A Boat Too Far

In 2005 we bought a 46' catamaran in Thailand as a wreck. We removed the cabin, bridgedeck, main crossbeam and all the bulkheads then completely redisigned and rebuilt her in Phuket over the course of 5 years. It seemed like a good idea at the time..

18 October 2019 | Puerto Aguirre
13 October 2019 | Puerto Raul Marin Balmaceda
11 October 2019 | Puerto Quellon
02 October 2019 | Valdivia, Chile
19 April 2019
03 April 2019
29 March 2019
20 March 2019
17 March 2019
11 March 2019
08 March 2019
05 March 2019
03 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Bahia de Corcovado
21 February 2019 | Puerto Montt
14 February 2019
13 February 2019

Puerto Aguirre

18 October 2019 | Puerto Aguirre
Mike Reed
We are settled in next to the village of Puerto Aguirre so that we can make a run via ferry and bus to the Argentine border to renew our visas. With a population of 1800, Puerto Aguirre is the hub of the Huichol Islands and the last civilization we will encounter until we get to Puerto Eden in the Southern Canals, billed as the most remote settlement on Earth. PA has kind of an 18th century piratical charm with it's simple fisherman's cottages and and one room shops. As small as it is, you can usually find what you need here. Within minutes of stepping ashore we stumbled across a place selling propane bottles whose owner directed us to another shack where we found a regulator and hose, so we no longer have to ration propane. This means more hot showers and we can brew all the beer we want with a clear conscience.

Nose mitten

13 October 2019 | Puerto Raul Marin Balmaceda
Annette Reed
The latest spring fashion in Northern Patagonia. I decided that the pom pom on my beanie was a little outdated, so I removed it. Mike being the fashion forward guy he is designed a nose mitten for me from the fleece that made up the ball. I got a twofer, since my nose was not only cold but runny from a cold, better than a hankie!
We are now at latitude 43 degrees. The days are getting longer (sunsets now at 8:10pm), the water temperature is getting colder and we are entering the deep channels lined with snow capped peaks. Our priorities, pleasures and challenges have drastically changed since leaving Valdivia, not to mention California. Once we leave the dock everything becomes a precious commodity. Fuel is the number one. In the tropics the sunshine, wind and solar supply us with most of our energy needs, but down here sunshine is one of those precious commodities we just can't get enough of to handle our basic needs. So things like hot showers, baked goods and using an outboard motor are rationed on a "as need" basis. But we do have plenty of eggs! And the other good thing is the fresh produce lasts forever because the refrigerator is actually the same temperature as the cabin.

On the Road Again

11 October 2019 | Puerto Quellon
Mike Reed
We had an uncomfortable but uneventful trip down to the canals from Valdivia and are now taking advantage of whatever wind we can get to head south. Unfortunately, the wind only blows from the north during the passage of a front, so we sail a lot in the rain. We do get a bit of a view every now and then and Chile in the springtime is beautiful. Yellow flowers and green pastures cover the hillsides in the northern canals. We should lose the wind this afternoon, but the sun may come out so we don't mind a bit of motoring. Tonight we are anchored at Puerto Quellon, whose main claim to fame is that it is the southern terminus of the Pan-American Highway, the other end being in Anchorage, Alaska.

Getting ready to head south

02 October 2019 | Valdivia, Chile
Mike | Bloody freezing
We have been back on the boat in Valdivia for the past month getting ready to head south. The season down here is late winter/early spring and the weather has been typical. Lots of rain with sunshine and cold when it clears. We took the above photo this morning. The big number is the temperature in the cabin and the little number is the temperature outside. For the metrically challenged that's 39° and 32°. No worries though, the diesel heaters take the chill off pretty quickly. We find that the cold weather is actually more comfortable than the hot weather in the tropics as it is a lot easier to get warm when it's cold than to get cool when it's hot. We have new anchor chain arriving from Santiago today, and a fuel truck will deliver 850 liters of fuel tomorrow. It looks like a good weather window for heading south this weekend. Our plan is to head to Puerto Aysen where we can renew our visas and then take our time meandering down the canals to Puerto Williams. We will spend a little time down there, then make our way back north in March, hoping to arrive back in Valdivia by late April, where we will store the boat for the winter again.

Have you ever...?

19 April 2019
Annette Reed
Who would have thought getting on the bus could be so difficult? It began with our first attempt to make a 3 day trip over to Bariloche, Argentina. We needed to get off the boat, see some mountains and renew our Chilean visas. It was my birthday so we splurged and made reservations at a nice hotel on the lake, planned our itinerary, closed up the boat and headed for the bus station. Have you ever gone up to the ticket counter to buy tickets, passport in hand, but forgot the little tourist cards they gave you when you entered the country? We have. "No tourist card, no bus" we were told. Tails between our legs we returned home.

Our second attempt was 5 days later. We made reservations at the same hotel, closed up the boat, collected our passports and tourist cards and headed for the local bus stop to catch the bus into town and the main terminal for the bus to Bariloche. Have you ever got up early on a Sunday morning in order to catch the city bus to the main bus terminal, only to find that the buses don't run on Sunday? We have. Never mind, we stuck out our thumbs and 35 minutes later a nice young man on his way to Grandma's picked us up and took us right to the station. We got the last seats on the bus with 3 minutes to spare.

