Wednesday, 21 March 2018

What to do with Golightly

I found that Golightly was too much to deal with as a car-topped trimaran with my crappy back. Or even as a kayak (Bobber-Ann has fixed that nicely!). Friend Andrew suggested I join the Cadboro Bay Sailing Association, so I did.

They don't have a spot in their compound for me yet, but it might happen this summer. Meanwhile, I'll build a proper dolly with fat wheels for crossing the beach, and get out on the water in Bobber-Ann (the wee skin boat).

I'll keep Golightly rigged up for sailing (with akas and amas stored on top, to minimize space taken up) and on the dolly ready to wheel to the beach, where I'll put the pieces together. I'll keep the mast and leeboard on, and possibly the rudder as well, if there's space aft.

Cadboro Bay is a great place to sail since it's so protected. There's also access to Oak Bay and Chatham and Discovery Islands. The currents don't get crazy till you get out of the bay.

Cadboro Bay looking SE

Red arrow in the pic below shows where the CBSA compound is at Cadboro Bay, with the short path to the beach. The adjacent compound to the NE is Uvic's. Royal Victoria Yacht Club is at the bottom.

This post is a major departure from routine, since it deals with a possible future, whereas all other posts have been made after the fact. I've kept this plan under wraps since I joined the CBSA last August because I really didn't know if it would happen at all. But I went to their AGM last night and was quite impressed with the calibre of the people, as well as getting some assurance that I would get a spot within the compound in the not-too-distant future.

Also, I've applied for housing in the Niagara region, so doing anything more here was somewhat up in the air. However, I have about five years to wait for housing in Niagara, so I thought I may as well make best use of my time here.

buoyancy tank again

I applied polyester resin to the outside of the buoyancy tank, and when I came back the next day, two of the planks that make up the forefoot (if it were a boat) had sprung apart. Their forward ends snapped off when I tried to push them back into place.

So I left it for the winter and just got back to it. I used bondo and finger-clamped the two pieces back into place, then glued the snapped-off forward end bits back on. The job isn't as smooth as planned, but it's just a buoyancy tank, right?

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 their 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 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)