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Suape
Richard
Sat Jun 20 14:12:27 EDT 2009, Porto do Suape, PE, Brazil

After taking about 24 hours to sail 20 miles (against the wind and current), we went into the tranquil harbor of Suape for a rest. This is a typical beachfront scene in this very relaxed village.

Full Ferry
Richard
Fri Jun 19 15:23:38 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

A somewhat full ferry in Recife.

Recife Street
Richard
Fri Jun 12 12:36:14 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Recife street scene on same street as previous entry (Rua Bom Jesus).

Recife
Richard
Thu Jun 11 12:31:55 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Recife building and statue. This is in a somewhat touristy area (Marca Zero) of the city, where all the shops and buildings are pretty well preserved.

Thu Jun 11 16:32:04 EDT 2009 | George & Marybeth Ray
How are you all enjoying Brazil? The people, the economy, nature?
Fri Jun 19 15:20:43 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, I am enjoying Brazil a lot, and will write more about it later.
Pretty sailboat
Richard
Tue Jun 2 12:02:52 EDT 2009, Rio Paraguacu, Bahia, Brazil

Pretty sailboat motoring into the mouth of Rio Paraguacu in a flat calm.

Tue Jun 16 14:02:43 EDT 2009 | Dan
Like something out of a museum landscape painting, great picture! It's nice to follow your progress while "beached" in Jersey City.
Birds
Andrea/Richard
Fri May 29 7:34:09 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Little floating clumps of weed that drift back and forth with the tide frequently hold birds in Recife harbor.

Birds
Andrea/Richard
Thu May 28 8:46:31 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

There are lots of these birds in Recife Harbor.

Drying out
Richard
Wed May 27 10:19:53 EDT 2009, Porto do Suape, PE, Brazil

I needed to do some work on the propellers (change and inspect the anodes), which was much easier to do with them out of the water.

I took the boat about 20 miles south of Recife to Porto do Suape. There is a significant commercial harbor there, as well as a very shallow, sandy harbor, where I wanted to beach the boat near high tide so the propellers would be out of the water at low tide. There is a pleasant village in the shallow harbor.

The shallow part of Suape being, well, shallow, I went aground about ten times on the way in...much of the time staying about 10 metres off a reef, where the deepest water was, for two miles. All the groundings were on sand, and the tide was rising, so none were a problem--just lift the keel a little more and proceed. While doing all this running aground I realized that not always does just lifting the keel free you from the bottom, as lifting the keel also means the weight of the keel is no longer partly supported by the bottom, so the hull floats a bit lower as the keel is raised--this is only an issue when the keel is almost all the way up. The workaround, of course, is to ensure you only go aground on a rising tide, as you would do without a lifting keel :).

The tidal range was about 1.6m, so the boat always remained partly in the water, but it was far enough out of the water to easily work on the propellers.

Thu May 28 1:00:31 EDT 2009 | yann
hello richard, i have been a long time without coming on your blog...
nice pictures, nice trip and nice boat:)
I hope you enjoyed Salvador?
friendly
Thu May 28 8:36:57 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Hello Yann, Thanks, yes I really enjoyed the area around Salvador, thanks for suggesting I go there.

Richard
Recife Ferry
Richard
Mon May 25 9:33:34 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

This is one of the dozen or so ferries that take people across Recife harbor. Two have outboards (one of which is reliable, one isn't), the rest are solely powered by oars.

One day, on a trip across in the ferry with the unreliable outboard, I had the opportunity to row the boat while the owner was cleaning the spark plug to get the engine restarted. The engine did restart, but I'd rowed to the other side by the time it did. The boats are relatively heavy, flat-bottomed wooden boats, and row slowly but surely.

Recife Ferry oar detail
Richard
Sun May 24 23:59:00 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

No oarlocks, thole pins (sticks of wood) are used instead. The rope that holds the oar to the thole pin goes around the side of the thole pin facing away from the rower.

The black piece on the oar is a length of plastic pipe for chafe protection. The white on the black is just some spilled paint.

The blades of the oars tend to be bolted to the shaft of the oars with a couple of stainless steel bolts.

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