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  1. Mark Nowlan says:

    Cant wait to see your pics of the cliffs of mother from the water! beautiful spot. Looks like you all are having fun…and thanks for the posts!

  2. Jonathan says:

    I’ve seen you mention passing ships a number of times; have you heard about the collision of the destroyer Fitzgerald and the container ship Crystal?
    Early reports indicate neither ship saw each other and that the Crystal, at least, was on autopilot with nobody at the helm:

    • Yes, I did see the news on that tragic event. Seven lost their lives.

      Early reports don’t look great for either ship. The container ship was operating in busy waters and needs someone keeping watch. We don’t know for sure that they didn’t but “missing” an entire destroyer would be unusual. The destroyer certainly had a fully maned bridge. I can’t figure out why they would let any ship friendly, commercial, or otherwise anywhere near the when operating in open ocean.

      • Mark Nowlan says:

        That was terribly sad! There’s got to be a lot of that story missing!! will be interesting to hear more if and when it comes out.

  3. Allan rosenberg says:

    Just listened to one of your interviews where you mentioned being in Richards Bay and Cape Town. Pity we didn’t know as we could have met up and shown you around South time you come to this side of the world, let me know. Regards Allan

    • We had a great time in South Africa. It’s a long way to get there from any direction but it’s an exciting destination and, with the pirate activity in Somalia, South Africa is now very close to a required stop when rounding the world.

  4. Sverre Koxvold says:

    Would love for you to stop by Findhorn Bay, some 30 miles east of Inverness/Caledonian Canal. I can take you for a ride onto the whiskey trail in the Spey Valley. Speaking of ‘spirit’, also spiritual centre Findhorn Foundation. I’ve crossed the North Sea to Norway some 7 times, if you need any hint on that.

    • Thanks for the invitation Sverre. We will certainly be in your area and do plan to transit the Caledonian Canal. Don’t know if we will be heading into Findhorn Bay but your invitation sounds really good so we’ll do it if we can. We hope our paths do end up crossing. It would be great to meet you and your offer of the tour sounds excellent.

  5. Steven Coleman says:

    Hello James,

    Well you two (+spitfire) are slowly making your way around the coast and sounds like you’re having a ball.

    I did get to thinking, mostly due to all of this week so far appears to be dealing with related issues, when was the last time you checked or changed the anode on your hot water heater?

    I can’t find where I read it but I seem to remember you have a Torrid marine water heater though and those aren’t really cheap.

    Most of the commercial domestic water heating systems and tanks I’ve been dealing with this week are going to run more in the 10K plus range and none are over 9 years old (failure to replace anodes is not a manufacturers defect).

    • That’s a good point Steve. It took a while to run down part numbers but it looks like we have a Torrid MV-20 and it appears that unit uses the TA12 magnesium anode. I’ll pick up a couple when we are in Seattle in July. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Benjamin says:

    Hey James:

    Since you guys are using so many Raspberry Pi’s, I thought I’d point you in the way of the Chip ( They’re sometimes a PITA to buy because they keep going out of stock, but they’re a $9 ARM SBC similar to the pi but with built-in Wifi/Bluetooth and built in storage. They also have a lot more GPIO capability than the Pi. I used one in an IOT one-off device and it worked great for me.


    • The Chip looks good. Great price, acceptable GPIO, nice they include headers, and it has great I/O with WiFi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth. But, as you said, hard to get get. They are currently not shipping. We only use two Raspberry Pis on Dirona with one in the PH and one at the back of the boat to minimize I/O wire runs. The downside is they are more expensive but they have many GPIO pins so the actual cost per incremental GPIO pin is fairly low and there is a good community of users.

      If Chip comes back into availability I might try one just to learn more about it. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

      • Chasm says:

        A similar option within the Raspberry Pi ecosystem is the Raspberry Pi Zero W, unlike the original Pi Zero it is actually available. (SOC from the 1st gen, Wlan & Bluetooth from the 3rd gen.)
        The Raspberry world has a definite advantage when it comes to support. The others tend to be cheaper with more performance and IO but lack of support is a constant complaint.

