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.

Safer Boating Week launched


©Maritime New Zealand

“October 17–24 has been declared Safer Boating Week this year, in what will become an annual focus on keeping boaties safe in the lead up to Labour Weekend – the traditional time to get boats and gear ready for summer.”*1

“The vast majority of recreational boating fatalities do occur on boats under 6m. It’s simply a fact that you are more vulnerable on small boats.”*2

“A total of 23 boaties died on the water last year. The same number had died this year as of yesterday.”*3


* Check your boat

* Wear your life jacket

* Take two forms of waterproof communication equipment

* Check the maritime weather forecast

* Avoid alcohol

Maritime New Zealand*1 *2
New Zealand Herald*3

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.

The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather – Book



Title: The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather
Author: Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt
Publisher: International Marine/ Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: 2007
Pages: 256
Price: US$11.49 ( Kindle Version

For sailing boats, planing boats and displacement boats. For everyone who wants to anchor in a bay and sleep well without waking up every few hours and getting up to check the anchor!
Has it dragged?
Will I hit the boat next door?
Am I going to hit the rocks in the night?
Whether you have an anchor on your boat already or you are looking at buying a boat this book will advise you in choosing the correct anchor for the conditions where you are anchoring and how to anchor properly. You may find it encouraging finding that you already have the right size,weight and style but if you have purchased this book or are thinking then perhaps your boat has already dragged in the night. Get a good night’s sleep with the right anchor. How about the chain? I have the kindle version but I may just get the paperback too.


The Weather Identification Handbook – Book

Title: The Weather Identification Handbook
Author: Storm Dunlop
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Date Published: 2002
Pages: 192
Price: NZ$20.40 (Book Depository)

See the sky and clouds with new eyes and enjoy the depth of greater knowledge. Recognise a
cumulus when you see one. See Guide to Weather Forecasting for further reading

Guide to Weather Forecasting – Book

Title: Guide to Weather Forecasting
Author: Storm Dunlop
Publisher: Firefly Books
Date Published: 2010
Pages: 176
Price: NZ$24.02 (Book Depository)

“A practical guide to understanding, observing, and forecasting the weather.”
Loads of pictures, charts and diagrams to help in the pursuit of weather forecasting. We can look up at the sky and find the animals shapes in the clouds but to be able to ‘read’ the clouds will make boating more fun, safer and give me something else to learn.

This is book is small and practical in the shape of a quick reference book but the content is detailed and in small print. You need to have good lighting to read this regardless of your age. You may find yourself reading over the same part again and again because the terminology is specialised rather than poorly explained. I like this book a lot. It is crammed with information and you can enjoy picking it up and opening it us to any page and learning something. You do not have to start at the beginning. As a beginner at weather forecasting I am enjoying the journey.

See also The Weather Identification Handbook

Flood Tide – Book

Title: Flood Tide
Author: Heather Heberley
Publisher: Cape Catley
Date Published: 1997
Pages: 260
Price: NZ$19.47 (

A sequel to the autobiography Weather Permitting by Heather Heberley. Heather talks in more detail about her family and their adventures living off the land and the sea. She goes into the history of her husband’s family and the relationship with Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island, New Zealand

Seriously a wee reality check here

Okay so I could look at boat listings all day long and be quite happy. I get that. But it will not get me any closer to living aboard a yacht, sailing along the coast, let alone the blue water pipe dream. Oh and don’t forget the idea of  buying a boat overseas and sailing it back… let me wipe the coffee you just spilled onto your keyboard, laughing, after a gulp. You should know better.

I know that I put up the Bucket Trip List and a carrot is a good thing.  However there are things that must be done before this dream becomes reality.  See my Training Section.

All I ask when sailing is to be:

  • SAFE
  • FAST

In order to do this I , no, we, need to learn a little bit before getting our feet wet.  We aren’t interested in going fast so cruising sounds ideal. Skill, skill and more skill required. You can have all the skill in the world and still capsize. Why am I mentioning about yachts capsizing? Well I know how easy it is to capsize in a dinghy and wondered if the same thing could happen to larger yachts…

Capsized 30 foot (9m) yacht lost its mast,  in winds 25 knots, swells about three metres, seven kilometres off coast of Tasmania, Australia here 24 March 2013
Rolled 38 foot (11.6m) yacht in conditions of 50mph (75kph) winds and 30ft waves 700km east of Tonga, South Pacific  here 11/11/2012
British man drowns after 30 foot (9m) yacht capsizes off the Coast Galacia in Spain here 15/10/12
Top ocean racing yacht capsizes with crew of 21 people  here 1/11/2012
34 foot (10m) yacht with 27 people on board, three drowned, Oyster Bay, New York, here, 4/7/2012

My condolences to those who have lost loved ones at sea.

Morning calm

I haven’t been on the boat for what seems like ages. I am having boat withdrawal symptoms.
Too much swell and wind lately.
I took this photograph just after dawn last time out. It’s a pleasure to wake up early on a boat.
Beautiful and calm.
I have been daydreaming researching  a scuba diving course in Vanuatu. How nice to swim in 27 C water. No need for a wet suit.
It doesn’t have to be Vanuatu. It could be Fiji, or Samoa, or Tonga. I wonder?
PADI Open Water course… that’s on the TO DO wish list.  I could do a sailing course at the same time….