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6/26/2019 08:43 www.youtube.com
Steamship Tour and Cruise (MV Dirona Channel)
6/25/2019 08:54 mvdirona.com
Puumala sits on a chokepoint in the Saimaa Lakes region—all vessel traffic must pass through the 1000ft (300m) Puumalansalmi channel to reach the towns and cities to the north. Spanning the gap is the 2,562ft (781m) Puumalansalmi Bridge, one of the largest highway bridges in Finland. And built into the bridge is the Saimaanmajakka observation...
6/23/2019 06:37 feeds.feedburner.com
Yep, in more ways than one —
— Excellent satire
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
6/22/2019 22:42 mvdirona.com
Lappeenranta lies on the south end of Lake Saimaa, about 3 nautical miles from the Saimaa Canal and about 16 from the Russian border. The town was charted in 1649, when it was part of Sweden and an important port for tar. The Swedes built a fortress there in stages in the 18th century, but...
6/20/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
Brian's Favorite Way To Start The Morning! Sailing vessel Delos Ep. 220
6/18/2019 03:30 mvdirona.com
The Saimaa Canal, connecting Lake Saimaa to the Baltic Sea, has long been an important commercial transportation route. The canal was completed in 1856 while Finland was a Duchy in the Russian Empire and was wholly within Finland after the country became independent in 1917. As part of the reparations for World War II, Finland...
6/16/2019 08:54 feeds.feedburner.com
Peep Show 2019
Live Osprey Nest Marina Cam at Herrington Harbour South Marina. One of the many cams the good folks at HHS had onSpot install.
The babies are getting big - soon to fly away.
Thanks Herrington Harbour - Very Cool
Link to other onSpot wifi Marina Cams http://onspotwifi.com/marina-cams.php
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
6/15/2019 01:19 mvdirona.com
Dirona In Russia
We’ve been to a lot of places over the years and seen many countries, but taking Dirona through Russia was never on our list of expected or planned trips. When we learned about Finland’s Saimaa Lake region, however, we had to go. The Great Saimaa lake system is 1,690 sq mi (4,377 sq km) and...
6/14/2019 10:52 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY CRUISING IN THE IONIAN SEA
Before leaving the marina we enjoy one day away from Envoy, hiring a car to tour around this great island of Lefkada with its small sandy coves, picturesque villages and inland mountains soaring to about 3,000 feet. Traffic is negligible and I don't think there's any traffic lights at all on the island.
Greece seems to be a very honest country with little crime evident beyond copious amounts of graffiti in the cities. Shopkeepers often leave items outside overnight and people leave their keys in cars and scooters. So it was a surprise when a 46ft Bavaria yacht was stolen from Lefkada's quayside during our stay and hasn't been seen since. Locals speculate that it will have been sailed across to Italy.
While in Lefkada we also meet our Kiwi friend Bruce from sailing cat Midi. This year his wife Leslie decided to stay home, so Bruce is cruising with two friends Gavin and David. Anybody thinking about sailing in the Med couldn't do better than to buy the superbly equipped and lovingly ma...
6/14/2019 09:16 mvdirona.com
Helsinki Marina was an excellent home base for us for two weeks while we explored the city. The marina is right downtown, and within walking distance of many restaurants, bars and attractions. It also was a safe and secure place to leave the boat while we made a couple of longer trips to Tallin, Estonia...
6/14/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
An average day at work: Scuba diving into a BAT CAVE! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 219
6/13/2019 06:46 mvdirona.com
St. Petersburg Edifices
We spent our third and final day in St. Petersburg viewing some of the city’s most famous tsar-initiated edifices. We started with Peter & Paul fortress, where in 1703 Peter the Great founded his new Baltic port city, and toured two spectacular churches: Church on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. We also viewed...
6/12/2019 02:05 mvdirona.com
Northern Lights 12kW Generator Overheating
Over the last few months the generator running temperature has been slowly increasing. We were still below the 205F cut-off level, and the generator continued to run fine, but something clearly wasn’t right. The generator normally runs in the 192F to 193F range at full load and I have a warning set at 195 that...
6/11/2019 01:28 mvdirona.com
Peterhof Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 18 miles (29km) southwest of St. Petersburg, Russia. In the early 18th century, Peter the Great stayed in a small cabin in the area while overseeing the construction of the offshore fortress Kronshtadt. He liked it so much that he later built a small villa here, and...
6/10/2019 10:26 mvdirona.com
The vast Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russa contains one of the world’s greatest art collections. The main complex comprises five separate buildings, including the opulent 18th-century Winter Palace, with a total of 360 rooms. Even without the artwork, touring the spectacular Winter Palace is worth the price of admission. After taking a shuttle bus...
6/9/2019 13:20 www.kensblog.com
[Kensblog] It’s starting to look like a boat!
