“Not today!” said the windlass

It took a bit of tacking upwind, but we had a lovely day sail from Horta, Faial to Velas, Sao Jorge. Anchoring is free at Velas, and we obtained a reliable report that good holding could be found in sandy areas between the shoreline and the marina’s breakwater.  We were looking forward to swinging on…

Sailors’ Graffiti

We had a few, very small projects to complete after our passage to the Azores but for the first time in our cruising history one of these projects was actually FUN! The walls and sidewalks that encircle the harbor of Horta, Faial are decorated from top to bottom by the thousands of sailors who pass…

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Sometimes, a couple of necessary boat projects lead us to marvelous locations; maybe Detour has it’s own agenda. We’d made several attempts to refill our composite, 10lb propane tank; each time unsuccessfully.  This is nothing new.  For some reason, unbeknownst to me, in the United States people are terrified of composite propane tanks and refuse to…

Yard Time

October slipped away from us and we hardly noticed as we spent the entire month on the hard.  A friend had recently told me, “Oh you know you love boat projects,” which I of course wholeheartedly denied.  However, when the opportunity presents itself there is no avoiding the need to maintain a boat no matter…

Finding the SUN in Sneek, Fryslan

Even on rainy days, the sun shines at AquaSolar; just what one might expect at a company that specializes in solar energy and wind energy for boats, caravans, and homes.  After a tip from fellow, live-aboard sailors whom we’d met aboard Zanzibar while in Lememr, we scouted AquaSolar’s website and thought it might be worth our while to take the boat to…

SAIL Detour

Anyone else tired of that overhanging mast and accompanying, X-shaped support post getting in the way of all our photographs?  We sure are!  It’s about time we get that out of the way and…RAISE THE MAST! We spent several days at the town of Weesp, on the Vecht River, which had been our staging point…

Recharged

Each bend of the Saone River presents us with a new view as we continue upstream.  The hillside vineyards have faded as the narrowing river now winds its way through wheat fields and cow pastures.  Travel is peaceful; staying within the channel bouys we glide through the water at a smooth 5.5 knots.  We seldom…

Voila! A Motor Yacht

I’ve always thought the term “vessel” to describe my watery domain had sounded a bit commercial.  However, in the United States it is perfectly natural and appropriate to term your sailboat as a “sailing vessel” thus the abbreviation SV.  Now I am in Europe, and the term “yacht” gets tossed around with ease.  And so…

Which Heading, Captain?

Which heading, Captain?  Uh oh!  We could hardly see any of the headings on Detour’s compass!  Unfortunately, the compass had not been properly covered and therefore was badly sun-damaged. It was very difficulty to read the numbers. Brian and I rely on our compass to navigate and wanted a compass that we could actually read.  We carefully measured the…

Around the “House”

In-between larger projects we’ve been paying attention to some minor details in order to make Detour feel more like our home. I, of course, also wanted to remove some of the traditional, nautical flare. Working on the details has helped us to stay busy when we are waiting for ordered packages to arrive or change…