8 Year Report: the Boat

The year for the boat started with leaving Subic Bay for the Holidays and a six-month cruise.  We soon discovered an unsolved drain in the DC side, causing havoc with our battery storage.  We replaced the last of the older batteries and after sure it was not more, added two more 8d Trojan AGM batteries for a total of 6.

We are now officially a middle-aged boat, twelve years of very hard service.  We often put on more hours in a year than most do in ten.  Knowing there are things with specific life expectancies I started down the list which was much more cosmetic this year, while off the boat we had the interior refinished on the top two levels.  The teak and holly cabin souls were taken to bare wood and given ten coasts of a two-part varnish.  The interior wood work got a couple coats of varnish. 

the loyal Balmar
the loyal Balmar
The loyal Balmar generator quit, again, at this age no surprise, and again I had thought of rebuilding it while still working but did not.  We were in Cebu and I shipped it to Manila to be repaired, at the same time I ordered a new one.  The old one came back first so I installed it and it worked great, kept the new one in storage.  (Now jump way ahead to this year, the ol Balmar stopped again.  I recalled that I did not really check the new one to see if it was exact, looked good but did not measure the mounts, so I dreaded taking it out of storage and having it scream “idiot” at me.  Ahh praise the gods, it bolted right in and works great. Will get the old one repaired and kept as spare)

The noble leather upholstery had shown wear. Really only in color and the few spots that get heavy use.  We redid the upholstery in the salon, the settee and the two “Kathy” (named after Kathy Youngblood who helped design them) barrel chairs. We also redid the pilot house seat. One area that has seen the most wear,(wink wink), the master bed, had a custom mattress. We had the mattress recovered and some foam replaced.  Gotta love the Philippines, all this work done for a fraction of the cost in the USA.

We installed three large solar panels a few years ago but were never really happy with the performance.  I befriended a solar wizard in Puerto Galera and learned a great deal.  I had the three panels in parallel, I learned that by putting them in series I would almost double the charging over a sunny day.  With the panels in series, the charge starts as soon as the combination hits 24v, which is about 0700 hours and last until that voltage is lost, about 1500 hours. The maximum charge at noon is the same but the length of positive charge is much longer.  We rewired the panels and changed out the MPPT controller for a larger one, it now had to accommodate 150v. 

The difference in the charge was profound so I decided if some is good more is better, and added three more panels. Now with two sets of three panels in series the charge is amazing, -- if the sun shines. 

We added wind generator last year, it made more noise than electricity, so I tied it off until some solution can be found.  The technicians rebuilt it with higher quality bearings and now it hums not growls. It provides some additional charge, hard to determine so I have ordered a separate volt/amp meter just for the wind gen. Sitting in Puerto Galera for a month of cloudy weather and wind it did help. The one I got was a cheapy, so now I will investigate a higher quality wind gen.

My two depth sounders failed, one completely and one mostly. I like good depth readings!  We installed two new Garmin fish finders, one up and one down. They are excellent.  One glitch I discovered, one bright day I decided to figure out how to dim the one in the pilot house. Shocking as it may seem I did this without the aid of the instruction manual, I am a man you know.  I fiddled about and sure enough dimmed the screen so dark I could not see it, poof gone! i quickly realized I would have to wait for dark to see the screen.  That evening I was able to see it clearly and brightened it up again. Now I know the sequence and can do it blindly, but this is a glitch in the otherwise perfect system.

Donna marking the chain
Donna marking the chain
While at our haul out we had the bottom painted, two years and it was due. Also replaced the engine thru hull, sea cock and strainer. While out Donna did her annual painting of the chain.  I have seen many elaborate chain marking schemes, color coded to the point of needed a code breaker.  We simply paint a 6 foot long red mark, every 50 feet (16 meters).  When we anchor I simply tell the crew the number or marks to put down, 2, 3 or as needed and we don’t need an enigma machine to calculate the chain length. 

With now 8450 hours on ye ol Cummins, she is still purring like a kitten. There was one unsolved glitch; the first hour or so, especially if the boat has sat for a while, the engine RPM’s surge about 200 RPM’s up and down. This eventually goes away, usually quickly but disturbing.  I thought “fuel fuel fuel” changed all the filters and no change.  I found a good mechanic who took a listen and diagnosed that we had a failing transfer fuel pump.  We ordered the pump, replaced it and it seems to have solved the problem. I bought a spare. I will say this is the first non-maintenance Cumming part I have had to replace, not bad. 

This brings up a new point.  For eight years and half way around the world, I have been blessed with top notch assistance from local Cummins representatives; Australia, Malaysia, Thailand all had established service representatives.  Not so in the Philippines, I spent a month sending emails to all who claimed Cummins connections, usually no response, most worked on heavy equipment not small truck motors. One company did respond with a $2000 estimate to do an oil change!! By chance I found a German mechanic who specializes in Cummins rebuilds. This is the first time I have been disappointed in Cummins service, I hope they remedy this shortage.