Greetings all! Roberta and I are still awaiting the delivery of our new boat. This will be our first summer to be stuck on land in over twenty years. Even though we miss our boat, I must admit we are looking forward to a summer on land. As much as we love boating it will be good to take a break. That isn't to say we haven't been thinking about boating! Hardly a day goes by that we don't have an email from the factory building our new boat or one of our various experts with questions about the ...
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6/9/2019 02:56 mvdirona.com
Princess Anastasia to St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg was high on our list of destinations, but visiting in Dirona would require obtaining Russian visas, not to mention the challenges of bringing the boat into Russia. Special rules for cruise ships and certain passenger ferries, however, allow visa-free stays for up to 72 hours. So we booked a trip from Helsinki on...
6/6/2019 07:47 feeds.feedburner.com
Real Time & Recollections
I finally got around to updating the "About Istaboa" section of this blog. Istaboa's new interior inspired me to take a few photos and pictures often trigger an itch that only writing about them can scratch. I guess every picture does tell a story.
This is the final installment of a multi-part section that covers finding N57-26 back in 2006 and the years aboard Istaboa that have led up to now.
For those into 57s, there's a lot about N57s in general and Istaboa in particular — See the column to your left.
Real Time10 Years After
It's now 2019: The economy is booming, everything's great, —however— the boats are getting bigger, the docks are packed, many of our favorite marinas have been bought out by large corporations, the boat fixers are busy and elusive, and I can't say anything nice about the insurance companies.
Things have changed —Flashback to 2014
I guess we miss the easygoing days of the plain old "good" economy, however... we tentatively adjust.
Still — life's good.
6/3/2019 11:30 www.mvduet.com
Cruising in Australia
Once we arrived in Australia, we had about four weeks until the third week of January, when we were due to meet the Yacht Express ship in Brisbane, so Duet could travel safely home. Our actual sailing date wouldn't be available until about a week before, so we targeted mid January as a good time to arrive. The Yacht Express loads at the commercial docks in Brisbane, so we made a reservation at Rivergate Marina, just upriver. But, right then, Duet was still some 250 miles north of Brisbane, in ...
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6/2/2019 15:05 www.northernrangeradventures.com
A Tale of Two Nordies
May 2019 San Diego Where oh where is Northern Ranger!? I am now at the point where the closest I get to cruising is either living vicariously through other people's posts or dreaming about it...and last night I had a doozy, everyone I have ever cruised with was there!! So fun, and so sad when I woke up and realized I was on dry land. Bummer. So where IS Northern Ranger? Well, NRII is happily ( I assume) tied up and hunkered down for the summer in La Paz. We cut our cruising short in order to...
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6/2/2019 06:17 www.southernstarnz.com
Carnage in Big Majors, Bahamas
Carnage in Big Majors photos We had a rough night at Little Bay, Guana Island. We were anchored with our friends on KYA, Bella Jane, and Manatee. They had been anchored at Little Bay for several days, and were going to stay one more night before heading over to us at Big Majors, about 10 miles north. We wanted to catch up with everyone, so we went over to Little Bay to join the gang. We had a nice time on KYA, but that night the southerly winds picked up and made the anchorage very rollie. We...
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6/1/2019 09:34 feeds.feedburner.com
DELAY TO ENVOY'S LAUNCHING
We've met a NZ couple from Blenheim – Keven and Kerry who've recently bought a “green” motor vessel. It has an electric motor, good for about 20 miles cruising plus a VW diesel engine with a range of about 600 miles. They eventually plan to ship it home where the electric motor will suit cruising in the Marlborough Sounds.
We're constantly reminded that many costs are still very reasonable in Greece. Last night we went to dinner at a nice restaurant overlooking the estuary and had a Greek salad, french fries, fried eggplant, mushrooms with cheese, bread, one bottle of water, one litre of house white wine and desserts of fruit and yoghurt for a total cost of 27 Euros – about NZ$47. In many restaurants at home we'd pay nearly that just for the wine. On the other hand petrol is nearly 2 Euros per litre – about NZ$3.48.
Huge crane lifts our RHIB down for engine service
Preparation for Envoy's launching had been going well and after 7 days aboard were ready for launching the day before i...
5/30/2019 23:35 www.youtube.com
5/30/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
Eco-Antifouling Results Q&A - Failure or Success????
5/30/2019 09:38 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Apr - May 2019: Continuing in Fort Myers
Keeping Ghost Rider Clean & Shiny at Legacy Harbour in Fort MyersSpring weather in southern Florida ends about midway through baseball’s spring training season – which is roughly mid-March. By April we’re into early summer temps. Early summer means it’s already quite warm but the occasional cool front will drop the humidity to something tolerable for about a day and a half. And by May it’s just plain hot and humid here with daily afternoon TRWs, and it continues that way until roughly late October. Which is why we are typically underway and heading elsewhere by this time.
