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Northern Ranger Heads South – New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

 

We have had a change of heart – a while ago we had the opportunity to trade up to a Nordhavn 50. It was too much of a deal to pass up, and although we absolutely love the 46, we saw an opening for dealing with the un-acknowledged two foot ( four foot) itis and we bought Worknot, an N50 we had the pleasure of meeting on the 2015 Cubar cruise. The story has unfolded through this blog somewhat – and now we have done the Cubar 2017, in our new Northern Ranger II – another stellar Nordhavn that we have totally fallen in love with. 

In a perfect world, we would be able to keep the 46 up in Canada and cruise her around the Pacific Northwest, but that is not possible. We are hoping that someone will fall in love with her the way we did, and we will once again be a one boat family ( I lie …. we have about 14 little boats up at the lake and down on the coast and on the 50 – but it would be nice to divest ourself of the 46 and make someone else’s life perfect the way ours was when we found her.

And so the story continues – we are back in Mexico, the future is unclear but I see more cruising ahead! And again, we have found the boat of our dreams, our forever boat, and we know she will take us on lots more adventures! 

 

Some photos from our two legs down to La Paz – Anacortes to San Diego, and then the Cubar Rally , from San Diego to La Paz!  

 

 

Prince William Sound- to Valdez

June 4  Cordova The crossing, which took around 50 hours, was remarkably and delightfully uneventful. The seas were the predicted 6-8 foot swells with a twelve second period… and the skies were a consistent, beautiful blue. Daylight lasts about 20 hours here so night watches were done in relative brightness, a huge change from our …

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Alaska Bound!

At last! Our long anticipated adventure and reunion with Daybreak, Sea Level II, and Piredmus –  has begun!  After last year’s incredible month long sojourn to Hakaii Pass and back down to Victoria on Daybreak, Jerome and Karen Fisher’s gorgeous Nordhavn 68, we were thrilled to be invited back aboard for the 2022 trip. This …

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Part two: cruise interrupted

The final leg of our Mexico cruise – and arguably the one I had most  looked forward to – was nearing an end. I put away the fishing rods, realizing that if I were to be lucky enough to actually catch a fish, it would mean the pounds of frozen chicken and store-bought tuna in …

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Cruise, interrupted… again…

part one of “what happened to our cruising plans 2022….” also known as ”soooo much stuff” I can’t honestly say we have been cruising – I don’t think one forty-four hour crossing to another marina constitutes cruising if you remain tied to the dock at said marina for a few months. Sadly, that’s what happened …

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South to La Cruz and…. Pause…

We are back!  In La Cruz de Huanacaxtle that is. After a few weeks of boat chores, including a week at the boatyard, we were finally ready to start this season’s long delayed Mexican Adventure. One where we are determined to spend more than a month or two at a time doing our favourite thing …

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We Are Back!

Nineteen months of dreaming and waiting and we are finally back on Northern Ranger II in La Paz, Baja California Sur! November 5th 2021 – it’s been nineteen months since we left her in her slip at Costa Baja and headed home, as Covid changed the world around us and we adapted and stayed relatively …

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Quarantinis and other Pandemic

Day two… three… of quarantine. Not a bad place to be under house arrest, except for the minus ten and snowing part. But it is beautiful, and I’ve always said the lake is my happy place. We have neighbours who, even if we can’t see them in person, are there for us in spirit and …

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Should we stay or should we go?

May you live in interesting times… well ain’t that a curse and a half! The following are thoughts written down as we moved from La Paz to Loreto, taking in the news as it became available… and how we eventually processed it all and made a very hard decision. Not as cohesive a blog-post as …

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Travels with Varnebank, part 2

Another adventure without Northern Ranger! Poor thing, she’s going to think we don’t love her! Well of course we do, but timing and weather and circumstances beyond our control back home had us returning to La Paz later than anticipated mid-January and lacking the weather window needed to cross over to Puerto Vallarta. Our Cubar …

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Cubar 2019 San Diego to La Paz Aboard MV Varnebank

Cubar 2019 “Cruise Underway to Baja Rally” formerly known as FUBAR.   our route-planned in advance by Pat Rains and Ann Kinner and the rest of the Cubar Committee   Lawrence and I left San Diego aboard Varnebank on October 30th with the Cubar fleet, or at least part of the fleet. There were a …

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