I am on the way back to Truce in Canada and writing this on the plane. Eleven hours from Auckland to San Francisco and then on to Victoria in Canada. It's going to be a long flight but an even longer journey when I return to New Zealand with Truce in a few weeks. Leaving … Continue reading LEAVING NZ – A NEW CHAPTER
The trip was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the boat and the systems on board. In the early days of the trip I had to undertake a lot of maintenance as the boat hadn’t been in use full time. During the trip I suffered no major failures and am confident the boat is … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON ALASKA TRIP
Easy day in Bamfield. A great little place and very laid back. It’s a holiday town but there is no rush or bustle, everything is neat and tidy and well laid out. There are some nice houses lining the inlet with their private docks and well-tended gardens. I like the look of the place. Well … Continue reading BAMFIELD, AN EASY DAY.
The West Coast of Vancouver Island is turning out to be one of the best parts of the trip down from Alaska. After leaving Ucluelet this morning I headed over to the Broken Group of Islands in Barkley Sound. Many of these islands form part of a Marine Park and are much used in the … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL BARKLEY SOUND
Woke up this morning and it was warmer, did the breath test and only a bit of steam came out. Turned out to be a sunny and warm day, could have worn shorts but I was too busy to get changed. I turned out the lockers under the cockpit today and laid everything down in the … Continue reading SPREADER REMOVAL DAY
It rained all night with some wind and a nice fresh cold breezy day today. I am trying to get a reasonably priced ERPIB and expected I could get one from West Marine in the USA. Unfortunately, although the price is great they are only programmed for American boats. I then spoke at length with West … Continue reading MORE RAIN AND PLANNING
I left home in Auckland on the 26th March, one day before my sixty fifth birthday and official retirement and flew into Vancouver on the same day thanks to the date line. Then I hired a car and took the ferry over to Vancouver Island where the pre purchase inspection was to take place at … Continue reading HECTIC TIMES – PRE PURCHASE INSPECTION
Many people don’t believe in fate, some consider fate an alignment of coincidences, others don’t believe in coincidences. As a seaman I am super suspicious, I never walk under ladders, I have lucky numbers, never sail on Friday the thirteenth, constantly touch wood and know that fate and circumstance are realities of life. Late in … Continue reading FATE OR CIRCUMSTANCE – BUYING A BOAT