The intensity of the south Florida sun presents a number of other challenges, most notably with its attempts to bleach the boat’s gelcoat into something resembling chalk. While we’re stuck in port this year we’re doing our best to combat that with frequent fresh water rinses and chamois-wiping exposed surfaces so dirt and bug juice don’t dig in. Where stains do form Rick is experimenting with a mild soap-with-w...
5/24/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
We Found the DELOS compound! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep.218
5/23/2019 14:09 feeds.feedburner.com
BACK ABOARD ENVOY IN GREECE
We had a great trip up from Auckland enjoying one night stopovers in Dubai and Athens. The flight to Dubai is nearly 17 hours, but the time seemed to pass OK with nice meals, plenty of movies to watch and a few hours sleep. The economy class seats have quite generous space and we had a spare seat between us. Our favourite hotel in Dubai - the Roda Al Bustan upgraded us to a palatial suite having a separate lounge 26 feet across!
Our huge hotel room
After a five hour bus ride we arrived in Lefkada to a beautiful early evening, but the taxi driver told us the weather has been bad until a few days ago with heavy rain laden with red dust from Africa.
After checking into our hotel (which is pretty basic and no comparison with the Roda Al Bustan) we checked Envoy sitting on the hardstand. She still had her winter cover on and we could see the hull had been readied for anti-fouling and the Lugger, Yanmar and bow thruster props had been cleaned. Inside was perfectly dry as always and look...
5/22/2019 10:12 comeonrover.com
Teak Table for Flybridge
When we were looking at Nordhavns and the different models, a flybridge was on the want list. Living in the …
5/19/2019 08:58 www.southernstarnz.com
Cruising. Repairing boats in exotic places
'Cruising is repairing boats in exotic places.' Underway across the banks, heading north, we are on plan C. We left Georgetown yesterday early and travelled 68 miles to Big Majors Cay, just off Staniel Cay. The weather promised to be kind to us, after 3 days of lashing us in Georgetown. Seems that the weather really is not really improving, despite being in the Bahamas later this year, but it is what it is. Ethan and Penny left on to the next leg of their 2 year OE. They seemed to have enjoye...
5/17/2019 20:02 comeonrover.com
Adding a 6kw Northern Lights Genset to Red Rover
During the week of the Great Seattle Boat Show in January, Alison and I attended Lugger Bob’s Northern Lights owners …
5/16/2019 22:30 www.youtube.com
Our Addiction to Kiteboarding Begins!! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 217
5/13/2019 16:55 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 55 ZOE
5/11/2019 13:28 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 63 ITHAKA
5/11/2019 01:14 feeds.feedburner.com
RETURN TO ENVOY NOW IMMINENT
Diane booked our fares yesterday and dealing with Emirates had no issues getting our travel arranged at short notice at good pricing with departure next Friday. We'll spend one night in Dubai and one in Athens before catching the bus for the five hour trip to Lefkada.
Just to clarify - yes Envoy has been sold but the new owners didn't intend to use her this season so part of the deal was we could use her. They will be joining us for some cruising in early August.
I had already arranged for Envoy's winter storage cover to be removed and for Envoy to be pulled out of the water onto the hardstand. There she will be water blasted to remove any marine growth, the hull sanded before having new anti-fouling applied, the props and shafts cleaned, zinc anodes replaced, stainless steel cleaned and white topsides areas polished.
Internally we're getting the generator and Yanmar wing engine sea water pumps checked over and impellers replaced. The Yanmar's dripless shaft seal will be checked and it...
5/10/2019 10:53 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 64 GEORGINA
5/9/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
We Buried a Moonshine 🍾☠ Treasure on a deserted island!!! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 216
5/8/2019 12:13 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 57 NO PLANS
5/6/2019 20:19 comeonrover.com
Tool Storage and Engine Room Lighting
Along with the dream of cruising and exploring remote areas around the world, we knew the reality was there is …
5/3/2019 05:30 www.youtube.com
Where's my Friday Delos Video?!?!?!?
5/1/2019 09:10 comeonrover.com
Turning to the next chapter
“It is easier to keep working than to decide to stop working,” said Scott Allen, our friend who with his …
4/27/2019 15:46 www.youtube.com
Crew FINALISTS for Delos Scholarship!!
4/25/2019 23:30 www.youtube.com
Today we set foot on the infamous 😃island!!! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 215
4/25/2019 00:23 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY'S 2109 CRUISING
We are home in Auckland, NZ while Envoy is in Greece's Lefkada marina.
We hope to know by this time next week - Thursday 2 May that all is on track for our return to the Med for several months of cruising - watch this space!
4/24/2019 14:46 feeds.feedburner.com
Springtime For Elvis
April: For a dose of reality, it's good for us to leave the beach, the manicured seaside estates with palm trees swaying in the balmy sea breezes, and make the grueling 1000 mile drive up to funky old Memphis for some much needed contrast —and, to see what our old home town is up to.
