Sailing Morning Star

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

30 April 2019 | Gabriola Island
07 January 2019 | Out at sea.
13 December 2018 | Land Sharks Sited
12 December 2018 | Gorge Harbour - Cortez Island- BC - Canada
06 December 2018 | Gorge Harbour - Cortez Island- BC - Canada
29 November 2018 | Wintering in the Gorge - Cortez Island BC
14 November 2018 | Grenada
19 September 2018 | Gorge Harbour - Cortez Island - Anchored
13 July 2018 | my old dockside slip (gone now)
12 July 2018 | Page Point Marina Bar (my old home)
10 July 2018 | Swanson Channel
10 July 2018 | Friends Dock
06 July 2018 | Friends Dock
16 May 2018 | Gulf Island Paradise
13 May 2018 | Dockside Workshop Gabriola
24 April 2018 | Paradise
22 April 2018 | dockside
14 April 2018 | Gariola Island

Ship's Power

30 April 2019 | Gabriola Island
Everett Woodworth | Summer is Coming
Essential power aboard - Two important issues for reserve power are anchor winch power (especially with the hook already down) and second the main engine starting battery reserve. Morning Star has separate batteries for each job.

Charging these essential batteries becomes a priority. The alternator on the main engine's job is solely assigned to the charging battery although can be switched to maintain the main house bank while under way and using such things as auto pilot.

The most welcome addition is the new 3 kw invertor gen set. Shore power plugs directly into the generator and supplies not only battery charging via the invertor charger but any AC power required including the hot water tank.

Next as well is the new solar power not yet installed but purchased and just waiting on the time to get the job done. The output will be at lease 25 amps DC. The engine alternator will no longer be required to top up batteries as demand is place on them.

Go To Charging translates to Peace of Mind and well as the luxuries of having AC powered appliances such as the microwave, kettle, blender and more.

Wind and Weather Forcasting

07 January 2019 | Out at sea.
Captain Ev
Growing up on and around the ocean the weather greatly impacts your life. Often dictating your very existence if you ignore the warnings. Becoming knowledgeable about weather patterns is an essential skill to learn and have living aboard a cruising boat. For many just knowing if it will rain or not is all they care about. Sailors need to understand what is going on with the winds, not just to sail, but more importantly for conditions at sea for safe passages.

The digital age has made it easier and harder at the same time to predict the weather. Easier as the information once only available to meteorologists is now readily available to all. Harder as there is so much available to sort through to trust as reliable and which is essentially garbage.

Algorithm is the new buzz word. Data is poured into machines that use data from years past to predict today's weather essentially leaving the unwary with years past weather as the forecast.

Much like the art of navigation you must learn NOT to trust any one source of information. By using a wealth of the most trusted sources together to make your own judgement call on what MAY happen out there, is all you can do.

To add to the equation I use offshore weather data as my main source, however land topography, local onshore generated weather mostly dictated by the temperature differences between land and sea as which way the wind blows interacts with what is sent to us from distant shores.

Coastal weather prediction is especially hard here in the Pacific North West where we navigate between inlets and islands which hugely impacts incoming systems. Picture a bowling ball rolling down the alley as the incoming weather and the strike on the pins what happens when it hits shore. This local interaction is what creates the dangerous gusting weather that is never predicted on such sources such as marine weather radio predictions.
Many fear offshore voyaging where weather is actually way easier to forecast. You can actually sail around the world by staying in safe weather 'pods' and knowing when it is time to leave and enter safe 'pods'.

The prudent sailor must always be prepared for the unpredictable, more so inshore. This is especially true where wind and very strong opposing tides may meet. Another whole subject. Be safe and be aware.

Magical Mystery Tour to Margaritaville

13 December 2018 | Land Sharks Sited
Balmy Breeze
I was joking around this morning about pirate thieving rum spiders aboard when I found a small spider in my coffee cup this morning as I was about to wash it up for my morning coffee, often more than not spiked with a tot of rum. The story carried on about me making 'im walk the plank - that rum theiv'n scoundrel. Tried to save 'is arse by spinning a web to the end of the plank. Had to drop a five pounder cannon ball on the plank and flip 'im merciless to the sea. No quarters for rum thieves.

I soon got asked if my morning prose was rum induced. Ha Ha. Not likely after one spiked coffee, however it got me think'n about my magical life at sea. So far from the reality of life ashore. The concept of sailing your boat to where ever your imagination and desire plots a course is no less than magical.