Furthur ready for the next adventure
Furthur ready for the next adventure
So, all solar and wind powered up and with a beautiful new interior, clear view of the depth and humming engine off we go on the next big adventure.

Make Your Dream Your Story

Capt. Brian Calvert

M/Y Furthur



Your story is beautiful.  Much Love and Many Blessings!  

 Cheryl Klein  11/17/2017

nice travelling mark. you can visit bali island , indonesia. it's very beatiful place and much tradition in here



 superhero  10/20/2017

Australia 2 is currently located in the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Perth.  Most of the Challengers and Defenders in the 1987 Australian Defence series were fitted with winged keels so might be one of these.  

 John  5/20/2017

Brian, so sorry to hear of your loss, and another Angel arriving in heaven. 

Thank you for sharing your heart and story.

 June  4/6/2017

Great story!  Love that part about the brown skined/black haired Jesus "the way it should be" Haha - Kepp ém coming Captain Brian!  Jonas.

 Jonas Lundström  8/19/2016

Great job, Brian!  I can only imagine how difficult of a position who had.. It is totally amazing all these great opportunities that you have received!  Keep up the great attitude and continue to enjoy this awesome venture!  You make me smile every time I read one of your adventures.  I pray that they will continue to be all good!  Keep us posted..

 Sandy Joski  8/8/2016

Most excellent review! You captured the magic the love the rainbows..…  Loving this!!!

 Carol DaBrescia  6/10/2016

Your words ring true and flow perfectly to describe the adventure we are all on. Miss you! I see a boat trip in my near future as we continue to "Go Further!" One Love! 

 Spirit  6/9/2016


Thank You for sharing your "stuff on Further" article!!  We live in Maine and are prepping our new (to us) 46' Trawler for living aboard and cruising, and this information is very helpful!! 

I've been following your adventures for several years now and I can't thank you enough for all the inspiration you've given us!!  Plan to toss off the lines June 2016. 

I hope some day we will cross paths.


 Jim Mac  11/18/2015

Wow sounds like your living life and having a great adventure all in one the wife and I have thought about upsizing our boat and trying cruising. We enjoy all your updates stay safe and happy 

 Gerald Jackson  11/9/2015

Just read all of this Brian, what a good life for you, so happy for you. I could and should do this too about my life, it's pretty happy ever after as well.Ha Ha world, & good for us:) Stay safe out there on the high seas, there used to be modern day pirates ya know? I was the crew for about a yr. on a 40 ft. Valiant sailboat with my boyfriend who owned it, way back in 1980.  XOXO Linda

 lindahoxit  11/6/2015

Congratulations, great to find a partner in crime to share the adventure with.  I wish you both much happiness.

 Chris French  6/24/2015

Almost 7 years I working at the puerto galera white beach ,, and Barbie he the one of my best friend and I know he meet a lot a coustomer from others place and out of country and thank you so much for a lot of tourist they from my country also my place puerto galera, I hope you injoy and relax;) mowahhh good day

 Icey  5/12/2015



see you


in hand

 Dev Gottesman   5/5/2015

Nice place i think, i dont know when i can go there, thankyou for this share, i very like it

 boni  3/22/2015

It was a great story, right up to the point where the ping pong story gets introduced  (female crew taken along ). From that point forward, the story becomes watered down, repetitive, exploitive ( so much for Buddhist values ) and lacking the kind of character the story had through the first few years.

Women are more important than whales, yet whales in this adventure obviously get top billing while women seem to be a source of entertainment. Something to have along to please the eye, satisfy urges, make good photos, cook and clean. At least that is how it reads as time goes by.

As for value in other nations (boat work). I find it difficult reconcile how one is willing to pay low labor rates in countries/people we claim to love so much, while paying high labor rates in countries we are not so sad to leave (Oz). Could it be we love those who we can exploit, filling our "needs box" easily? What is not to love? Imagine if we paid those we love the same high rates in other lands? How much better would their lives be?

While it started well, this is now less a story of adventure and a great boat and crew, "usual suspects" and exotic places, dinners on a beach. Sadly the story has taken a turn. One that no longer holds my interest, for reasons stated. No need to read the book.

Should have continued on to the Med.....

 Sparks  1/6/2015

A very well written story ourhigh sschool teachers would grade it a A. Gladto see you going 

FURTHUR   AND SAFE  RECALLED all our high jinx  God  blessed to you ROY

 Roy Christopherson  12/31/2014

Very concerned for you Brother, the Typhoon has wrecked havoc all around you, it looks like.  Hope you are dry & floating my friend.

