Thursday, July 30, 2009

MVF Heroine

I've stumbled across another boat blog via the Strathspey, to add to the blogroll. The MFV Heroine is undergoing a lovely re-build/restore in Scotland. Nice to see somebody trying to do things right and with a bucket of $$ to go with it.

Here is a quote from the May 2009 post which I loved:
"Also, his advice was not to fall in love with anyone who wasn’t as mad about boats as you are because they will make you sell the boat, and give up your dream, and cause you to go back to Inverness to work in an oven-like basement for 14 hours a day …"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

God trumps South Africa

I am a bit tardy in posting these photos but I have to say that last Saturday night's Fireworks, with South Africa on deck, was one of the most phenomenal experiences I've ever witnessed. And really South Africa did a fine show but it didn't hold a candle to the sunset thunderstorm out in the middle of the chuck.

Heading out in a fine warm drizzle.

Looking back toward the West End and out popped out a rainbow.

The rain kept up and I really thought it would all just pass over quickly to cool things off...

...but it stayed, and so has the humidity. Really I can't do this justice as even the air was glowing orange. It was a most blessed light that moved many of us.

Lucky. Wish you'd been there.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's flippin hot!


And I love it.

I love summer and I love the heat. It must be payback for last year's crappy summer and a miserable winter.

We went berry picking last weekend and I got ambitous and made my first batch of raspberry jelly ever.

And with the mountains of basil it would have been a cardinal sin in my mind's eye to have that go to waste. I ended up with 14 cups of pesto to freeze.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

First night of fireworks

Click here on the Kat Kam see the ever growin' gong show in English Bay as the clock winds down to the first night of the HSBC Celebration of Light.

This year Canada, China, South Africa and the UK are competing and it is a light show set to music. We can't ever seem to be on one of our own boats as we usually end up working on the charter boats instead. The money is too good to pass up. However, the Streak is going to be out there too and so at least the Laliberte's and Bui, Greig's son and his friends will be able to enjoy it, sans us. Too bad we lost that anchoring buoy off the sailboat from last summer. It was so handy for this exact purpose.

For more barge photos click here for the News 1130 article.
(Photo from

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Green bits here and there

My hanging baskets are putting on a decent show at least.

I've never had basil do so well as this year. I have to get at making more pesto to freeze for I don't want it to go to waste at all. It is proof positive that basil loves the heat and we've had glorious weather so far this year. I guess we're making up for a dreadful winter. The trellis for the beans was scrapped together by my dad and I from a 20' long piece of 1 1/4 " doweling that just washed up between the dock and my boat. I tied a bit of string to give the scarlet runner beans a bit more encouragement but really they've not required much. They just go. Evil Mark is back living with us and though I couldn't get it in the photo here, there is a yellow and black NO TRESPASSING sign which he hacked to say NO TRELLISING. Well I'm gonna anyway.

The nasturtiums have just started to bloom and I built that planter out of some scrap pine my friend Glenna brought home from the set of Sanctuary where she was working as a set carpenter. I just have one tomato plant as I curbed my ambitions for hanging tomatoes this year.

And while not garden-y per se, Our Man on Shore Len had this funky shelf that he was dolling up with me in mind. I have to do a post on Len for he certainly deserves one of his own. It is boat kitch to be sure and you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it. Who says a three legged shelf isn't useful on a boat?

Ya, making GREAT progress on painting the boat aren't I? Just ignore that Corona bottle cap.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Greig's new ride

Greig has a new ride. With the rationale of "How can I live on the water and not have a boat that runs?" It would be like denying the man cheeseburgers. The Hari Mai was running but the Grey marine has some issues and the repair is going to take some time to source out bits and parts. It is a situation that just wouldn't do.

The tentative name is the Indigo Streak, because well he's an Indigo and there is that big blue streak down it's side. I think Indigo Dreamer is more fitting but its not my decision.

We went up the river for a toot the other night. We saw some boats too.

Oh and these are a bit out of order but for the most part that is irrelevant.

This is the New Westminster Quay. I understood it was undergoing renovations and was closed but according to their web site it is open. There has been an attempt to make it like Granville Island for years and because it is privately owned it has failed. New Westminster is an older community in the Lower Mainland and home to a ton of old Victorian styled houses. For many years they've had problems with crime and drugs down on Columbia Street but it is slowly getting re-gentrified. There is a railroad track that runs along here and a large expanse of tiered parking lots and it just looks horrible. The City keep selling its "on the river-ness" but it is otherwise anti-pleasure boats and until they actually do something about prettying it up it's still a bit of a sow's ear. It is here where the Fraser splits between the North arm and the south so it isn't like there is no marine traffic, albeit it is mostly commercial.

