My applying for grants the Ketch rig

Continuing with my unplanned theme of sails this week (both yesterday’s post, together with one from time before, must do with sails, or cruising), i do believe I’d like to mention the Ketch rig. Since we bought our Amel a year ago July, we have been expected our viewpoint for the Ketch rig by many people, both exactly how we want it, and how we make use of it. So far, my response is definitely that people don’t actually understand a great deal about any of it, that we are just figuring it out. Now, 16 months later, personally i think that i could at the least start to make an impression.

To get the novices scanning this up to date, a Ketch actually two-masted vessel in which the rearmost mast is smaller compared to the forward one, and it is found in front of rudder. In the event that rearmost mast can be tall, or taller compared to the foremast, the vessel is Schooner rigged. In the event that smaller rear mast is aft associated with the rudder, the motorboat is known as a Yawl. Having said that, almost all Amels are ketch rigged, so demonstrably the designer, Henri Amel, thought there ended up being some advantage to the particular rigging setup.

Exactly what benefits ended up being he considering? Had been it rate? No, I don’t think therefore. When I understand it, the basic concept behind a Ketch rig is that the sail plan associated with boat can be spread out over two, smaller, more-manageable sections, in the place of a Sloop, a single-masted watercraft with one big mainsail. His belief was that configuration would be easier for a short-handed team, a cruising few, to cope with. Now with experience behind united states, we have a tendency to agree.


Frost under sail towards Carriacou. Picture due to our friend Dirk on Evening Ebb.
keep in mind that Evening Ebb can be a Ketch!

Surprisingly to us, many owners of Ketch rigged ships inform us which they rarely use their mizzen, a corner sail. In reality, a brand new friend of ours has also removed it from his ship to save weight! I know that regarding more recent Amels the mizzen doesn’t have electric furling as the mainsail and also the genoa do, which makes it a little more of the hassle to deal with, reasonably speaking, but nonetheless, it can be handled very easily through the security regarding the center cockpit, so why perhaps not utilize it?

Well, one reason that people don’t use it usually they say it cann’t influence the performance associated with watercraft very much. This, i’ve attempted to visited grips with. We almost always have our mizzen raised, as well as in fact, it’s the initial sail we typically set up, and do so before we also raise anchor. Our boat also sails very well, even to weather (towards the wind), with only the mizzen and genoa (many people make reference to this sail setup as jib and jigger).

We’ve been told that when cruising near hauled, that is, because near the wind as a watercraft can aim, the mizzen is really a barrier, assuming that the key is up too. Thinking is the fact that mizzen gets backwinded, and actually slows the motorboat down. Always willing to experiment, during our last passage from St. Lucia to Martinique, even as we were cruising close hauled, we in fact dropped the mizzen, attempting to see if reducing it could have impact. It didn’t, which doesn’t support the theory that it was slowing us down, but nor does it show it was assisting us by any means!

I’ve also heard your mizzen isn’t beneficial when sailing down wind, so it kicks the stern around in excess. This might be true, I don’t know. If I ever find myself capable of sail down wind, a thing that almost never takes place within the Caribbean, maybe I’ll execute a test to ensure or refute this.  🙂

Two other uses the back mast:

  1. Some individuals leave the mizzen raised at anchor, to do something as a riding sail of kinds. This supposedly helps to keep the ship pointing in to the wind, and prevent it from cruising around at anchor. We’ve never ever had an issue using this, and thus have never done it. We’ve, but run into a few Ketch rigged boats that did have their mizzen raised at anchor.
  2. The rear mast of the Ketch additionally permits the watercraft to fly a mizzen staysail, a light atmosphere sail that flies ahead for the mizzen mast, for use whenever sailing downwind (see image below). We don’t have such a sail, but I’ve seen photos of these. They appear nice, and I’ve heard that they’re quite effective.


I’m unsure who this Amel belongs to, however it is beautiful!
If this will be your boat, please inform me and I’ll edit the post to offer credit.

Recently we had someone touch upon an image of our watercraft on Facebook, saying that the Ketch had been a poor rig option, that a cutter will be better. Perhaps not interested in participating in another useless internet argument with anonymous guy, I simply responded that people are all entitled to our opinion. Clearly Henri Amel, the designer of our boat, felt differently than this fellow. And provided the number of Amels within Martinique, and in addition Ketch rigged boats from other designers (our company is surrounded!), I’d say that we now have a lot of people who feel differently!

Annapolis Boat Show & How Exactly To Winterize

We took a rather long break from our tiny house build to head down seriously to Annapolis. For three days we camped out and worked to set up, tear straight down, and man the gates at the sail and power boat shows. Since we were in the region, we additionally stopped by Baby Blue for her ready for cold weather in the hard. We thought we’d share exactly what we’ve been as much as in a brand new Sailing Baby Blue episode.

To see our progress regarding the tiny house, take a look at pictures right here or watch the initial two videos.

Why a small House?

Initially I remember discussing tiny houses was whenever we had been residing in Denver. It was the winter before we sold your house and I also needed one thing to accomplish the night. I saw that Dee Williams, composer of “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”, ended up being speaking at the Tattered Cover. I’dn’t read the book, however it sounded intriguing and like one thing Jon might enjoy too, so we went. On the floor of this bookstore, the author had taped down a life-size design of her small home. When I listened to her talk about the small household movement and gazed at taped down partitions for the kitchen area and toilet, I considered to myself: i’m never ever doing that. Jon however, ended up being exactly about it.


