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7/15/2019 14:41 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
FULL TIME CRUISING
It's been a complicated year, back and forth between the boat in Portland and home base in Las Vegas. We have lost count of how many times we've driven the the miles back and forth. Nevertheless, we are caring out "the plan of the day"! Our cruise South to the Sea of Cortez is now on the horizon. And we are underway!
All the details of leaving home for an undetermined amount of time are accomplished! Some of which was on the three page check list were;
Time with family and friends, multiple doctor visits (blood work, dental, dermo, rx, f/up's
Financial and banking concerns, auto pays, card expiration dates, travel alerts, etc.
Insurance modifications; cruising areas, home, rental property, automobile (DMV), etc.
Last Will & Trust, Health Care Instructions, DNR's
Personal taxes, property taxes, USPS mail forwarding service
Auto storage, home interior and landscapes maintenance
FedX shipping, flight arrangements w/pet and extensive packing
We found Patches...
7/11/2019 20:43 furthur.talkspot.com
Smile Smile Smile
Smile Smile Smile, So the Grateful Dead song goes and so we did. One of the few things I really miss, even yearn for in the States would be attending the Dead shows. I download the newest ones, watch the videos, and smile at all the pictures my friends post of the shows. So, when I saw there was a real Grateful Dead music festival in nearby Japan, I started the wheels turning. We like to take go out of the country every year and now enjoy taking Priam, fortunately his school also sees the ...
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7/8/2019 12:35 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking 102F - Docking Bow In
Having covered the basics of docking a large, single screw vessel on a side tie, we now use the same techniques to dock bow in to a slip. Watch this episode here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EH9AAs6-Y3A&t=2s Enjoy! Douglas Cochrane...
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4/9/2019 19:57 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
READY FOR 2019 MEXICO
The preparations for our trip south to Mexico (and beyond) started in 2018.
We had a diver come out to survey the hull and replace zincs.
The tender was hauled out and serviced. Personal doctor and vet visits.
John changed the oil, had a new hydraulic steering ram installed,
and made new shade covers for warm weather.
Constant repairs, improvements and replacements!
Inventory lists, lots of cleaning, all kinds of stuff!
And let's not forget the fact that SEA Magazine featured our summer
Columbia River trip in the January 2019 issue. Almost famous!
We spent two months transitioning the locks and dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers east to Idaho.
At rest in our new slip Salpare Bay Marina on Hayden Island, Portland, OR.
John changing the oil in his massive engine room.
....and the projects continue with replacing zincs.
We hired a serious hunk of a diver!
Just some of the pantry. I label the lids with a sharpie,
contents and expiration date. M...
2/20/2019 19:10 furthur.talkspot.com
9 Year Report, The Crew
For nine years I have been sharing the Furthur Adventure with a long and diverse list of crew members. Opening the boat up to young travelers gave me experiences that most cruisers do not get. I learned about countries I will not see, cultures and traditions they brought to Furthur are still there. I also experienced a connection with younger people a childless man my age does not get in the USA. Some were brief and now forgotten, some extensive and close friends to this day, one gal was on the ...
2/20/2019 11:19 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
Other excursions FALL 2018
Monday, July 9th was our last stop over of our two month cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We traversed our last lock at the Bonneville Dam heading west toward! The weather was perfect through Hood River! Kay and I looked forward to hiking Beacon Rock once more before heading home. The guys looked forward to a cold one and dinner on the dock.
Atop Beacon Rock with the Bonneville Dam in the distance.
A great day for a hike, this time without the cold wind!
Beacon Rock State Park, Oregon
John is back to business, changing the oil on his Cummins.
We head to Cathlamet for Bald Eagle Days in one week!
Another fine sunset at home.
Mariner's pizza night!
One of Bald Eagle Day's main events.
Honoring the Veterans!
Stars and Stripes forever!
Mermaid float and all!
Fun and games in the shade off our stern.
Bald Eagle Days firework display Cathlamet style.
Sweet wooden trawler.
Celebrated a special day with a July family cruise t...
2/19/2019 21:34 furthur.talkspot.com
9 Year Report, the boat
As Furthur enters her tenth year of travels in exotic places, let us see how the old gal is doing. The relatively trouble-free Cummins engine is still purring along happily. To date I have only replaced one non-maintenance part, the pre injector fuel pump. I did have some problems with the injectors on the generator leaking but replacing a tiny copper ring solved that one. The only real angst came from the digital read out systems of the engine, the Smartcraft screens simply became unreadabl...
2/12/2019 14:00 kosmos.liveflux.net
Welcome to the Kosmos Travel Log. All the stories from our 2007-2009 global circumnavigation aboard Kosmos are here, as well surrounding stories. There are over 800 posts covering all kinds of topics. Some good places to start: Original Plan Highlights … Continue reading →
2/12/2019 10:55 kosmos.liveflux.net
February 2019 Update on Us
Our big news is that we have moved back to San Diego! The San Francisco Bay Area was nice, and we did enjoy the boating up there, but we are deeply rooted in San Diego. Eric has returned to work … Continue reading →
12/22/2018 12:20 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
HELLS CANYON and the trip back downriver
This summers trip was much shorter than the previous years. The goal was to get some experience going through the locks and that we did. 4 locks on the Columbia River and 4 locks on the Snake River, which had to be done twice in order to get our boats back to home port. After provisioning we set out on May 23rd. This was by no means a speed run. We arrived at Hells Canyon Resort and Marina June 18th, 46* 25.3'N 117* 4.4'W. At our moorage in Clarkston, Washington, we were within minutes from Lewiston, Idaho. We enjoyed an entire week milling about the Lewis and Clark history there, visiting breweries, museums making friends and mapping out the river bottom for our shallow departure.
The last lock at Lower Granite Dam
735 feet above sea level.
Moored at Hells Canyon Resort, Clarkston, Washington to the west and Lewiston, Idaho to the east. Was Pairadice the first Selene to travel this far up the Snake?
This was very shallow, but we made it!
Hells Canyon Resort and Marina off...
12/10/2018 21:12 furthur.talkspot.com
the voyage 9 year report
Once again, I ponder the wonders of my life as we enter the tenth year of cruising full time in paradise. This past year brought us to many familiar new places and a few new ones. Easy living and great new adventures. We started working on the boat and enjoying Subic Bay where we sit in the marina for the 'rainy season'. This gives us time to do some land travel and enjoy the decadence of civilization. I even found a spa with sauna and jacuzzi nearby. November sent us on a new and most won...
10/17/2018 07:33 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking 102E - 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!...
10/2/2018 18:44 www.mvmobyduck.com
On the various forums I am a member of people constantly ask about annual operating costs. On the Nordhavn Dreamers site owners constantly quote the 10 percent figure. Meaning you will spend 10 percent of the value of your boat annually to maintain and cruise it. I always get a good laugh about that. As you delve into the figures you realize they spend most of their time in marinas versus at anchor, fly home frequently, pay someone to do most of their maintanence and waste money on things li...
