Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What are you doing for fresh water? Are you carrying it or do you have a purifier of some sort?
  2. What are these "user friendly nuclear energy modules"?
  3. Are you eating fresh fish?
  4. Do you have really clear nights? I bet the stars are beautiful...
  5. Is your boat a sloop and does it have 3 sails?
  6. How do you transmit your messages back to land?

What are you doing for fresh water? Are you carrying it or do you have a purifier of some sort?

Hannah Brown has 4 water tanks.  Two are built in under the "couches" which we are now using for our sleeping births, hence the gurgling noise I wrote about (Mate's Log: 071301).  A total of 77 gallons.  Over the years, we have learned to be very conservative, so in the past two weeks we have used up less than half our supply, (closer to one fourth).  If we were ever to get REALLY low we have tarps to collect rain water, and a pressure cooker which we could use as a distiller.

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What are these "user friendly nuclear energy modules"?

Take a closer look at Captain's Log, 071101.  It is entitled "Hannah Brown, 2034".  This is George's style of creative writing, and was a spoof about living in the year 2034 and still on Hannah Brown ... entirely "tongue in cheek" (I think that is the  term), but it seems to have gone over most people's heads.

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Are you eating fresh fish?

No fresh fish at sea, but yesterday we teamed up to make a chicken noodle soup with homemade tarragon egg noodles.  Though I normally prefer vegetarian food, for some reason at sea I often crave chicken.  With all the motion of the water, my body needs extra nurturing, like when you get the flue.  We had to use a can of chicken, but it turned out very good.  In port, however, we often make friends with fishermen who are very generous with their catch, or at least give us a very good deal.  We do eat a lot of fish and have had the opportunity to try a large variety, including sea urchins from Newfoundland being shipped to Japan.

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Do you have really clear nights? I bet the stars are beautiful...

Wow, on this passage (from Newfoundland to Iceland), we have had mostly cloudy nights with no moon or stars.  Winter in the Bahamas, however, has much longer dark nights with a moon slanted to smile and spectacular stars.  Northern summer nights are truly unique.  The sun sets tonight at 21:04 (9pm) and the sunrises tomorrow at 03:03.  The sun goes below the horizon, but it is only dark for about an hour.  When we get to Iceland, it will be 24hs light.  Nonetheless, dawn on the ocean is still spectacular (Mate's log: 071601).

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Is your boat a sloop and does it have 3 sails?

The design of Hannah Brown is a "cutter"; yes, it has three sails.  She has one mast in the middle for the Main sail and two "fore" sails at the bow of the boat.  There are a total of 5 different sails which we use up front ranging in size and weight {large for light wind and heavier for storms).  Both are basically guided by lines running from the bow up to the mast.  The sail on the tip of the bow is on a "roller furler".  We pull a line from the back helm and it unrolls.  From largest to smallest, the sails for the furler are called Genoa, Jib, and Yankee.  The other sail is about 4 ft. in from the bow.  It is called the Stay sail.  We have storm sails for the Stay sail and the Main.

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How do you transmit your messages back to land?

We have been using the ham radio to transmit and receive email. We also use it to download weather. However since we have gotten so far north, the signal is not as strong, and we often have difficulties with the signal. Just this week we got a mobile telephone which we can hook up our computers to for email. They have what is called a GPRS package. We can also use the phone in Europe or in the States. The phone also has a one inch screen which displays digital messages. You can type in a short message, and send it to another phone. A nice feature to send instant messages instead of making long distance calls, which can save on money if you have a friend with the right kind of phone (more phone details in Mate's Log: 080801).

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Last Updated: 8/5/01
By:tallant@attglobal.net


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