A Thousand More Words

Sailing is a long lesson in patience.

Bernard Moitessier, The Long Way

While Lil’ Dinghy is launched and I’m anxious to get on land in Bermuda and see the islands, and also get some things done (provisions on/garbage off, propane, a good restaurant meal, couple new lines and fittings, etc.), this morning’s weather is conspiring against me with spitting rain and overcast skies. Oh well, the weak cold front is to pass today and tomorrow’s weather should be fine for shore activities.

With a little time on my hands and an hour or two of internet access left on a 24-hour plan, I thought I’d give a little pictorial tour of HJ’s interior as a refresher. Do keep it mind that it’s just me on her so she’s in a bit of “bachelor mode.”

If you’ve ever seen the movie Master and Commander based on the Patrick O’Brien novel of the same name, it has an accurate portrayal of most everything on a boat having more than one purpose (depending upon conditions and what’s needed from her). I like the scenes in the movie where the officers are having a spirited dinner in the captain’s quarters, and then when fired upon by their French nemesis, the captain’s quarters are cleared, table stowed and the area is converted to an aft gun deck. There are parallels on Hazel.

View down the companionway into the saloon. Galley to port, head and navigation station (nav station) to starboard, forepeak berth (V-berth) forward.
View the other way out the companionway. The “bridge deck” is the area in the foreground, tucked under the dodger and a good place to wedge yourself when conditions are snotty. The blue cover is over the binnacle where the steering wheel is mounted. Note that steering wheel has been removed and is in the background to the right, stowed on the taffrail (gives more space in the cockpit when at anchor).
The view up the companionway steps. “Ox” our diesel auxiliary engine is under the hatch (get it? Ox and “Aux.”). Note white shin bumper around the bottom step. That’s a new add for us after having our shins beat up for weeks. Note that top two steps are a removable ladder.
Top two steps removed and hatch raised, exposing Ox.
Close up of Ox for all you diesel-heads. He’s original. 1990 Yanmar 3GM30F with 4,100 hours on him. I’ve been making more of an effort to keep him clean and painted. It’s a lot easier to quickly spot problems on a clean engine.
Head in middle, companionway steps to the right, nav station to the left.
View of nav station, electrical panel above nav station, iPad mounted above that, and electronics to the left. Note blue strap below to strap yourself in at sea. Also note red lights to preserve night vision.
Close up of electronics. Clockwise from upper left: iPhone, chartplotter (GPS), RADAR, high frequency radio (aka, single sideband radio), VHF (very high frequency radio) tuned to the 16 international hailing frequency, AIS (automatic information system).
As an aside, the high frequency (HF) radio which has a range of thousands of miles needs a long antenna to transmit and receive the longer wavelengths it uses. Therefore the backstay of Hazel is insulated from the rest of the boat and used as its antenna. Note wire from transom being led up the uninsulated bottom, of the backstay. At the top of the picture just above the solar panels is the antenna insulator and wire connection to the backstay. There’s an identical insulator at the top of the backstay.
Back below, the nav station from another angle.
Nav station raised, revealing refrigerator.
Close up of fridge.
Galley. Note similar blue strap for cooking in a seaway. Note that propane stove is on gimbals so it can stay level while Hazel heels.
Another view of galley.
Fun shot from sailing of the stove at an angle.
Watermaker is in bottom locker. Note watermaker gauges to the right.
Watermaker pressure gauge and flow meter.
Locker opened.
Close up of watermaker.
Port setee (couch) that doubles as “pilot berth” (a place to sleep at sea).
Setee in pilot berth mode with lee cloth raised to keep the sleeping sailor from falling out and cushion at top of photo removed to expose footwell to stretch out.

10 thoughts on “A Thousand More Words

  1. I finally figured out how to get on and follow your blog. Glad you made it to Bermuda, the first leg of your adventure. Enjoyed the tour of your boat. Be safe. Will follow along.

  2. Hey Dan, glad to hear you are doing well. Thanks for pictures. I hope the weather stays good for you!

  3. Lookin’ good Dan…looks like the original Lev-O-Gauge from the Annabel Lee in there!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: