Vaeredil

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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    I met these people when I was on Bowen Island last summer! And definitely worth admiring. If i remember correctly they homebuilt it themselves. It's even a bit more narrow than it seems from this picture, but yes, long enough that there's decent room inside. It's quite nice below, but I recall a complaint about it being hard to get at all the storage because of how narrow it was. I may be mixing them up with another Junk-rig I visited in that bay but I think this one is running entirely on solar power for their electric drive motor, or at least they were in the summertime. They're great people and yes, care for the boat a lot and generally know what they're doing. EDIT: and yes, the tent does stay up while sailing, apparently it's great for the PNW winters or hot sun.
  2. So, some of you may remember my post over on SA looking for a "dirt cheap boat" I bought a Pearson 28, but it ended up having more serious rigging problems than I thought, and I sold it to some enthusiastic and apparently rich Vancouverites for a grand total of 650... $50 profit! Spent most of my money buying a Pearson 26 for $1200 that is in much better condition, by the name of Amrak. She doesn't have even an outboard, but has solid rigging and a half- decent set of sails. The interior is much better too, and this one has a heater (although it is kerosene :/) Oh, and I also now have a little cat.... she's a spiteful little shit, but I still love her. She was going my the nickname "Crack Kitty" in reference to her past life as a crack house rescue.... but I've renamed her "Mistral". She's been adapting well to the boat life, and loves to hiss at the local swan and prowl around the foredeck in the evenings. I'm thinking since I'm within a few hundred of being bankrupt, and don't have anything better to do, I'll head north.... to Haida Gwaii, maybe? I was gifted a survival suit that actually fits me, and nabbed a set of charts (albeit 1975 charts) from the Pearson 28 before I sold it; they cover all the way up the inside of Vancouver Island and almost to Haida. Just installed a battery today (another friendly gift from someone who was replacing theirs), and hopefully I can get the old depth sounder and VHF working at some point. I guess I need a solar panel or something to keep that charged I'd love to have a small outboard (Even, I guess, a 3 horse would push this along into a harbour or in a dead calm), but no such luck so far.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Hey Friends, Been a while but I'm back in Northern Ontario with the family and rapidly chipping away at my debt, but in-between work it's sailing time! I've been crewing on an E -scow at the local yacht club but My dad's loaning me his little National E/Lazy E dinghy. I'll try and get some pics but if you aren't familiar with it, it's 16 or 17 feet or so, fractional rig, can fly a spinnaker but I don't have one, and is meant for a crew of two. OK condition except the centreboard vibrates when you get going fast enough, not sure what that's about. I'm wondering what I can do to sail it solo (nobody else is too interested in sailing it with me). I don't want to try and sew reefpoints in unless absolutely necessary. Could I stick a couple sandbags in the bottom of the boat and call it a day? I only weigh about 175lbs, and here in northern Ontario it frequently gets quite gusty (20-30knots, some days). Only concern is that if I DO capsize it (and i'm sure it's only a matter of time) the sandbags might make it hard to right. Idk. Lmao, I love being a guy but I think it's going to hurt my options here You are/were definitely right. I'm taking advantage of living with the family for now, but things are rapidly looking up. Might even be debt-free by October/November!
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I'd be interested to know if it was old Amrak. I head a similar rumor from a friend who heard it from a friend, but then later they said it was refloated? My life as a gigalo would be so much better with a cat by my side
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    It's been a while guys, sorry for the lack of updates. Here's one to make up for it. I ran across someone by crazy coincidence who recognized my facial features.... they went to high school with my dad 30-odd years ago and hadn't heard from or seen him since. Turns out they have a nice home on bowen and a dog and two other cats. They agreed to take care of Mistral for a while, and it turns out she's pretty okay with being on land too. It was going to be temporary at first just while I was in Vancouver looking for work but after a while she was becoming part of their little family, so I decided to let her stay. Mistral had one hell of a ride, starting off in a downtown east side crack den and then bouncing onto a few friend's boats and then mine after a rescue. Stings a lot, but I'm happy she's found a good home at last. If that's the only good thing to come out of this adventure then I think it was worth it. Going to miss her. The boat's gone too. Sold it to a fairly enthusiastic guy, but I haven't been to bowen or heard from him in about 5 or 6 months now. Not sure if it's sunk or still floating, I hope the latter. I've had a little bit of luck (I'm no longer up to my neck in debt, but only up to my shoulders). Paying this off is a long slow process, and there's not much I can do to speed it up. Oh well, right? Worked a few more odd jobs, here in Van. After I sold the boat i was living in the back of a cube truck that i was driving for a film job, then bought my own van to live in while I worked, that broke down (oh surprise surprise), and I finally got a small room in an apartment, and have been working a regular job for about three months now. Unfortunately, life kicks you while you're down, and this place is due to get demolished this spring to be turned into a large (expensive) apartment building, along with the vacant lot next door. So, I'm heading out of BC. Going to see my family in Northern Ontario, and hopefully pay off the rest of my debt there. After that? Who knows, maybe I can even get back to chasing my dreams. We do have a lake south of town that's about 10 km long and 4 wide, and my dad has a small dinghy in unknown condition. The ice is off the lake there about 5 months of the year, so there's a bit of a fix to be had. Hope all is well, if anyone knows of a surefire way to win the lottery or has a free boat, hit me up. I don't know if I can change the title but it's just "An Idiot" now.
