Boat yard update

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I have been out of the yard for a while now,  about three months, and man am I happy to have escaped.  After grinding fiber glass for a week or so, then glassing and re  drilling new holes for sea cocks,  waiting on parts,  etc etc, we finally broke out of jail, and were splashed, always happy to not be leaking after installing new sea cocks. It was a very hard project,when I asked for advice from the yard, and the expert fiber glassing guy, starts swearing, you know you are in for a hard job.

They sure made the boats strong back in the 70s, and after grinding and cutting, to get the volcano sea cocks, (if you have seen them you will know what I mean) out, I had a lot more respect for  my old girl. I glassed over one hole, for the head sink, and added a salt water foot pump to the galley, which I have been dreaming of installing, and love to use when under way and sitting in those tropical clear blue water anchorages…….got to keep dreaming of those South Pacific islands, when working on a big project.

Checked the rudder, and ground into it, then re glassed over it. Anti fouled in a lovely shade of black, buffed up the sides till she shinned like a mirror , then after three weeks of working my arse off,  Yemaya gets launched into the sea! What a mission that was. Then there was the re-plumbing of everything, hmmmm did not enjoy this job at all! Had to rip out the head completely. And re install…….the things we do. And having to be under the cockpit floor to get at the cock pit drains, in a space the size of a coffin was also a high light. But she’s all finally back together again, happy days!  And now I have a head to use,  (mum ,you can come visit now! )

It’s taking me so long to write about it, as I was traumatized from the experience, lol. And had a chance to go on a delivery from Hawaii to the San Juan islands, in Washington state, just what I needed, to be back out at sea, and rejuvenate myself.  We had a quick trip, 15 days. And got to see the some of the San Juan islands, wow what a beautiful part of the world, would love to spend a whole summer or more up here.



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The last big project, is to fit my windlass to the boat, not really looking forward to it, but it needs to done. I need my windlass, not sure I am strong enough to lift all that chain and a 35 pound anchor on my own, especially if it’s blowing.  So time to get back to work.

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Boatyard update 1

imageimageAfter a week of grinding, cutting and digging out the seacocks which were fiber glassed over and screwed in, as they did in the 70s, and in between rain, I tryed out my newly acquired fiber glassing skills, for the old  holes and filled the screw holes with dyno glass, here’s hoping I did a good job, next is too fiberglass the inside and drill new holes and put in new thru hulls and seacocks, after 43 years they were starting to fail and some were bleeding rust.  I have to admit it was a bigger project then I anticipated, and I was not sure if I could do it,  but with the guidance of my guys in the yard ( thanks guys! ) I’m half way through and feeling a lot more positive about everything.

Its amazing, how strong boats built in the 1970s are, as it was before the oil embargo and they knew how to build boats back then, solid, and as brad says, your not going to sit down on a seat inside and fall through the floor.  Yemaya is one solid boat.

here are some pictures, showing some of the process. Enjoy!

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Fish out of water

Do you remember being kids and playing macro polo In the pool? you never wanted to be caught as a fish out of water. And here I am, a fish out of water. Yemaya was christened this weekend, with red wine, good friends, and sailing backwards in the estuary, after her last sail before  the haul out. ImageImage

Now she is a fish out water and getting ready for her brazilian wax, and her bum painted, rudder checked and her sea cocks changed, as after 40 years they are looking very pink. Let the fun and games begin.

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Being Half the Sky

Linda P:

International Women’s Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE
Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.
Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

I just received thirdeyemums recent blog, and felt the need to share it. As it is international womens day, she reminded me of how lucky we are living in first world countries, while so many women suffer and live in violence, poverty, abuse, and slavery in the world. Today is a day to be aware , and celebrate the women who have inspired change in this world. To be kind, love, care and support our fellow sisters.
One very inspiring women is Malala Yousafzai, and her book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for education and was shot by the Taliban.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education..
Thank you Malala for your inspiration,strength and courage.
Happy international women’s day.

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“Women hold up half the sky” – Chinese proverb 

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Exactly a year ago today I was in Xela, Guatemala on a week long volunteer and spanish immersion trip when I heard the noise off in the distance. It sounded like a parade. I asked my teacher Lilian if she knew what on earth was going on and she replied with a smile, “It’s International Women’s Day!” and asked if I’d like to go see the festivities. I had never heard of International Women’s Day before yet it sounded spectacular. I packed up my school work and Lilian and me were off in a flash to the main square.

There I watched in awe and joy how a community could come together as one and celebrate the rights and beauty of women. It was so incredibly touching that I rushed home and instantly wrote a post on the experience…

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The Bay Area

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I have to say I have been very lazy with my blog, but very busy with the boat, so it all evens out. So after installing new solar panels, had to get new batteries to support all that juice from the panels.which lead to more wiring, oh how I hate wiring, but i seem to be doing a lot of It! After some re wiring, and a new ham radio installation, which I love, chatting to people all over the world. I made Brian and I new main sail covers, a big thanks to my friend Kristy for her house, machine and doggies. Then I believe I did some more wiring, will this wiring ever end! Damm 40 year old wires. Then the rain came, which in california we have needed, which gave me time to finish all the little jobs, new bilge pumps wired up, fix leaks, apply new stickers to the hull. Then time to go sailing, oh what a relief to have the sun shining down, the bay glimmering, clear blue sky not a bit of fog, Yemaya rumbling along, the bay bridge behind me, the golden gate bridge beckoning me to sail under her and beyond, the city  offering all the delights of life ashore, the mountains, the people, the beautiful and diverse Bay Area.

