New canvas is on its way.

The inspiration for the new canvas is a traditional navy cap.

The colour will be changing from green to black. No zipper for adding panels to enclose the area. A 6″ panel will be added and it will be decorated with a ribbon.

Kitchen Refresh

Had to tighten the mast bolts. Work light made me realize that it was time to freshen up the paint.

mast bolts

Fortunately the wall cabinets were easily removed.

clearing wall – getting ready for new paint


Warm weather is going to get harder to find as we head toward fall. So I have been getting varnish work done.

light sanding was enough prep. for most areas
Epifanes on wheel house and Spar on skylight – much prefer Epifanes
used a long plastic paddle to scrape growth off of bottom


Circled back to the annual maintenance. I had to use vice-grips to crack the bolts on the impeller cover – but it came off ok. The impeller turned out to be like-new. I replaced it, and the O-ring, anyway.

I need to look at the Raycor fuel filter, grease a bunk bearing on the prop. shaft, and find out if I have zincs embedded in the raw water cooling system. I can call the ‘annual’ done at that point.

No haul-out this year.


The most common trip, by far, is going to and from the Farm. I was at the Farm the other day assessing the damage from the fallen trees – in particular the damage to the water system.

Rail Repair

I was pulling away from the dock at Chatter Box Falls when I noticed that one of my fenders was still out. I tried to pull it up but it was too difficult for me to get at it with the canoe strapped to the side. In my effort to do this I pulled off one of the hand rail posts and very nearly ended up in the ‘drink’.

I pulled the boat back to the dock and took care of the fender.

Now at home so I decided to do the repair. I scrounged up 4, slightly larger, screws. I decided that, in this case, a bit of PL adhesive was warranted.

The screws are a bit proud but it is worth it. I think if it gets yanked out again it will take a section of the roof with it.

Princess Louisa Inlet

Multi-day cruise in the finest weather possible.


  1. at dock on Farm (picked up two canoes)
  2. at dock, ‘out-station’ Narrows Inlet (joined by a friend/boat)
  3. Chatter Box Falls (joined by more friends/boat)
  4. Chatter Box Falls (1 friend/boat left on 2nd morning)
  5. Chatter Box Falls (last friend/boat peeled off at Egmont)

I cut the trip short by at least 2 days as I was needed at home. So I made the trip home (Tillicum Marina) from Chatter Box Falls in one long leg (with a pause/drifting at Sechelt Rapids for about 30 minutes). \


As I contemplate the work to re-varnish Merva I come to the boat house and better protecting Merva from the sun. I have decided to start to ‘button up’ the boathouse. I started this with replacing some of the more deteriorated plywood on the sunny side.

House Batteries

Getting ready for a cruise to Chatter Box falls. Depart around March 20th. First order of business is to get parts. I went looking for replacements for the house batteries (2x Trojan T-125 Plus) but could not find any locally. So picked a pair of ‘Interstate’ equivalents. They are about 10-15% poorer on the spec. sheet but about 30% cheaper. Even still I would have preferred the Trojan batteries.

I installed the ‘Interstate’ batteries without a hitch.