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The best laid plans

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March 23, 2019

I had plans yesterday. I should know better. You should never make plans on a boat. I thought my plans were innocent enough, but Neptune disagreed.

My plans involved a short but silly celebration for when we crossed the equator, which we were scheduled to do around 5:30 in the…


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water water, everywhere

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March 20, 2019

As Andrew (Halcyon’s third crew member for the Pacific crossing) was rinsing dishes in the bin of water that sits in the starboard half of the galley sink, he asked me, with only a hint of bemusement, “how many times can we reuse fresh water before it just becomes…


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AIS

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March 17, 2019

Almost every boat in the Pacific Ocean that wants to go to the Atlantic Ocean, and every boat in the Atlantic Ocean that wants to be in the Pacific, passes through these waters. Of course, there are other routes, if you like breaking through ice or battling the roaring…


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Second star on the right and straight on ’till morning

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March 15, 2019

I’m lying in bed, but I’m not falling asleep. I know I should; it’s the last full uninterrupted night of sleep I’m going to get for a good long time. But my brain is buzzing.

Do we have plenty of water? Did I forget to download anything important? Did I…


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Boat work

2018 Project List update

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March 12, 2019

Another year of boatwork behind us, and it was a big one! We (started to) install a new engine, added more alternative energy, and completed a thousand little projects in between. Below is the highlights reel, which has also been added to the ongoing “Loving Halcyon” projects page.

2018

Purchased…


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A new heart for Halcyon, and a new look for the blog

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February 3, 2019

While we paced around the marina waiting for our new engine, I spent some time giving our website HalcyonWandering some new style. Will you take a look? I’d love to hear what you like or don’t like, and which links I broke in the process…

In the meantime, here’s…


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Northwest Passage

Our Route

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December 17, 2018

Well, in the end we didn’t sail through the northwest passage. But we did have an incredible experience. You can explore our route here, including links to the articles I posted along the way.


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The Tougher Choice

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December 13, 2018

*This article appeared in the November issue of 48 North*

Sailing through the arctic is tough, there is no doubt about that. The winds blow hard and cold, ripping across Siberia unimpeded by any significant topography (or even trees). The route ahead is often choked with slabs of ice, swirling…


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Watching

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December 7, 2018

*This article appeared in the October publication of 48 North, and then I forgot to share it with you in November. So here it is, to answer the question I know you ponder daily — what is it like to be on watch above the arctic circle?*

My eyes are…


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You haven’t heard from me in a while

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December 3, 2018

You haven’t heard from me in a while, and I’m sorry for that. I’m not mad at you, I promise. It’s just that it took me a while to decompress after turning back from the northwest passage. And my writing time recently has been devoted to several articles that…

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