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It Begins

We have officially taken over possession of the boat. Danny and his dad Gerald have vacated the premises, after doing a ton of work on it. They put in a new head (toilet) pump and replaced the wood around the entrance. They bought new locks and cleaned up the inside quarters.

After getting the grand tour, we walked back up the dock. The Zodiac is locked in place for our first trip out as independent owners. Gerald said, “Yesterday when we were working on it, I had a tear in my eye. You really get attached.” I’m sure we will!

Boat Keys

We have keys!

Our solar shower arrived today too. It’s a big black bag with a shower nozzle. You fill it with water and leave it in the sun. The temperature can reach 50 degrees Celsius, according to the instructions! Ouch! Now we just need some sun….

Solar Shower

Important: Place black side up! Should be easy enough, since that’s every side 😉

In spite of the great efforts put in by Danny and Gerald, Tomahawk still needs a bit of work. Here are some things to do, off the top of my head:

I’m sure there will be many, many more items added to this list over time.



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We Have a Boat!

Two days ago, we traded a money order for a bill of a sale – and a 27-foot sailboat called Tomahawk!

It all started on New Year’s Eve of 2011. As the year turned, we were staying at the Rum Runner’s Roost, a bed and breakfast in Twillingate, Newfoundland. We had the place entirely to ourselves. The dead of winter is not a great time to travel and we battled sideways snow and biting temperatures on the drive there and back. In fact, the owners even offered to let us stay a second night for free, because they were afraid we would go off the road in the blizzard.

These same owners were the people who inspired our dream of living on a sailboat. They had done it for ten years, exploring the Great Lakes and beyond. While they made us breakfast, the wind blustering around the house-cum-B&B, they regaled us with tales of near-death experiences and calm passages on pristine waters.

We decided to follow in their footsteps… or wake.

Catalina 27

A mid-70s Catalina 27 like ours!

It’s taken us this long to take the first major step (although moving to Vancouver was a piece in the puzzle). In the past few months, we took a few informal sailing lessons from a guy with a 16-footer, but the wind was uncooperative. We didn’t end up doing much actual sailing, although we did learn about rigging the boat, right of way on the water, and docking.

Other than Jason’s brief teenage experience with sailing at camp, we are utter newbies at this point. It might be good to actually learn how to control the boat, starting with how to put up the sails, right?

Luckily, the guy who sold us the boat is super nice. He’s been living on it for a year and a half and has it all set up for liveaboard, except for the missing head holding tank (that’s septic tank, for you landlubbers). He’s also way more practically skilled than us and he’s agreed to teach us everything from reading navigational charts and fixing the motor to hooking up a solar panel and anchoring properly.

The rainy season is going to be hitting us soon, so we’ll have to do our best to take advantage of the short time we have to start figuring out which way is up… or aft.

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