Archive for 2008

Reflections

The Dashews reflect on their 2008 cruising season, and ponder the 2009 horizon.

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We’ve been so busy the last two months, catching up on design work for the FPB 64s in New Zealand and dealing with projects put on hold last spring, that we have only recently had time to reflect on the past year.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 18, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Prop Zinc Wear

Do prop zincs show more wear when a boat is moving or parked?
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This summer we changed our prop zincs. When we noticed a diver in Kinsale, Ireland cleaning bottoms, we asked him to change ours. We had only had them five months and they could easily have gone the rest of the year, but since he was available we decided to change them anyway.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 10, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Construction Update # 4

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We are almost complete with the metal work on hull number one and hull number two is coming along well.

In this update we will start with a critical component to propulsion efficiency and propeller protection – the skeg.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 7, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Update # 3

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Our apologies for being so late with this update. The many requirements of boat building has been keeping us busy. So, there are lots of photos to review (the newest of which is now three weeks old), starting with the one above. The house is now in situ on FPB64 #1 and construction of hull #2 has begun.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 1, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Fine-Tuning the Exhaust System

Tips for fine-tuning the exhaust system to eliminate noise.

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Wind Horse is exceptionally quiet under way. She is easier on the ears, in fact, than was Beowulf at the same average speed under sail. Still, in spite of a minuscule 57dB at cruising speed we have been slowly fine tuning the sound levels.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 24, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Structural Grid

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Since we have been showing you photos of how the FPB 64 is being built, we thought it might be helpful to have a look at how the pieces fit together on a macro basis. The 3D images above and following are based on the cut files for the FPB 64, from which the boat is actually built.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 7, 2008)    |    Comments (1)

Winter Haul Out – Berthon’s (Lymington)

Wind Horse hauls out for the winter at Berthon’s in Lymington. After 11,000+ miles of adventures since the previous haul out, how does the bottom look?

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 14, 2008)    |    Comments (2)

Lymington, UK

Lymington: Another charming (if crowded) English sea port. The Dashews meet up with legendary yachting writer Dag Pike, and check out an interesting boat storage facility.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 13, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Construction Update # 2

Spring is on its way to New Zealand after a stormy winter, and the first FPB 64 is on its way as well. The second hull is about to start (plate is being cut now). We have been remiss in updating the website, so this is a long, detailed report.

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We’ll start with this photo of the bow just before it was closed off with the final topside plate. This shows the structure which supports the centerline girder in a collision, forming a watertight tank in the process. Note the vertical solid round bar from the middle horizontal web. This is the Sampson post which exits through deck and is used for towing and other high-load situations. The second bulkhead forms the aft end of the chain locker, and then you have the storage portion of the forepeak.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 7, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Stormbound in Yarmouth

Stormbound in Yarmouth: Locals say the British Met Service tends to overforecast. Not this time!

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We have been told by folks that the British Met. Service tends to overforecast, and to take their gale warnings with a grain of salt. Not this time! When we left the Beaulieu River the day was chatted up to be brisk. About 1100 we heard a storm warning on VHF. A couple of hours, comfortably secure on the dock in Yarmouth we had a great view of the Solent over the seawall, as the forecast force 9/10 breeze came in.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 5, 2008)    |    Comments (1)

Saturday Sailing on the Solent

Saturday sailing on the Solent, with photos and commentary on the all the beautiful classic yachts.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 4, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Beaulieu River

Anchored (snugly) between pilings on the Beaulieu River.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 2, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Portsmouth

Touring Open 60s and historic warships in Portsmouth, UK – lots of food for the naval architect to feast upon!

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 27, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Cruising Cowes

Cruising Cowes on the Isle of Wight, racing’s center of gravity.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 25, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Southampton Boat Show

The Dashews check out lots of cool gear at the enormous Southampton Boat Show.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 19, 2008)    |    Comments (1)

Dartmouth, UK

Dartmouth, UK: An archetypal UK small town on the Dart River, complete with Agatha Christie-style steam engine.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 13, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Falmouth, UK

Falmouth, UK: Great people watching and boat watching at the start of a tall ship race to Madeira.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 12, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Irish (or Celtic) Sea Crossing

Crossing the Irish Sea – not a stretch of water to take lightly.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 11, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Construction Details # 1

We are often asked why we don’t build the FPBs in fiberglass. We like both fiberglass (properly done) and aluminum, and we have certainly done lots of both over the years. It is just a question of which is best suited to the cruising environment envisaged for this design. Here are a few details to show you why we prefer aluminum for the FPB 64.

