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Rainbow over Campinho
Richard
Thu Apr 1 13:43:57 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

We anchored off Campinho, Baia de Camamu, for a few days. There is deep water here, near the entrance to the bay. The visits to the town of Camamu and village of Cajaiba (more on this later) were done by hiring small boats.

School Boat
Richard
Wed Mar 31 13:39:39 EDT 2010, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Never saw this in operation, but clearly this is a school boat (it says Escolar on the side).

Sailing Schooner
Richard
Tue Mar 30 17:39:08 EDT 2010, Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

This is a typical Brazilian (built by Estaliero Camarada in Camamu) schooner under sail (many never sail, the masts are just used to support the canopies that keep the hot sun off the passengers).

I was told that before engines were around, 2 and 3-masted schooners were commonly used to transport freight (in the north of Brazil).

Sail Repairs
Richard/Del
Tue Mar 30 13:28:11 EDT 2010, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil

The mainsail and fisherman sail were repaired by the sailmaker in Itaparica. In the picture, I am inserting one of the troublesome (for many reasons) plastic battens into the mainsail after it had some rips repaired.

My posts are behind a fair bit, because I found a lot of things to take pictures of in Baia de Camamu (south of Salvador and Itaparica). I will be posting some more pictures from that area later.

I am in Maceio, in the state of Alagoas (Brazil) now. Maceio is a few hundred miles north of Baia de Camamu and Salvador. Del has returned to Rio for work and I am singlehanding again.

Del got sick while offshore and went to the hospital when we got to Maceio. He had a private supplemental insurance plan (60 USD per month) so we went to a hospital that is not for the public only (he said the public hospitals have long queues). After queuing for about 15 minutes to provide all his payment information, he was seen by the doctor. I had it even easier (I lost some sensation in two fingers a few weeks ago and wanted to find out if it was a real problem or something that just needed time to heal)--I asked at the ever-helpful yacht club (Federacao Algoan) and a member who was a doctor immediately looked at it, told me my wristwatch strap was too tight and probably caused the problem, and gave me some exercises to do. By phone, another doctor member (I think he's a neurologist, I didn't quite understand the word) arranged for me to come to his hospital office the next morning and see him there, in case I needed an xray. The following morning, the yacht club manager took me to the hospital, called the doctor from reception and we missed the queue entirely. After examining and discussing it, the doctor thought that no xray was likely necessary, and gave me a prescription for some vitamin B pills.

Well Equipped Fuel Dock
Richard
Mon Mar 29 6:38:13 EDT 2010, Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

This fuel dock is unusually well set-up for boats. It includes a gin pole (crane) for lifting masts in and out of boats.

The fuel dock is owned by the fellow who owns the schooner yard mentioned earlier.

see below posts for more

Well Equipped Fuel Dock
Richard
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
Richard
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
Richard
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
Richard
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
Richard
Wed Mar 24 9:30:00 EDT 2010, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Another dugout canoe used for fishing in Baia de Camamu.

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