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

27 June 2013 | Dartmouth Yacht Club
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15 December 2012 | Home in Dartmouth
13 October 2012
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15 September 2012 | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
12 September 2012 | DYC
29 August 2012
27 August 2012 | In the bilge of Karma
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08 July 2012

Our first bottle of chilled water cooled by the free energy of the wind

01 September 2012
... and thousands of dollars in technology and lead in between..

and a fridge..but all that will keep cold, enough produce, milk and perishables for 2 people and last anywhere up to a week. I think those cruisers who live seemingly happy lifestyles without refrigeration are likely much better off on longer, remote passages or if you extend beyond your resources.

It's been a furious summer getting this and that done around the boat. KARMA IV is a Queen bee, her humble servants scurrying around catering to her every need. KARMA IV will soon become our floating home so today we change our center of effort to unloading, cleaning and making ready to live aboard. I can and must still dabble with the remaining task list but from today forward KARMA IV is a sailboat first a residence second and a project third. Change is good.

Since getting a basic electrical circuit established I was able to energize the main breaker panel at the nav station and that allowed a 24 hour test to see if the refrigerator still worked after almost 2 years in limbo. The weather co-operated, providing a brisk, steady diet of 15- 25 knot winds that had the wind generator churning out the amps. I estimate that the wind generator supplied 75% of the fridges power needs over the next 24 hours. The winds tamed down over that 24 hour test but if they had of remained constant there should of been a surplus returned to the battery. The little fan on the rectifier unit came on and ran constantly during periods that coincided with higher wind gusts. Still more to learn about the Air Maxx system but I liked what I saw yesterday.

After the 24 hour fridge test we discovered that the water bottles left in the freezer compartment had frozen solid, the cooling system works just fine and we plan on running the fridge a lot more as we move aboard.

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