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TRACK ARGO AT SEA
 
Argo's Location
 
 
 
Yellowbrick sends a signal via Iridium to one of their 66 staillites and tracks us daily anywhere in the world.  Thsi is the best way to track us when we are underway. 

Marine Traffic tracks ships around the world if they are equipped with AIS.   The AIS signal tells another ship our course, speed, name/call sign and heading.  The receiving ship's equipment automatically calcualtes our point of closest approach and, if a collision is possbile or if a ship is likely to pass too closely, an alarm will sound to indicate a change of course is needed.  Ships at sea can always "see and identify" us, but you will not be able to unless we are near a ground based receiving station.  These are located primarily near major ports and islands. So, when we are within range of a reciever you will be able to locate and track us by just typing ARGO into the system and identifying us as a yacht in the appropriate box.   Over time you will be able to locate and track us anywhere in the world.
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In the Gatun Lock #2 - WOW!  What a great experience!
Florida to New Zealand 2014
 
Pictures of Santa Marta, Cartagena, and Bogota'
 
Captain's Log and Photos Updated April 2, 2014
 
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WELCOME
 to
TISCHTRAVELS.COM
 a photo and journalistic log of our odyssey

Thank you for looking in on us as we pursue our dream of circumnavigting the world begun aboard our former yacht Odyssey and now continuing aboard our new yacht ARGO.  You can follow our progress via our Captain's Log,  pictures, tentative (and probably overly ambitious) cruising schedule, maps and other things of interest.  Please let us know what you think of our website, as well as any suggestions you may have or travel recommendations that come to mind.
 
 
As of April 3, 2014 we have updated our site with new photos.  Earlier photos of our trip can be seen in the 2014 photos as seen on the index.  Our trip to the Canadian Maritime Provinces, Central America, Alaska and points in between can be found by using the index to the left.  
      
let's stay in touch and share adventures
 
 
 Rebecca & Randy
 
PLAN FOR 2014
 
We have begun our voyage to New Zealand.  We left  Florida in mid-February, headed for Cartagena, Columbia via The Bahamas and Jaimaica.  We will then transit the Panama Canal, after which we will head for the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, and end up in New Zealand in October.  It is a voyage of over 11,000 miles.  We will keep you posted on our progress.
HISTORICAL SYNOPSIS 
 
Last summer we completed a  five month voyage from Florida to Newfoundland.  The two of us sailed directly from Forida to Nantucket as a first leg, a passage of some seven days.  Over the next several months we sailed north along the Maine and then the Nova Scotian coast, crossing first the Bras d'or Lake and exploring the Cabot Trail.  Then we crossed the Gulf of St. Lawrence to make the eastern coast of Newfoundland.  We exlored the fiords of the southern coast, then turned south at the eastern tip to find Isle St. Pierre, the last French possession in North America. From there we headed south and the U.S.A.  
 
We completed our 2011  6,200 mile trip from Dana Point, California to Newport, Rhode Island in July, 2011.  We cruised down the Baja and the Pacific coast of Mexico with stops at places such as Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, and Hautulco near Oaxaca.   We crossed the Gulf of Tehuantepec, visited Guatemala and put in at El Salvador for a week.  Then we sailed for Costa Rica, and after a few stops in route, we moored at Papagayo for a month, and visited the capital San Jose as well as other ports including Los Suenos, Quepos and Golfito.   After a brief trip home, we rejoined the boat and headed for Panama and  the Pacific Islands of Parida and Coiba.   We transited the Canal in late April and then cruised to the San Blas Islands where we enjoyed a week with the Kuna Indians; we then crossed the Caribbean Sea to Montego Bay, Jamaica.  From there, we sailed past Cuba and Haiti, up the Windward Passage and headed for the Bahamas.  We enjoyed the white sands and friendly people during our days in Georgetown and the Chat'n Chill Tiki Bar.  After ten days in the Bahamas we put in at West Palm Beach, Florida.  After a brief stopover, we moved up the east coast to Norfolk, NYC, Long Island and finally Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Odyssey has been sold and we now aboard our new expedition type yacht named ARGO shown in the photos above.   Construction pictures are shown on the ARGO tab to the left. 

Our original boat was a
Nordhavn 55 named 
ODYSSEY
She was sold in November 2011
 
Our new boat is named
ARGO
and she was commissioned in January 2013.  She is also a Nordhavn ocean going yacht:
Length: 69 feet
Beam: 20.4 feet
Draft 6'10" ft
Displacement: 235,000 lbs
Range: 3000 nm      
Main Diesel engine is a
465 hp John Deer
She ws built in the TaShing Shipyard in Tiawan
 

 
       
 
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