Our time spent in Bariloche was amazing and I'll tell that story later. We checked out of our hotel and made our way to the main terminal. Have you ever found the correct city bus at the right time and made it to the main bus terminal with all your important papers in hand 45 minutes early only to be told there is not a single seat left on the only bus? We have.
There's something to be said for traveling with all inclusive package deals where everything is taken care of for you, but what's the fun in that?

Chiloe to Valdivia 4/4-4/5 2019

13 April 2019
Annette Reed
The 140 mile passage from Isla Chiloe to Valdivia took 28 hours. We motor sailed through large south swells on the beam and very choppy seas. Skies were clear, light winds from the SW, not a single pesky fishing boat and the Humbolt current actually flowed in the right direction, north, giving us a lift. It took a little while to get used to being in Blue Water again but overall it was a fast and easy trip.
So now we are here at Alowplast Marina and Boatyard located on the beautiful Rio Valdivia where Rum Doxy will hang out until we return again next season. From our dock looking out our port windows we are surrounded by heavily forested hillsides, golden grass marshes and the steady ebb and flow of river water. Determining the ebb or flow of the river is easy by watching resting Great Grebes float backwards in the water. Looking out the starboard windows is the Alowplast boat yard where the Chris White Catamarans are built. We feel right at home here nestled among these multi million dollar catamarans. Chris White catamarans are one of the rare forward cockpit designs similar to ours.
As usual we do have an extensive list of repairs, maintenance and additions to do on the boat before we head down to Southern Patagonia next season.
But before we dive into heavy boat work we need to get off the boat, stretch our legs, have a look around and get our visas renewed in Bariloche, Argintina.

Vessel Name: Rum Doxy
Vessel Make/Model: 46' Custom Catamaran
Hailing Port: Santa Barbara, California
Crew: Mike Reed, Annette Reed
Extra: A "rum doxy" is 18th century pirate-speak for a woman of remarkable character and ambiguous virtue
Rum Doxy 's Photos - The Refit
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All of the old plywood and termite bulkheads were removed and replaced with bulkheads and ring frames made of Corecell and epoxy/fiberglass . This area of the bottom had some delamination due to pounding and poor sealing of through hull fittings, allowing water into the core. The core was removed and replaced with foam core vacuum bagged in place with epoxy.
As the bulkheads were removed and replaced the hulls were supported by wood braces that could be moved along the hull as work progressed.
The port hull as seen from starboard. Here the bridgedeck and cabin have been removed. The outline can be seen on the side of the hull. The cockpit is still there to the left and the main crossbeam can be seen to the right.
The starboard hull from port. The companionway has been moved about a foot forward. The braces can be seen under the hull, with the cockpit to the left.
The shows the distinct absence of a cabin.
The cockpit has been removed and only the brace remains. The new bridgedeck is being laid up underneath.
The new bridgedeck before raising. This was a single piece, about 23
The new bridgedeck has a camber of about 5cm (2") which can be seen marked on teh aft crossbeam before cutting. This is for strength, better wave clearance and water drainage in the cockpit.
The extension to the main crossbeam. This doubled the depth of the crossbeam.
Same view from astern.
The bridgedeck/cockpit is up and glassed in. Looking aft from port.
Looking forward from starboard.
Flora on the beach at Chalong. Each reader must draw his own conclusions.
Cutting the deck camber into the crossbeam. The layout was critical as there is a compound curve to the deck and contractor was only too happy to have me do this.
The main cabin bulkhead prior to cutting. Sabine demonstrating the ideal location for the door.
The outline of the cabin has been cut into the bulkhead. the framing for the foredeck and forward bins has been cut. The bins add quite a bit of stiffness and support to the main crossbeam.
The  mast step can be seen to the right.
The bins and bridgedeck from underneath with the stringers and gussets in place.
Stringer mold with stringer.
The cabin is up and the foredeck is on.
Starting to look like a boat again.
The shows the added strength the gusset gives to the crossbeam. It also shows the old stern configuration, with a steeply sloping deck an small steps.
The cabin top before trimming...
...and after trimming.
The windows have been cut.
Good view of the forward "workpit". All sail handling is done from here.
Showing the curve of the cabin top as well as the engine compartment access from the cockpit. The plywood braces are still in place.
If one looks carefully, one can see bits of scalp and gore on the braces as I smacked them with my head several times daily.
Bin hatches are cut.
The new stern configuration with a nice curve and 2 large steps has been cut.
Annette spent almost a week scraping and polishing the paint and putty off of the hatches.
The stern steps are in.
Deck hatches are cut.
The first bit of furniture; the steering pedestal, made in Carpinteria and shipped to Phuket.
The mockup for the engine mounts. Getting the shaft location and angles just right was pretty nerve-racking.
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The new stern with nice, flat steps.
The rudder drums going in. It cost me many hours of anguish before I was able to cut the 18" holes in the bottom of the boat.
Port rudder drum with the shaft strut just forward. I made these of unidirectional fiberglass over a hardwood core.
Rudder drum from inside the boat. This shows the bearing race molded into the lip. I used UHMW PE for the bearings themselves.
Looking down through the rudder drum from the step.
Mike loves his shiny engines.
As it turns out the engines lined up just right with the shaft logs and struts. Whew! the shaft logs are made of fiberglass laid up over a fluorescent light bulb.
Annette loves her shiny hatches.