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At Least it’s not snowing!

Val has left for a visit at Kait’s and I am hunkered down here in Charleston SC until I head up to Toronto for the last week of November.    I do have to say that the “Southern weather” can be a bit fickle!   We get one day where we comment that we have “beaten winter” or “turned the corner”… and then 5 days of overcast, wind, rain and cold tempetures.   I guess we will need to press on as quick as possible when we resume our trip!

The marina viewed from about half way along the pier leading to shore

In the mean time the boat is docked at the Cooper River Marina, a state park facility on the grounds of an old Navy Base.  The staff is extremely helpful and the facilities are modern, clean and well stocked.  It is in the middle of nowhere but the staff will always give you a lift to do some shopping or run to the airport.   I have met a couple of my neighbors and they are great people.

Found a small new church plant to attend on Sunday and made a couple of connections.   We were amazed at the similarities in our walk in the church and theirs!   Definitely a sense of connecting to what God is doing.    I will return there for sure this Sunday.

I have begun a long list of boat projects for the time that I have on the boat alone.  There are a number of “leaks” to be tracked down and fixed, some improvements to the living space as well as some electrical/mechanical issues to deal with.   It is great to be located in one place so that I can order stuff and recieve it.   I have found that even though we are in a major boating centre it is cheaper, easier and faster to find things on line either at Amazon or an independent dealer and have them shipped directly to the marina.    I have ordered some new gaskets for the ports, a new Alternator and a spare drive belt for the Autohelm.

 

Here is the complete list so far and the status:

Jobs while Val is away

Remote switch for Anchor windless – done
Charging circuit for Anchor windless Battery – done
Battery Box for Windless Battery
Clean drinking water filter -done
Lift and clean dinghy.   Store on deck – done
Reinstall and seal windless. – Done
Clean and mark anchor rode – on going (need to let the rope dry out, before I can paint the marks on it!)
Clean and fix oil sump and extractor pump – done
Shop for food – ongoing
Get new spare alternator – ordered
Get spare autohelm belt – ordered
Get spare oil filters ordered locally – he will call
Get oil – done
Find and fix leaks
         1 Front left Staunton on pulpit done
         2 Windless and foot switches.  Done
 3 at helm station – still a mystery, but I have some ideas!
Clean deck with hose – ongoing
Clean cockpit
Organize Vberth –
Add Velcro to screens in preparation for a climate where bugs can actually survive
Look for port window gasket – ordered
Hook on door in hanging locker
Fasten knife holder with L brackets
Get Alternator belts
Check bulbs in engine control panel
This is a Joggling board. A feature of many a fine southern home. Here is an article that explains this rather unique piece of porch furniture.

 

 

We did do a day of exploring the history of Charleston when we first arrived.    Spent 90 minutes on a city tour and went to the Museum.  Very though provoking and informative.    When Val returns we will go on a Plantation tour.    I will let Val blog about this aspect of the trip as she will do it so much better then I.
Yes this is a display of Chamber Pots. That would not be unusual for any Museum. The thing that was unique about this display was its Location. It was in the “men’s room”! And yes there was a similar one in the Ladies!

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Small Craft Advisory

Looks like it is just a speaker attached to the side of the cabin.
Can you guess what this is? Or how I took the picture?

There has been a small craft advisory for three days now and we have been stuck on a mooring in a very tiny harbor with no access to any civilization.    I talked to a few locals by phone and they basically said don’t bother to come ashore unless you have a car.

When we were in Portland we visited Hamilton marine and got a new stereo.   This one has an aux input, Bluetooth, satellite radio and will even answer your phone for you.   It collapsed three sketchy devices into one that actually works well.

I also bought two external marine speakers as we could not hear the music without turning it up really loud in the cabin.   I knew at the time that I would have to set aside at least a half day to actually install the speaker properly.  I will describe the process of getting the speaker wire from where the radio is mounted on the starboard side to the port side outside position.

  1.  Tie fishing weights on a piece of string to make a “fish” to get the wires down the inside of the slats on the starboard quarter berth.   Toss the weights down behind and hope it finds its way to the bottom.
  2. Drill a whole (close to the hull) through the deck of the quarter-berth.  The rule with drills and boats is that you must always to be aware if there is water on the other side of where you are drilling.   This is to be avoided, especially below the waterline.
  3. Tie the speaker wires onto the string with the fishing weights and pull them down to the quarter-berth and then stuff them through the hole.
  4. Contine to pull the wires through the underside of the berth, past the battery, past the engine, up the port engine compartment bulkhead, and then eventually over to the space under the combing where access to the galley and the mount for the speaker will eventually go. (Outside)
  5. Drill a whole on the combing for the wire to be pulled through.
  6. Stuff a wire into the whole…. here is where it gets interesting. .. see pic 2.  The only way to actuall see where the wire should come through is for me to lay on my back on top of the icebox and slide myself athartship, until my head reaches the hull on the port side… then in a semi sit-up stick my head through a 9 inch hole and look…. *&^%$#$%^& can’t see it.
  7. redrill the hole deeper.
  8. )(*&^%$%^&*((still can’t see it
  9. Redrill the hole at a different angle
  10. Success
  11. After this it was simply a matter of crimping the wires and now we have one nicely installed outside speaker with no visible wires.

