• On the water again.


    It’s official, I am now officially living on the boat. A month ago, I’ve cut the last string I had attached to the land and cast off, one more time for adventure and call of the sea. It’s the fourth time, and boat number five but strangely enough, again’t all odd, here I am. I left Lake Champlain at the last possible departure date (Bridge closing for winter), mast down, motoring for this long path torward the Hudson river and the 13 locks awaiting. My father was with me, giving me a hand and for the first time be a crew onboard. It was snowing that day, cold wind, canadian winter settling in. Arrived at the custom the men was not even able to read my writing because my hands were so frozen. Soon after we anchor, and the wonderful little wood stove started his magic to raise the mood and warm up our brains. It started and never stop heating the boat for the entire week, while everyday covering more miles. Waking up in the morning with ice on deck, but with a cozy inside. Going throught the entire lake, and doing the locks where boring from a engine point of view. Motoring all day (Mast is lay on the deck), waiting for better days. All went well, and I thanks my father for helping me throught this big step. Despite the fact that I usually don’t trust engine, which may explain why I was engineless for so long… I won’t hide that going throught a impeller, 2 coolants hoses, 1 fuel filter clog, 2 belts worn and a few other things just for this ride didn’t raised my confidense. But I was out of the river and sails was going to rule again. Mast raised, he left, and

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  • Winter is over!!


    Ahhhhhh the joy of finally hearing the bird sing again! Snow melting, smell changing it’s always a relief to see the winter ending, we survive through it… I’ve finally renewed with my long forgotten friend Westsail last weekend. The boat looked sad under the tarp and over 6 months of harsh weather! Meanless to say I was happy, it’s home. Even if I live in a house for work for the past 2 years when I arrive to the boat I can breathe, my rhythm change and I feel myself. After some cleaning the boat look a lot better, and I have to say I was really happy to try the heater at night. Toasty to sleep, but always hard to get out of the blanket in the morning when it’s out. I’ve finished installing the pulpit on the bowsprit and started to install the hatches . The cockpit locker was crying for help (rot starting), so I’ve removed them and started new one at the house… Should be installed soon… So much more to do for the departure this year: Windvane, solar system, lifeline, check the engine etc… But hey… I won’t complain I am finally leaving after some 7 years on land, do I will remember how to sail?!

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  • I am terrible on updates


    I think it’s a fact, I am terrible on updates! So good news! Work did goes forward, the heater is installed! I had to rebuild part of the bulkhead and make a big whole in the deck… The bowsprit is underway too….

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  • Back to work!


    Winter is over, Yayyy! Drived to the boat today and started removing the tarps and air it out. It was really nice to be there, see some friends and get back that feeling that only happen in a sailboat.I’ve started destroying a good part inside, making space to install the new wood stove. It took me some time to figure out where I will put it, but after some trial error I decided to sacrifice a part of my tools area for it. Structure is done, with a place for wood storage to burn (On the back of it)… Tiles are next step with stainless sheet to protect from the heat and some wood trim.   Which bring a second topic…. Time to move on the west coast! The boat will have his final preparation to sail toward the West Coast (Have you guessed?… Yes toward California!). Adventure ahead!

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  • Wood Stove


    There is a few times in life where you are just really surprise by something. I didn’t think much when I’ve seen the Fatsco Stoves Website, specially in this end of 2013. I’ve searched on forums about it and discover a several persons saying there where a good stove, so I’ve contacted the company. Julie and Brian Yeomans, which seems to be the owners, answered promptly and professionally to my emails. I’ve said to myself, OK but let’s wait to see the product. Well I have to say that the packaging was really well done, great job there! The stove is actually really well done, and thick enough to say it will last. The stainless shield (Which I recommend) as a nice thickness and look great on the stove while the Cast Iron is Powder coated. The Cast Iron is about 1/4″ thick which is great for this size stove, and a top trap to feed the wood (No issue at sea). Looking forward to install it.    

