As for me: well all my tools and toys are cleaned , sorted, oiled and put away. With the plan of being here for as long as we can The WhiteShell will be at rest for at least a year so the motor and all things connected must be left with anti rust anti cease in mind. Yes, lots of work but part of the game... Right?
You know we put on a little over two hundred hours on the motor multiply that by 5 nautical miles -we did alright plus of course the fact that we enjoyed a lot of wind/@sailing miles this season- one of the best so far. Nothing major broke and no one died!!!! Lol ( little on board joke!). Another continent including crossing The Equator was quite exciting.
Now I begin my list of things to bring back next season and look forward to a Canadian summer ... and some Canadian beer. Lol Seriously though anxious to see you all and find me some work so I/we can do this all over again in the fall. See ya around!
DECEMBER 2013 a month into our fifth season and we are well on schedule. Getting her back operational seems to be getting easier each year. Do it enough times you finally get the hang of it. hey? One week and we were away Taboga Isla where she fared the summer months of rainy Panama seasons pretty well. The First Mate was disappointed that after leaving everything so nice and clean we still came back to mold.
Needless to say, some elbow grease and a few days and here we are at anchor in the Gulf of Panama. Last week we got our bottom painted at The Balboa Boat Yard - all went very very well with great professional service, the freedom sleep aboard --excellent costs and great job. Thanks to you, Nelson and your crew. Quiet an experience being pulled up on the rail.......the fellas were great and offered us quite a show all in good Panamanian style! Now we are waiting for the mechanic to come do our 1000 hour motor check....should be next week. I have begun the BIG project of cleaning out the fuel tanks. Armed with steel plates for the inspection covers the cleaning starts tomorrow. Hopefully the photographer will get her pictures downloaded to document all of this............believe me it is a bigger job then we had hopped. Hey, maybe we will just sell The Boat and buy a water front lot in Arizona......what da ya think fellas?
MARCH 28.2013 and all is well on board! Great cup of coffee, making water and listening to the morning NET on the Single Side Ban radio. Alot of vessels off across the big pond towards the Galapagos and beyond. Hmmm. could be slow as the wind seems to be depleting........some say 7 some say 10 days. In any case a lovely ride to sure as one rides the current and finds the best line of wind......some day maybe. My First Mate is still in training but her eyes seem to wonder in that direction on The World Map we have in the galley. First things first we both say: next season is Ecuador and South America and some work on the ""bottom".
In the meantime to the moment and the present: touched up the wood work on the exterior yesterday and will begin tidying up my things. We are enjoying some relaxing time in the Perlas Islands as we putter away at our chores. The process seems to be getting easier as it should hey? Fourth season under our belt now........hmm the belt is getting smaller as I have gotten rather healthy this last few months. Feeling pretty good for 63! The grandsons in PR say I have a 6 pack and that aint beer! So I am told. LOL Anyways, anxious to see you all and look forward to getting together in the next few months. Clear your calendars and pencil me in.
Getting ready to end our fourth season of sailing. Thoughts of chores to put the White Shell to bed for the summer.......First Mate found this great transition place, here in Panama City Check it out http://bedsboatsandbeyond.com/about/cruisers-casa/
Still not sure how it all transpired but dirty diesel and new Yanmar do not like each other. So until I can get the gunk out of the tank its pretty quiet around here.
Have a good Christmas with your families and we'll see you in 2013!
Had a great sleep last night after a few days of passages and fuel challenges. Ready to begin another day! Even though I left the diesel with the required addititives still finding some "muck" coming through. Fuel filters are not lasting very long!!!! Have checked all lines and come to the conclusion that the diesel must get "polished"and of course this is not a service readily available on each street corner or dock. LOL So have devised a system to do it our selves. Will keep you posted as to the outcome. Claes
One day shy of three weeks since we arrived back to White Shell II and all is ready! I'm pleased that all is well and spoke with the Port Authorities to release us tomorrow. We have been busy and now are looking forward to re-crossing the bar setting us free to sail once again.
The weather is forcasted to a nice opening of 10-15 knots of wind with a one foot sea, so we should be enjoying a nice sail southward toward Nicaragua.
Had a nice supper tonight with S/V Saucy Lady and Tarazade on board. Good Chilian wine and or cold mango julip to sip and El Salvadorian BBQ chicken with a variety of salades and fancy chocolate cookies were on the menu. Books exchanged, stories told and much laughter to send us off..........ahh good friends are treasured!
See You out There!!!
Remember no internet for a few days but The First Mate and I will check in as soon as we can. Our sailor friends can hear us on SSB Pan Pacific Net. Channel 8143
Good nite all.
NOVEMBER 15th a week has gone by since we left the cold and wind of the BC Coast to land in El Salvador to temps of 80-90 degrees. Must admit I have been working up a sweat getting things pulled together here. Today I am pleased to say we are- The White Shell -is sitting as she was when we left her in April. Never a dull moment that is for sure.
Refrigeration, water making, fans, Yanmars.................all needing some tender love and care. Amazing how the climate and the fact that it all sits for six months not moving just dries up alot of the pumps, and small motors on things. Yah think you have left it in good shape and come back to working on it anyway. Oh well............... Working on the thermostat for the fridge right now. Today took apart the water maker pump and cleaned it all up and was making water by noon. Gotta keep my First Mate happy. She went to the BIG city to provision and served up a nice supper tonight. Life is good and the beer is cold.
The list is still in the process of being tended to and we hope to leave the estuary by the end of November sticking our nose out into the Pacific once more. Really looking forward to it.....................see you out there!!!
October, a time of thanksgiving and harvest. Been playing with some hydro poles, big equipment and from this elevation can see all of "Creation." The weather continues to get colder and the threat of snow up in them there mountains becomes more real every morning. Soon I will have to try out the new set of long "Johns" the little women bought me. Best be making tracks back to my boat.
The First Mate and I have bought ourselves another "mobile home".... a 1997 Thor "Hurricane" Class A motor home. She has spent the last ten days sorting and packing it all up for me so that I can live in it while I do the work thing here in Boston Bar. Nearly done my shift before I - we return to the boat. This picture shows you both our worlds; land and sea at Pacific Play Grounds, just half way between Campbell River and the Comox Valley...lovely spot.
It has been a long summer....lots of work here at the Bay as well as on the job site. Certainly will be ready for a rest on my boat. Cant wait. Life is good and looking forward to sharing the next part of the adventure with you. Stay clicked in and post a comment -let me know you are out there! Questions, thoughts--all are welcome.
Until later......oh, by the way this is a shot of assembling the new BarBEE!!!!
August 7.12 Watching the many boats sail by our little spot here at Kye Bay motivates me.With a BC Ferry reservation made off I go to another shift of 10 and four. Working out of Boston Bar these days and enjoying the diversity as I am faced with different jobs most days: heavy duty mechanical to driving equipment to driving to Hope for parts and/or some physical chores-- keeping me in shape and feeling younger!!! Gotta like it and I get benefits as well so Lue and I will be getting more dental work done this fall. Great and getting paid too--the boat fund is growing as we speak. Just clicking off those days now till I return with my first mate to our White Shell. Spent a few days researching and have made my decision on the dinghy replacement and Gabreill our marine sales outlet on the estuary at www.Marinsa.com will order it up for me and have it waiting when I get back in November. Gotta like it. Chose AL- 290 Hypalon Sport Boat Mdl #9341439. There goes a good chunk of change for that. LOL Oh, well the old yellow dink, Ugly Betsey we call her as done us well and when we last saw her she was barely floating. Served us well and the price was right on that one. As I said the count down as begun and the list of supplies pulled out. Soon, soon we will be sailing again.
JUNE 01.12 The little women dropped me off at the Nanaimo Ferry and off I went to Merritt to start a new job. We are putting in power lines through a five year contract for West Park Inc and I am kept busy for ten days doing a mixture of jobs ie. mechanics, driving, etc. I will give you more details as time progresses. The bonus is that our son Ryan is also working on site so we are sharing the odd meal and getting to know each other as adults. Very nice very nice.
