I thought it would be good to post here a portion of my blog and links to follow Dauntless if you are so inclined.
There is also a short video, but it is sideways and I do not know how to correct that in Wordpress.
A reminder for a few links you may find interesting:
My blog is at dauntlessatsea.wordpress.com
Some extra pictures are at Richard Bost But I don't update a lot if I'm not in NY
YOu can also find Dauntless on Marine
Also find Dauntless at Share.delorme.com/dauntless
Best way to contact me is through my gmail, wxman22
from my post today:
After 10 months, I finally got the water
maker up and running. I had needed to replace the aux pump
and wanted to rewire it a bit, to use a relay closer to the power source. This also enables me to have a switch on the helm
to turn it on and off.
I had done the electrical
weeks ago, but the pump
fitting were giving me fits. Between national pipe thread (NPT), garden hose thread, plastic fitting, brass fittings, American fitting and European fittings, I was at my witís end.
I didnít like the first solutions I had come up with which had made it look like something Rube Goldberg would have designed. Finally in Trebeurden I found a coupler fitting and that led to an elegant solution.
The new auxiliary pump, centrifugal, is very quiet and made to run continuously. Thatís thanks to Parks at Hopkins-Carter Marine
Having to find a new dock
last winter, while stressful at the time, ended up being the best thing ever. My helper, the other Richard, got to see some of the Miami boating
environs and I ended up meeting some really helpful and nice people: Parks and my Nordy friends, Ed & Rosa. A wonderful result on all accounts.
So Saturday morning, we got up and were underway to Jersey. We didnít make it.
For the first 4 hours, our average speed was 4 knots. At that rate, we would get to Jersey the day after tomorrow. Not really but it felt like that. So I decided to find an interim stop. I did, Lezardrieux, promptly nicknamed, Lizardville. As soon as we turned upriver to the town, about 5 miles, our speed shot up to 9 knots. We arrived just in time to miss the lunch hours, meaning a wait until 19:00, 7:00 p.m., to eat. I donít like eating late anymore, convinced that part of my weight loss has been due to not having evening meals
for the most part.
was for a storm to be moving through on Sunday, but you know me and forecasts. I wanted to get to Jersey because the window of opportunity was getting ever smaller.
Therefore, we are underway now to Jersey, in moderate winds, 12 to16 knots gusting to 25, but the seas are relatively flat, at 2-4 foot. Yes, I have come to accept that 2-4í is relatively flat. Our roll has increased to 8į.
We now have a counter current
, so although I am making the supreme sacrifice by running at 1800 rpms, where fuel
burn is 2.0 gal/hr, our speed is still only 5.8 knots. If my Navionics
currents are correct, we should have a helpful current
going our direction in the next two hours.
Our intended destination
, St. Helier on the Island of Jersey, is a port that has a sill to come over. The sill, like a cofferdam, keeps the water
in the basin, otherwise the harbor would be dry at low tide but now, this means the harbor entrance is only open 3 hours on each side of high tide. So, itís also closed for 6 hours. Iím running faster to try to get there before it closes.
Iíll let you know how it turns out. But you can probably figure it out as it happens just by watching our route
at the Share.delorme.com/dauntless website.
Ummm, turns out I had rebooted the InReach and then did not realize it was not transmitting, so no joy that way. However, I did get an email
from MarineTraffic telling me Dauntless had arrived in Jersey!
stayed out of the southwest until the final hour into Port St. Helier. This meant the fetch was small and the waves stayed in the 2 and 3 foot range, with only an occasional 5 footer, in spite of the 15 gusts to 25 knot
winds. Just before landfall, the winds turned westerly and north westerly at 25 knots. That combined with the much longer fetch, was immediately saw waves a few feet higher. All of sudden we were getting 6 foot waves on the port stern quarter. That angle of incidence does make the roll more than usual, and we had one roll of 15į. But not much more than a curiosity, as the port was in sight.
As we pulled into the harbor, I saw the three RED lights signifying the marina basin was closed. Not only was it closed, but the water inside the marina was already three feet higher than the water Dauntless was in. We tied up at the ďwaitingĒ dock
So my tide calculation was only off by about 6 hours! Se La Vie.
Allís Well that Ends Well
If you cannot find me via the Delorme, you can also try Marine Traffic, but a caveat.
If you google
MarineTraffic Dauntless, please be aware that we are not:
A Greek bulk carrier, nor the Tugs in the UK and Singapore
and not even the British war ship.
So if you are like I and are easily confused, just google
ďMarine traffic 367571090Ē.
We went into town and had a great, early dinner.
Richard on Dauntless today in Old Jersey