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, [...]

Karma visits the Dentist..

09 October 2013 | RAM Boatyard, Rio Dulce...
Having negotiated the boat repairs makes me feel a little better, and having talked to a bunch of boaters, both here and at Catamaran, and reading extensively on the internet for the last three days, I am also beginning to feel a little better about the extent of the repairs that will be done.

The process of fibreglass osmosis and blistering is kind of equivalent to going to the dentist and cavities. When we first pulled Karma out, I was hopeful that we wouldn't have any at all, which is kind of like not brushing or flossing for 10 years, and drinking Cokes daily, and then expecting no cavities.

Somewhat like a cavity, water will slowly seep into through the fibreglass at a microscopic level, but then begin to break down the chemical composition of the polyesters in the fibreglass. Eventually, it creates pressure inside the layers of lamination that force them apart and cause the blisters and bulging. Left long enough, it will create damage that will result in a leaky boat, and then a sinky boat.

Karma sat in fresh water for 10 years without a break, and that kind of use isn't good for a fibreglass boat. So, when they were done with pressure washing the hull, and I could see some obvious bulges on the starboard side, and on the rudder, I kind of knew we were in for some root canal work.

So, the plan is for the boatyard to finish the sandblasting in the next day or two, then start cutting into the layers of fibreglass and getting the water affected sections out. Then I will be spending part of every day for about a week rinsing and washing those sections to remove any remaining acid and chemicals left over. Then after the hull is dried for several weeks, the yard will start patching the sections, lay another layer of fibreglass across the whole area, paint two layers of epoxy barrier on top of that, and then three layers of primer, and two coats of anti-fouling paint.

That should last us for about 4-5 years before we need to leave the boat out for a season, but we may want to pull it out every second year just to be safe.

This kind of thing didn't happen on Minoosh because we always pulled her out every year.

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