• Beach it, damn it!

    Dune

    Running aground is one of the most sharing experience there is. You are sitting there, looking hopeless, tide running low while all the boats are passing by waving at you. You can’t hide, and the name of your proud vessel is written wide and big on the hull. A few more hours and you even gonna hear you on the VHF radio as a “Marine warning”. You know what? I’ve been there many times… There is some part along the coast of USA that I’ve did the waterway (A long stretch of inside rivers), there is no wind there so sailboat are motoring and trying to get the most out of their diesel. A slight push more on the throttle may push you a additional 0.3 knots letting you passing in front of the other boat you follow for hours! That’s exactly what happen.. I was leaving St-Augustine in Florida. Beautiful sun, tides pushing me, holding the helm with 4 others boats. As I never had any engine before I was playing this game, I was pushing mine just a little bit more to “pass” in front of the crowd and be the leader. I was looking fantastic with beautiful

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  • Power it, baby!

    Austin Power

    Power, we always want more of it. In any kind of form, style or age. I wanted more power for my Lego when I was young, more power for my old Nissan beat up car when I was teenager, more hair growing power right now, and hopefully not : sex power when older! It is what it is, we want more. In a house, we can connect whatever we want and get the power we want. On a boat, as amongst other things, we have to manage our power. It goes fast and we can’t get crazy about it. Just cold beer for 20min a day can cost you 23h40min of compromise down the road. But hey some things are worth it, other doesn’t (Do a woman really need an air dryer?). There is 4 deep cycle battery 6V, and 1 cranking battery for the engine. This is quite a huge bank for me as I am use to 1 single battery on the Contessa 26 for everything while living on it! With the fridge, computer, lights and musics I am just even on it. Sun is needed or after 2 or 3 days of clouds I’m losing my mojo!

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  • you gotta be sh*ttin me

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    Interesting enough, I always had issue with toilet onboard. As far as I can recall. Or maybe they always had issue with me, it’s always a question of perspective. No wonder I had a bucket for years on the last boats. If you do not own a boat yet, or not living aboard, you would probably wonder why I talk about this subject. Believe me, once on a boat for a certain period of time, this high-tech, well needed confort piece of equipment give you stories (And smell) you won’t forget. Cooking onboard can be quite an adventure with the boat rolling and dancing in everyway possible. Fixing a head, with hoses filled with some wonderful mixture is quite on the “mission impossible task”. Offshore sailing is a piece of cake after this, and even Rambo won’t look like a tough guy. Why did I’ve started all this particular subject you may say?! Well, because I had issue with mine for the last 3 months (since I left pretty much). After 2 rebuild of the pump, changing all the hoses, 4 impellers, chemical products, rebuild of the toilet, and wonderful stories of splashing and cleaning. I can finally say (Crossing

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  • On the water again.

    pere

    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

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  • Winter is over!!

    pont

    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

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  • I am terrible on updates

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    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!

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    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

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    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…

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    Winter is coming here! I’ve spent some time working on closing the boat down, and repair a old snowblower as we do have a LOT of snow around here…. Meanwhile, I’ve order a new wood stove for the boat. It took me months of research to find something that is good and in my price range. The wood stove are REALLY expensive on the “small” market… Smaller they are, more pricey they seems to be. They range between 900$ and 1500$ for a cast iron. I have found the fatsco Company, which do really small stove and this year they have 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 which is really secure to do 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

    joshua

    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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