Yard Time

October slipped away from us and we hardly noticed as we spent the entire month on the hard.  A friend had recently told me, “Oh you know you love boat projects,” which I of course wholeheartedly denied.  However, when the opportunity presents itself there is no avoiding the need to maintain a boat no matter…

Finding the SUN in Sneek, Fryslan

Even on rainy days, the sun shines at AquaSolar; just what one might expect at a company that specializes in solar energy and wind energy for boats, caravans, and homes.  After a tip from fellow, live-aboard sailors whom we’d met aboard Zanzibar while in Lememr, we scouted AquaSolar’s website and thought it might be worth our while to take the boat to…

SAIL Detour

Anyone else tired of that overhanging mast and accompanying, X-shaped support post getting in the way of all our photographs?  We sure are!  It’s about time we get that out of the way and…RAISE THE MAST! We spent several days at the town of Weesp, on the Vecht River, which had been our staging point…

Recharged

Each bend of the Saone River presents us with a new view as we continue upstream.  The hillside vineyards have faded as the narrowing river now winds its way through wheat fields and cow pastures.  Travel is peaceful; staying within the channel bouys we glide through the water at a smooth 5.5 knots.  We seldom…

Voila! A Motor Yacht

I’ve always thought the term “vessel” to describe my watery domain had sounded a bit commercial.  However, in the United States it is perfectly natural and appropriate to term your sailboat as a “sailing vessel” thus the abbreviation SV.  Now I am in Europe, and the term “yacht” gets tossed around with ease.  And so…

Which Heading, Captain?

Which heading, Captain?  Uh oh!  We could hardly see any of the headings on Detour’s compass!  Unfortunately, the compass had not been properly covered and therefore was badly sun-damaged. It was very difficulty to read the numbers. Brian and I rely on our compass to navigate and wanted a compass that we could actually read.  We carefully measured the…

Around the “House”

In-between larger projects we’ve been paying attention to some minor details in order to make Detour feel more like our home. I, of course, also wanted to remove some of the traditional, nautical flare. Working on the details has helped us to stay busy when we are waiting for ordered packages to arrive or change…

Dorade Dilemma

Does anyone notice what is missing from Detour’s dorade ventilation box? There are no boxes; hence “dorade box” a ventilation system designed by Sparkman and Stephens which enables air to flow freely into the cabin yet prevents water from entering the boat. A rectangular box is affixed to the deck. Within the box are two…

Clean Water Fresh Air

Water and air; without either of these substances cruising would simply not be possible! Life, for that matter, would also not be possible were it not for water and air. The two are mutually important for sustaining health and happiness. Water floats our boats. Water is the roadway on which we travel. Water keeps us…

Tuyau d’Arrosage

The first thing that Brian and I did once we obtained the boat keys was to go through the entire boat to determine what remained aboard from the previous owner; what “free” stuff had we gained through this sale? We opened every cupboard, closet, and hatch and took inventory of remaining spare parts, life jackets,…