Five Islands

Who: Ralph & Karen
Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
13 May 2011 | Calgary, Canada
29 March 2011 | Cusco, Peru
16 March 2011 | La Paz, Bolivia
14 March 2011 | Puno, Peru
10 March 2011 | Ariquipa, Peru
07 March 2011 | Nazca Peru
01 March 2011 | Lima Peru
23 February 2011 | Panamarina, Panama
19 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
16 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
13 February 2011 | Rio Sidra & Canbombia, San Blas, Panama
11 February 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
08 February 2011 | Nargana, San Blas, Panama
04 February 2011 | Nargana, San Blas, Panama
02 February 2011 | Hot tub, Holandes Islands, San Blas, Panama
01 February 2011 | Robeson Islands, San Blas, Panama
01 February 2011 | Robeson Islands, San Blas, Panama
30 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
30 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
28 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama

The Boat . . .

27 July 2008 | Calgary
The port hull features the owner's cabin forward with a queen berth, ample storage, and excellent ventilation. Amidships is a long counter to port that hold the deep freezer, microwave, and lots of storage below. to starboards are more cupboards for extra galley storage. Aft in the port hull is an extra large owner's head and shower compartment. The starboard hull has a mirror image queen berth cabin forward, nav station and washer/dryer amidships, and the original double berth aft cabin has been converted to a workshop & storage space.
The bright and airy bridgedeck cabin features full headroom throughout and a panoramic view with rich teak interior joinerwork. The big u-shaped settee with teak dining table is the heart of the vessel's interior. The bi-fold lexan companionway door leads out to the huge cockpit with custom Top Gun canvas and aluminum enclosure. The huge cockpit adds a massive amount of living, dining and lounging space and the well thought out helm station privides excellent visibility to all four corners of the catamaran.

This is a very rare Galley-up Lagoon 37, Seafrost engine driven or Rich Beers 120v cold plate rerigerator and separate freezer
Force 10 4-burner propane stove with temparature controlled oven and glass door (2005) Microwave
Temperature monitoring system for fridge, freezer, and outside air. Dual SS sinks

Autohelm ST6000 learning autopilot w/ linear drive (2006), ST60 Tridata (2006), West Marine 600 VHF w/DSC (2006), Yaesu SSB(marine and ham bands open) w/27 ft. whip, Plastimo Binnacle compass
Jensen AM/FM/CD w/four speakers (2006)
12v TV/VCR w/ mast mounted antenna
406 personal EPIRB (expires 3/10)

We plan on adding a chartplotter and radar system

4 Group 31 AGM batteries (2005)
Xantrex dual 20 amp battery charger w/ display
120V isolated input monitoring panel
2-Honda 2000W generators with paralleling box for running AC or refrigeration.

We plan on adding a Solar Panal system to help keep the batteries topped up without using the generator to often.

Mechanical & Engine Room
New Perkins 20 HP engines with only 10 hours!
Racor fuel filters
Dripless shaft seals
Rich Beers reverse cycle AC for owners cabin and bridgedeck cabin.
spectra watermaker (6gph@7ah)
Tank Tender monitoring system
Splendide washer/dryer

Sails and Rigging
Fully battened main- heavy duty construction w/2 reef points (2006)
Mainsail cover (2006)
Dutchman boom brake (2006)
Genoa with profurl roller furling, repaired and cleaned 2005.
4 - Lewmar 40 self-tailing winches (2 on mast, 2 on coachroof)
Boom/mast mounted clutches for outhaul, topping lift, boom vang and reef points.
New running rigging 2006
New jackstays 2006
New lifelines w/ gates 2007
Forespar adjustable whisker pole (2006)

