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November 23, 2010 Del Sloneker, Little Rock, AR
Subject: What does it take to make a dream, a reality?
For starters, thank you for your time and for sharing you knowledge/experience with those of us who are currently land-locked. I am a 27 year old medical student who dreams about long distance passage making in my own boat one day. I love your boat and the fact that you made your dream a reality..... read more

October 18, 2010 Richard Maybin, Northern Ireland, GBR
Subject: Indian Ocean Route
Scott, I am currently on board Spirit of Ulysses in New
Caledonia and intend to leave for Australia at the end of the month. My
intention is to spend a few months in the Sydney/Pittwater area then
travel up the east coast of Australia and leave to cross the Indian Ocean > from Darwin to Cocos Keeling and on to Mauritius in September/October
2011.... read more

September 27, 2010 John Donohoe, Woodbridge, VA
Subject: What I did Today
Scott, You as you close your log you frequently ask: "What did you do today." I
wanted to let you know like many of your silent followers, who can keep
silent no more, that today, after I read your log, I continued to plan for
my trip that you and your descriptive, inspirational, writings have helped
to encourage..... read more

September 22, 2010 Knut Hildebrand, Eastern Cape, ZAF
Subject: Hi Scott
About your thoughts "MS56", did you mean it is a great boat because of the
low profile, that you would choose this type of boat? Wouldn't you choose
the next time a flybridge?.... read more

September 14, 2010 MICHAEL BEAN, DALE CITY, VA

September 10, 2010

Mike Lindskog, Houston, TX
Subject: Hi Scott
I come from a background where when it comes to ocean passages the smaller
the cockpit the better. You and Mary have enough ocean miles under your
keel now to have probably a pretty good opinion.... read more

September 10, 2010 Jerry Damme, Papillion, NE
Subject: Windows
In a number of your logs you mention thicker or double pane
windows. From a Nordhavn view, are the N's windows not safe or is it for
sound or temp. insulation?... read more

September 2, 2010 Scott Jacobson, New York, NY
Subject: Lines ashore
Scott, While cruising in British Columbia we often "stern tie" with a single line ashore while anchoring. You often mention two or three lines ashore while in Chile or NZ. What are the conditions and reasons for going from one, to two, to three lines ashore?... read more

August 25, 2010 Sam, Mercer Island, WA
Subject: Cape Town
Hi Scott and Mary, Do you have a rough idea of when you'll get to Cape Town? I'm in Cape Town until mid November and would love to meet both of you and see Egret up close... read more

August 16, 2010 Don Cochrane, Burnsville, MN
Subject: Grocery Shopping
Now how in the world do you manage to talk your bride into doing all the shopping while you sit in the car reading the paper? If I tried that...ouch!!!! more

August 8, 2010 Tim Morris, Torquay, GBR
Subject: Oil & Fuel
Re blog 6 Aug. Still licking my wounds Scott, but I'm hanging in there. :) You have mentioned carrying 50galls of oil. Is that for just 1 oil change en-route. more

July 23, 2010 Richard Maggs, Sarasota, USA
Subject: Furniture
In your last blog entry you feature a picture of Mary, looking so comfortable, sitting in 'your' chair with her feet resting on 'your' do you get along with loose furniture in your saloon and what system do you employ to secure it in rough more

July 23, 2010 Dennis Robins, Victoria, AUS
Hi you guys. We are now back down South in SA. at Robe. We have sold our beach house, so are just doing a clean more

July 21, 2010

Phil Sager, Winnipeg, CAN
Subject: Loose Screw
Scott, I hate to say this but I think you have a screw more

July 7, 2010 James Cochrane, Burnsville, MN
Subject: Need a crewman for the trip from the land of OZ? Have
experience on a N-55....
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May 24, 2010 Bill Henderson, Queensland, AUS
Subject: Alternator for Wing Engine
We have a Nordhavn 43 and are considering adding an
alternator to the wing engine for battery charging in preparation for
our return to Australia....
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May 19, 2010 Jack G. Gambs, Lakewood, USA
Subject: Livingston tender
I notice from your pictures you don't use your Livingston much. Your opinion on it? Trying to decide between 14' Livingston and 14' rib....
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May 19, 2010 Rick, Queensland, AUS
Subject: Kimberley
Hi guys, just wondering if you are held up in Fremantle for so long why not take a trip up to the Kimberley in north West Australia....
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May 19, 2010 Art Baxter, Carmel, IN
Subject: Suspense
Please don't keep us in suspense. Is Egret on the hook, on the hard, or ???.....
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May 19, 2010 Fernando Rodrigues, Salvador, BRA
Subject: Get-home
Dear Amigos:
I saw your boat in Bahia Marina but for one reason or another I never
had the chance to conatact you. I am now building a wood-epoxy trawler
about the same saize and volume as Egret... read more

April 12, 2010 Tim Morris, Torquay, GBR
Subject: until August
Wow...... won't move again until August ???? Now that's a dirt-dweller talking more

