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 …

Mainsheet Traveler, Engine Intake, Exhaust

Today the morning was rainy and it blew a gale all day, so I spent the day working inside the boat. I was able to find the original fiddle pulleys, cam cleats, and traveler pulleys to properly rig up the mainsheet traveler again, and the Marina gave me a line for the mainsheet that was just the right size. The …

Bottom Paint Completed!

Today was another long, long day, but some good progress was made. The bottom is finally finished! First thing this morning I filled and sanded a few imperfections that had become visible now that the first layers of barrier coat were on. After that we painted another layer of gray barrier coat: The reason for the different color of barrier …

Epoxy Barrier Coat

Today was an epic battle with some bad putty that wouldn’t dry. Two days ago I mixed up a batch of epoxy putty in the dark, as a last minute rush job before the marina closed. I used it to put a finishing layer on most of one side of the hull. I guess I got the hardener ratio wrong …

Hull Painting Prep, New Bilge Pump

This morning I took a different route than usual to the boat yard and stopped by to have a look at the Kisarazu yacht harbour. This is where I’ll keep Watari for her first few nights until she’s ready to sail to her more permanent home. It’s an interesting harbour, a bunch of pilings to moor to out at an …