The ship's blog for SV Nelleke out of Shelburne, NS

05 March 2016 | Shelburne, NS
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Sigh. Spring still ain't here......

08 April 2016
Barb and I are waiting with baited breath, knotted stomach, clenched fists, tears in our eyes...... for the damn snow to finally just frig OFF! Tomorrow and the next day will be the last snow that I can foresee and then any precip will be rain. Maybe then we will get the work done in Fidelia (have I blogged yet that is the name of our Westfalia? Fidelia the Wesfalia. Poetry, eh?) and we can get on the road south to Nelleke and start to stock her up for the cruise next winter.

We have both been working on getting toned up to get something closer to what you might look at as a beach bod. Of course Barb has less to do than not-so-little old me. I had ballooned up to 245 and decided that after Christmas I was going to target 200 as a goal. I have managed to divest myself of 15 pounds of suet and have twice that still to go. I go to one of the two gyms in town and am inspired by the women hard bods and aspiring hard bods that go there. Not many men, sadly. I figure that I should meet the objective by September. I could do it more quickly if there was a pool where I could do laps or if I could share the arthritis in the ball of my left foot so I could do some roadwork, but what the hey. I am doing what I can.

Snow Is a Four Letter Word.......

05 March 2016 | Shelburne, NS
......or maybe it should be.

I know there are folks who just love to ski, snowmobile, ice fish, toboggan and all that stuff, but if you look at those people closely I think you will find that the majority of those live in apartments with someone else responsible for snow removal or can afford to hire someone to come in with a plough. We are neither, so for us snow is a four letter word. Last night the weather witches forecast about 8 cm which for those of you still in imperial is about 3", so you can imagine our joy unbounded when we awoke to 15 cm and more coming. Our wee electric snowblower only just managed to struggle through our lane way and at the end the milding temperature and the weight of the snow was melting close to the ground so the snowblower kept plugging up. We have tenants in the flats in our back garden to we are sort of duty bound to clear them out. We also try to do the neighbour's since they will be looking out for our place next winter. Tit for Tat sort of thing.

The good news is that this should be the last we have to deal with the snow.


What last night and this morning has done for us has made us even more anxious for our road trip to visit Nelleke in April/May. We are looking at a "leisurely" schedule of 600k or less per day wth stops to see the sights over two hour lunch halts and early conclusions for the day for even more visits. We are going to avoid major centres and focus on back roads and the smaller communities to check out what they have to offer.

Making Plans

03 March 2016 | Shelburne, NS
Mike/sunny but damn cold
We are definitely going through cruising withdrawal. The major symptom revolves around a compulsive scanning of charts, googling of exotic destinations and moving the departure date steadily forward. We are now looking at a mid to end of September date to set off to get Nelleke back in the water. Of course, much of that will be dependant upon our earlier trip south to check up on her.

We are planning for a trip to Indiantown sometime in April to return as much of the boat gear that we brought home for maintenance as possible. The plan will be for a leisurely drive, taking time to see some sites and visit friends on the way. We will be taking back roads and avoiding most, but not all, of the major American metropolitan areas. There aren't any big cities between here and the US border so we won't have to avoid any in Canada. I am planning to blog regularly on the way down and take some photos for the record. Then for the rest of the summer we will be doing some new boat projects such as a roll stopper design that I have come up with and a water turbine generator which is a refinement of the one that we started the last cruise with. Combined with that we would like to tour a bit with the Westy, exploring NE and mid west USA.

Our cruising plans for the fall are beginning to take some "carved in jello" shape. First, of course is another drive to Indiantown and a couple of weeks getting Nelleke back into the water. From there we will head out the St Lucie Inlet and across to the Bahamas where we will gunk hole down from West End to Freeport to the Berrys and down through the outer keys to DR, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Island groups and then Saba, Monserrat, and Guadeloupe. We think it is do-able if we keep Nelleke well maintained and the weather cooperates. The good news is that pretty much any point along that route is a place, that if we wind up staying there longer than planned, is something we can tolerate.

Our "end game" is that we at hoping to find a place in the Caribbean where we could put the boat up on the hard for the summer so that the following fall would have us restart the cruise from paradise.
Vessel Name: Nelleke
Vessel Make/Model: Moody 42 PH Ketch
Hailing Port: SHYC, Shelburne, Nova Scotia and RNSYS Halifax
Crew: Mike and Barb
Mike is a retired Candian Forces Army officer who has been dreaming of the cruising lifestyle and visiting new and distant places for years. We started in 2008 with a real shakedown trip to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the ICW. [...]
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Nelleke's Photos - S/V NELLEKE (Main)
1 Photo
Main Album for our winter cruise
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 11 September 2014
An album of photos to keep our spirits up during our enforced tenure on dry and hard bits
1 Photo | 10 Sub-Albums
Created 9 August 2011
A photographic account of our reclamation of Nelleke and trip north to Halifax
1 Photo | 15 Sub-Albums
Created 15 March 2011
Photos from our cruise over the 2009 - 2010 period
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 16 October 2009
Gallery of Photos of our summer stay in Halifax
23 Photos | 8 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2009
A Holding Album for Arts and Crafts folders
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 15 January 2009
A General Cover Album for Our Trip South in 2008/09
1 Photo | 10 Sub-Albums
Created 8 September 2008
Photos from Dave Ireland, Marc Cayouette, Amy Mulnix and Mike and Barb Turney
25 Photos
Created 25 July 2008
Photos of NELLEKE;s crew training at sea for the race.
15 Photos
Created 13 June 2008
Liferaft and Abondon Ship Training for Offshore Survival
9 Photos
Created 3 June 2008
A few photos of 5 May and NELLEKE's launch
3 Photos
Created 7 May 2008
A few of the photos taken during NELLEKE's participation in MHOR 2007
8 Photos
Created 7 December 2007
This album contins selected photos of our cruise to the Maggies with side trips to Wolfe Island, Liscomb, Port Hawksbury, Cheticamp, Canso and Sherbrooke
13 Photos
Created 7 December 2007
An introduction to the crew of SV NELLEKE
10 Photos
Created 3 December 2007
I include these photos to give the reader a flavour of what life is like aboard Nelleke
3 Photos
Created 3 December 2007
Photos form the successfull RHSP race
9 Photos
Created 30 November 2007
Some pictures from our sharedown cruise to the South Shore of Nova Scotia
8 Photos
Created 26 November 2007