The Voyages of s/v Silverheels III

...a virtual ship's logbook, and some thoughtful (unabashed?) reflections on our sea-going experiences.

04 November 2017 | Somewhere in the Eastern Caribbean
18 October 2017 | Le Marin, Martinique in the French West Indies
25 January 2017 | Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | St Pierre, Martinique
06 January 2017
01 January 2017 | Fort Du France, Martinique
28 December 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
24 December 2016
14 November 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
06 October 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
04 October 2016
20 July 2016 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
15 June 2016
15 June 2016
13 June 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlets
13 June 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlets
09 May 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe

More Rigging Work to be Done

06 October 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
Ken keeps his eyes open, and working, when it comes to our boat. He noticed not too long ago that something like amiss awaaay up there at the masthead on the forestay. We've had our concerns, as we have had some halyard wrap. Preventing this has also been in our minds.
While in the dock at Rodney Bay, Ken said he wanted to go up and take a look at the forestay. I counter proposed a jury rig of the GoPro to go up (let's see, a couple of ounces vs Ken's weight). With trial and error, with Ken's idea of mounting it on the swivel of the furler (the sail was already off), we had a very clear view of a forestay in need of replacement.
We checked around Rodney Bay, but there wasn't enough of the cable size we needed, 5/16" or 8mm, for our needs, but we were recommended to go to Martinique for the cable and replacement parts for our reusable Sta-Lock fittings.
There was no problems finding what we needed in Le Marin. The next thing was logistics. We know we can do it ourselves, but that would really require getting alongside a dock, not really an option in Le Marin. So we considered going back to Rodney Bay, a mere 4 hours motor sail away.
Then I proposed the possibility of getting the mast pulled, and doing it that way.... But the quote of 500€ just to pull the mast and put it back up again was insanely ridiculous. The other things that we would like to do to the mast can wait a little more.
We decided to check with the riggers here for a quote. Really, how long could it take them, and it is their bread and butter. It ends up it would take them maybe 3 hours, no problem.
So rather than fretting and worrying, we have an appointment for next Monday morning to get it done. Plus we even get a warranty.
We also have a device to prevent halyard wrap to out into place, so this won't occur again.
Vessel Name: Silverheels III
Vessel Make/Model: Hinterhoeller, Niagara 35 Mk1 (1979)
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Lynn Kaak and Ken Goodings
About: After five summers and winters living on our boat in Toronto Harbour, we've exchanged those cold Canadian winters for Caribbean sunshine. "Nowadays, we have ice in our drinks, not under the boat."
Silverheels III's Photos - Silverheels III (Main)
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Looking for the next bouy enroute
Our whole life in 35 feet
Our peaceful lagoon in summer
Toronto skyline from Algonquin Island
QCYC Marine Railway: Lynn "workin
Lynn carefully heat-shrinks our winter cover with a propane torch
Jes loafin
Ken on deck
Island Christmas Party December 2007
Silverheels III at anchor, Humber Bay West
Niagara 35 Mk1
General pics of hikes in Grenada
6 Photos
Created 18 August 2013
Some pictures of our time in Grenada
9 Photos
Created 15 September 2010