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Painted vee birth and new molding/ trim.

Wow, So much to do!!!
12/16/2010, Galveston Texas

Totally overwhelmed ! So much to do. Everything I look at needs replacing, repairing, or some kind of attention. This really got to me. I walked away for a few weeks to do the holiday thing, the whole time I was away I thought of nothing but all I had to do and how I was going to do it. And where the money was going to come from to do it. Dreams aren't supposed to be this stressful! When I got back to the boat I sat down in the cockpit and had a little talk with Hokule'a...We decided it was best to start at one end and just work my way through the boat, one area at a time.

So, I've started at the bow, both inside the vee birth and on deck. The bow on deck I'm redesigning. Moving the fore stay forward about 6 inches, removing the electric windless, and glassing over the anchor locker. This is going to take some time only because I have to have a new chain plate machined and I have to wait for the weather to be able to do the fiberglass work. The windless I'm just getting rid of. I will replace it with a manual windless later. I have a real minimalist theology when it come to the boat. I want as little electrical hardware as possible and only equipment that I can repair on my own....with bubble gum and bailing wire if need be. Simple is good.

Down below in the vee birth I have ripped out about 2 miles of wire and a electrical panel. The shore power outlet was in the chain locker and all the 110volt wiring was tacked to the wall of the vee birth as well as the wiring for the windless. It's all gone now! I've installed the outlet and panel in a more traditional location, in the cockpit and the panel is now in the Nav station.

The vee birth now free of wire, I stripped out the old head liner and some of the molding. I've painted and made new molding. It's so much nicer in there now. Next I have to make a new cushion and build some cabinets.

As soon as I get the cushions made I can move on board. It feels so good to get something done. It gives me hope and the motivation to keep going. This is going to be a big project but as long as I take one project at a time I think the restoration of Nokule'a will be successful. Old boats got to love 'em.

Peace, love and elbow grease


P.S. Thanks to Pat (my brother) for the help and moral support.

12/17/2010 | Natasha
Glad u guys got some work done together. Wally I know she will be a beauty when you are done.
12/29/2010 | Tiffany
I love that your doing this blog. Even though some of it seemed like giberish I still enjoy reading about it, As for the over whelming side of things just have to ask yourself, "How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time." One of my fav quote. Looks really great by the way.

As she was when I found her.

12/15/2010 | Sabrina Walker
I love her! Can't wait to meet her. Please post more pics of your progress on her. So happy for you.

New bottom paint done by previous owner after the Hurricane ike.

12/12/2010, Galveston Texas

OK, Well, I've been busy since returning home from Antarctica. I got home to Texas on Oct 15th. I spent a few days just relaxing and seeing family and friends then headed out on the road to find my new boat. My plan was to start in the Galveston area then work my way east down the coast until I found my boat. Well, I didn't make it past Galveston.

I bought a 1968 36' Bacchant IV sailboat. She is Swedish built fiberglass boat. She has some hurricane damage. Nothing major but lots of little stuff. She needs to be totally updated on the interior as well as rigging....she's going to be a big project. But I believe she is going to be worth every bit of effort.

There were 110 of these boats built between '66 and '91. and as far as I can tell they are all still in the water. Mine is the only one in the U.S. . I have found 2 that are on the market right now in Europe the cheapest was the same year as mine and was selling for 68,000. EU. So this boat will have some value when done. These boats were built for the North sea conditions. She has a bullet proof hand laid hull, a simple slope rigg , a narrow beam and a full keel.

I have named the boat Hokule'a, which is the Hawaiian word that means "star of grace" . This is the name they gave the star they navigated by.I have begun the clean up and assessment phase. I plan on recording my rebuild here for those who are interested. So stay tuned.

Peace, Love and Fiberglass dust?


01/02/2012 | Morten Petersen
Happe New Year
I got a Bacchant IV off my oven - it is af lovely boat - vil love to send you som photo off - She is a 1967 partely DIY but lots af maghony wood.
She is on the SIF.
I sails mostly i denish and swedish sea .
Morten Petersen
Birthday, first flight, and almost outa here!
09/23/2010, McMurdo Station , Antarctica

Well, it has been a while since my last post, I'm still here and kicking. The last month has been the time we call Winfly. It's the between time . Between winter and summer. It is a very busy time for us here as we bring the town out of mothballs and get everything ready for the summer ahead. During this time the winter folk wake up and warm to the ideal that we will actually be getting out of here soon and the people the came down for winfly move in and start assuming some of the jobs we have been doing. Today winfly ended and Mainbody or the summer season has offically started with the first flight. I sent one plumber home today and 2 more on Saturday. I'm down to 13 days till freedom.

I've just celebrated my third birthday on the ice. 46 years never thought that would happen. In response to my birthday I have written my Obit. Somebody wise told me it was a good way to assess your life. Kind of a check up for your dreams and aspirations. Though the version I have posted below is edited for public consumption. I find that even though I haven't accomplished yet what I thought I wanted I have fallowed the theme that I wanted for my life ...somewhat. So here it is;

James Rodgers Walker ( Wally) 1964-2010. Survived by 4 wonderful children Joshua, Sara , Mary and Matthew, Mother Susie and father Ed, 2 bothers Patrick and Andy and a sister Susie , Two ex-wives Jean and Sabrina, a Multitude of nieces and nephews. A veteran of foreign wars as a member as the U.S.Army Special Forces and served his country honorably.
Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband and Student of the world, Wally was a Jack of all of these and Master of none of them. With a life full of love , travel and adventure he left no property behind to be squabbled over and spent his time chasing his dreams .

Writing my Obit has opened my eyes to the good and the bad of my life and what I need to try and accomplish before my next birthday. It was a good life check and would suggest it to everybody.

12 days and a wake up! If the weather holds up. I'll be sitting in Christchurch soaking up the warm sun and all the smells and noise that is the world every where else except here. The sun is out here, big and beautiful. But, it is just a tease because you can't actually feel it on your skin. It's still that cold here. Have I ever mentioned that I hate cold weather? Go figure.

Peace, Love and the smell of fresh cut grass.....Ummm


10/15/2010 | Susie
Hey Wal - you've done more than most have ever dreamed of doing. If I were writing your obit...I would have to say that you were a man who truly LIVED life! Look at how loved you are...even by both your many people can say that? You keep on living it brother!!!

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