Green Horizons-blog 2- Making Changes
Making changes- Our prior sailing adventure’s changed our mindset helping us to let go of the material things in our lives. It taught us to appreciate the simple necessities like food, water, shelter, family, friends and the natural pleasures of life. Watching the sunrise or set, cooking food we grew or caught! Setting goals and meeting them! We push ourselves to try something new while letting go of old ways. We change our habits, simplify our lifestyle, and learn improved methods of living. We combine new and old technology to advance on our path.
We jumped right into refitting Valhalla into a completely sustainable vessel. Over 35 years of grim and grease have tarnished the once white engine compartment. It was time to give her a makeover of renewable energy combined with an electric motor to power the 9-ton vessel! We started by taking out the grimy old diesel engine that always left a black trail in our wake. It took forever to unhook all the old hoses and wiring running to the engine. After disconnecting everything and unbolting the engine mounts we pulled the 400lb engine out with a forklift and quickly ripped out the fuel tank and the septic holding tank in its path. We sanded the bottom haul of Valhalla to a smooth finish and prepped her for repaint with eco biodegradable paint that won’t harm the water and the nature that we love!
With all the changes on the boat we have acquired lots of extra storage for water, food and supplies. The new set up allows us to close off all of our thru hauls leading to the ocean no more diesel exhaust. Plus we have the benefits of getting our fuel on board with wind, water, and sun. No need for refueling at marina! Switching over to the composing toilet freed up more space and lessened the weight because we mix our waste with peat moss, which is lighter then water. Once it is broken down it is reusable dirt not unusable sewage sludge.
Repainting the engine compartment has given us a clean canvas. We are ready to install the electric motor and set up the new off grid system. We know it is going to take hard work and commitment. Our excitement grows as we move on to the next step toward a green horizon. We plan on working until everything is ready and we know we can leave no trail behind.