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  • Slowly…


    Winter is coming here,   worked on closing the boat down, and repair a snowblower as we do have a LOT of snow around here…. Meanwhile, I’ve order a new wood stove. It took me months of research to find something that is good and in my price rance. The wood stove are REALLY expensive on the “small” market…  They range between 900$ and 1500$ for a iron. I have found the fatsco Company, which do really small stove which bring this year their new model, the Midget. 15″ high, 9.5″ diameter, cast iron and Stainless Steel. I’ve ordered a Stainless Heat Shield with it, you feed the wood by the top by what it seems which is really secure to supply at sea. This one goes for about 500$, shipping included. Small company it seems, doing ears to mouth pretty much. Fast and perfect email service so far…. I’ve also stated a table saw, which work my “circular saw”, so I have 2 tools, easy to store away onboard and really nice to have. That’s it so far! Stéphane  

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  • An idea is in my head


    Hello all, I know I am really bad with news since I am on a routine life on land… Now it’s the same routine as everybody else, fighting for living and earning money to pay those continuous bills… I work on the boat as much my budget let me do, while getting entertain by my friend Nick which is crossing the Pacific as we speak. Seems like I may take a longer time in preparation and won’t be able to go this winter. This would mean a voyage sponsored by Visa and Mastercard and it’s not what I am looking far… Needless, it’s been a long time I have a idea in mind… Which I will not speak out loud, and prepare slowly toward  this direction…. I have spend too much time out of the society (Almost 10 years, nothing make sense here to me…). Wishing you all a great day, I should be able to install the Windvane in the next weeks. Lot’s of pictures will be supplied 😉

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  • Long time no news…


    It’s been 2 weeks since I am in vacation, and it will soon be over… Do I have to say where did I’ve spent the last 2 weeks? I took this time to work a lot on the boat, but believe me… It’s hard to have everything done in a short period of time… The boomkin as been replaced, rudder cheek, tiller, engine reconnected, stove rebuild, electricity checked, fridge replug etc…. The weather was alright to work, and the wheel is a long gone story! Here a picture to compare the old and new: Old: New: The boat is getting in good shape, no surprise found and I am really happy with the purchase. Working hard to remove all that blue everywhere which is really a color I hate, but is only cosmetic. The next big step would be the bowsprit… Aries the windvane is all completly rebuild also and ready to be installed (YEAHHHHHHH)… The list is getting shorter, and after spending 2 weeks in this new boat… it make me wonder… Why did I lived in a 26ft for so long… It’s so nice to be able to carry all you tools and have a nice place to keep them dry and high!  

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  • How someone can dislike a sailor!


    I always loved boatyard, all of them: The sound, the smell, the crowd working on their boat, just the feel of it. It’s a place where people with the same passion can meet and share it with someone. I have spent the last 10 months or so far from those peoples, boats and the biggest talking I would have was what was a dingy. Not even 2 visits to my new boat and I got invited to dinner with nice people and talk about boats all night… With the gentle move of their boat on the water what else can I ask… I belong here. In the same time, it’s where I was able to meet that nice feeling of sailors helping each other, and by all this I was able to find a new windvane for my boat. Thanks to Denis, which put me in contact with another sailor who had one for sale (Where I was only going 5 minutes pick up the windvane, and end up staying there 6 hours with a dinner planned for next week!). It’s a old Aries which is in good condition, I’ve order a rebuild kit just in case, and plan to put it all apart and get it in A1 condition for doing some long passage. A friend of mine gived me his shop for doing so, this weekend probably! Meanwhile I am working on my new home, which is getting there. The wheel is entirely removed (Now have to fix those holes), and started to check all the electricity… My main job is mainly removal of everything fancy and keep the boat simple. I’ve started to build a nice place to have my tools always ready and store right… With plenty of storage well done for screws/bolts/electronics part/wire and all kind

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  • First time on it!


    I went for the first time on the boat since I’ve bought it and what a beautiful weekend this was! After removing most of the tarp, clean around, looking the overall shape of the boat, I have to say I am really happy with it. There is a lot of work to make it the way I want it for Offshore sailing but nothing structural really… I’ve discover that sailor that sailed offshore for a long time, have strong belief of what their boat should be, and even if people try to change their mind it just doesn’t feel right… In fact it is true, it’s not in the middle of the ocean that you want to discover you are sinking or putting your life at risk because of someone else advice…   I’ve bought new batteries, 2x 6volts deep cycle which should get the boat started (As the boat have place for another bank like that, and one for the engine). Here a few pictures of the deck all clean out! I’ve made a few friends around, and I have to say it was nice talking boat and having the feeling of a boatyard… It’s been quite a long time I didn’t feel that…  

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