        Now if there would be a Pi with POE…

        • Thanks Chasm. The Pi Zero W looks pretty good. I wish it had direct Ethernet and PoE would be even better but this coupled with a 24v to 5v power supply looks pretty interesting. I put one on order. Thanks,

  7. Jacques Vuye says:

    Crookhave! O’Sullivan’s is the place! (-:

    • It looks like you may be right Jacques O’Vuye. We were enjoying sunset on the aft deck under the patio heater but could see that O’Sullivan’s was very busy. Lunch or dinner tonight for sure.

  8. John Worl says:

    Interesting little pirouette. Can hardly wait to find out what that was about.

    • Jamie says:

      ^ +1 and this hopefully is a sign the high pressure problem has been resolved!

      • I wish the engine alarming problem were solved Jamie! The good news is that rather than alarming all the time, the engine is now performing well at all RPM and under all loads except, ironically, raising and lowering anchor. When at idle running the hydraulics it alarms frequently but we didn’t see any problems today even trying to provoke the engine to alarm at all RPM and loads from idle to WOT.

        The good news is that the engine problem has gone from very serious to mildly annoying. The bad news is that we are no closer to understanding it, it most definitely isn’t fixed, and it will return at some inconvenient point in the future. It has just stopped happening as frequently so we will still need to get it figured out. My guess is I’ll need to change the injectors. With 9,162 hours on the main engine, needing new injectors wouldn’t really be that unreasonable. What’s annoying is that it’s not possible to say for certain what the problem is.

    • We did two laps around the famous Fastnet Rock. Fastnet is most famous as the rounding point for the famous Fastnet Ocean Sailing Race ( Fastnet rock and the lighthouse on Fastnet Rock is super famous. Years ago I read Fastnet Force 10 ( about the 1979 Fastnet race described by Wikipeida as:

      “A severe storm during the 1979 race resulted in the deaths of eighteen people (fifteen competing yachtsmen and three rescuers) and the involvement of some 4,000 others in what became the largest ever rescue operation in peace-time. This led to a major overhaul of the rules and the equipment required for the competition. Several books have since been written about the 1979 race, which remains notorious in the yachting world for its loss of life.In the 1979 race, “15 sailors died, five boats sank, and at least 75 boats flipped upside down.”

      We have a video of the two laps around Fastnet and we’ll get it posted soon. You’ll like it John.

      • John Worl says:

        I remember the event!! Look forward to the video. Locally, I have been watching – again – the R2AK event. Always exciting.

      • Jamie says:

        Aha, laps around Fastnet. Makes perfect sense. When zooming in on googlemaps we get “sorry we have no imagery here’ – too bad as it looks only a tile or two off where they do have imagery. Perhaps a google employee might see about adding this famous rock to their outstanding mapping service. In consideration of where they are located. Haha. 🙂

  9. Great anchorage! Jump in the tender and accross to Bushes in Baltimore.

    • I’ve got a few projects I need to get wrapped up so it probably won’t happen but we like your plan Declan!

      • Timothy Daleo says:

        Quite a bit of projects all seemed to happen at once. Glad it was a short trip and they did not surface a week earlier! I hope the three of you are doing well. It looks a little chilly for me but probably just like the PNW that you both like!

        • It is a bit weird to have 3 problems in one short trip. The main engine issue is particularly concerning in that we still don’t have a solution for that one. We changed all the fuel filters without improving it at all. Next thing I’ll try is replacing the high pressure pump suction control valve since I have a spare, it’s fairly easy, and the engine manual says points there as the next step in troubleshooting. It’s been a bit windy but it’s currently 57 with light wind so, with our patio heater, we’ll be comfortable out enjoying the early evening on our aft deck.

          • Steve Coleman says:

            Do you have a spare pump?

            • No, no spare on the hydraulic bilge pump Steve but we do have a 9,000 gph Honda trash pump ready to go behind the hydraulic pump if there is a failure.

              • Steve Coleman says:

                Sorry, I meant a spare fuel pump. Filters are done, I would assume they pointed you to check values on the sensor if they are starting to recommend parts replacement. I figured if that “suction control valve” doesn’t do it the fuel pump would be probably be next in line.

                But of course JD probably recommended a JD mechanic after the filters 🙂

                • The Cascade Engine team, the Deere distributor that supplied the engine, has super good service, is very responsive, and always willing to answer questions. Surprisingly, they really understand that marine engines are used in secluded places and they don’t just say “get an authorized Deere mechanic.” My only complaint is that Deere should make the mechanical diagnostic harness and software (Service Advisor) to world cruising and fleet owners. I suspect they do make it available to fleet owners but haven’t been able to arrange permanent access to it for use on Dirona. Not having this data makes diagnostics more of a hit and miss proposition, can lead to wasted time, and overall can be a bit frustrating. I wish Deere would reconsider there position at least for world cruising boats that need to be self sufficient.

                  Next in line after the SCV, is checking for air the fuel, and then I would probably go to changing the injectors but I may get some advice on easier diagnostic steps I can take before that.

                  • Steve Coleman says:

                    Kind of expensive but is this what you are looking for?


                    There is a link in that blog to where you can buy it. The comments at the bottom indicate it is good for marine engines.

                    • Steve Coleman says:

                      I see the problem, it’s not the tool it’s the fully functional software.

                    • You nailed it on both points Steve. That is the required hardware and, without the Deere diagnostic software, the hardware is not worth much. Deere licenses Service Adviser for 3 months at a time and I’m always working on convincing them that on boats that roam far from Deere skills, they need to allow the operators to have access to this software. At this point, I’ve not been sufficiently convincing.

                      Access to service diagnostic software will greatly influence my recommendations and buying decisions.

          • Jamie says:

            Can you put a manual gauge on the fuel rail to rule out the pressure sensor?

            • Hi Jamie. The pressures are in the range of 20,000 PSI so sealing properly would require great care and the gauge would need to be properly rated. And I’m not sure where I would put it with all fuel system openings already in use. What we know from the 1347.7 code is the actual common rail fuel pressure is at least 750PSI different from called from actual. With special hardware and software, all parameters can be read by a John Deere authorized mechanic. The right answer is having access to this diagnostic system and, in the future, if a manufacturer was willing to grant me access to this diagnostic software, it would influence my purchasing decision and subsequent recommendations greatly.

              At times in the past, I have had access to this diagnostic software but I haven’t been able to arrange to have permanent access so don’t have access to the massive amount of data that this software makes available including high pressure rail actual and called for pressure.

      • Declan, thanks for the tip. We went to Bushes in Baltimore yesterday and had a great lunch outside enjoying the warm weather and the view out over the harbour.

        • I fished out of Baltimore briefly on the Lovon (I believe she is still there) in a former life, before moving to the Uk and getting involved with data centres among other things.. Can i ask your thoughs on a battery monitoring system for my Grand Banks? After reading your blog i am thinking Rasp PI, small touch screen at the helm and sms/email alerts. In return i will recommend the best pubs on any european coast 😉

          • That’s a deal Declan! Your advice has been excellent so far.

            For battery monitoring, there is a lot you can do. On our original boat we had a simple battery monitoring system from our inverter supplier. At the time we were using a Heart Interface Link 2000 and their entry level system that does just about as much was the Link 10. Heart Interface has since been purchased by Xantrex but the Link 10 lives on as the Xantrex Link Pro available from Amazon at:

            On Dirona, we have multiple battery banks and wanted to be able to alarm, send email, and show all relevant parameters. We decided to use Maretron N2kview as the display and the Maretron DCM100 as the sensor. We’re very happy with that system.

