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Old 05-29-2015, 02:13 PM   #21
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Fair winds and safe harbours Richard.
We've got about 80% of our work done so far and we'll be leaving Belturbet(with a hangover) on the 14th of June.
Careful around the Channel isles, watch out for the high tidal range and strong streams.
We'll be dropping in to New Ross to catch up with old friends before going round to Kilmore Quay and then over to Wales.
Keep us posted.
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Old 05-29-2015, 05:22 PM   #22
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If you have strong feelings about me also posting here or not, please tell me.
I'd love to have it all, in both places. And in my email box (subscribed already)

Your adventures and insight are of interest, and too you write well.
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:16 PM   #23
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I've added your blog to my favorites and eagerly anticipate every new post. I can keep up with it there, but, as Flywright said, an occasional reminder that you've added to the blog posted here on the forum might be a good deal.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:56 PM   #24
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Dauntless Summer Cruise 2015 Days 04 to 07, Trebeurden, Lezardrieux & Jersey

Here is the post I did today, I seem to have good internet connection for the time being, so it is not an onerous task to repost. But pictures are another story, since they are not on this computer.

There is also a short video, but it is sideways and I do not know how to correct that in Wordpress.

A reminder for a few links you may find interesting:
My blog is at dauntlessatsea.wordpress.com

Some extra pictures are at Richard Bost But I don't update a lot if I'm not in NY

YOu can also find Dauntless on Marine Traffic, 367571090

Also find Dauntless at Share.delorme.com/dauntless

Best way to contact me is through my gmail, wxman22

from my post today:

After 10 months, I finally got the water maker up and running. I had needed to replace the aux pump and wanted to rewire it a bit, to use a relay closer to the power source. This also enables me to have a switch on the helm to turn it on and off.

I had done the electrical weeks ago, but the pump fitting were giving me fits. Between national pipe thread (NPT), garden hose thread, plastic fitting, brass fittings, American fitting and European fittings, I was at my witís end.

I didnít like the first solutions I had come up with which had made it look like something Rube Goldberg would have designed. Finally in Trebeurden I found a coupler fitting and that led to an elegant solution.

The new auxiliary pump, centrifugal, is very quiet and made to run continuously. Thatís thanks to Parks at Hopkins-Carter Marine in Miami.

Having to find a new dock in Miami last winter, while stressful at the time, ended up being the best thing ever. My helper, the other Richard, got to see some of the Miami boating environs and I ended up meeting some really helpful and nice people: Parks and my Nordy friends, Ed & Rosa. A wonderful result on all accounts.

So Saturday morning, we got up and were underway to Jersey. We didnít make it.

For the first 4 hours, our average speed was 4 knots. At that rate, we would get to Jersey the day after tomorrow. Not really but it felt like that. So I decided to find an interim stop. I did, Lezardrieux, promptly nicknamed, Lizardville. As soon as we turned upriver to the town, about 5 miles, our speed shot up to 9 knots. We arrived just in time to miss the lunch hours, meaning a wait until 19:00, 7:00 p.m., to eat. I donít like eating late anymore, convinced that part of my weight loss has been due to not having evening meals for the most part.

The forecast was for a storm to be moving through on Sunday, but you know me and forecasts. I wanted to get to Jersey because the window of opportunity was getting ever smaller.

Therefore, we are underway now to Jersey, in moderate winds, 12 to16 knots gusting to 25, but the seas are relatively flat, at 2-4 foot. Yes, I have come to accept that 2-4í is relatively flat. Our roll has increased to 8į.

We now have a counter current, so although I am making the supreme sacrifice by running at 1800 rpms, where fuel burn is 2.0 gal/hr, our speed is still only 5.8 knots. If my Navionics currents are correct, we should have a helpful current going our direction in the next two hours.

Our intended destination, St. Helier on the Island of Jersey, is a port that has a sill to come over. The sill, like a cofferdam, keeps the water in the basin, otherwise the harbor would be dry at low tide but now, this means the harbor entrance is only open 3 hours on each side of high tide. So, itís also closed for 6 hours. Iím running faster to try to get there before it closes.
Iíll let you know how it turns out. But you can probably figure it out as it happens just by watching our route at the Share.delorme.com/dauntless website.

Ummm, turns out I had rebooted the InReach and then did not realize it was not transmitting, so no joy that way. However, I did get an email from MarineTraffic telling me Dauntless had arrived in Jersey!

