Seabrook Marina to Gulfport Harbor MS.

March 23, 2018 Friday Seabrook to Gulfport, MS Clear, cool , light breeze 70 miles todayWe departed Seabrook Marina at 7:30 AM  we had a 25 min wait for the RR bridge to open, a train was shuffling cars. Once through there we entered the ICW, we p…

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March 22, 2018  Thursday  Boomtown to Seabrook Marina New Orleans,  15 milesWe departed Boomtown 9:15 AM clear, cool weather, light breeze. We had about a 2 hour wait to enter Harvey lock as there were several tows (tugs with barges) ahe…

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March 21, 2018 Wed.   Houma to Boomtown Casino, 52 miles  We left our slip at 9 AM, A nice clear day light breeze. I noticed a slight vibration once we got going it wasn’t too bad but I worried it might get worse. So I called around and …

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 March 20, 2018  TuesdayWe loaded most of our gear onto the boat during the day, then returned home to drop off the car and pick up the last few items for the trip. Kevin L. gave us a lift from home to the boat so we don’t have to leave our v…

St. Katharine Docks Arrival

Over a decade ago, we read a magazine article about a couple who moored their boat at St. Katharine Docks over the winter and it captivated us—we’ve been wanting to come here ever since. From Hermitage Community Moorings, we made a short run upriver and passed through the lock into St. Katherine Docks. It was…

Southampton to London

For the 207nm run from Southampton to London, we were planning to stop for the night in Queenborough off the mouth of the Thames before continuing to London the following morning. This would avoid a night running up the Thames. But we made much better time than expected, arriving at the Thames mid-morning, so continued…

Southampton

Prior to the thirty-one days in Southampton, the longest time we’d ever been in the yard was ten days. During our month-long Southampton yard trip we completed three major projects: replacing the muffler, rebuilding the crane, and replacing the cutlass bearings on the rudder shaft and the wing and main propeller shafts. We also completed…

Life After Death Experience For Sundeer 64 Theta Volantis

When we started cruising, in the olden days, most cruisers – ourselves included – sold their home to help pay …Read More

Twin Rudders: An Update after 18 Years


Having run Starr for 18 years, including crossing the Atlantic and the Pacific (we are about to start our 10th Pacific crossing), fixing Starr’s steering problem (lack of control) is the single best modification we have made to date.  As I listen to other trawler owners talk about their steering problems and how they might solve them with autopilot adjustments, I wonder if they would be better served by adding flanking rudders or the dual rudder solution we adopted on Starr. We wrote about maki…
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Cutlass Bearing Replacements

The final major project we completed at Saxon Wharf in Southampton was replacing the cutlass bearings on the rudder shaft and the wing and main propeller shafts. On inspection after removing the cutlass bearing, our main propeller shaft was badly corroded with some of the pits running quite deep, so we opted to replace it…