time Required. 4 hours

 

I also installed a couple of hooks for kitchen stuff.  Made a shelf for the portable VHF and charger.

 

The other speaker will be much easier as all I need to do is install the bracket!

 

The sail plan from here will be to leave early tomorrow and sail for Mystic River, bound eventually for Mystic Seaport, which is the largest Maritime Museum in the US.   We will likely anchor tomorrow at Fisher island and make the run up the river first thing in the morning.   They have a two for one promotion for the dock at the museum that includes the price of admission.   We will do provisioning there as well.

See http://mysticseaport.org

 

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Cruising: Boat Repairs in Exotic Locations

Cell phone in the sky

Our plan was to be up and outa here at 0600 but there was fog and there was wind and I will not set off when either is going to make a less then plesent passage, so we decided to stay put in Pemaquid and do some sight seeing and some little projects.    I added a switch to our onboard networks, fixed a squeak in the forward cabin floor, changed out one of the flag halyards (the one I use to hoist my cell phone up the mast to get wifi), secure a place for the vacuum packer, fixed the headphones.

 

We also did a tour of the fort, bought some lobsters from a local fisherman and caught up on some reading.    A day of rest for sure.

 

 

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Rain…. at times heavy

We are hunkered down for the day as this low passes through.  2 inches of rain and high winds.  It is calm in behind Roque.  Tomorrow morning looks good to move further south to Mt Desert.

 

I think I may have picked up some seaweed on the prop.   I’ve noticed my speed through the water was down quite a bit as we came in last night.    Tried to see it with the water proof water camera but the wifi would not work through the water.    I’ll try doing a recording and then looking at it afterward.    If that fails or if there is something then I’ll get in the water!

So I ended up strapping the sports cam to a 6 foot dowel and hitting record and then shoving it under the boat.   As you can see the prop was indeed foweled.   This happened the last time I came into Roque as well.

 

So after donning my 7 mil wetsuit and 10 lbs of weight and a 30 second dive the job was done.    It is still raining!

 

 

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It Fits!

I thought it it was time to test the fit of the new dinghy “little jimmy” on deck.    I tried it a couple of ways but the best fit was upside down deflated    Lots of room to walk around and easy to tie down.  We will keep it on deck like this for any open water passages.   Once we are in protected waterways we can tow it.

 

Today we made three trips with the trucks.  Two to Andrew’s house with tools and workbenches and lights etc, to rebuild the shop and one to Mums house with general stuff for storage.

 

Yesterday was also a productive day as I found the leak in the water tank. The seal around the clean out port was blowen and every time we were on starboard tack it would dump most of its contents into the bilge .

 

The bilge pump pump was also not working well and I found a kink in the hose where I had put an anti syphon loop.   I removed that and replaced it with a check valve that I had bought 2 years ago for that purpose!

 

I also changed out the hoses and mounted the big charcoal filter in it’s permanent location.

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Progress on many fronts

Here are some pics from the last week to show some of the things we are doing.  It is a big job to move out of a house of 20 years and onto a 36 foot sailboat and retire all at the same time.   During this month of August we have lots of projects. Here are a few.

Yesterday I moved my long work bench out to Andrews garage. It will serve also as a storage space for tools and other things
I took the Bimini off and sewed the straps to hold the extension that goes to the dodger. Also I did some welding on one of the frames. I made a clear plastic back panel. The pic is with all the sides in place. Yesterday was raining and this made a great dry extra room that we are sure to have need of.

The rest of the pics just show the piles of stuff that is getting sorted.   Some goes to the boat.   Some to my mums house and some to Nat’s and Andrews.   Next week will be a big push to clear out many more things.   My last official act as Rector if Renforth will be next Saturday as I perform a wedding ceremony for the son of a close friend.

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Another job complete….almost

This morning I finished stitching the ticking back together including installing a zipper at the head of the mattress. Got is slipped on and sipped closed easier than expected.   Now all that is left is to build some covers for the triangles that go at the sides.

 

And here is what the look like with the covers

 

 

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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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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.


 

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