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

28 April 2017 | Indiantown Marina Florida
25 April 2017 | YHZ
25 April 2017 | Halifax NS
23 April 2017 | Shelburne NS
21 April 2017 | Shelburne, NS
20 April 2017 | Shelburne NS
05 March 2016 | Shelburne, NS
03 March 2016 | Shelburne, NS
07 February 2016 | Shelburne NS
29 March 2015 | Shelburne NS
28 March 2015 | Halifax NS
27 March 2015 | Rocky Hill CT
25 March 2015 | Durham NC
24 March 2015 | Durham NC
22 March 2015 | Charlotte NC
21 March 2015 | Savanah GA
20 March 2015 | Savanah GA

Friday, getting ready for more sweat

28 April 2017 | Indiantown Marina Florida
Mike/swealtery HOT!
I'm sitting here in the galley having a cuppa coffee trying to work up the courage to go out with the sander and start sanding the hole. I can't escape the fact that two years ago when we were in the Bahamas the temperature was every bit as warm and it didn't bother us quite so much. I suspect we have been Canadian conditioned spending the winters at home for the last two years and getting our blood thickened up again.

I guess the secret is to put up with it until we get used to it once again. As the Admiral has just said, it's not like we have much choice.

We are making progress. We can see the floor of the cabins in some places, and we are making sensible plans for storage. The biggest step is getting power back award so we can actually have lights and so that we can use the refrigeration units we have some carefully acquired.

Another trip to town and more boat bucks spent......

27 April 2017
Sigh. It never ends, does it?

Yesterday we discovered that both battery banks have been seriously cooked and rendered useless, so today we made the trip into Stewart to look at replacing them. In place of the eight 6 V golf cart batteries we had in there originally we are going to replace them with two larger 12 V batteries that will take there place in the battery bcupboard. The difference between them is $200 each so the original 8 x 6 V batteries to give us a 24 V battery bank cost us $1600, and they will be replaced with just the two larger batteries which cost half that. The new batteries are significantly larger to the extent that I simply could not get them up on deck by myself so we have had to take out a work order with the marina for them to bring their forklift to lift them up to deck level, and with the battery vendor to send one of their guys along to help me lower the batteries down into the pilot house. This will all be done on Monday so hopefully by Monday evening we should be back with DC power. We do have power now it's just on the form of an extension cord brought up on deck to run a couple of fans.

Today is also very seriously warm and we will spend the better part of the day inside clearing out everything to give Barbara a clear run at getting everything shipshape below decks. We have made a pact to set measurable objectives which, upon achieving them we will treat ourselves to something - dinner out, or ice cream sundae, or wild debaucherous sex, something along those lines. The latter objective was something I put in which the admiral does not necessarily concur with. 😭

Meals without power are a challenge but which can be met with visits to a decent grocery store to buy meals that can be served cold.

I am living in the hopes that sitting here drenched in sweat is yet another way to consume calories and stick with the diet. 😃

We are here! We are here! Let the bells ring out let the banners fly!

26 April 2017 | Indiantown Marina on the hard
Mike/ warm....hot......sweaty
Feast your eyes on us, it's too good to be true, but, we are here!

Late, late, late last night, at 2:30 in the morning we literally crawled into the hotel room in Stewart and crashed. Then, far too early in the morning after breakfast, we were on our way to Indiantown and to become reacquainted with Nelleke.

We arrived to find her in the work yard having been moved by the yard crew with their customary professionalism and care. Yesterday, during the flight I had fantasies about finding the boat to be invested with vermin. Creatures such as rats or mice or cockroaches. And, sure enough one of our first jobs aboard was to go through her from bow to stern evicting nests of mud dauber wasps. Fortunately the nests were small, and empty so it was a simple matter of breaking loose their attachment to the boat and throwing them over the side. The photograph that accompanies this post is one of the nests in the chimney of the hurricane lamp that we have hanging over the galley table, so they certainly find some very innovative places to make their homes.

Bad news is that the battery banks are indeed toast! Bone dry and corroded. Good news is that there are a couple of local suppliers who will deliver so we will start the next stage of our cruising lifestyle with the new battery bank both her house and cranking.

We have a tentative lunch date for 4 May which should give us enough time to get the work on the hull and indeed much of the work inside done as well. If the people that sell us the batteries are prepared to help lift them up onto the deck I might even get the battery banks reinstalled before are launched as well.

Then we might spend one or two days along side at Indiantown before heading down to Stewart for final stages of provisioning and departure. We have found out that we cannot get our cruising permit reissued but apparently we can get a permit to proceed which will allow us to set off with a goal of getting home.

That's it for today. Going to sleep early in our cosy little bunk with the citronella candles burning.
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