 SaltyDawg  12/9/2014

Enjoyed reading your adventure. 

 donna olson  12/3/2014

Brian and Christie, Really v glad to meet you both at Kota Kinabalu with Dive Below yesterday and thanks again for showing me onboard Further. Being a "city-person / corporate-warrior", your experience and attitude towards life truly inspires me... It takes a lot of courage and a "dare to be different" mindset to embark on this incredible journey. I m very humbled after listening to your story and amazed by how you managed to touch the lives of people that you meet at the various ports. Wishing you all the very best for all your trips + Rescue diver course and may you always be safe and joyful. Will be following your blog and maybe we have a chance to meet again somewhere , somehow .... Cheers Justin

 Justin Lee  11/16/2014

Great article in Sea Mag. Congrats !

 Kerry  9/20/2014

So glad you were there to celebrate with us--I loved your speech :)

 Lua  8/30/2014

Cap't, it was a pleasure to share the journey with you, and I hope for a time again to be in your bright and energetic company. Derek

 Derek  8/7/2014

Love it man! It was great meeting you in Madison and wishing you all the best! Flowpoetry

 Flowpoetry  8/5/2014

Brian it was wonderful meeting you in Madison at the first Furthur Test in over 50 years. What a ride!!! Looking forward to the adventure of life and I have a feeling that our paths will cross again. Doc and Bertha Bus Productions would love to work with you when your ready. Stay in touch! Hope to see you at Phases!

 Spiritmentalist (Ashlee)  7/28/2014

Well done (Pops)! :)

 Jonas Lundstrom  5/19/2014

Ulterior motives! Nicely done ;-)

 Ken  4/13/2014

I have friends and family similarly afflicted. Your message brings hope. Thank you.

 unknown  3/19/2014

Wow, Brian! Thank you for sharing your life story! I stil think you should write that book, and I no more think you should "drop the anchor" to do it; you are doing excelent writing under way! Radoje MY Kitri, Selene 5498

 Radoje Micic  3/18/2014

I would of loved to engaged the aux.

 troz  10/22/2013

Brian I have one question for you, Is there ever NOT a smile on your face ?

 Kerry  8/1/2013

Thanks Brian for the lovely tribute. You were a good friend to him and he loved the fact that you shared the same birthday. I am so glad we got to see you at Pangkor Island...what can I say it was just such a shock. He was not complaining of feeling ill and was so happy that we had crossed the Singapore strights. The night he died he said to me "the adventure begins tomorrow." I know that he is still with me even though my life has changed drastically. I am presently back in Melbourne staying with my best friend but will go back to Malaysia in a month or 2 to sort out the boat. I truely hope that we meet again somewhere along the track and he really loved you Brian xxx

 Lorraine  5/17/2013

Hey Brian! Wish we were there with Totem and you at the Freedom Bar! Very cool you got the privilege of hanging with Naill, an amazing guy. The girls are fantastic, too -- I'm sure they'll be Furthur crew in due time! Big hug to you! A2

 Alison and Allan  5/13/2013

Hello Captian Brian! Loved reading about your most recent journey. Thank you for all the details about the different marinas and the shopping. Bonne journèe

 Brenda  4/4/2013

Brian: Linda and I have enjoyed your blog this past year since meeting you at Seattle Opening Day last year. Are you coming back again this year?

 Tom Pickens  3/25/2013

Brian, I will forward your latest post to my American friend JonLee who is currently teaching in Salalah, Oman. She has some insights re the Muslim women, their attire and life style. She also taught in NE Thailand for quite a few years so has that experience to compare and contrast. Thank you for the thought provoking blog and beautiful photos. Keep strumming!

 Brenda Prowse  3/20/2013

Happy Year of the Snake, Pappa hero!

 Brenda Prowse  2/11/2013

Excellent account, Brian. I really like the way you related your experience to "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Robert Pirsig would be proud!

 Brenda  1/23/2013

que impresionante ju!!!!!!!que hermosa experiencia!!!!!

 unknown  1/10/2013

I've said it before but I'll say it again, YOU ARE ONE LUCKY DUDE !

 Kerry  1/2/2013

Awesome blogpost & story Brian! We are coming for our first visit in Thailand early November & will use some of your dive blogpost for ideas. Cheers, enjoy and will meet on the road someday. That's us if you are interested www.free-to-dream.org

 David  11/13/2012

Hola July!!!!!!! Estoy con Mari y con Adri en mi cumple!!!! te estamos viendo estas hermosa y felíz te quiero Muuuucchooooo!!!!!!! Un beso enoooorrrmmmmeeeee te mandamos todas

 Silvia  10/20/2012

Idea for you, Brian: drop the anchor for a while and write the book! Me be the first in a list of pre-orders! Radoje, wanabe in your wake

 Radoje  9/19/2012

WOW just WOW ! That was scary to read, I cant imagine what it was like in person. Stay safe.

 Kerry  8/26/2012

Kitty from Thailand remember me Brian and me work in chalong

 Kitty  6/27/2012

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