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This is the “boss” into which the stabilizer control structure will be installed. Note the heavy aluminum pipe and gussets, all contained within a watertight coffer dam. There is simply no way you can match the strength of this welded structure with secondary fiberglass bonds. For normal working loads over a brief life span, fiberglass is fine. But if you are going to do some rock hopping, dry the boat out on mud flats, and put many thousands of offshore miles on the boat, then we want this highly stressed area to be fabricated from welded aluminum.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 7, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Bantry and Baltimore, Ireland

Here’s a report on Bantry, Ireland, a medium-sized market village which is a great place for newly arrived cruisers to settle in and and explore…and Baltimore, where the Dashews find a deal on diesel fuel.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 7, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Ilnacullin Gardens

A visit to Ilnacullin Gardens, which captured even Steve under its spell.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 2, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Glengarriff, Ireland

Wind Horse seeks haven from a gale in Glengarriff, a landlocked harbor in Bantry Bay. But in the bucolic village Steve & Linda find evidence of a violent past.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 1, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Kinsale, Ireland

Adjusting to the old world: Cruising report from Kinsale, Ireland.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 26, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Anchor Down in Glandore, Ireland

Wind Horse arrives in Glandore, Ireland.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 15, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Day Four Towards Ireland – Almost There!

Day 4 towards Ireland. Buckle-your-seatbelt weather last night is followed by peaceful conditions today.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 14, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Passage to Ireland: Compression Gale

Rain squalls and messy seas when Wind Horse finds herself in a squash zone between a high to the east and a low pressure system over Ireland.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 13, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Half Way to Ireland

Half way to Ireland, and temperatures are getting warmer!

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 12, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Off to Ireland

Wind Horse is crossing the North Atlantic, taking advantage of (and hopefully not getting caught in) a couple of strong low pressure systems.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 11, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Lindenow Fjord

Last day in Greenland. Despite the risks, Linda & Steve push on to see Lindenow Fjord on the east coast.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 10, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Prince Christian Sound

Witnessing active glaciers in Prince Christian Sound.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 9, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Tasiussaq, Greenland

Complete isolation and loving it. After anchoring in the dark, Steve & Linda awaken to a surprise in Tasiussaq.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 8, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Nanotorolik

Towards Nanotorolik, Greenland in fog…then the fog lifts, revealing precipitous craggy mountain peaks.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 7, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Prince Christian Channels, Greenland

Changing plans, the Dashews seek an alternative anchorage, and hit ice for the first time.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 7, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Towards Zacharias Havn

Wind Horse winds through fjords and narrow channels from Hvalsey to Zacharias Havn, avoiding uncharted reefs thanks to locally obtained info.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 6, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Hvalsey Ruins

In Hvalsey the Dashews visit the ruins of an 800-year-old Norse church, and have the place all to themselves.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 6, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Qaqortoq, Greenland

Tight berthing in the busy port of Qaqortoq in southwest Greenland; creative solutions to the challenges of rafting to larger vessels; taking advantage of the local knowledge of neighboring professional seamen; stocking up at the local grocery store.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 5, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Eqalugaarsuit

Greenland is one of the most poorly charted areas on earth…are Nobletec’s C-Map vector charts up to the challenge? Plus, checking out Eqalugaarsuit, a tiny cove that was once home to Inuit and Norse settlers.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 4, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

A Day in the Ice

A quest for the ultimate iceberg photo. Did they get the shot?

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 3, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Greenland Wildlife

A report on the wildlife Steve & Linda have been witnessing in Greenland.

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Lessons in Fog and Ice

Navigation lessons in fog and ice…Not for the faint of heart.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 31, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

An Ultimate Anchorage?

Clearing grass from the anchor…then discovering an unnamed Greenland anchorage that tops the Dashews’ list of ultimate anchorages around the world.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 30, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Heading South

Having gone as far north as she can go, Wind Horse turns around and heads south again. Her crew is compensated with gorgeous sunsets and sunrises (a couple of hours apart).

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 29, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Answering a SetSailor’s Questions about Medical Insurance

At the request of a reader, Linda discusses how she handles health insurance while cruising, some new things she’s added to the medical kit, and her experiences getting health care in foreign countries.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 28, 2008)    |    Comments (1)

Ilulissat, Greenland

The Dashews find sled dogs and a soccer match in the quaint town of Ilulissat, at the edge of the magnificent Jacobshavn glacier…worth the 8000 mile trip!