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    Shit Brent Swain Says

    "Friends on the second 36 I built, left in November and had 95 knots of head wind along the way" emphasis added. -Brent Swain (Old lady sets off Solo RTW thread)
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Thanks for letting me know. I imagine that if worst came to worst I could still always just anchor. Might even be more comfortable than rolling around in that damn langdale ferry's wake on my mooring ball Thank you, Ajax Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head with "compromise" Done. Cut up, and it felt good. I tried to rationalize not cutting it up by saying that I could control myself..... but that's the same thinking that got me here in the first place. Yeah, right now it's "pay the minimum payment, next month rolls around, all of a sudden it's over the limit from the interest again, repeat". Really do need some steady work and it's absolutely my first priority after the whole "staying alive" stuff. Thank you
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Thank you for all the advice, it's much appreciated. I'll be honest, I've struggled for quite a while as to what I want to do for a career/job (hence the odd jobs and constant moving since I left High School). Is it kind of a "pick something and hope it works" deal? Or is there some point where I'll just magically figure it out? Yeah, once that credit card is paid off it's getting cut up and thrown away. Fuck debt and everything to do with it. Thanks for the advice, especially re: Horseshoe Bay. I'm fairly sure I did see at least a few fast food places and possibly a "real" restaurant or two hiring. That might be a really good option. Dont worry about bringing it up, I'm sure someone would have caught it My worry about Mannion is that I've been told by a few different people that the local police plan on starting to enforce their "no liveaboard" policy in January. I'm honestly not sure if that's true or not, and it seems of dubious legality, but that's a concern too. You're right though, I've made some friends and some contacts here. If I can make it work here it would be best. Not to mention we've got a dirt cheap second hand store and (for times like this weekend, when I have literally no spare money after cat food), there's a food bank. I hate using it, honestly, but that's what it's there for. If I ever get rich, that's definitely something I'll remember.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I had a peek at a few pages about him and his theory, pretty interesting stuff. I think the main problem I'm facing is that the boat, while it is turning out pretty difficult to fix up, is absolutely fulfilling some of my basic needs right now, shelter being the main one. There's also clothing and food to consider, too: it's much more difficult to keep clothes dry and food un-spoiled if I were to go back to living in the forest. (I've done it before. The squirrels get into EVERYTHING and banana slugs crawling on you clothing isn't fun). There is Mistral, my cat, to consider too. She'd fit into the love/belonging bit of abraham's pyramid, I think. While I can still provide for her adequately I'm not going to send her to a shelter where she would either end up being put down or in limbo for a long time. But you're quite right, honestly. If you have any ideas or other options that I could consider, please let me know. But as it is, unless I manage to sell the boat for (being honest here) far more than it's worth, it's my best shot at a living spot. Rentals, even a single room here on Bowen needs $1600+ for the first month and $800 afterwards. There's work for now, the same kind of stuff that I've been doing, but come winter that drys up to nothing. Vancouver is close, and maybe if I can find a place to anchor near enough to take the bus in, I could make something work; but false creek is two weeks in two weeks out, and the city had been cracking down on dinghy and anchoring off the maritime museum. Theft is also a big problem. Not so bad when you're good on cash, but when my dinghy gets stolen and I can't get home or to shore for work, or the outboard gets cut off and I can't get into the creek in a winter gale.... it's not so good. I've been trying to find out if there's anywhere I can anchor up the Fraser, or a run-down dock to tie to. That's another option. Or there's parts unknown, comox or Campbell river? It's gotta be a larger place for winter work here on the coast, I think. I really don't know. Thought a lot about it, but if you (or anyone else) has some insight.... that would be wonderful.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I doubt I'll get any interest, honestly. Too late in the season and it's probably not worth $2000 right now. Jim's right, the money's super thin. Worked all week last week on a fellow's property digging trenches and cutting down trees, that kinda stuff. 6 hours a day ish and 15$ an hour. Get a paycheck and bam, credit card interest and almost a l that work gone. Maybe I should just stop paying off my credit card? I doubt I'll be too much better off with a car anyhow, and I couldn't keep the cat in a car in the summer anyhow. She was loving the local swan today, but he was having none of it. Maybe I just need to get that sculling oar and go across the straight to Comox/Campbell river/wherever, boat problems and lack of gear be damned. Had the VHF receiving weather forecasts for about 3 hours last night, but couldn't transmit at all, and then blew the fuse when some bare wires got crossed accidentally. Fuck. So, after replacing the fuse, radio won't turn on. Gotta find a cheap old multimeter so I can figure this shit out. Anyhow, the ad's up but I'm still in the game, for now at least.