Monday, 28 August 2017

Around the harbour

Port of Victoria entry instructions 

Of course, when a vessel enters Victoria Harbour it's expected that the captain will have checked his charts and noticed that the main part of the harbour is an aerodrome. 

To keep everyone out of the flight paths, there's a line of yellow buoys along the south side of the harbour. The drill is that you keep the yellow buoys to port, such that they act as a highway centreline. The north side of the harbour has a few white buoys. Non-powered vessels (kayaks, etc.) are expected to use the north side, but are not strictly relegated there. Here's a screen shot from the Navionics web app. I've gone over the green lines outlining the airodrome, as they were very faint. The purple lines show the roadway for power vessels. The little harbour ferries can go on either side.

Here's the new sign on the new fixed beacon at the harbour entry, off Shoal Point in the above diagram (Coast Guard station in the background):


Gearing up for a spill

I've seen a number of different spill response vessels around the harbour recently. This is the most colourful.

Like a bird on a wire

Starlings over boat work at the Point Hope shipyard:
It must get right hot in there! At least their sanding dust, etc., doesn't fly around the neighbourhood. Yes, there's a ship under there!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Buoyancy tanks

Okay, I'm doing it this way:

Took measurements from the inside of the boat, then took ¼" off dimensions to account for foam planking and made a crude form:
The green part is the piece I made for a foot rest earlier, which is now the after end of the forward buoyancy tank. It's held to the form with screws, so I can remove it.

First plank goes on:
It's hot-glued to the aft bulkhead and to the end of the plank on the other side. The planks aren't attached to the forms at all.

Three planks on now:
The little spots you see on the seams between the planks are where I stabbed the seam with the hot glue gun, melting a space into which I injected hot glue. This is so the edges align with one another. This was pretty time-consuming, as I had to hold the pieces together until the glue hardened; about 5 minutes for each spot. But it seems to work.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Buoyancy test

I've started making some buoyancy tanks for the Airolite canoe. I'm not totally sure how I'm going to do them, so I won't post my work here just yet. But I thought I should just check and see how the boat floats without any buoyancy tanks added. So after my paddle this afternoon I shoved her under. Only she wouldn't go! This is as far as she'll go under:
I shoved that low side down, but it just came back up: that's as much water as she'll take. I thought she'd sink much lower.
And I tried to get her to stay inverted, but she just turned back right-side up. Good little boat. (She gets waaaay more comments than the Golightly.)

I'm thinking of calling her Bobber-Ann, 'cause of how corky she is. But I may keep that name for the next (slightly larger) one (if it happens), and just call this one Bob. hahaha!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

New navigation aids

The Canadian Coast Guard recently renewed all of our fixed navigation aids.

Here's the old one by the Songhees rock:
The old one is a round pillar with a round concrete base.
Whereas the new structures are more utilitarian, square:
Sitting on pilings instead of a concrete base in this case.

And here's the old one on the other side of the entrance to the Inner Harbour (remember, Red-Right-Returning):

It's a round pillar atop a square concrete pad.
The pad was replaced by another pad  in this instance, I guess because it was more accessible at low tide, but the top got squared off:

Painted planes

Victoria has a number of floatplanes that have been specially painted. Here are two:

This one is painted to look like an Orca:
The weeds in the foreground are wild fennel. Grows everywhere here.
While this one celebrates Canada's 150th:
(the flag is on a passing ferry)

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Paddling in the Gorge

Found a blackberry patch in the Gorge today. Yum! It helped that the tide was high.
Most of them were ripe, just not these in the foreground! I liked the colour mix.
I launched from a dock in the Gorge waterway that I was unable to before with the Golightly. I guess I could have rolled it down the hill to the ramp, but the ramp has a jog in it that I don't think the Golightly would get through without being lifted up to pass the railing. Also, it's a grassy hill that would be quite difficult to pull the boat up on return.
The green boat motoring in the background above is the Victoria Harbour Ferry's Gorge Cruise boat that Phoebe and I went on. The two dark spots on the water to the right are a swimmer and a dog. I was told that the water was a good temperature.
Whoever made this dock did a great job. That low part is perfect for getting in and out of boats from.
The part that looks like a sunny-side up egg in front of the boat is the fibreglass seat I made at John Booth's, with my back cushion sitting on top of it. Inside the backpack are: water bottle, cell phone, camera, some extra clothes, pee jar (with lid)*. If I'm planning to be out longer than an hour, I bring sunscreen as well.

The cell phone and camera have their own waterproof cases, and everything gets tied to the boat so that if there is a capsize, it doesn't all float away.

Before I paddled off, some friendly people helped me learn and practice getting in and out of the boat at the dock, using the paddle as a brace. So many years paddling kayaks and I'd never had a problem with entry/exit until now. Partly it's old age, partly it's the tenderness of the boat, I guess.

* Guys have it good on the water, I can drink as much as I like and not worry about finding relief, as long as I'm wearing shorts and loose (boxer type) undies. Actually, zip-off legs pants work, too. This seems to be more important as I age.

Foot brace

I made the foot brace on Monday and finished it up and installed it on Tuesday. Warm weather and polyester resin made it a quick job. It's a bulkhead, really. I first made a joggle stick out of a piece of cardboard, then recorded the shape of the section on another piece of cardboard that I clamped in place in the plane of the bulkhead, then transfered the shape to another piece of cardboard that would be the pattern. Kinda like this:
(If you make the teeth irregularly shaped, you don't need numbers.)

The cut out bulkhead (¼" foam) got a thin skin of glass cloth on each side, plus a piece of carbon fibre tape along the top for strength:
I drilled holes and tied it into place with marline:

Not as nice looking as the rest of the boat, but it's very light and it does the job.

I've used this boat more than the foam & glass kayak so far this summer. I'm lovin it.