I’m again the caretaker of a floating vessel. Whenever Satori is in the water she occupies a place in the back of my mind. I flip through the mooring lines, fenders, seacocks; the boat next door with the sketchy looking shore power cable. A boat in the water is a creature that requires care and attending to.
Other than a strange airlock in the injector pump, the boat largely was recommissioned without much drama. I also remembered how to drive it, making a solo back into the slip look like I knew what I was doing. Backing a boat ... Read More
When I left off in the last post, the team and I on Isbjorn were preparing for the start of the RORC 600 offshore race in the Eastern Caribbean.
On the Saturday before the start of the race, the crew arrived and we went out for the first of two days of practicing. In Antigua, and really all the Eastern Caribbean Islands, the ocean is only a 10-minute boat ride away, unlike my native Chesapeake Bay where it’s 100 miles or more to find the open ocean. This was the first time I had been in the ocean since our ... Read More
Here I sit typing words into the internet while 37,000ft over the Caribbean sea, winging my way towards Antigua. What an amazing age we live in! Internet connectivity while going this fast over such a lonely stretch of the planet still blows my mind.
I’m on my way to Antigua to help out on Isbjorn, a Swan 48 that is being campaigned by my good friend Andy Schell. I’m to be a cook on the race, keeping one half of our 12 person crew fed and happy. The race we will be sailing in is the RORC 600. It’s a 600 mile ... Read More
Ahoy! Readers of this blog will have almost certainly noticed a slight gap in posts as of late. The news is that while living on the boat in Baltimore last summer and fall we were also hard at work rebuilding a home on the foothills of the Appalachian outside of Baltimore/Washington, D.C. After being on the water for two-plus years we decided it was time to head inland and live in the shadows of oak and poplar trees that adorn our patch of earth.
In the same way that rebuilding a boat demands almost a singular focus, the home build took all of our ... Read More
Below is how I removed and rebuilt the compression post on Satori, the most comical part of this project was cutting expensive and important parts of the boat apart with a sawsall…
I looked at the compression post, wondering how I was going to grind out and remove something that was almost exactly the height of the cabin top. I figured if I cut the post in the middle I could easily remove the top half and have some leverage on the bottom half when I’m grinding out the epoxy encapsulated plate holding the post to the keel.
Next, I ... Read More
We’re off to the races with season two of Sailing Stories Podcast! This season we’ve captured the audio version of Yves Gelinas book, Jean-du-Sud & the Magick Byrd. It was just translated into English and released at this year’s boat show, Yves was on hand at the show signing copies and hanging out. We moved Satori down to Back Creek for the third year running and Yves stayed aboard for the duration of the show. It was the least I could do for the hospitality he showed us during our time in Quebec!
We’re up to Episode seven, season two of Sailing Stories. ... Read More
We’ve traveled north to connect with a friend and sailing legend Yves Gelinas of Cape Horn Self Steering Gear. We originally met Yves two years ago (already?) while staging in Portsmouth, VA for the trip down to Abaco. Yves was there with Jean-Du-Sud, his Alberg 30 that he completed a solo circumnavigation in during the 80s. A true old school sailor, Yves methods come through years and years of long offshore voyages and hard-won lessons. He went on to complete the trip to Martinique in 12 days. Yves has a trailer for His Alberg and launches, hauls and trailers it between Montreal ... Read More
Since the boat was last hauled back in 2015 before the start of the Caribbean trip, we thought it was about time to haul her again and check on everything. It would be nice to look at the hull and fittings without holding my breath.
The plan was simple, a new coat of bottom paint, clean and wax the hull, new coat of paint on the boot stripe, and new zincs all around.
At Old Bay Marina we paid $10 a foot for haul, power wash, blocking, and launch.
I bought 3 gallons of West Marine (Pettit) CPP Ablative bottom paint, $99 ... Read More
With spring finally here, some readers may be thinking about doing some painting. I couldn’t find much information on how to prepare a deck for nonskid. Here is the method I used that yielded good results.
First, the deck is painted with whatever topcoat will be your base. For my boat I used oyster white as it matches my off white hull really well. Notice I did not paint the entire deck. I did this for two reasons. First, since the nonskid areas will get two coats of topcoat, painting areas I’ll just be repainting later is a waste of paint ... Read More
Each day after waking up, having some coffee, and checking the internets for the newest developments in the world, I open the hatch and leap effortlessly onto our finger pier. I walk down the dock towards the key card gate and push it open, to the right I see the racks where both my and Rachel’s bikes sit locked and ready to go. As I enter the large parking lot in front of the marina, I pass my car on the way to the bathrooms and laundry. Past this is a large security gate the opens into downtown Fells Point, everything ... Read More