April 12, 2010 Murray Willson, British Columbia, CAN
Subject: This maybe your first Error
Hello to you both. I have read with interest over the
last couple of years all your many adventures. I have just returned to Canada after spending the last 6 months in Australia on the Gold Coast.......
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March 24, 2010 Art Baxter, Carmel, IN
Subject: Movies?
I was intrigued by the comment that Mary was taking movies. Are these video clips and can we see some action? Or do we have to wait for our next "talk"?......
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March 16, 2010 Pedro Del Favero, Santiago, CHL
Subject: Solar energy
Congratulations for your fascinating achievements, I have
follow your voyage and your way though our country too.....
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February 26, 2010 Knut M. Hansen, Tjoeme, MOR
Subject: Wintering in Scandinavia
We are soooo happy to see that you are planning to visit and even
spend wintertime in our our local cruising ground. Since 1985 the
coast between Gøtborg and Lindesnes (most southern point in Norway)
has been our local homewaters....
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February 23, 2010 Art Baxter, Carmel, IN
Subject: Tracking
I so enjoyed your article in Yachting. You certainly know how to
encourage timid cruisers....
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February 18, 2010 Judson Browne, Atlanta, GA
Subject: New Paige
We have been following ya'all since the start. Thank you for your time. We are a few years out and are interested in the N60....
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February 16, 2010 Neville Morrin, Murwillumbah, AUS
Subject: Missing the east coast!
Hello Scott and Mary. I know you can't go everywhere but to miss the east coast of Aus is like sailing past the U.S.A. and saying, "I wonder who lives there?" The Barrier reef and all along this coast is so beautiful & in my opinion is worth a look...and you're so close!....
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February 11, 2010 Tim Morris, Torquay, GBR
Subject: So many places, so little time
While on your travels, you will have undoubtedly seen some of the most
beautiful places/sights in the world. You must have surely bypassed a
thousand others. I guess there are many that you are yet to more

January 25, 2010 Michael Bean, Dale City, VA
Subject: Crew
Thanks for all the work to but out VofE. My sugestion to
all is read both your blog and forum from the begining before asking
questions, you may already have the answer...
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January 11, 2010 Arthur Baxter, Naples, FL
Subject: Dockage location
Looking on the satellite photo, I see a Seaport restaurant with a wall dock with finger piers. Close?...
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January 4, 2010 Breck Waterman, Adelaide, AUS
Subject: Visiting
Hello Mary and Scott,
I read your blog with great interest as my wife and I are planning our escape to sea. I believe you intend to cross the bottom of Australia on your next leg and was wondering if you intend to stop off in Adelaide along the way?...
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January 4, 2010 Mike Lindskog, Houston, TX
Subject: Storm Windows
Hello Scott and Mary! Scott, I sincerely appreciate the time and effort you put into VofE, and the support of Mary to give you the time to do it! What a great source of information!....
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December 22, 2009 Sue Tomback, Marina del Rey, CA
Subject: Paravanes
We have N4654 and are currently cruising the Pacific Northwest.
Just curious as to why you did not run with the paravances in?....
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December 16, 2009 Mark Heeley, Sydney, AUS
Subject: Australian plans
What are you plans when you reach Eden/Hobart? Will you be travelling
North to Sydney?....
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December 4, 2009 Andy Becker, Lindenhurst, NY
Subject: Fish contest
Scott, First off let me say that I have been a follower of your blog since> its inception & have enjoyed reading every word. I like the way you & Mary approach boating, life & traveling together.....
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December 2, 2009 Rob, Sydney, AUS
Subject: Addicted
Thanks for your inspirational words, although I do have a bone to pick
with both of you...!!....
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November 20, 2009 Art Baxter,Carmel, IN
Subject: Thanks
It's wonderful to read (participate) in your adventure. My
wife and I toodled around in a OI 41 on the Great Lakes, East Coast
and Bahamas before trying the trawler life in a vintage Mainship 34
(#22) but my ancient knees couldn't do the bilge thing so now we watch videos.....
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October 12, 2009 Martin K. Valestrand, Eastport, NY
Subject: USA
How do you man the bridge with two people, on a long ocean crossing?....
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October 2, 2009 Tim Morris, Torquay, GBR
Subject: Tsunami
Questions: Thinking as you were in both Samoas last year, I wondered about the information you would have received and action you would have taken in the circumstances of a forecasted tsunami. Seeing boats inside houses, and talk of Tsunami's running at 500mph (if that's true) certainly makes you think....
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September 24, 2009 Anthony Byrne, Sydney, AUS
Subject: Fuel
When it comes to purchasing fuel at so many different places/countries on your travels, how do you pay for it, the best and easiest way?...
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September 24, 2009 Jim, Huntington Beach, CA
Subject: Cameras (sort of)
OK, I'll bite. What's a "boat unit"? As in MS's camera starter package costs about two boat units. I absolutely love your stories. Thank you so much for taking the time to share....
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August 27, 2009 Kim Spencer, Auckland, NZ
Subject: Fuel Supplies
G'day Scott & Mary, Really enjoying reading your 'trip reports'. I'm guessing that you have enough fuel to circumavigate NZ a couple of times but when it
does come time to purchase diesel, do you (a) have an agent that arranges a volume discount. (b) ring around to find the best price yourselves or (c) rock into the closest marina and fill her up (d) none of the above.....
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August 13, 2009 Colin, Newcastle, GBR
Subject: Anchor Bridle/Snubber
Hi Scott, I have been meaning to ask for some time, but your latest fabulous
VofE has focused my mind. What bridle/snubber arrangements to you make
with normal conditions?....
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August 11, 2009 Linda, Beaufort, NC
Subject: Catamaran
Hi Scott and Mary,
Not a question but a celebration! We corresponded back in April....The SeaVeyor is now ours!! She is a beautiful vessel.. 50' by 23', Crother Design. Can't wait for "bluewater"....
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August 6, 2009 Paige Reeves, West Sussex, GBR
Subject: Fishing
Hi Scot and Mary,
First an enormous thank you for the inspiration you have given me and
many others. I check every day to see if you have posted an update on
your adventures. Without your example I doubt that I'd be preparing
for my own little venture into the unknown more

