The ship's blog for SV Nelleke out of Shelburne, NS

18 September 2019 | Shelburne/Halifax
16 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
15 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
14 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
12 September 2019 | Shelburne
11 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
11 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
09 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
09 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
08 September 2019 | SHYC
08 September 2019 | SHYC
07 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
06 September 2019 | Shelburne
05 September 2019 | Shelburne, NS
04 September 2019 | Halifa
03 September 2019 | Amsterdam
02 September 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
02 September 2019 | Amsterdam

Provisioning run

18 September 2019 | Shelburne/Halifax
Michael and Barbara Turney | Sunny and cool
We decided to have our provisioning run into Halifax today, on Wednesday, rather than tomorrow, so, here we are - our bank account $800 lighter and our car full of groceries.

It’s a funny thing. A shopping cart full of groceries seems to cost a lot more these days than it did way back when my parents used to make a bulk shopping run. I know that the cost of stuff has gone up but holy doodles!

We are looking very seriously at long range forecasts these days, searching for that elusive weather window. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are quickly changing on the trees. Fall is definitely here and it is time that we skedaddled. The regular parade of tropical storm systems across the Atlantic is making us pause, though. Dorian, Umberto and now Jerry! And it’s still only mid September! We have decided that it would be smarter to take shorter legs, and to plan to travel through the US after all. It’ll keep us in touch with weather services and allow us to find a safe spot to hunker down in a storm.

Above all, we are hoping to go to the boat show in Annapolis again and perhaps look up our friends there. The place is ridiculously crowded but if we get there early enough there might be a place for us on one of the moorings.

It seems very slow but we are getting there

16 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
Michael and Barbara Turney | Sunny
Today was a mixed day. Barb had a dental appointment and I had to take out the vanity in the main floor bathroom. Why do women always wait to do something at the last minute? I have also bought the new diesel jerry cans, filled them and stowed them on deck. When fully provisioned Nelleke now carries 90 gallons in the main tank and a further 25 on deck. Since we burn a half gallon an hour at cruising speed which is about 2000 rpm, that gives us nearly 10 days under power before we are dry. Since we are a sailboat and try not to use the engine that gives us a significant comfort factor.

We have also confirmed deployment and recovery of the new-to-us asymmetrical which is also good to know.

I am also working on the wet locker and the washing machine tie downs and the trim around the cabinet in our cabin. Once that is done and I have finished the few small electronic issues that we have we should be good to go as far as the boat is concerned.

Thursday we are planning to make our provisioning trip into Halifax and then we will be moving onto the boat in preparation for departure.

Trying to get the time to finish

15 September 2019 | Shelburne NS
Michael and Barbara Turney | Wet and rainy
It sounds weird but it isn't always easy to get the time to even do small chores for cruise preparation, especially with pouring rain, like today. And then, tomorrow, Barb has a dental appointment and on Tuesday we have to go off to Yarmouth for a medical appointment. It isn't rain but it is a different kind of pouring.

We went through our freezer this morning to sort things out and select those things that we will take to put on our freezer on the boat and which we will leave behind, and that which we will eat up before we go. In that process we discovered a whole bunch of treats that we has stored and forgotten. We are going to have a small farewell party to use us some more.

Also, we are looking at yet another provisioning trip into Halifax and the closest Costco for provisioning enhancement. I say enhancement as we already have a fair amount of stuff from our home pantry that is making the trip with us. Our spice cabinet in particular will make the transfer. We need a lot of tinned goods for easy meals at sea in rough weather. As the author of a sea going cook book a acknowledge that tinned beans is a cheat but sometimes the easy way is the best way.

Vessel Name: Nelleke
Vessel Make/Model: Moody 42 PH Ketch
Hailing Port: SHYC, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Crew: Mike and Barb
Mike is a retired Candian Forces Army officer who has been dreaming of the cruising lifestyle and visiting new and distant places for years. Barb is a retired IT consultant who has been training and looking forward to a series of extended cruises. Nelleke is a 1980 Moody 42' PH Ketch. [...]
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Nelleke's Photos - S/V NELLEKE (Main)
1 Photo
We spent our last day and night in this city.
12 Photos
Created 2 September 2019
A spot for photos from cruising during the fall and winter of 2019-2020
2 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 28 August 2019
Top Album for the trip to bring Nelleke home during spring and early summer of 2017
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 30 April 2017
Main Album for our winter cruise
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 11 September 2014
An album of photos to keep our spirits up during our enforced tenure on dry and hard bits
1 Photo | 10 Sub-Albums
Created 9 August 2011
A photographic account of our reclamation of Nelleke and trip north to Halifax
1 Photo | 15 Sub-Albums
Created 15 March 2011
Photos from our cruise over the 2009 - 2010 period
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 16 October 2009
Gallery of Photos of our summer stay in Halifax
23 Photos | 8 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2009
A Holding Album for Arts and Crafts folders
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 15 January 2009
A General Cover Album for Our Trip South in 2008/09
1 Photo | 10 Sub-Albums
Created 8 September 2008
Photos from Dave Ireland, Marc Cayouette, Amy Mulnix and Mike and Barb Turney
25 Photos
Created 25 July 2008
Photos of NELLEKE;s crew training at sea for the race.
15 Photos
Created 13 June 2008
Liferaft and Abondon Ship Training for Offshore Survival
9 Photos
Created 3 June 2008
A few photos of 5 May and NELLEKE's launch
3 Photos
Created 7 May 2008
A few of the photos taken during NELLEKE's participation in MHOR 2007
8 Photos
Created 7 December 2007
This album contins selected photos of our cruise to the Maggies with side trips to Wolfe Island, Liscomb, Port Hawksbury, Cheticamp, Canso and Sherbrooke
13 Photos
Created 7 December 2007
An introduction to the crew of SV NELLEKE
10 Photos
Created 3 December 2007
I include these photos to give the reader a flavour of what life is like aboard Nelleke
3 Photos
Created 3 December 2007
Photos form the successfull RHSP race
9 Photos
Created 30 November 2007
Some pictures from our sharedown cruise to the South Shore of Nova Scotia
8 Photos
Created 26 November 2007