The Profiler II belongs to the Federal Government and does the soundings of the river bottom. Our friend Josko is (or one of) it's captain.

This is the MV Edgewater Fortune. And according to this page on Wikipedia a Bay minesweeper built for the Canadian Navy in 1952.

Tug Island Commander which I've never seen underway but that doesn't mean it still isn't operational.

This is the historic tug the Sea Lion. It used to be down at Kitsilano Point at the Vancouver Maritime Museum but I noticed it moved out of there a year or so ago. Here is the museum's blurb on the vessel as it was a significant vessel on the coast at one time and involved in the Komagata Maru incident.

Various Tugs

Cool...floating shack with its own tennis court out front.

Monday, July 06, 2009

wee projects

A few wee things going on of late. I lucked out in having two glorious weeks of weather at the beginning of June as I decided to take two weeks vacation. Since I couldn't afford to leave town, my folks came to visit. I LOVE this when that happens 'cos my dad likes to be useful and I usually have plenty of things lined up for him to help me with.

First, out went my broken dishwasher. It gave up the ghost shortly before leaving Mitchell Island last year and I was only using it to store the metal chaffing dishes in the top left corner. Yes, a clear violation of efficient use of space, but I needed my "Round Tuit" to come back into town to assist such an endeavour. I suppose I could have perused the Craiglist in search of a new-to-me dishwasher or gone to see our guy Len as he's got the barn full of stuff and probably a dishwasher he's keen to sell too. (More on him in another post).

Besides, isn't that why one has kids around but for doing the dishes? space makes my toes curl more than the idea of a new dishwasher. I just have to make a curtain to go over it to keep the dust out.

Of course I am coveting the idea of one day getting new cabinets for these are thrashed and in need of replacement.

And falling under the category of a Tana-happy-project is this funky torchiere lamp that I picked up at an antique store in New Westminster. I paid $10 which cleaned up one can find ugly ones for around $175 minimum. But it is destined for my office at work when it gets done. I've been stripping down the metal and it is a mix of brass and pot metal so some of it will get re-painted and I will just polish up the rest of the brass.

It takes one of those Fat Albert bulbs in the top. Those tend to be pricier than regular bulbs but I like the tri-light functionality. Popping the three light part off turned out easier than expected and you can see the durn thing doesn't work too.

Yup, that grotty wire is going and I will replace it with proper insulated stuff. Here is a project Dad would have loved to help with but they skipped out too early for me to add this to his list. That's OK, I'd just as soon do it me-self.

In my "infinite" brilliance however I took apart one of the lights too "joyously in my journey of discovery" when I should have just left it as is. I lost a fine screw when it fell of my work bench, between the boards in the floor and into the river underneath. I have an alternate screw but I'll have to grind off the business end for it is a wee bit longer than the one I lost. Sigh.

And here are some wee babies. Yup, I think these are the same batch of swans Rhianna saw as there are eight babies here too. Mama swan gave me a wee nip in the upper arm when she thought I was getting too close to her babies.

And it was finally wee skiffy's turn for a buff and polish. Greig thought it should be renamed and put out the call for new names but nobody came up with anything more brillant than the name it has already. I think wee skiffy has been with us now some four years. It didn't come with that arch and some time ago Greig had Wei Tang weld it on for us over at Mitchell but getting round to painting it never came to fruition. I felt we were always going to call it wee skiffy and that it should be kept. And so I won.

There is a pile of sand leftover from the hydro installation so when the innards of the boat was still tacky I had Greig get a bucket of sand from the pile and we scattered it onto the wet paint for anti-slip. Oh yes the fancy boatyards like Arrow use crushed glass for that function but we aren't at all fancy down here on the Fraser river Bayou. Just regular dirt please. A second coat made it all really purdy...I printed out and made a stencil for the name on the bow and...

And speaking of purdy don't Miss Stacey (she is mama to Payton, Dyllon and Denis Jr.) look grand in the new life jacket? We lost a bunch when the Goblin sank last winter during last winter's Cold Snap from Hell. Still need more. They are on the list.

And away they go!