Nordhavn 40 Portuguese Bridge

Nordhavn40Portuguese.pngNordhavn40portugese.pngA Portuguese bridge is a safe walled area or bulwark on the superstructure which provides protection from weather and waves. It is between the fore deck and the pilothouse. The water is deflected by the Portuguese bridge instead of hitting the pilothouse windows with full force. They are self-draining.
Nordhavn, Alaskan,  deFever, Roughwater seem to be the only recreational trawlers that have this feature.
Such a brilliant idea to have this extra safety barrier on a boat. I like it.

Nordhavn 40 propeller

4 blade propeller for a Lugger L-668 naturally aspirated 105 HP Diesel Engine
The keel of the Nordhavn 40 Mk II has a fully enclosed shoe.
The protection for the propeller is superb.
This is the ideal keel in my humble opinion.
Protection to the propeller saves money on repairs if you end up somewhere too shallow, hit rocks. Prevention beats repairs hands down. Think of the time a boat may be on the hardstand while repairs are made. Valuable summer time when you could have been on the water. Avoided if you had a full shoe.
The only thing I would add to this for peace of mind would be a prop shaft line cutter. Again preventing your propeller from stopping with tangled rope or fishing lines. Beware they are sharp but because of the full shoe if you were swimming below inspecting your boat you have the aid of the shoe to help avoid putting your hand near the cutter blade.

Voyaging Under Power 4th Edition- Book



Title: Voyaging Under Power
Author: Robert P. Beebe & Denis Umstot
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: January 16, 2013
Pages: 448 pages (Hardcover)
Price: NZ$40.08 (Book Depository)

Guide to cross the oceans and see the world in comfort and safety.

Bowline Knot

Knot: Bowline
When: Used to tie a mooring line from a boat to a post, a very reliable knot
A knot that you need to be able to tie with your eyes closed or in the dark. You may arrive at a marina at night.
A knot that you need to know for the Day Skipper Certificate Course,  New Zealand

Is this a left or a right handed knot?
How to tie a bowline instructions here

Heaving To

In Sailing, heaving to (to heave to and to be hove to) is a way of slowing a sail boat’s forward progress, as well as fixing the helm and sail positions so that the boat does not actively have to be steered. It is commonly used for a “break”; this may be to wait for the tide before proceeding, to wait out a strong or contrary wind. For a solo or shorthanded sailor it can provide time to go below deck, to attend to issues elsewhere on the boat, or for example to take a lunch break.

see wikipedia for more information here

Anchors aweigh


Experience required to moor this vessel!

A berth is a place where a vessel is moored on water. Imagine a car and a car parking space, except with a vessel on water it’s tied up to something. A berth is is also called a slip or a mooring. A berth can be leased for a set period of time, say 30 years or for a casual daily rate. For the recreational boatie a vessel maybe moored in a marina or in a swing mooring or on a hard stand or dry stack.

SLIP: same as BERTH or a MOORING meaning a space where a vessel is moored.

HARD STAND: cradle/storage for your vessel on land, usually for short term for maintenance/repairs

DRY STACK: under cover storage on land for your vessel. Less exposure to the elements for the hull and engine.

SWING MOORING: same as SINGLE POINT MOORING, or SIMPLE MOORING meaning a mooring with a single anchoring system for a vessel. The vessel will swing around with the movement of the tide and wind. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.

DOUBLE MOORING: same as TWIN MOORING and FORE and AFT MOORING means a pair of swing moorings, allows for denser mooring of vessels. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.

PILE MOORING: a mooring where the vessel is tied to wooden pole or post, common only in New Zealand. A dinghy is required to access your vessel.

MARINA BERTH: a mooring where the vessel is tied to a pier. Sometimes there is a finger pier along one side the vessel. A finger pier is a smaller pier connecting a larger pier. Vessel can come without finger, one finger or finger piers on both sides of the vessel (rare).

