Tied 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”→
Since we bought our boat going on six months ago, it hasn’t moved from an inlet of the Puerto Williams bay, thanks to engine troubles of which our readers are aware. Or rather it hadn’t until recently. Continue reading “Officials and puppies”→
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”→
Came across Space Oddity’s plans in the bilge the other day, and look at the lines – isn’t she pretty? The Dutch designer Van de Stadt’s portfolio was extensive, and this is the Van de Stadt Blanche; his boats are known for being strong and seaworthy. Continue reading “The Van de Stadt Blanche”→
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.
‘I wouldn’t buy it in that state,’ was the conclusion of the friend whom we’d asked to check out our prospective boat while deciding whether to travel down here. On the basis of his photos, and also his thorough written survey, we differed from this sufficiently to make the journey. Continue reading “Starting the journey”→