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6 days 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?
9 days 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"
17 days 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)"
22 days 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)"
26 days ago
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)"
29 days 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)"
1 month 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
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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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January 2014 Well worth a mention are Auckland’s beaches. They aren’t in the heart of the city but instead front the hilly suburban area that stretches off its east end. The best way to see the beach areas is to go along the coastal and very lovely Tamaki Drive. Its accompanying bike and pedestrian lanes … Continue reading "Our Favorite Auckland Sights: Volcanoes, Parks and Beaches, Part 2 (New Zealand)"
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February 24, 2020 Cyndi came up with a new term that I really love and want to share: Invest Window. An invest in meteorological terms, is an area of weather that’s deemed worth investigating. Here’s the Wikipedia article. We follow a website called Tropical Tidbits that lists invests in our area. These often turn into … Continue reading "“Invest” Window"
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January 2014 Looking at Auckland as a whole, there are several things that stand out. The first thing the eye notices is the Skytower: well-designed, distinctly beautiful, and the tallest structure in Auckland. The second thing about Auckland is that it’s a port city and very much embraces the sea, its downtown shoreline devoted to … Continue reading "Our Favorite Auckland Sights: Volcanoes, Parks and Beaches, Part 1 (New Zealand)"
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January, 2014 While central Devonport is the North Shore’s key sight, the surrounding area also has worthwhile spots. Sharing the tip of North Shore’s peninsula is Maungauka North Head Reserve. Maungauka is the area’s other dormant volcano. Like Mt. Victoria, this hill was once a military encampment with underground tunnels and gun emplacements. Now, it’s … Continue reading "More North Shore Sights: North Head and Fort Takapuna Reserves (Auckland, New Zealand)"
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January, 2014 New Zealand has three historic and beautiful waterfront villages: Russell, Devonport and Akaroa (the latter in the South Island). We were already very familiar with Russell (in the Bay of Islands) but had only briefly visited Devonport the previous year. This season, we hoped to spend more quality time there. Devnonport is very … Continue reading "Lovely Devonport (Auckand North Shore, New Zealand)"
1 month ago
February 9, 2020 at about 9:30 PM We’ve started watching the weather for a couple reasons: getting to Australia next month and maybe getting out for a short, local cruise before that. Tonight, the two models we look at are WAY out of sync. Here there are side by side – from PredictWind… On the … Continue reading "Weather Conflicts"
1 month ago
February 9, 2020 We couldn’t decide which shot we liked better, so you get both. These were taken handheld with our new Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mk II and a 12-200mm zoom lens. The image stabilizer in this camera is amazing and it should be great for the boat as both the lens and the body … Continue reading "Moon Rising Over Nelson Marina Yesterday"
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January 9, 2014 My morning began with a surprising realization. I have a little thought exercise I tend to do on special occasions, basically musing on where the ultimate place to spend this day would be. It’s not always the same place, but it’s also pretty much never where we are. Except this year. I … Continue reading "My Auckland Birthday (Auckland, New Zealand)"
2 months ago
February 3, 2020 On Legacy, we have two ways to get email and weather data: HF radio and an Iridium Go satellite device. One requires a rather advanced understanding of all things computer and substantial technical skills, is only marginally reliable at best, and always frustrating. The other is the HF radio which is only … Continue reading "Communications at Sea"
2 months ago
January 8, 2014 We headed to check out Takapuna, excited to get acquainted with our new neighborhood. We found a parking spot near the Starbuck’s we’d visited the previous year, then proceeded to stroll around the center of town. It was similar to many New Zealand suburban towns, but being a bedroom community for the … Continue reading "Takapuna: Our New Home Town (North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand)"
2 months ago
January 3 – 7, 2014 As much as we were enjoying staying in the Viaduct, we came across an offer we couldn’t refuse. A year ago we’d found an incredible deal to stay at a very nice hotel in Auckland called The Langham. While this time of year is busy everywhere else in New Zealand, … Continue reading "Kicking off January 2014 (Auckland and the Bayswater Marina, New Zealand)"
2 months ago
January 27, 2020 There were two unusual things about our recent trip to D’Urville Island. The first was that we were off by ourselves and alone for over a week. While the occasional boat would come in just before sunset, they’d leave in the morning, giving us what felt like an entire island to ourselves. … Continue reading "Unusual x 2"
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