            More recently we have implemented more than 20 channels of digital input (sensing device off/on state) using a Raspberry PI. It’s super simple and inexpensive where less than $50 buys a Pi and that plus a $5 relay for channel works well. We have since implemented 12 channels of digital output (ability to turn external devices off and on). A bit more complicated but not much and again, it’s cheap and reliable. I just added a second Pi to since I’m running out of input and output pins and then implemented 8 channels of temperature and humidity using the $6 DHT-22 sensor also available from Amazon:

            For your project, if you wanted to use a Pi you would need to either implement analog input to sense voltage over a range from 0 to your max battery voltage or buy a sensor that produces digital output and read it directly from the Pi as I do using the DHT-22 temperatures sensors. I’ve not yet implemented voltage sensing with the Pi but it certainly can be done. One approach is to use an Arduino.

            For simple battery monitoring I would go with something like the Xantrex battery monitor. It’ll tell you voltage, state of charge, etc. and there are 10s of these available with different features. By far the easiest approach. If you want a more elaborate monitoring systems that goes beyond battery management and includes other boat systems or you want alarms, lights, email and/or SMS on faults, I would go with the Maretron system. If you are a hobbiest, just like to do it yourself, or want to have complete control over the system, then using the Pi is a great approach. Very cheap, quite reliable, you can do anything with it, but it’s more work than the other solutions. After spending 4 hours implementing some feature or another I always joke that it really wouldn’t be worth it for 1 use but for 1,000s of customers it makes total sense. Unfortunately I only have 1 user (unless you count Jennifer and Spitfire) so the time investment doesn’t always make sense.

            I would look hard at packaged battery monitors or a Maretron-based solution but any of the three approaches will work great.

            • James, comprehensive and excellent response as always.
              I have a Heart Interface 1000 inverter so had looked at the Link 2000 or 2000R recently. Liked the Bluesea and Victron Energy products also. But like you, remote monitoring and alarms are important so I have read with great interest your Maretron articles. As impressive as it, i’m finding it hard to justify as getting the “data” from my 44 year old engines will require a bit of work! The are several NMEA to wifi boxes now on the market so i’m sure it could be done. I would like to monitor engine temperatures and pressures but at the moment batteries are my priority.
              That got me onto the PI. Unfortunately i can’t code so feel it maybe a bit beyond me. As you said to another blog reader maybe I should start with a basic Maretron system and build on it.
              Interestingly I have recently installed an excellent 4G router on board:
              It has a few digital and analogue inputs which can trigger SMS alerts so I have set a low voltage alarm for my house battery bank which gives some peace of mind at least.
              Have you had the Mavic up in Ireland yet? I got one a few months back and love it but still havnt been brave enough to fly it off the boat.
              Hope you are enjoying your trip up the west coast – its rare you get weather like this!

              • With the Maretron solution, no coding is required. All you need is a DCM100, an Maretron NF-NM4P-NF power inserter, and a DCM150 to get full alarming for your batteries. If you want to get SMS or email as well, replace the DCM150 with N2kview on a PC. Works well and is easy to install.

                I really like the router you pointed out with digital inputs. It’s really smart of the company to include some digital input capability. Very useful for some applications and essentially free to add to the device.

                We have flown two missions with the Mavic in Ireland. One over Brows Head to get a nice picture looking down on the signal tower and another in Crookhavn off the boat to get some shots of us in the anchorage. I continue to be impressed with it’s ease of flight and the quality of the pictures. Landing on the boat does require some care. On the last “carrier” landing it was blowing 15 kts, the boat was moving slightly in the anchorage and I dropped a leg off the table I was landing upon leading to my first minor crash. We took some nicks and marks on the props but nothing else and no need to change parts.

                • Declan says:

                  I am leaning towards Maretron using N2kview. It definitely seems to be the best sorted solution out there and the expense well justified.
                  Cant recommend the Teltonika highly enough. DIN rail mounting keeps things neat too. I think they are aimed at remote monitoring, wind farms etc, but work great on board.
                  Looking forward to seeing your Mavic pics, particularly the signal tower. They really are a remarkable machine.
                  Dingle next?

                  • Your plan with N2kview sounds like a good one Declan.

