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

Mold, bacteria & fungus

03 December 2018 | In The Galley
  Well of course there is the odd mouldy carrot, mushy pear and cloud of spores rising above a hill of citrus, but more appealing are the cultures we actively encourage.

Let's start with koji. (Don't know what that is? Look it up, get some and don't look back. The most important thing you're likely to learn from any of my posts.) The smuggler in me allowed me to bring live bacterial cultures across international borders from CA to C. I. with no harm to my conscience, where I promptly proceeded to culture it in our shore side apartment in Las Palmas. We use it to marinate fish. You won't know until you try it.

Next is yogurt. Knowing that we wouldn't have the refrigerator space to keep 3 weeks worth, we decided to make it underway. Cy and I have both made it in the past but couldn't recall the details. Using the sterilized milk you just add a spoonful of yogurt and let it sit. But for how long? Cy discovered this morning that 5 days is too long, spitting the mouthful overboard. All in all a good product.

Last is sour dough starter. I didn't smuggle this one, but started it in LP, feeding it daily, as you do. The purpose of course is to bake a naturally leavened loaf of bread at sea. I bake this at home, carefully following recipes and weighing ingredients to the gram. I even brought an electronic scale, but discovered it will not zero itself in a heaving boat at sea. Something to do with gravity not pointing the same way even for a second.

So the process deviates from the home kitchen, but that we all know would be the expectation. Mix by feel, proof (rise) for too long, even have the oven turned off by mistake mid-bake. None the less the results were rather acceptable, which goes to show that bread making tolerates a novice's foibles.

The only problem is that we have two diabetics aboard. Fresh bread wipes out their daily carbo limits. Hopefully it's a worthwhile treat, not torture.

Rub a dub dub Four fungis in a tub....
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).
4 Photos
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