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    Neighbours at the Majors


    Neighbours at the Majors Most of the people we meet are on regular sized sailboats, catamarans & trawlers. Some are as small as 10m, TIME2 is about 18m and a few are a bit over 20m. Everyone is very sociable, meeting on the beach, at the yacht club or while passing on our dinghies. And then there are the Superyachts, and the Megayachts, anchored fairly close close to us, but soooooo far way.  LAUREL is a bit over 60m                                                                                                BIG SKY is smaller at 48m, but has better toys! – see Superman? The so called “hybrids” with a more angular design were out in force – my favourite one, HOME on the left, is 50m and K is a little over 40m and then finally ...... the biggest boys you will find here at 85m. The water on the Exuma Banks is very shallow,  and it is remarkable that they even get here. it goes without saying that most of their exploration is done with helicopters, sea planes and tenders of dif...

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    Christmas in the Exumas


    Christmas in the Exumas We were very excited to see sv AlleyCat and  sv Shilo sailing into the Majors a few days before Christmas.  Immediately plans were put into place for a big dinner on Xmas eve aboard Alleycat, and just in time more friends of theirs, on sv AquaVida arrived too.  Thanks to Marita and Alan for hosting a fantastic evening, and everyone for the great food. I though that Mike & I cleaned up quite well, but not nearly as stylish as Alan and Marita Holli & John pulling up                                                                             Always some shenanigans Yes – we even had a home baked gammon and Xmas cake On Christmas day we all dinghied over to the beach for a relaxing day of leftovers, rum punch and sunshine. We have not spent a lot of time on the beach this time, due to the plague of no-see-ums & flies.  Everyone has been badly bitten, and sundowners there are impossible. But on Xmas day, even the bugs had the day off, and it was another gr...

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    New Year arrives in the Exumas


    24:11.61N 76:27.30W New Year arrives in the Exumas We celebrated the end of 2017 and the start of the new year with friends on  Time2  - another perfect evening at Big Majors. We took down the dinghies and set up a bar, snacks on the top deck – first time we have tried it, and it was a great view. Many of the yachts in the anchorage had parties and between the SuperYachts and the resorts close by, we had 3 fantastic fireworks displays. There was to be some yacht racing on New Years day, but the weather was so calm, that all was cancelled. We decided to go on a snorkelling/ hunting expedition on Time 2 and took along the guys from Shiloh, AlleyCat and TexasTwoStep. I was the only gal, but as a keen diver, can keep up with most of the guys. The sea was flat calm and visibility was excellent – but the fish elusive. We did however catch some crayfish. What a lovely start to the new year.  Here are Mike and I in our “superhero suits” ready to hunt. Within a few days, our friends  were...

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    Winter in Georgetown Exumas


    23:31.35N 75:45.79W  Winter in Georgetown, Exumas On the 5th of  January we decided that we would move south down the Exuma chain. The weather was very unstable so we started with a short hop to Black Point.  And there we sat in the grim weather , bored out of our minds. By day three we had had enough, decided to head back to Florida,. We would  rather spend the next two months on a marina in civilization than in this deteriorating weather. So we upped anchor and headed north as far as we could go before sunset, anchoring off Compass Key.  I was furiously hammering away at the internet, trying to find us an affordable berth at a marina in Fort Lauderdale – which seemed to be impossible. The American economy is very buoyant, and people are buying and using their yachts!  The next morning we had another “think on the matter” we so we turned around again – heading south to Georgetown. We at least had friends down there and there is a lot of activity with hundreds of boats spending the w...

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    Nassau Harbour Club - heading to Florida


    25:04.50N 77:18.81W   Nassau Harbour Club – heading to Florida After much thought and discussion, Mike and I decided to leave Time 2 in Florida again. We were made a very generous offer by an ex Nordhavn owner to leave Time 2 behind his home in Key Largo, which we graciously accepted.  We now had to get from Georgetown to they Keys.. We also decided to go back a little earlier so that we could not only celebrate Ian’s 50th, but also would get back in time to celebrate Smeezie’s 60th in Cape Town. Luckily Travelstart and Qatar airlines were able to accommodate us. Both are excellent service providers. We left Georgetown on 23 January, with a quick overnight off Cave Cay, made it back to Big Majors for a few days. We were happy to see Colwyn & Carol (mvHooked Up) there again. They come over from the UK each year to spend a few weeks on their boat, with Colwyn being a mad fisherman, just like Mike. Unfortunately local beach had been taken over by the “winter crowd” a tightly knit grou...