                    For our next stop, we’ll head to Velentia Island and then through Blasket Islands up to the Aran islands to anchor. Dingle looks great but, as much as we enjoy great towns, we’re ready for some more time in the wilds.

    • Ed Murphy says:

      Or across to the hotel and the Jolly Roger on Sherkin. So jealous.

      • We were close to the Jolly Roger but the view from Islanders Rest drew us in for dinner and a Murphy’s. Both were good. It was fun to watch the weather system roll in. Baltimore Harbour gets surprisingly rough in what were fairly mild conditions. I’ll bet it can get exciting in there in a big storm.

  10. Timothy Daleo says:

    How did they address the fuel spill. I know here it would be a major event and we would get fined.

    • Here it considerably less of a big deal than in many other countries and especially the US. It’ll get looked at and procedures will be put in place on the boat to reduce the probability of a repeat occurrence.

  11. Mark McGillivray says:

    I am just emerging from a long list of projects I started as a freshman trawler owner. While working through our long list, was always on my list to see if you had covered the subject matter. Very often I would find that you have covered the target subject and had thoroughly worked through pragmatic solutions. Your posts can take quite technical issues, annotating them into an easy to comprehend, informative and enjoyable read. I would hate to think the number of blunders I would have made if not for your assistance.

    Recently I have time to read through more of your site that I still take in bite size pieces. Bite size, not because it is hard to comprehend but, because I invariably come across an article that highlights another issue on N5002 that should be addressed. Then I’m off to work through this new another task before returning to to discover yet another shortcoming on our boat. I do not see an end in sight yet, as I have not yet trolled your entire site. Even when I do manage to make it through I am sure that on another read, I will find treasures that I missed first time around. My wife may not thank you but I certainly do!

    Thank you for sharing.

    Mark McGillivray

  12. David Andrews says:

    Re the Atlantic gales, the BBC reports than one competitor (age 71 or thereabouts) has been rescued by the liner Queen Mary II. Apparently his yacht was knocked horizontal at 2:00am, broken timber flew across his cabin shattering a porthole causing it to fill with sea water. It says he scuppered the yacht so it would not be a shipping hazard. Sounds like he was fortunate to be able to continue the rest of his trip in relative comfort.

  13. Rod Sumner says:

    James and Jennifer:

    Three cases of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc is what I call a great resupply job! Also a very pleasant wine. Enjoy!
    (PS. My wife and I visited all of the Marlborough vineyards in February)

    • We love the Marlborough region — great Souvignon Blanc and great cruising. A match made in heaven. The South Island of New Zealand is an incredible cruising area with Fiordland, Marlborough Sound, and Stewart Island. Light populated and beautiful scenery.

  14. Tim Kaine says:

    Back to the keel cooler as you know I am really watching on this one. Here is what I can decipher based on the screens you have posted in regards to tach and temp. I left off any water temp mingling in this since we do not know at what point you lost your temperature sensor when you were on the southern half of the world. I am also bundling the data I see from your passages across the Indian, S Africa to Helena and Helena to Barbados into one group versus your passage across to Ireland since it is your first very long passage since having your cooler painted.

    For the 3 passages there was 19 entries that gave us an average of 183° temp on main engine. Of those you running high rpms during those first couple weeks in Sept which always had your temps in the high 190 to just over 200°.

    For the Ireland run there were 21 entries I could use and that gave us an average of 184° temp on main engines.
    Some things to point out though. You ran high rpms for that first week out. 1850 or better and one just over 2000. Only twice in all the pics do you ever cross the 190° mark. Before with the same rpm (although in warmer waters) you were always running in the upper 180’s to lower 190’s.

    Now this could be because of the water temps or keel cooler or combo of both. This does show to me though that painting the keel cooler did not hurt its ability to do it’s job. So I guess the next thing to watch will be what kind of growth you get on it. Has it been worse or better then before it was painted?

    The video was great too. Glad you posted that. 🙂

    • You are watching closely. Just some background, our thermostat starts to open at 180F and is not fully open until 190F.

