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Canal Wide
Sun Nov 22 8:00:00 EST 2015

We had a very pleasant sail to windward, tacking back and forth, down scenic Canal Wide ("canal" is Spanish for "channel").

Cold Weather Breadmaking
Wed Nov 18 8:00:00 EST 2015

Fresh bread is awesome, so I try to make (or buy when in port) some every day. Yeast breads work well in warm climates, but I have yet to arrange a sufficiently temperature-controlled space aboard to make yeast breads rise in cold weather.

So we make various kinds of bannock, the traditional backcountry bread I learned to make in northern Canada. The basic recipe is to mix: * 2 cups flour * at least one large spoon of sugar * a spoon of baking powder * some oil, shortening, lard or butter and add enough water and salt water (or add salt) so the mixture can be put into a greased frying pan in a thick layer. Put a lid on the frying pan and cook over low heat until lightly brown, flip the bread over and cook the other side.

Many other ingredients can be added to change the flavor (ie, more sugar, raisins, dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses). My friend Daryl taught me that adding more water, so the mixture pours into the frying pan, turns it into flatbread, which is faster to cook (but makes less bread in one panful).

I suppose I could just heat the interior enough so that yeast would rise, but I don't like running wood or diesel heaters when sailing (not using heaters under sail solves a lot of draft problems and not having fires aboard while heeling and bouncing in the waves just seems inherently safer). Issuma doesn't have enough electrical power to run a breadmaking machine, so bannock and its variations are what we use.

Wed Nov 18 16:48:49 EST 2015 | Alia
Hey Richard, So glad to hear that your adventures are going well and that you are making bread. Hugs to you.
Sun Nov 22 18:49:31 EST 2015 | Victor
Making bread in cold climate is always a challenge and its been written many times over the centuries. Suggest to keep dough worm enough working it in plastic closed bag away from cold environment. It has to be knead uniformly for near 5 minutes and then left to rise for 1 hr. covered with warm blankets and again worked and rest for another hour or so before baking. Good idea is to have built a proofing box that warm are can be injected by means of heat gun to keep temperature near 25-30C. Exposure to cold air for some 5 seconds may kill the live yeast action making it miserable final effect. Frying pan for baking is fine providing it is covered rather tight. Have fun.
Sun Nov 22 18:57:11 EST 2015 | Victor
In the sentence "Good idea is to have built a proofing box that warm are can be injected..." it should read "Good idea is to have built a proofing box that warm air can be injected..." Sorry for the typo.
Puerto Eden
Sat Nov 14 8:00:00 EST 2015

Mussel harvesting seems to be the main industry here. The catch is shipped to Puerto Natales for testing for red tide, and then sold. Red tide (a microscopic algae that when eaten, causes death thru paralysis within 24 hours) can be a problem in most of Patagonia, and is only detectable via testing.

Caleta Sabauda
Thu Nov 12 20:54:08 EST 2015, Caleta Sabauda

Our peaceful anchorage in Caleta Sabauda. Surrounded by rocky islands, there was an area of sticky mud to drop the anchor in.

Puerto Eden
Thu Nov 12 8:00:00 EST 2015

Puerto Eden is a small town of about 70 people, a few miles south of the narrows at Angostura Inglesa. We spent a few days there, waiting for a wind shift and getting some fresh food.

Sat Nov 14 5:43:23 EST 2015 | George Ray
Do you see very many other cruisers/voyagers or is it like the old Eric and Susan Hiscock stories where locals were a bit surprised/amazed to see people traveling/exploring as you do?
Canal Messier
Tue Nov 10 20:49:05 EST 2015, Canal Messier

Ships regularly come into the canales (channels) when it is stormy at sea, to take a protected water route.

Pictured is the Celsius Manila tanker, which kindly called us on the VHF to ask if we needed anything (we didn't, but it was a pleasant surprise to be asked).

Thu Nov 12 23:07:36 EST 2015 | Ron Ouwehand
Hey Richard, do you have AIS now? I installed a Vesper unit on my boat and it's wonderful.
Sat Nov 14 5:47:01 EST 2015 | George Ray
I wonder if they have a local pilot on board for the inland navigation or if it is the regular offshore bridge crew? Did you have a sense of the nationality of the people making the friendly inquiry ?
Canal Messier
Mon Nov 9 20:29:55 EST 2015, Canal Messier

Canal is the Spanish word for channel.

Rope Clutch Base
Sun Nov 8 20:16:40 EST 2015

To allow one winch to be used for both the mainsail halyard and reefing lines, Issuma has several rope clutches. Because the pilothouse top is wavy, instead of flat, there was a base of scrap (all that was available at the time) plywood with a lot of sealant underneath, on which the clutches are mounted, and thru-bolted (thru the plywood base and the steel pilothouse). This is shown in the picture above.

This worked well enough for several years, but the plywood was rotting, and the bolt holes (two for each clutch) in the pilothouse were a potential source of leaks.

I removed the old base:

A welding shop on the waterfront in Castro made me up a 2mm steel base, with angle welded on the sides. At anchor, I ground the sides to varying heights to compensate for the wavy pilothouse, and to cut spaces to allow hands and wrenches in to tighten the nuts on the rope clutch mounting bolts.

I welded up the old boltholes and welded the base to the pilothouse top using my onboard welding rig (three 12 volt batteries connected in series to a stinger and a ground clamp). Then painted, marked and drilled mounting holes in the base, after which Carolina (pictured) and I bolted the rope clutches and cleats on.

The cleats are to hold the reefing lines in below-freezing conditions, when the ropes swell and no longer fit thru the clutches.

Sat Nov 14 6:01:08 EST 2015 | George Ray
Thanks for your updates to Sailing small schooners on the Issuma dot Com website. I would like to see a section/chapter added to Issuma dot Com teaching/sharing about the feeding/provisioning of your voyaging crew. I was privileged to see/share your early Issuma Days provisioning and I wont how your thinking has evolved in the last ?50,000? nautical miles. Much of your traveling has been in remote areas where the staple items in the pantry are critical so what are these staple items and then what does the shopping bag look like when you come back from shopping in Baffin Island, Greenland, Eskimo Village, Easter Island or Puerto Eden?
Seno Iceberg
Fri Nov 6 20:22:41 EST 2015, Seno Iceberg

The wind was light and against us as we left Seno Iceberg. Wanting to get out and into Canal Messier when the current would be in our favor, we motored out of Seno Iceberg.

Fri Nov 6 21:57:13 EST 2015 | Ron Ouwehand
Hi, other than that the hills are a little higher this last picture looks just like sailing in Lake Superior Canada. COLD! Wish I was there with you. All the best. Ron O.
Sat Nov 7 19:57:36 EST 2015 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Ron.
It's definitely cold :)

Seno Iceberg
Thu Nov 5 20:20:13 EST 2015, Seno Iceberg

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