Our full week in Kodiak has been Jam packed. So far we have; Stowed the food, Mounted the new stove, Built and installed lee cloths, Re wired the Chart Plotter and depth sounder, Reconfigured the coachroof area and mounted the life raft, Built the Headstay radio antenna, built new Genoa and Jib stays, Sold some […]
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Steven and I rolled onto the ferry, and slept hard, from dock to dock… Its a good thing because the next 2 days were a whirlwind. Over 20 trips from the Potato, with 200lb plus carts at low tide. Steven earned his keep ad impresses some local fisherman with his energy and good attitude. I […]
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Our last night in Seward was a busy one. We had a few projects to wrap up before we hit the road this morning. My truck, the “Mashed Potato” was chomping at the bit, to haul our precious load. Shes’ not a looker, but shes’ a runner! Jason.. You rock. I will see you in […]
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Since leaving the slope May 20 and landing in Anchorage, it has been a non stop blast of energy amongst the crew of Empiricus. A long punch list sat before us as the time ticked away. The name of the game was “Checklist”. With a checklist in hand, mountains can be moved. without. Mountains can […]
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Crew member and Ships Carpenter Dan Duame has been hard at it this spring. Building the tender for Empiricus and its finally complete. Dan left the naming of her to me. An honer I truly appreciate. After long deliberation and waiting for the right name to come to mind. A clever snippet of inspiration lead […]
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Today in Palmer Alaska, Dan Duame puts the final touches on the dinghy Its is almost ready for rigging! Meanwhile in Prudhoe Bay, the 2012 Ice charts are being studied and reviewed. They will be used as a baseline comparison for the 2013 Voyage.
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One of the great conserns in sailing history, is water. Good clean water. Many voyages have been doomed by tainted water supplies, contributing to sickness and obviously dehydration. Of course the modern answer to this dilemma is to purchase or build a “Water-maker” or reverse osmosis membrane, fed by a high pressure pump. There are […]
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Dan is putting the final touches on the Eastport, “Passage Maker” Pram. His hard work in building this fine little vessel is a major contribution to our trip through the Northwest Passage.
This little pram will be our workhorse. Hauling fuel, food, water and of course “Us” to and from land. It will carry a triple reefed sailing lug rig that is simple to set up and use.
The boat can also be rowed by one person. Early explorers used small launches like these almost daily, to scout out anchorages, take soundings and gather provisions.
A name has been chosen and will be announced, during a launching ceremony in the near future.
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Yet again saved money by sewing new sailbags myself. These were made from kits, but after completing them, I feel I could replicate the process fairly accurately, with no plotting or plans.
These will hold the sail and be lifted from the deck by a halyard.
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Friends and fellow sailors, Oksana and Sean help assemble some panels on a late Saturday night. Basting and sewing the panels Prep and planning is everything and each sail is different. Panels 1 and 2 Panels 1 and 2 going together Measurung and plotting a patch assembly to reinforce the Reef Clew. Reef clew patches […]
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