ZippySails

Vessel Name: Zipporah
21 September 2014 | Waterford
19 September 2014 | Scotia
17 September 2014 | Fort Plain, New York
16 September 2014 | Ilium, New York
16 September 2014 | Rome, New York
15 September 2014 | Sylvan Beach
14 September 2014 | Phoenix, New York
13 September 2014 | Phoenix, New York
11 September 2014 | Oswego, New York
10 September 2014 | Oswego, US
09 September 2014 | Sandbanks, Canada
08 September 2014 | Murray Canal, Canada
07 September 2014 | Presqu'ile Bay, Canada
06 September 2014 | Brighton, Canada
06 September 2014 | Minneapolis, Mn
24 August 2014 | Toronto, Canada
23 August 2014 | Brighton, Canada
18 August 2014 | Toronto
17 August 2014 | St George
16 August 2014 | Brantford
Recent Blog Posts
15 May 2018 | Antigua, Caribbean

Notes for Later

That captain....he needs to take over when I am not on the boat! Last entry was time with his sister which sounded like a success, lots of sailing, sun, snorkling and swimming I think. Upon her departure from St Lucia Doug sailed up to Antigua. Old cruiser friends from the Salty Dawg were gathered there for the classic race week. I got glimpses through Facebook. Next on the agenda was a visit from Dougs son. The two of them spent a week of father and son time, something that hasn't happened for a very long time. So glad they had that opportunity. Here in Minnesota I have been recreation a gardening business I had before I left to live on the boat. Turns out lots of people still need help with their yards! I have more business than I can handle. Not a bad problem to have. This keeps my mind off the worry of Doug out there right now sailing from Antigua back yo the coast of the US. He found a crew to share the ride at the last minute. Sounded like a good match before they left. Hope that continues to be true, its never a good thing is someone has to be thrown overboard.

19 April 2018 | Grenadines

Toughing out the winter Storms

Nancy and I been hearing about the winter storms... major snow in Minneapolis... major ice in Toronto. We've been toughing it out too... in the Tobago Cays... water temp 84F, air temp 84F. As if anchored on edge of earth... that would be name of reef beside us... only "land" between us and Africa... otherwise all open ocean. Behind reef swimming from boat with turtles, sting rays, starfish and beautiful coral fishes of all colors. Struggling not to get too sun burnt. Wintering is exhausting.

19 April 2018

End to End Anastomoses

Sailing with my sister from Bequia to Mayreau in the Grenadines. Halfway along the refrigeration quits. Hmmmm... same thing happened to Mary and I halfway across the Atlantic a month ago. At that time however... after tearing the frig electrical apart for half a day... it magically started working [...]

17 April 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

On my End

What started as a crisis in the middle of a snow storm ended with the birth of my grandson. After being 5 days over due and going through 30 hours of labor he finally made it! This is really a new adventure.

15 April 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Abandonded

Well it looks like the Captain has forgotten about the blog. Maybe people can give him a nudge. He is currently sailing the Grenadines with his sister, no internet there so a good excuse. Hope we hear something about it when they return to St Lucia. Doug has been in St Lucia the last two weeks. A few days spent with friends on vacation, and a week doing boat repairs while waiting for his sister to arrive. One thing I know for sure is that he is in a warmer place than I am. A snow storm mid April is not what I expected to come back to and of course when did my daughter go into labor? Right in the middle of it!

13 April 2018

What do you call this???

- pulling up anchor 6am. Oops anchor down.. first squall!

Notes for Later

15 May 2018 | Antigua, Caribbean
Mary
That captain....he needs to take over when I am not on the boat! Last entry was time with his sister which sounded like a success, lots of sailing, sun, snorkling and swimming I think. Upon her departure from St Lucia Doug sailed up to Antigua. Old cruiser friends from the Salty Dawg were gathered there for the classic race week. I got glimpses through Facebook. Next on the agenda was a visit from Dougs son. The two of them spent a week of father and son time, something that hasn't happened for a very long time. So glad they had that opportunity. Here in Minnesota I have been recreation a gardening business I had before I left to live on the boat. Turns out lots of people still need help with their yards! I have more business than I can handle. Not a bad problem to have. This keeps my mind off the worry of Doug out there right now sailing from Antigua back yo the coast of the US. He found a crew to share the ride at the last minute. Sounded like a good match before they left. Hope that continues to be true, its never a good thing is someone has to be thrown overboard.

Toughing out the winter Storms

19 April 2018 | Grenadines
Doug
Nancy and I been hearing about the winter storms... major snow in Minneapolis... major ice in Toronto. We've been toughing it out too... in the Tobago Cays... water temp 84F, air temp 84F. As if anchored on edge of earth... that would be name of reef beside us... only "land" between us and Africa... otherwise all open ocean. Behind reef swimming from boat with turtles, sting rays, starfish and beautiful coral fishes of all colors. Struggling not to get too sun burnt. Wintering is exhausting.

End to End Anastomoses

19 April 2018
Doug
Sailing with my sister from Bequia to Mayreau in the Grenadines. Halfway along the refrigeration quits. Hmmmm... same thing happened to Mary and I halfway across the Atlantic a month ago. At that time however... after tearing the frig electrical apart for half a day... it magically started working again without ever finding a problem.. and worked so till now. Hmmm... intermittent problem... hard to find especially when it starts working again.

