Log of Badu--- a Tiki 21

The one who cannot move

24 April 2010
16 April 2010
04 February 2010
03 February 2010
03 February 2010

tiki surfin

24 April 2010
yesterday I had a great sail. 30 nautical miles in 3.5 hours. Badu is very heavy right now, loaded with tools and supplies for land activities north. still she wants to surf on the right size of wave. the scary bit is when the fore stay bridle starts slicing the next wave face. still haven't pierced a wave yet but am entering them with about an inch of free board at the bow, jets of water spraying the underside of the boat like a fire hose. The next leg I'm going to take it easy by only going out in less than 15 kts of air. Badu is about 6-8 inches down on her lines.
ADDED A NEW PHOTO for this post.

update

16 April 2010
In answer to a few questions in the comments. Yes we still have the Tiki. The kittiwake 23 was a short lived adventure and was never intended as anything else. I got sick of using the computer and didn't bother to blog the final log entries from the florida trip. After arriving in Key West and having three buyers not show up to look at the boat, I gave it away to a fellow I met who needed a place to crash.
In response to Seans question about the Tikis suitability for voyaging: I don't mean to sidestep the question but... I am no longer of the opinion that boats are inherently suited to any particular use. It is more a matter of whether you are suited to the task of voyaging aboard the particular boat in mind. If you are Moitessier it is realistic to make a long voyage in a boat made of wood, burlap, newspaper and pitch (1st chapter of The Logical Route). If you are Rory it is realistic to circumnavigate with an enginless Tiki 21.
Badu suits me very well. But it is me that voyages, not the boat. If you are realistic about long term voyaging then your boat will be also, regardless of what it is. The Tikis are proven, have excellent sailing and sea keeping qualities, low maintenance, easy build, beachable ect. they are clearly suited to voyaging as long as you are suited to voyaging on them. The 26 will hold more stuff if you want more stuff with you, it is a touch faster if you notice that its faster. Since launching Badu I have received a lot of emails from people interested in Tikis, which I didn't answer. Everyone seems to have a lot of questions about little details that don't really matter once you get underway.
So here is my advice if anyone wants it.. GO SAILING! Learn what it is to live with the ocean and the sky, a fleck of consciousness residing in a sea of moving particles. Get to the heart of your desire, focus on building yourself instead of the boat and the right boats will find you when you need them. If your going to build don't get hung up on details, make your choices based on the knowledge at hand and move on, you can always change it later. Personally I'm not that interested in the building techniques, toxic shit chemicals, and paintbrushes that I periodically must use. I no longer read books about refits, weekend projects, or sailing techniques. 90% of my navigation consists of observation, intuition, and memories. No numbers and lines, just clouds and waves, sun and moon.
It has been a progression, this progression is what I mean by build yourself not the boat. Boats build themselves according to the physics of the universe once you understand how they behave, you understand how they behave by going sailing. so we are back to GO SAILING. don't think, dont talk. Practice holding your point of attention, free of thought, on the energies moving through your boat, the ocean, the sky, yourself, and soon things will make themselves apparent.
I hope I don't sound like an ass, and that this is of some help to those trying to navigate through the fog of information about boats and sailing, and get to actually doing it..... and telling sea stories.

This may be the last post on our blog as we will be discontinuing the use of it. It is an unnecessary carbon footprint, and I've already spent too much of my life typing.

there are the living, the dead, and those at sea.

Sailing to Crane Keys

04 February 2010
Sunny, Windy, Cold
The nights have gotten really cold, the wind is still raging from the north, and I am making sail to the Crane Keys. Last night I wore all my clothes, sleeping bag, put my legs in a backpack and finished of with some towels on top. Still cold. The wind is building again and is more than 20 for two days now.
Sailing south with the storm jib and a reef I have plenty of speed and the loads are still small.
There goes the sun past the edge of what is meant by the word Earth. And then a wind shift as radiation diminishes with the light. The anchorage is sticky mud and I'm in less than a foot at low so atleast I'll sleep soundly inspite of the howling wind. I don't need to think about the anchor, it seems to enjoy being tied snugly around the bow and shows no signs of chafe.

