Polish Selma sailing the opposite end of the world in Antarctica. I watched the large masses of ice drifting in the hard wind with respect and fear. Can´t wait to get out there!
Monthly Archive for March, 2011
Today I received a big parcel from our newest partner NOA who is helping us with two smart adjustable solar panel mounts. They are also providing a wide range of the famous NOA fittings which will be extremely helpful to us when we are mounting ice poles, danbouys and anchors onto the pushpit and stanchions.
The panels went up in no time but the cables were not as easy a job. Running 2x 11 AWG cables inside a radar arch with 90 degree turns and filled with cable hoses takes a lot of patience. Fortunately my friend Kalle was there to help me and within a few hours and half can of Vaseline the cables found their way out. To be continued…
The map to the left charts Roald Amundsen’s historical voyage across the Northwest Passage in the early 1900′s. Since then only a hand full of sailboats have successfully crossed the Northwest Passage and most of those that have done so have followed the traditional route marked on this map.
We are attempting a unique passage in that it traces much of Amundsen’s voyage from Scandinavia to the Pacific but we plan to reach and cross the Northwest Passage in an absolutely unique manner. We plan on going much further up the West Coast of Greenland to the highest latitude possible before turning south following the coast of Ellesmere Island and instead of crossing Devon Island to the south by entering Lancaster Sound to reach Resolute which is the “traditional route” we will attempt to pass Devon Island to the North through Jones Sound, then join up with Norwegian bay to meet Northumberland Sound to sail down to Resolute from where we will evaluate the ice charts and either join up to Peel Sound or continue along the Viscount Melville Sound.
All will depend on the ice coverage at the time but by studying satellite images of the ice and trends over the years we believe we can safetly accomplish a never before travelled route by sailboat. In doing so we hope to bring about greater awareness to the changing climate of the Arctic as well as highlight never before explored areas by sailboat.
Great news ! NAPS has become the newest member of our project team and will sponsor us with two 51W NP51GK panels and a NAPS MAXPOWER regulator. The panels will be installed on the radar arch and will provide us not only with further capacity to our power generating abilities but also added self sustanability in the remote Arctic. We are very excited to have such a well respected company with such high quality products on board and supporting our voyage and feel that NAPS products will play a crucial role in our voyage to the land of the midnight sun. Blogs about the installalation of the solar panels will be posted soon.
Please click on the logo to go to the Naps website.
One of the great benefits about sailing on an older generation Hallberg-Rassy is that that in the 1970′s and 1980′s the strength and durability of fiberglass was not completely understood by the builders. Sailboats were completely overbuilt three to four times the thickness they build boats today. Our hull is extremely thick and strong but still we are considering further precautions.
The first is to try and build a steel cap to protect the stem of the boat from any dead on collisions with ice at water level and to protect the dolphin striker that attaches to the bow sprite and rig. The second is to create sealed compartments within the boat so that if we are holed below the waterline we can contain the leaks. We will thus seal off the entire area under the V berth at the front of the boat so that any damage that is incurred within the first 10 feet of the boat from one foot over the water line down will be completely sealed off as an independent compartment. We will also try to do the same in other vulnerable location of the boat so as to contain any leaks, or to act as sealed buoyancy if problems occur outside these zones. Time depending we will also try to strategically reinforce the hull of the boat with Kevlar in key areas to ensure integral strength and reduce the chances of puncture. Finally all windows, hatches and drop board systems that could potentially fail in bad weather or roll will be backed up with lexan replacements and extra latches.
I really hope that I never have to take out a cutless bearing ever again ! It took the whole day. I tried threaded rod and a pipe first but the thing would not move an inch. So I had to use the pendant saw and then hammer and chisel the old bronze bearing away.