Bon Voyage Angelique, Greeting Canada …. #4

Picture taken in British Columbia, Canada, Barkley Sound – June 25th. 

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As we counted down the days for our departure, I was asked many times; “Am I more nervous or excited.” I Always say excited, it is like a vacation that you have been planning for a while.  We all know that feeling, right?  But how will I feel once I’ve been gone 2-month, 6-month, 1+ years. I don’t really know yet. I guess what I can say is, the hardest part is going to be, not seeing my friends and family on a more frequent basis. We will have to use Face-time, phone calls, emails with less frequent hugs, that’s for sure.

As we worked towards the deadline we arbitrarily set on ourselves as June 15, with all our drive, determination and hard work we hoped we would meet it. But as the first part of June arrived we hated to admit it, we were not ready. It was hard to say to ourselves “were not ready yet”.  It then suddenly dawned on us that we have no reason to be upset, angry or disappointed. We set the date, we can move the date.. (hard to say for a date driven IT girl that doesn’t like missing dates, lol) So, we took our “to do” list and marked those items that were a “must get done” before we leave.

Did I ever say that we have amazing friends… well we do. They jumped into action to help us get through the final items. We were also watching the weather in the ocean too and by June 18th we realized that if we leave on Thursday morning the we would be in good shape. So I spent the last couple days in Portland stowing for sea and food provisioning.

June 21 we set out from CRYC to head north, San Juan Islands and Canada is calling us. The ocean was extremely calm, but I didn’t do too well. I need to get my sea legs as it will be important for the upcoming trips south. Our trip north Ken and Cheryl Williams joined us and we were lucky enough to see whales and porpoise.

We landed at the Customs dock just north of the Broken Islands in Ucluelet marina. Customs boarded Angelique and went through our whole boat. It took more than 2 hours for them to interview and tour our boat. Dan was sad because they confiscated his Grandpa’s hunting knife and then promptly charged us $500 for the offence that we violated. We then headed to the store for food and fishing bait/gear. We had lunch at a small local fish and chips place, which was a welcome after such a long 26 hour trip in the ocean and 2+ hours with Customs.  Next morning we heading to an anchorage just north of Chalk Island. Fishing was the highlight of the next 3 days. We caught lots of Rock Fish and Ling Cod. Awesome fish dinners for 3 nights in a row and taught Ken and Cheryl how to play 500, an Enloe family card game.

View from our boat anchored near Chalk Island – 2 different nights

We have enjoyed our time in this part of Canada and glad we made the voyage north. Excited to see other ports in Canada and Washington before heading south.

Cheers from Angelique M/V

Live, Love, Laugh & Remodel …#3

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As we work hard to update and customize our Yacht for cruising in the next few months, I can’t help but be at awe with all that lay ahead of us and the gratefulness for it. Dan and I celebrate our Anniversary this week, February 27th and I often think what would have happened if we didn’t tie the knot. Where would we be and what would we be doing without this partnership we have built over the 9 years?

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Dan nor I had any idea the level of risk or adventures we were both willing to take and neither of us understood each other’s drive and determination along with our power together.  We can do anything together! I knew that adventure would be part of our life, but really had no idea the level and grandeur of it.

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Thank you Dan, for being such a wonderful, Adventurous partner. In Love with Life!

Our remodeling of our Yacht Angelique is endless, new floors, cabinets, furniture and wall paper in the salon, engine repairs go on and on & updating & changing oils, fluids etc., buying spare parts, refurbishing old anchors, discussing our trip with others that have done this before, planning for provisions, security measures, communication plans (internet, phone, satellite, radar), fun stuff (kayak’s, paddle boards, wave-runner, dinghy, Scuba and snorkeling etc…) and packing up our home so family can take care of it while we are gone. dan engine room projects.jpg

Now for the Angelique remodeling part… and our progress

The floor is a floor salon.JPGbig project we didn’t see ourselves taking on, but we did it, and you can too! It saved us tons of money and we are happy to look at the floor and know we accomplished it ourselves. Lots of learning with questions to experts and YouTube videos.

We did the layout & staggering of boards, gluing & nailing with nail gun, sanding with big floor sander, and 5 coats of Varnish. We are now ready for our new cabinets. It looks marvelous.

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Refurbishing of our anchors was a heavy load.

Not only were they  rusty and not looking their best, but on one, the shank was bent as you can see in the top pic. We had to remove it & haul it to a shop that would end up replacing the bent shank with new steel (can’t imagine what happened to bend it, YIKES), then to sandblast and galvanizing. Ahhh, we don’t have just one anchor, we have two, the smaller one wasn’t in such bad shape.

