Here's my wife, the magician, at her nav station. "How have you gotten weather info previously?" some might ask. The answer is that since we started, we've nearly always had internet access available, at least prior to beginning a passage, and we've simply come this far by the grace of www.passageweather.com, and the buoy data at http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ --we've infrequently relied exclusively on VHF-broadcast weather, even when available.
Now even though this is like black magic to the crew of Del Viento, I totally acknowledge that receiving weather faxes via short-wave radio is absolutely nothing to most other cruisers--basic, basic stuff.
Most of the time, Windy sets the anchor and snubber on Del Viento while I'm at the helm. Here in Roche Harbor, late afternoon, I noticed the girls up front, watching her like two lion cubs watching their momma take down prey.
For the first time in months, we left Victoria aboard Del Viento.
This is it, a portion of the Neskowin Ghost Forest. Not a lot of surfers around.
The Robertson family discover what's left of an ancient forest on a trip down the coast. It’s not a forest like one you may imagine on the Oregon coast, mostly because it is really on the coast—in the water actually.
On a trip this week to the Oregon coast, we found this challenging harbor entrance in Depoe Bay. Despite the narrow passage and strong tidal currents, there are 50-foot fishing boats inside the small harbor.
Michael Robertson takes a humorous look at the different approaches to boat projects by some well-known cruisers.
Eleanor posing gamely with my in-need-of-servicing heat exchanger. I've since had it serviced and I put it back on the engine, good for another 3,000 hours.
We’re fast approaching the two-year mark from the day we embarked on this adventure. Several times I’ve written about our concern for the girls’ wellbeing, growing up on a transient cruising boat. Our concern can’t be helped and conclusions are difficult to draw because the calculus is not straightforward.