Aisling I

18 July 2016 | Genoa
11 July 2016 | Genoa Italy
04 July 2016 | Genoa
02 July 2016 | Genoa
25 June 2016 | Porto Azzurro Elba
11 April 2016 | Marina di Ragusa
14 January 2016
25 September 2015 | Crotone Italy
18 September 2015 | Erikoussa
10 September 2015 | Preveza
10 September 2015 | Preveza
24 July 2015 | Preveza
13 July 2015 | Vlicho Bay
03 July 2015 | Preveza Greece
21 June 2015

Getting the hours on.....

28 April 2007
It was warm and sunny all week, almost like the end of May rather than the end of April. This past week saw much progress. The mast is in and the rig is tuned. The wind generator is installed and now just needs the wiring completed. The 52 charts have been picked up in Connecticut and we received news that the water maker can be repaired for $270. I installed the hi cut Yankee today and started to do yet another cleanup below. We now have 11.4 hours on the new engine. The goal is to get 20-40 hours on it before we depart just to male sure it is working well. Today I put 1.5 hours in and steamed up the NW Arm and took a spin over to McNab's Island. All seems good so far. The pitch on the prop is perfect and the boat handles like a dream. With 25 knots on the nose we can now make 7.5 knots if we want. This is compared to 3-4 knots with the old engine under similar conditions. We should have changed that engine years ago.
This week I will focus on sailing issues like sails, winches and running and standing rigging. We will be sailing this week if all goes well. :-)

Floating

20 April 2007
Rick
There is something beautiful about floating....... Ailsing I is in the water ! April 20, 2007. Everything went well and no issues.
Sooooo... we are on to phase 2. Mast, sails, wind gen, SAILING etc etc...
Five and a half weeks to go

Getting closer

17 April 2007 | Halifax
Rick
A Nor'Easter is blowing through over the next couple of days. The forecast calls for gales for the next 3 days as well as storm surge........ probably just as well to be still on the hard. We have 6 weeks to go and the lows are still tracking south of Nova Scotia. They should start moving North soon. We do not want headwinds for the crossing.
I think I will try and arrange for a launch Thursday. Most of the on the water chores are now completed. This really is turning into a major mid life refit for Aisling I. The bottom is now painted, the pitch of the prop is adjusted, survey is complete, insurance is in the works, the new rigging is complete, the 240V charger is in, the AIS is installed..... plus a myriad of smaller items. Still to be done are the wind generator, the dodger and bimini install, the new AGM batteries, rig the mast, step the mast in the boat, receive the charts, test the engine for 30-40 hours, tale the crew sailing....plus plus plus.....
But we are definitely making progress.

On the Hard at DYC

07 April 2007
Rick
Sunday, March 18, 2007
March18, 2007

Aisling is sitting on the hard at Dartmouth Yacht Club under her cover. I went over to the boat today. It was cool (+2C) and blowing about 25 knots in the harbour. The fuel tanks are in the process of being cleaned to remove sludge and water in the bottom. While there I prepared the hatch to be repaired, measured for the wind generator strut attachment point and started to hook up the AIS system. Earlier today I ordered the charts for the Rias in NW Spain. Bonnie and I had a fun week trying to decide our arrival spot. We settled on Bayonna in Ria Vigo. It seems like an easy approach and is close to airports for crew to make their way home.
Other jobs in progress are:

* The rigging is on the floor at North Sails with all the wire being changed
* The new dodger and bimini has been ordered
* Bill Leblanc has started the final touches to the new engine install
* Most of the old anti fouling paint has been removed and we hope to paint in the next week or so
* 1 thru-hull has been changed and one more to go
* The Survey has been started

Still lots to do on the list...... as usual it just keeps getting longer.

The crew for the passage is pretty well set. We have Dave Morse, Wilson Fitt, Iain and Lesley Tulloch, Wally Fraser, Al Salsman and Bonnie and Rick. Some are only doing one leg. There is lots of experience in this mix and with these numbers we should all be well rested on the passages. It will be a challenge to prepare the provisions because when you do the math, we will probably be on the water for 20+days and if we add a 10 day buffer that means we will need 540 meals for the crossing, plus water and treats. Bonnie and I tested the new Vacuum Sealer Food Saver tonight..... We are testing tonight's supper leftovers by sealing and freezing to see how it tastes tomorrow. If it works it will be a great help, but our crew may feel like astronauts after a couple of weeks of eating boil and serve meals!