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Definitely does feel good. Inching closer to "actual sailboat" as opposed to "sinking junk-heap" I could hear the fireworks for sure but couldn't see them :/ Fair enough, and you're right. No point in giving up too soon on it. Worst comes to worse I'll fuck it up and have lost.... oh, no money at all Hoping to have it cleared away by next spring. The way things are going Haida might have to wait though, certainly not going anywhere without fixing this rudder shaft I'll give them a shout. Thank you! I assume this is the store in Maryland? That's the one that comes up when I google it. Thanks, Ismael. Very much appreciated.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Worked for a fellow sailor today, and made 30$, two paddles (looking at a cheap canoe for the getting to shore and back problem, my loaner kayak isn't mine for much longer), a Helly Hansen slicker for the cold winter, a liter of paint, and some supplies and help with tools for some new hatch boards. I've got a bit of acrylic I'm going to put in the top one for a window, and they're all ready to go after today. Just gotta paint them up and screw in and silicone the acrylic. It's not a huge repair but it's exciting in it's own way.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    The one that's still together I'm definitely going to try and take apart and clean. The broken one though, the interior drum that the metal bit revolves around is actually cracked a a piece is missing from it. Not gunna have much luck repairing it, I don't think That's actually pretty encouraging. I was given a 4-stroke 4HP, but the rings appear to be blown on it, no compression at all. I think I'm going to take it back off the well and maybe try lashing an oar there and giving it a go. Me too, but I'm fairly sure it'll be two or four weeks at least. Gotta find some steady work and money, order in the bearings from a US company I found that has them, and buy the epoxy and additive to repair the shaft. Going to end up being at least a $300 repair, but there's no way in hell I can do without fixing it. When the SAR guys were giving me a tow, you could feel the rudder going from side to side, with this loud and scary kerthunk.... kerthunk.... The whole money situation would be easier if I wasn't in credit card debt from my "misspent youth" three or so years ago.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    hahahaha Well played, and thank you I concur The woods just north of there and between the ocean and UBC is were I spent some time when I was hopeless formerly. Kinda was nice, being able to just bath every morning without worrying about people calling the police. Hence the idea of a tarp and good cleanup I'll check it out, but yeah, I think any place I'll be doing it on the sly. Midnight grounding with a headlamp perhaps? Or should I break out my holocaust cloak (Please tell me some will get the reference) and go for the disguise in broad daylight? Ajax, it's a Lewmar 7, Single Speed. If you find one, that would be lovely, thank you! The Starboard one is the one that's broken, but I've also got to remove the port one and grease it. Yeah, "All Ways" just about describes it.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Either that or a slick oar setup like the R2AK guys! No, I'm kidding, while the kayak tow did work when necessary I think the outboard is worth it. It would be great to find a nice 9.9 with a high thrust long leg and an alternator.... For now I work and make money hopefully. The tidal grid's still there but like the fellow above mentioned, they dot allow scraping. I wonder exactly what they think people will use it for, maybe inspection? spanish banks is actually a decent thought. As long as the wind doesn't pick up before you get off you'd be ok. I had been considering the beach at the north end of Halkett bay because it's a bit more out of the way, any thoughts on that? I've heard the little pub here is hiring and I might check that out, I've done kitchen worn before and free food is usually part of the deal. I've done a few weeks of temp work here already, some brush clearing and other random stuff, but I do need something a bit more long term. (By which I mean like two months lmao) Thank you for the tip on the comox mooring balls, I've been considering holing up there for the winter, they have more jobs than the small places like Bowen which dry up when there's no tourism
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    And no boatyards here on Bowen, I don't think. Perhaps something in Vancouver? That would be a hell of a commute though, every day. I could consider moving the boat down there..... once the tiller/rudder are fixed and I have an outboard.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Yes, I've been struggling with that paradox for a while. I actually was considering careening it at a high tide and doing a few day's work on it. Scrape both sides of barnacles, paint, replace my head's through-hull fitting, etc. Not sure if that's a good idea. I'd have to have a huge tarp to contain all the old paint, wouldn't want to get that all over the beach. Definitely would need a month or two of work first, to get an outboard, paint, through hulls, etc... and by then It'll be late august.... maybe still dry enough to try it. My rudder post suffers from the classic P26 problems with the bushings, and it's bad enough that I'm going to have to remove it and fix that before I go anywhere serious. Another useful lesson from the test sail last night. It looks like work for the winter and maybe next fall will be the big trips. Oh well, hopefully I can do right by this boat.