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…

A Visit to Venice de Provence

We’ve had the pleasure of strolling through a new town, and this time our visit was not to a hardware store!  Brian and I befriended David and Bonita; the French broker who sold us Detour and his American fiance.  David and Bonita live aboard their sailboat, Echappee Belle II, in the town of Martigues which is…

Photo Tour of the Bike Path

Take a run with us! Port St Louis du Rhone has a fabulous bike path that runs along the Rhone River. This bike path and other well maintained trails in the immediate area are great for running. This not only keeps us sane after a day of perplexing boat projects, but it’s also whipping us…

Dorade Dilemma

Does anyone notice what is missing from Detour’s dorade ventilation box? There are no boxes; hence “dorade box” a ventilation system designed by Sparkman and Stephens which enables air to flow freely into the cabin yet prevents water from entering the boat. A rectangular box is affixed to the deck. Within the box are two…

Clean Water Fresh Air

Water and air; without either of these substances cruising would simply not be possible! Life, for that matter, would also not be possible were it not for water and air. The two are mutually important for sustaining health and happiness. Water floats our boats. Water is the roadway on which we travel. Water keeps us…

Market Day

Brian and I were eagerly awaiting our first Wednesday in Port St Louis du Rhone. Our landlord, Michel, had informed us that each Wednesday there was a market on our street; and so we couldn’t park on the street on Tuesday nights or Wednesdays. The parking was not a problem, there is plenty of parking…

Tuyau d’Arrosage

The first thing that Brian and I did once we obtained the boat keys was to go through the entire boat to determine what remained aboard from the previous owner; what “free” stuff had we gained through this sale? We opened every cupboard, closet, and hatch and took inventory of remaining spare parts, life jackets,…

Look What the Wind Blew In

Welcome to Port Napoleon! This boat yard offers only the finest French scenery and food, and exquisite working space to meet all of our European touring…I mean boat refit needs. On the day we arrived, a mistral was howling through town. A mistral is a violent, cold, north-northwest wind that blows from southern France into…