Looking around the engine room onboard Cochise. Access is fantastic to all major systems and equipment.
Cochise's Upper Helm
The flybridge of Cochise is a work in progress. Steve Dashew plans to change its configuration after voyaging from New Zealand to Ft Lauderdale. Everything is going to move around or be gone. Lessons learned after many sea miles.
Bill and The Dashews
Spent a delightful day with Steve and Linda Dashew on FPB 78-1 in Ft Lauderdale.
International Workboat Show
Getting the latest updates from Bob T of Bell Power Systems, NE distributor of John Deere marine engines.
On the way to French Polynesia.
A whale mid-Pacific
While we saw nothing manmade in our 3,400-mile crossing, the sea was alive around us 24/7. What a wonderful world.
Everyone has a tolerance for a certain amount of clutter. On the sometimes limited space of cruising boats, having spares for every contingency must be balanced with knowing where everything is while not sinking the boat with tons of spares, consumables, and items that somehow find their way aboard. I’m as guilty as the next person, but I’m working on finding the balance.
Being on the water sometimes means being in the water. It happened to me recently, and reminded me of a clever technique to get back aboard one’s dinghy, especially suited to older boaters. Practice it a couple of times and you’ll have another trick in your back pocket next time you need to get aboard without a swim platform or ladder.
I got aboard a new MJM 35z in Annapolis to celebrate the new owners’ new boat. It sure is nice to have all the control this boat offers at one’s fingertips. Fast, economical, comfortable, and very well made, the MJM offers a look at what can be done.
A recent report on driver distraction brings this subject into focus. While the numbers relate to drivers on the road, there is some parallel to boat operators, and drinking is much more prevalent in boating. Scary stuff but a trend that isn’t likely to change with everyone’s addicition to smartphones.
No matter how much you prepare, there is always something. A young Swedish couple I follow recently sailed from the Big Island in Hawaii to Honolulu. The sail wasn’t pleasant, and in the brisk conditions, they heard a loud bang against their aluminum hull. Turns out they lost their Rocna anchor overboard. The chain had been removed for the trip to keep seawater out of the chain locker, done a million times, but this time, their trusted stainless steel anchor restraint failed.
When your diesel engine exhaust goes from clear to blue, white, or black smoke, this is usually an indication of several factors going on that might need your attention. Knowing what the colors mean can be helpful to determine if something is lurking in your engine room. Blue, black, and white exhaust smoke all mean something. Do you know what they are?