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Desolation Sound part 2

I’d written this a while back but lack of internet and a great vacation got in the way. Finally a completed post of what I’d started in Desolation Sound… We’re at anchor in Squirrel Cove, Desolation Sound. It’s midnight. I can hear a small set of rapids entering due to a tide change. It’s peaceful. Serene. […]


Desolation Sound

We’re at anchor in Squirrel Cove, Desolation Sound. I can hear a small set of rapids entering the anchorage due to a tide change. It’s peaceful. Serene. No wind. Glassy calm water. I can hear fish feeding behind me. Anchor lights of other boats dot the horizon. We’re by far the smallest boat. The only […]


Idiot at the Helm

First shakedown cruise is behind us. The word “epic” comes to mind. Everything that could break, did break. From simple stuff like the Stand Up Paddle board pump, fresh water pump to the engine. For me, the worst part was a massively simple mechanical mistake. I had done an oil change a month or so ago. An […]


Hole in The Water

Boat – A hole in the water you dump money into. There are endless corny boat jokes; The two happiest days of a boat owner’s life is the day he buys it and the day he sells it. Boat unit – A $1,000 repair bill.   That latter might actually be true. Pulled the boat […]


Endless Boat Work

Pfewf. 80% of the boat tasks are done. At least those tasks that needed to be completed while the boat was out of the water. As I was putting on the last of the zinks I looked down at the license plate and notice it was expired. That remains the last task prior to taking […]


Change of Seasons

April always surprises me. It’s the end of ski season and the transition to boating season. Ski season was rather lack luster this year. Not a huge amount of snow and variable conditions everytime we went up. I think we had one semi-powder weekend where it had dumped a couple days prior to our arrival. […]


Fish Utopia

Its interesting how one day one particular lure works like a hot damn then, the next day not a single bite on that same lure. The other night was the same; Lines in the water by 4:30pm. Not a single bite until 6:30. By 7pm, at sunset, I had three fish in the cooler. Just […]


D Arcy Island

  Had a fantastic Canada day last weekend. We took off on the boat for a day trip with our friends Bay & Adam to D’Arcy Island. I had been there many years ago on my family’s sailboat. I was still a child back then and vividly remember the stories we dreamt up. D’arcy island […]


Back in the Grind

We had an absolutely amazing ride home from the Sunshine Coast to Victoria. Alarm went off at 4:30 AM and we untied from the dock at 5:15. I don’t think we have ever had a crossing quite this flat. Almost boring to be honest. We’re also starting to gain some confidence in our “Sweet Chariot”. […]


Exploring Keats Island

Wow! What a perfect couple of days. Yesterday at 4:30pm we decided we might as well pack up and head to the family Summer cabin, Keats Island. The passage was fantastic. The Strait of Georgia was very kind to us and kept the waves down. My Heat Exchanger installation worked flawless. We left Sidney at […]


Shakedown Cruise

Our first shakedown cruise is done. Last weekend was a doozy. First, we got the boat in the water, tested out the anchor while enjoying a few beverages. Finally we cruised about 20 minutes to a local island and grabbed a mooring ball for our first overnight stay. Everything worked except for two incidents. First, […]


Installing a Heat Exchanger

New to this site? Start with what we’re up to and why we’re trying to Sail Around the World. I’ve written this post to perhaps try to help others who are trying to install a fresh water cooling system. I’m by no means a mechanic. Quite the opposite, I sit in front of a computer […]


Lowrance Elite 5 Depthsounder & GPS

I had mentioned previously that we chose to go with the LOWRANCE Elite 5 Fishfinder/Chartplotter. I finally picked up a unit from West Marine today. I’m pretty excited to have this unit on the Sweet Chariot as I have never had precise depth contours while fishing. I guess now I don’t have any more excuses why I’m not […]


Work Continues

We’re making progress. Stove is in after making some modifications to the countertop. More pictures on that later. Bottom paint is now also done including the waterline thanks to Ash. I don’t have time to tape a waterline. Zincs are all replaced. Port trim tab is back on after the gelcoat hairline repair. Trailer is […]


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