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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 ...
8/31/2018 19:24 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
ON TO THE SNAKE RIVER, more locks and docks...
Once rested up, provisioned and all that jazz... we left Kennewick and headed up the Snake River through four more locks at dams, arriving in Hells Canyon Resort and Marina.
On the Columbia at Tri Cities, WA
Our transient moorage on Clover Island, Port of Kennewick.
Monday, June 11 Day 20 - Kennewick, WA to Fish Hook Marine Park via Ice Harbor Dam and Lock. Checked out of the marina with a very nice swag bag gift from the yacht club!
Bring on the swag!
Another rail bridge lift.
Back tracked under the long Suspension Bridge and entered the Snake River. Navigated the Ice Harbor Lock on the Dam at high noon. Our destination was Fish Hook Marine Park, where we throughly enjoyed our overnight.
Beautiful day for a cruise!
Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, the 1st dam on the Snake River, 100' lift.
Ice Harbor Lock has a guillotine style door sliding vertically.
Leaving the lock, heading to our overnight at Fish Hook.
The guys relaxing at our moorage.
Once secure at Fish Hook,...
8/14/2018 11:59 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
PORT OF KENNEWICK
Day 12 - Sunday June 3rd Umatilla to Port of Kennewick navigating the McNary lock (88' lift) at the dam. Each lock keeps getting easier.
Our navigation aides.
McNary Lock (I think...it's kinds a blur now)
I have verified, this is June 3rd the McNary Lock.
Alaskan Sea-Duction leaving the lock.
Lunch in the pilot house waiting and waiting for the rail bridge lift heading for Kennewick.
Finally, we got the green light. It was a long wait. 45 minutes I think.
Rail bridge lift with the Suspension Bridge in the background.
I will never tire of photographing all these amazing bridges in the PNW.
We were greeted on the dock on Clover Island in Kennewick by another Trawler Forum friend of the guys named Eric. He graciously helped with our starboard side ties at the guest dock behind the boat houses. $15 per night! He hung out a while and they guys swapped stories over cold ones while Kay and I got ready to go out to Cedars for dinner! Dam the bad luck! We highly recommend Ceda...
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....
7/31/2018 18:48 www.mvmobyduck.com
New Moby Duck Video on youtube.com
Go to youtube.com and type 'Diesel Duck 462 Moby Duck' in the search field and you will go right to the video....
7/29/2018 12:30 www.mvmobyduck.com
Moby Duck for sale and the sale process so far.
Having both bought and sold 9 boats over the years I thought I knew what to expect. But, people never cease to amaze me. First, the great news is that everyone who has looked at Moby Duck loves it. It is a very unique boat with nothing like it on the market. That being said, it is the type of boat that requires a life style change. At a cruising speed of 6 knots you are not going to go anywhere fast. With it's 8000 mile range and bullet proof and energy efficient construction and systems i...
7/27/2018 10:25 nextdanceblog.com
We made our way to Stuart, FL and were watching the weather forecasts, awaiting for a good “weather window” to make our crossing to the Bahamas. We originally thought that we would be departing from the Lake Worth or West … Continue reading →
7/15/2018 15:04 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
START OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER PASSAGE 2018
We arrived back on Pairadice the afternoon of Thursday, May 17th. We spent the week visiting family and seeing to maintenance and provisions. The team meeting with the crew of Alaskan Sea-Duction was accomplished and the plan set in place in April. They left Longview, WA on Tuesday the 22nd, fueling in St. Helenes, OR.
Home is Salpare Bay Marina on Hayden Island, Portland, OR.
Patches is learning to be a boat doggie!
Day 1 - Wednesday May 23rd. We left Portland, OR, the following day fueling on Hayden Island, prior to meeting ASD on Government Island to spend the night before the official start of our Columbia River Trip up the Snake River to Lewingston, Idaho. Met Tom and Kay on Alaskan Sea-Duction on Government Island for the night.
Alaskan Sea-Duction and Pairadice at Government Island for the
team meeting, BBQ and overnighter.
John and Kay, and the adventure begins.
ASD's moorage in the sunset.
Day 2 - Thursday May 24 Government Island to Beaco...
7/5/2018 08:29 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking 102C - Pivoting the Boat
In this video, we expand on the use of Prop Effects, discussed in 102B, to learn to pivot the boat in its own length. We will use Prop Walk and Prop Wash to spin the boat without moving forward or backward more than a few feet. This is a useful skill as it makes it possible to maneuver in tight quarters, such as in a narrow fairway in a marina. See it here: ?Pivoting the Boat???...
6/2/2018 13:19 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
2018 and THE 5 YEAR PLAN
Change comes with every New Year. 2018 finds us with new challenges. Number One is getting back to the boat and accomplishing our summer plans. Before that can be done many decisions had to made and an action timeline put in place. This is apparently ongoing, regardless of what year it is:-) In fact, that is what keeps us happy and healthy!
This is our 4th year owning our 47' Selene Ocean Trawler, Pairadice which we keep in Portland. 2015 was the purchase and refit. 2016 we accomplished our first Columbia Bar crossing, heading north and explored the the Inside Passage of Canada. 2017 found us passing by the familiar territory of Canada to explore Alaska, and fill the freezer with fish! And that we did!
Our plan for 2018 is underway on the Columbia and Snake Rivers to Idaho. We are currently in progress... traversing and gaining experiencing many locks! I am tardy with this post. Stay tuned while I try to catch up!
The plan for 2019 is leaving the Columbia River and heading south! E...
5/24/2018 07:06 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking 102B - "The Prop"
The second video in our series on the Physics of Docking is a discussion of how the propeller can be used to rotate the boat around in tight quarters. We also offer some exercises to try on your own boat to learn boat handling skills when maneuvering around the docks. Check it out here: Physics of Docking 102B - The Prop...
5/1/2018 05:17 www.cochranesadrift.com
Physics of Docking 102-A "Center of Balance"
How Does the Center of Balance Affect Docking? Welcome to The Physics of Docking 102A. This is the first in a series of short videos that demonstrate many aspects of safe docking. We used cameras at the helm and in the air to show how various actions affect the movements of a boat during docking. We also suggest a number of exercises that you can practice on your own boat to improve your boat handling skills. This video addresses Center of Balance. All boats have a center point that they pivot...
4/25/2018 10:35 kosmos.liveflux.net
April 2018 Update on Us
This weekend, Nordhavn is throwing an event at their corporate office in Dana Point to celebrate their 40 year anniversary. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend. Its extra-sad because Saturday, April 28 is the 11 year anniversary of when … Continue reading →
4/12/2018 13:06 nextdanceblog.com
2017 Adventure Continued . . .
I wish we had a good excuse for not having updating this blog more frequently, but we don’t. So, here we go . . . a lot has happened! As I write this, April 2018, we are living in Denver, … Continue reading →
4/12/2018 09:54 nextdanceblog.com
A Year and More of Catching Up!