We were pleased to find our neighborhood booming with cool new developments that have been squeezed into the renovated old buildings. The, circa 1909, Brewery next door has been transformed into luxury apartments and the old train station will soon be an upscale boutique hotel. An eclectic mix of restaurants are popping up everywhere and they appear to be busy, business is good. The area is thriving with young folks zipping around on those annoying little electric scooters and the trolley cars are running again. Yep, it seems like Downtown Memphis is finally enjoying a long awaited resurgence.
Springtime is the best time in Memphis
Springtime means Azaleas and Dogwoods are blooming everywhere you look ...
4/23/2019 13:03 www.mvstarr.com
Making a Better Flopper Stopper: One Year Later
Sharry and I have been cruising the South Pacific and more recently Hawaii since 2001. Hawaii has a reputation for challenging cruising since most anchorages are open roadsteads. The Pacific swell is ever-present and stabilization at rest makes many more anchorages available. Last year we cruised 1900nm around the Hawaiian Islands and were at anchor about 90 nights, most of which required flopper stoppers for comfort aboard. We were anchored in Hanalei long enough to have barnacles growing on o...
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4/18/2019 22:29 www.youtube.com
Cooling Pump FAILURE! STOP Motoring You P***y's!!!!- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 214
4/18/2019 11:15 www.youtube.com
SV Delos SAILING SCHOLARSHIP!
4/17/2019 02:25 www.youtube.com
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Greenland test, TULU, 2019
4/15/2019 15:58 feeds.feedburner.com
We are currently home in Auckland, NZ and expect to return to Envoy to do some cruising mid-May. Envoy's new owners will join us during part of this time for a joint cruise.
There all types of boaties and about as many different approaches to the subject of boat care and maintenance. At one extreme plenty of derelict-looking boats can be seen on moorings, apparently never used with growth dangling below their hulls, while at the other extreme some owners can be seen on their anchored boats lovingly cleaning their pride and joy all day long.
Boating is about enjoyment – cruising to great anchorages, swimming, diving, fishing, children playing on the beach, BBQs with family and friends etc and as such it's well to consider that care and maintenance should focus more on the technical than the cosmetic aspects - minor marks and imperfections show that adventures and fun have been had, they add character and are part of a boat's life story. This is not to say that gelcoat and stainless st...
4/13/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
360* video of SINKING SHIP! SV Delos sailing
4/12/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
WE SUNK A BOAT!! Sailing vessel Delos Ep. 213
4/5/2019 09:06 www.southernstarnz.com
Once in a lifetime
?Kiwis in the Bahamas??? Jenny's nephew, Ethan, and his fianc, Penny joined us in Georgetown, from New Zealand. We met them at Emerald Bay Marina. We waited in the marina for a couple of days, waiting for some strong NE winds to blow through. The marina has a horrible surge in these conditions, and Southern Star tugged on her dock lines constantly. We walked all over and to Steventon Village about 2 miles each way. We sat at the beach bar and gazed at the incredible turquoise water colours tha...
4/5/2019 01:30 www.youtube.com
Pulling a Drunk Sailor off a REEF! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 212
4/2/2019 19:31 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Feb - Mar 2019: Hanging in Fort Myers
We Had a Front Row Seat on the Bow of Ghost Rider for Viewing the
Pyrotechnics that Concluded This Year's Edison Festival of Lights
Two months have passed since our previous post, so here’s another catch up entry from the crew of Ghost Rider for the months of February and March. Our days have been a good mix of recreation, social events, some travel, lots of reading, occasional boat business and even some actual boating. Since we started our dirt-dwelling winter spell here in Fort Myers Chelle has turned her attention back to her golf game, playing an average of twice per week. She even has taken some corrective lessons and spent time at the range, which used to be heresy for her. Meanwhile, Rick has continued his recovery both in terms of energy level and weight gain, which of course means he’s gotten quite active once again with his main hobby – more boat projects. (There’s always a list.)
With guests occupying the condo we moved back onto the boat in February...
4/2/2019 10:20 www.kensblog.com
[Kensblog] The first pictures are here!
Greetings all! It has been twenty years since Roberta and I had a summer where we weren't living on a boat. Sans Souci (our Nordhavn) sold quickly and our new boat won't be delivered until next Spring. It feels strange being stuck on land. I regularly monitor several boating blogs and discussion groups, but haven't participated in any of the discussions recently. It feels like I am now outside the boating community looking in. That said, Roberta and I wanted this. We've talked for a while ab...
4/1/2019 21:49 feeds.feedburner.com
REALITY CHECK - BUY Vs CHARTER
Envoy is in Greece's Lefkas Marina. We expect to return there mid-May for several months' cruising including some time with her new owners.
We recently wrote this article published in Pacific MotorBoat magazine.