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    Miami


    25:41.75N 80:10.70W   Miami We arrived in Miami in the early morning – just behind all the massive cruise ships entering the port to change over their weekly passengers. We tied up MiaMarina, which makes a berth available for 3 hours ($50) to check in. Luckily they also let us use their phone to call CBP, as it took ages to get through. Once we had our clearance number we hopped on the free tourist trolley, that took us directly to the CBP offices in the port. We were quickly processed and got our new cruising permit. We took a taxi back, via T-Mobile, so we could get ourselves set up with a local phone/ internet. This is always a high priority. We then motored down the channel to Key Biscayne , where we anchored fairly close to the Yacht Club, with a beautiful view of Miami. I had made contact online with Gregory Han a member at the Key Biscayne yacht club,  who kindly signed us in as guests and allowed us to use their dinghy dock. Greg and his wife met us for breakfast and too...

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    Key Largo


    25:05.39N 80:25.95W   Key Largo We motored down from Miami to Rodrigues Key, waiting for the high tide to go into Port Largo. Exiting the cut on the south side of Miami we passed “Stiltsville”  There are about 5 of these buildings on stilts that were built one mile offshore, in the 1930’s,  to facilitate gambling and drinking during the prohibition. Remarkably they are still standing – many storms and hurricanes later. So why Key Largo?   Its another great small world story.  Some years ago we met Dale Stringer, briefly on a plane and then got to know him the following day at our yacht club in Simons Town, when we discovered the Nordhavn link.  Dale then owned the  Nordhavn57  SnowWhite, but was in South Africa to assist his friends Shelia and Stuart, sail their yacht back to the USA.  We bumped into him and his wife Sandy up in Palm Beach a few months ago, and he very generously  offered us a dock outside one of his homes in Key Largo, where we could leave Time2 if we needed to go...

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    Key Largo to Nassau


    25:04.511N 77:18.76W   Key Largo to Nassau After a few busy weeks in Key Largo – we were ready to head back to the Bahamas. We had driven all over south and central Florida - visiting with friends, doing a ton of provisioning & buying a few spares. Mike also went to the Sun ‘n Fun airshow in Lakeland and I “skydived” in the air tunnel in Orlando. Busy Busy.  One bizarre thing worth mentioning, is that Mike could not rent a car in Florida, as he is now over 70?! something to do with insurance... so.....  he can drive a boat, fly a plane, but not rent a car!  It was not really an issue, as I drive do the driving in the USA anyway ..but it was odd. What brilliant fun !                                                                    David’s float plane that would be their “taxi” to the air show We quickly found a perfect weather window and we took the gap to The Bahamas – an easy 22 hours journey into Nassau. Customs & Immigration were very efficient and the next morning we were...

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    Big Majors Again!


    24:11.34N 76:27.54W  Big Majors (again ) We spent three weeks back in our favourite anchorage in the Bahamas.  It was great to see old friends (Forever Young; Sandpiper & Dos Equis) and to meet a whole lot of new ones, including this fabulous little dog, TJ. If we ever get a boat dog – we want one of these! Peggy, Linda, Laurie and myself on the Exquisite Catamaran, Cattitude                                                 This is TJ We did did quite a bit of paddle boarding, as we now have 2 boards, and I also started experimenting with my GoPro Dome  - which allows me to take half-under/ half-above the water photos.  Here are my the best of my first lot ....its not as easy as I thought it would be. One of the swimming pigs                                                                                            Inside Thunderball grotto Time2 anchored in very shallow water!                                                                                            The nurse...

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    Attwood Harbour

    22:43.23N 73:52.94W   Attwood Harbour, Acklins Island Well finally we had to go, and were sad to say goodbye to Big Majors and the wonderful friend we have there. But ...time is tight and we need to be in the Grenadines by late June.  Every piece of the next 6 weeks will be weather dependent and can happen quickly ...or very slowly, as we wait for decent weather. These coming  passages are all into the south east, and that is where the weather and winds come from at this time of the year. Crashing and bashing directly into 2m seas with 20- 25 knots is not pretty. But for now, we have had a decent window and did the 180nm overnight to Acklins fairly comfortably. Not much happening in Acklins, but the beach is pretty and did a quick snorkel off a very nice reef just outside the bay. Next stop will be Mayaguana – the last island of the Bahamas, and then on to the Turks & Caicos islands.

