Tuesday, October 2, 2018


The summer has gone by ridiculously quickly. Here we are into the fall and the rains will soon come to the Pacific Northwest.  One of the items on our list of things to fix on board are our mattresses.  They have lasted the last 9 years, but they are spring mattresses and  they are becoming uncomfortable.  We are therefore replacing them in the next couple of weeks.  We have patterned each of them and the new ones are being fabricated by RCB Royal City Bedding in Surrey BC.  They make all kinds of mattresses and seating for yachts. 

Master's Cabin

Master's Cabin

Forward Cabin


Here is the new Racor filter installed to polish the fuel and return it to the tank.  The switch to turn it on and off is to the right and the in-line shut off valve is on the left.

Racor Fuel Polishing System

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


As a result of the bad start to the cruise this summer, we purchased a Racor fuel polishing system.  It has just been released.  Is the least expensive of the systems I have seen, and the simplest.  Pictures to come!

Thursday, July 19, 2018


This year we started by heading to Gabriola Island, but the winds were over 25 knots and right on the nose.  We tried motor sailing in the rough seas, but the engine immediately started to sag.  We were headed for Silva Bay and the entry is not the place to have no engine power in high winds.  We opted instead to turn the boat south and went into a broad reach headed for Active Pass.  We would only attempt it if we got there in time for slack tide.  We did make it, got through and picked up a mooring ball in Montague Harbour.  We were there for 2 nights, then motored over (slowly as we could only get 1200 RPM out of the engine) to Ganges Harbour.  We managed to get the Racor filter changed there and picked up some spares when we got to Sidney.

Under Sail Heading to Active Pass

Deadbeat Hitchhiker

Terratima Docked in Nanaimo Harbour

Yacht "Clan VIII" Coming into Nanaimo
Perini-Navi Built -148 Feet in Length

Carolyn on a Walk on Thetis Island

Pier Adjacent to Ferri Dock - Thetis Island

Thetis Island Ferry Departing

Thetis Island

Sailing on the Strait of Georgia 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Departure Coming Closer

Here are images from last year

Under Way to Comox

Comox Marina

Sailing From Victoria to Sidney

Ogden Point - The Entry Point to Victoria 

In Ladysmith Marina

Sunday, May 27, 2018


We have added a call sign for our Amateur Radio for offshore communication:



Just some pictures from a  few recent walks

Heron Feeding at Low Tide



Our Marina


There is a great new app that plots the performance of a sailboat based on displacement, sail area, length overall, length at the water line, etc.  Here are the results for the IP465:

Polar Plot from iOS App "iPolar"

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Here it is April already.  We have a second call sign for the SSB to be legal in international waters ; VE0KLV  which is a version of VA7KLV which is my main call sign. 

No hauling out this year.  We are planning on heading out to Bowen Island for the May long weekend.  We used Easter to do some maintenance 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Webasto Heater Replacement

Our hydronic heating system on board Terratima has a Webasto diesel fueled unit.  It has not worked properly from the day it was installed.    After years of frustration with the system, the final straw came when we discovered that the heat transfer jacket was cracked and water (glycol) was entering the combustion chamber.  The cost to replace the jacket was $1,400 for the part.  I had it ripped out and replaced with a Russian-built unit that cost me the same amount and has worked flawlessly.  So much for American ingenuity.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

To all the sailors and those that have the been dreaming:


Sunday, December 17, 2017


We still get questions about living aboard.  The answer is we love it, we prefer it, and we are staying on our boat.  "What is different?", we are asked.  Nothing really, except we can slip the lines and sail around the world.  There is one difference we have observed however.  Don't live on a boat if you hate that "lived in" look.  Living on a 50' boat uses every square centimetre of space to the fullest.  You are faced with more maintenance and cleaning than you might otherwise have in a house.  Other than that and the electronics for navigation and communication, life is similar.

Now for Christmas and the one piece that is all bout the reason for the season:

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Pressure Gauge on the Control Panel

Finally got everything buttoned up and real the watermaker.  Here it is stabilized at 840 PSI and it was putting out an impressive stream of water from our water sample faucet!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017


OK, here is the sequence of events:

  • 2013 installed a new ICOM M802 SSB radio complete with SCS Pactor Modem. This included a GANS split lead antenna and a KISS ground plane.
  • Try as I might, the operation of the radio was very poor.  
  • Fast forward to 2017 and finally we decided to get some advice from ICOM.  They recommended a person (e-mail us for the contact info).  He recommends replacing the split lead antenna with a real isolated backstay, and then once that was done, give him a call.  

Paul from Ocean Rigging Up the Mast 
Removing the Backstay

Adding the Isolators After Cutting the Stays

  • After the stay was done, I called my ICOM contact again and we set a time to do the grounding.  

Installing 100' of Continuous 3" Copper Foil 
Adhered to
the Hull with 3M 4200

  • So now we have the radio and grounding done (it took 2 weeks to do the foil).  Reception improved dramatically.  Now to get the whole system running:
Installing Airmail and Configuring

  • We tried RMS Express, but it was so complicated and the documentation so difficult, we abandoned that and went with Airmail for HAM use through Winlink.org  
  • After 3 weeks of playing with this to no avail and the participation of tow very knowledgeable people, we find that the simple inclusion of one item of information was the piece that stymied everything!!!  
Airmail Settings

  • We set up the radio and Airmail configuration.  It is under the Setup Wizard under Tools in the menu.  If you leave it there you will NEVER CONNECT.  
  • Now the little piece of info:  go to TOOLS>OPTIONS...  There you will see a window for your call sign and below the PASSWORD.  Without this password, nothing works.  This password is the one you use for your Winlink account access when you enter that online.  When we entered that, it connected right away and we were no sending e-mail via pactor modem.  
Once we had this operational, we requested a GRIB file and downloaded it (keep the area you are requesting small and in the vicinity of your boat - no rests for the entire Pacific Basin - or you will regret it!!!).  Weather faxes work well, and of course we can send e-mail.  

Many Thanks to:
Ron Kolody
Martin Dunsmuir
Steve Waterman 

A Tale of Two Crisis

A boat can be a baffling piece of technology sometimes.  I will in a series of articles beginning this week take you through two impossibly frustrating experiences:

  • Getting our SSB to work reliably, and
  • Installing our AquaMaax Watermaker and running it.
These have been EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!  Let's see if when we get these working, we might help make it easier for others trying to do the same