When Envoy, our Greece-based Nordhavn 46 passagemaker was for sale, one inquiry is from a Kiwi guy saying that due to work commitments he'd only able to travel to Greece to use the boat for about one month a year. He asks my opinion on this idea. As much as I want to sell Envoy and proceed with our new boating plans I don't want to mislead anybody so tell him it would be much more practical and cost-effective to charter one of the thousands of boats available throughout the Med. My reply is based not only on cost, but also on the fact it takes at least a week to get your boat ready for cruising and about the same to lay her up again for winter. He agrees and this prompts me to write this article.
We've chartered boats several times here in NZ, in Britain and in Queensland's ...
3/28/2019 13:30 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 75 PINCH ME
3/25/2019 16:32 www.northernrangeradventures.com
more from La Cruz
more emails and drama back home, should we stay or should we go? ( a little Clash to start the day) For now we stay... Which is nice because each day we sink deeper into the lifestyle! I go for my walk/run in the morning while Lawrence reads blogs. Or works... sometime there is real work to do, the kind that puts a bit of money back in the cruising kitty. Then I do boat yoga or take out the kayak, and... who am I kidding, most of the time I just make myself another cup of coffee and sit ou...
3/25/2019 11:23 www.youtube.com
Kiel Canal Baltic Sea Lock (MV Dirona Channel)
3/22/2019 01:29 www.youtube.com
What's it like to be James bond?! ! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 211
3/18/2019 20:59 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY'S 2019 CRUISING PLANS
Although the sale of Envoy was finalised late last year, the new Brisbane-based owners don't plan to use her until they retire and part of our sales agreement was that we are able to still use Envoy this year.
At the time we left Envoy we were inclined towards not using her again, but having been away for several months we've changed our minds and now plan to return around mid-May and cruise through to about early October.
This of course will be better for Envoy and her new owners since it's preferable for machinery to be used than to sit in storage.
Under normal circumstances NZ passport holders are allowed to spend up to 90 days out of any 180 day period in each of the Schengen Treaty countries, which are similar to but not exactly the same as EU countries. Using an agent we've previously managed to get that extended to the whole 180 days in Greece and if we can do the same again we'll spend the whole time there. However this extension is becoming more difficult and we may be re...
3/18/2019 10:32 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Film Festival trailer
3/14/2019 10:57 www.southernstarnz.com
Back to the Bahamas
Bahamas photos Florida to Bahamas 3rd time Jenny writes: It was a great feeling to release the lines at Marathon and make our way out the channel just after 3pm on Saturday afternoon. We had cleared out with US Customs and Border Patrol the previous day, giving us 48 hours to be out of US waters. My 6 month US visa was due to expire the following week, which aligned with the end of our month at the marina, and amazingly a decent weather window. The ocean was flat with little wind as we made o...
3/11/2019 11:21 www.youtube.com
L''ADAGIO docked in Malta
3/9/2019 17:48 feeds.feedburner.com
THE MAGNIFICENT MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
Watch this space for some news of Envoy's future plans about this time next week.
Here is an article we wrote that was recently published in Pacific PowerBoat magazine.
The North Island's north-east coast and the greater Marlborough Sounds area provide New Zealand's two prime cruising areas. Many visitors only experience Queen Charlotte Sound as their ferry cruises into Picton, but this is only a small part of the broader “Sounds” cruising area also comprising Kerepuru and Pelorus Sounds, D'Urville and several other smaller islands, Taman Bay including the coastal sections of the Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay, together constituting over a fifth of New Zealand's entire coastline.
The majority of cruisers here are South Islanders, but some hardy Wellingtonians venture across the often challenging (particularly in fresh northerlies and southerlies) Cook Strait, both from Wellington harbour itself, some 50 miles distant and from Mana only about 25 miles away.
Indeed the not...
3/9/2019 16:20 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Well we finally made it! The weather gods looked kindly upon us, and we were able to achieve our goal of crossing to the other side just in time to have dinner with Sea Level II and then say goodbye to them! Our original plan had been to head to Muertos just around the corner, grab some sleep, and then head across and down around midnight. The weather made us change our minds... it looked good! Forecast was favourable, and the waters were docile, so we just kept on going. Great decision! I...
3/9/2019 08:26 www.northernrangeradventures.com
Written in Sand...or Snow...
We got the call a few days after we landed back in La Paz. Preparations for our winter cruise south to La Cruz and parts beyond, and north up the Sea of Cortez, were well underway. Plans were in place for friends to fly down and join us for a few weeks, and we were going to meet up with our longtime cruising friends and spend time with them before they point the boat north and head back up to Canada. Our last Mexican holiday together... And then... the text messages. Parent ill... come home....