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    Provo, Turks & Caicos


    21:48.15N 72:10.50W  Providenciales, Turks & Caicos After an overnight stop on the west coast of Mayaguana, we left The Bahamas and headed for “Provo”, the main tourist island of Turks & Caicos. Once again it was into wind and weather and we arrived quite late in the day – too late to go into the marina, so we anchored in Grace Bay, the main tourist beach area. The next morning, we weaved our way through the reef, following closely behind a guide boat from the marina, and took our berth at Turtle Cove Marina.  Customs was pretty easy, but immigration was weird, as the official insisted on seeing our USA visa’s. She told us quite firmly that South Africans need a visa – either the TCI one, or a British, Canadian, USA visa would do. As we have USA visas this was not a problem – but my issue is, that on both their tourist and Govt website, it clearly states that South Africans do NOT need a visa.  But the dear lady was not interested in having this discussion. We stayed in the mari...

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    Puerto Real, Puerto Rico


    18:04.46N 67:11.38W   Puerto Real, Puerto Rico We were happy to tie up at Marina Pescaderia on the west side of Puerto Rico, after our uncomfortable and exhausting trip from TCI. This small marina is owned and run by the incredibly hospitable Jose Mendez, who goes out of his way to make cruisers welcome.  We tied up and made the obligatory phone call to USA Customs up in San Juan. The very pleasant official took our details, and told us, that as it was Saturday, and Monday was a holiday, we could wait until Tuesday to report to the office in Mayaguez for paperwork. He then went on to tell us about a few nice places to visit and how Joze (marina owner) would help us with everything we needed.  How wonderful to get such a pleasant and touristcentric attitude from Customs.  During the rest of our stay in PR, we were reminded again, how very friendly and kind the people of Puerto Rico are. The boat was a real mess – we needed to do some basic drying and cleaning up before we could have...

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    Ponce, Puerto Rico


    17:57.98N 66:37.18W   Ponce, Puerto Rico After a quick overnight in Boqueron, we rounded Cabo Rojo and moved down the south coast of Puerto Rico to Ponce. The watermaker was giving problems, so we stopped in at Gilligans island for Mike to do some checks, but it was very rolly and so we did not stay long. In Ponce we anchored inside the port area, bordered by the very private Club Nautica Yacht Club;  the fishing co-operative and the La Gauncha boardwalk. We could now see a lot more evidence of the damage caused by the hurricane. This part of town, is about 5ks from the city, built with a large park and strip of bars and restaurants (La Guancha). Sadly the boardwalk is so badly damaged that is completely fenced off. So the “walk” is now on the edge of a dusty parking lot. But that does not stop the restaurants and bars – and the music .... and in Puerto Rico, they like it LOUD. Mike has discovered that we need a new circuit board for our watermaker – once again we have been luck...

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    St Croix


    17:43.04N 64:53.43W   St Croix We anchored off Fredriksted on the west side of St Croix, to meet up with Tom & Teri on sv Paradise. It was a great reunion, and we did a frantic one day tour of the island, including two rum tours!  This island was settled by the Danish in the late 1700’s but is now part of the US Virgin Islands

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    Terre-de-Haut, Les Saintes


    15:52.05N 61:35.17W  Terre-de-Haut, Les Saintes We spent a lovely week on this quaint French Island that forms part of Gaudeloupe. Always a treat to visit the French island with their wonderful fresh baguettes, meats, cheeses & wines.

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    St Pierre, Martinique


    14:44.27N 61:10.79W  St Pierre, Martinique We continue to see a lot of Sargassum weed in the Caribbean. This is a type of seaweed and a natural phenomenon, just looks & smells terrible when it washes up on the beaches. We were happy to to have to do any customs/ immigration between Les Saintes & Martinique, as they are both French islands.  We are now visiting many places we have been to before, so keeping the blog short & sweet with just a few pics.  The history of St Pierre and the volcano (Mt Pelee) that wiped out the town, is well worth reading about, in our previous blog – or just “google it”

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    Sainte Anne, Martinique


    14:26.26N 60:53.20W  Sainte Anne, Martinique Mike had a great fishing trip down the coast of Martinique, catching this HUGE wahoo.  There was far too much fish for us, so after cleaning and bagging we handed out lots of fresh fish to our fellow cruisers. Lovely to see our friends on mv Contina (Dorrit & Wip) for sun downers.

