Tuesday, July 6, 2010
We had a nice walk on the beach on our way back to Oak Bluffs for lunch at Nancy's which overlooks the marina.
We had to show a picture of the way we had to get on and off the boat. What a sight it was for everyone to see us climbing into the boat. On our first day, Vanessa almost fell into the water but luckily she only lost her shoe.
Tomorrow we are heading for Woods Hole.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
There were several Island Packets and we anchored by s/v Simple Life, an IP37, and owners Michele and Joe Boulay who joined us for drinks aboard Wind Runner.
We had lunch at the Oars Head and enjoyed the sun 'boat and people watching'.
The problem was fixed without too much effort.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Saturday, November 7, 2009
2009 sailing season is over. Where oh where did the summer go?
On October 12th, we took Wind Runner along with Englishman Phil and Francine from our home dock at Westerly, RI to the Yankee boat yard in Portland, CT. It turned out to be an eight hour boat ride as the winds were right out of the west starting out at 10 to 15 in the AM and 15 to 25 in the PM. It was however a sunny fall day and the ride up the Connecticut River is always nice especially with all the fall colors.
Decommissioning at the dock takes us about a week to complete especially with all of the various water systems - engine, generator, sails and rigging plus taking most of the 'stuff' off the boat. We just can't believe all the stuff we have!
It is always exciting to see just how well the bottom faired during the season.
Wind Runner sits in the Pawcatuck River which is famous for its alga and true to form the green bottom was pure black. Good news was we had no barnacles!
Once out of the water, it is pressure washed and hauled across the road and up the hill to its winter resting place.
Once covered, its wait, wait, and wait some more until spring when we are on the water again. Back to the airport and land loving activities for now.
We will do a little boat camping over the winter months and focus on the upcoming season.
We plan on going to the Miami Boat Show in February to look for new toys.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Watch Hill Merry Go Round (we were just learning to use the video, so, there is a bit of background conversation - just for extra enjoyment!)
A nice sail after our video shoot
A beautiful sail - close your eyes and listen to the quiet. Oh, the sound of us cutting through the waves may be a bit load - what a blast!
Another sailing video
More video's will be added as we sort through all the pictures. Stay tuned!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Stayed all day July 3rd in Scituate, MA saw the town, saw some fireworks. Basically relaxed. Possibly going to Marblehead, MA tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Great sail for about 1 hour - becalmed for one hour motored for two.
Had a great meal at the Kingman Yacht Center restaurant. (no pictures...)
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Alaine showed her bartending skills and made coffee martini's for us - what a wonderful dessert. I think we are hooked. The whole gang got together on the IP40 Surprise and outlined the plan for tomorrow's photo shoot at Point Judith. We depart on Monday at 7:30 AM and head for that destination. Not quite sure what the specific plans are after the photo shoot and hope we will head off to Newport for a wonderful dinner there on Monday night.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Dinner tonight was catered by Georgette and consisted of grilled chicken, bow tie pasta and wheat bread topped off by wine.
It is so much fun to see old friends and meet new friends and we are looking forward to great adventures over the next few weeks.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
After what seems like a never ending winter, we are looking forward to the 2009 season in which another voyage to the coast of Maine is being planned.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
has two 130 watt solar panels, and a maximum power point controller,
installed and operating well. Once the switch was thrown, over
fourteen amps of free power was coming from the Sun. Some went to the
refrigerator. Some went to lights. A little was left for the
Soon phase two will be complete. A third 130 watt panel is being
added. Wind Runner will likely be able to avoid starting an engine
when out on the hook.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The parts of the new system:
NEW SELECTOR VALVE
Manually operated without tools. Selects whether the pump picks up water from the water tank or from another source. Allows antifreeze or a light bleach or cleaning solution to be easily flushed through the water system plumbing, without needing to have that fluid put into the water tank.