Wow! It has been a very long time since this blog was updated. Somehow we have managed to not find the time – more like the incentive to update this very overdue blog. We did last post on our trip … Continue reading →
2/24/2018 11:10 furthur.talkspot.com
The Great Selene Rendezvous
It was a chilly day at the 2003 Seattle Boat Show when Kathy and John Youngblood boarded their first Selene. I greeted them aboard, and we began the journey that would take us both half way around the world. The Youngbloods had not owned a boat nor had much experience but they had dreams, big dreams, of taking a trawler to the far reaches of the globe, dreams they shared together for years. Both had done their homework, studying all the facets of long range voyaging under power. We wrote the...
2/17/2018 12:20 furthur.talkspot.com
8 Year Report, the Captain
This is the report I save until last, and it has the least real information, but it is my favorite to do, and the hardest. I look back at the last year and go wow! The things I have learned and experienced in this life changing year. We have centered our cruising range down quite a bit, the central part of the Philippines has become our home, marina bound half the year and cruising the other half. This has brought back some missing grounding. Now I have friends I see often and regularly, no...
2/4/2018 21:51 furthur.talkspot.com
8 Year Report: the Boat
The year for the boat started with leaving Subic Bay for the Holidays and a six-month cruise. We soon discovered an unsolved drain in the DC side, causing havoc with our battery storage. We replaced the last of the older batteries and after sure it was not more, added two more 8d Trojan AGM batteries for a total of 6. We are now officially a middle-aged boat, twelve years of very hard service. We often put on more hours in a year than most do in ten. Knowing there are things with specific ...
2/2/2018 16:28 furthur.talkspot.com
The Crew, 8 Year Report
This was Donna’s third year on the boat, in which time she has mastered most of the procedures and ways of life afloat. She has also developed a real love for our life style. Fact is she gets antsy when we stay in the marina too long, she likes cruising. She had truly become my first mate. We did have several crew members join us, the one thing I really need to have is a good dive partner, so now I only take experienced divers. Again, we were blessed with a couple of great gals who fit right ...
1/25/2018 11:34 furthur.talkspot.com
8 Year Report, the Voyage
Each year, at this time, I reflect on the Furthur Adventure and where it has gone, the boat, the crew and the captain. 8 years ago, September, a scared shitless, nervous, excited and thrilled guy left his lifelong home, a place he loved, and set out to the unknown. Eight years later I have never regretted a thing and keep living the adventure. This year our adventure started in a familiar place, the Subic Bay Yacht club, where we do boat work and sit out the rainy/typhoon season. We left in...
12/31/2017 12:07 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
2017 TRIP SUMMARY AND LESSONS LEARNED
Trip Summary and Lessons learned, Alaska 2017
At anchor in Tracy Arm. (Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness)
This was during a day cruise in the Arm to Sawyer Glacier.
We launched the dingy to get up close and personal.
We set anchor outside the Arm at No Name Cove for the night.
We have just finished our second extended cruise that started from our homeport of Salpare Bay Marina in Portland, Oregon. After traveling west on the Columbia River, we traveled north 15 miles off the Washington coast, through Pugent Sound, up through the inside passage of Canada, as far north as you can go in SE Alaska before turning around and heading south, ultimately returning to our homeport 166 days later.
.....and during a calving event.
We got the trawler tender in reverse immediately!
You can read all the books, tech manuals, instruction books, discussions on forums and picking the brains of all those that have done extended cruises before, however, until you do a cruise of this dis...
12/27/2017 12:02 furthur.talkspot.com
Balls Birds Boxing and Babes
Each culture is marked by its favorite events and sports. One cannot think of the USA without an image of raging football fans with painted bare bellies or the World Series. Europe has its football, Australia has rugby and so on. Here in the Philippines four very different events make the culture what it is and divines its people. I was not a tall boy, that has not changed, so I assumed basketball was not my game, never learned the basics, leaving that for my more elevated buddies. But her...
12/26/2017 12:03 furthur.talkspot.com
The Sound of Music
One of the few things I truly miss not living in the modern world, live professional musical theater. I have always had a passion for musical theater, even in my youth. My folks took me kicking and screaming to see Yule Brenner in the King and I and I have been hooked ever since. If I had to list my favorites, West Side Story and the Sound of Music would be at the top of a long list. So, when I read a real London production of both shows was coming to Manila, I jumped and bought ticket months...
12/23/2017 13:35 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
STOP OVERS SOUTH THROUGH CANADA
I did get very behind with blog entries, didn't I. This is an attempt to catch up :-)
We left Ketchikan August 18th in a bit of a rush. The weather reports had changed.
It was time to go if we were to make Foggy Bay for anchorage tonight.
Green Island Light Station off of Dundas Island
Heading south, we planned on staying the night anchored in a place called Foggy Bay, which is the only hide out between Ketchikan and Prince Rupert. However, as we passed by the bay entrance the radio traffic informed us that it was pretty full, so we pushed on to Prince Rupert.
Cruise ship docking in Prince Ruppert
Pairadice and Manatee after the dockmaster asked us to move in order to make room for larger yachts.
The Cow Bay Cafe
Prince Rupert Courthouse
Another mega yacht parking for the evening.
Leaving Prince Rupert, heading south through the trench.
More waterfalls along the trench.
Determining where to set anchor in Lowe Inlet, B.C.
The waterfall at Lowe Inlet was a very ni...
11/16/2017 13:10 furthur.talkspot.com
All You Need is Love
As most know my motto, and one I have strived to live by, is Make Your Dream Your Story. My life is a testament to the metamorphosis from dream to reality. I also preach that we should not be ruled by our fears. Ah but my life experience created a significant and justifiable fear of being married. Frankly it has been the single worst experience of my life, so why on earth would I want to do it again? Ergo the conflict I have been dueling for the last year. To understand the conflict, one mus...
11/15/2017 11:55 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
FINAL DAYS IN ALASKA
Monday, August 7th (Day 115) Ketchikan, Alaska
We had begun getting things in order for our departure from Ketchikan.
It was a beautiful day for housekeeping, fueling the boat and grilling steaks.
Tuesday, while shopping, I ran into Kim and Eric on Gladiator.
That evening, the six of us enjoyed a hot link dinner party on Pairadice.
The following day, the guys took advantage of the sunshine with fishing
while awaiting parts for Alaskan Sea-Ductions windlass.
The consuming task of cleaning the catch...
The fish cleaning station at South Bar Marina, Ketchikan, Alaska.
Tom showing off his CoHo Salmon filets.
On to the packaging process.
That was a lot of salmon for one day! Yummy!
Hope there is still room in the freezer.
Kim and Eric hosted happy hour on Gladiator on Thursday.
They were to leave the following morning.
Our friends Kim and Eric from Portland.