3/1/2019 11:41 www.youtube.com
N59CP walk through video with Garrett Severen
2/27/2019 19:00 www.youtube.com
New video: Nordhavn 60 OCEANZPIRIT
2/25/2019 14:42 comeonrover.com
20kw Northern Lights Generator Maintenance
We recently posted about attending the Northern Lights training class taught by Lugger Bob. Of course, after the class, the …
2/23/2019 02:13 www.southernstarnz.com
Life in the Keys
Life in the Keys photos Marathon life After a week in OPC we left Palm Beach at 0815 and stayed close to the shoreline, never more than 5-6 miles offshore. We passed Ft Lauderdale that afternoon and Miami just as it got dark. We moved a bit further offshore and paralleled the Florida Coast. We arrived in Marathon Florida about 28 hours later. We tucked into the small and very friendly marina on 31 Jan. We had a hiccup with the power supply at the dock. We plugged into the forward shore power...
2/22/2019 21:12 feeds.feedburner.com
Picking It Back Up
Nope — haven't written anything in a while, haven't taken any pics to speak of either, however, we've made the best of our time. Christmas in Jupiter was great; much better weather than Christmas in Memphis, and it was cool hangin' out on the boat up in Georgia. Mel's been hankering for some fall weather and Brunswick/St Simons did serve that up from time to time.
St Simons Sound Sunset
We rode out the thankfully benign hurricane season at Brunswick Landing then moved over to St Simons Island and Morningstar Marina for their view and breeze. We like spending time in Glynn County, the local culture is comfortable and the local restaurants are good— especially after Labor Day.
Maggie Mae's downtown Brunswick serves a blue-ribbon country style breakfast and the service is sincerely old school southern. Fox's Pizza is good too, but never pass up Willy's Wee-Nee Wagon and their Pork Chop Sandwich. It's in the hood which gives it authenticity and street cred. (Some cruisers we spoke with ...
2/16/2019 22:57 comeonrover.com
It’s 2019. February even. And we haven’t posted a thing to this blog. It isn’t that we haven’t been busy …
2/15/2019 15:19 comeonrover.com
Fun with Lugger Bob in his Northern Lights Diesel Class
For years we’ve heard about Lugger Bob’s Northern Lights training classes (link here) and knew we wanted to attend. The …
2/15/2019 11:24 www.southernstarnz.com
Brunswick to South Florida
Onward to Florida Auto Pilot and provisioning. We finally got unstuck from Velcro marina, and departed Brunswick about 1230 pm on Tuesday 15th Jan. We had 240 miles to go, and went offshore the entire route. The trip was good. We had the winds behind us, with 4-6 seas. The backup auto pilot worked okay. It did meander a bit in the larger following seas, but we did not need to hand steer. The trip was pretty routine, except that we planned to arrive in Stuart about mid-day, failing to think tha...
1/17/2019 20:00 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Video: N100 SERENITY
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WHY SO MANY KIWIS AND AUSSIES CRUISE THE MED
This is an edited version of our article recently published in Pacific PowerBoat magazine
Travel not to escape life but so life doesn’t escape you
You don't have to cruise far in the Med to come across a yacht flying the Silver Fern or Boxing Kangaroo flag from its yardarm. I say “yacht” deliberately because the vast majority of Australasian Med cruisers are found aboard sailing yachts (including many catamarans) and rarely aboard motor vessels. Most of the cruisers we meet are retired couples aged in their 50s on who've bought their new or pre-owned boats in Europe.
Here there are many more boats for sale and consequently more choice and cheaper prices.
Some cruisers plan to ship or sail their boats home, although if you are planning this you need to consider the total cost of getting your boat back to Australasia including GST and duty.
There's also a far smaller number of cruisers who've sailed their boats to the Med either as their destination or as part of a circumnavigati...
1/14/2019 13:15 mv-ghostrider.blogspot.com
Dec 2018 / Jan 2019: Holiday Time in Fort Myers
Winter in Our Fort Myers Condo is....PleasantHappy New Year! Since arriving back in Fort Myers back in late November we’ve grown accustomed to being dirt-dwellers once again, thoroughly enjoying time in our waterfront condo and visits from daughter Suzi, Chelle’s mom, and Rick’s sister and brother-in-law. Southwest Florida is simply a fabulous place to enjoy the winter holidays and long overdue family visits.
It also occurred to us that with all the travels and blogging during the past year we had forgotten to mention a second interview we had conducted with James Ellingford of N62 Pendana fame, way back in June 2018. For those of you who have not had a chance to browse through that exchange, you can find it by clicking HERE.
The Healthpark Hospital Lobby Looks More Like a Hotel but We
Would Have Preferred to be Elsewhere in DecemberWe had hoped to use the month of December to resolve the few problems that had arisen during our November return to Fort Myers, but t...
1/11/2019 19:51 www.mvduet.com
Duet Completes Her Pacific Crossing
Duet has arrived safely in Australia, thereby completing her crossing of the Pacific Ocean, which began almost two years ago in Mexico. The planning began long before that, but we actually left terra firma on March 17th, 2017. We arrived in Brisbane January 9, 2019, having traveled some 8,492 nautical miles (10,200 statute miles) from our departure port in Mexico. During this journey we spent 46 nights at sea, the longest leg was from Mexico to the Marquesas, which took 17 days. We added 1...
