#253: Jessie Z & Luke Y Return // Trans-At Stories

7 Jan

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#253: Jessie Zevalnkink & Luke Yeates were on the podcast back in October 2017, right after they’d crossed the Atlantic in their 37′ yawl DESIREE. Mia & I caught up with them in person aboard their boat in Lagos, Portugal, as we were getting ISBJORN ready to cross the Atlantic. We sat in their cockpit as the sun went down, hearing stories of their dramatic knockdown off Cape St. Vincent, their 6 weeks rebuilding their rudder here in Lagos, life as a married couple and what their future plans are as sailors. Jessie is a professional portrait photographer and also ...

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Crewing on Totem

7 Jan

For the 800 mile run from Puerto Peñasco to Puerto Vallarta, two coaching clients responded to our spontaneous offer for sharing the sail; Sam shares their experience in this guest post.

David read the email before I did. And he’d already made up his mind not to go when he came upstairs to tell me.

“It’s too close to Christmas and too long to be gone.”

“Where would the kids go?”

“What if I can’t get the time off of work?”

“What if the plane tickets are outrageous?”

And my response to these arguments?

“Of course we’re going.”

Two weeks ...

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Passing Over Prince Edward Islands

6 Jan

January 3, 2019/Day 91

Noon Position: 46 18S 38 12E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7

Miles since departure: 12,444

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

Fast sailing with poled out twins as we ride the top of a low. Winds have been 15 – 25 all day (low 20s on average) with my only complaint being that they refuse to go due east, which Monte and I would find more convenient for course making. Seas are chaotic and are producing a stunningly rough ride. I can only imagine what it would be like here in a full gale, and I’m pushing to be off ...

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Cold Day, Cold Feet

4 Jan

January 2, 2018/Day 90

Noon Position: 46 32S  35 05E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ENE 5

Wind(t/tws): SWxW 20 – 27

Miles since departure: 12,302

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

I can’t believe I’ve been away from my wife for 90 days. I doubt we’ve been apart this long since our first date.

Poor day for mileage. Wind went soft but squally overnight, and that has not improved between sunup and this writing.

A frigid airmass is moving through, pushing temperatures in the cabin to 48 degrees by morning, a number not seen since Cape Horn. Condensation dripped from the port lights. Squalls have ...

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Crazy is as crazy does

4 Jan

Crazy Eyes – an Open 40 – recently resurfaced

Happy New Year – let’s hope that 2019 is a year filled with crazy sailing stunts. I know, that’s an odd wish, but two sailing related stories in the news caught my eye this past week and it’s worth commenting on them. But first…  It used to be a big deal to sail across an ...
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Rain Catchment 2.0 and a New Year’s Chat with the Wife

3 Jan

January 1, 2018/Day 89

Noon Position: 46 45S  31 41E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 5

Miles since departure: 12,172

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

New Year’s Day.

I woke to drizzle and thought the responsible thing to do was catch some of it. Winds were light (NW 18) and seas were down enough that they stayed off the deck. The night had see NW 30 – 40, so the workable sea state surprised me.

I guzzled a cup of coffee, got into foulies, raised the main and rigged my catchment system on the main’s cradle cover. Within three hours I had ten gallons of ...

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LED replacement bulbs, the options get better and cheaper

3 Jan

My most recent bulbs ordered from Amazon

LED lighting keeps getting better with higher quality light output, better fitting replacement bulbs, and lower costs.   While new LED fixtures are a good choice on some boats — note how Gizmo got brighter and dimming cabin lights that way —   the options in replacement bulbs have gotten so good that the expense was not justified given my boat’s existing fixtures.

Several years ago I set out to convert as much of Have Another Day’s lighting to LED as possible.  With over 100 12v halogen fixtures this was going to be quite an ...

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Longitude Made Good and Lemon Pound Cake

2 Jan

December 31, 2018/Day 88

Noon Position: 46 33S  28 03E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7

Miles since departure: 12,021

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

The low came on overnight. I reefed the main down to the second position after dinner, the third position at 1:30am, and dropped it altogether at 6am. By that time winds were a steady 30 – 35 NW. Mo rides easily with just the small jib and is just as fast, and so I’ve kept that configuration all day, rolling out a bit more sail as winds ease; tucking it back in when they increase. Mo froths ...

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Happy New Year, 2019 is going to be a busy year

2 Jan

A full load of test equipment ready to be loaded onto Have Another Day

I’ve started multi-brand, underway testing with lots more to come in 2019.   Have Another Day’s 2018 ended with quite a few installs planned or in progress.  I’m pretty excited to see how the various products will work in real-world cruising aboard our boat if the weather decides to clear up and let us actually cruise.

In early October we left Chicago and headed down the flooded Illinois and Mississippi rivers before joining up with the Ohio River.  We then had several pleasant travel days through the ...

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Whale on a Lovely Day

1 Jan

December 31, 2018/Day 87

Noon Position: 46 19S  24 08E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7

Miles since departure: 11,858

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

Rode the twin, poled-out headsails all night and until late afternoon when wind went into the north and began to build. A low moves through tonight and tomorrow.

On deck mid morning I turned and saw a large patch of brown on the water less than a boat length to port. It glistened and gave the impression of immense muscularity. Visible above the water was the length of its body from its dorsal fin to its blow hole, but that ...

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