Tue Aug 22 2:36 2017 NZST
Weather: post tropical storm

Well, we are in Bonaire. It's been so long since we made a passage of more than one day. This one was from Martinique, about 470 n.m. We did it in 71 hours, almost all under sail. This boat is quicker than Alegria. And, generally, easier to sail and more comfortable. We had two days of dead down wind in light conditions, so played with learning to use the whisker pole. Unfortunately, it's a Forespar line-adjustable, and collapsed to it's shortest length. A bit of subsequent research discloses that Forespar doesn't recommend it for long downwind passages, and anyway, it's only recommended for boats to 46'. I guess our rig company missed that too. But Forespar is sending me the parts at no charge, I'll learn how to disassemble and repair. Some things don't change . . .
We both like Bonaire. It's heritage is Dutch, that is the primary language, along with a local creole and of course english. Good local supermarket, not too expensive, everything labeled in Dutch. Fresh fruit and some vegies come up on a picturesque boat, from Venezuela. It's lived up to its reputation as a great place to snorkel and scuba, there's hundreds of marked sites. The hurricanes are going by to the north of us, as we'd hoped. And there's a shipping service for stuff from the US, we're hoping that will work out well for us. We also have a replacement watermaker membrane on the way, (see ?some things don?t change?, above), as a warrantee/customer service freebie from Spectra. Planning to linger for a few more weeks here, then on to Curacao, perhaps for a haulout.

Sat Mar 11 13:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 381.1nm (689.8km)
Weather: winds 15-25 kts from the east, rain squalls

on the anchor, in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Quite a ways down into the southeast Caribbean. Finally got away from the Virgin Islands, after watermaker problems, fuel injection problems and mosquito-borne illness problems. But all better now. Had great sails down, Virgin Gorda to Dominica. Got there in time for =E2=80=9CYachtie Appreciation Week=E2=80=9D, free moorings and parties! 365 rivers on Dominica, most with waterfalls. And a volcano, currently not too active. Joined there by Steve and Ronnie Finn, they sailed with us for a couple weeks. On to Marinique. Very cool, French wine! And caught Carnival there, pretty wild. Thousands of people, in the streets, very peaceful. And now St. Lucia. All good!

Sat Dec 3 1:57 2016 NZDT
Run: 1475.4nm (2670.5km)
Weather: warm, calm, overcast

on a mooring, Kelly Cove, Norman=E2=80=99s Cay, BVI=E2=80=99s. Off and cruising again!

Ain't it great to be off the dock and gunkholing amoung the islands!? We're having the same experience in Malaysia and it's easy cruising at that. Fishing boats at night make passages kind of hair raising, but there's little coral to negotiate here and the mountainous islands are stunning. The Langkawi area reminds us a bit of Tonga, but with much higher topography. Is Kokopelli still on target for the Canal a few months from now? Sending wishes for the happiest of holidays, with our love, Robbie and Bev
Mon Oct 31 10:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.5nm
Weather: warm, sunny

on the wharf, Hampton Public Pier. final prep for our run to British Virgin Islands. carousing with the Salty Dawgs

Mon Oct 31 3:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
Weather: cool, sunny

on the anchor in Indian Creek, VA. Here to see Hank and Seale. Onward tomorrow.

Thu Oct 27 1:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 183.8nm (332.7km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 61nm
Weather: cool, sunny

on the anchor in Solomon=E2=80=99s Island. Overnight here, then south. Quite a bash getting here, but then a good sail

Mon Oct 24 1:15 2016 NZDT
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
Weather: windy, cold. but the sun is shining, good day for solar.

on a mooring at Oxford, MD, at the Tren Avon YC. Saw Wayne and Sue, now on to Solomon=E2=80=99s Island, MD this a.m.

Sat Oct 22 5:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 219.2nm (396.8km)
Weather: sunny, warm!

on a mooring at Annapolis. watermaker fixed (finally). SSB working, too. so onward! planning to go to Oxford yet this afternoon.

