Sunday, October 16, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Springtime weather and other stuff. Long Steps progress, sailing SEI at last, and a nice blog to read.
The sail by the way is from RSS Sails, its an "OZ Racer sail" very well made, sets perfectly, seriously well priced, available here http://reallysimplesails.com/ or from www.Duckworksmagazine.com
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
He's going to be living on board for much of the next month, sailing her on Lake Michigan to check that everything including himself is all as it should be, then the little voyager goes in her crate and gets shipped south, a long way south to where we'll meet her in Punta Arenas, Chile. We'll pull her out of the box and set up the boat and rigging, do the inspection thing with the Armada De Chile and our friend Captain Herrero the boss there. We'll buy and prepare stores, load her up and test sail her and then, ( gulp, I'll be chewing my fingernails) will wave as he sails off into the cold grey green waters of the Straights of Magellan.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
For those not in the know, "Southern Cross" is Howard Rice's customised SCAMP, built specifically for a voyage of exploration along the southern coast of Chile from Punta Arenas in the Straights of Magellan out into the southern ocean and south toward Cape Horn.
Howard has been preparing for this voyage for some years now, and its going to happen this southern summer.
Please note, we have a very generous donor who will donate a dollar for every dollar we raise toward the video production, if you'd like to see the movie please consider putting in a few bucks to help us get it filmed and produced. Every dollar you put in, with our donor helping, becomes two dollars.
I went to Chile with Howard back in March to check out facilities and what we had to work with in Chile, had a great time and got a lot of background material videoed. We have a base, a place to stay, made contact with the Armada de Chile who were very helpful, and David Nicholls of Lutra Productions and I are very much looking forward to being there when Howard sets sail.
Friday, August 26, 2016
The parts for the mainmast box, the sides are 9mm plywood. Once assembled this area will be very difficult to access for repainting so I"m making a good job of the coating. Three coats of epoxy, and that will be sanded and painted with two part polyurethane paving paint which is very resistant to both abrasion and UV so should last well.
Another little job to do. I'll be building a battery box in here, it needs to be such that the weight of the battery will be carried by the bulkheads rather than the bottom panels as bumping along the road on the trailer with that weight sitting on 9mm plywood wouldn't be good.