Monthly Archives: December 2014

HF Radio, Sailmail, Airmail, Pactor and all that gubbins

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HF radio and Pactor modem (yellow box) in “Morgane’s” nav station

People often ask whether we have internet or email aboard and how we go about communicating with the outside world, posting these blog articles and receiving weather information. The short answer is no we do not have access to the internet; but we can send and receive email and access some information that is published on-line. By sending text and very small pictures via email I can update the blog even at sea; Read more ›




Provisioning for months without shopping

Some basic provisions

Some basic provisions

Whilst loading some provisions yesterday I was thinking that it’s almost 20 months that I have been ashore, but I have done a few deliveries and a couple of local trips in that time amounting to around 12,000 miles of ocean sailing and 500 or so coastal. Not bad for a land-lubber

Anyway with a float plan that includes a couple of months in the Chilean channels without visiting a major port we have to think carefully about what to load here in Stanley where food is easily available but expensive. Read more ›




The Cruiser’s Medicine Chest

Whilst preparing for the next cruise of “Morgane” a lot of thought has gone into the medical equipment and drugs to carry. This is not an easy subject to tackle for the layman, nor I suspect for a medical professional. Read more ›




Post Brazil catch-up

dodger montageSo what have I been up to since the “Dodgy” update?Well we finished the dodger in early June, apart from the windows as we didn’t have any acrylic, before I headed of to Rio de Janeiro and Paula headed to Cambridge in the UK where she had a short term fellowship with the British Antarctic Survey. Read more ›




Dis-masted and re-masted

IMG_9873We pulled “morgane’s” rig last weekend, gave everything a once over and clean-up, replaced the wiring to the lights, installed a Furuno PB200 solid-state wind/weather instrument, installed a new Metz vhf antenna (a turkey vulture stole the old Glomar one) and installed mast steps. Read more ›




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