July 13, 2009 Tom Waring, Bahrain, BHR
Subject: How to start?
Hi Scott and Mary,
I have read all your Captain's log posts which are truly inspirational! 'My Time' beckons! I am a 48 years old Brit and (what I initially thought was a mild mid-life crisis but it just won't go away) I am keen to start 'The Big Adventure'. ....
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June 30, 2009 Peter B. Voss, Bavarian, DEU
Subject: Fuel Bladders
Hi Scott and Mary, I read in the last Forum about "fuel bladders" and I don't understand this word. Is this a part of bacteria in the fuel? ....
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June 2, 2009 Bill and Rosemary Henderson, Golden Bay, NZL
Subject: Crossing the South Pacific
We have taken your advice and are at present living on
Levity our N4305 which we bought in Florida last July. We are
currently in Puerto Rico shortly heading for ABCs and then on to
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May 26, 2009 Jeff Stuart, Scottsdale, AZ
Subject: Boats
I read that you and Mary owned another trawler prior to commissioning Egret. Could you expand on that particular vessel. Additionally, could you provide us with some past history about your cruising passages leading up to the 2004 NAR.....
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May 19, 2009 Dan, Lincoln, CA
Subject: Cost
Hi guys, My wife & I dream of your lifestyle. We are looking at retirement in a few years and wanted to know now that you have been doing this for a while. Have you come up with an average monthly cost to cruise like you do? ....
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April 28, 2009 Linda Sandbo, Beaufort, NC
Subject: Tech stuff/photography
Hi again Mary, one more question. I want my photography to be a major part of our voyage. How difficult is it to send images, etc that hilights your adventures? What do you suggest for external storage, and just how difficult is it to get your images (which I love seeing) out?.....
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April 24, 2009 Linda Sandbo, Beaufort, NC
Subject: Thanks/Navigation
Thanks Mary, your response was very "common sense" and take it a step at a time. What about navigation? Charts? etc, is it better to learn from a book or just hands on experience?.....
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April 21, 2009 Linda Sandbo, Beaufort, NC
Subject: Help
This is for Mary: we are about to purchase a 50 Cat. My husband has instructed me that I need to reserach food, medical, insurance, and read Chapman's book all the way through. Uh, what do you suggest?....
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April 8, 2009 Scott Barnaby, Decatur, GA
Subject: Comment only
Dear Fryer, my how you do go on - and thanks for that! I spent 3 delicious months in NZ in '86 - really enjoyed the Nelson wooden boats - and think you are in for a real treat going thru the Marlboro Sound(s)....
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March 31, 2009 Gordon & Kate Nissen, Tortola, VGB
Subject: BVI Flagged vessel
We own N46 #4 ..Viking Star and are considering the idea of registering the boat in the BVI.....we noticed that you are BVI registered and were wondering about any issues when we get up to the USA...
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February 27, 2009 John, Alamo, CA
Subject: Short handed cruising
I'm interested in short handed cruising and I'm curious as to how you handle sleeping when it's just the two of you on a long passage? Do you ever both sleep and put it on auto? Or do you do shifts? more

February 10, 2009 Chris Jenkins, Auckland, NZL
Subject: GPS-NAV Software
Hi Scott and Mary,
We met recently at the 'Welcome' event in Auckland hosted by Nordhavn. We were the two guys with the Grand Banks. You will be pleased to know that we still follow your travels with keen interest and after meeting with you both we are even more inspired to adventure further around our own country and beyond in the very near more

January 29 , 2009 Brenda, Shermans Dale, PA
Subject: Navigation and electronics
I have followed the Nords since the 2004 Atlantic crossing.
I read your columns all the time, in magazines and in this forum. I
am always checking to see where you are located at this time more

January 23 , 2009 Jeff Stuart, Scottsdale, AZ
Subject: Two Person Watch Standing
Scott and Mary, What a pleasure and privilege to follow such a fascinating adventure for two and one worth dreaming about and keeping the fire stoked for! more

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