Vessel Name: Karma1
Vessel Make/Model: Columbia 45
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: James and Dody
About: James has been sailing for most of his life, starting with dinghy sailing around 8 years old. Dody is a loving 1st mate who hopes that James knows what he is doing.
Extra: "Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made" - Robert N.Rose
21 October 2014 | Alberta, Canada
10 October 2014 | Alberta, Canada
10 March 2014 | lago Isabel on Karma 1
18 February 2014 | RAM Marina
15 February 2014 | RAM Marina
11 February 2014 | Rio dulce, Guatemala
07 February 2014 | RAM Marina
31 January 2014 | Guatemala
30 January 2014 | RAM marina
29 January 2014
29 January 2014 | RAM marina
22 December 2013 | Merida, mexico
04 December 2013 | Rio Dulce, Fronteras, Guatemals
02 December 2013 | Lago Izabal, Guatemala
27 November 2013 | Guatemala City
13 October 2013
09 October 2013 | RAM Boatyard, Rio Dulce...
07 October 2013 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
06 October 2013 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
05 October 2013 | Dartmouth
Recent Blog Posts
21 October 2014 | Alberta, Canada

Salty dreams...

I've got a case of salty dreams and wanderlust. I can hardly wait til we cut the dock lines and chase adventure on the sea! @ back to Karma soon !:)

10 October 2014 | Alberta, Canada

Autumn Update

It is Indian Summer, and we are in the process of closing up our home in the beautiful mountainous and plan for our annual migratory trek to be on S/V Karma. It's been an adventurous Summer vagabonding around, tending to the Orchard, visiting family and friends out East and enjoying the east coast. You can catch a ray of our journey as we prepare to travel down the Cali Seaboard to be back in Guatemala! let the journey begin! ~~

10 March 2014 | lago Isabel on Karma 1

journey forward

beautiful life...

18 February 2014 | RAM Marina



15 February 2014 | RAM Marina

OMG! Naranja!!!!

They painted the boot stripe!

11 February 2014 | Rio dulce, Guatemala

Strange tropical fruit make me happy!

There is no end to exotic fruit in tropical Guatemala. From one day to the next the selection changes.  The nice thing about Guatemala is that Each time I go to town I'm surprised by something new! The other nice thing is that it's so cheap! Although they have fruit you'll recognize such as mango, pineapple, [...]

First log entry

29 January 2012 | Ebay
James/Freezing rain in Waverley, N.S.
It started about two weeks ago.

Winter was in full blast, it was cold, freezing rain. I'm on the internet looking at boats. In spite of the season, nice boats in the Northeast are listed at expensive, and more expensive.

I get the idea to check ebay, just for fun. Nobody buys a boat off of ebay, right?

OMG! There are quite a few boats on ebay. And nice ones. Some are fixer'uppers in the low 20K range, but they look neglected and lost.

A few days of watching ads on ebay gains my interest.

Then, a lovely Columbia 45 is listed. It is in Guatemala, somewhere I have no idea about, but I figure that we can work it out if the price is right. I bid, am outbid, and bid again. The bid has a reserve, which in the end I don't meet. My heart sinks. That 45 seemed like we should be together, in a karmic way. I feel it.

I decide to write the listing agent and ask about the reserve.

$30,000! I had bid something close to 29,500 so it wasn't a shock.
I actually wondered if it might be a scam with the mast sticking out of the water in some Guatemalan swamp. It seemed too good to be true.

The only thing to do would be to put a deposit down and see it in person.

At this point, we also started to talk to the owners of the boat; Les and Terry. They are an amazing couple of travellers who have owned the boat since the early '80's, sailed her up and down the west coast, through the Panama canal, around the Caribbean, and into Rio Dulce. They were winding down their sailing lifestyle, and needed to sell the boat.

Coincidentally, the boat was named Karma II. A very good sign.

Dody and I booked flights, and left the next week to see what we were getting into.

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