relaxing mornings on the boat. In the afternoon Chelle again commandeered the courtesy car for shopping errands in town, while Rick caught up with his Wheelhouse preventive maintenance list. He also spent at least one OCD hour running and testing the hydraulic systems on the boat, attempting to verify there were no more line leaks at any point in the extensive plumbing runs. (So far none found.) And we dismantled the wing engine’s Racor fuel filter bowl to drain and clean it of some accumulated debris, and also replaced its filter element as a precaution.
Sunset Peeking Through The Pines
Unfortunately we also heard from Mike and Mari that their service down at Jarret Bay was taking longer than planned (sounds familiar, eh?) and wouldn’t make it back to River Dunes before we departed. Perhaps we’ll be able to ...
8/17/2018 20:07 comeonrover.com
NAPS 2018 Follow Up
NAPS 2018 was, well, a bunch of fun! At least once we left the dock… Although NAPS officially didn’t start until Friday afternoon, Alison and I had planned to head up Thursday after she was home from the office. I had left the office early to go provision for the Saturday evening dinner of ribs/chicken … Continue reading NAPS 2018 Follow Up →
8/17/2018 01:29 www.youtube.com
It doesn't get any better than this... SV Delos Ep.186
8/15/2018 08:13 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Another Boatless Summer... and the fun never ends!
Ah summer… months of hot weather, warm seas, and glorious boating opportunities. Unless, of course, your boat is down in Mexico. This is our third summer (have to do the calendar math here, not my strong suit… 2016, 2017, 2018 - yes) without a boat nearby in which to cruise the Pacific Northwest. We have always been lucky to find lots of alternative activities instead, and this summer has been no exception. I have done some things that ticked off items on the bucket list I didn’t even know I ...
8/14/2018 17:55 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
August 2018: Charleston to Oriental
Getting Ready to Depart Charleston....the Harbor is a Busy Place.The morning of Sunday, 05-August dawned with clear skies and nearly calm winds, and while the forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms during the day, it was much less onerous than what we had been seeing the previous 10 days. So just after 0915 we departed Charleston Harbor Marina at a nearly slack tide and steered Ghost Rider back out into the Atlantic. Out there seas were smooth with two foot swells at generous intervals and little to no wind chop, so the ride was excellent. During the course of the day we could see some cumulonimbus lines form just inland along the sea breeze boundary, but their movement paralleled our course and had died out by the time we turned into the channel for Winyah Bay and the Georgetown Light anchorage.
At Anchor Near Georgetown Light Just After Sunset.
Arriving at a mostly slack tide was fortuitous, but we still got frustrated trying to set the anchor in the river’s muddy bottom...
8/12/2018 15:03 www.southernstarnz.com
Heading north to Nova Scotia
https://photos.app.goo.gl/vE4BXN13TzX7QGf78 It really seemed that we were not going to make it all the way to Canada on this trip. Between the boat issues, the health care requirements, and that all of the Nordhavn Atlantic Group (informal group of Nordhavns and others who are casually travelling together) already in Nova Scotia, that we were just going to run out of time. But our very good friend, Gordon, was due to arrive into Sydney Airport, Nova Scotia, on 9th August, and we wanted to do o...
8/12/2018 11:19 oursloboda.com
Little did we know nine years ago when we first stayed aboard ‘Pendana’ in the Bahamas, that we would one day be her Captain and First Mate. The last few weeks have been surreal as we come to the realization that we bought our dream boat. At first we wanted to keep our boat name...
8/12/2018 04:55 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking 102D - Preparation for Docking
Many of the problems that occur during docking are the result of a lack of planning or poor communication. In Episode 4 of our ongoing series titled ‘The Physics of Docking’, we discuss how to develop checklists, prepare the crew for their duties, and make sure everyone knows the plan in advance. Click https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAlF7EEkp8 for details....
