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I am owned by Pauline and Mark Blasky. My hull was built at the Duncan Marine Yard in Taiwan and launched in Dec of 1980. It is a William Garden design based on the Pixie Design and called by Duncan Marine a Freedom 45. They are the fourth owners and have owned me the longest. They have done extensive refitting to me including replacing my entire deck structure and rig. My masts are roughly 10% taller than original and now are made of aluminium as opposed to the original wood ones, which, though pretty, were always problematic. You can read more about me under "MORE ABOUT SARI TIMUR"

December 25, 2014

Friends Here for the Holidays

Well many of you have asked if we got the boat back together.  The answer is yes.  This was urged on by the fact we had visitors coming for the holidays.  We didn't get all the leaks but these will have to be repaired from the outside in better weather.

Our guests have arrived and we are having a ball showing them what we can of Japan.  So far we had a traditional home cooked feast with the help of Kondo and Hiroko and their grand daughter Maika. Then a big Christmas Dinner aboard Sari Timur after a day out in Namba.

We are currently in Kyoto trying to see some more of this magic place.

Chris, Kerry and Johnny enjoying Lunch

Mark, Kerry, and Johnny

Chris, Takeda, and Pauline

Food on the Table

December 16, 2014

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Well the epoxy we bought has a slow cure time.  With these temps it is 48 hours.  And it is the coldest day we have had so far, 2 degrees C outside and blowing between 40 and 50 knots with the occasional gust going over that.  But since we are in wait mode for the resin to dry and we thought some heat might help speed it up we fired up the stove.  And the fire inside is delightful.  It has lifted our spirits and Pauline is even singing Christmas songs.

December 14, 2014

Repairs

We have not done any posts for a few days.  We still have a few to get caught up on but we thought we would share what we have been doing for the past week.  The pictures may have to wait until tomorrow or the next day as our somewhat faster internet window is only open for a couple of hours in the morning and closes at about 7 am.  Seeing it is 7:15 we are kind of pushing it.  Anyway we had some dry rot in the port side wall of the coach roof.  This also meant we had some leaks during heavy rain.  It was something we discovered just before we left Guam. We repaired a small section there and bought some extra materials in case that didn't work.  Well it didn't and so now the time came to bite the bullet and get after it.

What a job!  We had to take off all the trim and then start gouging with chisels until we hit hard wood.  Then get the grinder out and fair the good wood so we could fill with epoxy for the repairs.  Mostly we found the leaks came from screw holes that came from outside.  This meant pulling out or cutting the screws off then using some underwater epoxy to patch the area where the screws were.  These were leftovers from when they rebuilt the deck 26 years ago.  So though Mark cursed them for not removing them at the time of that repair he gave them credit that it didn't become a problem for 25 years!  We have this problem only on the port side.  Not sure if this is a preview to having to do something similar on the starboard side or not. Hope not because at least the port side is open enough to work around.  The starboard side has cabinets etc.

One of the hardest to do was replace a section of the beam that had rotted.  Mark cleared the bad section out until he reached a scarf then went forward to good wood made another scarf on that piece and then found a board and shaped to fit.  All this with chisels and a Japanese pull saw and upside down!

Anyway it is almost all back together.  We ran out of glass and epoxy resin, so it is off to the home center today with a trusted Japanese interpreter to get some more glass, epoxy, and paint. Hopefully three more days and we can begin fitting the the headliner which will cover up the entire repair anyway.


I rotated these pictures but they went back to original.  Anyway gives some idea of how working upside down was.
This one and the next one partially show the beam I cut out


This was the deepest hole.  We went all the way through to the outer glass

Starting the repairs

More Filling

The Replacement Beam

December 6, 2014

Nagoya

We have now been able to update the pictures from the older posts.  They may need a little tweaking but worth a visit backward.  We added a lot of pictures especially to the post on Kyoto.  Now it is time to add a few more posts and pictures of events that have already happened that we didn't have time or internet to get them on here.  One of those stops was Nagoya.

After Tajimi, Bill and Martha had a side trip planned and Chris had to go back to work.  So we found ourselves with a couple of extra days on our road trip and it was off to Nagoya.  Chris had to travel through Nagoya on his way home so he lead us to the Y-Market Brewery in Nagoya for one or three before he caught his train and we went to our hotel.

We picked Nagoya as a stop as we had a friend here, Isao-san, who we met in Guam and who was one of the original Setouchi rally organizers.   He was not able to join the rally this year as his wife had just been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment.  During the rally we also met another couple from Nagoya, who was cruising on his boat through Guam at the same time.  We never really met at that time but Cho-san and his wife Kayo were a joy to have on the rally this year.  So it would allow us to have a chance to catch up.  We thought this would only be a brief visit of a drink or maybe dinner but we had almost a full day and a half with them, starting with the Noritake museum which we already posted.  They are very interesting people and we could probably post a whole blog just on them but we are going to just concentrate on our visit.

After Cho-san and Kayo took us to the Noritake Museum we met up with Isao and headed off to an upmarket Izakaya type restaurant.  Izakayas are usually small bar type restaurants that serve special types of simple foods, this one specialized in perfecting all of these foods and was of course a larger restaurant.  We had a great evening eating, drinking, catching up and made some plans for the next day. We got back to our hotel fairly late and Pauline was checking her Facebook only to find she had a childhood friend spending the night in Nagoya as well.  We didn't have a chance to meet up but did get to talk on the phone.

The next day started early and we headed to Nagoya Castle and the Hommaru Palace.  This is a restoration of the original which was built in 1615 but was bombed during WW2.  The castle was rebuilt quite a few years ago but the restoration of the palace is still going on.  It was only opened in May 2013 and we also got to see how they are building one of the the wings of the palace.  One of the best known items of the Nagoya castle is the Golden Dolphins which sit on the roof.  These look more like a mythical creature which is more of a cross between a carp and a dragon.

This trip alone was half a day of exploring and it tired us out but then we were off to see another park which is probably off the radar of most traveler's visits.  This is Meiji-Mura and well worth the visit.  Meiji-Mura is an open air museum where a lot of the buildings from the Meiji period were brought and rebuilt. These buildings were being torn down for development in the original locations but were thought to be too important to lose.  There are over 60 historical buildings on the grounds.  One of the highlights is the original main entrance hall and lobby of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.  This hotel was one of the masterpieces designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Castle from a Distance

Look at the size of those Chrysanthemums

Castle Up Close Zoom in on Top to See Golden Dolphins

       
Isao-San and Cho-San

Inside the Palace lots of these Gold Leaf Panel.  Many of these were saved
during the bombing.  They get friendly animals the further you get in.

Construction on a New Wing


Another part of the New Wing

Entering Meiji-Mura

Imperial Hotel This is Way Cool Inside

       
Another View They Even Did The Pond in Front

St Francis Xavier's Cathredral

Inside They even took the stuff inside

                                 
The Hospital

One of the Streets

St John's Church