The Adventures of Duet

This is the blog of Duet, Hull 15 of the Nordhavn 50 series, and her crew, Ron and Nancy Goldberg.  Prior to this, Ron and Nancy cruised aboard a Nordhavn 46, Hull 50, also named Duet. When not aboard Duet, Ron and Nancy are based at Lake Tahoe and can be reached at ncmgoldberg ampersand gmail.com.  
 
Duet has been cruising the Sea of Cortez and is now on her way to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  In mid March we plan to depart on a 2,700 nautical mile voyage from the Pacific mainland of Mexico to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. 
 
We have created an interactive map of Duet's route over the last several years.  It will be updated whenever we make a major journey.  It starts when we left Portland in August of 2014.  Since that time we have traveled about 8,000 nautical miles. 
 
We have also set up a YouTube Channel for Duet.  Videos loaded there are unedited, as we are still learning how to sort them out.  
 
Duet underway off the coast of Mexico
Duet underway off the coast of Mexico

Shelter Island Boatyard

  • by Nancy
  • 01/29/2017
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We arrived at the boatyard in good order and Duet was pushed under the crane, so the transmission could be removed. This would be done before she is hauled out, so we would be spending a night or two on the docks before she came out of the water. At this point, we moved into a hotel, as we don't ... More>

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The Sun, the Moon and the Stars

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  • 09/22/2016
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After most of the CUBAR participants left La Paz, we set off north into the Sea of Cortez for a few weeks. Several CUBAR boats also headed out and we spent time with them along the way. We didn't get very far, perhaps a hundred miles north, but the cruising was spectacular. We came back ... More>

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This Too Shall Pass

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  • 08/06/2016
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Aboard Duet we have several sayings, which reflect various situations. These have been developed via extensive experience, much of it learned the hard way. The first is “the enemy of good is better”. This is often applied to anchoring situations, where one of us, usually Nancy, starts looking around ... More>

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Pendana Interview

  • by Nancy
  • 03/16/2016
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Recently, we were pleased to be interviewed by James Ellingford.  James and his family are traveling the world aboard their beautiful Nordhavn 62, Pendana. They maintain a great website, which includes interviews with various boating folks. Our interview can be found here. We hope our readers enjoy it, we ... More>

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CUBAR

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  • 11/11/2015
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As our regular readers know, we had decided to participate in the CUBAR, the Cruise Underway to Baja Rally. This rally, previously known as the FUBAR, or Fleet Underway to Baja Rally, was the brainchild of Bruce Kessler. Bruce, with his wife Joan, circumnavigated aboard his trawler, Zopilote, and now cruise aboard ... More>

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Newport Harbor Shipyard

  • by Nancy
  • 09/14/2015
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We arrived at the shipyard in good order, after picking our way through Newport Beach Harbor, which is one of the most crowded places we have been. There are docks, moorings, and, occasionally, a small marked anchorage area, where boats are shoehorned in. The moorings, to save space, have both a ... More>

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What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

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  • 09/01/2015
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With all apologies to The Grateful Dead (one of Nancy's favorite bands) and Robert Hunter, these lyrics definitely describe our journey south.  On August 25th we departed Sidney for Port Angeles, WA. It was a short, easy trip, although on arrival we had winds in the 20's, naturally ... More>

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Prince William Sound, Not

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  • 06/01/2015
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Soon enough, departure day dawned and off we went. Initially the trip went well, we exited via Cape Spencer and set our course north up the coast. The general plan was to reach Yakutat, which is about 200 miles north of Cape Spencer, and see how the weather, and we, were faring. If all was well ... More>

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North to Alaska

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  • 04/18/2015
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We arrived back in Sidney on April 18, with what we hoped was a manageable list of projects to complete before we departed. Nancy's activities involved reviewing, revising and checking off lists, mainly of fresh foods, and coordinating various service providers. Ron, on the other hand, was focused on what ... More>

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More Projects in March

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  • 03/24/2015
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Before we knew it, we were back on Duet. We stopped on the way north and picked up the life raft from Westpac. Fitting it into the SUV was quite a challenge, we had to unload about three quarters of the contents of the vehicle onto the parking lot, insert the raft, and then carefully fit everything ... More>

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Life Raft Service

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  • 01/16/2015
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On our way home from Sidney in January, we stopped at Westpac Marine Services in Tacoma, Washington, to have Duet's Switlik life raft serviced. We arrived at 8AM and started right in with Rollie Herman, who is the life raft guru at Westpac. We took plenty of pictures of the process, many of which are ... More>

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