Tarpon Basin

03 February 2010
These waters are usually gin clear, shallow, and warm, but for the duration of our micro cruise they have been opaque and cold due to arctic northerlies and record low temperatures. When people think of sailing in the Florida Keys they often think of manatees, dolphins, brilliant tropical reef fish, coral heads, sponges, sea stars, sharks, and rays. But with such cold temperatures everything that can go out to deep water has done so in an effort to stay warm, and we have seen mostly the dead.
The first mate anole has disappeared into the extra mainsail. By "extra" I imply that there is another, not that this one is in usable condition. I'm flying a larger mainsail installed permanently at the first reef so that it fits. The 100 jib has taken all my sail repair tape to re-attach the leech and doesn't like wind above 10 knots, so I am thankful for the small storm jib I brought from Seattle. The wind is solid from the north at 20+.
Inspite of the cold, or perhaps because of it, the ants seem to be suddenly interested in my garbage. They are following an inch wide path that leads from the v berth, along the hull deck joint and down to the garbage hanging by the main hatch. A long walk. Cracking a can of oranges and some crackers I toss a number of each up into the vberth. That should keep them going for a while. They are huge fans of orange syrup, as am I, so we share the rest while waiting for the first mate to re appear from the sailbag. Luckily for the ants he seems too cold to come out and join the feast.

Craigslist Cruising

03 February 2010
Anchored out in Key West Florida having just sailed the length of the Keys in a small enginless boat many things are running through my mind. I will try and relate a few of these by posting scraps from my logbook and adding another small gallery for the Keys. The premise of this trip was to find a small boat in the tropics for next to nothing, fly there, sail it as far as made sense, offload it and fly home. Basically a cruise on my own schedule without the hassles of long term boat ownership or short term chartering, an attempt to experience sailing without the planning or boat systems that conventional cruising seems to require. Instead I found that ingenuity, synchronicity, practiced trance states, friendship, and the physics of uncertainty are dependable systems of the seafaring life. Infact I would venture to say that becoming familiar with these, the substance of the experience, is more important to a successful cruise than familiarity with stuff that is for sale, whether it be ideas or gear.

