Threshold is headed south, a long way south.

16 years Karyn and I have been sailing Threshold in circles around the North Atlantic and the Med. This year, after a couple of zigs and zags, it will be mostly a straight line south toward the Beagle Channel.

22 March 2019 | Quinched Marina, Isla Chiloe
08 March 2019 | Caleta Lay
27 February 2019 | Canal White
19 February 2019 | Straits of Magellan
16 February 2019 | Straits of Magellan
06 February 2019 | Caleta Cinco Estrellas
29 January 2019 | Ushuaia, Argentina
22 January 2019 | Caleta Euginio
15 January 2019 | Seno Pia
14 January 2019 | Caleta Ferrari, 545 51S: 68 49W
20 November 2018
29 October 2018
19 October 2018
17 October 2018
11 October 2018
08 October 2018
07 October 2018 | 300nm East of Brazil coast, Belmonte
05 October 2018
02 October 2018

reconnected and repaired

17 October 2018
We have had a wild and wooly time of it out here since the last report. There has been a lot of wind from various directions in the 25 knots range, Let's call it a solid Beaufort Force 6. These winds brought with them 2 meter, 3 meter, and large waves. The wind is far the easier to deal with. Waves and swell this size toss this 27 ton boat around like a toy. I am very happy we weigh 27 tons in these conditions. An example of small disasters that can occur: less than a quarter cup of water quickly but carelessly placed on the chart table, by moi, combined with an unpredictable roll of the boat by a large wave resulted in a small spill on both Bluetooth keyboards. Beyond being rendered useless one of them tried to destroy the main computer with unauthorized communications. NO keyboard, NO no blog. As you might have noticed I'm back. Karyn reminded me of the 'wet phone in a bag of rice trick". Well, loooky here, one is brought back to life. The other remains to be tested in daylight when that arrives in an hour or so. The longer, harder story is the effort to get the Yanmar diesel running after sudden failure. Of course it wasn't the diesel engine at fault. It is bad fuel going to the Yanmar. However, the same fuel goes to the generator and it runs just fine. The fuel coming out of the filters looks okay, not great. This is common with boats that have been in rough conditions with not a lot of fuel in the tanks. The fuel sloshes around, stirs up the years of sediment, and add a little sea water from the tank vents there you have a problem in the making. So , the fuel in the tanks looks terrible; foamy, cloudy, sediment, air bubbles from the hand pump. Terrible. Fuel out of the filters is okay. To make this short; after 22 hours of round the clock struggles I retired to a nap in frustration. Lesson: when frustrated always take a nap. Quickly after the nap it became apparent the fuel lift pump previously tested and assumed working was in fact not working, even after cleaning, and this had to be the problem. With the crews help, always with the very concerned crew helping, the pump was bypassed and we could continue our voyage. AS the fuel repair had progresses the wind had died and gladly the waves had also moderated. The bad part was we could not be sailing. Almost the moment the Yanmar was running again the wind returned with the same force as before but from the other direction sending us where we want to go. We are now sailing a lumpy sea with only the mainsail, double reefed, toward Piriopolis, Uruguay. Arrival is possible Friday

...just in time to find more butter and diet coke. The diet coke? That's another story.
Vessel Name: THRESHOLD
Vessel Make/Model: Custom Chuck Paine/Kanter Yachts
Hailing Port: ALBUQUERQUE, needs to be updated
Crew: Steve and Karyn James
THRESHOLD is a custom Chuck Paine design from his Bouganvillea Series and built of aluminum by Kanter Yachts of Ontario, Canada. She is 17m LOA, 4.7m beam, 2.2m draft, 22m air draft, and weighs 27 tons fully loaded. We feel very fortunate to be able to own and cruise such a rugged, powerful, and [...]
THRESHOLD's Photos - Main
Just a few photos that hardly come close to describing 29 days and 4000 miles of sailing.
27 Photos
Created 3 November 2018
photos of apt., Didim, boat work, travels
28 Photos
Created 24 December 2013
5 Photos
Created 15 September 2013
Karyn and Steve at there work stations. Some of the "parts" that have come off the boat needing "help", and the bimini frame construction
11 Photos
Created 11 August 2013
8 Photos
Created 25 July 2013
Beginning of the refit. Mast lift and haul out.
11 Photos
Created 14 July 2013
Photos of the one place in the Adriatic that everyone sees.
15 Photos
Created 20 September 2011
Venice, August 4 to 11, 2011
12 Photos
Created 11 August 2011
6 Photos
Created 23 December 2009
Photos of some of the architectual works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
12 Photos
Created 23 December 2009
Street sellers working and then on the run as the police move them on.
9 Photos
Created 22 December 2009
Beautiful anchorages around the island of Ibiza, complete with beach bars, fisherman huts, and sunbathing touristas.
6 Photos
Created 18 October 2009
Finally, some photos of the interior of the boat. Finally, got the chance when we cleaned up for guests.
10 Photos
Created 13 September 2009
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 22 July 2009
Assorted, random photos of great people.
8 Photos
Created 24 June 2009
Select photos of Highland Games that included Heavy Sports, Dancing, Pipe Bands, historical displays
7 Photos
Created 24 June 2009
12 Photos
Created 6 October 2008
8 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 10 July 2008
6 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 26 June 2008
12 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2008
6 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 11 April 2008
13 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 20 March 2008
Photos of Drag Queens, the parade and the party in Bar One at the marina.
16 Photos
Created 26 February 2008
4 Photos
Created 14 February 2008
Details and sailing photos
5 Photos
Created 13 February 2008
4 Photos
Created 11 February 2008