Wind Dancer

The Burns Family Voyage of Discovery

06 October 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
04 October 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
03 October 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
01 October 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
30 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
29 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
28 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
26 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
26 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
25 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
23 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
21 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
21 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
19 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
19 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
18 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
17 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
16 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
15 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Fiji
13 September 2009 | Musket Cove, Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji

Living with the Dinghy

26 February 2007 | Home Port
20 Degrees, Snow, Wind Calm
"Yikes, there's a big boat in my living room!" Even dinghies look huge when they're inflated and set up inside a house. The kids think it's pretty cool having a full-sized Zodiac to play with indoors, and it does make a rather unique recliner for watching TV or reading. But it was also necessary. We had to turn our living room into a heated boat shed yesterday because, as you might have guessed, we couldn't get our Alaskan garage warm enough to glue-on the new registration-number plates. There are very specific instructions for bonding Hypalon fabric -- one of the parameters is that the material has to be above 65 degrees. (Quite frankly we chose to do this project inside the house now because it may not actually reach 65 degrees outside before we shove off in June.)

As you can tell from the above photo and the smiling crew, we were successful in getting the plates attached. There's a 48-hour cure time before we can deflate the boat and take it back out to the garage, so the dinghy will remain our home's centerpiece for a couple more days.

Might as well take advantage of the situation, so while it's still set up I'm going to attach the towing bridle, tow and stern lines, and make up the bungees for securing the inflatable thwart seat. And, hopefully, the "bow bag" (a triangular waterproof storage bag that mounts in the bow space) will be delivered this week so I can get it fitted and bungeed into place. The bag will hold the foot-pump, anchor and rode, first-air kit, oarlocks, patch materials, etc.

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Our sail repair kit is now complete with the arrival of a set of Sail Clamps on Saturday. These emergency devices were invented by an offshore sailor whose roller furling gear broke down leaving him stuck with unusable foresails. Back ashore, he invented the nifty and inexpensive little clamps that allow you to quickly transform a roller furling jib into a "regular" hanked-on sail.

The clamps, fittings and shackles have gone into a canvas bag that also holds spare sailcloth and sailtape, sailmaker's needles, waxed thread, a palm and other items necessary for emergency sail repair.

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"Your Offshore Doctor," the last of the medical books we wanted for the ship's library, was delivered late last week. While this is considered one of the best references for bluewater medicine, its availability is scarce at best. I believe we ordered it from three different places (including amazon.com) and found it to be out of print or seriously backordered. Eventually we ran across an outfit called Sheridan House - "America's Favorite Sailing Books" which had it in stock and got it to us.

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Four more Mondays! After today, which is already half over, the four Mondays in March are the last ones we'll have to deal with as employees. I'm starting to like this "retirement" thing already and it doesn't even start for another 33 days, but who's counting?
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Vessel Name: Wind Dancer
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 36 Sloop
Hailing Port: Juneau, Alaska
Crew: Chris Burns
About: 1st Mate Richelle Burns, 2nd Mate Grant Burns & 3rd Mate Grace Burns
Extra: The Burns Family Voyage of Discovery
Wind Dancer's Photos - Phase I - The First 1,000 Miles (Main)
Moving ashore among the Kiwis.
61 Photos
Created 4 January 2010
Photos from our stay in Fiji.
112 Photos
Created 18 June 2009
A photo account of Wind Dancer's refit projects in Whangarei, New Zealand.
76 Photos
Created 1 April 2009
More photos from our month-long land tour of Kiwi land.
105 Photos
Created 24 February 2009
Photos from our month-long land tour of Kiwi land.
118 Photos
Created 8 February 2009
Photos from our summer stay in the land of the Kiwis.
89 Photos
Created 5 December 2008
The second collection of photos as our adventures continue in the South Pacific.
120 Photos
Created 4 July 2008
Our voyage and adventures from Baja California across the Pacific.
120 Photos
Created 18 April 2008
From Juneau, Alaska, to Port Townsend, Washington
169 Photos
Created 9 January 2008
Our 2008 stay in La Paz, and preparing to cross to the South Pacific
111 Photos
Created 7 January 2008
Photos from San Diego to the southern end of Baja, and our winter in Mexico.
120 Photos
Created 20 December 2007
259 Photos
Created 1 November 2007

Wind Dancer

Who: Chris Burns
Port: Juneau, Alaska
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