First two practical courses complete

2018-06-16T11:52:30-03:00June 16, 2018|

We just completed the first 2 RYA practical courses for the season.  A Day Skipper followed by a Coastal Skipper.  Both courses full and with lots of practical skills for students to absorb.  Both were very good weeks!

One spot remaining on Mile Builder trips

2018-05-28T08:30:23-03:00May 28, 2018|

We have only one spot available on our July 23-27 cruise/mile builder from basecamp in Mahone Bay to Saint John, New Brunswick.

This trip will cruise southwest to the most southern part of Nova Scotia then north across the Bay of Fundy to Saint John.  Depending on weather and progress, stops may be made in fishing villages.  There is a strong likelihood that we will see whales.

Navigationally, it can be interesting, as there are quite strong currents in the Bay of Fundy.

Come and join us!


Only 4 spots remaining for the season

2018-05-06T09:52:44-03:00May 6, 2018|

We are almost full.  Here is what is left …..

We have space for 2 on the June 23 Yachtmaster prep and exams.  These are the last two available until 2019.

We have space for two on a 250 mile passage from our basecamp at Oak Island Marina to Saint John, NB.  July 23-27. Here’s a chance to get in a good variety of conditions, from coastal to offshore sailing, crossing the Bay of Fundy (and probably seeing Humpback whales) and getting to go through the reversing falls at Saint John into the Saint John River.

Hope you can join us!

2018 equipment updates

2018-05-06T08:52:00-03:00May 5, 2018|

We have had a busy month.  We installed:

  • a new ScanStrut Radar mast, replacing the 25 year old Questus backstay Radar mount.  It incorporates a small removable crane for lifting the outboard to and fro from the dinghy to the pushpit.
  • a new Raymarine i50 speed/log, replacing the old ST40 instrument which wore out after 17 years.
  • A new jib furler … a Profurl C320 offshore furler.  Replacing the 30+ year old Harken MK1 unit 1, (which was working fine at the time of its removal).  We do due diligence when it comes to safety ….  replace it before it breaks.  This new furler is a significant step up in reliability.
  • New forestay and backstay, completing an entire standing rigging replacement that began in the  summer of 2017.
  • New main halyard and topping lift.
  • A gearbox cooler, to extend the life of the transmission.
  • A new waterlock/muffler.

Launching in a few days and off on a shakedown trip.

RYA Celestial Navigation course complete

2018-03-27T19:38:28-03:00March 27, 2018|

Just finished teaching the RYA Ocean Theory course in the classroom last Friday.  40 hours of hard but satisfying work for the candidates, in 5 days. Learning sight reduction and the mysteries of the sextant.

Final Schedule

2018-02-24T11:50:30-03:00February 24, 2018|

With a few adjustments, the schedule of our courses is now set.  The only unknown is that the course September 10-14 could be either Day Skipper/Comp crew or a Coastal Skipper , but not both.  The first booking will determine the course.

New Prop for Michaela

2018-07-21T19:17:51-03:00January 2, 2018|

Here is the prop we will be using in 2018 and beyond.  A Campbell Sailer 17×9.5LH. I love these props.

It will give more ‘grunt’ in reverse.  The old prop was also a Campbell sailer, 15x9RH.

AIS Transceiver

2017-12-12T10:49:56-03:00December 12, 2017|

We have an AIS (Automatic Identification System) Transceiver on Michaela.  It allows us to be seen and tracked by a large range of vessels and in particular, the big ones.  It is a great collision avoidance device and as prices come down, more and more vessels are acquiring one.

You can see us on search for MMSI # 316001829, or look for Michaela with the Canadian flag.  We may not be visible everywhere but if we are close to our marina we will show up.  Even though we may not be updated on Marine Traffic, we are still visible to all vessels with an AIS receiver.

Mile Builders

2017-12-02T12:46:27-03:00July 24, 2017|

We just completed two mile builder trips – Chester to Charlottetown PE and return, a total of 602 nautical miles with pretty good weather.  Good food, skill building, night sailing …. all in all a very good 2 weeks for everyone.

Maybe the Bay of Fundy should be on the list for next year.