May 0-12 Got this from my sister-in-law Annette today.
Read it to Lue and she is still laughing!!!! If any of you can relate to any of these ages then I hope you have a good belly laugh too. Laughing is the best medicine yet that man kind has come up with. Humor is good for the soul they. I mean look at Bill Cosby...........he's in his 80s' and still laughing and making folks laugh. Try it you might like it!!! Anyways, I am posting this today and sure hope I get a few comments from you out there to let me know that you are still there! Yes, I am 62 and have not been to Home Depot this week........I promise.
Man's Age, as Determined by a Trip to Home Depot
You are in the middle of some kind of project around the house: mowing the lawn, putting in a new fence, painting the living room or whatever. You are hot and sweaty, covered in dust, lawn clippings, dirt or paint.You have your old work clothes on.
You know the outfit -- shorts with the hole in the crotch, old T-shirt with a stain from who-knows-what and an old pair of tennis shoes.
Right in the middle of this great home improvement project you realize you need to run to Home Depot to get something to help complete the job.
Depending on your age you might do the following:
In your 20's:
Stop what you are doing. Shave, take a shower, blow dry your hair, brush your teeth, floss and put on clean clothes.
Check yourself in the mirror and flex.
Add a dab of your favorite cologne because you never know, you just might meet some hot chick while standing in the checkout lane. And you went to school with the pretty girl running the register.
In your 30's:
Stop what you are doing, put on clean shorts and shirt. Change shoes.
You married the hot chick so no need for much else. Wash your hands and comb your hair.
Check yourself in the mirror. Still got it. Add a shot of your favorite cologne to cover the smell.
The cute girl running the register is the kid sister to someone you went to school with.
In your 40's:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a sweatshirt that is long enough to cover the hole in the crotch of your shorts.
Put on different shoes and a hat. Wash your hands.
Your bottle of Brute Cologne is almost empty so you don't want to waste any of it on a trip to Home Depot.
Check yourself in the mirror and do more sucking in than flexing.
The hot young thing running the register is your daughter's age and you feel weird thinking she is spicy.
In your 50's:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a hat; wipe the dirt off your hands onto your shirt.
Change shoes because you don't want to get dog crap in your new sports car.
Check yourself in the mirror and you swear not to wear that shirt anymore because it makes you look fat.
The Cutie running the register smiles when she sees you coming and you think you still have it.
Then you remember the hat you have on is from Bubba's Bait & Beer Bar and it says, 'I Got Worms.'
In your 60's:
Stop what you are doing. No need for a hat anymore.
Hose the dog crap off your shoes. The mirror was shattered when you were in your 50's.
You hope you have underwear on so nothing hangs out the hole in your pants.
The girl running the register may be cute, but you don't have your glasses on so you are not sure.
In your 70's:
Stop what you are doing. Wait to go to Home Depot until the drug store has your prescriptions ready, too.
Don't even notice the dog crap on your shoes.
The young thing at the register stares at you and you realize your balls are hanging out the hole in your crotch.
In your 80's:
Stop what you are doing. Start again. Then stop again.
Now you remember you need to go to Home Depot.
Go to Wal-Mart instead and wander around trying to think what it is you are looking for.
Fart out loud and you think someone called out your name.
You went to school with the old lady who greeted you at the front door.
In your 90's & beyond:
What's a home deep hoe? Something for my garden?
Where am I? Who am I? Why am I reading this?
Did I send it? Did you? Who farted?
Too Funny!!!!!! The Captain
April 12-12 Stanfields, Steaks and Skiing with my buddy!
MARCH 23.2012 HOME WARD BOUND IN A FEW WEEKS.. AND THE PROCESS BEGINS AGAIN OR IS IT ON GOING?
We dont seem to be bothered so much by the humidity this season. Getting seasoned I guess. I did notice a difference in the jungle though.......alot more humid and the bones a tad stiffer. Heard today that the Home Land is still suffering from storms so perhaps we will not rush home so quick. I do have a few boat chores to complete before we can leave The White Shell so the next few weeks will be busy.
