At Anchor

At Anchor
Whiskyjack at anchor in Garrison Bay, San Juan Island

Monday, April 9, 2012

Welcome! Newbie blogger here.

Welcome all. I purchased WhiskyJack in the spring of 2004, and was moored in Sydney, BC.  That summer was spent cruising the Gulf Islands and getting acquainted with the vessel.  In the fall of 2004 we trucked WJ to our home waters, the Columbia River, and took moorage a few miles from our house on Multnomah Channel.  

We made very few changes to WJ in the first years.  One of the first changes that was made was converting the galley stove from kerosene to alcohol.  The the use of my trusty computer, I searched the world over looking for alcohol burners.  I knew that a burner was made that used alcohol that was the same form-factor to the kerosene burner that was in the stove.  I was unable to find a pair anywhere, even though I found a company in England that specialized in these burners.  I then went on a search of used alcohol stoves via eBay until I found an old used stove that had the burners I wanted.  By switching to alcohol fuel, I was able to use the Force 10 stove but get rid of the awful smell and sooty residue from the old burners.  We are still using this set-up but I am considering moving from a pressurized alcohol stove to a non-pressurized like an Origo 3000.

I'm going to sign-off for now, but I encourage readers to comment and/or offer suggestions.

8 comments:

  1. Dan,
    I am so happy to see this blog! I can't wait for the next postings. We will really be able to learn from your vast expertise on so many subjects. Of course, I love the photo of WhiskyJack. Enjoy your blogging.

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    1. Thanks Hira. You're a great coach!

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  2. Hi Dan, thanks for linking to our blog. We look forward to reading more about Whisky Jack! ~the Totem crew

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    1. Totem crew: Thanks. Your blog and the articles in 48North are great. Please, keep it up!

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  3. Nice job, Dad. Very impressive.

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  4. Whoa Dude where are the amas?

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  5. Great idea Dan! I am happy you're sharing your experience. I look forward to more posts. One question? Did you name her
    Grace

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    1. Grace: I did not name the vessel, I assume her original owner, Ian McKay did. WhiskyJack is hull No. 1 and Pacific Yachting magazine test sailed this boat in 1978 shortly after launching. I have the original pages from the magazine, which include photos, and the vessel carried the name at that time.

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