1/9/2019 14:36 feeds.feedburner.com
WE MEET THE OWNERS OF STARLET
A couple of weeks back we had the huge pleasure of meeting Mark and Jennifer, the American owners of N46 Starlet, currently in Auckland's Westhaven marina.
They purchased Starlet in the States then cruised across the Atlantic to explore the Med, cruised back across the Atlantic to the States, then across the Pacific to New Zealand.
Being very keen scuba divers they had a very leisurely cruise across the Pacific stopping not only at some of the well-known islands but also at many remote reefs to dive.
Built about ten years after Envoy, Starlet is a magnificent vessel and a credit to her owners. She has a different layout to Envoy, the main variations being her forward main stateroom (Envoy's is amidships), wider galley layout, a flybridge above the pilothouse and a boarding platform (making diving a lot easier).
Starlet also has no stair access from the pilothouse to the the forward stateroom, making for more space in the pilothouse. We also liked her carpeted saloon and stairway ...
1/7/2019 20:46 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
The Breakdown Cruise Continues (7-17catch-up)
We moved north fairly quickly making our way to Washington DC. It’s a long trip up the Potomac River. We anchored on the way and the “breakdown” cruise did not disappoint. While in Norfolk replaced the washdown pump located just under the forward stateroom bed. It was leaking slightly and water was making its way onto the stateroom sole. The new pump leaked WORSE! This time the repair included a fabricated catch basin draining to the bilge. Will see how long this pump rebuild lasts. (The picture at the opening of the blog displays the washdown pump capability).
While in Washington we got a visit from a financial planner who we have worked with for years. Conservative guy, who dinghied out to us on a mooring ball and saw first hand were we lived and spent our money. Sure he still thinks or is perhaps more convinced we are nuts! Keela seems to think all is good.
Visiting the Holocaust museum was moving and sobering. Man’s inhumanity to man is staggering and on tha...
1/7/2019 10:38 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn Video: N86 MYSTIC TIDE video tour
1/4/2019 05:18 www.southernstarnz.com
York River to Brunswick
Velcro Marina photos Weather dictated that we would again do the Norfolk-Beaufort trip inside down the intracoastal. We have this pretty much on auto now, and apart from frustrating delays at the Gilmerton bridges the first day, and at the Great Bridge Lock the second day, the first three days were uneventful. We were hailed by our friends on Sabbatical who were at AYB as we passed by. We hadn't seen them since Washington DC last year. The end of the third day we arrived at one of our favouri...
1/2/2019 15:01 www.kensblog.com
[KensBlog] Boatless in Seattle
Greetings all! They say the two happiest days in a boaters life are: 1) The day they take delivery of a new boat 2) The day they sell the boat I can confirm the first of these sayings, but am struggling with the second. Sans Souci, our beautiful Nordhavn 68, now has a new owner. We are proud that Sans Souci's reputation, extensive upgrades and amazing condition allowed her to sell so quickly, but sorry to see her go. The closest analogue to this mixture of sadness and joy would be when we se...
12/26/2018 13:53 www.mvduet.com
Duet Arrives In Australia
Duet arrived safely in Bundaberg, Australia on December 22nd, traveling directly from Fiji, with a brief stop in New Caledonia to avoid some weather. The trip from Fiji to New Caledonia took approximately 4.5 days, including 8 hours keeping station overnight outside the entrance to the New Caledonia lagoon, which we weren't comfortable entering in the dark. The journey was 745 miles, Duet averaged 7.1 knots and delivered 1.79NMPG. Conditions were bumpy on departure from Fiji, with SE winds to 25...
12/21/2018 04:25 www.southernstarnz.com
New York to York River
?New York to York River??? Weather was predicted to be good for 24 hours and then winds were building from the southeast. This suggested that we could get from Staten Island, along the New Jersey coast and through Cape May before the wind turned which would then blow us up the Delaware River. We timed our departure from Staten Island to align with a daybreak arrival into Cape May, and the full day up the river before taking a marina inside the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Our trip along the J...
12/16/2018 15:41 www.mvtanglewood.com
Ladder Molded into Hull
There has been some good discussion and suggestions on the toe pockets that I molded into the hull to serve as a ladder for getting to and from the tender. Toe pockets forming a ladder to access tender from foredeck For reference, the pockets are 10" wide and 4" high. At least that's what the drawing shows. I haven't actually measured them. And the depth is unknown. I asked for them to
12/16/2018 09:56 www.mvtanglewood.com
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, What's the Fairest Engine of All
I received a lot of questions about our Scania main engine and the thinking behind the decision, so here goes. First, none of the engine choices we had would have been bad. In fact, all are excellent engines with great reputation, and I wouldn't reject any boat just because it had one of these engines. Quite the opposite. But when faced with a blank (or almost blank) sheet of paper, the
12/15/2018 15:29 feeds.feedburner.com
OUR LAST DAYS ABOARD ENVOY
Envoy is in winter storage in Lefkas Marina, Greece and we are home in Auckland.
