A Canadian Bayfield 36, two full time sailors/explorers and Puddles, our seafaring chocolate lab.

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When Geese Fly South....

27 August 2012 | In the bilge of Karma
Chief Electrician
It was comfortably cooler when I worked on KARMA's electrical system yesterday, a fresh, dry breeze blew through the boat and it was a productive day. At one point in the day I looked up at the sky and surveyed my surroundings, trying to get a sense of when we should be ready to set sail south. I imagine that all migratory birds, insects, animals...must experience the same something, that moment they know it must be time to leave. You can define an exact moment on a calender but I know we will just instinctively know its time to go when that universal moment comes.

Its a long task this electrical stuff. I often think of our electrical project to be on the same scale as making a beautiful beach, one grain of sand at a time...Going to take lots of time, incremental progress indicated by a pleasing neatly marked bundle of cables going somewhere known.

To date we have completed installing the wind generator and its rectifier control box...

the house bank battery distribution, built in a safer, well protected cable distribution center,

rewired the boat ground network, marked all cables where they from and where the goin'..each cable at the power source are now 2/0 gauge cable and each new cable has new heavy duty copper hole lugs. We also have been working hard lately running new cables from the panel to distribution panels under the floor.

It looks terribly confused but trust me, I'm a man, I know exactly where everything is. Just don't recall exactly where when I need something. Lot of time consuming searches, just like air travel. I usually forget what I'm looking for to complete task A but during the search I did find the right size drill bit so I happily move on to drilling holes..but can't find the drill. Just then I see the wood trim I started earlier so I measure it and mark it and place the pieces in the pile to work on at home on. On it goes, a dozen concurrent tasks each receiving attention as long as it it doable. Once we hit a snag we switch tasks and mull over how to solve that other problem.

I leave you feeling the first symptoms of needing to fly the coop.

Vessel Name: Karma IV
Vessel Make/Model: 1988 Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: Allan & Nancy
Allan and Nancy are both retired military folks who wanted to travel beyond the confines of the resorts and the canned vacations. A week in paradise was no longer going to be enough, what was enough were the long cold winters, too few daylight hours and the hibernation from living all year round.... [...]
In late summer of 2009, Nancy and I had the opportunity to visit Newfoundland on the Atlantic east coast quickly followed by a marathon drive around Vancouver Island on the Pacific west coast of Canada. These two trips made us realize that joining the convoys of RV's, campers and cars just wasn't [...]

Who: Allan & Nancy
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia