Posts by El Capitán

And We’re Off! New Zealand to ...

Writing from the Quarantine dock in Marsden Cove, Whangarei, New Zealand.  We clear out of the country within the hour.  Skies are bright, clear and abundant sunshine.  Wind out of the WNW at 18-20 knots.  Will plan to sail NE until it lightens later tonight then turn more NNE to get away fror NZ before more northerly winds fill in tomorrow. [...]

Exploring Great Barrier Island, Surfi...

Life has been exciting the past week!  We sailed out to spectacular and remote Great Barrier Island and did some incredible hiking and kayaking.  While out there we saw a weather window to sail to Fiji so we left immediately and had an amazing downwind sail back to the mainland! We made 50 miles in under 5 hours, had dolphins dancing in the b [...]

Riding out Storms in Auckland and a S...

Brief update – We rode out a storm in a marina north of Auckland and survived unscathed.  We spent a night in the city and even managed to do some (free) gambling in a casino en route to a Doctor’s appointment. We met some circus acrobats who were sailing a 33-ft steel monohull that his Dad built in the 70’s.  We dodged huge tankers and flew [...]

NZ to Fiji Passage Prep Continues – W...

While in New Zealand we have been taking on water from a dock-side hose, which has been very convenient. This is the first time since leaving California that the water on shore is safe and drinking-quality. In Fiji we don’t have that luxury, so a watermaker, or desalination unit, is a necessity. While here in New Zealand we “pickled” our wate [...]

Jammed Propeller but Still a Great Da...

After exploring Kawau Island – awesome hiking and even exploring an old copper mine – we sailed down the coast and anchored near Gulf Harbour in Auckland. The next day we sailed into the harbor to pick up our new kayak but the day went a little differently than we planned… After breakfast we pulled anchor and motored into the marina and [...]

We Beached QUIXOTIC in New Zealand! ...

Our heads are pounding from stress and our bodies ache from cleaning barnacles but we successfully beached QUIXOTIC today! The saildrive fluid is renewed, the props are tuned and about 5,000 barnacles have been scraped from her hulls. It was a very demanding day and we are certainly exhausted now. The day started early pulling anchor in the B [...]

New chainplates are in! Stanchions on...

Well that was one hell of a week!!  We are elated to report that we have replaced all four chainplates and 90% of our passage prep list is complete!  I am typing this with multiple cuts on my hands from wrestling with stubborn cotter pins on our turnbuckles, but the sweet smell of victory reins triumphant – we did it, and in record time!  Let [...]

Storms, Rain, Friends, New Anchor and...

We are preparing to sail to Fiji in a few weeks and have begun our passage prep in earnest. The past week was storming so we put in to the marina. We put a tarp over the engine compartment and I spent two and a half days hunched over completely renewing every system on the generator – happy to report our efforts paid off and it’s [...]

VIDEO: Sailing with Dolphins off the ...

VIDEO: Sailing with Dolphins off the New Zealand Coast!
Another epic day aboard QUIXOTIC – this time with perfect conditions, awesome friends and even the dolphins came by to entertain us all!  Check out the video and then plan YOUR next adventure aboard the epic catamaran QUIXOTIC!   www.QuixoticCharters.com Share this:EmailShare on TumblrPrintMorePocket

Lat38 Magazine Article: The Economics...

Our friend Richard, an editor and founder of Latitude 38 magazine, asked us how much it cost to re-power our Voyage 430 catamaran, QUIXOTIC, down here in New Zealand. If you’re interested in finding out the answer, read pages 118-120 of March 2017 edition of the magazine below.   And get some friends together to come charter with us so [...]

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