Bible boat: Chilean-built tall ship Victory

Wreck of Williams

Bow of Chilean-built wooden boat VictoryTied to the Pontón Micalvi, the stranded naval vessel that acts as dock in Puerto Williams, are boats of two varieties, all moored onto one another in rows with the last to arrive outside. There are the charterers, with their trips in the summer to Cape Horn or to Antarctica, and there are the cruisers, stopping for a few months at the tip of South America before they turn north from here. But one yacht’s never left Micalvi in the years we’ve known the place, innermost boat in the innermost row throughout that time, next to Micalvi with six visitors outside. Continue reading “Bible boat: Chilean-built tall ship Victory”

The southernmost city

Through the seasons in the world’s southernmost city, Puerto Williams, Chile.

The tale of a stove

Back in January, I wrote that we were about to buy our then-derelict boat to start our sailing journey. Four months later, the boat’s looking a lot better, though the sailing remains in the future. We’ll be forced to make our first excursion shortly, when our vessel’s import permit expires, which will require that it reenter Chile. So we’ll visit Argentina on the Beagle Channel’s opposite side. Continue reading “The tale of a stove”

Boat bathroom construction

Our boat’s interior, as described in our previous update, is currently in a bit of a state. We’re disassembling each cabin down to the hull, removing all the sand trapped there, then reassembling the rooms one by one. So we took the opportunity to shoot this video showing how the head (toilet) is made.

Reassembling a boat’s bathroom: hull check, insulation, cupboards, toilet, pumps, sink.