Tokyo Sail and Power Squadron 60th Anniversary Party

We had a great weekend! Finished painting the deck white, which looks way better, sailed across Tokyo Harbour to Velasis Marina for the TSPS 60th anniversary party, and sailed over to Hota for lunch on the way back. It was a great time with good people and some new friends, but  I’ve had a cold for a few days, am …

Prepping to Paint the Deck

This weekend the main goal was to paint the decks. Next weekend is the 60th anniversary of the Tokyo Sail and Power Squadron, and we’ll be going to fancy Velasis Marina to attend the party, so we want Watari looking her best. Saturday I spent the entire morning and afternoon masking off all the deck fittings then painting the waterways …

Solar Charger

Over the past few weeks as I’ve sailed around I’ve been happy to find that Watari handles so well I rarely need to use the engine. It really is just an auxiliary. The only times I’ve had to use it are for getting in and out of narrow marinas and to charge the batteries. Well, now there’s one less reason …

Miura Peninsula

Last weekend I went on a voyage to explore the Miura peninsula. Masuda and Ejima had helped a great deal with getting Watari ready, so I wanted to repay them somewhat by taking them fishing, as they’re both avid fishermen. Friday night after work I caught the train out to Katsuyama. I arrived at about 10:00pm, successfully installed the depth …

Katsuyama to Miura

Saturday night after sailing down to Katsuyama from Kisarazu I stayed onboard and worked on various projects. I also walked to the convenience store and got some basic supplies. I made a simple dinner of ramen noodles, cooking aboard for the first time. Katsuyama was very quiet, no one around but some wild looking fishermen’s cats, and outside of the …

Kisarazu to Katsuyama

Last Saturday Wolfgang, the friend and fellow sailor who first told me about the Harbour at Katsuyama, joined me in sailing Watari from Kisarazu to her new home there. This was a huge help, as he was able to show me the safest way through all the floating fishing nets along the way, as well as share a great deal …

Tokyo Bay Shipping Lanes

I’m passing on some information here as shared by my friend and fellow sailor Wolfgang who has experience sailing and motoring in Tokyo Bay. Tokyo Bay has some unique navigational rules. Because it is such a busy shipping port there is a massive amount of freighter traffic going in and out at all times. The shallowness of the bay means …

Kisarazu Harbour

For the first time I can actually post about sailing Tokyo Bay in this SailingTokyo blog! From now on I’ll try to provide some useful information to those looking to sail in this area. Here’s the first useful tip: always check the tide chart! Most harbours around Tokyo Bay, especially the Chiba side, are extremely shallow. I found this out …

Launched!

Finally! She’s in the water. I’m exhausted, but happy to be finished this three month journey and looking forward to a good sleep aboard tonight 🙂   Facebook Comments

Topsides Painted, Prop & Zincs

Today I completed almost all the final things needed to be ready for launch. In the morning I had the yard pick the boat up and move it on its cradle so I could paint under the stands. It was fascinating to see her move for the first time! I had to sand, remove a couple blisters, fill them, sand …