By Anita & Ken Tillotson
We cruised in our Tanzer 26 '
In November 2003, on
In May 2004,
we began our work, living aboard her on the hard. The old alcohol stove gave off wretched fumes
when we tried to use it and was discarded immediately. A new Origo alcohol stove with oven was
purchased and installed. (We had had
good experience with the one on our previous boat '
A complete set of new sails, a new dodger and bimini, Profurl for the genoa, cockpit cushions, a teak cockpit grate, some doors for the galley cupboards and a new cabinet behind the fold down table were purchased and installed.
Teak covers for the shrouds came with the boat. After sanding and coats of Cetol, they were attached using whipping line. We were to find that the wear and tear on sails was reduced as the teak rotated with the sails instead of rubbing and chafing.
Finally, in June we set off on our very first sail in 'Joint Venture'. She sailed like a dream!
We sailed through the north channel,
visiting many of our favourite anchorages and ports. We left
It took about 36 hours and was uneventful. It was misty and we motor sailed most of the way. We stood 3 hour watches at night. Our little schnauzer, Chelsey, learned that "walkeys" was up the deck and after some unbelieving looks at us, finally was persuaded to use the deck to do her business.
After a wonderful visit with friends and relatives at
Grand Bend, we sailed south to the
The next day we were passing
As I write this, the dampness in the deck has been removed, deck replaced and painted. The stanchions are being reset with metal backing plates. A repair to the bow done in the past was examined and a professional job is being done. The topsides and bottom will be faired and painted.
More equipment and upgrades, too extensive to mention, must be completed in time for us to leave early in June. Regretfully, In order to complete our passage across the Atlantic at the most favorable time, we must leave the Whitby Marina before the Alberg rendezvous.
We will try to share our adventures as opportunity presents.
Anita & Ken Tillotson