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    Thanks mid!

    Well Luksana is going to hog the lap top for a while then maybe I can post some more.

    Prince Rupert wetter than Hell but has character and is very beautiful when the sun shins. Next posts should show some sunshine, and fog and mountains and hot springs

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    slack crew , get them fenders in ...........................

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    How I envy you and your beautiful lady to live your life long dream , two words , Sheer Magic

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    Looking good. Boat looks good and heavy compared to my plasticky Jeanneau

    Seems the Mrs is well traind too. Can she swim btw?

    I had Thai on board so went to local swimming pool with out of date life jackets to get some real experience of what it's like to be wearing one when you go in.

    Fun and informative way to use up the old gas cartridges. One of the six failed to inflate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    any tool or website we can use to track your progress?

    Yip here and the Mrs will be posting her stuff, on our blog site Southpacificengagement.com

    I would imagine hers to be more informative and she speaks better inglish than me lol.

    As to the Auto pilot mid. We have a fancy Auto helm that is useless and burns power. After much research we bought a wind steering device called a "Capehorn" or Caphorn in french canadian. The guy designed it after crossing the Atlantic 30 years ago SH. It is very simple, I mean very simple! It comes with a 28 000 mile guarantee (round the world trip). You deal with the makers (2) and they are very accommodating. Other wind vane steerers comes with a several thousand dollar "cruising repair kit", have lines and pulleys all over the cockpit and do not do well in light winds.

    When I asked about the spares, their was silence and then he said why would you take spares? Good answer, I asked about maintenance and he said give the teflon bearings (2) a squirt of silicon grease every couple of years. Wow what a sales pitch!!!!!

    Life jackets, Ya our self inflators are old and beings they are European I can not get the recharge kits, so big spend when we hit the south. That one in 6 story decided me.

    SO today we are sat at this real nice marina for free, as I said crap wifi but well we are dry and warm. Head off on the next leg. Place is on the Mid BC coast look for Bella Bella and Shearwater on google.

    2 other "cruisers heading North one Swiss one American, think we are hero's coming out of the North. They have been sheltered here for 4 days and the wind was with them. Luksana just beamed me I was as modest as ever lol.

    OK a few other pics during the day.
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    Hopefully by Fiji I will have this photo posting down.

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    http://teakdoor.com/Gallery/albums/u...8/IMG_0152.JPG

    SO we had a very wet weather. Very windy. SO this was the day before we left as the weather got better. Then 2 days to make a break.

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    Sensational pics!

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    What an adventure. What a trip. Good luck to you both. Enjoy.

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    Good luck, looks great... always remember to pick the lesser of two weewils

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    going back to posting pics school!

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    Still a tad chilly but some incredible scenes to pull at the heart strings.

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    Wow..

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    Hard to get motivated to sail when it's that cold. Even on the surface, the idea of being near water when it's that cold doesn't appeal to me, guess it comes from years of associating water with the beautiful, warm sunlight here in Florida, but still some stunning landscape surrounds you.

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    Hang in there SIT..gotta get better eh?

    Had an Autohelm belt drive to wheel on the Alberg..heavy on power for sure but summer sailing in BC waters is 90% iron jib . Okay under sail except on a reach..all over the shop!
    Had hydraulic steering and autopilot on Vagabond ...very sophisticated with screen and gyro compass..not sure if power hungry but had 7 deep cycles ..never had a problem no "S" steering like the Autohelm.
    Your wind steering contraption looks interesting..not sure I like the idea of a fricking great hole in the transom though...lol You have cable+quadrant steering or?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas
    Your wind steering contraption looks interesting..not sure I like the idea of a fricking great hole in the transom though
    Windvanes have been around since the early 60ies. The later models are very robust and almost bulletproof. SIT's Capehorn is one of the very best. No power consumption and reliable as hell. It's exactly what I would install if I was crossing an ocean. Autopilots on sailboats are for coastal cruising and harbour hopping...
    I blame the Americans......and Thaksin.

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    I just spent 10 mins typing out answers and explanations, then went back to load a photos and now everything has gone!!!!!!

    Ok calm down!

    Just before we left it had been dampish. This was was a light mist compared to the preceding week.

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    http://teakdoor.com/Gallery/albums/u...8/IMG_0152.JPG

    Ya the cutting the hole in a boat took some inner strength. But it is layered in with West Epoxy System and 7 layers of mat and cloth. Then I ground it out cause I was not happy and I did it again. I can bounce on the bloody thing now no give. Nothing moves on the outside. The workings are so simple, and a product that is guaranteed to take you around the world, No other yacht steering system offer that. No spares to be carried, we are talking a serious piece of clever proven engineering.

