Monthly Archives: April 2008


A heads-up for a nice website with wind and weather information. It’s called Windfinder. Apart from up to date information about wind speed and direction, it also provides wave heights and periods, temperature, cloud cover, precipitation, and barometric pressure. Forecast … Continue reading

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The engine.

After a few weeks delay, the engine finally arrived in Welkom last week. It’s a Yanmar 4JH4AE with a ZF30M mechanical multiple plate type transmission. The 4 cylinder engine develops 54 hp (40 kW) at 3000 rpm. The gear ratio … Continue reading

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Every time I arrive in Japan, I have the feeling that I just landed on another planet. Friendly and polite people, fantastic food (my absolute favourite), and excellent infrastructure. This time I was in the area around Kobe, famous for … Continue reading

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Transom, bulwarks, and companionway.

The transom of ‘Waratah’ is in place now. Looks great! On the deck, instead of the standard toe rail, Wynand created nice looking and sturdy bulwarks. Later cutouts will be made, to insert stainless steel guides for mooring lines and … Continue reading

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