January 2005

january 7 2005 : gulf harbor marina, whangaparaoa, new zealand Happy New Year! We’re back on the boat after a great trip home. It’s been nearly a month already since we updated the site. I guess there wasn’t much to report on back home. We were busy doing the same things … Read More

December 2004

december 3 2004 : st. paul, minnesota, usa Obviously we made it home okay. The trip coming home was a lot quicker though not nearly as fun as it was getting away. Our flight from New Zealand to Los Angeles was a brutal one. With me on the aisle, Ali in … Read More

November 2004

november 1 2004 : gulf harbor marina, whagaparaoa, new zealand Well, after a busy weekend we have ourselves a new ride. A 1988 Volvo we picked up for the bargain basement price of about $1300 USD. Hopefully she’s got another 3000 miles or so left in her. We woke up early … Read More

October 2004

october 1 2004 : en route to tonga Not much to report on for this passage. It’s been pretty slow going most of the time. Back in Tahiti one of our to do’s was to get the bimini support welded since one of the two main supports is almost completely … Read More

September 2004

september 2 2004 : mo’orea, society islands, french polynesia I thought after our 24 day passage across the Pacific that everything after that was going to feel like nothing. Now it seems that a one day passage completely wipes us out. We actually left two days ago with the intention … Read More

August 2004

august 1 2004 : en route to rangiroa This has been a strange passage so far. It’s only about 580 miles, five days, so we didn’t really give it much thought before we left. Then suddenly late on the first day we both looked at each other and said, God, … Read More

July 2004

july 1 2004 : pacific ocean crossing This sucks. Our nice steady trade winds have abandoned us. We have eight knots of wind right now and are making very slow progress. The forecast for the next two days doesn’t look any better. So what was looking like a very fast … Read More

June 2004

june 1 2004 : isla santa cruz, galápagos islands, ecuador Not much to report yet from the Galápagos. We have spent the last couple of days working on boat projects. We’ve spent hours at the hardware store trying in vain to communicate with the nice people there. It’s funny how … Read More

May 2004

may 2 2004 : balboa, panamá Election day in Panama. The Panamanians do not take their right to vote for granted. Just about every car on the road has signs, flags, and bumper stickers on it. The taxi drivers have been eager to tell us about the elections, as has … Read More

April 2004

april 2 2004 : acklins island, crooked island district, bahamas We got in yesterday around noon after 29 hours of mainly motoring with a tiny bit of motorsailing mixed in. In fact, after I slept for a couple hours in the middle of the night I came out to find … Read More

March 2004

march 1 2004 : george town, great exuma island, bahamas Well after our second night anchored next to town we had enough. The wind was still blowing 25 knots and we had some huge waves rolling through all night long. We managed 3 or 4 hours of sleep and then … Read More

February 2004

february 2 2004 : en route to staniel cay, bahamas Well Ali says no go on not buying her a gift. It was worth a shot. We left the Exumas Park yesterday morning and once again motored into 20 knot headwinds for 8 miles. We pulled into a nice little … Read More