Sun Oct 16 3:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: sunny, cold

finally back in the water, finishing up the painting was delayed by rain associated with Matthew. SSB is better, still waiting on watermaker work. But all is good, expecting to be in Hampton, VA on schedule (26 October).

Thu Sep 29 23:51 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
Weather: rain!

now hauled out at the Oak Harbor yard. Bottom painted, prop adjusted and greased, ready to go back in the water this afternoon or tomorrow a.m. Weather permitting, still the bottom paint touch-up to be done. =20

Hi Brian/Mizzy, you are a long way from the Pacific. When are we going to be able to share an anchorage again? Maybe in French Polynesia when we arrive there in 2018?
Mon Sep 26 1:42 2016 NZDT
Run: 31nm (56.1km)
Avg: 310knts
24hr: 7440nm
Weather: =20

anchorred off Oak Harbor Marina/Yard, in Pasadena, Maryland. we=E2=80=99ll haul out the boat on Monday, to paint the bottom, and a =E2=80=9Cfew other things=E2=80=9D (it=E2=80=99s a boat, after all). some friends are still here, and others are coming to visit. optimistic about the yard, etc. expect/hope to be back in the water in less than a week. all good!

Mon Sep 26 1:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 37.2nm (67.3km)
Avg: 744knts
24hr: 17856nm
Weather: =20

anchorred in the middle of the Sassafras River, Maryland again I think. after a run up and through the Delaware/Chesapeake canal, and down to here. very calm and quiet this eve. tomorrow=E2=80=99s travels should get us to the haulout yard, etc.

Mon Sep 26 1:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 103.2nm (186.8km)
Weather: =20

an un-dramatic run down along New Jersey, and now about half way up the Delaware Bay. at anchor in Cohansey River mouth, just down stream from a nuclear power plant installation. should be a good place to catch 3-eyed fish.

Wed Sep 21 0:27 2016 NZST
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)
Avg: 218knts
24hr: 5232nm
Weather: overcast

anchorred off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, near Atlantic Highlands. Had a good run down through the city, pretty impressive. We were there for the high-security following the recent explosions. the west side of the East River was closed off, so we were held back a bit from the city. But many awesome and iconic sights and names. NYC has been a force in our pop culture for generations. lots I recognize from Monopoly and Mad magazine. an easy run through Hell Gate, we caught it at slack water. Down the Jersey coast tomorrow, looks like very mild conditions, afraid we=E2=80=99ll be motoring again.

Wed Sep 21 0:18 2016 NZST
Run: 51.7nm (93.6km)
Avg: 517knts
24hr: 12408nm
Weather: overcast

on a mooring (free!) in Manhassett Bay, NYC. Just a few miles from the entrance to the East River, and NYC. Grocery store accessible!

Wed Sep 21 0:18 2016 NZST
Weather: overcast

in Lloyd=E2=80=99s, Huntington Harbor, New York (Long Island). On the anchor

Wed Sep 21 0:12 2016 NZST
Run: 48.2nm (87.2km)
Weather: clear, light

in New Haven, Connecticut. Anchored just inside the breakwater. Peaceful evening.

Sat Sep 17 4:00 2016 NZST
Run: 15nm (27.2km)
Weather: overcast

in Mystic, Connecticut. On a mooring, and spent two days at the Mystic Seaport Village museum. Always love that stuff. Now on, further west! Long Island Sound to NYC.

Hi Brian. Just noticed you are planning on traversing the Long Island Sound to NYC. The Nissequogue River off of Smithtown Bay (in the Long Island Sound) used to be my old stomping grounds as a kid where I explored with a Sunfish and a small outboard jon boat. Have a great trip! Mark
Fri Sep 16 3:42 2016 NZST
Run: 57.9nm (104.8km)
Avg: 1158knts
24hr: 27792nm
Weather: warm and mild

anchorred outside at Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Nice small town, got a plate of the local oysters from the Raw Bar/Dock.

