SV Kiviuq

A journal of the sailing vessel Kiviuq and her owners Marilou Kosseim and Alan Teale

Vessel Name: Kiviuq
Vessel Make/Model: Van de Stadt Madeira 46
Hailing Port: Inverness
Crew: Marilou Kosseim and Alan Teale
About: Marilou is a Canadian national, retired physician and Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. Alan is a British national, retired veterinary surgeon and animal molecular geneticist. Both are currently UK-based and members of the Ocean Cruising Club.
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Kiviuq is a van de Stadt Madeira 46 in alloy, with round bilge and deeper draft options. The 46 is the scoop stern variant of the van de Stadt Madeira 44, the scoop being developed by the builder, Alexander Beisterveld of Beisterveld Jachtbouw in Steenwijk, Netherlands. Kiviuq is rigged as a [...]
13 September 2019 | Shining Waters Marine, Tantallon, Nova Scotia
05 September 2019 | St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
22 August 2019 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
13 August 2019 | LaHave Islands, Nova Scotia
04 August 2019 | Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
28 July 2019 | Head Harbour, Campobello, New Brunswick
11 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
07 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
06 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
13 June 2019 | Belfast, Maine
01 June 2019 | Burnside Lodge
15 September 2018 | Belfast, Maine, Nova Scotia
30 August 2018 | St Peters, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
18 August 2018 | Bay La Hune, Newfoundland
10 August 2018 | Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland
04 August 2018 | Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
30 July 2018 | St Peters, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
26 July 2018 | Spanish Ship Bay, Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia
14 July 2018 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
06 July 2018 | Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Recent Blog Posts
13 September 2019 | Shining Waters Marine, Tantallon, Nova Scotia

Dorian and the aftermath

We rode out Hurricane Dorian at anchor in Schooner Cove together with four other foreign boats that came in for the same purpose. All the boats rode safely to their best bower anchors, I suspect on long chain scopes of 10:1 or more. We certainly did. It seems that the latest consensus among the cruising [...]

05 September 2019 | St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia

Waiting for Dorian

It was going to happen sooner or later. A hurricane is heading our way. After devastating the Abacos and Bahamas and brushing Florida, Dorian is now close E of the coast of the Carolinas, and the current forecast is that it will go right over Nova Scotia on Saturday/Sunday moving quickly in a NNE'ly [...]

22 August 2019 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Downward and upward

I realise there is quite a lot of catching up to do since my last post, which left us in Grand Manan, so apologies if this becomes something of a travelogue.

13 August 2019 | LaHave Islands, Nova Scotia

Boarded!

After St Andrews it was time to begin making our way across the Bay of Fundy towards Nova Scotia. This we decided to do in two stages. The first involved retracing our wake across Passamaquoddy Bay and around the southern end of Deer Island, then up Head Harbour Passage to the northern tip of Campobello [...]

04 August 2019 | Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Things that go bump in the night.

From Campobello we sailed southabout Deer Island, an area renowned for its cetacean populations (and thus also populated with whale-watching boats), into Passamaquody Bay and up to St Andrews. Here we picked up a mooring just 150m or so off Market Wharf, the large and well-appointed town wharf.

28 July 2019 | Head Harbour, Campobello, New Brunswick

Going Downeast

We left Belfast just over a week ago on Saturday 20th July to sail down Penobscot Bay with the intention of spending a night at anchor in Seal Bay, Vinalhaven. Seal Bay is beautiful, well protected and not that far from the popular yachting centres of Camden and Rockland. Perhaps for this reason it was [...]

Still in Belfast

06 July 2019 | Belfast, Maine
Alan
If everything had gone exactly as we would have wished we would probably have been sailing in Penobscot Bay, not too far from our 'base', this weekend. The purpose would have been primarily to shakedown Kiviuq, and ourselves, before cruising towards eastern Canada. As I mentioned in the previous post, there were only a couple of systems remaining to be tested while we were still at the dock. One of those was the autopilot. It failed the test.

At first we thought the problem was an airlock in the hydraulic ram mechanism that might clear by repeated testing, which involves putting the pilot through its paces at the dockside. It was thanks to persistence with the tests that the real problem eventually became apparent. The culprit appears to be a failed rudder feedback unit. This relatively small electronic device is mechanically linked to the rudder stock and tells the pilot's brain the position of the rudder relative to the centred position.  Without this information the pilot literally doesn't know which way to turn to move to, and maintain, a desired course. And when that happens the pilot alarm makes a good attempt to wake the dead and the crew turn the air blue with their expletives, such as 'Bother!', 'How inconvenient', and 'That is  mildly annoying!'. (Even failed electronics are entitled to a 'safe space' these days apparently.)

We can of course be thankful that the fault was discovered while we are still in Belfast rather than out on the big blue wavy thing.

OK, a part fails, and then the fun really begins. A new one is required, but of course it went out of production a few years ago. In this regard the marine electronics industry is a serious competitor with mobile phone and car manufacturers in the game of replacing perfectly good products with the 'next thing' to keep the wheels of their business sectors turning (at ever-increasing speed).

Thankfully, our friends at Echomaster Marine in MacDuff, Scotland, who so ably supplied and fitted all of our electronics, quickly identified an alternative rudder feedback sensor that they are confident will work in our system, and it is available in the USA. With luck we will have the part next week, and fitted not long thereafter.

It goes without saying however, that the dimensions of the replacement part, even though made by the same electronics group that made the original, are slightly changed, and .... positioning of the sensor relative to the rudder stock is absolutely critical. In consequence, to achieve the correct positioning some of the woodwork and supporting structure in the lazarette will need to be altered. Bother!, and thrice Bother!

Ah well, it's Sunday tomorrow and that means breakfast in Chases Daily.  Being delayed in Belfast has its compensations.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: In Map &Tracking above you can see where Kiviuq was located when we last reported a position to the blog. But please be aware that position reporting sometimes goes down. This can be due to a technical problem on board, to a problem with the satellite system or to a problem with the blog site. Therefore...... PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT THERE IS NO POSITION REPORTING THIS SHOULD NOT ON ITS OWN BE TAKEN AS AN INDICATION THAT KIVIUQ AND/OR HER CREW ARE IN DIFFICULTIES. Technical/electrical problems are by no means rare at sea in relatively small vessels.