"Anyway, my imagination just ran wild for the rest of the journey" a quote from Sir Paul McCartney talking about living a life so far from what some call reality. He imagined a band called Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - a band that was not them - with the front man Billy Shears.

"Then it all fell into place. There's this guy and he's got this band, and that could be us. It was quite freeing. Every time we thought, 'Oh, we can't do that', it was, 'Why not? It's this other group . . .  it's not us'."

Disney would envy my world I live in at sea with my boat as home floating on an almost infinite ocean of destinations and magical voyages. A Magical Mystery Tour for Sure!

In my colourful past with each a new role such as fisherman, tropical sailor, ski bum, photographer and on and on my life has been filled with charming and colourful characters enough to weave ever lasting impressions, each like a new verse to my song.

I know for sure as a kid my imagination was far bigger than the wee small town lad I was born into. What has been so different is my imagination has taken me actually to realities far beyond my mind's boarders. It is so not hard to live a reality of making a rum theiv'n spider walk the plank. The Magical Mystery Tour is Here. My boat, my life at sea, and the yet to cast off voyages of discovery to come.

Thoughts on Margaritaville came to me. The epitome of a sailors imagination. With the romantic notions as you cast off for new horizons Margaritaville is a simple short sail following that compass that points to where it is you want to go most.

I think Jamaican in the moonlight
Sandy beaches, drinking rum every night
We got no money, mama, but we can go;
We'll split the difference, go to Coconut Grove. - song - An American Dream

Safe from Winter's Storms

12 December 2018 | Gorge Harbour - Cortez Island- BC - Canada
Captain Ev
Winter SE Storms have no mercy for the unprepared. I always tie my boat up like I expect a hurricane. Two bow lines, one led ahead of the other, same for stern lines. A mid boat breast line and of course two spring lines.

When it is howling the sound of the lines creaking as they are taxed in the gusts and the bumpers rubbing protecting the boat is like a symphony to a boaters ears knowing you are safe and cozy tied to a secure dock in a sheltered cove.

I remember when..... when the dock was good and the lines were checked , it was like being snuggled in a nest. i loved it. - Bryan Blakely

The wind is once again piping up here in the Gorge - safe from the wicked seas but not the gusts.

One other so soul quenching tribulation is when rounding that point into a sheltered harbour having just had all that Neptune Himself could muster up to throw at you. Even well stowed stuff thrown about and more you had no time to attend to while battling the seas makes no matter as you and your ship are safe.

Places we call Home

06 December 2018 | Gorge Harbour - Cortez Island- BC - Canada
Captain Ev
Living aboard - Many of the conveniences of shore life have long been left behind. In the old days as a dirt dweller it was hard to pack your home with you as you travel. Cruising on your boat home is one huge plus of this unique journey.

Arriving in new and fascinating places and experiencing each new adventure certainly is life's bonus time. Venture verses complacency, what's a little risk, only the price of the undertaking. No worries.

Arriving by boat you call home makes this new found paradise your new home. Taking the time to become part of a new community can not usually be done as a tourist. A whole perspective is lost by not taking time to belong.

For sure the disadvantage in making these new roots, new friends, new familiar haunts is they all become once again hard to say goodbye to.

The advantage of course is on this awaiting voyage over the horizon lies a new home with adventures awaiting your arrival.

The journey continues...

That Fancy Boat

29 November 2018 | Wintering in the Gorge - Cortez Island BC
Captain Ev
I sail but I also study my other passion photography. These days it is easy to get caught up in the Black Friday - Cyber Monday push to sell you newer and better camera equipment. Which brings up the subject of this post. I would love the new Nikon D 7200 or Nikon D 810 - dream cameras. Cameras are a tool - pros use the best there is as time is money and these tools make it easier to concentrate on their art - their photographic skills. Great pictures were taken years ago with much lesser technology of todays cameras. The art of photography does not require you have the best equipment - in fact the challenge of using inferior equipment is statement to your skills.

Back to boats - the above is so true about boats - there is no end to the perfect dream boat - still that dream boat does not make you a better sailor. The challenge of accomplishing what those with the dream boats do with your old boat makes you a greater sailor.

New golf clubs can improve your game - however keeping up with those with the new clubs with your dinosaurs makes you a better golfer.

Dingy sailing can be more challenging than sailing a big boat - they are much less forgiving. Screw up in a dingy and your are in the chuck.

The point - making myself feel better with less is true - knowing I can sail my old boat anywhere I want to go is heartwarming.

Vessel Name: Morning Star
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby42 Center Cockpit Ketch
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