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Well Equipped Fuel Dock
Mon Mar 29 6:37:00 EDT 2010, Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Beside the fuel dock is a bed where you can dry your boat out (when the tide goes down) for bottom-painting or other maintenance.

Well Equipped Fuel Dock
Mon Mar 29 6:36:00 EDT 2010, Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Last but certainly not least, what every fuel dock needs is a smiling bartender.

Schooner Yard at Camamu
Sat Mar 27 1:30:00 EDT 2010, Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Two 25m wooden schooners under construction in the boatyard Estaleiro Camarada at Camamu. The owner, Elpidio Caetano, kindly gave us a lift to the boatyard (Camamu is very shallow) and showed us around.

On the schooner in the foreground, the frames (ribs) are made of piki, the middle, yellow plank is tatajouba, and both the upper (brown) plank and rubrail (red) are massaranduba. Though the keel cannot be seen, it is made of oiti. Massaranduba is an extremely strong, rot-resistant wood, which is quite difficult to put nails into (it dulls them). Tatajouba is rot-resistant and strong. Oiti is resistant to both rot and worms "after the boat dies, the keel continues". All fasteners are galvanized.

Sun Mar 28 5:39:29 EDT 2010 | george Ray
Wonderful stuff, there is a great book (?eBook?) in all this boat/schooner/building/wood information, very cool. How about some scantling/design info. Maybe you will post more pictures in your picassa album
Tue Mar 30 17:15:59 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
I have no design or scantling information, but asked the owner whether or not they use plans to build the boats. He said all the boats were built to plans (as opposed to built by eye).
Schooner awaiting repair
Fri Mar 26 6:30:00 EDT 2010, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

A schooner awaits repairs in the backwaters of the schooner yard at Camamu.

Sat Mar 27 5:21:44 EDT 2010 | george Ray
Awesome picture, would love to see/know more about that boat and the repair yard.
Mon Mar 29 6:52:10 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
I don't know any more about that particular boat. I will put up a little more about the boatyard, and about a town of schooner yards.
Fishermen in Dugout Canoe
Wed Mar 24 9:30:00 EDT 2010, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Another dugout canoe used for fishing in Baia de Camamu.

Fishermen in Dugout Canoe
Tue Mar 23 9:30:00 EDT 2010, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Baia de Camamu is a shallow bay 65 miles south of Salvador. Fishing in the well-protected waters is mostly done from dugout canoes like this one.

Wed Mar 24 6:44:07 EDT 2010 | will vandorp
i love these dugouts!! i can't recall the name but there's a german company that retails them in the european market, primitive chic
Mon Mar 29 6:49:38 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Interesting to hear dugouts are sold in Europe.

I've been impressed by how well-used these dugouts are...seems most places I go I see some dugouts being used
Better Hats
Mon Mar 22 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil

For a hot place (like most of Brazil), these boxes seem a lot cooler way of moving stuff than using a backpack. I haven't tried it myself, though.

George, George and Yann, thanks for your comments.

I've been mostly working on the boat and relaxing in Itaparica. Del flew in from Rio to join me for the short sail south to the remote town of Camamu (more on this next entry), and then the sail north.

Fri Mar 12 0:00:00 EST 2010, Salvador, Brazil

I arrived in Salvador Tuesday, and have concentrated on sleeping instead of blogging, so am late with the blog entry :).

Fri Mar 12 6:42:16 EST 2010 | George Ray
Where in Salvador area do you find to be a nice place to stay and provision if needed?
Sat Mar 13 4:15:26 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
I'm staying in Itaparica at the town anchorage, which is a very nice place to stay. There is a marina here as well.

Provisioning in Itaparica is adequate.

In Salvador itself, the new, expensive Bahia Marina is an option (they have space), but many people have been mugged on the street outside it, and they strongly advise always taking taxis. You can either anchor or dock at Centro Nautico, in a somewhat better area of the city. I've heard good things about Ribeira Marina, farther in than Centro Nautico, but I'm not entirely sure of the location.

In Salvador, there is the huge Salvador Market, an experience unto itself. You can get pretty much any food there...if you want chicken, you can buy one live or have it killed in front of you. Not much refrigerated stuff there, but lots of dried and salted meats that don't need refrigeration.

Salvador also has Mercado Rodriguez, near the Salvador Market, which is a big store, selling big quantities of stuff, something l
Mon Mar 15 4:43:31 EDT 2010 | George Ray
Congratulations on getting so far north.
How do you view the remaining portion of the coast of Brazil up to the corner where the winds (ITZ excepted) and the currents will be more favorable for your destination of Carrib and North America? Are the winds north of Salavador much more favorable?
As for the ITZ, what is your expected strategy?
Any thoughts of Amazon? I seem to recall that March-April was high water floods and lots of rain, but I'm not sure about that.
Fri Mar 19 21:51:35 EDT 2010 | George Conk
Congratulations, Richard, on your safe return to Salvador.

- George
Sat Mar 20 17:03:47 EDT 2010 | yann
the boat must be happy to be back in Bahia de Salvador!we spent a lot of time in the bay.
I imagine your trip against the wind, with the rather high temperature, ...
you probably feel happy to be anchoring
Sailing to Windward
Mon Mar 8 6:30:00 EST 2010

I've been beating (sailing) dead to windward for three days now (this means sailing a zig-zag course against the wind, covering a much greater distance than you would if the wind was with you) in Force 4-6. While it enjoyable for the first few hours, after a couple of days it's about as exciting as watching paint dry (but less comfortable). The more wind, the bouncier the ride, the more waves across the deck, the more humid it gets below with all the ports closed.

When one of the frequent squalls (temporary high winds) hit and changed the wind so it was no longer coming right from where I wanted to go, it was great! Even if the favorable wind direction was only for many hours, it was great while I had it. I am sailing in the strong breezes that are north of the area where the gale I'd mentioned avoiding was.

Last night, just after midnight, another squall, a Force 8 one this time, changed the wind direction back to straight ahead. You can't get much rest when there are squalls about, as every time one hits you have to either reduce sail, or be ready to, so you pretty much need to be on deck or in the doghouse (shelter where the door to the cabin is on this boat). After the wind changed to no longer be favorable, I set the boat to fore-reach (sail very slowly) with a triple-reefed mainsail and the storm jib, and slept until the squalls stopped. While fore-reaching, the boat went away from the destination by several miles, but it was worth it, as it is much easier to deal with sailhandling when rested and when the wind is more constant.

Thu Mar 11 18:44:13 EST 2010 | George Ray
That new doghouse you built sure seems to be the "Bee's Knees"...
Thu Mar 11 18:44:22 EST 2010 | George Ray
That new doghouse you built sure seems to be the "Bee's Knees"...
Fri Mar 12 3:39:42 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
The doghouse is great. The picture was taken from outside the doghouse, with the camera in a ziploc baggie (hence the blurred image). The doghouse windows were well enough covered by the spray that I couldn't take the picture from inside.
Sat Mar 6 19:30:00 EST 2010

The weather system with the rain stayed with me another day, then I slowly moved north of it and saw the occasional bit of sun.

I considered stopping in Abrolhos, but it looked like the coming gale was going to be centered around there, and if I got north fast enough, I would just get strong winds instead of the gale. The latest forecast I have indicates there is now a low over Abrolhos, and it is developing to a gale. I'm pushing to get north, doing a lot of sail changes as it is quite squally (sudden bursts of strong winds) now.

Thu Mar 11 5:52:53 EST 2010 | George Ray
From what I can tell of the Wx, you are going hard to windward ...... how's it going?

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