NEW PRIMARY INLET FILTER
Captures most of the contaminant in the water or other fluid being moved by the pump. This filter may fill often in the next many weeks. Over time it will fill less often, as long as a carbon filter is always used to remove chlorine from the water placed in the water tank. This filter is installed opposite from normal, regarding direction of flow. This orientation significantly increases the contaminant holding capacity.
NEW SECONDARY INLET FILTER
Captures additional contaminant in the water or other fluid being moved by the pump, if any passes through the primary filter. This filter is installed in the orientation the manufacturer recommends. It has limited contaminant holding capacity in this orientation, but it may filter contaminant more effectively.
NEW VARIABLE SPEED PUMP 4.0 GPM AT 50 PSIG.
This is the pump that was installed in the middle of the ocean. Moves water or other fluid without the need for an accumulator tank. With it water flow will start immediately after a water fixture is turned on, but then flow will decay for a short period. Full flow will resume quickly when the pump controller senses water use. This pump is a smallish pump for the number of water fixtures on the boat, but it should serve nicely with only two normally on board. The variable speed pump in spares provides 5.7 gpm at 60 psig. This pump may get installed, but the installed pump will be used for a while to allow the system to get squeaky clean over the next many voyages. Then the larger pump will have the greatest chance of lasting forever, having to deal with only normal contaminant loads.
NEW DRINKING WATER ELEMENT
Removes fine solid particles and other nasties, if there are any. Keeping this element serviced should mean the water on Wind Runner will nearly duplicate bottled drinking water.
With this new water system the tank should clean up well, just by using water on the boat. Then the water system should operate clean and trouble free with very little maintenance. Changing the drinking water element, and cleaning the primary inlet filter, should be the only maintenance necessary. The secondary inlet filter may need minor attention. No tools are necessary to service the new water system, other than to fix a leak if one happens to appear.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
(Actually, the satellite transponder was removed for shipment back to iboattrack. Iboattrack doesn't need no stinking UPS tracking number.)
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We landed Newport at 01:30 pm. It was interesting trying to honor Custom's dictate, do not get off the boat. Luckily we had West Wind Marina dock hands to tie us up and connect their end of the power cord and water hose. At least we could begin restoring Wind Runner to her clean and cool self.
While waiting for CBP, we popped a bottle of champagne, and cut the brie and white cheddar. Then we opened a bottle of Pinot Grigrio because CBP hadn't arrived yet. When the CBP officer did arrive, she understood the deliberate, slow, answers to her questions, and was tickled by it. All in all checking in was a nonevent. Just a quick look at our boat docs and our people docs.
Ah, to be back in America, on land!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
We saw a turtle as big as a Volkswagon on the surface of the water. His or her head was as big as a five gallon bucket. We saw a Sun Fish on the surface waddling his or her fin. Jim thought it was a shark, but he was quickly corrected.
The IP water system bane, crystals, have driven us crazy! We clean. We use water. The water stops. We clean. We use water. The water stops. Finally, we donated a pump and an accumulator to Davy Jones Locker, hoping this sacrifice to Davy Jones brings us good. We installed a variable speed pump, and we reworked the inlet filter to it, giving us running water for a longer period, also giving us a much easier assembly to clean. Addressing this issue once and for all has been discussed and detailed ad infinitum!With all of the water issues, we have learned it is true showers can be had with a half gallon of water, as long as you don't wash long hair.
It has been hot and too rough to open hatches or ports. We didn't bring enough sheets. Buy stock in Lysol! (Male crew wonders why we have had all the parts to fix all the stuff males usually fix and female crew didn't bring the parts to address the need for extra sheets, but male crew is not raising the issue.)
And the comical end, Customs. We cannot figure out how to get back into America. First, we call a CBP office in Maine, who is supposed to handle all entries back into New England. They name Stonington, Groton, Mystic, New London as places we can land. However, they unnamed those places quickly. We have to enter at Newport or New Bedford! Say what? The New York CPB office, who handles all of Long Island including the east end, has such new employees they have no idea what we should do.
