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September 24, 2020 When we thought we were going to Fiji, we bought a drone so that we could show you the anchorages, beautiful water and beaches on TwoAtSea and make you green with envy. Covid closed Papua New Guinea, Australia and Indonesia so that spending cyclone season in Fiji went from a worst-case scenario … Continue reading "We (Still) Have a Drone!"
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September 23, 2020 We bought a two Sena headsets to use for anchoring and docking. For a very short while, they were great, then they died. Being able to communicate easily in full-duplex mode with no push-to-talk buttons to deal with was a game changer. Here’s a post we did about this some time ago. … Continue reading "Great Sena Headset Alternative"
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February 9, 2014 After appreciating the views of the Hauraki Gulf from the North Point Tower, we continued to an area called Mai Mai Bay. From above we could see the reach of its unusual headland: a long, a long narrow arm with three distinctly pointed hills. We then followed the trail down to Mai … Continue reading "Rotoroa Island: North Tower Loop Track, Part 2 (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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February 9, 2014 Our first destination of interest was a beach called Ladies Bay; so named because that’s the beach where women (separated from the men) could swim when this was a rehab island. Just around the headland was a beach for the guys, aptly named Men’s Bay; but since a visit there required taking … Continue reading "Rotoroa Island: North Tower Loop Track, Part 1 (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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February 9, 2014 Our next destination was Rotoroa, and little island not far from our anchorage at Man o’ War. As we motored along we passed this tiny but striking little island. Soon after, we pulled into our chosen anchorage, Home Bay. Below, a photo of Home Bay taken from the island. It was the … Continue reading "Rotoroa Island: A Rebirth in Process (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
27 days ago
August 30, 2020 I was going to write a letter to McMaster-Carr to thank them for their excellent service and amazing selection of parts. Then I thought, maybe a blog post would mean more to them. They’re not exactly a boat parts store, but over the years, Legacy has had many pounds of McMaster products … Continue reading "McMaster for Boat Parts?"
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August 26, 2020 Now that we’re hunkered down in Auckland for a while, I needed something to do to keep me away from cheap alcohol and even cheaper women (Cyndi’s fine with the first but the latter seems to bother her!). Our neighbors on D’Urville provided the solution. Their stabilizers hadn’t worked in some time … Continue reading "Reverse Sensors"
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February 8, 2014 The wind switched to the west more quickly than we thought; by the time we pulled anchor it was blowing into the bay. It wasn’t very strong, but it felt good to turn right and put it on our beam. Now we were headed north, motor-sailing up Waiheke Island’s east coast. We … Continue reading "Magical Man o’ War Bay, Waiheke Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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February 5, 2014 Ponui (aka Chamberlins) Island is smallish, about 4 miles long and 1-1/2 miles wide. It sits just under Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Guilf, about 14 miles from our anchorage at Rangitoto. It’s nearly uninhabited, with only a handful farms and a few people. There are some lovely anchorages at Ponui, but … Continue reading "Ponui Island’s Apuapu Bay (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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August 16, 2020 I don’t know and I don’t care. It’s beautiful. This was the Auckland Skytower this morning (very early… too early). It was blue a month or so ago and that was for the killing of a NZ police officer during a traffic stop. Actually, I think this time it has something to … Continue reading "Why So Blue?"
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February 5, 2014 After walking over the causeway to Motutapu Island, we set out on the trail heading up into the hills. The further we walked, the more enchanted we became. This landscape was like places we knew in California, but as Rich put it, “on steroids.” I would say it was more dreamlike. On … Continue reading "Lovely Motutapu Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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February 5, 2014 We woke up early, settling into the cockpit to have our coffee and enjoy the damp grassy smell of Motutapu. Today this was the island we’d visit. We planned to dinghy over to Islington Bay Wharf, close to where Rangitoto and Motutapu are joined, then hike towards an area called Home Bay. … Continue reading "The Rangitoto/Motutapu Causeway (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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February 4, 2014 Aside from the summit, there’s another attraction on Rangitoto Island, and that’s the Lava Caves. They’re a short detour off the main track, about 15 minutes. After all the walking we’d done, we thought we might as well do a bit more and go see them. Unfortunately since we hadn’t planned on … Continue reading "Hiking to the Summit of Rangitoto Island, Part 2 (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
2 months ago
July 27, 2020 I refuse to call these boats! They are, in truth, very low flying airplanes. Here’s the American entry for the next Americas Cup “yacht” race. We saw American Magic being lifted out of the water a few days ago in the Viaduct Harbor, only about a five minute walk from Legacy’s berth. … Continue reading "Airplane Race?"
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February 4, 2014 There are a handful of trails leading to the summit of Rangitoto Island. Most visitors are day trippers who get dropped off at a small wharf on the south side of the island. From there, it’s easy to find the main track: the Rangitoto Summit track, where the walk to the summit … Continue reading "Hiking to the Summit of Rangitoto Island, Part 1 (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
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February 3, 2014 The distinctly volcano-shaped Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland’s iconic features. Sitting just offshore in the Hauraki Gulf, it lurks in the background of many a vacation photo. It’s the sort of thing a person gets used to only to suddenly notice it anew and think, “Wow, look at that volcano right … Continue reading "Rangitoto and Motutapu, the Strange Bedfellow Islands (The Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand)"
2 months ago
July 16, 2020 With all the prehistoric posts Cyndi’s been doing (like way back in 2014!), I thought it was time for a current post. The problem is that I have little to say. The past few days, or maybe the past week, have been gray and drizzly with brief sunny periods and brief, heavy … Continue reading "Where Are They Now?"
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February 3, 2014 All things must come to an end, especially in the cruising lifestyle. Silly season (the New Zealand holiday season) was coming to an end, and it was time for us to head out cruising before making our way to Tauranga. Our plan was to spend time visiting more islands of the south … Continue reading "The End of an Era; Saying Good-Bye to Auckland (North Island, New Zealand)"
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January 2014 (Note: Since this post has been written well after January 2014, you’ll notice I’ve mentioned that some places have since closed. I’ve chosen to include them in this list because they were very much a part of our memory of this time.) AUCKLAND EATERIES 21 Viaduct Cafe This terrific little cafe is located … Continue reading "Our Favorite Auckland and Takapuna Eateries in 2014 (New Zealand)"
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January 6 – February 3, 2014 Between periods of actively moving around, we have what I call “mini lifetimes” in places. Generally these times range from three weeks to four months, but they share the feeling of having lived there, being an insider as opposed to a visitor passing through. It happens when we’ve been … Continue reading "Our Lifetime at the Bayswater Marina (North Shore, Auckland)"
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