25 December 2017

Tasmania Dreaming

Katmai in her "pen" at Fremantle Sailing Club
The last part of 2017 has been spent preparing for a 1900 nautical mile offshore passage from Fremantle, Western Australia to Tasmania, Australia.  We plan to make the voyage during January 2018, assuming we can get a decent weather window.  For the first time, we'll make the passage on Katmai with one additional person, a friend from Tasmania.  This Southern Ocean voyage can be rather challenging!
Eric replacing the mainsail 'tell tails'
The last several weeks have been spent attended to many small things  on Katmai and we made some improvements as well.  The list includes:
- Installing a new system on the boat, an IridiumGO! with a subscription via PredictWind.  Combined, they will allow us to get weather forecasts/data as well as send basic emails while at sea over the iridium satellite network.  In the past we have relied on our HF radio to do this, and while that is still possible, technology moves fast and fewer and fewer shore based HF Winlink radio stations are available.  So far, we have been happy with the Iridium.
-  We replaced all the sealing gaskets on the opening hatches.  Last year we replaced the acrylic lenses, so it was time to complete the renewal of the windows.
- Installed a manual foot pump for the fresh water system on the boat, so we can get fresh water from the tanks even if we lose power.

Inspecting the Main sail on the lawn at the Club
- Eric modified the way the storm trysail hoists, and checked all sails and made a few minor repairs.

- A long list of miscellaneous items was also accomplished including procuring additional marine charts for the new regions we will sail through, and importantly checking all boat systems and inventories.

OK, there was a fair bit of socializing with old and new friends in Perth and at the yacht club.  Laurie also found some time to catch a batch or two of lovely blue swimmer crabs.
Merry Christmas Everyone!


  1. Have a wonderful journey on beautiful Katmai, stay safe, see you back in Freo for stories of your adventure.

    Alison & Ian

    1. We miss you both already. Please plan a trip to visit us!
      Albany was just so wonderful, very different than most of WA. We did hunt for the elusive 'Albany daisy' but I fear it was the wrong time of year. We did enjoy the area around Many Peaks and Two People Bay however, spectacular. In any regard, the painting is underway using the photos that Ian took. Will post to you. L&E