In late October we cruise back into Greece's Lefkas Marina with my brother Charles still aboard.
The weather is still great and totally suitable for cruising, though it generally deteriorates rapidly during November.
Although we had our smaller “spare” Raymarine radar serviced in August and the fluorescent back lighting replaced with LEDs the screen is still too hard to see, even at night. So we take it back to Dieter at Metronix and he tells us what we expected to hear; that the unit is from the early 2000s and old not only in years but in technology, being an LCD screen. The latest similar-sized units have a GPS/Plotter included so will solve the problem of replacing our failed Northstar GPS too. Also they support AIS which neither of our present radars do. So Dieter visits Envoy to check installation costs and quotes us for an Axiom 7 Display unit, Quantum Q24C Radar, Navionics charts for the plotte...
12/15/2018 10:45 www.mvtanglewood.com
Some Modifications We Are Making
We are making a variety of changes to the "standard" N68, though that's kind of a meaningless statement since there really is no "standard". The running joke is that if you've seen one Nordhavn, you've seen one Nordhavn. They are all different, and that's one of the key features of the brand and company, at least for us. This post will focus on some of the more noteworthy changes
12/14/2018 05:43 www.southernstarnz.com
Block Island to NYC
?NYC pictures??? Block Island was closed for the winter season. Literally it was closed. We were planning to grab a mooring for a few days, but all of the moorings were gone, only small orange floats left behind. We tried to contact the marina that rented the moorings. No answer on VHF or on the phone. We called another marina and were told that the marina was closed and the moorings were removed, and no private moorings were available. He had space in his marina, if we wished. We decided to an...
12/14/2018 03:11 www.mvtanglewood.com
More Molds, More Progress
I've just complete my first visit to Ta Shing Yacht Builders in Tainan, Taiwan. I'll spare the travelog, and just say I really like Taiwan, and Ta Shing's hospitality is second to none. Thank you Ta Shing!! Progress continues molding other parts of the boat. The hull that we followed in the last blog entry covered the creation of the hull, but that's just the beginning of the structural
12/10/2018 13:34 feeds.feedburner.com
Greenland - Land of Unending Ice
Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa
12/6/2018 08:29 www.youtube.com
Dubai Desert Safari, November 2018 (MV Dirona Channel)
12/6/2018 07:28 worknotatlast.blogspot.com
Running Inside on the ICW ( Catch-up 6/17/18)
Mary, Keela and I continued the run north on the inside.
Anchoring just south of Coinjock at Lutz creek we awoke to find the boat covered in bugs. Locals refer to them as “Fuzzy Wags”. Thank heaven they did not bite. They were so thick they clogged the deck drains and left green smudges everywhere.
We enjoyed a stop at Coinjock for prime rib and pie. It’s an interesting place made special by the family ownership. It’s a “wide spot on the ICW” that draws a tremendous number of cruisers each year. 1200’ of dock space often filled wall to wall. Good fuel stop but famous for the prime rib. Land lubbers from all around also flock to the restaurant. Reservations are encouraged and you MUST reserve your prime rib cut ahead of time to be assured it’s available. One of the many highlights of an ICW trip.
Sheltered Slip between float-in shedsNext stop was Atlantic Yacht Basin in Chesapeake. Established in 1936 it’s a major hurricane hole (we weathered hurricane Mathew a...
12/5/2018 20:16 feeds.feedburner.com
ENVOY HEADS SOUTH FROM CORFU
Envoy is berthed at Lefkas Marina, Greece and we are home in Auckland.
Beautiful gardens of beachside bar at Petriti on Corfu
Envoy anchored at Ormos Imerolia, northern Corfu with RHIB alongside jetty
This Selene trawler anchored nearby
This unusual "yellow submarine" came by with some tourists
Cruising around Corfu I hear a couple of knocking noises while under way and initially think the noise is caused by waves crashing against the hull. But it doesn't sound right and we soon establish that the port side Naiad stabilisers are making a slight knocking noise when Envoy is in larger waves (much of the time it's been too calm to need to use the stabilisers so we hadn't noticed this issue).
We send a brief audio-visual video clip of this to Internaftiki – the Naiad agents here.
They ask us to do some further tests by disconnecting the arm from the potentiometer that controls the stabiliser fin movement so that we could move the arm and therefore the fins by hand.
12/4/2018 21:03 www.mvtanglewood.com
Nordhavn 68 Build Underway
It's hard to believe that it's been a full year since we signed the contract to build Nordhavn 6837. And a full year and a half since we decided to move forward with the project. In that time we moved off our Nordhavn 60, sold it, refined the specifications for the 68, did some travel to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and caught up on a number of other projects. Oh yes, and our 68 build
12/3/2018 14:00 www.youtube.com
N60#75 "Morning Dew" - Sea Trial and Training