This time however, after another hour all the radios stop working. And after another hour all the instruments stop working... YIKES... all we got left are lights and our iDevices for navigation... at least until they need recharging! For the moment we’re surrounded by tricky reefs with no depth readings and an anchorage to make! Trust the charts with clear water and good visibility... got into bay... anchor down... whew!!

It’s early afternoon... monitor systems while diagnosing for an hour or so to see if they magically start working again. Nope!! Good news... no longer an intermittent problem... could be easier to find the problem when it’s not intermittently hiding! Bad news.., we have a problem a 100 miles from any services!!!

Diagnose rest of day isolating one circuit at a time... trying to find which is pulling whole boats voltage down. With every circuit disconnected problem persists.. turn any one circuit on and lights go out.. nothing at all. Midnight... tired... got to sleep. Frig has been off for hours... probably gonna loose all food. No worries have cans. Won’t starve.

I stir in the middle of the night to hear the frig running... magically working again. Good news... food ok. Bad news... problem hiding again. But now with worse consequences and Murphy apparently on board. Laying awake pondering... “God I need some help with this one please”. Thought comes in night... directly connect refrigerator to batteries with a separate wire to save food. Ok.

Morning comes... refrig still magically working. Hmmm... turn on radios... everything dies. Good news... non-intermittent problem easier to find. Bad news... need to find it now!

Locate enough extra wire on board to make direct connection from battery to frig as inspired so in the night. It works fine... runs a long time. Hmmm. Move this extra new supply wire to main boat circuit box and reconnect frig circuit. Still runs fine long time. Hmmm... reconnect radios. They work fine too. Reconnect each circuit in turn and everything seems to continue to work normally. Hmmm...either problem magically went away again or original boat main supply line has a problem. Got to check that out.

Main supply wire leaves battery compartment on opposite side of boat to breaker box... runs under floor boards.. under port saloon seat.. behind navigation table en route. Yuck. Easiest to lift floor boards... do that first.

AND... immediately... VOILA!!!! The main supply wire is almost corroded completely through in one little spot. When the keel structure was repaired years ago there was a sharp prick of hardened epoxy underneath the wire jacket that has poked its way through... allowing water rattling around in bilge access to the wires inside... and slowly over the last 5 years corroding the wire stands inside.

This main supply wire is about a 1/4” in diameter but with about 100 smaller braided strands. I kid you not... there could only have been about 5 strands left connected... see pic... AMAZING ANYTHING WAS WORKING!!!! And when it was all magically working current for refrigeration, radios, instruments and autopilot all going through these few strands!!! Maybe as ‘the end’ approached remaining strands got hot and failed more rapidly. But anyways... intermittent explained!

I show my sister with a big smile of relief... here’s THE problem!! And being a nurse she replies.. well all we need now is an end-to-end-anastomoses!! What the heck is that you ask? Me too. It’s when your intestine has a “dead part” and they cut it out and rejoin the live parts. Well... that’s exactly what we need!!!

Procedure complete... everything working ‘robustly’. Before the lights would slightly flicker when the refrig kicked on... because no doubt of voltage dropping thru the corroding main supply line. My bad for not cluing into that as an impending problem a year or so ago. But no more flickering now... all good.

It’s now mid afternoon. Relief. Off to shore for a celebratory hike on the beach. Wow... I can’t believe those few strands got us across the ocean. And so thankful for the help sorting it all out. Thank you God for the inspiration!

On my End

17 April 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mary
What started as a crisis in the middle of a snow storm ended with the birth of my grandson. After being 5 days over due and going through 30 hours of labor he finally made it! This is really a new adventure.

Abandonded

15 April 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mary
Well it looks like the Captain has forgotten about the blog. Maybe people can give him a nudge. He is currently sailing the Grenadines with his sister, no internet there so a good excuse. Hope we hear something about it when they return to St Lucia. Doug has been in St Lucia the last two weeks. A few days spent with friends on vacation, and a week doing boat repairs while waiting for his sister to arrive. One thing I know for sure is that he is in a warmer place than I am. A snow storm mid April is not what I expected to come back to and of course when did my daughter go into labor? Right in the middle of it!

What do you call this???

13 April 2018
- pulling up anchor 6am. Oops anchor down.. first squall!
- anchor up again at 7am and off. Good north swell running.
- immediately sea sick... sleep for an hour underway
- wake up! Dolphins!!!!! (Missed a whale sighting snoozing)
- flying fish. Lots of Sargasso.
- wind 15-20 knots tight reach. Main up, main down. Main up, main down.
- main down during squalls... 4 more during day
- another boat appears off coast of St Vincent - race on!
- getting dark... Venus is there in all its splendor.
- one more squall approaching anchorage. More rain. More wind. In the dark. Main down.
- charging into Admiralty Bay at 7+ knots... did I say in the Dark? LOTS of other boats in the water... hard to distinguish anchor lights from town lights on land.

What do you call this? My sisters first ocean crossing... St Lucia to Bequia... 70 miles. Friday 13th. Still know how to show a girl a good time. Apparently would have been better without the dark ending I'm told.
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