Victor Carpenter and his wife Hazel built wooden boats with such passion and precision that they never leaked, and their hulls could be used for mirrors.
For decades the duo both made wooden sail and motorboats that are adored by those in the sailing community – and one aluminium haul sailboat, Boundless.
Victor built his first boat when he was 17. Each boat took about two years to design and build, from the first line on paper to the last stitch in the pillows. The creations were given creative names including their own 65- foot sailboat Passing Wind, and another named Golden Goose which was built for Gordon Lightfoot.
This is obviously the most important aspect of the preparation for the voyage. Here are a list of a few of the things that we choose to bring aboard to aid in case of emergencies. It is most definitely not an exhaustive list at all.
Each crew member has a Spinlock Offshore Deck Vest 5D Lifejacket. Each of these devises has a built in harness as well as a personal locator beacon. The jacket lights up, and has a light rod to aid with visibility.
The harness will be connected with a three point safety line that is clipped onto the the sailor, and two spots on the boat. When we need to go up to the bow of the boat we will be clipped into jacklines, Jacklines are heavy nylon lines that run the full length of the boat and are placed alongside the hull on the outside. If you fall overboard you will be dragged to the back of the boat and able to use the swim dock to get back on board.
Each life jacket also contains an automatic beacon. When the jacket is deployed, a signal is radioed to all vessels within four miles. The man overboard position is noted on the chart to assist in the recovery.
For this trip we have on board two Garmin InReach devices. This allows tracking by satellite, messaging, and most importantly SOS signals. We also have a satellite phone that will be used to keep family informed about our progress and provide the means necessary to speak with our physician, if required.
In addition, to the handheld and fix mounted VHF radios, Boundless has a single side band radio. This radio will receive weather, sea conditions and ice charts at least daily.
Boundless has a registered Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB. This device is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It is turned on manually, or automatically if it detects that it is in the water. Not only does it alert of an incident, but it also provides a homing beacon for quick rescue.
Boundless has a 6 person, auto inflate life raft aboard. Water, first aid and other safety items are contained within the unit. In addition we have prepared a "Ditch Bag" that includes other necessities like radios, batteries and signalling devices, etc.
Boundless is equipped with a full and extensive marine first aid kit. There are dozens of prescription and non-prescription medications on board to treat conditions which may arise.
In addition, each crew has carefully sourced their foul weather gear to assist in protecting them from the elements. We can guarantee that it will be very cold and very wet, and this gear is our first line of defense.
IN cabin'd ships at sea,
The boundless blue on every side expanding,
With whistling winds and music of the waves, the large imperious
Or some lone bark buoy'd on the dense marine,
Where joyous full of faith, spreading white sails,
She cleaves the ether mid the sparkle and the foam of day, or
under many a star at night,
By sailors young and old haply will I, a reminiscence of the land,
In full rapport at last.
Here are our thoughts, voyagers' thoughts,
Here not the land, firm land, alone appears, may then by them be
The sky o'erarches here, we feel the undulating deck beneath our
We feel the long pulsation, ebb and flow of endless motion,
The tones of unseen mystery, the vague and vast suggestions of the
briny world, the liquid-flowing syllables,
The perfume, the faint creaking of the cordage, the melancholy
The boundless vista and the horizon far and dim are all here,
And this is ocean's poem.
Then falter not O book, fulfil your destiny,
You not a reminiscence of the land alone,
You too as a lone bark cleaving the ether, purpos'd I know not
whither, yet ever full of faith,
Consort to every ship that sails, sail you!
Bear forth to them folded my love, (dear mariners, for you I fold
it here in every leaf;)
Speed on my book! spread your white sails my little bark athwart
the imperious waves,
Chant on, sail on, bear o'er the boundless blue from me to every
This song for mariners and all their ships.
Boundless received her name from Walt Whitman's poem - In Cabin'd Ships at Sea