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, [...]

Fuel Polish!

26 December 2012 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
James/Sunny and Nice!
The fuel polishing was done today.

Karma has been sitting at dockside for a few years, so the diesel in her fuel tanks has tended to, for want of a better term, become gunk. I opened up the two tanks earlier last week and seeing gunk floating in the diesel oil, decided to go ahead and get the fuel polish done.

Called Captain John's Marina Service, and he scheduled it for today. His crew arrived bright and early and within no time were starting in on the job. The rig consists of a fuel/water separator, a pump, and a two stage filtration process, after which the fuel is recirculated back into the tank. Polishing takes out much of the free water (some separates from the fuel, but much comes from the condensation cycles the tank goes through), as well as filtering out the gunk that will clog boat filters and diesel injector nozzles.

Good thing I decided to do it. We put some additional diesel into the tanks, and circulated the starboard tank for about 45 minutes. That tank wasn't so bad, but we clogged one filter doing so, and emptied about a litre of free water.

The port tank was much worse. We clogged a filter within 10 minutes. You could actually see the crud (arr, technical sea term) in the fuel hose as it came into the system. Ugh! After changing filters and endless emptying of water, we finally had a 45 run where the water separator ran clean and the filters stayed happy.

I figure that the process was worth the money spent. Diesels like clean fuel, and gunky injectors are costly when they happen to clog at the wrong time (and they'll always clog at the wrong time).

So, with only a small scratch and a few cc's of blood taken from me, Karma now has cleaner tanks and fresher fuel. Tomorrow is engine start day.
Karma1's Photos - Main
Delivery voyage of Minoosh July 2013 Around Nova Scotia, up Saint John River.
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Created 28 July 2013
The bees on Karma
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Created 25 March 2013
To explore cool places and hidden gems is one thing. To share it with another is something else.:)
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Created 14 January 2013

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