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Weather and communications on the passage

If you’re following along, you know we left Ascension Island a few day ago. Now, most of passages over time seem to top out around five days. We’ve had a few longer ones (especially in the Indian Ocean), but that’s pretty typical at the high end, and mostly they range closer to about three days. This passage, from […]

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Keeping current: ocean current data for passages

Ocean currents have been a significant factor for our Indian Ocean passages this year, and our upcoming passage to South Africa is no exception. On this morning’s SSB net, one boat after another chimed in about the strong foul current they’re experiencing off the Madagascar coast as they head towards South Africa. Most entered the […]

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Iridium GO! + PredictWind for Totem’s Indian Ocean debut

Note: this post was written after our first passage with the Iridium GO! in conjunction with PredictWind’s Offshore App. It has since been updated with the benefit of a full year of use, across the Indian Ocean. Click here to read the new post! Not long before leaving Malaysia, we purchased an Iridium GO!. This was […]

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Getting online while cruising

How do you get online as an active cruiser? On one hand, the prospect of cruising means freedom from the always-on, always-connected world. Liberating, right? It can be. But if you’re like me, you might get kind of twitchy. I admit: the first year was hard. It was used to instant gratification for simple tasks. Before long, […]

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On-board communication: satellite phone or SSB?

What’s better on board: a satellite phone or an SSB? If you have to choose only one, what should you do? I talked through this a few times during morning jogs with a new cruiser recently. She and her family bought a catamaran that had been a charter boat and didn’t come with anything more […]

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Radio and Weather Guru Don Anderson

This weekend, Don Anderson’s ashes are being scattered in his home waters near Oxnard, California. Don analyzed weather data and shared the information via radio “nets” to cruisers around the north Pacific, particularly Mexico. Our introduction to Don was through the Amigo net, a daily marine maritime net we participated in for the better part of two years. We were dedicated […]

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Day 5 – Almost there

Sunrise in the Coral Sea The wind has backed to the Northeast, which means we’re running dead downwind. It’s also lightened up considerably to 10-15 knots. We motorsailed, which is easier on the autopilot, a more comfortable motion, and ensures we can get in during business hours on Friday. I’m devouring a stack of cast-off […]

Radio fail

Once again, our SSB radio has failed. It’s very frustrating. The symptoms are similar to what we experienced during our Pacific crossing in April– namely, it won’t tune up. We aren’t trying to transmit, because that can only damage the unit. When we crossed from Mexico to the Marquesas in April, transmitting after failing to […]

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