Only 10 weeks to go...

Posted by Rick at 4:03 PM
Vessel Name: Aisling I
Vessel Make/Model: Slocum 43
Hailing Port: Halifax, NS, Canada
Crew: Rick and Bonnie Salsman
About:
Crew from Halifax to Horta: Bonnie and Rick Salsman, Dave Morse, Wally Fraser Crew from Horta to Spain: Bonnie and Rick Salsman, Al Salsman, Rob Salsman We left Halifax, N.S. in June 2007, sailed to Horta, and explored the Azores for a month. [...]
Extra:
The info below is a copy and paste from some literature about the Slocum 43. Please excuse the platitudes. Although I may like them , they are not truly mine. Aisling I is a 1987 Slocum 43, designed by Stan Huntingford. She has been designed to satisfy the sailor who wants the blue water, "get [...]
Social:
Aisling I's Photos - Aisling I (Main)
Photos 1 to 7 of 7
1
South coast of France looking West from La Ciotat
La bec d
Aisling leaving RNSYS for Europe 2007 -1 (2)
DSCF2584: In St Georges, Bermuda after our first Ocean Passage 2002.....
Memories............. the Beach. From the front door of my parents cottage at Evangeline Beach, Nova Scotia, looking towards Cape Blomidon. The highest tides of the year. 43 feet twice a day. It
P4022273b: The Mary B Brooks
214 Tons. Built 1926 at Plympton, N.S., Canada. LOA 99
 
1
40 Photos
Created 10 July 2016
10 Photos
Created 21 March 2016
20 Photos
Created 14 September 2015
36 Photos
Created 16 May 2014
22 Photos
Created 13 May 2014
15 Photos
Created 5 May 2014
16 Photos
Created 29 April 2014
20 Photos
Created 26 April 2014
20 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
17 Photos
Created 22 May 2013
20 Photos
Created 18 September 2012
36 Photos
Created 12 September 2012
34 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 September 2012
34 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 September 2012
During the winter, we babysat Murphy Brown (a lovely poodle that belongs to our friends Wally and Martha) for 10 days. I had some fun capturing her in some of her favourite spots!
8 Photos
Created 16 May 2012
A few photos from our visit to Palermo, Sicily
20 Photos
Created 16 May 2012
21 Photos
Created 16 July 2011
2 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 23 October 2010
9 Photos
Created 13 November 2009
21 Photos
Created 13 November 2009
40 Photos
Created 1 November 2009
34 Photos
Created 1 November 2009
31 Photos
Created 30 October 2009
41 Photos
Created 17 May 2009
Pics of Aisling at anchor, up top and down below.
23 Photos
Created 2 November 2008
22 Photos
Created 19 October 2008
15 Photos
Created 10 September 2008
7 Photos
Created 10 September 2008
6 Photos
Created 10 September 2008
19 Photos
Created 4 August 2008
6 Photos
Created 4 August 2008
14 Photos
Created 4 August 2008
5 Photos
Created 14 July 2008
16 Photos
Created 29 June 2008
3 Photos
Created 23 June 2008
15 Photos
Created 23 June 2008
35 Photos
Created 18 June 2008
22 Photos
Created 18 June 2008
20 Photos
Created 15 May 2008
5 Photos
Created 15 May 2008
10 Photos
Created 15 May 2008
10 Photos
Created 5 May 2008
11 Photos
Created 5 May 2008
7 Photos
Created 5 May 2008
6 Photos
Created 5 May 2008
5 Photos
Created 5 May 2008
15 Photos | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 19 March 2008
22 Photos
Created 30 January 2008
8 Photos
Created 30 January 2008
17 Photos
Created 10 September 2007
8 Photos
Created 1 September 2007
7 Photos
Created 1 September 2007
21 Photos
Created 29 August 2007
13 Photos
Created 17 August 2007
12 Photos
Created 17 August 2007
8 Photos
Created 24 July 2007
22 Photos
Created 21 July 2007
38 Photos
Created 14 July 2007
10 Photos
Created 14 July 2007