You are the sum of your experience.

I would have never thought this expression more valid than today. We are really the sum of our experience. In all the actions, I took in the last three days, I had to dig deep or not so deep in my previous life.

Example Number 1:

Ordering and delivering metal for the solar frame. Who would have known that working at my father’s tool and die shop while I was a teenager during my summers would serve me so well today! I used to deliver, pick up, cut, and helped for all general labour. Because of this background I was able to read a drawing, order the proper sheet metal and give guidance to the friend putting it together. Dad you see, I learnt something and finally after 20 years I put it to good use. Of course, I reviewed the structural question with *K* labour doesn’t mean engineer after all…

Example number 2:

MPPT install, Lagoon owner that spent any time in their electrical under bed area will recognize that a new cable was run through the bulkhead. Knowing what a hole in a hull can do, and a detail that I learnt a few years back is that you need to reseal those tubes after you damaged the seal. On that note the previous installer for the aftermarket product on board didn`t follow that simple step. Now we have two beautifully resealed engine compartments…. No more comments!

Example number 3:

In our aviation day, we had corrosion and issue in some electrical harness. This time around I made sure that all new installations are properly done. Proper heat shrinks proper tinned wire and proper connection. I tell you we learn from the past. Thanks Garry for spending the time on all those annual, I told you I was listening.

Example Number 4:

We can live without meat, but we cannot live the ice cream behind! It not just a statement it is realistic! This made me brake down and purchase an Engel Freezer. A temporarily place was found some 12 volt was brought in and now we have an ability to discharge our battery even quicker. During our future cruise, it will be place in the front Bedroom transformed in a pantry.


These I hope, will show you that all actions we take today. Are dictated by our past,  we shall never forget where we come from and always learn from the lesson of the past good or bad.

And in the series : ” Where is the black bucket?”

Our friends *M & M* are now at Port Mc Neil, on its way to Alaska! We wish them a continuous good trip and can’t wait to hear from them soon again!

Now, in honour of Canada day today, why don’t we visit one of the biggest island of this country : Newfoundland, that will be our 153rd one.

Newfoundland is a large Canadian island off the east coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The province’s official name was also “Newfoundland” until 2001, when its name was changed to “Newfoundland and Labrador” (the postal abbreviation was later changed from NF to NL).

The island of Newfoundland (originally called Terra Nova, from “New Land” in Latin) was visited by the Icelandic Viking Leif Eriksson in the 11th century, who called the new land “Vinland”. The island was later visited by the Italian John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto), working under contract to King Henry VII of England on his expedition from Bristol in 1497. This landing is considered the initial foundation of the British Empire – a fact solidified on August 5, 1583, when Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland as England’s first overseas colony under Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I of England, thus officially establishing the British Empire. Apart from Ireland and the Channel Islands, Newfoundland is considered Britain’s longest serving colony. According to 2006 official Census Canada statistics, 57% of responding Newfoundlanders and Labradorians claim British Isles ancestry, with 43.2% claiming at least one English parent, 21.5% at least one Irish parent, and 7% at least one parent of Scottish origin. Additionally 6.1% claimed at least one parent of French ancestry. The island’s total population as of the 2006 census was 479,105.

The island of Newfoundland is separated from the Labrador Peninsula by the Strait of Belle Isle and from Cape Breton Island by the Cabot Strait. It blocks the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, creating the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world’s largest estuary. Newfoundland’s nearest neighbour is the French
overseas community of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

With an area of 108,860 square kilometres (42,031 sq mi), Newfoundland is the world’s 16th largest island, and Canada’s fourth-largest island. The provincial capital, St. John’s, is located on the southeastern coast of the island; Cape Spear, just south of the capital, is arguably North America’s easternmost point. It is common to consider all directly neighbouring islands such as New World, Twillingate, Fogo and Bell Island to be ‘part of Newfoundland’ (as distinct from Labrador), and by that measure, Newfoundland and its associated small islands have a total area of 111,390 square kilometres (43,008 sq mi).

Newfoundland has a dialect of English known as Newfoundland English and a dialect of French known as Newfoundland French. It once had a dialect of Irish known as Newfoundland Irish, as well as an Amerindian language, Beothuk.

L’Anse aux Meadows was a Norse settlement on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland which has been dated to be approximately 1000 years old. This makes it the only undisputed evidence of Pre-Columbian contact between the Old and New Worlds, if the Norse-Inuit contact on Greenland is not counted. It is a likely location of Vinland, although this has been disputed.