Thats all folks!

A pictorial tribute to Abi, who has now officially left Pendana.From Sydney Newcastle Port Stephens - Gold Coast Brisbane Whitsunday Islands Vanuatu Fiji Samoa Kiribati Hawaii Kodiak Island Alaska Prince William Sound Seward Prince Rupert Vancouver Gulf Islands Victoria Port Angeles - Seattle Gig Harbor - San Juan Islands  San Francisco Los Angeles Ensenada and back to Los Angeles. Throw in England, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Brussels, ...
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Goodbye USA

Sad times indeed as Pendana is about to be hit with multiple, sad events!.  One, saying farewell to Abi who is about to officially leave Pendana for life back in Australia and two, saying farewell to the west coast of the United States of America.  Ah, how we will miss them both!  Who would have thought that the one country in the world I really didnt like (when I was working) has come full circle and turned out to be truly, a very real gem.  Our time here on the west coast of America has, in a...
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RareMechanical Challenge

With Pendanas work/jobs list standing at a big fat zero, I knew it wouldnt be long until something came up to keep me occupied, frustrated, overly focused and some may actually say, a little irritable. Unfortunately for me and those around me, I suffer from a rare mental condition I call, the E-Syndrome. This condition doesnt allow me to rest until everything is perfect and as such, can cause a lot of wasted energy when things dont go the right way.  If my computer crashes, I am the sort of guy ...
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Pendana Back In LA

Our arrival into Los Angeles and safe harbour at the wonderful  Marina del Rey went without a hitch but sadly, this will be our final leg on the West Coast of the USA.  The next time we head to sea will be to permanently say farewell to this side of America!  While it is always great coming into port there is a touch of sadness working its way through Pendana on this occasion.  In fact, more than a touch of sadness as this will be the last time we have Abi o board.  Abi has decided that she has ...
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Pendana Arrives Safely in San Diego

We have now arrived safe and sound in San Diego after a pleasant and very short run north.  Once again Pendana performed flawlessly and she continues to truly amaze me in every respect.  These Nordhavns are, in every sense of the word, complex vessels and, as such, they require a keen eye and/or a chequebook to keep them running.  From electrical generation, head systems (toilets) waste water, both black and grey, hydraulic systems, multiple pumps both electric and hydraulic, not to mention the ...
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Adios Ensenada

Our time here in Ensenada has flown by and within weeks we will be heading north to San Diego.  The reason we are headed back to Southern California is two-fold.  One, the state of California restricts foreign vessels and or non-state US registered vessels to a period of six months before they become eligible to pay state taxes. Secondly, the girls want to spend another six months in Southern California before we head south towards the Panama Canal.  Ensenada was, as I said in an earlier blog, ...
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