      Water temperature has a huge impact on the cooling capability of the keel cooler as does speed through the water so analyzing performance fully requires a fair amount of data. I agree that it appears to be performing well.

      On bottom paint, we have a problem where the paint has suddenly become ineffective even though it’s only a year old. The bottom is starting to grow quite a bit. We’ll nurse it along for a while but we are going to need to find some time to lift the boat out for a bottom paint in the near future. I haven’t had a look at the keel cooler but suspect it’ll have some of the same issue.

  15. Tim H says:

    You two have published a Cruising book. But having just read your recent posts on your first few days in Ireland, I am reminded how much you two like sampling various beers.
    Therefore I think you two need to publish a book on “Beers of the (Cruising) World”.

  16. Brian Smith says:

    James, I see you’ve been playing with your Raspberry Pi lately – cool! Searching the General Comments, I find all kinds of low-level stuff, like how to get the voltage you need for multiple outputs – but I can’t find a simple list, or even a few examples, of the kinds of data you’re collecting, processing, and outputting with the Pi. Can you give just a few examples? I’ve got a handful of things I’d like to start monitoring on Smartini, but I’d sure like to know what your priorities have been. Thanks!

    • Sure, I’ll give a quick sketch here but, over the longer term, I’ll write up how I read digital inputs, how I send digital outputs, and how I read the temperature sensors. Here is what is currently processed:
      *Digital input:
      i4=>Watch Commander on;
      i17=>Acknowledge Alarms switch on
      i22=>Watch Commander Reset Signaled;
      i5=>Gray or Black Water Pump on
      i26=Gen Autostart on
      i25=Fuel Transfer Pump on
      i24=bilge pump on
      i12=Start Parallel Override on
      i19=Fire Suppression system triggered
      i13=EmergencyOverride (emergency disable all automation)
      i27=Furnace on
      i3=N/C (not connected)
      *Digital output:
      16=>Parallel Wing Gen Start Battery
      7=>Inv120V fan on
      21=>Shed Microwave load
      15=>DashBuzzer on
      18=>Shed ER fans

      I’ll eventually get all docs on the details and with examples of how it was done.

  17. Steve Coleman says:

    Hello James,

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time in Ireland.

    You really sparked my interest in one of the fort pictures. Are those actual supports for above ground water tanks or tops to cisterns?

    I just thought it was interesting a military installation would design something so important in such a vulnerable way.

  18. Jorge Hernandez says:

    Hello James and Jennifer, thank you for all the information, photographs and the oportunity you give us readers to live and dream all those adventures.
    James, I used to have a 26′ walk around fishing boat with twin engines, the fishing grounds I used to go to were 52 nm offshore, the plan was always get up before sunrise, run, fish and get back on the same day, that was as far as I ever went in it, I thought it was so far that I installed two 1500 gph bilge pumps with its own discharge thru hulls each, one with an automatic floating switch and one just next to it at same level with a manual switch, I had changed and installed all brand new motors and all the boat’s wiring, light fixtures and electric switches when I bought it, I had most electric and electronics items connected to one engine with two batteries, the inside the cabin vhf (In case motors died and it was really nasty outside) and the direct switch pump to the other engine with one battery just in case, I have two questions, the first is, for the sake of safety, systems redundancy and knowing the cost of an extra bilge pump with all it components compared to every system you have installed in your wonderful boat, having had all those long ocean crossing plans, would it not had been a good idea to have that extra bilge pump in place, is it common in ocean crossing boats such as yours not to have that extra security?
    The other question is, do you think the opening in the boat where all that water got thru was poorly designed by the boat builder not having had that problem before?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Good questions Jorge. The boat has two automatic bilge pumps: 1) 600 gpm pump in the main bilge and 2) a high water bilge pump that is 3,700 gpm above that one. I think this design is good in principle but the second bilge pump should not be 3′ above the first mounted in a location where it can’t pickup lower. If this second pump was down in the main bilge, I think the design would be quite good. We could move the 2nd pump or install a third. We’ll go with the latter and have three pumps: 1) 600 gpm, 2) 6″ to 8″ higher 4,000 gpm, and 2) 2′ higher 3,700 gpm.

