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January 29, 2014 After our visit to Matakana and Leigh, I’d planned a hike on the seaside peninsula of Tawharanui Regional Park, a nature reserve. To create this reserve, original New Zealand forest had been regenerated and species of birds, now rare on the mainland, had been brought in to repopulate the forest. To accomplish … Continue reading "A Day in Matakana, Part 2: Tawharanui Regional Park and Sandspit (North Island, New Zealand)"
4 days ago
May 21, 2020 Our anchor windlass has been slowing down for a while now. I took out the motor and had it checked and was told it was like new. Voltage drop? Yep, that’s what it was. I measured the voltage drop across the various cables while bringing up the anchor (to load the winch) … Continue reading "Wire Corrosion"
9 days ago
January 29, 2014 The Matakana region lies about 40 miles north of Auckland along the north Haruaki Gulf coast. While it serves as one of Auckand’s bedroom communities, you’d never know it to look at it. Instead of the expected suburban sprawl, it’s an area of scenic countryside. Here, grassy hills dotted with trees and … Continue reading "A Day in Matakana, Part 1: Matakana Village and Leigh (New Zealand)"
26 days ago
April 28, 2020 Here are some of our favorite pictures from the time we spent in the Marlborough Sounds in March and April (Self-Isolating!). Click on any picture to enlarge. Heading out to the Sounds from Nelson… Early on in the Sounds… One of our first anchorages and a short hike with lots of fantails… … Continue reading "Pics from Around the Sounds"
29 days ago
April 25, 2020 Cyndi got this great shot of a visitor we had the other day. He was sitting on our dock line so all the mess went right into the water. What a considerate bird!
30 days ago
January 22, 2014 Today as we headed from Whangarei back to Auckland, we decided to detour to an area we hadn’t yet seen: Bream Bay, which included the village of Waipu, Waipu Cove, Langs Beach and Mangawhai Heads. The village of Waipu is small but famous for its Scottish heritage and hosting the yearly Caledonia … Continue reading "Waipu and Mangawhai Heads (Bream Bay, New Zealand)"
1 month ago
April 15, 2020 It’s not my ideal shop, that’s for sure, but it’s what I have at the moment. I’m building an anchor chain counter that will chirp every 10 meters as the chain comes in or goes out. Today was the day to try to get the chainwheel sensor hardware designed and working. Success! … Continue reading "Worst Electronics Shop Ever!"
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And now, back to January 21, 2014 How nice to be back among some of our cruising family for a birthday gathering. As this party demonstrated, the South Pacific’s Puddle Jump cruising fleet wasn’t just divided by year, but by month. This wasn’t a “Class of 2012” gathering so much as a “May of 2012” … Continue reading "A Wonderful Birthday Party and Thoughts on the Lives of Cruisers (Whangarei, New Zealand)"
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April 12, 2020 Cyndi has quite a following here in Havelock…
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April 12, 2020 For your Saturday, ah, Sunday viewing pleasure.
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April 10, 2020 Today, I spoke with a sailor about the upcoming strong winds. He surprised me by talking about forecast to be southerly. I  sure didn’t see that. “How can I have it so wrong?” I thought. This happens over and over and seldom is the case that I’m the one who’s gotten it … Continue reading "Most Common Weather Error"
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April 4, 2020 Much like us, but worse off, are a bunch of boats without a country, headed from the Panama Canal towards French Polynesia. Here’s what the migration looks like today on Marine Traffic… French Polynesia has made it very clear they are closed to visiting yachts. Those who arrive are directed to go … Continue reading "Boats Without a Country"
1 month ago
That’s right. No more pretense of being serious navigation equipment. They’re going after the television market now. Good riddance! Raymarine with Netflix! I wonder how Sharknado would look with a radar overlay?
2 months ago
March 25, 2020 Tracking Site: http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Legacy I don’t know if being away from our home country, living on a sail boat with no where to go is any better or worse than any of you have it right now. It is NOT boring, that’s for sure. We are in New Zealand where our visa runs … Continue reading "Cruising in the Time of the Plague"
2 months ago
January 20 – 21, 2014 We left Auckland in the morning, made a stop for coffee, then arrived in Whangarei about 2 1/2 hours later, dropping Bob and Linda off at their marina before checking in at our hotel. That afternoon we hunted down some lunch, walked along the waterfront, visited the used-parts boat store, … Continue reading "Whangarei and the Native Wild Bird Recovery Centre (Northland, New Zealand)"
2 months ago
January 19, 2014 At 9am, we picked up our visiting friends from their hotel and drove to La Cigale, the weekly French market in Parnell. We started with cappuccinos from the coffee truck in the parking area, then took them inside the building where we bought some freshly-baked croissants and got a table. Up to … Continue reading "Entertaining Visiting Friends in Auckland, Part 3 (New Zealand)"
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January 18, 2014 Our plan for today: Waiheke Island! And this time, by taking the car ferry, we’d have our own transportation! It was early when we boarded the first ferry to the island, but we could already see it was going to be a glorious sunny day. The ride over took about an hour … Continue reading "Entertaining Visiting Friends in Auckland, Part 2 (New Zealand)"
2 months ago
January 17, 2014 One of the best things about being a cruiser is that we can embed ourselves in a place, making it a second home of sorts. Then, we can show it off to visiting friends as though we’ve lived there all our lives. Our friends Bob and Linda were returning from the US … Continue reading "Entertaining Visiting Friends in Auckland, Part 1 (New Zealand)"
2 months ago
February 28, 2020 You can always tell when I’m working on the boat… An engine oil and filters change and we’re back to zero days! -Rich
2 months ago
January 2014 La Cigale This fabulous French-themed market is open every Saturday and Sunday morning, and we went every weekend! Growers bring produce from all over New Zealand, but French food, cheese and baked goods are featured. We’d start by getting cappuccinos from the truck and picking up a couple of croissants while the coffees … Continue reading "Our Favorite Auckland Sights: Delightful Places (New Zealand)"
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