The Kittiwake 23 was tied to the dock as it had been for years. No one can remember exactly how long it had been there, 25-27 years at least. During that time many changes have occured in the small universe that is this boat, and I can't help feeling a little like Jesus come to resurrect the dead. A few months ago the boat had sank at the dock and there is still evidence of water intrusion as the bulkheads and bunks continue to dry out and carry on rotting. Luckily the hull has no core and was built in a time when builders kept things simple and stout, so even though the foredeck is rotted and houses a large colony of ants, the lizards and I can still get underway. After tearing out wiring, hoses, head, and lights i dove into the channel to plug all the thruhulls with underwater epoxie and scrape the bottom. Luckily the rig was still standing, although barely. Spreaders were attached with a single drywall screw per side, stays were missing, turnbuckles were cracked. To these problems and many others I applied a little Wharramism and now find myself sitting on the hook waiting for the wind to veer so I can run down Dusenbury Creek, into Tarpon Basin, and beyond. The bilge smells like there's something dead down there and its starting to get dark.. it looks like rain and northerlies are on the way.
Vessel Name: BADU
Vessel Make/Model: Tiki 21
Hailing Port: Ocean
Crew: casey and julia
About: Giving up the shore base this year was a big step in trusting the Alliance. I hope it works....
BADU's Photos - NYCTERIS
Photos 1 to 106 of 106 | Nycteris (Main)
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Nanaimo harbor-
A record of boat names on Wallace Island: A record of boat names on Wallace Island
Adam diving to free up the fouled prop. Gotta love a good bottom paint scalp treatment.: Adam diving to free up the fouled prop. Gotta love a good bottom paint scalp treatment.
Croquet in the forest on James Island. What a fun afternoon this was: Croquet in the forest on James Island. What a fun afternoon this was
James Island: James Island
Sailing south to Naniamo: Sailing south to Naniamo
Tribune Bay: Tribune Bay
more gulls: more gulls
Bird Blind and gulls: Bird Blind and gulls
Gulls everywhere: Gulls everywhere
Gluacus Winged gulls and Desolation Sound in the background: Gluacus Winged gulls and Desolation Sound in the background
Anchorage at Mitlenatch Island: Anchorage at Mitlenatch Island
Shoal Bay: Shoal Bay
Racing the gloomingtide down Johnstone Strait.: Racing the gloomingtide down Johnstone Strait.
Penguin and Nycteris: Penguin and Nycteris
Sunday Harbor: Sunday Harbor
Swimming in Sunday Hrbor: Swimming in Sunday Hrbor
Sunset in Sunday: Sunset in Sunday
Slacklining in the forest: Slacklining in the forest
the doorway on the left and corner post of a long house, later house in background.: the doorway on the left and corner post of a long house, later house in background.
A tree has grown on the corner post of the longhouse and finally blown it open.: A tree has grown on the corner post of the longhouse and finally blown it open.
Totems in the grass: Totems in the grass
The Sea Wolf: The Sea Wolf
The caretaker at the catholic mission: The caretaker at the catholic mission
Another day exploring the wonders of Namu: Another day exploring the wonders of Namu
Emerging from the fog into Miles Inlet: Emerging from the fog into Miles Inlet
Downwind FINALLY! a sunny day on Queen Charlotte Strait: Downwind FINALLY! a sunny day on Queen Charlotte Strait
South down Fitz Hugh Sound after the wind has blown itself out.: South down Fitz Hugh Sound after the wind has blown itself out.
Misty Mountains: Misty Mountains
Waterfalls and granite: Waterfalls and granite
Exploring Roscoe Creek Delta: Exploring Roscoe Creek Delta
Its a long way up: Its a long way up
Big boulders in the gully: Big boulders in the gully
Waterfall: Waterfall
The day we left....: The day we left....
Anchored in the end of Roscoe Inlet: Anchored in the end of Roscoe Inlet
Heading into Roscoe: Heading into Roscoe
Roscoe Creek Delta: Roscoe Creek Delta
View in Quarcha Bay: View in Quarcha Bay
Clearing Mist in the Morning: Clearing Mist in the Morning
Bitter End of Roscoe: Bitter End of Roscoe
Sometimes the boat tips - it
fire: fire
steam: steam
Sailing makes you tired: Sailing makes you tired
Casey cleaning the hot springs: Casey cleaning the hot springs
Hiking Gibraltar: Julia coming up some granite.
Burke Channel: A lot of the "beach" in burke is like this. 10feet from the rock your still in 150ft. 30 feet from the rock the depth sounder can
To Windward: When we left Cathedral Pt. the wind was blowing a strong outflow, so we were double reefed with the storm jib motor sailing into it, then it died down, so i took the opportunity to crawl out on the bow. Then the wind switched and a good inflow pulled us up to Bella Coola
blueberry: Cathedral Pt. Cove was surrounded by blueberries. Blue berry cereal, blue berry pancakes, fritters with hot blueberry sauce, blue berries by the handful.yum.
dolphine: Pacific White sided dolphin following us in.
burke4: Looking down from Gibraltar Pt.
Brke: Wow
Fish: I did not catch this, it was thrown on deck by a fish boat.
Penguin: The Penguin, home of Kathy and Tycho. We shared anchorage and meals and many tales in Port McNiel, Fury Cove, Pruth Bay, Namu, and Fougner Bay, which is where this photo is taken.
Namu: The old Cannery at Namu
star: Starfish
Exploring: Exploring
Cool Beach: Cool Beach
Tide Pools: Tide Pools
Sea Goo: Sea Goo
The bitter end of salmon arm.: The bitter end of salmon arm.
How many kinds of lichen and moss grow on these trees?: How many kinds of lichen and moss grow on these trees?
Moss on the little island.: Moss on the little island.
Heading into Elizabeth: Heading into Elizabeth
Looking back into Joe
Copper rockfish.: Copper rockfish.
Rapids into Elizabeth lagoon: Rapids into Elizabeth lagoon
Fury Cove, looks nice eh!: Fury Cove, looks nice eh!
Sunset in Fury: Sunset in Fury
Fury Cove: Fury Cove
Black rockfish, caught on 20m handline.: Black rockfish, caught on 20m handline.
more lagoon: more lagoon
Lagoon: Lagoon
Kent lagoon: Kent lagoon
Fires are warm. We love them.: Fires are warm. We love them.
Another graveyard: Another graveyard
Graveyard: Graveyard
Graveyard: Graveyard
Hiking in the swamp: Hiking in the swamp
Graveyard: Graveyard
Graveyard: Graveyard
Graveyard: Graveyard
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Leviathan comes to eat the dingy.
Julia dissecting a sweater to reclaim the yarn.
Cleaning, replacing cotter pins and dropping spreader boots in the water.
Sea Asparagus
Sole, Kelp, Goosetongue, Sea Asparagus
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IMG_0224: Jessie and Derek headed for the beach at Tuna Pt.
IMG_0081: Tenedos Bay. Beyond ridiculous.
IMG_0221: Sunderland Channel opens into Johnstone Strait.
IMG_0222: Derek and Pat beat Nokomis up Sunderland Channel.
IMG_0225: Double headsails in Johnstone.
IMG_0231: Boat Yoga.
Estero Basin
Frog
Entering desolation sound
at anchor in Smugglers cove
Fetching sea life for Julia to examine
Tracks on the way into Estero Basin
Toba
Eagle
Mr. Toad
Huge Cedar on Thurlow
 
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