Fri Sep 16 3:39 2016 NZST
Weather: clear and calm. =20

finally away from New Bedford. final score: teeth fixed, one pulled. watermaker working better, but some still to go. no success with having the engine checked, but it=E2=80=99s doing OK. no problems, and minimal inconvenience, from Hermine. and we had a good time! crossed over through Woods Hole (fierce currents) to Vineyard Haven, on Martha=E2=80=99s Vineyard island. anchored here as a cold front passes. a very fun spot!

Mon Sep 12 1:21 2016 NZST
Run: 20.3nm (36.7km)
Weather: blustery, 15-20 g 25, SSW. 90% cloud cover. =20

finally away from New Bedford. final score: teeth fixed, one pulled. watermaker working better, some still to go. no success with having the engine checked, but it=E2=80=99s doing OK. no problems, and minimal inconvenience, from Hermine. and we had a good time! crossed over through Woods Hole (fierce currents) to Vineyard Haven, on Martha=E2=80=99s Vineyard island. anchored here as a cold front passes. a very fun spot!

Wed Sep 7 0:18 2016 NZST
Run: 5.5nm (10km)
Weather: blustery, overcast

on a mooring, New Bedford, Massachusetts. came here to get our watermaker fixed by the local Spectra reps. also found that acceleration is slow on the diesel, probably the turbo. so we=E2=80=99ll have that looked at, too. also hurricane/now tropical storm Hermine is nearby, so we=E2=80=99re waiting on its passing. and getting some long-delayed dental work done. etc. New Bedford is a working waterfront, dominated by the fishing fleet. has an amazing whaling museum, more scrimshaw than I ever imagined. rum featured in the local taverns, also craft brews. and quahogs! probably here through Wednesday . . .

Hi guys. That looks like a really cool place. Have fun and good luck with the dental. Hope to see you in the Bahamas.
Mon Aug 29 1:09 2016 NZST
Run: 42.3nm (76.6km)
Weather: calm, sunny!

on a mooring, Mattapoisette, Massachusetts. feels like we escaped the coming cold in Maine just in time. here mostly to get our watermaker fixed. and also found that thereās a compass adjuster who lives and works here, heāll be aboard later today to do this. finally found the mysterious leak in the aft head area yesterday. the joys of boat life! and also found, and I think understood, 3 more in the engine bay! and itās Sunday, so some boat cleaning. All good!

Sun Aug 28 7:45 2016 NZST
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)
Weather: SW 12+ kts, foggy

on a mooring, Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts

C'mon, Brian and Mizzy! Where's the detail? Is it true you've been eating raw turtle? And seeing how close you can get to naval destroyers before they send out a chase boat? And flying your genoa from only the head with two sheets to see if it will work like a spinnaker? Don't make me use my imagination! If not these feats of daring, then WHAT are you doing? Love, Bev
Sat Aug 27 6:21 2016 NZST
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)
Weather: calm and warm

anchored for a night or two, inner harbor, Gloucester, MA

Sat Aug 20 6:27 2016 NZST
Run: 60.7nm (109.9km)
Weather: high clouds, 20%, calm and warm

on a mooring at Portland Yacht Club, into the weekend

Wed Aug 17 1:39 2016 NZST
Weather: high clouds, 30%. calm

lingering here on the anchor. Starting south on Thursday, heading towards the Chesapeake

OK! We've now subscribed to Kokopelli and will look forward to every little detail you share here. But not to think that excuses you from the long personal messages we've been exchanging for the past few years! We wouldn't give those up for anything. You can follow Mersoleil beginning in Indonesia and going all the way back to Seattle on YIT! Waiting in SE Asia for you to catch up with us again. Love from Bev & Robbie

Hi Kokopelli, Now we can keep an eye on you guys... Neat application... Hope you guys are having a great time. Our sailor friend in Alameda, John Kuony says he plans to move to Main when they retire. Is it that cool? Best, Jim and Jess

Hello Brian and Mizzy. Great to hear from y'all. We just left Clearwater, FL headed to the Cedar Keys for the evening and then jumping over to the panhandle tomorrow. We made the executive decision to take Texas Crewed back to Texas. I like this app. I'll check it out. Thanks for the update.

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