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    St Lucia


    13:49.54N 61:03.92W  St Lucia After checking into Rodney Bay and doing some general boat chores – Customs & Immigration; getting a Digicel SIM card; buying some groceries & enjoying a delicious plate of Sushi – we were ready to continue our hurried path south. That evening I swam over to meet John & Joanne on sv Out of Africa with whom we share many cruising friends. Their friend Devin on sv Moosetracks also swam over and we had a great chat while treading water off the back of the yacht.  How sad to write this, knowing that subsequently both Devin (heart attack) & Joanne (cancer) died before this year was over. From Rodney bay we overnighted at The Pitons, which has to be one of the most spectacular anchorages in the whole Eastern Caribbean

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    Audrey & Andre visit


    13:07.15N63 61:11.45W  Audrey & Andre Visit We checked into St Vincent & The Grenadines at Blue Lagoon, on the southern shores of the main island ... or “mainland” as they like to call it.  Our friends Audrey & Andre were flying in from Cape Town to spend two weeks with us. As soon as we had them settled we sailed over to Bequia – the island where we made our first land fall from Brazil in 2008.

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    Tobago Cays & Mayreau


    12:37.94N 61:21.38W  Tobago Cays & Mayreau  Taking a brief gap in the rather blustery weather we shot down to the Tobago Cays to show Audrey & Andre the park & snorkel with the turtles. We then went round the corner to Saline Bay, Mayreau to visit Robert Righteous – at his famous bar. I first visited here in 2004 and the bar has grown in size, while Robert himself, seems to have shrunk.

  • 10/30/2019 12:47 www.mvmobyduck.com

    Video while at anchor


    First, just a nice picture of Moby Duck at anchor at Santa Cruz Island.  I bought some tools to help me make some boat videos. Still working on full length boat tour but I thought I would post a couple of videos I did while the boat was at anchor.  Use the arrow point in the lower right hand corner to enlarge the video to full screen.  Much better viewing!... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 10/28/2019 21:30 kosmos.liveflux.net

    October 2019 Tahiti Vacation — Days 7 and 8


    Day 7 — Saturday: We were all exhausted from three busy days in a row. It took us until noon to get moving, and then we just went to Carrefour to get something to eat. After lunch, Keith and Eric … Continue reading →

  • 10/28/2019 21:04 furthur.talkspot.com

    Smooth Ride on Furthur


    We equipped Furthur with Wesmar active fin stabilizers installed at JTM when new. They worked flawlessly for many years and many miles. We crossed the Pacific Ocean in comfort and made it halfway around the world. As with any equipment they grew tired, for the last 3 years we have been replacing one element after another and not seen peak performance. As my system deteriorated technology improved. When the good folks at Wesmar told me, my system was now obsolete and that they would not be makin... Start your own blog now! Free!

  • 10/24/2019 13:07 kosmos.liveflux.net

    October 2019 Tahiti Vacation — Days 5 and 6


    Day 5 — Thursday: We headed over to the swim spot over by the grotto first thing in the morning to go snorkeling. Unfortunately, Keith still refused to get in. This is the farthest he would go: This spot was … Continue reading →

  • 10/23/2019 12:39 kosmos.liveflux.net

    October 2019 Tahiti Vacation — Days 3 and 4


    Day 3 – Tuesday We started the day off by heading over to Mahana Park to go snorkeling. Unfortunately, Keith did not want to get into the water.  Because of the recent full moon, the current was unusually strong. Christi … Continue reading →

  • 10/21/2019 11:54 kosmos.liveflux.net

    October 2019 Vacation in Tahiti — Days 1 and 2


    We are on vacation in Tahiti (by airplane). Since Tahiti is such a special place to us, we wanted to write some posts about what it has been like to come back again. Day 1 – Sunday  Our flight arrived … Continue reading →

