BITS and PIECES

BITS and PIECES

Here’s a little modification recap.  Mostly meant to provide additional security and improve independence for this and future adventures it was a big financial output this year but we can now untie the lines and feel we are well prepared.

Solar panels were installed to supplement battery power (story here, here and here)

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Solar Monitor

 And should we be fogged in along the Saint-Lawrence which is very likely this time of year, we have Gen the Generator to provide power at anchor for that much needed morning coffee (story here and here) and to fire up our little electric heater to take the chill out of the cabin.

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Generator

A word about fog…Ray the Radar will let us see what’s coming and going around us (story here)

The Dome

The Dome

Our boat came supplied with a collapsible camping water jug which we have now upgraded…modestly for now (story here)

15 Free Flowing Gallons

15 Free Flowing Gallons

Mostly esthetic, the Weather Station (story here) was added to give us an indication of changes in barometric pressure, temperature and humidity but the added benefits of having a safe place to store charts and navigation tools made it a step up from ‘pretty’.

A Place to Hide All Precious Cargo

A Place to Hide All Precious Cargo

Solar  Luci Lights will be used to supplement our mast light when at anchor.  Solar instead of battery power is always good.

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Luci

…and little ‘AA’ battery operated LED cabins lights can be used at night instead of using the boat battery.  Only thing missing in this picture is our evening cocktail.

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Cabin Lights

This  year we’re trying something new.  We removed all the bilge covers in the rear berth and found bins that fit securely into the depressions.  Lower priority items and less used are stashed at the back and the containers are small enough that they can be lifted out easily to access things stowed in behind.  Thanks to a great suggestion from our friend Beth we used large pool noodles to safely store fishing rods.

A word about balance:  we are very conscious about equilibrating load.  The weight of the extra 15 gallons of water port-side will be balanced with provisions starboard.  An eye’s view from land shows an even distribution and the onboard clinometer shows zero degree healing at rest and because the load sits low, the righting arm and centre of gravity should be at peace with each other.

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Improved Storage

This sack made of breathable Phifertex holds 2 sets of full foul weather gear, long underwear, tuques, gloves, wet suits and will be stowed below.  Everyone we have talked to says to be prepared for the cold.  Hoping this will be enough. And regarding cold, who wants to fall in the Saint-Lawrence River with near freezing temperatures?  Life vests with safety harnesses, webbing life lines along both port and starboard with tethers have been added.

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Foulies

Two sets of simple pole clips will keep our docking/locking poles secured and out of the way mounted just behind the companionway stairs.

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Clips for Docking Poles

What’s left?  Well I guess the only thing left to do is provision.  That’s a personal preference thing. What works for us won’t necessarily appeal to another. I’ve spent the winter working on easy galley recipes and there will be new ones posted from time to time along the way in Sea Salt Galley Kat. We’re counting on being at anchor more often this trip but as with previous years what’s worked best for us is to count  number of days away from supplying and add a contingency factor of +20% to allow for bad weather and unforeseen delays,  There are lots of places along the way to pick up supplies though.  Oh yeah, speaking of our bellies, we have our fishing permits.

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Permits

…and some super duper lures thanks to  Tim the Master Fisherman, so hoping to snag a fish or three and Francois knows of places where we can dig for clams.  We may freeze but we won’t starve.

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Scary Stuff

A word about internet.  In a perfectly plugged in world we would by now have an internet booster but haven’t we already done enough for one year?  It’s on the list of improvments but the priority had to go first to those things that will make us safer.  We did however augment our data plan which included a super deal from our provider giving us a new iPad mini which hopefully will provide more latitude with blog posting.  Will see just how great that signal is along the Saint-Lawrence.

…and last but not least is what we have been referring to as Little Red, our new-to-us dinghy.  Names have been thrown around, suggestions offered but Francois has come up with what we think is the best of the best.  In France if you order a glass of red wine you ask the waiter for a ‘ballon de rouge’ so don’t you think it very fitting that our little inflatable should be called…

‘BALLON de ROUGE’?  

So that’s it.  Next time you hear from us we will probably be on our way.  Feel free to stop by to check in on us.  It will be an adventure for sure.

GENERATING INDEPENDENCE – part three

GENERATING INDEPENDENCE – part three

To answer some of the questions asked about the physical placement of our Gen (the Generator), the following pictures may help explain…

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Travelling Position

 

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Travelling Position, Captain Seat Up

 

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Swim Ladder Down

Even without moving Gen we can easily access the swim ladder

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…but should we need more space, Gen can easily be removed ‘en masse’.

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…and set aside on one of the cockpit seats.

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Engine Up

With the engine up the prop still trails in the water but the Gen platform can be trimmed an inch or two which will allow more tilt to the engine.  It was hard to design during the winter months to know exactly how wide to cut it.  It will remain as such for now.

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Filling Water Reservoir

While we were at the service dock snapping pictures for you I thought I would show just how easy it is to refill our three water jugs.

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Ready to Set Sail

GENERATING INDEPENDENCE – Part Two

GENERATING INDEPENDENCE – Part Two

Time to get this party started!

We are very close to departing for our summer adventure and installing the generator is THE last project yet to be completed…for now.  We’ll be using it only when needed while at anchor but the main reason for the gas beast was a ‘just in case’ there was a repeat of last summer when cranking battery died and we had to enter an unfamiliar marina under sail (story here)

We had hoped to secure a piece of marine starboard for the transome support but there wasn’t enough time to order, receive and cut to fit, so marine plywood was used as a stop gap measure.  Two layers of primer and two layers of epoxy paint to protect.

Prepping the Base

Prepping the Base

Because we are now living on the water, a couple of saw horses borrowed at the club to paint and our tow beast trunk to stow the piece while it dried to keep free of dust became the workshop of choice.

 

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Transome Brackets

These two ‘starboard’ pieces are actually salvaged from my daughter’s cutting board but they will make the perfect bracket for the transome support.

 

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Perfect Fit

One last check to make sure fit was perfect and mark the height to apply the brackets.

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Brackets in Place

The brackets were smeared with 3M 4000 them screwed in place each side of the transome.

Eyelets for securing straps

Eyelets for Securing Straps Sealed with Butyle Tape

 

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Travel Position

 

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Captain Seat Closed

 

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Running Position

 

Wrapped and Strapped

Wrapped and Strapped

…and ready to GO!

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Hard to imagine that all this gear was necessary to apply 4 screws but it actually was.  It’s going to take an organizational wizard to make this work. (wink! wink!)

GENERATING INDEPENDENCE - Part Two
 
What We Used
  • ¾" Marine Plywood
  • Primer
  • Epoxy Paint
  • ¾" Starboard for supports
  • 3M 4000
  • 4 x SS screws
  • 4 x SS eyelets
  • 8 x SS ¾" screws
  • 8 x SS springs washers
  • Butyl tape
  • Lashing Straps