Could Monte sail Mo when so out of alignment? On test day, the winds were light, but the answer was that, yes, he could. (Alignment is a funny concept on a vessel that is moving in three dimensions within two mediums, water and air.) Ops were tricky, however. ...
Foggy Francois, ICEBEAR on the beautiful new floating dock with 35’ under her keel in the deep fjord.
Francois is Atlantic Canada’s most remote out-port village, the farthest settlement from any roads, and accessible only by boat or helicopter. In its heyday, over 300 people called the village home. The location is insane – the village is divided in two by a rushing waterfall fed by a picturesque pond a few hundred feet above the houses, and situated on a rise above the water’s edge, where fishing boats and a ferry make fast to a wharf on the south side ...
Visible, a relatively new Verizon subsidiary, has been offering a $40 per month (taxes included) unlimited plan for about a year. While the plan’s pricing is great, its usefulness has been potentially limited by a 5mbps speed cap. Today Visible announced that they’re removing this speed cap while keeping the rest of the plan the same. Is this as good as it sounds?
A snippet from Visible’s FAQ section about slowing data speeds
The entrance to the majestic Hare Bay fjord on Newfoundland’s wild south coast. Our anchorage was a full five miles inland from the fjord mouth.
ICEBEAR encountered her first whales yesterday. After the wild breaching we saw a couple of humpbacks exhibiting in the distance earlier in the day, we’d kept a sharp lookout for the rest of the morning, hoping to spot more, and closer. Around lunchtime, I casually came up to check the water temperature on the speedo gauge at the helm. I heard the whale before I saw him, heard his spout off to port over my ...
Liz & Jeremy watching the morning’s dolphin show on ICEBEAR’s foredeck.
Dolphins and whales to start the morning! The dawn came clear and sunny for the third day in a row, so despite the lack of wind, we certainly are enjoying the fine, dry weather. When I came up at 0800 for the watch change, several dozen white & black dolphins surrounded the boat, taking turns playing in the bow wave (albeit created by the motor), clearly visible in the dark green ocean and early morning sunshine.
I experimented with putting preventing the mainsail out to port, then sheeting her ...
Today (June 18th) is Mia & my 8th wedding anniversary! I never know what to celebrate more – the day we met, on December 28, 2006. Or the day we got married, June 18, 2011. After that first day, the second day seemed inevitable.
“Can you please write a blog post?” asked my wife.
“I’m busy,” I say.
“But it’s been four days with nothing from you. You’ve posted every day for almost a year. People expect an update.”
“After such a flood, I’d think those people would like a break.”
“Then stop thinking and write a post.”
Over the last week, Mo and I have been holed-up on Ben Garvey’s dock in Purcell’s Cove, which is well outside of town. This has two benefits. One, it makes me hard to find, and so the number of visitors has slowed to nearly zero. Two, ...
Electric trolling motors have already become highly capable and also often well integrated with some major brand multifunction display systems. But, dang, it looks like the technology is about to experience a major growth spurt when both Lowrance and Garmin introduce their own models at the ICAST fishing show starting on July 9.
Hey folks. We’ve got a fun giveaway for all of you. If you’ll remember, a dear friend and supporter of the Figure 8 Voyage asked if he could name his ink after Randall and his journey. You can read about this amazing ink and the story of why it inspired the name of Randall Blue here.
Here’s where things get fun!
If you’d like some Randall ink, Nick is giving away 4 bottles together with signed original artwork to 4 lucky winners. All you have to do to enter is like the Figure 8 ...