Maintenance: neither routine or exotic

13 Jan

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One of the aphorisms of cruising describes our lifestyle as performing routine maintenance (or repairs) in exotic locations. This rings true, for better and for worse. “If you can’t fix it, be able to live without it” is another truism for voyagers, and a good reason to go simple. Bundle these with the additional reality that most tasks in our floating life take more time than they do in a normal (fixed, land-based, connected) existence. That’s a good summary of life on Totem right now, although northern Florida is NOT exotic, and this particular outboard fix has proved to be ...

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Following a Dream – Fixing, tinkering and navigating

13 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Looking back on 2016!

12 Jan

What a year it has been! 2016 was truly a busy year for us with lots of sailing on Isbjorn and wrapping up our last year with World Cruising Club and running the sailing rallies, seminars and boat show together with them.

In the end of December, Andy and I celebrated 10 years from when we met in New Zealand. Over a beer (or two) we reminisced about the past year and started sharing our favorite stories. It truly has been a blast, with lots of sailing and traveling. We have visited some old favorite spots and discovered new ‘need to ...

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In the Depression

12 Jan

Wednesday, January 11th: The depression that is forecast approaches. As we are 4th in the group, we will likely get it the worst, since it will slide to the East Northeast, and with the confinement of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone, which goes East Southeast, there is unlikely to be an escape south, along the AEZ, except for the front 2 of our group. If we would be stationary, it would sweep over us in half a day. Since we will move with it, it will be 18-24 hours ,maybe 30-36, before we can get away from it.

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Following a Dream – Life on the lip of an ocean swell

12 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Ebikes for boats, learning from a Sondors

11 Jan

Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 11, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Folding bikes seem great for cruising boats. You can extend your sightseeing, fetch supplies, or simply get some rolling excercise. But I’ve wondered if a compactable electric bike could be even better and more fun. While that manly beast above is certainly unfit for stowing on even a mid-sized trawler, it’s led me to love the ebike concept and taught me what a good one may look like for my cruising situation…

Ben_on_GoCycle_in_Lauderdale2_cPanbo.jpgMy first ebike experience was a brief test of the Gocycle G2 at the ...

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Records, records and more records

11 Jan
The Jackal aboard Banque Populaire

I remember as a kid trying to get my friends to like sailing. “It’s boring,” they told me. “Nothing ever happens.” And you know they were probably right. I loved sailing, but sailing was kind of boring back then. Boring no more. Just step back and take a look at our sport today. Flying boats competing for the America’s Cup. One man sailing single-handed around the world, non-stop, on a 100-foot trimaran and smashing over eight days off the record. The amazing footage that was sent back from the boats in the last Volvo Ocean
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Following a Dream – Another day at the office

11 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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A Chat with Jonny Malbon

10 Jan

The defining characteristic of these past few days has been gray, gray, gray, overcast and gray. It seems as though we have not seen the sun substantively, except of one afternoon last week, for weeks. Amazing, and one hopes that that will change.

We have 1500 nautical miles to Cape Horn. We have passed into the Rocky Mountain Time Zone, and more pertinent to ship operations, our Inmarsat-C has logged out of the satellite for POR, Pacific Ocean Region, and logged onto AOR-W, Atlantic Ocean Region – West (there are four satellites in all, two in the Atlantic, East and ...

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Following a Dream – Halfway across the Pond

10 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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