Here are some more pictures , some from Quellon that I forgot to post and a few others more recent. That child mannequin in front of the clothing store in Quellon was something to behold , and inadvertently in such bad taste, that even I debated about keeping the photograph. However,by way of compensation, there is also a really nice shot of an unknown nude bather at the hotsprings of Cahuelmo.
Ric ( see above, for more ‘detail’) has flown to the north into the winter , like a wrong-headed migrant bird. But with his own good reasons. I shall follow soon in a month or so.
The sewing machine has been dragged out for some minor sail repair, the painting awaits some dry days, a propane tank was filled by decanting from full tanks borrowed form Curare ( with donor tank suspended 6′ up in the sun and the recipient tank on deck in the shade); a general interior and exterior cleaning; the chimney polished; bilge washed (!) etc , etc.
‘Curare'(Vancouver) has left for the southern channels, ‘Abrazo’ (Bellingham) has left for a week or two of local sailing with friends, ‘Westerly Serenade'(Australia) has been hauled out,’Caper’ (Auckland) is provisioning ready to sail towards Puerto Williams. ‘Yorikke’ ( Vancouver , sort of) is here at the marina.
‘Faraway’ , I think, has left Puerto Natales to sail north. I listened to the radio net this morning , but there is so much electrical radio interference here in Puerto Montt that I could not make out the conversation. “Caledonia’ is in Caleta Brecknock slowly sailing north. ‘Bomika’ is somewhere out there. Francesco of ‘Mittus’ (Italy) showed up yesterday for a visit by land, leaving his boat at Quinched.
Puerto Montt has an incredibly busy waterfront. Constant traffic of 15 to 20′ wooden skiffs , some of them pretty double-enders ferrying goods and people back and forth to Isla Tenglo, with 1 cyl gas or diesel engines , many without gears (no neutral or reverse) , so they use oars at each end of the short trips.
The aquaculture industry has spawned a big local fleet of 90 to 200′ steel work boats and cargo vessels. Many of them look like re-fitted north European fishing vessels. They are nearly all in very good condition and painted up. To my eye, a few of them are beautiful and evocative, with canoe sterns and raised whaleback foredecks.
The 50′ wooden general-purpose community boats from the archipelago along Chiloe ,are constantly coming and going , bringing people , animals and goods to the big smoke of “Muerto Montt”
Also there are many brutally utilitarian landing craft types, that plow by in the channel, dragging half the ocean with them.
In short , if you want to look at working boats , with a few hard-travelled yachts in the mix, Puerto Montt is the disneyland.
Walking back and forth to Puerto Montt is 5 or 6 kms along a gritty, trafficked road. Not bad , and its a relief to use some large muscle groups for a change. Ric and I tried walking back from town along the beach at low tide. Some of the waterfront sewage systems are brutally simple and fragrant.
Ain’t no ‘yarn bombing’ in Puerto Montt. I think maybe most of the tourists don’t even leave the bus terminal, other than those on yachts.
There is a good FM radio station with an announcer that speaks like the old FM dj’s in Vancouver, veeeerrry slow and relaxed; so that I can follow most of the Spanish.
That’s it from Puerto Montt , Los Lagos , Chile.