Dagny's Winter Cruise

25 April 2023
19 April 2023
14 April 2023
09 April 2023
04 April 2023
31 March 2023
19 March 2023
13 March 2023
09 March 2023
03 March 2023
25 February 2023
20 February 2023
16 February 2023
11 February 2023
06 February 2023
02 February 2023
28 January 2023
24 January 2023
19 January 2023

Dagny Had Her Bottom Cleaned

05 April 2017
Before we launched Dagny last spring we had painted three coats of epoxy barrier coat and two coats of new anti fouling on Dagny's bottom. The hull stayed fairly clean throughout the trip until about a month ago. However as the water warmed up and we were holed up frequently for weather over a short period the algae had a chance to take hold. I had planned on trying to clean the bottom myself but after a few attempts I quickly realized that this job wasn't for me. Between getting cut to hell by barnacles and my ability to only hold my breath for 20 seconds or so I figured it would take me a week at least, plus they say blood attracts sharks. I discovered there was a guy in Marsh Harbour who cleans boats for 2-3 dollars a foot white at anchor and it turned out to be money well spent. Brown Tips arrived Friday morning and spent a good 1.5 -2 hours scraping off the quarter inch long algae that covered the hull, keel and rudder.

Bob and Liz arrived at lunchtime on Monday so after last minute shopping and prepping we left Marsh Harbour on a rising tide Tuesday to sail north to Archer Cay. We had a brisk downwind sail and Dagny roared along at 6.5 knots with her clean bottom and only the mainsail hoisted. The next step is to cross the Whale passage, which can be a little rough, then wait in Turtle Cay for our weather window. With any luck we can leave the Bahamas Sunday afternoon, but only time will tell.
Vessel Name: Dagny
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 402
Hailing Port: South Lancaster On
Crew: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
About: Allan is a retired Montreal Air Traffic Controller and Bev is a retired Elementary School Principal.
Extra: After many years of local cruising and Etchells racing we are living our dream of sailing to the Bahamas. Allan enjoys golfing, cycling and skiing. Bev is an active cyclist, runner, aerobics participant and cross country skier.

Who: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
Port: South Lancaster On