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Itajai Igreja
Tue Sep 29 0:00:00 EDT 2009, Itajai, SC, Brazil

Church in Itajai

No more sliding hatch
Mon Sep 28 10:06:04 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

This is a work-in-progress picture of what's changing in the cockpit. The sliding companionway hatch has been replaced by a stainless steel frame covered in 1/2" (12.7mm) polycarbonate (and plywood on the top piece). The stainless steel straps across the door are part of the hinges, making it strong enough to handle a lot of weight hanging on the far edge. The door is 1" (25mm) marine plywood. A window in the door is still to be added. The bolts in the middle of the door are for the handle that is on the inside (not visible in the picture). There are two handles to hold the door closed (top and bottom), which press against a rubber gasket making it watertight.

The outside steering wheel, which was always too large to be easily used, would have obstructed the door, so it was modified to be the same size as the inside steering wheel.

There are now rope clutches (by the red rope at the right side of the picture) on each side to make the preventers (ropes that prevent the boom from moving) easy to use.

Not well shown in the picture is a larger main halyard winch, which was moved from the foredeck (where it was never got much use).

Mon Sep 28 19:38:52 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Wonderful stuff !!, these look like some wonderful additions. I am guessing you are thrilled with the new work.
Sun Sep 27 9:19:49 EDT 2009, Itajai, SC, Brazil

Museum in Itajai

Sun Sep 27 9:17:36 EDT 2009, Itajai, SC, Brazil

Itajai is a larger city, across the Rio Itajai from Navegantes. I was there on Friday doing the clearing out process (several offices need to be visited to get permission to legally leave Brazil). It seems a clean and pleasant place.

Anchor Mount Details 2
Wed Sep 23 10:46:58 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

A rope on a cleat holds down the inboard end of the anchor. New roller (white) is same shape as old roller (black), just farther over so the anchor doesn't hit the roller-furling drum (the dark grey circular thing).

Anchor Mount Details
Wed Sep 23 10:37:38 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

Locking pin added to bowsprit to hold Raya 2500 anchor.

New Anchor
Tue Sep 22 0:00:00 EDT 2009

Issuma is the red boat behind the white-and-blue fishing boat, Adamantina. Adamantina has the kind of anchor (Northill style) typically seen on Brazilian fishing boats. These anchors are made to order by boatyards.

I had wanted a bigger anchor for a long time. I tried to buy a Rocna, because their 55kg (120lb) model seemed the size I wanted, but Rocnas are not really available in much of South America. In Florianapolis, quite near to where I am now, Ancora Latina makes their Raya anchors. While the very helpful Ancora Latina folks did not have an anchor size that was as heavy as I wanted, their 40kg (88lb) anchor seemed like it would work well for my boat, AND they were willing to bring the anchor over and put it aboard to see if it would fit. Fitting a new anchor can be a big deal, so I took them up on their offer, they drove over with their Raya 2500 and we put it aboard and saw that it would fit with some work.

The boatyard added another anchor roller beside the existing ones, made a lock mechanism to hold the anchor securely in place, and made a cleat (in Brazil, cleats tend to be made, not bought) to tie the anchor down for additional security (it is very important not to have a heavy, sharp anchor ever get loose at sea).

Tue Sep 22 15:00:33 EDT 2009 | George Ray
Raya anchor looks promising !
Wed Sep 23 9:06:43 EDT 2009 | Ben
88 Lbs??? That will be a workout, especially if using rode rather than chain!!! LOL
Wed Sep 23 10:35:05 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Sailboats are great inventions for exercise :)
New Anchor Rope Reel
Mon Sep 21 0:00:00 EDT 2009

The picture is looking down into the forepeak. The white rope (polyester) is wound onto a stainless steel reel that was built for this space. There is 70m of anchor chain in the chain locker, and not really room for any more chain.

The purpose of the rope is to attach it to the anchor chain, so when anchoring in deep water, 70 metres of chain and up to about 100 metres of rope can be used. This should make it reasonable to anchor in up to about 50 metres of water. As the anchor winch is not designed for rope, anchoring in water that deep is expected to result in good exercise bringing the anchor up :).

Mon Sep 21 12:52:47 EDT 2009 | Scott
Hi Richard,
Been following you since you left and love the pics and history as well as the maintenance and customization of Issuma. Looks and sounds like an incredible journey. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering what exercises you do to stay in ship shape ;-)
Mon Sep 21 17:31:25 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Hi Scott,


As for what exercises I do to stay in shape, well, actually, I just go sailing. Sailing a 21ton schooner offshore is an effective method of weight control :).

Caulking Wooden Deck
Sun Sep 20 0:01:00 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

After the sting-like stuff has been put between the planks, a thick, hot liquid called asphaltum is poured into the space between the planks by the ever-smiling grandfather in the picture. The asphaltum is prepared by melting it in old paint cans over a wood fire.

Caulking Wooden Deck
Sun Sep 20 0:00:00 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

To stop water going between the planks on the deck of my neighbor's wooden fishing boat, string-like stuff which expands when wet is pounded between the planks.

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