The more I learn about boats the more questions I seem to have. Okay so the marina berth is the most secure and the swing mooring the least. So how do you attach your vessel to a swing mooring without doing damage to your vessel in bad weather? Rope or chain or a little of both? How long is just the right length? What is the depth at high tide and low tide? Is there a huge difference between tide depth? How often is the mooring checked? Whose responsibility is it to maintain the mooring? Which knot is best to secure a vessel to a pier? Do you use a different knot if it is a pile mooring? What is the difference between securing a vessel in a marina and a pile mooring? Where do you park your car while you are out sailing? How do you transport your supplies to the vessel? How many days do you plan for?




PILE MOORING, poles capped in green


SWING MOORING, buoy marks the mooring




We had a boat when were growing up. It was a dinghy, well we called it a dinghy. There was no larger vessel that we went to and fro from, although, we did journey from land from A and back to A, never getting to B. We went up and down the stream at the bottom of the garden and back again. The width of the stream was not wide enough for it to turn around so we went up and down forwards and backwards. We pushed off the banks to launch ourselves in the direction we wanted to go. When we weren’t using it, it was lifted out of the water and turned upside down and stored until the next adventure. There was a very low tunnel which went under a road at one end of the stream and I remember being too scared to venture beyond the tunnel. Spiders and eels were lurking in the back of my mind. That plus the thought of getting stuck halfway and not being able to turn around. Perhaps the larger vessel was on the other side of the tunnel?  Weather and tides were not an issue. We painted the boat blue. We named it Bluebird. I remember wearing one of Dad’s old shirts and my gumboots painting the boat and it’s surroundings. I enjoyed every moment.


Origins: Bengali or Urdu from the word dingi meaning little boat

A dinghy is a boat 2-6m in length that you row or steer that allows you to travel from your larger vessel to elsewhere, be it land or to another vessel. It can be a row boat or it can be equipped with an outboard motor.
A dinghy is tendered to a larger vessel. The dinghy has the same name as the larger vessel but with T/T written before. T/T means tendered to.
For example if the larger vessel is called Knot Me then the dinghy would be named T/T Knot Me. On an inflatable dinghy the name or registration number is written on the inside of the transom. Or with a hard dinghy it is written on the bow.

A dinghy is also the name of a small racing yacht.

I did see my ideal boat today for the first time, right up close and personal. I looked at it and gulped at the thought of traveling the oceans in it. Today I may not be ready but every day from now is a day closer to living that dream, sailing the ocean blue without a care in the world.  I also drove past Sailor’s Grave Road and was brought back to reality that not all that sailing is a picnic on a calm sea. My feet may be firmly on the ground but I can have my head in the clouds.

What’s my ideal boat?
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42DS

Bow, stern, port, starboard

When I was a brownie, not the chewy chocolate brownie but the pre-Girl Guide brownie we played a game called Clear the Decks. We learnt the nautical directions and ran to which ever way was called. Clear the decks was when we had to jump up on furniture as quickly as possible. The slowest one was always eliminated from the game. Those were the days. Shrieking for joy and running madly at the call of a direction.
I remember the game well, okay, not so well. I have always confused port and starboard until now. Now it is necessary and a life skill if I am to be serious about living on a boat. There may not be traffic lights and motorways but you need to know which side of the harbour to be on to enter and leave. And then there is the commonsense rule which is applicable at all times.

Imagine yourself levitating prostrate on the boat with your head at the bow end, and say bow, stern, port, starboard and point with your hand as you say the words out loud. Isn’t that in the same order as if you crossed yourself? I found this fascinating and wondered if this was how religion, faith, superstition at sea has survived, hidden in plain sight? A prayer said at the start of a voyage to wish for safe passage?

If I followed superstition I wouldn’t be let on a boat.
“Women on a boat make the sea angry.”
“A naked woman calms the sea.”
That is why there is a carved naked woman placed at the bow of the old boats.

Update: The carved decoration at the bow of a boat is called a figurehead. It is not always a naked woman, there have been unicorns. The Dutch placed a carved figure of the scholar Erasmus on the stern of the boat De Liefde.
St. Erasmus or St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors.
So there is no hard and fast rule.

I see I have much to learn…