8/10/2018 07:05 www.mvduet.com
Guests and Generators
We returned to Papeete on April 12th, with a relatively short list of things to do before Barbara and Ken joined us in Bora Bora. Most of Ron's work was done, so he could help Nancy, which was not something he would necessarily volunteer for, but it definitely speeded things up. Nancy can only manage so many provisions at a time, whereas, with Ron's help, she can do several carts, all in the same day! Fortunately for Ron, his assistance was limited to one day of hauling heavy items, such as beer...
8/9/2018 15:07 feeds.feedburner.com
PLANS FOR 2018 CRUISING
NOTE: ENVOY IS STILL FOR SALE – SEE DETAILS IN BLOG POST BELOW THIS ONE.
We are finally set to leave Auckland and return to Greece in about 10 days time to resume cruising.
The Ionian weather is generally fairly good to the end of October, so we'll be able to enjoy two months cruising before going back into Lefkas Marina for the winter.
After launching we'll spend a few days in the Lefkas area while we confirm everything aboard Envoy is working correctly and then head north to Corfu. Our watermaker's main pump has been reconditioned in Athens during our absence and Angelos will install it in Corfu's Gouvia Marina. Needless to say this will also be a good chance for Di to check out some of her favorite shopping haunts.
From there we'll head around Corfu's NW coast to check out a small island we've not visited previously – Nisos Mathraki and its village of Plakes. From here it's only about 7 miles NW to the island of Nisis Othoni where we've anchored previously, but not been ashore...
8/4/2018 13:03 oursloboda.com
It’s a Girl!
We can hardly contain our excitement as we proudly welcome the newest floating vessel to the Potter Family. She’s a beautiful, shiny, rugged, NORDHAVN 62!!!! Formally, AND famously known as ‘Pendana,’ she has most recently cruised the world with the lovely Ellingford Family and we are beyond humbled to carry on their legacy through this...
8/4/2018 12:49 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
July 2018: Hanging Out In Charleston
Our Second Slip Assignment at CHM Was Much Closer In, and We Still
Had a View of the Yorktown & Patriot's Point
When we have to choose a place to get “stuck”, Charleston is definitely on our shortlist. The weather forecast for the foreseeable future was awful – both regarding wave heights and winds out in the Atlantic, as well as overall storminess up and down the coast. Weather forecasting is far from an exact science, but so far the prognosticators were being annoyingly accurate. Given that we don’t really have any kind of schedule, and that Charleston is about the halfway point between Palm Beach and the mouth of the Chesapeake, we were in no hurry and content to hang out here for a while.
The first half of Wednesday, 25-July was spent on provisioning (Chelle’s new code word for “I need to get off the boat and do some kind of shopping”), and some routine boat maintenance tasks that Rick had been delaying for about a week. The first of those involved taking manual voltage readi...
8/4/2018 07:26 www.pendanablog.com
PENDANA - SOLD
ADIOS! Funny how life changes on a dime! One minute you are in control and have a pretty good understanding of where one is headed and the next, BAM! Everything changes. A little while ago Claire and I received an unsolicited offer for Pendana. After much discussion with Claire and the girls we decided to accept the offer on the basis that it complete quickly. The idea of hanging around on a boat that I wouldn’t own was not very appealing to say the least. As most would know the plan was ...
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8/1/2018 09:00 www.pendanablog.com
Guest Interview – Maik Broetzmann
So, Maik, tell us a little something about your cruising to date and where you have been as I understand you have been on S/Ys, M/Ys, tall ships, fishing boats, research vessels, navy vessels and even cargo ship? I am German by origin and was born in the Russian controlled sector where cruising was out of the question due to its locked down borders. However, I also happened to live in Berlin, which, little known fact, back to Kaiser times was the hotspot for yachting thanks to the rivalry with ...
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8/1/2018 06:16 www.kensblog.com
[kensblog] Lazy Days Of Summer
Note: This particular blog entry is divided into three sections. In Part one I answer a reader question about life on a boat. Part two consists of nothing but some randomly selected and annotated pictures from our last week on the boat. And, Part three is a technical story of a mechanical problem during our last passage. Part 1: What’s it like to live on a boat?Whenever I send out a blog article a flurry of questions comes flying back my direction. I enjoy the questions and typically learn far ...
