Wilparina - Go With the Wind

Sailing the Salish Sea

08 July 2014 | Orcas Island, Washington
21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
14 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island
13 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
08 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
06 June 2014 | Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
03 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
22 May 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
17 May 2014 | St. Helens, Oregon
28 April 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
09 March 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
04 April 2012 | In the Marina
08 March 2012 | Same ol' Marina
12 February 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
05 February 2012 | Same ol' Marina
17 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
30 November 2011 | Slip 40
29 November 2011 | Slip 40

Starting the New Year

02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
The new year has arrived and Dave, our trusty electrician, is back at it, putting Wilparina's electrical systems back together. The new circuit boards are nearly ready to be assembled. Dave built the teak panels (above) that will soon hold the new circuitry.

The price of copper wire is pretty high these days. As we get ready to reconstruct the battery bank, it is important to note that the thick electrical cabling associated with the batteries (2/0 AWG) costs 8 cents AN INCH. So rather than string the cables from the batteries, to the main battery selector switch (what we call the BRS or big red switch) and then back again, we are going to use remote battery switches. We'll also upgrade our propane on/off switch with a new version that includes a propane detector.

Behind the new electrical panel, the fresh water pump has been removed. We're going to install a new fresh water pump beneath galley sink. We also pulled out the manual bilge pump that's attached to the aft bulkhead and faces into the cockpit. This needs to be rebuilt or replaced, and then re-installed.

Vessel Name: Wilparina
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 37 Cutter
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Kathleen and Doug bought Wilparina in April of 2011 with a vision of accomplishing some long-distance cruising. It's taken over three years, and the project was almost abandoned, but at last, the boat is sailing again. Here's a journal of our adventures. [...]
Wilparina's Photos - Main
Getting Wilparina's woodwork shining again.
4 Photos
Created 17 July 2014
Cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands.
15 Photos
Created 3 June 2014
For the past six months, Wilparina has been in St. Helens, where final upgrades and repairs were being made.
5 Photos
Created 17 May 2014
Most of the old wiring has been torn out. Now the new systems are being installed.
38 Photos
Created 2 January 2012
Shots of the tasks that lie ahead.
16 Photos
Created 6 November 2011
Going with a "less is more" philosophy.
8 Photos
Created 15 October 2011
We formally welcomed Wilparina as our new sailboat.
5 Photos
Created 5 September 2011
At work on Wilparina's topsides.
13 Photos
Created 31 July 2011
The thorough survey we conducted revealed some of the serious challenges ahead.
19 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
After undergoing some serious repairs, Wilparina is once again ready to sail
14 Photos
Created 28 July 2011

Wilparina Sailing Again

Who: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Port: Portland, Oregon