Issuma

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22 June 2017 | Jeddore Harbor
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17 June 2017 | Shelburne, Nova Scotia
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21 April 2017 | Manhasset Bay, New York

Winter Sailing

24 March 2018 | Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Richard/Marty
After putting Issuma ashore in Newfoundland in September, I flew to Toronto and bought a Grampian 26, fibreglass sloop, which I've been living aboard for the winter.

As 26 foot sailboats go, this is a big one, with 6' headroom, so comfortable enough to live aboard in. I insulated it with closed cell foam and extruded polystyrene.

Of course, the real reason to live aboard a boat is to go sailing more often :). The ice during the winter does get annoying, as this boat doesn't have a strong, steel hull that I'd feel comfortable breaking much ice with.

So, when the ice was thin enough to chop a path out of the marina, we were able to go sailing, which was great.

Oars

24 March 2018 | Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Richard/Marty
My Grampian 26 has an 8HP Mariner outboard motor, which propels the boat well. The harbor where I keep the boat has a long, narrow entrance channel (about 200m), which is too narrow to tack up.

One fine December afternoon, as the wind died, I sailed close to the entrance, to start the motor, lower sails, and motor to the marina. The engine would not start. So we anchored outside the harbor entrance.

I had one canoe paddle aboard, but moving the boat with it really wasn't feasible--it was very difficult to get in a position to paddle, and with only one paddle, it was hard to avoid turning the boat. So, we re-anchored and waited for wind.

After about five hours, a light crosswind came up and we sailed thru the narrow harbor entrance channel and back to the dock, using the canoe paddle to add power.

The stator of the magneto in the outboard motor is being replaced.

I wanted a more reliable method of propulsion in calms, so cut a pair of oars from a pair of 14' 2x6s. The oars are tied to cleats in the cockpit--not ideal, but adequate. With no wind, the oars are quite capable of moving the boat, as you can see in the above picture.

Against a wind, one can't develop enough power with the oars to drive the boat. A friend in the marina who comes sailing with me has a dinghy with an outboard that works, which we tow when going sailing if we expect there will be a headwind going through the narrow harbor entrance channel. In a harbor without the 200m long entrance too narrow to tack up, it would be quite feasible to sail with just the oars for auxiliary propulsion.

Issuma's Winter Home

24 March 2018 | Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada
Richard
Issuma is ashore in Twillingate, Newfoundland.

Cape Bauld

25 July 2017
Richard
The northeast tip of Newfoundland.

Unloading Fish

25 July 2017
Richard
Some cod are back in Newfoundland waters, and they have a limited cod fishery going again.

We anchored near this dock, in Garden Cove, near the northern tip of Newfoundland for a couple of days. We walked and hitchiked (hitchhiking is usually easy in Newfoundland) from there to visit the restored Viking settlement at L'Anse Aux Meadows.

Iceberg

23 July 2017
Richard
After visiting Red Bay, we sailed north out of the Strait of Belle Isle, then around the northern tip of Newfoundland.

Penney Island, Red Bay

21 July 2017
Richard
Red Bay is a town with an excellent harbor that was a Basque whaling station hundreds of years ago. Three Basque galleons and four smaller boats were discovered in the harbor, and there is an interesting museum explaining it.

Red Bay

21 July 2017
Richard
We anchored in The Basin, a well-protected spot in Red Bay, Labrador. I've anchored here before--during a strong gale several years ago (when I put out two anchors, both of which snagged debris on the bottom and dragged slowly).

We shared the anchorage with a couple of pieces of ice, which gave us no problems.

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
Richard
Icebergs are always awesome to look at. We saw our first icebergs and bergy bits of the year as we approached Red Bay.

Strait of Belle Isle

21 July 2017
Richard
Some of the orcas came close, which was really nice to see.
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/issumaboat/IssumaDetails.htm
Home Page: http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/
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