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, [...]

Engine Start!

27 December 2012 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
James/Sunny and Nice!
Engine start day!

But first things first, Karma has a BO (boat odor) problem.

Yesterday, as part of getting access to the fuel tanks, I took the carpets out and washed them, thinking that perhaps some moisture had caused them to become musty. They weren't all intended to come out as the main carpet was somewhat glued in place, but with two short cuts, I pulled them up and gave them all a good scrub, deodorize, and rinse, leaving them to dry for a day in the sun.

However, I discovered that the carpet wasn't the issue. While checking the battery fluids, I discovered that about 3-5 cm of water had leaked into the battery box (starter battery) and was also standing in between the ribs under the house batteries. I know how the water got there, and someday I will confess to the incident, but for now I remain silent.

The water was black as coal, and smelled of H2S (rotten eggs). Because of the tight spot in the battery area, sponging it out was hard to do. Besides, the foul water was eating my hands apart. I took about three buckets of foul water out before I couldn't get any more.

So necessity being the mother of invention, I invented a gadget that sucks water out of tight spaces quickly. Using some clear tube and a fuel bulb, the "suckulator" got rid of the remaining water in no time. I swished the compartment with fresh water and nice smelling stuff to give Karma a fresh as spring bilge.

Karma now has fresh and clean underbits (at least under her battery box). I replaced the carpets, tidied up, and she seems to be quite happy. She only bit me once during the sponge out stage of the cleaning.

So, having cleaned the fuel, and cured the BO, I thought we should do an engine trial. I checked all the systems that should be checked (cooling water, oil, fuel lines, fuel/water separator (why is that in the wrong spot), AC breaker off, ya da ya da...

Hit the glow plug for 30 seconds, turned the engine over...cough cough, clunk. Oh boy, keep positive....

Glow plug again, starter...cough, cough, clunk, Stay positive, it's been a while since it started up.

One more time, then check to see if I don't have something set right....glow plug, starter, cough cough....purr.

Purr? Yup. Ticking over and idling smoothly. I misted up. Sweetest engine purr I've heard in a long time. Check to make sure she has cooling water flow, and allowed myself a little happy smile.

45 minutes of running through RPM's and a few tests of the gear box and I shut the engine down.

I patted the engine, hoping that this was the start of a long and happy relationship.

Nice almost full moon off the dock later that night. 10/10 happiness level.
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