Imagine running into them over and over traveling through Alaska and Canadian.
Another Alaskan sunset.
11/12/2017 18:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
My thoughts on the (near) perfect drive train for your boat
I am a member of the Nordhavn Dreamers group and the Nordhavn owners group. There is a lot of good information there from a lot of knowledgable people including industry experts like Bob Senter and Steve D'Antonio who frequently contribute. I loved my Nordhavn 55 and might someday own another Nordhavn and like to keep in touch. There has been a long discussion recently in the group regarding engine and prop configurations. Most Nordhavns have too large of an engine. On long voyages they are usin...
10/30/2017 10:44 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
Friday, July 28th Day 106 Ketchikan, AK South Bar Harbor Marina
Plans changed this morning when we listened to the weather on the VHF during breakfast. Winds were projected to pick up beyond 20 knots. We put a plan in place to leave for Misty Fiords this afternoon. The weather was more favorable today for going through Behm Canal. Kay and I toted the wagons to the market for a huge purchase of last minute provisions. Tom and I got are steps in fast tracking to the US Forest Service for Misty Fiords maps on our way to the airport ferry terminal to swoop up our guests. My friend, Julie, was visiting Pairadice for a week and Alaskan Sea-Duction had Tom's daughter, Sam, aboard. WhooHoo! We planned a circumnavigation of Revillagigedo Island. And it was raining again....
Alaskan Sea-Duction and Pairadice moored in Ketchikan.
We have great respect for the USCG!
Tom and I met Julie and Sam at Ketchikan airport and we taxied back to South Bar Marina in the rain. Once down on the dock...
9/30/2017 14:09 www.mvmobyduck.com
10 day California Channel Islands trip report and Boat still for sale!
After sitting at home recuperating from a major illness for many months it was time to say 'screw this' and head out on the boat again. I cannot think of a better way to recuperate than cruising the offshore islands. Crystal clear water for diving and swimming, hiking on the mostly uninhabited islands and just relaxing with a good book is exactly what I needed. I am still recuperating physically after 7 hours on the operating table, and a long hospital stay and the worst three months of my life ...
8/22/2017 18:56 furthur.talkspot.com
FIESTA TIME! And a BIG SURPRISE
Fiesta Time This is my 3rd year returning to Donna’s village for their Fiesta, honoring the patron Saint, San Ignacio. I look forward to this every year. We take a 3 day motorcycle ride getting here, which forces us to go thru Manila, the traffic Hell on earth. This year we out smarted the traffic, did the first leg getting right to the outskirts of the massive city, then transitioned at 4 am on a Sunday, albeit in the rain. It worked, zip and thru we went. The rest of the trip to the sou...
8/20/2017 12:04 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
By now, those of you who look for posts on the blog and facebook, have a pretty good idea of what off the grid means. Once we leave Ketchikan to head south (via a favorable "weather window" we will once again be "off the grid". Considering where we are traveling here in Alaska and back through Canada there is seldom cell service or wifi! I have so many wonderfully interesting experiences to share. They continue to mount everyday... it is hard to even keep the ships log current. I have resorted to bullet entries in the log. We stay very busy with all there is to see, do, transit, repair and maintain.
Be assured I will be posting a full account of our voyage to and from Southeast Alaska. It may not start happening until we reach the lower 48... which translates to September. We plan to spend August in Canada, hoping for a leisurely cruise down the Pacific Coast. Lets all hope the weather Gods have the same plan!
Some of the blog entries you can look forward too will include:
8/17/2017 15:12 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
TIME IN CHATHAM STRAIT
Thursday July 6th (day 84) we arrived in Red Bluff Bay and actually enjoyed this anchorage and the fishing and crabbing for six days.
Cascading waterfalls in Red Bluff Bay.
This became one of our favorite anchorages.
Today's catch was 29 spotted prawns from a single over night soak.
Early morning views of the mouth of Red Bluff Bay.
John visiting Alaskan Sea-Duction with his dingy.
View of the fresh water river inlet at the head of Red Bluff Bay.
This is referred to as Bear Mud Flats.
The mega yachts continued to come and go.
More fishing equaled two more halibut. One each for John and Tom.
Halibut filets ready to be bagged, sealed and frozen.
Returning with more prawns, in the rain of course.
Anchor up. Time to move the boats.
Our "trawler tender" in tow behind the mothership heading to Warm Springs Bay.
Wednesday, July 12th Day 90 Warm Springs Bay, Barnof Island
Pairadice and Alaskan Sea-Duction on the public dock at Warm Springs Bay.
The BEWARE OF BE...
8/12/2017 14:03 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
4TH OF JULY IN WRANGELL, AK
Thursday, June 29th Day 76 Portage Bay to Wrangell, AK via Wrangell Narrows
We were up early again, lifting the kelp infested anchor at 7:30 as scheduled. It was a nice morning. John plotted the course and he negotiated the shoals with ease, leaving our overnight anchorage of Portage Bay. I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast as we headed toward Wrangell Narrows.
The Narrows extend in a general north / south direction for 21 miles between Mitkof Island to the east, Lindenberg Peninsula and Woewodski Island to the west. The channel is narrow and intricate, between dangerous ledges and flats, and strong tidal currents. The entire passage is heavily marked with an extensive system of lights, day beacons and buoys to guide you through. I think it should be called the Wrangell Narrow Shallows! It is very slow going and tedious for the skipper. The velocity of the current can reach 4 to 5 knots. The cruise ships, ferries, barges, fisherman using this channel make it somewhat stressful. 21...
8/10/2017 14:19 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
JUNEAU / SKAGWAY
Thursday, June 15th Day 62 No Name Cove to Juneau, AK
We were up early again, coffee, cereal, yogurt and fruit. After breakfast we headed out from our anchorage at “No Name Cove” early. We stopped outside the bay, among the icebergs to fish for halibut today. I took a morning nap while John fished. Neither boats caught anything. Oh well.
Today we headed for Juneau, actually a civilized town with all the amenities. We did know that we will have wifi, internet and cell service.... and the tourista thing! What a treat! The marvelous day we had yesterday, in the Tracy Arm ice field to the North Sawyer Glacier has not worn off yet. It was truly amazing!!!
Nice glamour shot of Red Rover, anchored in "No Name Cove".
We continue to cross paths and enjoy visits from Kevin and Alison
aboard Red Rover, a Nordhavn 55 from Seattle, WA.
Friday, June 16th Day 63 Juneau, AK Harris Harbor Marina
Another view of Mendenhall Glacier.
We passed Mendenhall Glacier several times.
As soon as...