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 27, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Disco Bay, Greenland

Big ice and a packed harbor in Disco Bay.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 26, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

To the Arctic

A major milestone: Crossing the Arctic Circle.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 24, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Hamborgerland, Greenland

Adventures in Hamborgerland: A treacherous landfall, a mysterious harpoon boat, enormous glaciers, and a dramatic midnight sunset.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 23, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Fending Off

Fending off: Are ball fenders better than tubes?

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 21, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Nuuk Fjords

Photos of rugged Nuuk fjords.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 20, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Nuuk, Greenland Work Boats

Design details on some hard-core Greenland workboats.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 19, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Fueling Up in Nuuk

Topping off the fuel tanks in Nuuk, Greenland.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 19, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Roger and Ben Wallis ofAustralis

The Dashews meet Roger & Ben Wallis of Australis, and check out the cool gear on their boat designed for high-latitude expeditions.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 19, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk photos and cruising info.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 18, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

A Few Days in Nuuk, Greenland

Linda’s impressions of Nuuk, the world’s smallest capital city.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 18, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Greenland: Into the Clear

Tracking icebergs, bergy bits, and growlers the final few miles into Nuuk.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 16, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Greenland Landfall – Just Like the Olden Days

A lee shore, low visibility, and conflicting info from Ice Command make for a difficult Greenland landfall.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 15, 2008)    |    Comments (1)

Half Way To Greenland

Half-way to Greenland, with notes on the decision-making process for where and when to make landfall.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 13, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

It’s Time to Go to Greenland!

The right conditions have finally materialized, so it’s a green light for Greenland!

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 11, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

The Waiting Game

Weather Watch: A long wait for the optimal conditions to make the passage to Greenland.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 6, 2008)    |    Comments (1)

Domino Run, Labrador

Photos from a sunny day traversing the twisting, rock-and-reef-strewn Domino Run.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 6, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Dealing with Condensation when Cruising in Cold Climates

Tips for managing condensation on the boat when cruising in cold-water climates. The Dashews talk about what’s working for them, plus they’ve surveyed several other high-latitude cruisers.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 5, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Practicing with Icebergs

Iceberg School: Practicing seamanship tactics, and comparing what the sonar shows vs. the human eye. Great iceberg photos from a rare sunny day!

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 5, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

July 4th, 2008 – Squanto Run, Labrador

Labrador Gunkholing: Squanto Run. Photos of the fascinating rocks and flora from this inside passage.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 4, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Hawk Harbour

Labrador Gunkholing: Exploring the abandoned settlement at Hawk Harbour. Also, learn how the Dashews are improvising with charts, as they hadn’t expected to be cruising in this part of the world.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 3, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Mary’s Harbour, Labrador

Labrador Gunkholing: Mary’s Harbour.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 2, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Coastal Explorer Charting Software

For the past few months Steve & Linda have been testing the new Coastal Explorer charting software from Rose Point Navigation. Here’s their review.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 1, 2008)    |    Comments (2)

View from the Bridge: Visibility Tips for Yachts from a Ship Captain

In Lunenberg the Dashews met Evans & Becky Hoyt. They’re world cruisers, and Evans is also the captain of a 1000-foot passenger liner. Here’s an interview with Evans about how to maximize your boat’s visibility from the bridge of a ship – plus, details about their own fascinating sailboat equipped for long-distance high-latitude cruising.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 30, 2008)    |    Comments (4)

History and Icebergs in Battle Harbour, Labrador

Through a tight entrance into the restored historic village of Battle Harbour.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 29, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Henley Harbour, Labrador

Practicing witih sonar in the abandoned ghost town of Henley Harbour, Labrador.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 28, 2008)    |    Comments (5)

Straits of Belle Isle: First Icebergs

Wind Horse encounters her first East Coast icebergs in the Straits of Belle Isle – larger than a football field, and much larger than Alaskan bergs.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 27, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Red Bay, Labrador

Testing extremes, and exploring a 16th century shipwreck in Red Bay.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 26, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Life in Red Bay, Labrador

What it’s like to live in Red Bay: The Dashews find out when a friendly local gives them a tour.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 26, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Passage to Red Bay

Passage to Red Bay, Labrador. Navigating in fog, and greeting a huge pod of humpback whales.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 25, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Port au Choix, Trois

Port au Choix, Part Trois: Local sights, flavors, and personalities.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 24, 2008)    |    Comments (0)

Port au Choix, Deux (impressed with our French?)

Port au Choix, Part Deux: Getting to know local fishermen and their fishing boats in Port au Choix.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 23, 2008)    |    Comments (0)