      We also have the hydraulic bilge pump (manual off/on) that will move an absolutely amazing amount of water. We also have a Honda crash pump as a last resort and a Edson manual bilge pump. I think the overall number of pumps and volumes installed in Dirona is adequate. My only criticism of the design is the placement of the second automatic bilge pump 3′ above the lower bilge pump. With that corrected, the design seems pretty good to me.

      You asked if the water ingress point was a design issue or something else. My take is there are three design issues: 1) 1″ hole into locker, 2) open louvers into locker, and 3) all water in the locker over 1″ (or less when boat heeled) will flow into the laz. An acceptable design needs to correct both #1 and #2 or could leave them in place and correct #3. I think addressing the first two is the easier design change and it feel urgent.

      You asked why did this not happen at other times in this volume. The leak path has always been there and is a nuisance leak but it has never brought on dangerous amounts of water in the past. Because the leak path is from cockpit into the laz, when there is water in cockpit over a couple of inches, it flows in. What was different here is the sea conditions were worse than we have seen in the past so there was always water in the cockpit and we were carry fuel bladders which both takes up space in the cockpit (halves the capacity which doubles the depth), a smaller volume was closed off a the corner of the cockpit by the bladders where there is a scupper and a deck drain in that area but both often flow the other way so this small corner was often over a foot deep — without the bladders it would be closer to 3 to 6″. Finally, the bladders will settle the boat a couple of inches in the water.

      Despite this issue not having been a problem in over 9,000 hours of ocean travel, I still feel like it’s a design problem that is mandatory to address in order to achieve adequate safety margin.

  19. Mark Nowlan says:

    Congrats on the arrival even with a few hiccups on the way! I’m sure you’ll have a blast enjoying the Isle….planning a trip to Blarney? ( gifts await for the price of a kiss) not to mention the beautiful grounds. Thanks again for sharing the fun.

    • It’s great to be here Mark. We’re having a ton of fun and enjoying not having deadline or firm plans day to day. But, we’re always happy to hear ideas like the Blarney Stone suggestion. In fact, the reason we are in Kinsale rather than Cork was a suggestion from a blog reader. Thanks!

      • Tim Morris says:

        May be worth looking into for a sim deal. They have now extended coverage for worldwide calls as well as data.

        • In the past, every time I’ve looked at a all in “around the world” cellular deal, we find that it’s either slower, more expensive, or has considerable usage constraints over direct agreements with local carriers. We’ll have a look at the the offering. Thanks for the tip Tim.

      • Chris Symonds says:

        Not sure if you are into whiskey James, if so, check out the Middleton distillery not too far from Cork centre.

  20. Greg Lowe says:

    Congrats on another successful crossing, I hope to be able to do a bit of cruising in my future. In the pic of you with the customs officials I noticed your HeatStrip radiant heater. How do you like it and what model did you go with? Any issues with corrosion? Seems like a great idea for those cool evenings.

    • Wow, good eye Greg. That is a Heatstrip radiant outdoor/patio heater ( It’s the 1800 watt 240V@50hz unit that gets sold into the domestic Australian market. Heatstrip makes units for most world markets but we are using the Australian version. I really like the Australian outdoor plugs and sockets so we installed one in the Laz for utility 240V and we installed one in cockpit for the heat strip. It’s a bit unusual to be running a 50hz appliance on 60hz power but that’s the configuration we are using.

      It’s a fairly inexpensive heater and since we were planning to operate in conditions far harsher than most home or commercial installations, we bought 2 spares expecting it would last 18 months but we would love it so much that it would be worth the hassle of changing it. The Amazing thing is that it’s been on there since Brisbane Australia and it just simply always works. It builds up a gray salt residue on the heating surface but it continues to operate flawlessly.

      We just love the heater and use it all the time. Last night after a great dinner at The Steakhouse in Kinsale, we enjoyed a glass of wine outside in cockpit under the Heatstrip. It was a great addition.

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