My biggest concern is to relocate some drains and eliminate the rain fall from getting in the bilge. Cant have the motor getting wet while we are away. All the pumps have been serviced and some fiber glassing done to redo the vents........now the bottom of the boat must be cleaned as you cant believe how quickly the growth appears. Barnacles, the size of a jar lid!!!!! Gotta pay for the nice temperature of the seas down here, I guess. I will leave you and get at it!
FEBRUARY 11, 2012
January 5, 2012 Yes, I miss my ship but have been enjoying some incredible land time with my friend Geraldo, who is an amazing tour guide who loves his country. As we travel he knows the best places to eat, sleep, drink the best coffee and always has a friend that can direct us or help us out. He theory is that if you have many fiends there is no need for money.......in other words, friends come before money. The last few days Geraldo combined some work with travel and asked us to come along with him to the north part of the country. We travelled up past Ortinos, La Furtuna and into the Volcano area very near the boarder of Nicaragua. We spent the night at a very exclusive jungle hotel and listened the holler monkeys greet us. The following day I took a hike up the volcano with Sebastian a young local fella that was very knowledgeable having learned from his father and grandfather before about the medicinal plants and many creatures of the jungle. (Lue decided to not come along as the trail was pretty wet and steep........after the fact I did tell her that she likely would have been able to traverse but it would have taken us longer...........as it was we hiked for over four hours.) Hope you enjoy some of the pictures. Check out the photo galley as my First Mate continues to add them for you all to enjoy. This time I took some pictures for all of my grandsons knowing that they like things like snakes.
We continue to research and hope to come up with a plan for the next months of our time away. We are both missing the White Shell so think we will return to her very soon. Until next time..........keep your rudder out of the mud, hey??? The Captain
January 1, 2012 The best of wishes from both my First Mate and I. We so enjoyed our time in the Turriabla Vocan area, where Geraldos retirement home is located.
They hope to begin construction of their new home this next month which overlooks the Turriabla Valley and is in the midst of coffee plantations. They have every type of tropical fruit and vegetable you could ask for. ( Think the First Mate is including some details on that on the FROM THE GALLEY PAGE check it out?) Living here for the last few days in the peace and quiet of the mountains has truly been a relaxing time to reflect and look towards a brand new year!!! My good friend Geraldo has made some calls to his many friends and contacts which has resulted in a meeting set with Marcos, his cousin who works for the Port Captains department.............set for a chat with him tomorrow.....so will report as soon as we know what we can and will be doing with The White Shell. Must admit getting anxious to see Her again...........until then the Best of Wishes from the Stone House soon to be Wheel House. The Captain
EMAIL: "Hi Claes and Lue: Did I tell you I am jealous???
I was thinking of meandering south to about Peru/Chile, then turning West to Polynesia.
Then maybe New Zealand turn North towards Japan, then turn East to Hawaii then back to Canada.
Sort of generally wandering the Pacific...what kind of documentation does one need?
Along the way in Mexico many ports/places required a verbally check via VHF radio with them as you arrived and departed. In many cases the exercise was a safety measure as it was and might be a busy port.
Back to Wakeman Sound, across from Port Hardy on the mainland of BC for a few more shifts of driving log truck. My list of provisions and parts for the White Shell is complete and even packed. Not much work left here on the site but will work to it through, probably till the end of the month. Looking forward to turkey day though I am working on staying healthy...........not too exciting that but nonetheless must think of the upcoming season on board. Being healthy is nothing to take for granted.
Here are a few pictures of what I am up to. Soon I will trade my work boots in for my sandals.............ahh I can taste that cervesa now. Not many calories in a El Salvadorian beer I understand.
Hopefully you all will be follow'n my First Mate Blog...........as we will be heading to Gutemala on our return........lots of adventures to share with you and of course pictures. So, that is all I got to say for now..........hope you are all well and not to full of turkey.
