Jun 01

pacific proa adventure project

Gaiasdream and me,
are all most ready for the trip, today we did the big shop which is always fun buying food in bulk to last us at least for the next 6 weeks.
We also have 400 liters of veggie oil on board to run the main engine, and 32 liters of ethanol for the stove. I have ordered some sun and wind from the right direction to supply the electricity and main propulsion for the boat.
Weather depending we will be departing this week.

Mar 20

Latest sea trials of Gaiasdream.

Today I took gaiasdream out single handed to try out the new modifications.

The spreaders have been modified to face more aft to solve a number of issues. Witch worked really well.

Also There was a risk of she main sheets getting caught on the new davit, it turned out to be no problem at all.

We tried out the davit as well, while Gaiasdream was under autopilot doing 6.5 knots my son Joshua came alongside in Aquarius the blue fast boat I built for him with a top speed of 23knots.

Hooked up the towing and hoisting lines and then lifted it clear of the water, it was extremely easy and worked really well, the dingy is high enough above the water to keep there on an ocean voyage.

This is a great asset, not many yachts can deploy there dingies while under way and at short notice.

All in all a great day on the water!

 

Mar 17

Our new tender davit

Gaiasdream has another improvement, with each step we get more ready for the voyage.

tender davitThis week we have added a davit to hoist boats out of the water and were they can stay while we are at sea, since its on the leeward side of the main hull its away from potential waves hitting the boat. This position also makes it possible to raise and lower the dingy while we are under way. The only draw back is the main sheets can get caught on the dingy, but I have put some things in place to stop that from happening.

the new davit

 

Mar 03

Record Breaking Summer

Australia has officially just had  its hottest summer on record, and one that has broken a number of other records for floods, rainfall and heat. Australia made the news worldwide for adding extra colours to the weather map and here on Gaiasdream, we are still waiting for a calm and dry weekend to get the lazy-jacks back on after Ini took the spreaders off to modify them. The one plus is that the rainwater catching system works a treat and we have two full tanks of freshwater and can take lots of long hot showers.

 

Jan 21

Electrics and Sydney heat wave

Last week there was a 45 degree heat wave in Sydney.

Gaiasdream for the first time ever hat an electronics problem as that is in, we almost run out of electricity despite it was a nice sunny day for the solar panels.

The cause was because it was sooo hot the fridge could not cope and was running continuously for almost 24 hours on top of our normal electricity usage.

This illustrates on a small scale what happens in the normal electricity net, with every ones fridges and air-conditioners running.

Lesson learnt for me and every one else, change the settings on your fridge on really hot days and reduce electricity usage as much as possible.

In the end of the day the energy needs to come from some where.

 

Dec 31

up coming feature

Happy holidays and happy new year for all the Gaiasdream friends and followers.

A Christmas present for me was a great 7 page spread in Australian multihull world magazine.

Written by my close friend Simon Bradshaw.

It is in the new January February issue.

Looking forward to keeping you posted with news of our adventures in the new year.

Dec 23

testing the new equipment

new wheels and autopilot

Had a great day on the ocean today, trying out the new equipment, rudders, wheels and autopilot.
It all worked like a dream. Gaiasdream is so much easier to sail and shunt now. The autopilot keeps a razor sharp course even when we did 15 knots on a broad reach. Shunting is also much quicker now. One shunt was so quick the girlfriend had her up to 7 knots when I looked up from finishing of the ropes.

All in in all, a great day and a great result, worth all the hard work of the modifications.

Happy Holidays to everyone and hope you have a safe and fun time

Dec 16

Annual haul out

looks like the boat is levitating

steel support frame

gaiasdream above the beach in morning bay

Gaiasdream had her annual haul-out these last few days.
She was on the beach for 3 days, sitting on steel frames to get access to her bottom, and now has a nice new coat of antifouling.
Also the topsides of the small hull had a new coat of paint.

Dec 02

GaiasDream has two new steering wheels

Instead of the tillers I have built and installed a set of steering wheels which are working very nicely.

We took GaiasDream for a spin today to refill the tanks with water in the marina.
She is now amazingly easy to steer with the bigger rudders and shunting is much easier to with the new wheels, especially when we go ‘back wards” into the marina.

Most yachts that have two wheels have them side by side. On GaiasDream the wheels are at each end of the yacht, which clearly confuses people as they sail past the mooring, but most seem to work it out eventually.

The next item due for an upgrade is the auto-pilot. The plan is to get a more powerful system installed before Christmas and I am now just waiting for the parts.

This week I will take her for a spin under sail, can’t wait….

Nov 25

NEW WORLD SAILING SPEED RECORD

Congratulations to Australian Paul Larsen in setting the new world sailing speed record at 59 knots or 109 Km per hour. I’m sure here in OZ they would have given him a speeding ticket!

Well done Paul!

It was great to have Paul visit Gaiasdream a few months ago and it is wonderful to see him achieve his dream and an example of perseverance paying off.

If you are interested in checking out his record breaking run, have a look at http://www.sailrocket.com/

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