The good news and the bad news

Yet another incident has befallen me – to again keep me at Monty’s boatyard.  But before I get to that, let me tell you the good news.

The Torqeedo is performing even better than before!  Last Friday Current Sunshine went back into the water and we motored her not far to tie up at the jetty.  But far enough to be impressed by the power of the motor now that the bottom opening in the well has been reduced, and flaps added to streamline the hull where the motor pokes through.

On board were Steve and Erik. Steve has been on board for previous Torqeedo tests, and both he and I were really surprised about how much grunt it has now.  We suspect it is due to the added streamlining.  Although there’s also two other adjustments that maybe we got right, and have helped to give this extra thrust.  The angle of the motor leg was trimmed so that the thrust is exactly parallel with the water, and the depth of the prop lowered just little from earlier tests to the minimum recommended clearance of 50mm (2 inches).  All told it has worked well.

Right now the batteries are recharging from another discharge test I did while on the slip.  In a few days they’ll be charged again and we can do another speed test. While on the slip I did two discharge tests. In the first one the low voltage alarm triggered at 155 amphours.  An improvement on the earlier 140 amphours, but still low.  So I charged them again, and then did another full discharge test.

This time the discharge got to 175 amphours and still going.  But I had to stop the test because she was about to go back in the water that evening, and so I had to put them back on charge.  If I had continued the test its possible that they could have reached the expected 200 ah this time.  When I terminated the test the voltage was still good.

Thats it for the good news…

One of the projects I did on the slip was to upgrade the fixing of the bobstay to the stem.  This required a new stainless steel fitting for the bow, and which Mark’s Arcs fabricated for me. But when on Friday morning I began attaching it, the drilling of the fixing holes revealed damp and weakened timber.  It will have to be repaired.

What’s not clear is the extent of water ingress and weakening of the timber.  That will need some time back on the cradle again to investigate the extent of the problem and figure out how to repair it.  So cruising plans are on hold yet again.

And maybe I didn’t get it after all. I need to ponder again on the esoteric meaning of this latest setback.

Stay tuned…

Ahaa – now I get it.

What was the message…

You know, this recent stream of remarkable near catastrophic events with flooding.  In the first case the mooring broke just at the right moment and then she moved to a safe position to avoid a collision with the barge and Analiese. And then this latest flood, where the collision with Inglelooseberg could have been destructive, but was just a gentle touch. In both cases catastrophe was averted but minor damage requiring my attention has kept me here.  For what?

Well, of course doofus – there was still more work to do on the motor. Had I left a few weeks ago, the motor could easily have failed at a critical moment such as crossing a bar.

As it is, I now have the opportunity to re-engineer the Epod, or change to Torqeedo. By the way, the Torqeedo test has been put off for a few days, perhaps the end of the week.

I continue to be fascinated by the way my life unfolds with serendipity, how circumstances which may seem unsatisfactory to begin with, prove to have a divine purpose.


I’m back from meditation boot camp! Who would ever have thought sitting doing nothing could be so tough.

No wonder they keep checking at every opportunity before you actually move in – are you sure you want to do this?

Only two didn’t finish and I got the impression it can often be many more who don’t make it.

The vipasssana meditations which start about day three are the toughest. Three each day for an hour each. Sit without opening hands, legs or eyes.

I’ve decided to spend one day each week on work, and the others on boat projects or other interesting things. I think I could enjoy this – it means that this week I’ve been able to some more boat projects.

99cents for a recumbent bike… sounds like a good deal huh. I’m selling my bent bike on ebay, starting at 99 cents, so I sure hope someone bids more than that! It cost me $4250 so I’m hoping for much much more. The auction will start on Tuesday 15th May and go for 10 days. So if you know anyone wanting such a bike, let them know.

Back to painting…


[later. a few years later. since that time i have become more aware of feeling my body and its clear to me now that vipassana is not helpful. it requires that you sit in an uncomfortable position and ignore the pain and other messages of discomfort that your body is trying to tell you. this just makes the disconnect from our bodies even stronger. I now know that contentment comes with connecting your body and taken notice of what it is saying.  your body is a sacred place and should be treated with love and respect and the vipassana meditation is far from this. its quite deliberate in setting out as a purpose that you ignore the pain and discomfort that your body is in, seeking to somehow “rise above” the carnal state. this creates disharmony between body and soul and you can just feel that that is not a good purpose.

i have found that 15 minutes of gentle breath meditation a few times a day is all that is needed to form a strong connection with the innermost. there is no need for ascetic practises.]