The adventures of POV 2, a Lagoon 42 catamaran, crossing the Atlantic.

18 December 2018 | Off the boat
14 December 2018 | St. Lucia
13 December 2018 | 200 miles to go
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | . 300 Miles from St Lucia
10 December 2018 | 600 miles from St. Lucia
10 December 2018 | a dark night
09 December 2018 | 650 miles from the Caribbean
09 December 2018 | 19 Degrees North, 48 Degrees West
07 December 2018 | 20 Degrees North, 45 Degrees West
06 December 2018 | Westing along the 20th Parallel near the 43rd meridian
06 December 2018 | pasthalf
05 December 2018 | Top of the Hump
05 December 2018 | Oval Office
05 December 2018 | Middle of the Atlantic
04 December 2018 | middle of the world
04 December 2018 | Area 51
04 December 2018 | atlantic ocean

Arrival in La Rochelle

17 September 2018 | La Rcochelle, France
I arrived in La Rochelle two days ago. POV 2 is in the water on a small canal next to the Maritime Museum. Pictured here is the boat nestled among some other boats that have been recently launched. It's an interesting process to see how they move the boat from the factory (almost 2 hours away) to La Rochelle and then get it commissioned with a mast and rigging. Take a look at the gallery of pictures of other boats before they're launched.

Zach, my nephew, arrived yesterday morning and helped me unpack boxes all day Sunday. We unpacked over 50 boxes. Take a look at the gallery for some pictures.

Last night Zach and I went to dinner with Jim and Debbie Veiga, the dealers in Puerto Rico (Atlas Yachts) who sold us POV 2. Jim has spent 4-5 hours giving me briefings on all of the boat systems. A ton to remember but the good news is there are also written manuals!

Today we do a sea test and will leave the canal where we're docked right now and move to La Rochelle's main marina. To get into the maing harbor, we will wait for high tide (around 10am) because the canal is behind a lock and each side of the lock has to have the same water level before the gate can be opened.

I have a feeling the rest of the week is going to be just like the last two days: an endless number of provisioning tasks to complete before we set sail early next week. But there's no place better to do it than in La Rochelle, a medieval town on the ocean with perfect weather.

Vessel Name: POV 2
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 42
Crew: Mark, Cy, Chris & Dave
About: Old enough to know better, just not wise enough.
POV 2's Photos - Main
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Created 26 September 2018
There's so much to do to get a boat ready to make her uniquely yours. Zach is raising the France country flag, which is flown as a courtesy to your host country. Here's also a picture of putting the name of the boat actually on the boat. Why the name POV 2? As many of you know, Pam named our Sonoma county home, Point of View. It only seemed fitting to use the name again for our home on the water.
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Created 20 September 2018
These are pictures from our two hour test sail. First time I've ever launched a Code Zero sail (well, I had a lot of help). The boat handles amazingly well.
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Created 20 September 2018
Pictures include moving the boat from the basin/canal to La Rochelle's main marina. You can see the medieval fortresses of La Rochelle. Between the two towers is the city's old harbor. They used to hang a large chain across this harbor entrance at night to prevent ships from entering.
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Created 20 September 2018
Here are some pictures of the galley items in the cabinets. Look good, Pam?
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Created 20 September 2018
Zach and I spent most of Sunday unpacking the 50+ boxes from Amazon and Amazon France. Furnishing a boat is like furnishing a condo including items for the cabins (sheets, blankets, pillows), the heads (towels, floor rugs) and the galley (plates, silverware, glasses, pots, pans, cooking utensils), as well as numerous safety items (liferaft, EPIRB, rescue sling).
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Created 17 September 2018
This album includes some pictures of other boats before they are placed in the water. A huge semi literally moves the catamaran on its side from the factory (60+ miles away) to La Rochelle. It is then put on the ground where it is fitted with its mast and rigging. A large crane then envelops the boat and attaches two large straps around its bottom lifting it up and crawling to the dockside where it is lowered into the water.
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Created 17 September 2018