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The Artful Dodger II

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trip to Feremuse

The Trip to Feremuse
The trip to Feremuse was a 10 and half hour trip, all against the winds waves and current, what else could I expect. Well here's hoping the trip home will be much better, should have the wind at my back. I arrived 12:30 at night, tided up to the dock and caught some sleep. I was woken up at 5:30 by a crab boat leaving, then at 8 by Noel the Crane operator ready to lift Artful out. Come 9:30 I was busy cleaning Artful's bottom and sanding, this procedure was a whole day thing until about 7:30. Once finished I was wearing blue shoes from sanding a white hooded coverall with a slight blue shade, kind of look like a smurf, as Karin told me later.
Washing up was a job in it's self, as with not being able to use Arful's shower, I had to wash and bath in a bathroom sink, of which was a real production.
As I found myself very tired I decided to head to bed right after eating and catch some rest. Its was just 9:30 getting myself ready to lay down when I heard someone knocking on the hull. Checking it out I found Noel the crane operator asking me what was I up to, I replied heading to sleep. He in returned said nothing doing, he was there to gather me up and head off to his sister's pup. On arrival at the pub I found 6 women no men, and Noel instructing his sister to give some other girl friend of hers and call and her friend too. Well here I am me Noel 8 women and Noel's sister. Then the big surprise Noel had to leave at 10:30, well there I was like a chicken in the present of a pack of Foxes. Well must say that the evening was great, heard a lot of Newfie women tales, while we played pool. Got back to the boat where I caught a nights rest.

just click on the pictures to see a larger view

this is three years in the water, really didn't need to pull Artful

close look at Artful's butt

was something to see the prop so clean

after the power washing of the hull

The new look

come Monday morning Artful and I were placed back in the water by 8:30 and on our way. Although there was not much wind, it gave me a chance to use the new furlor, and see how it performs, along with enjoy the great day and sun. All the way home to the Gute I was entertained by whales playing, and watching puffins doing their thing as well. It took 8 hours as I tided up to the dock right at 4:30, and sun burnt.
I will end this post here but will have other reports in a few days of other things happening here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bottom Cleaning

Out of the water

Bottom Cleaning

Well cleaning of Artful's bottom went well, will give a complete update later, but here is a pic of the before, and the after will be on tomorrow. Once she was out of the water realized it reaaly didn't need to be done. After three years still working well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Scenes Of St John's

Scenes of St John's
The following are scenes of St John's seen daily and pic's taken of on a regular bases. Thanks to Bob from Ottawa, who visited us here last week and shared what he saw four few days when he was here. He also got to The famous George Street, and met the kittens.
By clicking on the image you will see it in a larger view.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Nice Days

View of St John's Narrows

St John's Water Front

Artful with new sails

Well the weather has been great these past 10 days or so. Have been checking out my new furlor and main stack pack sails. They sure work a lot different then the last set up. There are still lots of sail boat arriving, with all their destinations being north or Scotland and then some on to Norway. One fellow showed up with overheating engine, after checking a bit we were able to determine the heat exchanger was the fault. His crew member decided he couldn't stay any longer and so flew home to Norway. The chap now is staying here to fix his heat exchanger and wait the arrival of his son who will help him across the Atlantic. They asked if I would like to come along I declined.

At present have been finishing up a lot of small chores to the inside of the boat and getting ready to sail on down to Fermuse in 10 days and clean and paint the bottom of the boat.

As I sit here in Jungle Jim's writing this I realize that exactly one year from now will be getting ready for a mornings departure. I find my mind even now starting to deal with the departure with pondering the route and supplies and their storage. Its also at this time that several friends from Nepean Yacht club will be getting themselves ready for their trip this fall, four boats are going I believe.
Will have some updates with photos for the sail south and the work to be down on Artful's bottom.
Just a quick note to say that there are lots of Whales here now, and lots of fog. It was reported yesterday that a fishing boat ran into a catamaran
putting all eight in the water. They were rescued by the boat that hit them, and later transferred by the Coast Guard to St John's. They were hit off the Grand Banks in thick Fog. It was a French craft. It was also reported last night that a sail boat was also run into by a whale causing some damage, guess they were getting to close.
If anyone reading this, and gets a chance check out some of the sites I've listed that I view some great events happening, check out "Unfinished Business"