04 July 2019 | Shelburne NS
21 November 2018 | Shelburne NS
14 November 2018 | Shelburne NS
08 November 2018 | Boatyard SHYC
05 November 2018 | Shelburne, NS
04 November 2018 | Boat at SMT, us at home
02 November 2018 | Josie's Island
01 November 2018 | Shelburne NS
31 October 2018 | West Head
31 October 2018 | West Head, Cape Sable Island
30 October 2018 | West Head, Cape Sable Island
30 October 2018 | Shelburne Harbour
29 October 2018 | SMT/Shelburne
29 October 2018 | SHYC Fuel Dock
28 October 2018 | Shelburne Harbour, NS
Damn it's HOT!
20 July 2019 | SHYC
Michael and Barbara Turney | HOT......HOT......HOT!
Well, we are slowly making progress.
Various electrical items and problems we have had have been fixed with a sort of three steps forward two steps backwards technique. I get one thing fixed and then the next day, and then the third thing breaks down. Very frustrating! However of the big things are repaired. I have also firmly decided that a number of the smaller more cosmetic items on my to-do list will be put off to be done en route (famous last words).
The new auto pilot is almost totally installed with the wiring all that’s left. I should have that done by the end of the weekend.
We may have a larger asymmetrical Spinnaker to carry for light winds thanks to a friend who has sold their boat and is selling off gear that didn’t go with it.
We have moved the cushions back to the boat and the split backstay has had the insulators put into them and are reinstalled. Now, at some time in the future, we will be able to work the SSB.
I have also committed to helping get a friends boat into the water and I am now feeling more comfortable about taking a week or so to get that done that won’t impact our schedule too much. In our role of Port Officers for the Ocean Cruising Club we have been meeting more and more really nice cruising couples who have put into Shelburne as a port of entry to Canada.
All the worrying, all the work.....
10 July 2019 | SHYC
Michael and Barbara Turney | Warm and sunny
Sometimes I lie awake at night worrying that I won't be able to get everything that I need done finished before departure this fall with enough time to have a shakedown cruise as well as cover off all of the other stuff that we have to do around the house, and on the
Westfalia as well as perhaps making a camping trip or two as well as the riverboat trip that we have scheduled for the end of August.
Then today rolls along and I realize for the umpteenth time that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, followed by another, and then another, and sooner or later you glance around and realize that you have made progress. I grant that my lengthy job list has morphed from " it'd be great to get all these done before we set off" to "we absolutely must do these before departure, these we can do en route, and these can wait". Once I got my head around that, peace reigned.
Today I finished repairing the water leak damage in the pilot house and have run the RAM mike extension back to the binnacle and moved the connector coupling from the back of the cockpit seat over to the binnacle itself. I have also begun to install the USB plugs for in the cockpit and will finish that once I have the Admiral's second pair of hands and eyes to help on Friday.
Tomorrow we will be heading into Halifax to get insulators spliced into our backstay and to buy a new course computer and control head. A second benefit is that the package comes with a new direction sensor so our old fluxgate compass will be superfluous and maybe I will be able to use it with the chart plotter to allow radar on chart display.
Have to keep with the positive outlook......
09 July 2019 | SHYC
Michael and Barbara Turney | Warm and sunny
Probably boring to read about but the various jobs that I am doing to get Nelleke ready to set off this fall are coming along quite nicely. In fact, the job that I though was going to be the hardest, repairing the pilot house bulkheads from leak damage, has turned out to be time consuming but relatively easy. The damaged wood has been chiseled out and wood filler troweled in. Once it was hardened I sanded it flush and am paining it and all the bulkheads in the pilot house a glossy white. I am leaving the trim natural wood the the walls are all white now which makes it feel even more open and bright.
The problems with our Auto Pilot are on the way to resolution. I just have to shell out more boat bucks!