My primary objection was the trailer. We understood your point was to avoid needing licenses, nonetheless it just didn’t seem beneficial in the event that you must build such a small area. I love a tiny, cozy household, however the notion of limiting the size to a thing that could fit for a trailer would not interest me personally. Perhaps bureaucracy and rules just didn’t bother me quite sufficient to desire to go on a trailer, plus the whole concept of having the ability to move it appeared like more of a burden than a bonus.

Cut to a couple years later. Our tiny bungalow in Denver ended up being long gone and we’d gotten pretty regularly located in our 33 base sailboat. As Jon and I discussed what we would do when our cruising trip had been over, we kept bringing up the idea of developing a small household – which I would refuse to call a little house – on our very own land somewhere. I needed to produce one thing making use of alternate building materials. Something cool, artsy, and recycled. I needed it to be ridiculously inexpensive so we could *keep our choices open* regarding serious employment. Jon kept saying, “Yeah, let’s do all that. But with wood and on a trailer.”

One of many other choices we considered had been leasing an apartment so we’re able to get started immediately on building a home that could stay placed. But we rationalized reasoned that aided by the cash we’d be having to pay in lease, we’re able to rather have little house we will utilize for years and years. Despite we build a more old-fashioned home we could make use of the additional space into the small home for visitors, an exclusive work space, or holiday rental.  We’ll additionally be avoiding dedication – which constantly seems good to us- insurance firms the choice of either placing down origins or continuing to live like nomads dependent on exactly how things perform away.

Following a amount of serious conversations on topic, we weighed the alternatives and decided that the tiny home on wheels had been the way to go for people right now. Someday we nevertheless want my funky cob house or a yurt whenever we have actually the land together with time and energy to build our forever house. For now I’m very happy to practice on our tiny home, and in actual fact, I’m really excited about it. Evidently, Jon can be very convincing.


Give and receive

Five months in and my garden is thriving… blooming in every corner. Tomatoes, green beans and chili are ready for harvest. As is arugula, radish, basil, mint, lemon balm, dill and parsley. The fig tree is bursting with fruit. The orange tree is developing new ones as we speak. For so many years I was dreaming of having my own garden where I could invite friends and strangers for a good meal next to an old olive tree, underneath the Mediterranean sun. Does it mean I am in a dream dreaming now? So grateful that I’ve stuck to my beliefs. In all the many areas of life.
I had this lovely older Italian couple, guests, over for breakfast many mornings, and I almost had to pinch myself. Is this for real now? Are there actual human beings visiting the garden that I’ve spent so many hours making fruitful and cozy, eating the food that I have carefully prepared for them with not only good natural ingredients and love, but that which is the result of years of visualization and contemplation. All those nights at sea below a star filled sky when I pondered upon my purpose on earth. Where I solidified my truest intentions. I knew it would happen one day. Was just not sure when, where and how. I am humbled by what I can create and share, and for what we can do for each other. The little things with big meaning.
Four weeks left of my Holistic Health coaching school. As I sit down to read through the health diaries by the many test subjects that I invited for my final work assignment, another wave of humbleness and gratitude flushes over me. We all have our struggles. We’re all just human. Transient beings with a human body experience perhaps. But we’re all made of the same things, we all have similar desires. We’re all particles of the same infinite energy. Which is why we all could be teachers of one another. Once we open our hearts and realize we’re not alone in any of this.
So grateful for having found this path. Many years it took for me to understand my mission. And while I am still in the early stages of both gardening and health coaching, I see there is a higher purpose and profound meaningfulness in both. To give and receive. To nurture, aid and guide, while simultaneously receiving food and inspiration for my own life and soul. Things are the way they should be. It should be no other way.

Help put Pizza Pi back in Christmas Cove

When we ran charters in the Virgin Islands, we were always on the lookout for unique experiences to share with our guests. As it turned out, almost all the noteworthy spots, the ones that guests read about prior to their arrival, and looked forward to experiencing, were located in the British Virgin Islands. This meant that even though we picked up our guests in the USVI, and dropped them back off at the same location, they wanted to spend the majority of their time in the BVI. And what they wanted, is what we did.

There was one exception to this, a unique USVI business that guests actually did look forward to visiting. It was called Pizza Pi, a sailing boat in Christmas Cove where first-rate pizza could be ordered from a dinghy-up window. Cool, eh? It was such a special experience that we’d make a regular stop there on the day before our guests would fly home, and it always met with rave reviews.

The bureaucrats want to put an end to Christmas!

Sadly, as often happens with great ideas, the young couple who started this business have recently met with some bureaucratic struggles. Their permit to operate in Christmas Cove, their original location, has not been renewed, and they have been forced to move to a much less desirable location. Even though the pizza is still just as good, neither term charter boats, nor day boats, are likely to visit them there. And without this attraction to draw these boats back to the USVI, the fact is that they are more than likely to just spend their remaining time, and money, at one of the BVI hotspots.


You can help!

Pizza Pi’s owners are not giving up without a fight though, nor are their many fans. A petition has been started to demonstrate to the powers that be that having this positive attraction in Christmas Cove is desirable for everyone, visitors and locals alike. We have signed the petition ourselves, and are hoping that readers might take a few seconds to do the same. Will it help? I don’t know, but making our thoughts known can’t hurt. Even though we’re not presently there to enjoy the pizza ourselves, I’ll take pleasure in knowing that, if we succeed, they’ll once again be able to create some positive memories for tourists, and our friends in the charter industry. Thanks for helping!