So, we are navigating to Newport, for Customs, for a slip, for long hot showers and footing that does not move beneath us. We are going to find a good restaurant where we don't have to hold onto our plates while we eat. We should arrive Sunday early afternoon. All on board are looking forward to landfall. It has been a bit long on the ocean. But, it has calmed down enough that we can almost brush our teeth without hanging on. We expect calm conditions for the rest of the voyage unless we can't outrun the weather that is coming. Sail trimmers won't let that happen.
39° 23.32' N70° 26.48' W
Friday, June 27, 2008
We have been making great time! Except for a spot where we were unsure of which way to go, in which configuration, for comfort, instead of progress, we were beating our to-Bermuda average of 6.7 knots. Amazing. But we were riding up huge mountains of waves that would slow us, and then we would slide, sometimes crash, down the other side. If you can believe the GPS Trip feature we saw 21.4 knots Maximum. Jim Juliet Whiskey keeps repeating, "I just can't believe this boat!"
We are booking for Block Island sometime Sunday to beat the next round of weather. Hopefully we will be snug in the anchorage before dark under Q Flag for showers, food, and sleep before heading out at first light Monday in home waters to find Customs.
37° 13.42' N
68° 41.75' W
Thursday, June 26, 2008
So now we deal with a bit of adverse current motorsailing, and wait for the higher winds that have been forecast. In any event, it looks like we will enter Block Island Sound between Block Island and Montauk Sunday late or Monday early.
On the trip over we were lucky to have no issues to deal with while in the middle of the ocean. In the beginning of the trip back we have had two. The boom vang bottom attachment bolt let go. The vang is a Garhauer vang, attached with a top half inch bolt and a bottom one. The bottom bolt eased out and then fell to the deck, along with two hard plastic spacers. The vang hit the deck and began tracing an arc back and forth across the cabin top. Amazingly the vang did no damage, and the bolt and spacers were laying within an arm's length of where they reside. The spacers could not be properly fitted while bouncing up and down and around. They were arranged differently as a temporary measure. The bolt was reset, and the whole assembly was wrapped with nearly a whole roll of rigging tape. This fix may last the whole way back.
The other issue is more mission critical. We lost sixty gallons of water overboard. We searched but have not determined where. It could have been a tap, leaky plumbing, or a leaky toilet. For the balance of the trip we will turn the water pump off between uses, and find and fix the issue when back at the dock. Shame on us for not keeping the water pump off between uses as a practice, as a good seaman would.
We still have plenty of water and will not have to touch the emergency water. We may only get one more shower each while offshore.
34° 21.22' N
66° 19.18' W
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
There were things to fix if possible and renew on Wind Runner before the voyage back. The light on the tachometer burned out. The oil pressure warning alarm stopped beeping. After finding a failed pressure switch, we had to find a Yanmar store.
We didn't find a Yanmar store, but we found Harrison, a Yanmar agent. It was literally like playing Twister or doing the limbo, walking with him through his 1200 sq ft shop. Halfway to the parts we needed, we called out to Harrison who was way ahead, "we shouldn't be following you, should we." Harrison replied, "probably not." We went back the way we came and waited in no particular spot. There was no customer service counter.
Soon Harrison came back with lights and switches. Two each. One to be installed. One to be put in Wind Runner's spares bin. When we asked how much, he said the switches were $16.00, we could have the lights. We gave him $40.00 and left amazed.
Once back at Wind Runner, the lightbulb was easily changed. The pressure switch was low and aft on the starboard side of the engine. We enlisted the skinnier fingers, hands, and arms of mechanic Toby to change it. Even he had to wrestle with several possible tools and then hold his mouth right to get the bad switch out and the good one in.
Once the stuff we knew was broke was fixed, the engine oil was changed. Then we slowly looked over Wind Runner. We didn't go inch by inch. We did go foot by foot, cleaning while we went. All appeared shipshape.