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Hahaha well yes, that sure does fit mine. Although I hit a little over 4 knots with the little bit of good wind I got yesterday. And hell you might be right, he's been a lot less inspiring lately. I must admit that the test sail was... interesting.... to say the least. wind was supposed to be 10-20 until late evening, but died to about 3 knots about 45 minutes after I went out. I realized quite quickly I'm going to need to find a starboard winch (my current one is broken), and despite the "engineless sailors" of yore I do need an outboard. Got pushed around by current and managed to get a little too close for comfort to the ferry lanes. So, I now know that I can tow the boat with my tiny kayak... Went about a mile at 1 knot, stayed clear of the langdale ferry. Then I see a boat coming up... annddd it's the RCM-SAR boat. Apparently they got a call from someone on shore who saw my headlamp, and thought I was in trouble. So, they offered a tow and in the interest of not wasting their trip out, I accepted. Of course, ten minutes after we hook up, I get the 15 knots of wind I was supposed to have all night. Oh well. They were quite friendly and loved little Mistral, but i do feel a little like Rimas, and not in a good way. Gotta attempt to find another good bit of work on the island here, don't want that to happen again.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Mistral gets first dibs on food money. Only way she'll be in need is if I'm dead or sunk. I've been known to do stupid things from time to time, yes, but do you have a better option for me and the cat? I mean, rentals are more expensive than anything has a right to be. the $1200 I spent on the boat would pay for about a month and a half's worth of apartment..... and this way I'll hopefully get to sail as well. Thanks for the support, friend I've gotta ask, what does a "4ktsb" mean?
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I mean I guess the plan is to stock up on as much kerosene as possible now, and hope I don't run out halfway up the coast It's what I have, so I'll use it. Funds are down to $36 CAD and some loose change, but I have everything I need for supplies, I think, and then some. Made like $300 working last week clearing out this nice sailor's land-cabin of brush and old trees, but that went towards the solar panel and some sail tape and silicone to try and reseal the windows
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    The whole question for me around heat is how to source fuel up north, when you're often away from reasonably priced sources, especially for alchohol. I've been considering a wood stove just for the fact that everywhere on the BC coast, there's wood to burn, but does anyone have suggestions for a small cheap woodstove? Amrak's cabin is small enough that it won't take much at all to heat, but there's nothing worse than not being able to dry out when you get back to the boat on a wet cold night. And it's looking like a cold winter, if last year is anything to go off of at all.
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I've been power-less for the last several days but been working on getting her ready to go. The small rip in the genoa is patched up, and the tiller blank i was given has a new life, now installed. I'm not thrilled about how it looks, but it should *knock on wood* be strong enough until I can do a proper job. Got a battery and an "el cheapo" solar panel from can tire, so we're now bright as the sun at night. I've gotta make sure the nav lights work, and there's a truly ancient VHF aboard it would be great to install, but for now I'll be satisfied with what I have. Once I check the main, I think tomorrow will be time for a first test sail, wind permitting. With any luck, I'll be out and back and you won't have another "coast guard rescue" post
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    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Yeah, from the general condition it seems like she was well kept for many years but then neglected for a few. There's been a few odd changes like a dorade box on top of the head's vent.... with no cowling on it. Shit like that, you know. I'm going to do my best to get it looking ship-shape again Absolutely. I've heard that lots of people use propane torches instead of the whole sketchy "fill the primer cup with alcohol" deal, and that makes it a lot safer. I cooked for a while on a kerosene pressure stove, so I'm somewhat familiar with how to start the design. Looks interesting, but do you have any tips on sourcing fairly cheap fuel for it? Thank you very much for the tips. Yeah, Nanaimo seems like a fairly unfriendly place these days. Even over by those crowded mooring balls, if you do get in, you're kinda stuck because I couldn't find a good spot to pull up the dinghy across the bay on the nanaimo side. It seems like maybe I'll just have to hang around somewhere up near cambell river/cortes/something like that and wait for good wind, perhaps find a bit more work? Yeah, this isn't exactly the nicest place, and like you say, has become a bit of a dumping ground. Just a few weeks ago we have a "new" boat from the large city, tossed here and not looked after. I don't think I've seen one person on it in that time. And I hope my hands will do well by her, she seems like she's a good boat. With any luck we'll go far together