- BOTTOM PAINTING:We had arranged to have the bottom sanded in preparation for painting and our Amigos here at the Singular Boat Yard are applying the first coat today...........when all is said and done it will cost us $$750.00 dollars for the job, including paint. Young Juan (john) is very friendly and helpful as he speaks good Spanish and is teaching us a few words.
- REPLACING GEAR: the boom is back in place and acts as a support for our tarp to protect us from the sun. We are so thankful for the dodger that we have over the wheel house which we designed and had built in Comox before our departure. (My goodness that feels like along time ago!!!) Pretty hot already here...........high 80's yesterday and lost of moisture in the early morning. Presently I am replacing the solar panels. The boat yard has been very gracious to us and has provided electricity and water which is normally not part of our project.
- REPAIRING SALES: Dropped off our front sail yesterday to Snug Harbour Sails and expect to pick it up today. Pretty good service. The fella was very interesting and I am sure we could have had a few cervesa with him and heard a number of stories. Lue was happy as he had two cats so she got her feline fix.
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After hours of research he is ready to buy the SSB and all that goes with it..............soon we will be calling a Hamster!!!!! (which is a nick name for a Ham Radio operator)
September 01, 2010
The Captains listing of things to do between now and the time we leave --ETD is November 1st seem to grow day by day. He has done his research and is looking at an ICOM M802 Single Side Ban Radio
that will serve us well as we travel across the Sea of Cortes to Mazitlan and south.
Icom M802 Package
Many of our counter parts are or have used this model of radio and are very pleased with it. This unit will provide us with the ability to receive as well as transmit. On the water your radio is the main method of communication, which in the spectrum of things is vital and of utmost importance. The weather, social contact and even email is all available on via this radio. Again things are different and part of the learning. Alot of folks register with SAILMAIL for email............you got it--- sail not snail.
The Captain will of course install this unit in his very capable fashion and complete our navigation centre. His work is never done...........as he would like to finish installing the stereo as well. His plans are to make some nice wooden cabinets for the speakers. My wish this year is for a little flat screen television -- which will complete our salon.
Back to the radio: we are deciding that we will likely purchase the radio in the states which will save us the HST cost. We hope to travel to Victoria then across to Seattle to visit Patricia and Ron, then down to Arizona to check out the addition Irene and Merv had built this year. (Irene is my sister) They have offered us a ride to whatever airport works for us to fly back to The Baja. Time is being spent now searching for the best price..........and the result will follow.
Well it has been a long week with alot of our chores done. The Captains is resting his eye lids as we speak and has invited me out for supper. Check my home page to see how that went............until later over and out!!!
July 14, 2010
Too Hot in the Bush to Drive His Life WAY... Claes is home for the last week as the weather is very hot and consequently no work in the bush. He is rather content to rest and help me around here. Besides he needs some time off to research the Boat things we are saving for. HAHAHHA!
Speaking of which we travelled to Campbell to get the scoop on a SSB radio (Single Side Band) and a Automatic Tiller Pilot.........both items we need for the next leg of our journey. If any of you have any input on that it is welcomed.
Sounds like we are planning to return to the WHITESHELL II in the beginning of November. Will fine tune that as I check to see what flights are available. It has been rather exciting to meet with our Sailing buddies and realize that it was not a dream.............the eight months were real!!!!! We are hoping that more of you can join us in a Sailors Reunion here at Kye Bay the week of September 8th?????? Let us know...............until later we will get back to our leisurely morning. We even slept in today. First time in awhile. Have a great day!
Claes and Lue and Joey on the beach at Kye Bay
DRIVING HIS LIFE AWAY IN ZEBBELOUS
Looking forward to the Captain returning tomorrow night for details as to this section of the adventure. Better let him take the camera up there to document his time as a log truck driver and the beautiful northern portion of the island.
June 01, 2010
Everything happens for a reason...............just deleted the Captains Corner while trying to change his picture. Now I have made him his own page.........now all I have to do is get him to put something on it!!! AHHAHAH