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Hello 2014

2014 is upon us, and Shaping up to be a fantastic year. This is a very late happy New Years, but wishing everyone the best and that all their dreams for the year come true! I have mounted my solar panels and am happy to have free energy, love my solar! It took a lot of thinking to decide on the best way to mount them, and I settled on an arch of sorts, to keep them out of the way, and so on anchor I can hang my awning up, and get some lovely well needed shade. It seems I have spent months wiring up the boat, and it is not my favourite thing to do, but it’s done now, almost! Yemaya got a new main sail, which is exciting, As I have never had a new sail before. So she’s Almost put back together again, after a couple of months being away from the boat. Next on the list is the always fun, haul out!

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Henry Rollins

Spoken Word,

After reading Yogic Sailings last blog, it made me think about why we travel, then I came about this fantastic piece of writing by the great Henry Rollins, his writing and singing always puts things in prospective. I too have been asked, why do you travel, are you running away from something? And the answer is no, I travel to expose myself to the truths  of this world, to see the beauty of nature, to see sometimes the harsh reality of living for some people, to see simplicity in life, to expand my mind, to gain insight, to wonder, dream, explore. As there is no running away from yourself, no matter where you go on this planet. I love to travel and how it makes you a better person. So pack that bag, get out of your comfort zone, and dive into the unknown as you never know what you will find around the corner. Not all who wonder are lost.

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Time to move on

Linda P:

A Australian -Argentine family from Sydney, on their journey to sail around the world. I decided to share this beautiful piece of writing, as it resonates with me. And I love her views on this world. I hope you enjoy reading it as well.

Originally posted on Yogic Sailing Family:

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Irony. The day we leave France we end up spending half a fortune on a gas bottle adapter. Every European country seems to have their own system. Dis-unity. Variety. Add to the fortune we spent in Paris – it’s time to move on. I have mentioned how much I love this country and am especially grateful for the beautiful days we enjoyed in the city of romance and glamour embedded in the cheerfulness which only the treasured company of old friends can evoke. But when I can’t swallow anymore sugar and bleached wheat doesn’t even attract me in the form of a freshly baked croissants or a home-made chouquettes, then it’s time to move on. When I can’t laugh at ignorance anymore, but actually get annoyed at mothers smoking cigarettes in the middle of a playground and people blowing their dirty smoke right into my baby’s face – then…

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Americas cup madness.

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What luck to be here in San fransico when the Americas Cup is on. I have never been that interested in it, as I found the mono hulls boring, now with these 75 foot catamarans it blows you away watching these amazing boats, with speeds of 40+ knots downwind and 27 knots upwind. And its been great meeting new people in the crowds, mostly kiwis who have flown half way around the world to come and support their home team. Also a chance to catch up with friends from all over the bay as we are all drawn to this spectacular display of machines and sailors. I love how close they come to the shoreline, still wish they would come closer, it lets the crowd get involved.  At the moment the kiwis need only 3 points to win and take the cup back to New Zealand,  come on kiwis!

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Leave when you are seaworthy, one is never ready.

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Love of boats and the sea is a disease, like chronic malaria, once a person is ” infected”

It is recurrent and lifelong. once bitten by the sea, those that succumb can never leave it.

By Claire Allard

A truer saying, I have never felt more passionately about.

The sea has captured my heart and soul,

And yearns to wonder her blue roads,

To arrive in destinations unknown,

To new friends and old.

After leaving Jon Sanders in Darwin, were he returned to his own boat to continue on his 9th circumnavigation of the world. ( be sure to buy him a beer if passes by your shores.)

To arriving back in the Bay Area to my beloved boat Yemaya , and getting some serious jobs ticked off the list. The mast got pulled out and i put new rigging on, ran new wires up the mast and attached a VHF antenna, as there was not one on the top of the mast and Led mast head light.

Then found some corrosion in the mast step, so digging, scrapping, vacuuming and cutting up some of the floor, and epoxying the gap, an unexpected project but one that I am happy to have found out about now, when the mast is out. Amazing what a little bit of water can do over a long period of time to aluminium, but I love a keel stepped boat.

Now the mast is finally back in and I’m finishing running wires through the boat and putting reefing blocks on the boom so I can reef from the cockpit versus the boom.

I only had a cng stove and oven which had rusty pipes and corroded fittings, plus no one even sells CNG outside the USA, so pointless to keep. Got a nice second hand origo stove, which Is easy and simply, as my confidence to install a propane stove is not too high.

Also fixed the leaking water bladders which are not my favourite way to store water, as they leek and taste like plastic, but they came with the boat and had replaced very rusty tanks so that’s what I got for now.

Now  time to go sailing!

You call that bolt cutters? This is a bolt cutter!

You call that bolt cutters? This is a bolt cutter!

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