7/27/2017 14:39 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
GONE FISHING... ICY STRAIT, CHATHAM STRAIT, LYNN CANAL
Thursday, June 22nd Day 69 Halibut Fishing Sister Islands Hoonah, AK
I was able to sleep in until 8am today. What a treat! After breakfast we cast ASD off from it’s rafted side tie at Swanson Harbor. It was a delightful day... the sun was shining as we headed out from our moorage of Couverden Island. I took the boat out as we headed to the Sister Islands. We kept the engine at a low rpm... an idle most likely, giving us only 2.5 knots of speed. The idea was to troll for salmon. They were not biting today and when we rounded of Chilkat Range (Endicott River Wilderness) the tide picked up our speed beyond a trolling pace. John brought in the down rigger and trolling gear as we headed for Sister Island.
Once we found our spot over the shelf, we dropped anchor for halibut fishing. It wasn’t long before I had one on the line. Landing the beast was quite the chore. With a huge team effort we managed to get the 60 pound halibut, gaffed and bleeding out on the swim platform. As I was re...
7/25/2017 16:24 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
OFF THE GRID ... GAMBIER BAY / TRACY ARM
Tuesday, June 13th Day 60 Tracy Arm “No Name” Cove
We were up early back to rain and dreary skies. The temperature in the boat was 60* and surprisingly comfortable. Outside it was 52*. John went to work on the generator, quickly learning the problem was NOT the impeller. Something was clogging the intake, water would not flush through the valve. So began the process of trying to clear the line began. First we shut of everything electrical in order to conserve voltage. He ran an extension cord from Tom’s boat and used the air compressor to force air through the gate valve. There was not enough volume for that to work. Next was the good ole coat hanger trick. He got through the check valve but stopped short at the grate. That didn’t work either. We hoped that once underway whatever was clogging it would come free. If not we would not be anchoring in Tracy Arm, but going straight to Juneau. There we would look for a diver to clear the intact from the hull. We remained positive hopin...
7/25/2017 12:54 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
Wednesday, May 24th Day 40 Ketchikan, Alaska
The guys made their way to the post office to pick up purchases, John was expecting a solenoid for the windlass and a gaggle of cigars. The solenoid was not there. Several phone calls later, we reordered the part and resolved to the fact that we will have to wait. We would not be able to anchor until the windlass is repair.
I was a beautiful sunny day. Kay and I decided on touring the town utilizing the free shuttle and the $1 bus. We went to the Totem Heritage Center, Tongass Historical Museum and Historic Creek Street.
The Totem Heritage Center houses a priceless collection of 19th century totem poles retrieved in the 1970s from the Tlingit villages on Tongass Island and from the Haida Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island. The inhabitants of these villages moved to Ketchikan and other towns at the beginning of the 20th century in order to be near schools, churches, as well as canneries, mines and sawmills that offered employment.
6/6/2017 09:19 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
PRINCE RUPERT to KETCHIKAN
Saturday, May 20th Day 36 Klewnuggit Inlet to Prince Rupert 50.7nm
We woke early to beautiful blue skies, the waters mirror smooth reflecting the trees, mountains and snow capped peaks. It’s so gorgeous! I took some photos, made a fruit salad for later and got ready to handle the lines and fenders. Setting free from ASD was super smooth this morning!
We left the inlet around 8:15 heading north up the rest of the way up “the trench” in Grenville Channel. GPS had us arriving at Prince Rupert at 2:30. Tom made reservations at Cow Bay Marina. I was looking forward to doing some tourista things things. Captain John informed me that I have earned my liberty card!
Morning Star from the Shearwater encounter.
Shipping industry is huge here.
The cruise up the trench took us past a Nordhavn and the sailboat, Morning Star, which has been traveling in our direction for several days now. We made our way through the channel and through Arthur Passage past Kennedy and Smith Islands. We r...
6/4/2017 12:00 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
KHUTZE INLET - HARTLEY BAY - KLEWNUGGIT INLET
Tuesday, May 16th Day 32 Shearwater, BC to Khutze Inlet
We got up at 6:30 with great exuberance because the sun was shining on the glassy waters, it was an absolutely beautiful day. John had plotted the course last night. He fired up the electronics during his morning coffee, I ran the last of the trash up, finished up a post on the blog while the engine was warming up and we were off the dock promptly at 8:30.
ASD’s anchor was still down when we got out into the bay, so they will be catching up with us along the way. We rounded Dryad Point Light Station at 9:05. This lighthouse was established November 7, 1899 on Campbell Island. It was kept for many years by a Bella BellaIndian named Captain Carpenter.
We passed another lighthouse as we ere entering Milbanke Sound. Ivory Island Light Station was erected October 1, 1898 just months after the Egg Island light house was constructed. Ivory Island is completely exposed to Queen Charlotte Sound where it is known for gale force sto...
6/2/2017 14:39 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
PORT MCNEILL round CAPE CAUTION to SHEARWATER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Wednesday, May 10th Day 26 Port Neville to Port McNeill
Alaskan Sea-Duction in the distance.
Arrived at Port McNeill, North Island Marina that afternoon. The Jackson's who own and operate North Island Marina never fail to disappoint. This is definitely a favorite stop. Once secured, the guys started cleaning the boats, Kay and I went to the market for provisions, we started laundry and made plans for dinner at Gus’ Pub. typical day at the dock, worked on the internet and John watched tv (Game of Thones) next door while I groomed and went to bed early.
Somebody is patiently awaiting his treats.
Port McNeill overlooks the marinas.
Thursday, May 11th Day 27 Ferry ride to Alert Bay
Up and out early. Kay and I took the morning ferry from Port McNeill over to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. We traveled to Alert Bay experiencing the “Spirit of U’mista”.
'Namgis First Nation welcome sign.
The heritage of the Inside Passage is a rich tapestry of man’s life on the land and his u...
5/26/2017 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Diesel Duck for sale Part II and Why I love my Duck!
After I read the following article a lot of things come to mind - http://mvdirona.com/2017/05/alarms-at-115am/ The first is that what might seem a relatively minor problem close to shore becomes a major problem in the middle ocean. Keep in mind that not only are you very far from land, in my case many times over a 1000 miles but there might not be much help there once you get there. Also, many of the best times for ocean crossing are on the edge of the tropical storm seasons. You don't want to...
5/25/2017 03:01 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
SAN JUAN ISLANDS to PORT NEVILLE, B.C.
Wednesday, May 3nd Day 19 Friday Harbor, WA to Nanaimo, B.C. via Bedwell Harbor
We got ready to go and actually had time to kill. Refrigerator is acting weird again, so I cleaned up all the melt. Said good by to ASD this morning. Tom was kind enough to help me cast off :-) The girls weren’t up and about yet, but we said goodbye last night. The passage was scenic with calm waters. A lot of fog but plenty of visibility. We had a short stop to clear Canadian Customs at Bedwell Harbor on Pender Island, B.C. We docked at customs sailing the yellow quarantine flag. John cleared us in a matter of minutes with a mere phone call. And yes, we like it that way! We now fly the Canadian guest flag on the flybridge... the auto pilot was at the helm most of the day... following the course and arriving on time at Dodd Narrows.
