Hey! Thanks for the replies!
SeaStory: i didnt actually moved this boat, but i moved a similar boat (hullshape, weight, material) last winter through tidal waters for five consecutive days using the small outboard. Stearing was fine. Just needed to calculate tides and docking/locks manouvers, and went with the current.
The diesel is heavy (240 kg) and located in a way that makesitreally uncomfortable to work
on it. In contrast, i worked on outboards before: just bringing them on the cockpit
, and striping them as needed. Ifi couldnt fix it, i could put it on my bicycle and ride somewhere where somebody could. I cant do that with the diesel.
PirateGuy: i ve got the manual in english
and german (my mother tongue is spanish) and its dizzling to read and try stuff on a motor that is so uncomfortable to access. I did got a little bit understanding from the manual, but the electrical
part is like chinese to me. All those abstract symbols put me off. I can watch somebody do something, and i learn fast. From the manual i m very slow. Dont know why.
The masochistic experience hahaha, is for life! I dont actually go vacations since i dont have a job to get relief from really. I just travel everywhere, its my daily life since 26 years having no toilet and no galley
I can see how it could be difficult for people not used to it. But i bake very good pizzas and on a daily base on a pan in a home made single
. I also brew exquisite indian masala chai in that fashion.
As for the toilet, growing up with native (south) americans made it easy for me to transition to the bucket boat system. Toilet paper is like a comodity here in Germany
, where people rush to the stores every pandemic to buy tons of it
. I use water
instead, feels definitively cleaner with water
than all smeared with paper.
As for attraction of human beings... the opposite sex has prooved attracted enough, but i believe thats more related to my display of self confidence (even when most of the time i dont really have a clue of what i m doing) and maybe my guitar playing skills
I mostly single
hand. Ocassionally a girlfriend comes on board for a few days. So far so good. As for the passage
this time, it will have to be a bunch of savages like me, i guess
Bill O: you are right i do have time and i barely use any money. I just really dont enjoy messing with the diesel. Although i m trying to force myself to learn it. Its just not flowing. And i am trying. Maybe i do manage to learn.
Yes! Sculling oars are a very nice thing! I built a prototype of a AD sculling inspired oar last year. I was travelling with a small sailboat, only 1 ton, 5,5 meters. I was going from the north sea to the med via de canals. Germany and Neatherlands was ok. Then the old outboard i had died. After a week of trying to repair it, i ditched it, together with half of my stuff.
I continued sculling throuh the dutch waterways for 15 days. Amazing experience. A very good workout, too. This particular oar i built propelled us about 1 and 1/2 knot
and i could kept about 6 to 8 hours of paddling a day, because the load of each stroke was so small.
For crossing big canals i often needed a pull. Eventually a good friend who learned about my adventure sent me the new yamaha to the neatherlands. I continued through Belgium and France
wih the 4 PS, but that was a small boat
too. No sailing in the canals. Just sculling and motoring.
About my current boat, i have a single oar (normal oar) that i put on the stern some times to practice the bermudan style of sculling over the stern. Since its a normal oar, and i dont currently have a notch, its not often that i get the write cadence to get the push while keeping he oar in place. I do manage for brief moments. I need to practice more.
My feeling is that yes, a proper sculling oar, a yuhlo, or like last year, a vertical AD sculling oar could move the 5 tons at a minimal speed. Not for a full day like with the small boat
, but for getting in and out of port in perfect conditions, sure.
I m very inclined to ditch the diesel. I know its a thin line i m walking.
I ve put the mast
down at low water for inspecting the rig and doing a small canal passage
Didnt sail the boat yet, but i saw the plans and i like the lines, it has a fairly long keel
, albeit not full, and a skeg hung rudder
. It should keep the curse while i go forward to reef the main after leashing the tiller.
The rig is simple, with a rollfock and a main, just two simple winches in the cockpit
and a winch
in the mast
. Low friction set up, no spagethi on the cockpit. I would like to add a second stay to have the choice of ridding a storm sail when needed instead if relying on a reefed furled fock.
The way i see it, the boat is a far better sailor than i am.
But since i m a fast learner by experience, i have trained the ability to focus and stay focused for very long periods of time, and i ve been a few times out there and loved every moment (including the **.ked up ones) i believe the trip this summer may end up being a good sailing school