on experience

I well know that, not being a literary man, certain presumptuous persons will think that they may reasonably deride me with the allegation that I am a man without letters. Stupid fellows! Do they not know that I might reply as Marius did in answering the Roman patricians, by saying that they who adorn themselves with the labours of others, will not concede to me my very own: they will say that, not having learning, I will not properly speak of that which I wish to elucidate. But do they not know know that my subjects are to be better illustrated from experience than by yet more words? — experience which has been the mistress of all those who wrote well, and, thus as mistress, I will cite her in all cases.

–Leonardo da Vinci

Careel Bay Contentment

Careel Bay sunrise

Sunrise this morning over Careel Bay is just how I feel just now. Peaceful and lovely. My life is unfolding in joyful way just now.  And really its more to do with my inner being than my life’s circumstances – which are admittedly, like a Careel Bay sunrise, pretty good.

I’m enjoying tinkering on Current Sunshine, and catching up with friends, and getting to know new ones. And getting better connected with myself.

Pulling the boom apart

When I was sailing back with Tim and Finn the outhaul stopped working and foot of the mainsail got very slack.  Just a little problem – a shackle had come undone inside the boom. And just a few seconds to put it back together and tighten it up.  But many hours of satisfying tinkering pulling the boom apart to find what had gone wrong, and to reach the renegade shackle.

Somewhere in here I'm sure there's a loose shackle pin...

Such ‘problems’ are a delightful way to spend a few hours and keep me in touch with my essence, and seagulls.  And, by the way ,who have no compunction about crapping on the floats where they like to spend their evenings telling stories.

I’ve been catching up with old friends in the Blue Mountains – now that I have my car here I can drive there in a couple of hours.  Con and I will be going on adventures soon, so we have planning to do. And to farewell Katina and Simon who are moving to New Zealand bro.

Sue and Tarci and Moto Guzzi

And Tarci and Sue dropped by here travelling on their Moto Guzzi.  Their other vehicle is a Warram catamaran, which is soon to run entirely on the sun.  So we’ve been yarning about Torqeedo motors and Lithium batteries and life.

I’ll be able to help them set up their system and with bit of luck and learning from my experiments, should get it going quickly and easily.

And talking of experiments, I have a new prop from Claude – its called a speed prop – and when we trialled it when Tarci was here. Top speed seems similar and maybe even less than with the standard prop.  We reached 6.5 knots, but when we turned and went back the other way, the speed dropped. Even though we tried to have the light wind on the beam, I think we misjudged and had it a little aft on the first run, and so it effected the results.  It appears to be similar or slower than the standard one.

But hey, its sure rocks in reverse. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know I was disappointed with the Torqeedo when going astern.  No longer.  With this ‘speed’ prop reverse is really strong and when doing about 4 knots forward will stop her really quickly.  We didn’t actually make any measurements of reverse power but I hope to that soon.

Well – I have tinkering to do, energy to feel, and visitors coming, so enough of the blog…

Back where she belongs

Current Sunshine is back in the water again after a few months rejuvenation in the boatyard.

with newly repaired bowI love the stillness and early morning light on the river. Being on the river brings a lovely energy which was missing when she was on the blocks. The dusty gritty hardness is gone now and I’m more inclined to write about her and adventures again.

I gave her just a short run when she was launched two days ago but it was enough to feel how much better she steers now that the motor turns with the rudder. Her direction when manouvring is much more precise, and especially when going astern.

And as before, onlookers were surprised at how much power the Torqeedo puts out. She quickly got to 6.5 knots and the energy that was used up has already been replaced by yesterday’s sunshine.

And talking about Torqeedo’s…  I like them so much I bought another one!  A smaller one that I can use on the Avon inflatable dinghy – and as well it is a backup for the main motor.  I also want to make a bracket to attach it to one of the floats so it can help with close quarters manouvring.

Yesterday we tested it on the dinghy using an outboard bracket that Claude has lent me – he had in his shed a bracket made especially for the Avon – he had kept it thinking it would be useful one day. Thanks Claude. It fits perfectly and we went downriver a couple of miles to test it.  It is a powerful little motor and actually has too much force for the inflatable – it bends the back of the dinghy when on full power.  Or it could mean the dinghy is not inflated hard enough!

Anyway, that’s a good start to my blogging again. More later.