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Just as we were getting ready to pass through Dodd Narrows, John spotted our first set of Killer Whales. It...
5/16/2017 10:50 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
WEEK IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
25 April 17, Day 11
We have been in Oak Harbor, WA on Whidbey Island for one week. The boat is clean, including the floors, heads, laundry, sheets and possibly too much teak! We toted the wagon to provision for the last time at the Commissary and Navy Exchange before heading to Roche Harbor for the 2017 Selene Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, WA.
This hangs on the wall near the NEX Salon, where I received last pedi for awhile...
Having John get some exercise!
And if you know him, you know his idea of exercise
is walking to the Harley in the parking lot...hehehe!
Pairadice is getting her fuel topped off.
Nice day cruise to the island under Deception Pass.
...encountered some choppy seas...oh well!
This must be the 2017 Selene Rendezvous
John and Bill enjoying a Thursday afternoon in the sun.
Thursday, April 27th. I attended the BEST emergency
medical and CPR/AED class I've ever experienced!
Presented by 3 San Juan Island EMT's
6 hours and well worth it! H...
5/10/2017 11:51 mvpairadice.blogspot.com
Now that we've seen to most of the details involved with being a float for more than six months.... we left our cozy marina, Salpare Bay and headed west to Astoria. The water level in the river is super high so we had to call bridge on the VHF to open the gate. We could not fit underneath this railroad bridge like usual.
Pretty awesome to witness how the bridge operates!
Making our way west on the Columbia River, heading for Astoria.
This is what the route looks like. Nice push, 10.7 knots at 1600 rpm. Sweet!!!
Tom in his new dink met us on the river to try to solve the autopilot problem
... with no avail. It was good to see them though.
Arriving at Port Astoria. April 15th, 2017, Day 1 82nm.
April 16th, Easter Sunday, Leaving Astoria for the Bar Crossing at 12 noon! Day two.
The seas are in our favor! Love it when that happens!
Beautiful day on the flybridge!
This shows our "Bar Crossing". 10 knots... sweet!
John was the one who took the first nap in the watch ber...
4/28/2017 10:38 kosmos.liveflux.net
April 2017 Update on Us
Today is the ten-year anniversary of when we left for our circumnavigation! We’ve been reflecting on how our life is so different now than it was ten years ago. It’s almost unbelievable how much life ebbs and flows. The latest with … Continue reading →
4/6/2017 14:52 furthur.talkspot.com
This morning I awoke to some heart-breaking news, the daughter of a dear old friend had tragically died in a random and unpredictable home accident. I was there when this child, now 22 years old, was born and watched her grow up to an amazing woman. I watched as my friends raised this incredible young lady, always supporting and always gleaming with pride, they were the best of “All In” parents. Now I cannot imagine the pain they must feel. This news was especially emotional for me as I now ha...
4/2/2017 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Moby Duck for sale
It is amazing how your whole life can change in the span of a month. A small health issue is diagnosed as a symptom of a major life threatening illness. As I battle this illness I am not going to be able to use the boat. And, at this time I do not know what the ultimate outcome will be, to be blunt, how much time I have left. I love the boat and have been using it frequently. The diving and exploring at the California Channel Islands is spectacular. A fantastic lobster season just ended. Cruisin...
4/1/2017 18:37 furthur.talkspot.com
Summer at last
After a late typhoon, we began our seasons cruising with a trip back to one of the favorites, Coron. Again, we met old and new friends, dove the famous WWII wrecks and bathed in the hot springs. from a typhoon to sunshine Our plan was to venture off shore to the small island country of Palau, this would require a good weather window with a break in the NE monsoon winds as it is 500 miles of open ocean. The winds usually subside in March and bring warm, dry and calm weather to the Philippin...
1/6/2017 13:47 furthur.talkspot.com
Pray and be Safe
For seven years, I have been dodging typhoons, those pesky little dark circles on the satellite images found in the tropics that can destroy your dreams. We followed Hurricane Jemina into Mexico and saw the carnage in 2009. We kept to the rules of below twenty degrees south after November 1 crossing the Pacific. We narrowly missed a whopper, Yasi, in Australia as we headed south just before it hit. The marina we had been moored in Brisbane flooded down the river. Then we entered the serenity o...
12/26/2016 15:33 nextdanceblog.com
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This Blog is long overdue! We are going to begin bringing it up to date by wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and our best wishes for a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year for 2017! … Continue reading →
12/15/2016 06:35 www.youtube.com
Nordhavn 40 "Coracle" - Our First Year
11/24/2016 11:49 www.cochranesadrift.com
When the Dream Ends
Dear Dreamers, Cruising the world on a Nordhavn motor yacht is the dream of a lifetime. With a well found boat, properly equipped and supplied, the world is literally your oyster. You have more freedom and independence than most of humanity, constrained only by your courage and the seasons. But what happens when the dream ends? Why will the dream end? HEALTH As we age, the chance of a serious health crisis increases. No one wants to be stranded ill in a third world country with no medical fa...
11/24/2016 05:41 www.cochranesadrift.com
The Physics of Docking 101 - YouTube Version
At the Nord2AK Nordhavn rendezvous, held in Petersburg, Alaska in July, 2016, I presented a seminar titled 'The Physics of Docking'. This is a basic explanation of the forces that work for and against you as youmaneuver and dock a large, single screw vessel. I received much positive feedback so I posted a video version on YouTube. You will find it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ySqfM_sGKOQ Cheers! Douglas...
The Physics of Docking 101 - Text Version
At the Nord2AK Nordhavn rendezvous, held in Petersburg, Alaska in July, 2016, I presented a seminar titled 'The Physics of Docking'. This is a basic explanation of the forces that work for and against you as youmaneuver and dock a large, single screw vessel. I received much positive feedback so I posted a text version. Click here to view this file: Physics of Docking 9May16.pdf...
11/15/2016 01:09 furthur.talkspot.com
The Captain, 7 Year Report
Each year at this time I go back and think about that scared shitless guy, seven years ago, heading out the locks and down the coast. I left a home of 57 years for a great amount of unknown. It was exhilarating, terrifying, stimulating and oh so fun. Seven years later I still need challenges and the great unknown but have been drawn to the familiar as well. One of the great inspirations in my life once said two of the human needs are certainty and uncertainty. The trick is to balance the spokes...
10/25/2016 19:00 www.cochranesadrift.com
Ocean Capable vs. Ocean Ready
Many Nordhavn owners dream of sailing to far distant shores. That is why we bought Nordhavns in the first place because they are capable of crossing any ocean. A sound Nordhavn is a great foundation for living the dream, but it is only the beginning. Just because a boat is ocean capable does not mean it's ocean ready. What makes a vessel 'ocean ready'? Let us share some lessons we've learned about how to properly equip a boat. A BIT OF HISTORY Before we purchased M/V Orion, N57-25, we had log...
