Sunday, November 20, 2016

Cubic Mini Install Complete

I got down to the harbour today and spent the afternoon putting in the flue and deck fitting for our Cubic Mini wood stove.  We haven't fired it up yet - probably will some time this week.

We have an electric heater going that keeps the boat pretty warm and dry inside, but if we get a real cold snap this winter we are sure to be warm with the stove going too!

Monday, November 14, 2016


Autarkia is tied up at the dock in Mission and is bobbing happily there awaiting Lorri and I to go down and finish prepping and painting her insides prior to fitting out.  She has an electric cube heater going inside and is quite cosy and toasty.  We probably have about a week's work in doing that:  I need to go in with a cut off wheel and buck off some bolts and screws, chisel away some beads of PL Premium, and fill cracks and blemishes with either DAP or polyurethane caulking.  I will also be installing a proper forward companionway hatch asap.

We would have been down there sooner than this but life, and for me, norovirus, has gotten in the way.  I have only begun to feel like my old self this morning.  I still have quite a few chores to complete at home as well before we start in on the boat - mainly wrap up cleaning and organizing the garage, which in the mad rush to complete her to the point of launching, became very, very, cluttered and disorganized.

So please stay tuned, the saga will soon continue.  Meanwhile, here's our shopping list for the near future:

Nature's Head Composting Toilet

Dickinson Propane Drop In Cooktop

Dickinson Sea B Que Large 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Photo Essay From Launch Day

At the boat launch ramp in Mission Harbour.  I was a bit worried because the river is low this time of year, and also the tide was out too.  But Norm from Agonic Boat Movers, the ever consummate professional has launched and retrieved many large boats at this ramp and alleviated my worries!

Of course my jitters re-occurred as the stern went in; I have above water line openings for the galley sink drain either side that are not yet connected.  Surely she would begin to float before they would be awash...

And float she did!  Right now drawing about 5 inches of water...

I got to work and lowered the motor, connected the steering linkage and hooked up the battery and gas tank.  The battery, tank and propane tanks will eventually go into deck boxes that provide seating on the bridge.

Once out in the current we started drifting down river.

But that 30 hp Etec took care of that.  I didn't have a gps with me but I'm sure she goes hull speed at less than 3000 rpm.

We noodled around outside the harbour for a few minutes.

Bring her in was hard though.  At low speed she would not steer and we had hard gusts from two directions. A leeboard and rudder will make all the difference.  Also loading her down a few more inches won't hurt either.  At speed steering with just the motor is fine.

Autarkia tied up at the dock, a ceremony with rum tots was in order.

The first one went to King Neptune.

The second to Autarkia herself.

The third into her builder...

And then all around!

And a Cyber Tot for you, my devoted blog followers!   I would not have gotten this far without your help and encouragement!

Everyone boarded for a chat, and to further dent the bottle of Lemonhart...

My next job is to build a proper opening hatch in the forward cabin for safety (it's just closed off with plywood screwed over the opening now), and then Lorri and I are very much looking forward to taking our time over the winter to finish and fit out the interior.  I'm really pleased how that galley area functions as entertainment space.  It's roomy and the views outside are great from sitting level.

Mission Harbour views.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Autarkia is in the water!

I will do a more detailed post over the weekend but I'm too bagged right now for the task.  But here are a couple of pics and a link to some video to get the gist of the day.  It all went very well; Simple ceremony, libations and good cheer.  I am a grateful man today!

Rosebud in the foreground, and her new little (big) sister Autarkia over yonder...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Autarkia Launches Friday Morning

My boat mover, Norm, had some truck repairs to do so we had to delay launch until tomorrow morning so please stay tuned!

In the meantime, I've been wrapping up the little jobs.  The motor steering bar and linkages are made and the pedastal mount for the engine controls and instruments are done too.  I just have to tidy up and route the wiring.  So under power, the sailing rudder will be up, and the boat will steer with the motor only.

I must disconnect the steering linkage to raise the motor.  I'm going to fix that later on with a new steering arm with one additional swivel in it.  No time right now.

I apologize for the short and minimal posts lately - time has been a factor.  They'll get better soon!