Sailing Morning Star

The voyages and adventures with Captain Ev and Crew aboard sailing vessel Morning Star

15 May 2020 | Head in the Bilge, Mind in the Clouds
06 May 2020 | Gorge Harbour - Cortes Island- BC - Canada
26 April 2020 | Morning Star Studios
07 March 2020 | Head in the Bilge, Mind in the Clouds
04 March 2020 | Belise
01 March 2020 | Gulf Islands
29 February 2020 | Gorge Harbour - Cortes Island- BC - Canada

Modes of Boat Ownership and Operation

15 May 2020 | Head in the Bilge, Mind in the Clouds
Everett Woodworth | Tropical

Project and Refit Mode
Yes, there are a few that are fortunate to be able to purchase a boat new or while not new, drop the lines and ready to go. For the rest of us, the project mode is much more common. The scope of renovations and refit usually depends of how handy the new owner is at hands on skills. I am going include hauling in a shipyard and bottom painting and going through all safety items like seacocks, making sure they are properly operational. When buying a boat my advise is not to buy the cheapest but rather the cheapest that has all the items you would like to have aboard as the price for new items and the time to install them is far most costly in the end.

Moored and or Liveaboard Mode
Tied to a dock or an anchor or a mooring as time passes stuff is left out where handy. What was a boat becomes like a piece of real estate that does not have to ever have to be mobile. This is not wrong, nor abnormal. Usually the store or marine chandlery are not too far so when stores become low it is just a little trip and you are set again. Decks become cluttered with items left handy to use like buckets or winch handles. Many items have covers to protect them while not being used including ties to keep the wind checked. Not in use halyards are tied off to stop slapping in the wind. Often the dingy is in the water and the outboard on. Often wind scoops and sun shades are deployed to make life more comfortable while not mobile.

Stowing and Provisioning Mode
So the big venture is planned and the day is coming to cut those lines and leave. Every singe thing that could move need to be stored away safe - some could become lethal projectiles if not tied or put away. Running rigging - the lines that control the sails must be readied. Fuel and water and engine details looked after. Should the voyage coming up leave you far from supplies provisioning must be thoughtfully taken care of. Buying then transporting goods to the boat and finally stowing all items in their home for the trip must be done and with thoughts on how each will weather the trip. Short or long voyage thoughts on towing or stowing the dingy and motor safely lashed.

Setting Sail Mode
Awe that day has finally come. Sail off into the sunset or perhaps just that cove your have been promising to visit, either way this is the life you have worked so hard to enjoy. But wait, part of this voyage of dreams needs passage planning. Tides, weather, winds, reefs, and rocks noted, and so much more. OK that done set sail and enjoy. Day sailing, coastal cruising, and offshore sailing all require from not much to a whole lot of thought whether you single hand or have crew. Explaining to crew what is expected of them for a docking exercise for example makes for a stress free and successful operation. This applies to all boat chores such as anchoring or reducing sail for weather. Captains that see themselves as advisors are much more welcomed than the barking orders type. Those that are inexperienced should not take on more than they can handle with their limited expertise - the safety of the ship and crew are the responsibility of the Captain.

Final thoughts
All of the above information is available in volumes of books. An attempt to simplify far too much information is for sure leaving out many good points.

View From Aboard

06 May 2020 | Gorge Harbour - Cortes Island- BC - Canada
Everett Woodworth | Summer is Coming
Sailing Morning Star - the View From Aboard.

So looking like being a permanent liveaboard on the ocean peering out a port hole watching the rest of the world go by does not seem so profoundly abnormal. I do realize no one chose to be held ransom by a world pandemic, nor to be struggling financially for the same reason because of their life choices. It almost seems like we are in some sort of conspiracy movie to set the whole world up for a Virtual Lifestyle.

Sadly, never has the world been so united. Perhaps a new miracle of awareness will allow the world's inhabitants to unite to ensure we will never again be held so vulnerable. While I do not see a run on boats should we find our way clear of this threat, I do suspect that suddenly the new 'sought after' commodity of choice well be a Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle.

New Logo

26 April 2020 | Morning Star Studios
Everett Woodworth | Tropical
For years I have debated a logo image - all the sailing logo images like waves, palm trees, and of course sails and sailboats all seemed too mundane or just not original enough for my liking.

I am NAUI Scuba certified ( in Maui ) and love to snorkel and have done so since a kid. My favourite fish has always been the Moorish Idle.

I wanted to create the sailing image idea - why not a fish sailing through the sea? And Of course Morning Star needed a Star.

It took the better of a late night session in Morning Star Studios and finally the logo is here.

I have ordered a new mizzen sail and it will display the new logo as well. Website - Facebook - and Youtube all have the new logo.

I need to do some research to set up a Morning Star Swag Shop which will feature Logo items for sale. Love the new Logo.

Blood Sweat and Tears

07 March 2020 | Head in the Bilge, Mind in the Clouds
Everett Woodworth | Pictured one of the bigger projects a new bow thruster
Project Morning Star started with a simple concept - a promise to myself to finish all my major projects before I went cruising leaving me free but like any boat owner, with only maintenance to do.

Well like pressure washing a house it turned out I could not just upgrade a part of my boat and the long list of upgrades went from one end of the boat to the other - nothing was spared.

I am not done, however I am now done enough to leave having kept my promise. While rich on handyman talent many projects were not cheap - first I had to work to pay for them and then I had to work to install them.

I relished in the joy of having just one project done - I dared not look too far forward. I can kick back with a tall glass of rum and now look back with a big, not a big, a mucho enchilada big sigh.

Making Friends on Distant Shores

04 March 2020 | Belise
Everett Woodworth | Tropical
This is actually a post within a post. A verification of just what I was talking about in my post about meeting new friends in far away places we cruise to.

I have a few mentors in my world of sailing - one being the champion, master and commander of charting and exploring the then unknown world - Captain James Cook - Not far on his tails is another Mentor Capt. Garry Fatty Goodlander now on their fourth circumnavigation. Besides his wealth of experience and tales, he and his wife on arriving at a new anchorage are soon to become at one with the locals and customs.

So like a fan starstruck for obtaining an autograph it is with great honor for me to see my mentor Fatty liking a post I made about doing what he does best.

Summer Dreaming

01 March 2020 | Gulf Islands
Everett Woodworth | perfect summer weather
I am back from my extended rare lengthy absence from Morning Star, she has however been in safe keeping on the docks at Marina Gorge Harbour. My new Blog format is to adventure out with my camera and post a weekly adventure. As I only just returned and am busy organizing dreaded stuff hauled down to the boat I am doing a dreaming of summer post this week.

Summer in BC's Gulf Islands is hard to beat as a cruising destination. Winters SE storm winds change to often perfect NW sailing breezes.

Poke voyaging is where you poke the bow of the boat into a perfect picnic spot or anchorage rather than a well known marina with an ocean side village to explore.

This weeks Photography by Everett post is from two summers ago while poking about off Valdes Island.
Vessel Name: Morning Star
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby42 Center Cockpit Ketch
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