10/15/2016 17:36 furthur.talkspot.com
Seven Year Report: the Boat
Furthur hit her eleven-year birthday marking 8049 hours on the amazing Cummins QSL engine, again trouble free. With only 649 hours in the last twelve months. Now that is more than most American boats do in any year, it is a long trip to Alaska or a trip down to Mexico from Seattle. It is our least number of hours in seven years! This birthdate found us in the remote reaches of Indonesia, Raja Amput. This trip was a bit grueling weather and distance wise but Furthur trucked along flawlessly. ...
10/11/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
October 12th blog
Arrived in the marina safely after a nice quiet night at anchor at Santa Cruz Island. Very strange after 3 weeks at sea to be on a non moving with the engine off boat. Jordan's introduction to diving in a kelp forest went well. He could not believe the amount of fish life. We saw school after school of fish of every type imaginable. The overfishing in the Philippines and across the S. Pacific has just decimated those areas. it was a really good feeling to pull into the berth in the good old USA ...
10/2/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
We had planned to arrive at Ventura harbor today. After three horrible days of bad weather we decided we could not end what has been a great voyage on such a bad note. The bad weather was pushing us to the islands of the Channel Islands National Park. We decided to take advantage of this and not fight it for another day by stopping to anchor in a well protected beautiful cove on Santa Cruz Island with crystal clear water and a kelp forest for diving. I have spent most of my life in Southern Cali...
10/2/2016 04:13 furthur.talkspot.com
Seven Year Report: the Crew
the Furthur crew crosses the Equator The Seventh year of this great adventure The found us in the wilds of Indonesia, Raja Amput on the ill-fated Rally. We had two girls on for this entire trip, two enthusiastic divers and great cooks. The girls stayed with us through the rally course and back to Samal Island. When we reached the now dismal marina the girls Our seventh year found us in the heart Raja Amput, Indonesia on information. If it says it on a website it is true and nothing else can b...
10/1/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
The gale in the Channel Islands area and the 10 foot seas it generated have slowed our progress. The wind and seas would hit us directly on the beam if we were to continue in a straight line to the harbor. Very unsafe. We have had to detour north so we could round Pt. Conception at a safer angle. Probably traveled an extra half a day. As I write this we are 50 miles from rounding the Point but again the large breaking swells are not going a favorable direction and we might have to detour. From t...
9/29/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Less than 300 miles to go. The only problem is that there is forecasted to be a storm with 30 knot winds and heavy seas in the Channel Islands area. It is supposed to last for three days. We need to cross this area to get to the harbor. We will head farther north over the next day or so than we need to. As the storm comes in we will than be able to take a more southerly route putting the wind and swell on the stern until we can get in the lee of Point Conception. After that we are home free and ...
9/27/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
32 24 n 129 56 w Heading of 80 degrees We are currently experiencing increased wind and swell that is coming south from Alaska. The trade wind shift has occurred with it now coming from the north allowing us to get more sail up. The swell is still coming from the northeast, the direction we are heading, so that is slowing us down somewhat. I am very happy with our current speed of 5 knots burning 1.6 gph motorsailing. Less than 500 miles to go now. Diesel Ducks are available with three differen...
9/26/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
It is Monday evening and after almost 2 days of gale force winds and big seas things are beginning to die down. The only good news has been that the wind has been from the north. When it comes from any direction but the northeast we can use the sails for stability and motorsailing. Speed has been around 4 knots burning 1.5 gph. Over the next two days there are supposed to be more storms crossing our path coming south from Alaska. Lots of fun with only 700 miles to go. We have been catching some...
9/25/2016 14:41 furthur.talkspot.com
7 Year Report: the voyage
One year ago we were on the great Raja Amput adventure. By this time the organized rally had unraveled totally and we were cruising with our buddy boat. We had crossed the worst of the weather, and were in the wilds of Saluwasi Island. We had also just gotten the gut wrenching news that our last marina had been invaded by criminals and four of our friends taken hostage. This news and its ripple effect cast a cloud over the remainder of the trip. The boat we were traveling with had some issues...
9/24/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Our autopilot pump has died. Hand steering the boat 24/7 for the next 6-7 days would definitely not be fun. The good news is that I do have a backup pump installed that was ready for activation with a flip of a couple levers and switches. Knowing that I would be single handing most of the time, making this a critical piece of equipment, I had a back up installed at the shipyard. The pump is a moderate duty pump called an Octopus pump that Seahorse has been installing for many years. Last I heard...
9/22/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Our 13th day at sea. A weather pattern has developed. At night the wind and seas die down some allowing us to make 5 knots at the same rpm with reduced fuel consumption. During the day it is the same bashing into the usual head seas and the trade winds at 3.0-3.9 knots burning 1.7 gph. The wind has shifted to coming from almost due east so we are able to get stability and some speed from the main sail. In a couple of days the weather pattern will change to the wind and swell coming from Alaska f...
9/21/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Large head seas and strong trade winds coming from the northeast hitting us directly on the bow continue to slow our progress. The weather report says things are supposed to die down tomorrow. We have our fingers crossed. Currently burning 1.7 gph at 3.2 knots. Very slow! After losing our expensive fishing lures we decided to put out the $5.00 lures I found in the bargain bin at the Ace Hardware in Majuro. Of course we caught 2 beautiful Dorado totaling 45 lbs one after the other. At the very b...
9/19/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
The weather has moderated somewhat allowing us 3.7 knots burning 1.6 gph. As long as we are able to burn 1 gallon per 2 nm we will have a nice fuel reserve and not cut it too close. We have about 1300 miles to go and about 1000 gallons of fuel left. Total Honolulu to Ventura Harbor is about 2300 nm. I did not top off my fuel tanks in Hawaii thinking we usually do 3-4 nm per gallon. Did not expect to encounter such strong head winds and seas. The weather report looks good for the next few days so...
9/18/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
Still bashing into 15 knots of trade winds and large steep 8ft breaking swells. Speed is way down to low 3+ knots and fuel consumption is up to 2 gph. The wind and swell is from a generally NE direction. Of course, this is the direction to Southern California. Our only options are to head due north or due east to avoid these horrible conditions. Neither one of those directions gets us home very quickly and we do have a limited amount of fuel and I would like to get home before I die of old age. ...
9/15/2016 19:00 www.mvmobyduck.com
In the past 24 hours we have had everything from 8 foot steep short interval breaking seas with 20+ knots of wind to 2 foot swells with 5 knots of wind. When u start burning 2.0 gallons per hour only going 2 knots and u have 1400 gallons of fuel to go 1900 miles it is time to start worrying and get out the paddles. The sails do not help because the wind direction is so variable. Fortunately those bad conditions did not last long and we are back to 4.7 knots burning 1.5 gph. We could do a lot bet...