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

    Physics of Docking - Backing the Boat

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

  • 9/29/2019 10:30 mvpairadice.blogspot.com

    CRUISING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST


    Our original list of scheduled stops heading south became some what modified. It was apparent at times, it just made more sense to keep going making for a longer day, and taking advantage of the weather window available at the time.  In turn, some days were shorter than planned. We knew we wanted to see the Redwoods in Northern California so that was a short cruise. Patches and I like shorter than longer cruises! Especially in thick fog! Good thing we trust our navigation equipment! We've arrived, finding our hide out! Wednesday, July 24th Brookings, OR to Crescent City, CA, day 20 23.8nm 3hrs avg 8knots  We said goodbye to our friends from Medford after a wonderful dinner out last night. The weather window was open, but it turned out to be very snotty. Glad it was a short run! Our average speed was 8 knots (following seas). I did not make many notes, so it must have been uninteresting and more about arriving safely.  Our friends did manage to get some cool pictures and video...

  • 9/1/2019 12:27 mvpairadice.blogspot.com

    OREGON COAST HEADING SOUTH


    I am still a little behind with the blog, duh! We enjoyed many cool things on the Oregon Coast. I will be dividing the California Coast into three posts. Bare with me I'm trying but there are so many more things to do and see! We arrived in Astoria OR, on Friday, July 12, spending two nights waiting for the right weather window to make the Columbia River Bar Crossing into the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed fish and chips upon arriving at a great restaurant near the West Basin Marina called The Bridgewater Bistro.  All secure with and end side tie at West Basin Marina, Astoria, OR Out front of the Bridgewater Bistro and garden. They grow much of the herbs and vegetables right there in Astoria. Kitchen to Farm...Farm to the table. Swanky little place with live tunes! Ever famous Astoria bridge linking Oregon to Washington across the Columbia River. I was so grateful to go out to dinner that night, I made John blueberry pancakes with sausage the next morning. Breakfast team meeting a...

  • 8/9/2019 13:33 mvpairadice.blogspot.com

    LEAVING THE COLUMBIA RIVER


    We arrived back at the boat on Friday May 31st using the entire month of June to prepare Pairadice and her crew of two for our trip south. We had closed our lease with Salpare Bay Marina and would not return to the Columbia River or the Pacific Northwest. Truly a bitter sweet!  We thoroughly enjoyed exploring everything in the PNW, putting approximately 12,000nm under her keel. Some of the highlights were the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, False Creek Vancouver Island B.C., Princess Louisa, Desolation Sound, the Broughtons, Kitimat, Hartley Bay, Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait, the Columbia River gorge cruise through the locks... the list goes on and on. We saw a Spirit Bear in the BC rain forest, caught huge halibut, salmon, crab, prawns... let's not forget all the whale, porpoise and bear shows. There have been so many superb friends we made along the way, so many fabulous memories!   Our Garmin In Reach is now set up as a tracking device, text messenger wh...

  • 8/3/2019 21:29 furthur.talkspot.com

    CRUISE IN PARADISE AND SAVE, SELENE PHILIPPINES


    Cruise in Paradise and save big bucks! How would you like to save $200 to $400 thousand dollars on your Selene over US or European prices and cruise in the most beautiful areas of the world? Selene is long known to be a world class ocean voyaging yacht, well built, excellent accommodations and with a new build you get it 'your way' with a level of customization not found in other makes. We are offering factory direct sales, then delivery in the Philippines, enjoying 7000 islands, endless wh...

  • 7/29/2019 06:19 furthur.talkspot.com

    So Gay La 2019


    There are those times when I ponder in wonderment, just how did I get here? I seem to fall into the strangest of rabbit holes. This one is a repeat as it is my second time of being given the great honor being on the judges' panel at the San Ignacio Miss Gay Pageant. This year the organizers, lead by the tenacious ladyboy, and Barrage Council member, the Honorable Miss Cherry Pie, decided to change the program. Instead of a traditional pageant that has many costume changes, talent and oral ques...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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! Splash down! 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. The parade!!! 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. Marine traffic. 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

    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

    Operating costs

    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...

  • 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....

  • 7/29/2018 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

    Bahamas Bound!


    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. Government Island 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. Before.... .....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. Our ...

  • 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

    MISTY FIORDS


    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

    HEADING SOUTH


    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: Many...

  • 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

    KETCHIKAN, ALASKA


    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. Tradi...

  • 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...

  • 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

    All In


    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...

  • 11/24/2016 05:41 www.cochranesadrift.com

    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...

  • 10/11/2016 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

    October-3-blog

    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...

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