Wilparina - Go With the Wind

Sailing the Salish Sea

08 July 2014 | Orcas Island, Washington
21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
14 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island
13 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
08 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
06 June 2014 | Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
03 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
22 May 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
17 May 2014 | St. Helens, Oregon
28 April 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
09 March 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
04 April 2012 | In the Marina
08 March 2012 | Same ol' Marina
12 February 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
05 February 2012 | Same ol' Marina
17 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
30 November 2011 | Slip 40
29 November 2011 | Slip 40

The Tide is Turning

08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
Comments by Doug
For the past two months, various electrical systems and miles of old wire have been ripped out of Wilparina. Watching this progress made me wonder if this seemingly endless stream of old stuff erupting from the boat would ever stop, and whether the process would reverse. Would the pieces ever go back together again? Yesterday, I pushed yet another dock cart full of chopped up wire and hoses to the dumpster. Well, at last we're on the verge of reassembly.

As soon as the varnish is dry, the new circuit panels will be installed. Then the boat's electrical systems will start going back together.

The Balmar 100 amp alternator is in pretty bad condition. It's been removed and is going to the shop to be rebuilt.

Electric Dave procured remote battery switches and cabling and will now start putting the batteries in order. Gone is the Big Red Battery switch. This is being replaced by compact little switches located right on the electrical panel. We also need to install proper boxes to hold the eventual new batteries in place.

It's not just electrical work that's been completed. Dave pulled out the old bilge pump hose that was an assortment of hose lengths cobbled together, and ran a nice new hose - it's all clean and neat.

The old Henderson Mark V manual bilge pump was removed last week. I wasn't able to find any parts for it on the Internet, neither could the guy at West Marine. But the guys over at Sexton's marine store were able to find a rebuild kit and it's on order.

We also have a Johnson Flowmaster, 5 GPM, variable flow demand water pump ready to install.

One of my duties this week is to paint the aft mechanical compartment.

It's coming back together!
Vessel Name: Wilparina
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 37 Cutter
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Kathleen and Doug bought Wilparina in April of 2011 with a vision of accomplishing some long-distance cruising. It's taken over three years, and the project was almost abandoned, but at last, the boat is sailing again. Here's a journal of our adventures. [...]

Wilparina Sailing Again

Who: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Port: Portland, Oregon