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The seed of adventure has been sown.

The goal is to take this boat on a trip that no other Wharram boat has taken.
From Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories up the MacKenzie River to the Beafort Sea
and westward to the Bering Sea and south to the inside passage on the Alaska and British Columbia coast.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sailors as a group are a helpful bunch. In emergencies we go out of our way to help others with their boats or lives. After all we never know when it might be our life or boat on the line. This poor cold and soggy dog showed up at the shed today. It slinked in under one of the walls. It was totally wet and shivering. I dried it off with some towels, gave it some bread and turned the heat lamp onto it. It took a good half hour for it to stop shivering. Meanwhile I found out who its owner was and called him. Nice dog but I couldn't see a dog on a Tiki 26.

The weather that soaked the dog was the lead in to a major wind/rain storm we are being hit with. It was raining at .8 inches per hour today. I have never seen such rain in Seattle. I had to go out to a function this evening and the streets were like rivers with the water up over the curbs and hills like streams. In one low spot, without adequate drainage there was a car with water up to the middle of the doors. To night we are suppose to get wind of speeds up to 65 mph. I checked the coastal swell report which indicated that the swell sets would be 28ft at 12 sec with peaks of 42 ft.

Needless to say the sailor in me spent the day preparing for this. I moved everything that didn't need to be in the shed out to drier safer locations. I added plastic mesh fencing over top of the roof tarp and checked all the tiedowns and added some. I also covered the boat in a big piece of plastic just in case. After three months, the shed tarp has developed two small leaks. I'm sure there are more to come which means I'll need to get a new tarp. Meanwhile I'll try to continue working on the boat. I did get some work in. I faired the other side so now I am no longer lopsided. My plan is to Sand everything in the morning and with some luck lay the first strip of glass biaxial tape down the keel tomorrow afternoon.


Blogger barleyfrank said...

hey dude!!!

hope you are dry today. heard about the storm. the hull is amazing, and i have thoroughly enjoyed your daily journey. took me a while to figure out how to engage, but I think this is it.

let us know you are alright, and keep the fire burning!!!

peace and love to you and the family.


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