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, [...]

Minoosh Delivery (Leg 1: Halifax to Lunenburg

18 July 2013 | Halifax - Lunenburg
James/Sunny and calm...then SW headwinds
Halifax to Lunenburg

A beautiful day for a sail! Sunny, with enough cloud cover to keep it from being too hot, with a nice fresh westerly breeze going straight down the harbour.

This is going to be such a great trip, I think to myself as we push off our slip at the Dartmouth Yacht Club. With fortunate winds, we optimistically talk about sailing though the nights, and making really good time around the bottom of Nova Scotia.

We reach the first bridge across the harbour, hoist sails and go flying wing on wing straight downwind. I figure that when we get out of the harbour, this west wind will give us a nice run down the coast.


As we get out past the breakwaters, the wind shifts into a South-south-west wind, blowing at a steady 20-30 km/hr right into our path. We try tacking for a while, but the swell and wind keeps us from making any actual progess over ground.

Reluctantly, we start the motor and head down the coast at a plodding 7-10 km/hr. Not terrible, but I'm a little worried about fuel consumption and stress on our motor for long durations.

So, we make steady progress past Chebucto head, and across St. Margaret's Bay. It's getting late by this point, and so we switch to doing watches; one of us manning the tiller, and one of us sleeping below.

It's past dark, around 11:00 pm or so. It's a good moon, so we can still navigate pretty well, and the channels are well marked with lit makrer buoys. I'm having a nap, Ryan is steering us towards Lunenburg.

WHAM! Followed by a string of salty language. We hit a shoal and are aground.

We do a quick scout, and see that we're on a rocky shoal. We manage to wriggle off, using the boom to tip Minoosh onto a heel, and at the same time, reverse off the shoal. In the glow of the spotlight, the kelp of the rocks looks like some kind of creepy sea monster.

Turns out Ryan got on the wrong side of a channel marker, and only just saw the bed of kelp right before we hit. No drama, Minoosh is pretty solid, and after we check for leaks, we continue gingerly on our way.

We finally pull into Lunenburg shortly after midnight; the fishing town is totally quiet, and we take the first free mooring ball we can find.

Exciting first day, but we have lots of adventure ahead of us.
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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