Aug. 11 – Sackets Harbor, NY

Navy Point Marine

“You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.” – Anita Septimus

We got an early start this morning, and we made it through the next four locks on the Oswego Canal before nine. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to cross Lake Ontario to Sackets Harbor. We visited Sacker Harbor by car in 2012, but it was a lot better coming in by boat.

Aug. 10 – The Oswego Canal

Minneto Free Dock

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” —James Dean

I’m not sure why we make plans…our relaxed take it easy trip has already been filled with two very long days. We found out diesel was .80 cheaper a gallon in Brewerton than the price on the lake, so we went to Baldwinsville last night. Long day, 70 miles…thinking we’d have a short day today. Go get diesel and then stop in Phoenix at lock one of the Oswego Canal. Nice plan, but there was no room at the inn…sort of speak. The lock had been down all morning and no one was moving. Luckily for us we only had to wait about 30 minutes on the blue line for the lock to begin operating. The only issue now was time. We wanted to get all the way to Oswego and miles wise it’s wasn’t far, but we had six more locks we needed to do. Unfortunately they stop operating the locks at 5:00. We didn’t make Oswego…we got stuck in Minetto. No eating out tonight as planned…hopefully things will go smoother tomorrow.


She-Kon: Back on Planet Earth

Ok, that’s enough nonsense. Back on planet Earth in the 21st. century some progress has been made with the boat project.The stern bearing carrier doesn’t sit flush to the keel. The angle of the prop shaft is 8 degrees. I tried a few times to build in a…

1000 Islands Adventure

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” ―Danny Kaye

We’re on our way to the 1000 Islands (pronounced “Thousand Islands,” not “One Thousand Islands”). We spent a few days in the area in 2012, but didn’t feel like we really had enough time to explore all the little places we wanted to see. The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the US/Canadian border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. The islands stretch about 50 miles downstream from Kingston, ON to Brockville, ON. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario and the U.S. islands in the state of New York.



We are finally set to leave Auckland and return to Greece in about 10 days time to resume cruising.
The Ionian weather is generally fairly good to the end of October, so we’ll be able to enjoy two months cruising before going back into Lefkas Marina for the winter.
After launching we’ll spend a few days in the Lefkas area while we confirm everything aboard Envoy is working correctly and then head north to Corfu. Our watermaker’s main pump has been reconditioned in Athens during our absence and Angelos will install it in Corfu’s Gouvia Marina. Needless to say this will also be a good chance for Di to check out some of her favorite shopping haunts.
From there we’ll head around Corfu’s NW coast to check out a small island we’ve not visited previously – Nisos Mathraki and its village of Plakes. From here it’s only about 7 miles NW to the island of Nisis Othoni where we’ve anchored previously, but not been ashore to visit the village of Ammos.
After that we’ll cruise over to Italy’s NE coast and explore the Gulf of Taranto where there are several interesting places to check out. We’ll probably get a rental car here and explore a bit further afield too.
This plan is about all that time will allow this year, but we’re looking forward to being on and in the water, having some sunshine, enjoying Envoy and exploring some new places. This time of year is when tuna are caught too, so we’ll be trolling our lines.
Our great friend Chris, aka McGyver, will join us early September and we’ve got a few projects lined up to test his skills and keep him occupied.
Shortly I’ll do a further post talking technical.

Dad Has Bread…

Route of the Vikings Part 3

Vikings Post 3

August 7, 2018 – standing off Heimaey, Iceland

The wind is whistling through the door to the veranda.  With winds steady at 38-40 knots and seas 2-3 meters, the Captain has wisely decided to cancel the port visit.  There is no safe way to launch the tenders, much less transfer guests ashore through the seas into the inner harbor.  As the morning wore on, a mist from the water and wind began to obscure the detail and the horizon disappeared.

A few photos will have to suffice, along with a lecture later this morning by a resident who was here when the volcano erupted and buried the town.  The town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, called the Pompeii of the North.

Main Volcano Dome

The edge of the channel where the town was

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Layers of lava eroding into caves
Spectacular Arches

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It is a short fourteen mile run up Port Fredrick Sound to the small village of Hoonah. Robin and Jim from the Defever “Adventures” are on the docks to catch our lines. They have been very gracious with providing us Alaska cruising information over the past several years and are partly responsible for us being […]

She:Kon – Interior Design

Now most people who build their own boats take their ideas for interior design from a number of sources. Magazines, other boats, web sites or boat shows. We decided to deviate from the norm (which is normal for us). Below you’ll see what we’re planning…