Jay won a day sail on Empiricus at a raffle for the Alaska Cancer Care Alliance. She loved the bowsprit! Jay brought both her kids and her neighbor on the trip. Everyone got to helm a little. The weater was not sunny but it was still nice and fairly warm Capt. Osborn explains the basics […]Read more "Empiricus fights cancer!"
The mainsail flies quite well! After some tuning along the perils, those winkle went away. Making your own sails is hard work. But also rewarding and fun! Making near hull speed in 15 knots with everything up! Capt. Dale Plate at the helm for the first shakedown cruise. It was nice to sail with a […]Read more "Sea trials begin!"
A final trip up the rigging of Dawn Treader completes the barter and work trade between Captains. The water tank is done! The water tank hatches are clean and ready! Finally the hatches bolt on place. All the running blocks were soaked in linseed oil. Custom Stainless steel anchors were welded and bolted in place, […]Read more "3 days until launch. Much is complete. Much yet to do."
Dan Duame. Crew member for the 2013 NW Passage voyage, is a man of many Talents. While the EMPIRICUS refit is underway, Dan goes to work on the sailing dinghy. Some of the “stitch and glue” panels that came in the kit. The final product ill be a 12 foot sailing craft will carry […]Read more "Northwest Passage crew member builds a sailing dinghy for EMPIRICUS"
A view of the boot dodger frame. Cover in progress! Old school… The electric windlass will be replace with a block and tackle snatch system. the anchor line and chain will be stowed aft and retrieved 9 fathoms at a time horizontally along the deck. Captain Osborn learned to weld stainless steel and completed the […]Read more "Major projects near completion."