The wind stayed out of the southwest until the final hour into Port St. Helier. This meant the fetch was small and the waves stayed in the 2 and 3 foot range, with only an occasional 5 footer, in spite of the 15 gusts to 25 knot winds. Just before landfall, the winds turned westerly and north westerly at 25 knots. That combined with the much longer fetch, was immediately saw waves a few feet higher. All of sudden we were getting 6 foot waves on the port stern quarter. That angle of incidence does make the roll more than usual, and we had one roll of 15į. But not much more than a curiosity, as the port was in sight.

As we pulled into the harbor, I saw the three RED lights signifying the marina basin was closed. Not only was it closed, but the water inside the marina was already three feet higher than the water Dauntless was in. We tied up at the ďwaitingĒ dock.

So my tide calculation was only off by about 6 hours! Se La Vie.

Allís Well that Ends Well

If you cannot find me via the Delorme, you can also try Marine Traffic, but a caveat.

If you google MarineTraffic Dauntless, please be aware that we are not:
A Greek bulk carrier, nor the Tugs in the UK and Singapore and not even the British war ship.

So if you are like I and are easily confused, just google ďMarine traffic 367571090Ē.

We went into town and had a great, early dinner. Iím beat.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:10 PM   #25
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I'm traveling right along.Tough deal on that harbor being closed.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:19 PM   #27
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Regarding your video....

When recording a video with a cell phone or tablet you need to hold your device horizontally and NOT vertically otherwise your videos will be displayed as it did in your wordpress blog (90 degrees off). Hope this helps...
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:41 PM   #28
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When recording a video with a cell phone or tablet you need to hold your device horizontally and NOT vertically otherwise your videos will be displayed as it did in your wordpress blog (90 degrees off). Hope this helps...
I've never taken a video vertically, always landscape. That's why I don't understand why it does that when uploaded to WordPress.

Just posted the most recent shenanigans.

I need some calm winds.

I'm getting ready to leave at 6:00 to take advantage the race currents. Though it's not clear to me what time the water will be high enough to get out.

I'll make sure the InReach is on, so it can record our record breaking speeds.
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Old 06-10-2015, 06:34 AM   #29
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I just posted "What Not to Do" on my blog.

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Part 2 is forthcoming
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Dang Richard....and you say it goes downhill from there!! Waiting apprehensively for part 2.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:16 AM   #31
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A reminder, you can see the details of the route and the location of Dauntless at any time for this coming summer cruise anytime at:

https://share.delorme.com/dauntless

Part 2 just got posted.

Spoiler Alert, I lived.
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All I can say is "Damn"...and now waiting...not so patiently...for the next installment.
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All I can say is "Damn"...and now waiting...not so patiently...for the next installment.
Yeah, I messed up. I did not read part one because of Dimer2's "warning". Figured Part 2 would tell the whole tale but nope!

Looks like we have to wait for Part 3.



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Old 06-11-2015, 04:10 PM   #34
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I need to make a picture.

Also, seriously, it is not pain free to write about such a series of missteps.

Today, I finally got CE on my laptop. In planning Saturday's trip to vlissingen, it's only 27nm.

So that means about 22 nm from where I have up.

22 miles seems such a short distance.
But at 2 knots, ha.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:23 PM   #35
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Just posted the End.

Even added pictures taken today of the parking spot and a diagram

Also, will do a new thread about the change of fuel filters today and what I found
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Man, what an adventure! Glad the final docking turned out the way it did....and I'm sure you deserved the "rest" at the end. Great write up!
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Also, seriously, it is not pain free to write about such a series of missteps.
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Yes, yes it is. On another forum, you should see the pictures of mangled fingers people are posting due to "missteps." Thankfully, none of those mangled fingers are mine but by the grace of god....

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Old 06-22-2015, 01:12 PM   #38
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Ok updates are out. i thought I had posted last week here too, but must have forgot.

I had some fun in the bilge this morning, and Charger fun yesterday.

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Well, I just read your "charger" adventures...Again, all's well that ends well."..however, doing nothing would've been more fun had you been "doing nothing"...Ah well, another lesson learned? I would've been in absolute panic had I seen the water swirling in my bilges...I think you handled it better than I would've. I'm glad it turned out to be a simple fix, but would've been easier on you if it was also a little more obvious. Anyway, hope you're feeling better! Again, good write up!
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I think every crises sounds worse than it actually is.

I stl have a big problem in overlooking the simplest, easy solution, thinking out can't be that easy.
Many times it is.

A few months ago, I spent hours trying to get my fw pump to prime.

Finally I went back to the scene of the crime and discovered that the valve for the empty tank was not shut all the way. Only open by about 1/8" but that's all it took.

Frankly I'm so happy the charger is working, not because I really need it, I've gotten asking all year without it, but it's just one less thing that I don't have to worry about.

Also, I had another Racor adventure. I will post that here first and start a new thread.
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