7/30/2018 08:14 www.southernstarnz.com
Care and Maintenance- Boat and body
Ft Pierce- Boat and personal maintenance. https://photos.app.goo.gl/FHXFGHcoDuwnLMbv9 As I mentioned in a past blog, we had the crane motor fail while in the Bahamas. This is a major setback while living on the hook, as we now have no transportation from the boat to the shore aside from our kayaks. We had planned to spend a few additional weeks in the Bahamas, and then head across directly to York River in Virginia, to get a big jump on our northern trip. But with the crane breakdown, we no...
7/29/2018 15:24 feeds.feedburner.com
Georgetown, South Carolina
7/28/2018 06:59 www.mvstarr.com
John Livingston is a very special person
John Livingston: Master Carver and Painter of Northwest Native Art…….. . Sharry and I stopped in Victoria to visit with John Livingston and his wife Maxine Matilpi. Unfortunately, we missed Maxine because she was at Gilford Island teaching women how to make button blankets, a traditional art form of the coastal people which is her specialty. John came to dinner on Starr and we talked about our growing friendship over the past 30 or so years. John carved this pole for Sharry and I many years ...
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7/27/2018 17:18 www.youtube.com
Saltstraumen Maelstrom, June 2018 (MV Dirona channel)
7/25/2018 04:57 www.pendanablog.com
Guest Interview Rick & Michelle on Ghost Rider II, N50-21
This is a special interview and one that I hope demonstrates that with courage and persistence most can overcome tragedy and triumph. Rick and Michelle Riordan are a prime example of overcoming adversity as they experienced firsthand what every boater fears most, the total loss of their much loved Nordhavn 47, Ghost Rider. Rick and Michelle have both discussed in detail the simple mistake that led to the tragedy in an open and honest way which is not only refreshing, but provides countless les...
7/24/2018 15:27 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
July 2018: Savannah to Edisto to Charleston
Our Track from Savannah to Edisto to CharlestonFirst to address one of our reader’s typical questions: during this blog entry’s time frame, as far as we know, nothing new broke or went wrong; nor did any previous fix come undone. And yes, that might be a first. We’re not superstitious, so we don't think we're "jinxing" ourselves. We’ll just put it down to a lot of hard work and diligence….for now, at least. J
As we dallied in Savannah, the weather forecast for the next several days had been looking bleak, with a high probability of rain and thunder (ergo, lightning) for the foreseeable future. We were anxious to make the run up to Edisto to visit with our good friends there, but finding a suitable window was equally important. The stationary front that was triggering all the storminess hadn’t progressed quite as far as originally forecast, so Wednesday, 18-July was looking like our best bet….especially if we got an early start.
Edisto Island Beach at the River Entrance
7/21/2018 06:09 www.kensblog.com
[kensblog] Victoria BC to Montague Harbor
After five days at the dock in Victoria Canada we decided to run a short distance north to an anchorage we enjoyed last year, called Montague Harbor. In the Pacific Northwest (PNW) one must pay close attention to the currents. There are narrow passages that can only be traversed at certain times and strong currents that can push you or slow you down. As I studied our run I could see that we had a choice of leaving early in the morning and traveling against the current for seven hours, or leav...
7/19/2018 11:14 www.mvstarr.com
It's All about Family & Friends!
Alert Bay July 16, Meet Stevie and Stella Beans: The best Grease Maker and Fisherman on the BC Coast We left Goose Island, north of Queen Charlotte Sound at 0430 to ride an ebb tide down coast, and then caught a flood tide of 3-4 kts pushing us into Queen Charlotte Sound for a 1630 arrival in Alert Bay. We wanted to get to Alert Bay before Stevie Beans left the next morning to go Prince Rupert to fish for salmon on his 58ft seine boat Ocean Predator. Stevie is a high chief of the Namgis (AK...
7/18/2018 11:30 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Video: N96 VIVIERAE II video tour