Deck and Hull Equipment
Complete custom cockpit encloseure with heavy duty "Top gun" fabric and aluminum framing, with isinglass, insect screens and sunshades for cockpit comfort in any conditions.
Four hull storage compartments
Cast stainless steel hatches with Lexan over forward berths
Lewmar electric windlass
Aluminum spade anchor w/200' 3/8" chain
Fortress Anchor w/ 30' chain and 300' rode
Portlight teak window trim w/no-see-um screens
10.6 West Marine by Avon RIB with cooler seat and 8hp Yamaha OB
Dinghy davits
Med moor boarding ramp w/wheels
Rail mounted propane BBQ
2 10# propane tanks in built-in vented locker

Vessel Name: Five Islands
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 37' TPI
Hailing Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Crew: Ralph & Karen
About: Married 26 years and looking for new adventures to share. Wanting to learn more about the world and about ourselves.
Extra: Five Islands is named after a small island located in the Winnipeg River where many memories were made. We view our boat as the opportunity see amazing places that will create quality memories like the ones made at Five Islands.
Five Islands's Photos - Bahamas - Part 1 (Main)
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A banana tree in Black Point
A collection of driftwood uniquely arranged and titled
The local school in Black Point
A boat under construction in Black Point
Staniel Cay
Not sure if you can see how this rock is undercut at the waters edge.  It looks pretty cool.
Monohull stuck on a reef with a couple of small boats trying to get him off
Cruisers enjoying the BBQ at the beach
Local kids playing on the beach
Random Walk at Compass Cay.  Notice the dark clouds approaching.  It went from calm to 30kt winds in a matter of minutes.  When you see the dark distinct line, you know it has some bite to it.
Sharks at the Compass Cay Marina.  They hang around looking for handouts and when the fisherman clean their catch, they get the scraps
Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay
More Nurse Sharks
The view from our boat at Staniel Cay
Pigs on the beach looking for a handout
Bacon & Eggs on our front porch
Big pig coming to eat our handouts
Beautiful flowering tree in Staniel Cay
the dingy looks like it
Random Walk
clouds are coming
waited a little too long for the bus
Ralph and Derrick in deep conversation
"The pups" on Random Walk
Beach on Highborne Cay
The sand was so fine!
Feeding the Ramoras under our boat
Check out the cool thing on the top of their head
Chris on the beach at Highborne
Our first day at the beach
Chris & Derrick chillin
Cool refections in the calm water as we crossed from Nassau to the Exumas
Lounging around
Huge sailboat at the marina
New Years Eve
Peeling shrimp for dinner
Soaking up the sun
The Daughter
Son in the sunshine
Human sculpture
Waking up
The beach across the road from the marina in Ft Lauderdale
Juno beach in West Palm Beach
Getting ready to leave Lake Worth
Taking a break at African Lion Safari
Disney cruise ship parked behind us
Here is the GPS track of our run down south.  Where the track starts curving towards land was when the wind was shifting and then you can see where we jibed the sail
Neighbors in the Cape Marina
The odometer from the chartplotter.  The max speed is not right, but we did cover 202 mles in 31 hours
I was wiped out.  I had only slep 45 minutes!
Coming into Cape Canaveral
Figuring out where we are going to stop
Sailing along
Some if the waves on Saturday morning. They were much bigger during the night
Another wave coming to carry us forward
Check out the color of the water
The moon rising in the east.
The sun setting in the west
A large freighter that passed behind us.  That AIS system works great.
Karen in her fancy new foul weather gear
Getting ready for the new arch - that has not yet arrived
Preparing the anchor light
Ralph - up the mast for the first time
Ralph trying to make repairs to the anchor light and wind sensor.
Cutting up some rib steaks.
The meat fairy made a visit
Its a looooong way up!
A picture of a beach on Jekyll Island.
A shrimp boat in action
Ralph diriving his boat for the first time.
Cleaning up the mess from the leaking tank
The shiny new tank installed
Various pictures of our travels in Panama
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Created 5 October 2010
Our trip through the canal as Line handlers
55 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
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Created 6 June 2010
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Created 4 June 2010
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Created 3 January 2010
Photos of Five Islands adventures and they people we are meeting
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Created 3 February 2009

Five Islands

Who: Ralph & Karen
Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada