What do you do all day when you are cruising?

Installed an oversized activated charcoal filter. The water no longer tastes like old hose🤩
Main halyard replaced
Spinnaker halyard replaced and jib sheets

Boat Projects

There is always a list.   A dream list; a wish list;a honey-do list; and a must do in the next day list.

When you have hours and hours on passage it is very possible to knock off some of these items.   Some sailors have also given over to the arts and written music, sharpened their skills; the art of scrimshaw and decorative rope work comes from long hours at sea.


There is something about Bellisle Bay. No matter what the weather elsewhere it always seems to brighten up when you enter.


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Exploring Mount Creek

It has probably been 10 years since I last ventured up the creek to the Mount House Ruins.   My memory served me well as we paddled up the creek and found a likly spot to put to shore.   We were only about 200 feet away from the old homestead.


Finding out our way back to the boats was a different story. I missed it be about 200 feet , Val found them



The Kayack was definitely faster than the Row Boat
Getting through the reeds to the landing spot
This is the place
First view
When I was here 10 years ago I wondered if this arch would still be intact the next time!
Someone left the barn doors open!
Making our way back out

A bit of history below



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Shakedown Cruise

For the last several days we have been on the boat making some final adjustments.  Our recut mattress installed.   The ticking is almost ready to reinstall.  We have been making lists of things to remove and things to bring aboard.

Danny and Jenny (Val’s Sister ) joins us for 24 hours as we sailed up into Grand Lake and then returned them to Gagetown.

We sailed Thursday afternoon after returning from a funeral in Fredericton, to Purdys point. The next day we went to Gagetown, topped off with fuel and got a some delicious pastries and the shop next to the Old Boot.  At about 5:30 we got underway with our guests and arrived in Douglas Harbour just before sunset.  The next day we went out to the “Bar” to have lunch. I was going to change the zinc but the wind was beginning to fill in so we went sailing instead.  Danny experienced some of the finer points of sailing on the wind, tacking, reefing and a great beam reach back to DH, he also tried out Val’s personal watercraft (escape pod) to investigate some movement is the reeds. Turns out it was just a rock.

Jenny prepared an amazing supper with shrimp on sticks and a salad made with tomatoes, cheese, cucumbers.

We had intended to take this picture before we ate but forgot and had to put this plate together from what was left.


Anchored in Mount Creek now writing this blog and waiting for the coffee.

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What have we been doing?


Below are some pics of the most recent improvements


water maker with with two ore filters    We still need to replace the membrane, but will wait until we get to Florida to do that    The raw water pressure pump is hooked up and is feeding the wash down hose on the foredeck as well as a hose under the sink and the RO unit.   There is also a raw water faucet in the main sink







The TV is installed and has the Apple TV module with it.  We can stream from wifi or watch movies from the hard drive on the computer.







The next the next big job was to get a mattress that we could sleep on.   So I took the electric knife to the bed we have been sleeping on for the last 20 years!   It has been a great bed and given us great sleeps at home.   Here’s hoping it will serve as well on the boat.



Lots happening getting ready

In the last month or so I have not posted anything but there have been loads of things going on in the background.   The parish gave us enough money to by a RIB with an aluminum bottom.    We will name her “Little Jimmy” as this was one of the names our parish is known by; St. James the Less!   We have a 3.5 2 stroke Mercury that is undergoing some repairs and will be a good motor to start with.   Down the road (coast) I hope to find a 6 hp 2 stroke that might get us up on a plane!

I took our alternator off and found a cracked adjuster support and some mounting issues.   The belt was also the wrong size so I managed to find two the right size.     I also have ordered a spare alternator that was actually the original one specked for the motor.    It is slightly smaller in output but with 400 watts of solar now that will not be a problem.

The water maker is installed now with two stages of filters and pressure seawater feeding it.   Clearly it needs a new membrane but we may wait till Florida to get it, since that seems to be the best price.  It will not really be needed until we cross to the Bahamas so we will leave that expense for now.

I purchased 600 feet of 7/16 double braid to change out the halyards, main sheet and other lines as needed.     I have also a good supply of 3/8 for other running rigging.   Time to practice up on my double braid eye splices.   I did the one for the main halyard this morning.   Took about 45 min!

We have done a number of day sails and I have spent only one night on the boat but all systems seem to be working well as we approach our departure date of Sept 1


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After a very long cold and wet spring with the highest freshet in 100 years, we are in the water and working to make sure all the systems are working.   I have installed a deck wash down system, completed the Bimini install and tweaked a bunch of electrical items.     I discovered that the raw water pump was leaking and have ordered bearings and seals.    It took several hours over two days to find the right part number and then source the original manufacturer part number, which was less than half the price of Volvo Penta.  The engine is an MD 22-L, which comes with two different sea water pumps.    One is belt driven, mine is direct drive from the cam shaft.

Raw water pump Jabsco p/n 29500-1001  Volvo p/n 859824

I found a place to buy the kit.


Let’s hope the right parts arrive!


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It has been a while

No new pics, but we are launched and are working on sorting out all the systems an getting things working correctly.   Right now I have discovered that the raw water pump is leaking at the seals an will have to rebuild it.     Everything else seems to be on track.   The solar power seems to be sufficient and all other systems are a go.    Time to test and stress everything.





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Some Dirty Jobs

At the end of last season the Maserator quit working.    It is always wise to have this item in top working order.   I found a new one at Dykemans with an old price tag on it, so I bought it.   My Son Chris removed the old one and installed the new one.   During the install we noticed that the elbow down to the tank was loose.    It could have been sucking air and that might have been the problem.   We will test the old unit and then do a tear down and rebuild just in case.


Several years ago I built a sump pan that fit under the engine.  It worked well, but not perfect.     It was time for Ver. 2.0

With the pan on the welding bench I brazed a fitting on the bottom at the lowest point.  This will enable me to attach an oil suction hose to emptie the pan with minimum fuss.    I also added a flexible leather extension to the back, as I was suspious that I was not quite getting all the drips!

Two new solar panels installed.  A third one is on order along with the support hardware.    You can also see the new antenna support at the back.



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Saturday with Chris

Reinstalled the Swim platform. Still have the central strut to add but it is great to have had the help to get this beast up into place.


Pulled the heat exchanger core out today to inspect. Looks good. I will give it a cleaning and then reinstall.


Installed the Zink for the prop shaft. I should get 3 months out of this, then I will dive and add another.
Found a nice little oil extraction pump direct from China. I hooked it up to the oil extraction port. This would ll make oil changes so much easier.
Pulled the main battery. Stressed tested, topped up with water and tightened connection points.
Here is the front of the engine where the heat exchanger goes. We have a bunch of stuff to put back together now.

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Swim Row Generate

Here is the swim platform all ready to be reinstalled.  New fasteners and varnish.    Finish is also all done on the dinghy as well.


I got two of these flexible 100 watt panels. The mount directly on the Bimini

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