Well I’m going to bite the bullet and fork out a few boat bucks on a new tender.

We really liked the 11’7″ Boston Whaler that came with Soul Balladeer but she had her limitations. There wasn’t much freeboard  with two passengers onboard unless of course you were on the  step. She had a 30 hp 2 stroke Suzuki which I really admire mainly because it was bullet proof. It is old, not pretty but wow, she is an energizer bunny.

So, after much deliberation, we have decided to go with an AB Nautilus 12 ft RIB. With the upturned bow she will be dry most of the time and it allows us to mount a couple Scotty’s on her for fishing as well.  She is fitted with a Yamaha 40 HP and has an integral aluminum fuel tank with 13 gals onboard. Wow! The existing davits will need just minor changes made in order to accommodate “Stella” on the Stern.

I’m having a Dragon Fly7 installed when I pick her up at the end of Feb and I’ve decided that we’ll get a trailer for her as well. This will give us more flexibility if we decide to go on a few day trips in the local area as well as keeping her covered in the garage when not in use.

We picked up two Mustang floater suits which hopefully will extend the runabout season as well.

Rock On.



Refit Phase 2

2019 will be an important year for Soulballadeer.

Here is a list of the upgrades/ repairs that will be undertaken starting in 2019 through to 2020.

Spring or Fall 2019:

  1. Bowsprit replaced with new vertical grain fir bowsprit.
  2.  Head sail roller furling installed ( Schaeffer 3000)
  3. Standing rigging replaced
  4.  Chainplates removed/ changed to Titanium
  5. FLIR ( 625M) installed on main spar
  6. UHD  Radar installed ( 4 ft array)
  7. AIS installed
  8. Spars unstepped, cleaned, polished, rewired.   LED lights installed on spars where applicable
  9. Spars restepped, any potential leaks dealt with
  10. Rig tuned
  11. New sails for Genoa, Main, Mizzen
  12. Andersen winches installed
  13. One electric winch installed on pilothouse roof for halyards etc.


Spring 2020

  1. Fuel tanks removed/ replaced with either aluminum or non permeable plastic. (no smell)
  2. Pilothouse helm renovated to allow 3, 12.1 Furuno MFD’s to be mounted below pilothouse windows unobstructing forward view from helm.
  3. Outer Teak decks pulled, reworked and glassed. (non skid)
  4. Hull and topsides painted
  5. Upgraded hydraulic steering ram ( 2nd autopilot installed)
  6. Interior pilothouse teak refurbished after fuel tank replacement
  7. Anchor electric length counter installed at pilothouse helm
  8. Aft cockpit binnacle installed with autopilot control, engine control, steering control ( already installed), Navigation/ FLIR/Radar MFD


By the end of 2020, Soulballadeer will be ready for some serious cruising and cruise we will. 🙂




Safe Harbour


I wrote awhile back about how we have been busy this year . Busy is such an unassuming word. Using it implies that one basically “got things done”. It does not, however, lend insight into what actually transpired while one “got things done”.

Every sailor that has plied the seas, has at one time or another, dreamed of reaching a safe harbour. These thoughts were perhaps more often than not, conjured up during an October gale as the sailors’ ship was racing down the face of a 30 foot wave.

“Oh, to be on solid footing, where  waves can be heard crashing upon a distant shore”.

These two sailors decided to ensure that indeed, we do have a safe harbour to return to and that this would be our special place. Of course, it is close to the sea so that we may feel her energy during an autumn storm and the tranquility she provides on a calm summer evening.

Our safe harbour is partially complete as I write. Soul Balladeer waits quietly in her slip. She is loved. Soon we will venture forth, knowing that Soul Balladeer will provide safe haven until we reach our safe harbour.

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Winter Prep

We moved SB over to another finger so that she wasn’t broadside with the South Easterlies that are starting to growl. Before that, however, it was time to give her bottom a little love.

She is now into wind, and I can actually put her winter coat on without worrying about windage.


Before the pressure wash


after 14 months in the water


After the wash


After the wash 🙂


Lots of fenders


Into wind for the winter