"Not only is the universe stranger than what we imagine,
it is stranger than what we can imagine."
Sir Arthur Eddington

Kalunamoo under sail entering Bequia

Sailing Purists

  •  11/11/2019
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We all know them. Those sailors who despise the fact that their vessel harbors an “iron jenny” that consumes an inordinate amount of a cruiser’s kitty for fuel and somehow deflates the sailor’s ego of relying solely on wind power. They strut up to the local watering hole proudly stating that they used only 3-4 litters of fuel for their circumnavigation of the world.  Only because the girlfriend demanded to run the engine alternator to blow dry her hair. Wallowing around for days in the doldrums,...
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The Kids at Power Boats

Traveling from Trinidad, Bequia Beckons, Making for Martinique, Anticipating Antigua

  •  11/4/2019
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Getting underway after a long port stay is always a little stressful. Four months in Trinidad, much of it on the hard, is definitely a long port stay. We got our inside deck refinished and many small projects completed, but the hurricane season is ending and it is time to sail north. Boat systems not used for their own purpose wear regardless of use. Contrary to logic, but the less they are used the more problems they cause. It is this that causes the stress of the “break in” first cruise. Break...
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Docked at Crews Inn

Hobbies

  •  10/21/2019
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Kalunamoo is in the water in Trinidad and we are aboard getting ready to island hop north. The plan is to get to Antigua before Thanksgiving, meetup with cruisers we know coming down from the states with the Salty Dawg Rally, and then hang around for a while before flying back to NYC for Christmas.  We stay in a marina here for at least two weeks to get Kalunamoo set up for the cruising season. All systems look good, although the dripless shaft seal needed adjustment as soon as we hit the water...
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Large Spaces

Small Spaces, Large Spaces, Outer Spaces

  •  9/20/2019
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Our two-month excursion away from Kalunamoo has ended and we returned onboard here in Trinidad. Maureen has had a very successful hip joint replacement (right hip) and did great in rehab. I had favorable reviews of ongoing medical issues. It was a mostly restful time, far removed from living on a boat, but all in all, we are good to go. Maureen is walking without any aid at all except she must be careful about dancing “twist and shout”. Unfortunately, she caught a bad cold just before we left wh...
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Boat Yard People

  •  7/9/2019
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“Welcome to The Daily Morning Cruisers Net! It’s 8AM on channel 68 and we give you the latest security, safety, weather, arrivals, departures and the week’s social calendar”. Think AM New York! The listeners call-in section offers help and advice on all sorts of questions. The Treasures of the Bilge section allows cruisers to exchange, barter or trade items from their boats. Hosted by a rotating cast of cruisers, of which I am one, I also give the weather twice a week. It’s the Morning AM show f...
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The Cavendish

The Monoculture of Life

  •  7/4/2019
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The ubiquitous Cavendish may be its downfall. Its asexual reproduction, that essentially clones offspring, is a godsend to fruit marketing departments worldwide. The almost perfect fruit that is instantly recognizable. It is also a godsend for the Fusarium Wilt. The habitat of Fusarium, the ground where the Cavendish flourishes, is immune to human intervention and so it lives in total bliss within that monoculture we cultivate. Monoculture seems to be what we aspire to or easily identify with. ...
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Comments

III, Miclo 11/11/2019

Wow, what a trip! Glad you made it and all is well...