Sailing Islands aboard Rovinkind II


Facebook instead of blogging…


Our view in Charleston, North Carolina With limited (and often unreliable) access to internet while travelling on our boat, we began using our Facebook page to chronicle our trip. It’s a public page, so you don’t need to have a Facebook account to see our posts. You can even view it on our home page if you don’t want to go to Facebook. Here’s the link:

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The best of the best: Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia


A very “Top Gun” anchorage in Willoughby Bay Inlet The rhythmic “wop-wop-wop” sound grew increasingly louder, becoming almost deafening, as two twin-engine helicopters approached low and made a graceful turn towards the harbour directly over our boat, then circled past the 2 enormous aircraft carriers at the mouth of Willoughby Bay Inlet. Tonight we would be sharing this large anchorage next to the US Naval Station Norfolk with about 10 other boats, half of which were fellow Canadians like us bound for warmer weather. Norfolk, Virginia is best known as the home to the 4,300-acre Naval Station Norfolk, the largest […]

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If we can make it there, we can make it anywhere: New York, New York


Fred recounts his experience sailing down the East River. Sailing down the East River, under the Brooklyn Bridge Photo credit: Paul McEvoy We decided that October 1st would be the day we’d make the famous trek down the East River, through Hell Gate to New York City. Hell Gate is a narrow part of East River between Long Island & Manhattan Island. It has a reputation – and a history –  of being a treacherous area for sailors who do not approach it at exactly the right time due to its strong tides and current. I had been asking lots of people throughout Connecticut and […]

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Two ships passing in the night


On Wednesday, September 17, we set sail from Nova Scotia for what would be our first night passage – sailing from Shelburne to Bar Harbor, Maine. We left at 7 a.m. in the morning and arrived at 1 p.m. the next day. 180 miles. 29 hours. 2 very tired sailors. Following the path of Opportunity, a boat out of Toronto bound for the Caribbean and then the Pacific. Departing Shelburne Harbour at 7 am The wind was not great for going to Cape Cod, which would have been our preferred route. The wind was light and then came from the north west in the […]

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Rovinkind goes home again


Our first stop on our journey was to a familiar place for Rovinkind –  the beautiful Mahone Bay island home of our mentors and friends, Peter and Terry (who also happen to be the previous owners of our wonderful boat). Our mentors and friends, Peter & Terry There could be no better place to stop and chat about our upcoming journey. After 12 years, Terry and Peter know every nuance of the old girl. On top of the assistance with the boat, they fed and watered (well water to wine) us for two nights, and we tried our best to cook […]

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Throwing off the bowlines…we’re officially cruisers!


  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain Experienced cruisers have told us that cutting the dock lines and casting off is one of the hardest parts of cruising. Now we know exactly what they mean. So much planning (3+ years). So much preparation (from getting Lucy ready to clear customs in a variety of countries, to getting our rental properties […]

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Mantus Anchor out of the box

manuts and lucy

Here is the Mantus 85lb anchor out of the box.   I haven’t put the bolts in yet but I wanted to see how large it is going to be.  Hmmm it is one large anchor.  I am going to put it on the boat.  I am sure it is going to fit….I hope.  Some people were mentioning that anchors were bending the shanks in tests.  In lifting this anchor (shank only) there is no way that is going to happen with this anchor.  I will add a picture on the boat shortly.

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Watermaker is back

Lucy and the watermaker

When we purchased the boat the previous owners let us know that the seals in the Spectra Watermaker had to be replaced.  I called around and talked to the people in California about buying seals or having them put some new ones in.  They mentioned that one option would be their trade-in for a re-manufactured/tested version for $425.oo plus shipping from Nova Scotia, Canada to San Rafael, California.  That is the option we went with.  We are going to have to purchase a membrane for the unit and reinstall the unit again.  One more piece of equipment to learn to use. […]

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Wind Generator Mizzen Mount

Wind Gen

My wife jokes about the fact that I tend to over do everything I do around a boat.  I drew up a plan for a wind generator and had it made locally.  The mast section is shaped to fit around the mast and give as much stability as possible.  My furry girl was showing about how large it is with it’s schedule 40 aluminum pipe.  I should have it put on the mast later this week.  

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Bow Thruster – Part 8 – Second Layer

Second fairing Layer

I included this as the second layer of West Epoxy with 404 filler.  I wanted to show how Mac taped off the thruster as he added another layer of epoxy filler.  Once again his experience shows in his great work.

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