As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have fine tuned our fishing system enabling us to catch a nice size fish a day. This morning I deployed our fool proof state of the art lure looking forward to a nice Dorado burger for dinner. About an hour later I heard a strange noise and noticed my moderate duty fishing pole was bent almost at 90 degrees. Jumping out of the water, having swallowed my whole lure, being dragged behind the boat was some type of swordfish. He had a large nose and looked to b...
7/9/2016 09:44 sweetride-44.blogspot.com
January 30, 2016
At last! Heading south to Rodrigues Key
We left Sunset Bay Marina today and are making our way to the Florida Keys. That will be our starting point to the Bahamas.
7/7/2016 11:28 nextdanceblog.com
1,250+ Miles Later . . .
We have slowly cruised up the east coast, now over 1,250+ miles since leaving Marathon on May 23. We have taken our time and stopped to see sights and wait for bad weather to pass us by. We arrived in … Continue reading →
5/22/2016 19:00 www.cochranesadrift.com
Sailing in Icebergs
Sailing in Icebergs One of the beautiful aspects of Alaska are the glaciers. Some are tidal, meaning they terminate at sea level. Others have receded away from the shore. Still others are hanging glaciers, meaning that they terminate high in the mountains. Obviously the ones that are most interesting to boaters are the tidal glaciers. You can sail right up to the face of the glaciers or at least as close as you dare. We have some friends who sailed their big yacht within a quarter mile of an...
5/22/2016 01:48 nextdanceblog.com
Next Dance is Ready to Dance Again!
News Flash!!! Hear all about it . . . NOTE: WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD AN UPDATE TO THIS BLOG WHERE WE DESCRIBE IN DETAIL WHAT TOOK PLACE WHEN WE DEVELOPED A “SHORT” IN A WIRE BETWEEN THE ZF CONTROLLER … Continue reading →
5/18/2016 11:34 nextdanceblog.com
If It Weren’t For Bad Luck . . .
. . . we’d have no luck at all. NOTE: WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD AN UPDATE TO THIS BLOG WHERE WE DESCRIBE IN DETAIL WHAT TOOK PLACE WHEN WE DEVELOPED A “SHORT” IN A WIRE BETWEEN THE ZF CONTROLLER … Continue reading →
5/17/2016 20:18 kosmos.liveflux.net
May 2016 Update on Us
We know the Kosmos Travel Log has been quiet, but its because life is busy and we don’t have time to write. We are doing well, and Keith keeps getting bigger! Here is a quick update on us: Christi continues … Continue reading →
5/10/2016 19:00 www.cochranesadrift.com
Sailing in Yosemite
Many of the fjords of Alaska are glacier formed. As glaciers develop, they freeze into the landscape. As they move, they rip up some of the landscape and carry it with them. Some of the rocks end up in vast moraines as glacier retreat. Other get carried away on icebergs. It is interesting to sail between the icebergs, some of which are the purest deep blue ice that is tens of thousands of years old. All the oxygen has been squeezed out of the ice. It is the densest, longest lasting ice great f...
4/24/2016 09:31 nextdanceblog.com
. . .Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men . . .
NOTE: WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD AN UPDATE TO THIS BLOG WHERE WE DESCRIBE IN DETAIL WHAT TOOK PLACE WHEN WE DEVELOPED A “SHORT” IN A WIRE BETWEEN THE ZF CONTROLLER AND THE JOHN DEER ENGINE. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THERE … Continue reading →
4/23/2016 04:28 nextdanceblog.com
The Cruising Begins!
There is such a weight off of our shoulders now that we have left Stuart. After 4+ months of commissioning and awaiting our boatshow obligations, we just now feel that we have our life back and we can again enjoy … Continue reading →
3/20/2016 13:12 nextdanceblog.com
Still in Stuart . . . but getting ready for cruising!
It’s now March and we are still in Stuart Florida and will be here until about March 20. Next Dance will be on display at the Kadey Krogen Open House here in Stuart on March 18 and 19. After that … Continue reading →
1/5/2016 15:05 sweetride-44.blogspot.com
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Out to see the blue Gulf Stream!
Finally we had a beautiful morning with a good weather window! There was no wind from the North, so we made our way out of the marina to the gulf stream. What a beautiful day to get a glimpse of what to expect for our upcoming trip to the Bahamas.
Christopher at the helm! We were so excited to see how the color and temperature of the water changed. As soon as we reached the Gulf Stream, it pushed us north. Fast!!!
Hey, here's a good opportunity to try out the new stabilized binoculars! They would have come in handy on the trip from New Hampshire! They give you a much better view of what's around you, and no shaking!!!!
We ended the day at anchor in Kitching Cove and began dreaming about the adventures we will have after the holidays.
12/8/2015 14:48 sweetride-44.blogspot.com
Monday, December 8, 2015
Fun in Florida.
The plan is to enjoy our family holiday visits by the end of the year, be back on the boat for a Kadey Krogen raft up for New Year and then head out to cruise the west coast of Florida.
In the meantime we have been enjoying spending time in Stuart getting to know all the wonderful Krogen owners. We have added small items to the boat, like new deck furniture, a sat phone and an ice maker. Exploring the area by boat, dingy, and a rented Vespa and getting naughty kitty under control has kept us quite busy. Here are some photos of our time in Florida including going to a ballet in Palm Springs.
12/8/2015 13:06 sweetride-44.blogspot.com
Monday, November 30, 2015
Haul out day.....
Early Monday morning and its time to get the boat to Cracker Boy Boat Works for a haul out!
First time seeing the boat pulled out of the water! Yikes!!! We were a little anxious to say the least.
Sweet Ride is getting a good power washing. Having sat in the marina in Stuart she had a lot of growth on the hull. After that we could see that she needed bottom paint.
There is nothing quite like working on our own boat! Feeling the love.
I had a chance to roam the boatyard for a much needed chance to do some interesting photography.
A few short days of having her on land and we were able to get new bottom paint, new zincs, stabilizer fin guards, hull waxed, and most importantly a swim ladder. Back in the water she goes!
That was an adventure in itself! Not too painful for us, but Andy really dislikes the car and the hotel!
We are all so happy to be on board again enjoying the sweet life!
12/8/2015 11:11 sweetride-44.blogspot.com
Trip to remember!!!
I am finally sitting down to document our wonderful trip down from New Hampshire to Florida!
We started our adventure September 19. We experienced a mixed bag of emotions -leaving New Hampshire, excited about starting a new chapter in our life and saying goodbye to family, friends and the routines of normal life on land.
The first part of our trip we headed down to Sandwich, MA where we picked up our temporary crew, Pam and Jeff. Jeff was our broker who found Sweet Ride for us and was the perfect person to have aboard to help us get really comfortable with cruising.
After a fabulous run down to New York and cruising down the East River we ran into a little problem! Weather!!! Here we were, trying to do our first night run and by the time we past Sandy Hook, the seas were very uncomfortable. We had not experienced 7 - 9 foot waves head on and we quickly decided that although Pam and Jeff were willing and able to continue on, Christopher and I were not so brave!!...