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    Back to the bloody newbie post a pic page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas
    Your wind steering contraption looks interesting..not sure I like the idea of a fricking great hole in the transom though
    Windvanes have been around since the early 60ies. The later models are very robust and almost bulletproof. SIT's Capehorn is one of the very best. No power consumption and reliable as hell. It's exactly what I would install if I was crossing an ocean. Autopilots on sailboats are for coastal cruising and harbour hopping...
    Okay everyone to their own opinion..(almost?..reliable as hell?)...but to listen to vendor saying no need for spares is madness..sure ocean crossing with wind autopilot is good except when one is inshore with variable winds... one does not want to be at the helm 247...in the Malacca straight winds are so variable that not having a powered autopilot could lead to pilot error etc through exhaustion..ALSO MADNESS!
    SIT do not forget softwood plugs and a few litres of epoxy for all those frickin through hull fittings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitas
    Your wind steering contraption looks interesting..not sure I like the idea of a fricking great hole in the transom though
    Windvanes have been around since the early 60ies. The later models are very robust and almost bulletproof. SIT's Capehorn is one of the very best. No power consumption and reliable as hell. It's exactly what I would install if I was crossing an ocean. Autopilots on sailboats are for coastal cruising and harbour hopping...
    Okay everyone to their own opinion..(almost?..reliable as hell?)...but to listen to vendor saying no need for spares is madness..sure ocean crossing with wind autopilot is good except when one is inshore with variable winds... one does not want to be at the helm 247...in the Malacca straight winds are so variable that not having a powered autopilot could lead to pilot error etc through exhaustion..ALSO MADNESS!
    SIT do not forget softwood plugs and a few litres of epoxy for all those frickin through hull fittings!
    I believe that's more or less what I said....? Windvanes are not much use in confined waters, or in light/variable winds. They are primarily for offshore use and SIT is crossing the Pacific ocean. I think he does have an Autopilot as well as several nav systems. so he's doing OK. He's going to have a fair bit of coastal sailing/motoring done by the time he gets out into the Pacific, and the inside passage down the BC coast has about the most contrary bloody winds you are likely to find anywhere. We always figured that no matter which direction you wanted to go, the wind was always bang on the nose....

    The only "spares" you can realistically carry would be an extra blade....some cable and a handful of bolts. The good ones rarely fail and countless circumnavigations have been made without having to fix or replace anything.

    ....100% agree on the softwood plugs and epoxy......the kind that can set under water preferably. Blowing a through-hull fitting is a traumatic experience at the best of times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    slack crew , get them fenders in ...........................
    555 yup do listen to "MM" MID..god forbid that anyone should be so slack as to deploy fenders or leave them down approaching or leaving a dock! GEESH!

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    Just did it again lost the lot.

    Capehorn does not list spares cause if it breaks it will be broke beyond repair. Bit of spare line and a couple of blocks. The rudder is designed like a dinghy rudder. It is attached by shock cord. kicks up when you hit anything hard.

    No holes anyplace near the water line. The tubing you see is static it houses a steel rod to the vane and the tee has the shaft for the quadrant. 2 teflon blocks are the sum total of moving parts. NOTHING TO REPLACE or break. That is why they give a 28000 mile guarantee. Nothing breaks. so they do not have to pay out. Lots of other clever stuff look at the height of the shaft. The vane sail is out of the lee of the boat in clean air. Since so few moving parts very little friction so good in light winds.

    My GPS has an alarm if I go off course it alerts the watch keeper. Same with Radar. which I can program to come on very (x) number of mins to do a sweep, sees anything all hell breaks loose. Yip lots of plugs and various underwater fast curing compounds.

    All though hulls checked and changed. Bronze of course. (Do realize that no holes anyplace near the water line for the cape horn) The shaft tube has 7 layers of cloth and mat on it. It is the strongest part of the stern! I did a bounce test. But you are right spent all this time fitting out. Anchor light burned out (after I have spent a good part of the winter hanging there) and now the bloody depth sounder is having an identity crisis.
    Ill post a link to the Capehorn Webpage. Also the comments about the product over the last 30 years are very very positive.

    You are right about the fenders!! Trust Mid Luksana was complaining it was slippery, so I went up and nearly went for n early swim. pure ice!!! I think in the pics she is on fours crawling. Tired I see I am repeating myself. Another dock day tomorrow but maybe a chance to get across Queen Charlette Sound (Open Ocean) in between the gales on Monday. 100 miles.

    Spent today trying to find out what is wrong with my depth sounder. Roled a log last week and I thing I have caused the transducer a severe concussion.

    The Link below is to photos on our blog page. Of the first day worth a look, I will do battle with our prehistoric system again tomorrow.
    http://southpacificengagement.com/20...d-hartley-bay/
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    The Mrs is winning the war of who uses the computer! We have done another page nice pictures and some reading for those that can
    BC Inside Passage | From Hartley Bay to Bishop Bay SOUTH PACIFIC JOURNAL

    If anyone wants to read about the Capehorn this is the company website. (2 guys) http://www.capehorn.com/sections/Pages/Obsolete.htm
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