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Old 08-07-2014, 09:37 PM   #381
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It looks like you're the biggest boat in the whole marina.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:37 PM   #382
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So how will you do your watches? The 20 min nap with a timer kind of thing? Or sleep at the bridge with guard zones set up on the radar? Or just sleep and hope for the best?
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:43 PM   #383
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Well, actually you can just do nothing. Perhaps don't want to but it's not a matter of "can't." Can enjoy where you are until you get a crew member.
Yeah, don't let a schedule force yourself to undertake something you are not truly mentally or physically capable of doing.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:17 PM   #384
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Well, actually you can just do nothing. Perhaps don't want to but it's not a matter of "can't." Can enjoy where you are until you get a crew member.

I can't imagine how exhausted you would be by the fifth day. I do hope you get someone to join you, even if it's just a college kid wanting something different and the limit of their capabilities is watching and waking you if needed.

I know I couldn't personally do it. I couldn't force myself to sleep with no one watching. Then I'd get so exhausted, I'd not be able to stay awake and then sleep so soundly I might not awaken when I need to. On the other hand, I know sailors often do it.
Richard has proven himself to be a capable competent captain. He has done what many dream of but few actually do. I think that if Richard feels he can safely make the next leg single handed he can do it. His track record of success speaks for itself.

My next gulf crossing will probably be alone. Actually my next trip out of Alaska will probably be alone. About a month of cruising all total. Its not an atlantic crossing but it is a heck of a long ways.

I've thought about this allot.

If you are in open water and set your radar guard zones, and have a external loud buzzer you'll be fine.

If the autopilot goes offline it'll beep and wake you up.

If you go off course the chart plotter will beep and wake you up.

If the radar picks anything up it'll beep and wake you up.

Single handing may not be the best, and some might not be comfortable with it, but people do successfully single hand boats. I myself will probably be doing it someday very soon, and I personally have no issue with it.

My intention is to sleep up in the pilothouse and let my body decide what it needs.
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Richard after a day settling back in to the states I am really enjoying catching up on the the thread

I still want you to give a talk to all of us who would listen (MOST) maybe next year and we pay your way.

Port of your choice and all of us kick a little extra to cover your expenses

I have a good bit to learn from you as others do
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:34 AM   #386
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Well my forecast is is already wrong.
Looks like the high has moved south and we have westerly winds now.
We can live with that.
Well have a 20 hr cruise to Horta, leaving in two hours.

Kevin, pretty much had it right. 20 min does not work for me, I just seem to naturally wake up in a 45, 75 or longest 90 min pattern.

I set the alarms, reduce the gain the the radar so that it only sees boats and not waves.

That's why I'm so pleased with the AIS. This is literally the first overnights I've ever done with no collision course.

I'll wait in the Azores long enough so that I do have perfect wx to leave. I will look around for someone, BUT, without knowing the person, it's just as, if not more risky, in that YOU really don't know if they will wake you when they should.
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Richard after a day settling back in to the states I am really enjoying catching up on the the thread

I still want you to give a talk to all of us who would listen (MOST) maybe next year and we pay your way.

Port of your choice and all of us kick a little extra to cover your expenses

I have a good bit to learn from you as others do
Yes, I'd be glad to.

I'm hoping to visit in October for the Krogen thing, that's usually around trawler fest.

I have at say, I usually don't blow my own horn, but sitting in that 10 day Master's class, with 25 others, virtually all them working in the industry, I was struck by how much I already knew, compared to others who have been doing it for a long time, or doing it every day.

I had not planned on taking the extra 3 day Master's course, but then I realized how much I do have to offer and maybe I would be want to do deliveries when I run out of money$$$
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:07 AM   #388
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I just uploaded a bunch of pics too my Smugmug link.
I made a new directory called Atlantic Passage

I think the link is Smugmug/Dauntless
But am not sure, so please post the link to that directory when you get the chance.

Until tomorrow
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Have a great ride over to Horta! We will talk to you from there.... I would definately want to join on you talk where ever that would be.
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I just uploaded a bunch of pics too my Smugmug link.
I made a new directory called Atlantic Passage

I think the link is Smugmug/Dauntless

Correct, Richard. Here's the link:

http://dauntless.smugmug.com
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Great photos! I see in the web cam that they have set sail!
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Dauntless is here -> https://share.delorme.com/Dauntless

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Yep, they have left the harbor. Richard plans his work, and works his plan. They are amazing.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:38 PM   #394
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Richard did you and Julie get over to peters yet? They should have something for you from rosa and I.


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I have at say, I usually don't blow my own horn, but sitting in that 10 day Master's class, with 25 others, virtually all them working in the industry, I was struck by how much I already knew, compared to others who have been doing it for a long time, or doing it every day.

I had not planned on taking the extra 3 day Master's course, but then I realized how much I do have to offer and maybe I would be want to do deliveries when I run out of money$$$
We were a bit surprised at how little some knew who had been doing it for decades. I guess they got slotted and they just different get exposed to more. The same thing happens in some businesses. Someone gets put in a job and told just what they need for that job. Now, on the other hand, there were two in our class who had amazing knowledge and experience and had just decided now they wanted to advance.

Someone asked us how much we learned. My response was "I don't know." I didn't keep a count of how many new things. But what I do know is that we knew more after the course than we knew before plus other things were reinforced. Some subjects more than others. I laugh because the area we probably learned the most, you were equipped to teach, and that's meteorology. We had very little knowledge in it before. And every day there was something that made it worthwhile. I hope to always continue to learn. Firefighting and Medical courses were quite an experience as we try to expand our knowledge. Learned some things I sure hope I never need to know.

I'm sure we both would love listening to you talk about this trip. Actually both of you. Would love to get Julie's perspective on the crossing. We've been told many many times that our desire to one day cross the Atlantic in our own boat is crazy. But watching you we're seeing someone of the same mindset and desire we have, who beat us to it and we can learn a lot from. However, the real key to what you have done had far more to do with your preparation than the actual crossing.

From the numbers you gave of remaining fuel, it sounded like your usage was a little more than you anticipated? How did it turn out compared to your projections?
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We're an hour from Horta.
I'm tired.
Getting out of the Marina turned out to be easy.

Fuel consumption is what I expected.
It was 1.5 g/hr for first ten days, then due to seas and having the fuel, I increased speed, so ending up at 1.8 & 3.2nm/gal is ok.

I'm definitely going to be in Azores another week or 10 days. I will look for crew. Had to be someone here who wants to go to U.K.
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We're an hour from Horta.
I'm tired.
Getting out of the Marina turned out to be easy.

Fuel consumption is what I expected.
It was 1.5 g/hr for first ten days, then due to seas and having the fuel, I increased speed, so ending up at 1.8 & 3.2nm/gal is ok.

I'm definitely going to be in Azores another week or 10 days. I will look for crew. Had to be someone here who wants to go to U.K.
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Ducked along the wall in Horta.
That crash you heard was rub rail against wall.
Umm, why do I always put fenders up after docking.

Oh, and I'm showing up on marine traffic.com
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Job well done!
Now you can stay at a town with lots to see.
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Glad you and Julie made it OK. Hope the wall did no damage. Rest well!
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