 

I was in search for as many original details as possible. I started on a project with the window valances in the Salon.

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I didn’t know what was under the years and years of fabric coverings until I dug into it. Three layers of bad, old fabric and 1000’s of staples on each board, (total of 5 boards 8+ feet long). It turned out to be beautiful Teak wood, but the staples had damaged it beyond repair. So, Dan and I did another 1st time project. We put Teak Veneer on each board. Now for a bit of varnish and we will be able to hang them and be proud of another project accomplished.

While doing all the remodeling projects every day, I have started taking Scuba lessons and Motorcycle riding lessons.  See our new member of the family below, she is the lightest weight bike with a sissy bar, that we could put on the boat for land use in our travels. I’m pushing the limit in every way I can. I don’t want to let any part of life passbike -2018.jpg me by and not at least try it before I say no.

The Summer deadline for leaving is coming quick. We have lots and lots of projects to get done before we leave. I expect to have one or two more planning blog articles before we set off for our Big Cruising Adventure.

Take Care everyone.. Please follow my blog and share if you like!

Dan/Angela, AdventuresonAngelique.com

 

Just Some Sheer Luck …#2

While cruising in the summer of 2015 a decision was made that the current Yacht we owned was not going to be sufficient  for our “dream trip”.  It was long talks and hard conversations between us to come up with this decision. We would need to sell our beloved 46′ Grand Banks, Sapphire”.

So how  did we come to that decision?

As we imagined the trip and how we wanted to experience it and the upgrades we would have to make, it was just  too overwhelming.  We would have to sink too much time and money into her that we would not get back. We were sad, because when we purchased her it was our expectations that she would be the boat we take on our trip; but time teaches you things, if your careful enough to listen and we heard loud and clear. We just had to accept it.

What we did was create a list of things we thought we needed and cost estimates on them. Then we used the list to help us find our new adventure boat.

Here is a list of key items we wanted on our Motor Vessel:

  • Stabilizers – reduces the roll, side to side
  • Large fuel tanks/1000 mile range
  • Ability to go 15 knots top speed (17 mph)
  • Auto Pilot
  • Bow thruster – pushes boat sideways for easy docking
  • Walk-around decks – easy access & docking
  • Aft Master State-room – comfortable 
  • Nice Guest State rooms – for visitors
  • Comfortable living space
  • Air Conditioning

We put Sapphire up for sale and started our hunt. Selling and buying boats are claimed to be the best days in an owners life. I would agree, but I also love the process and excitement of the hunt. We sold Sapphire in early 2016 in 7 months and lived the whole boating season without a boat. It was very painful to watch our friends and yacht club members go off and enjoy their time. We did make a run at a couple of Yachts, that for one reason or the other didn’t work out. (this is similar to buying a house and a car in one). You have the vessel surveyed to assure that you are aware of what you are getting yourself into, but you also have the engines surveyed. Repairs cost can sink your budget if a lot of repair or replacement is needed, making the purchase a risk.

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In late 2016/early 2017 we were working on the purchase of a vessel that resided in Alameda CA called “Sheer Luck”. We purchased her in February 2017, after many trips and surveys were completed. Dan then made many trips to California to work on items from the survey that needed fixing. Then we were waiting out the weather conditions and planning for the trip up the Pacific Ocean to Oregon.

Our plan was to take our first cruse in the Bay-Area testing her out and have Dan’s buddies join him in Mid-May for the trip home. We learned a lot with our first trip and found IMG_1951.jpgmore items to fix. When I headed home to go back to work, Dan’s friends joined him for the trip up the coast. They loaded the boat with more food, water, fuel for the trip and headed out. They (Dan, Ken Williams, Doug Hahn, Marv Windred, and Brian Tom) headed out and traveled for about 9 hours when the weather and waves got worse, they had to head back to Alameda and make a new plan. It was disappointing, not only for the guys, but we now needed to wait for a better weather window.  Dan eventually came home and waited for a weather window, watching every day @ buoyweather.com, & windy.com. On June 20th there was a 4-5 day break in the weather and crew gathered and headed out to CA. (Dan, Ken Williams, Kirk Lance, Clark Nelson). A different group of guys this time. 

IMG_0824.jpgThey made it safe this time. It took them 71 hours non-stop to go from Alameda, CA to Portland, Oregon. On Monday June 26 they arrive at the Columbia River Yacht Club and this picture was taken with the happy crew and Sheer Luck. She is currently a foreign flagged vessel, from Kingstown, St Vincent. We are in the process of changing her to a US registered vessel with her name to soon be “Angelique”