Eagle's Big Left Turn

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Cruiser tip #2

28 June 2013 | La Paz
Tom
In an effort to not only keep the flow of information going here on the blog, but answer some of our readers requests, I am going to try to post a "tip" every now and then. Most of these will be things we, our friends, or customers have found to be important in real life, out cruising.

Staying with the topic of keeping the salt water where it belongs, outside the boat, let's discuss the need for a high water alarm.

In many of the newer modern cruising boats, there is a real absence of a bilge. They are small depressions in the floor of the vessel, and if there is a serious leak, it will be quite obvious, very quickly. But, in more boats than not, the bilge can be quite substanial. In Eagle, with our engine pretty much dead center of the boat, our bilge is over 5 feet deep. If we were to have a large leak, one that the bilge pumps did not have the ability to handle, we would have a huge amount of water in the boat before it became visually obvious.

With that concern in mind we have added a bilge, or high water alarm. This can be a commercially produced item, or can, with very little effort be constructed from parts gathered in your local chandelry and electronics store.

Ours simply consists of a standard float switch, and very loud (think ear piercing ) alarm, and some basic wiring. Wire the alarm directly from the battery, thru the float switch, to the alarm, and back to the battery. If the float switch should rise to the point that the contacts are made, you will get your alarm. We have two electric blige pumps on Eagle, and have installed the alarm float switch in position with the second and slightly higher #2 pump.

We test the alarm, along with the bilge pumps frequently, just to know that we have a working emergency system. The location of your alarm, and it's float switch will vari depending on the design of your boat, and sailing preferences.

While this will be one of those pieces of equipment you will spend a few bucks, and a little time on, hopefully you will never have to use!!
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Vessel Name: Eagle
Vessel Make/Model: Freeport Islander
Hailing Port: Des Moines, Washington
Crew: Tom Brown & Jeanne Walker
About:
Tom, an avid speed boater for many years, fell in love with sailing shortly after falling in love with Jeanne. Prior to sailing, if his boats didn't go fast enough, he'd buy a bigger engine. He's readily adjusted to traveling at much slower speeds and enjoying the ride. [...]
Extra: This is the story of the love, tears, sweat and bruises on the path of this adventure. We're glad you're joining us!
Eagle's Photos - Main
a few more random images of the past 10 years
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Created 15 July 2015
A random sampling of images of the past 10 years. Enjoy.
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Created 14 July 2015
The children of the shelter get a day of play at the beach.
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Created 22 July 2014
Selected images of Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan
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Created 23 September 2013
Selected images around the islands
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Created 19 February 2012
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
A short walk from Man 'o War Cove at Magdalena Bay
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Created 17 December 2011
There's a reason it's called Cabo Crazy!
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Created 5 December 2011
The sights, angst and scenery of entering a foreign country!
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Created 5 December 2011
out and about in Channel Islands/Oxnard
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Created 5 December 2011
A few selections of the passage around Pt Conception, the 'Cape Horn of the Pacific' to Channel Islands Harbor/Oxnard.
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Created 5 December 2011
Thanksgiving 2011 in paradise
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Created 5 December 2011
A collection of photos as we explored the area.
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Created 5 December 2011
Collection of photos from our time in Avalon Harbor
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Created 5 December 2011
Some photos of all the fun things Lefty saw and got to do while we visited San Francisco>
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Created 17 September 2011
Our little eaglet, Lefty as he travels around, sharing our adventure with us.
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Created 22 July 2011
Some of our favorite pictures as we travel north and south through the area
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Created 22 July 2011
With out a doubt, our favorite spot in the Desolation Sound area.
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Created 22 July 2011
A beautiful spot, just north of Desolation Sound
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Created 22 July 2011
This is a few of our pictures as we tour the area, 2011
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Created 22 July 2011
A collection of photos from the epic party held in Des Moines with our all our family and friends celebrating our departure (humm have to think about that)
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Created 27 April 2011
A small group of pictures from our time in the CSR boat yard in Des Moines. This is hopefully our last time in the yard before we take off for Canada and then Mexico
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Created 20 March 2011
Pictures of our girl, out doing what she does best...Sail!!
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Created 12 December 2010
This a collection of pictures of the things we have done to improve the deck of the boat.
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Created 16 September 2010
A few pictures of the frame work we built to hold the jerry jugs secure, and the awesome covers that Jeanne has sewn. This system will give us eight (40 gallons) of deisel, 5 gallons of regular gasoline, and five gallons of emergency potable water.
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Created 31 May 2010
Our new wind steering equipent, being installed and ready to use!!
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Created 31 May 2010
Just some fun pictures of our sails, including our more colorfull spinnakers
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Created 25 May 2010
We had an invitation from some very good friends, Dale and Cynthia to spend a long weekend at their beautiful home in Scottsdale Arizona!! We had a blast!! Here is a brief sample of the pictures we took while we were down there
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Created 9 February 2010
we added a new AIS tracking system and tied it into the chart plotter. This shows how we installed it.
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Created 18 December 2009
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Created 18 December 2009
The boat came from the factory with just a two sided ice box. With the fact that it was almost 9 square feet we felt that we could add some additional insulation and not compromise the needed space.
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Created 18 December 2009
While one of the amazing features of the "B" Plan Freeport is the amount of storage, we have done a few things to increase the space or useability of that area
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Created 13 December 2009
In an effort to remove the stress out of our manual windlass (Tom's Back) we have installed a new Lewmar windlass and upgraded the bow roller
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Created 7 December 2009
This is a group of pictures that might be of interest to somebody. There are many small projects that we have done, but really dont rate a full album to their own.
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Created 1 December 2009
Repair and up grade of the Nav station
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Created 30 November 2009
Just few of the electronic goodies that we have added to hopefully make our crusing adventures easier
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Created 30 November 2009
Changing out the old yellow counter tops and faucet for something a little more up to date!!
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Created 30 November 2009
Some photos of us changing the toe rail from teak to extruded aluminum
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Created 30 November 2009
Showing off the new solar panels and Blue Sky regulators
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Created 30 November 2009
Complete rewire with new AC/DC panels and a battery management system
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Created 30 November 2009
The first few days when Eagle was still on the hard in Portland and when she was trucked up to Seattle
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Created 29 November 2009
A series of photos showing the repowering of Eagle with her new Vetus engine
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Created 29 November 2009

The Crew

Who: Tom Brown & Jeanne Walker
Port: Des Moines, Washington

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