We bought our 51’ Morgan Out Island Ketch sailboat in February 2004.The sales weasel representing the buyer was supposed to give us expert sailing lessons & how to handle this large boat, what a joke.9 out of 10 attempts to maneuver in or out of the slip did not go as he planned.While taking a ‘sail test’, we had to talk him into letting us hoist the sails; he said he didn’t know how to set the sails & he’s the expert?When we got one up he wanted to bring it back down & go back but we insisted in raising all of the sails.When they were all flying & we were making way nicely he looks up at the sails with a far away look & said, “wow, I should do this with my sail boat”.He managed to weasel the dingy & motor off the boat just before we closed the deal.
Before we brought her down from San Francisco, we replace all the standing rigging, the cables that hold up the two masts, bought a few new sails, converted the old roller furling jib to a hank on & replaced all of the halyards, lines & sheets.We bought a new VHF radio & a spare antenna.We bought extra blocks & shackles, new sailing harnesses, warm sailing gloves, deck boots.We rigged jack lines.We checked all the systems, added steering fluid & checked it’s air pressure.Changed the motor oil, transmission oil, flushed the fresh water system, and replaced the motor zinc.We took her for a couple test sails under the Golden GateBridge, what a milestone.Lot’s of wind up there, the tide currents must be taken into consideration along with the shallow places near the slips.
After general boat inspection, the motor inspection & had the fuel polished, then went to fill up the diesel fuel tank.After getting back to the slip I heard a dripping sound, we soon found the ‘pink’ of diesel in the bilge.We took a number bilge loads to the haz mat & soon the leak stopped.No leaks again until we went out for a sail.We realized the leak must be in the top of the tank.Another load of bilge lemonade to haz mat & soon we took left San Fransisco heading south for Ventura.Amoung the fun of prepping a project boat/dock queen for a 4 day passage, trying to have all the rigging replaced & new sails made, delivered & installed, we had one eye on the weather conditions outside the gate.Each week had a major storm with 30-40+ winds & huge swells with just a day or two in between; we wondered how far we could get before the next storm would roll in.
We left the slip just after sunrise & motored out into the bay, hoisting sails halfway to the gate from Alemeda; great day, light winds & full sun.We sailed & rode the tides out the gate under light wind conditions, it was a great start.One of our crew began to get sea sick a few hours out of the gate but still the conditions were light wind & stayed that way until just after sunset.Just after most had gone off for some rest the wind began to build quickly, by the time we were able to get a couple of hands redressed & on deck we had a lot of sail area to shorten, the seas were huge & most of our crew was hurling chum.It was quite a ride bashing into the big waves but we finally got the big sails down & set the stay sail as tight as we could.Winds were reported to be 35+ steady with 12-18 foot swells & for three days we had glorious down wind slay ride; it was like riding a wave for three days in a row.The decision to drop off sick crew came about 30 hours out, from then it took anther 30 or so to get to MoroBay.At after 2am a couple of ‘drunk, x- Grateful Dead followers turned pro fishing boat captains’, took our lines & expertly tied us down & helped us vac out the bilge.
The next morning Bobbie Jo & I were heading out on a nice sunny day.We sailed by the notorious Point Conception in perfect sailing conditions & had a great time together along with our new boat.
After arriving in Ventura we generally got the boat shipshape, vacuumed the diesel from the bilge & made a few trips to HAZMAT, removed the offending dog box off the aft…I removed the old oil & mystery fluid from the Ideal windlass& replaced with 90wt gear oil.
We met the coolest dude in Ventura, Keith.A slightly older guy that’s been around boats forever & knew how to work on about everything on a boat.Nicest guy I’ve ever met & over the next few years helped me with projects beyond my wildest imagination.He helped a lot of folks but seemed to take us under his wing; he was known as ‘The Mayor of D dock’.Keith helped with the miracle of removing the chain sprocket, which took an incredible amount of imagination & patience; I then installed the new clip ring & friction plates, then lubed liberally.Removed the 400 feet of 3/8” BBB chain & cut off the worst parts, saving about 200 for our main set & 80’ for the spare/2cd anchor.
After several day sails & Anacapa runs our first overnight trip 5-04 we sailed the 60 mile to Catalina/Emerald bay.Robin caught a lot of fish & we made a meal from his nice catch.After two nights on the mooring ball we got up our nerve & dropped the hook.The experience with Keith removing the all of the stuck components & fully lubed, so when the chain sprocket pushed the clip ring down below the grooved shaft, it was easy to disassemble & add the old clip ring under the new clip ring/groove to help keep it all from ever dropping down again.
First big project was to design & commission a new aluminum 85 gallon fuel tank from Patrick the wielding artist.We then filled that tank & then ran the fuel out over the next few months & made the repair with Devcon Titanium Putty $75/lb around 6-04ish.We cut a large service port to inspect & clean the tank, sanded & cleaned the repair surface with muratic acid.Applied an 1/8th inch layer then covered with medium fiberglass & then coated all with the rest of the 1lb of putty.Have yet to test the repair.
Next (around 5-04) was the pooptank form Ronco with all Whale diverters & hand pump out along with the $8.50/foot stink proof hose.Will need to replace fart filter by 1-1-06.
Complete rebuild of the aft head, all internal part plus the housing shell of the pump itself.
I installed a water puppy to remove that water that the large bilge pump doesn’t get, works great.
Built a new rear deck box & installed a duel 20# LPG tank system & hooked up our Force 10 Stove.
Installed a fresh water foot pump with an in line filter.2-2-05
Installed 5 new SS ports from Newfound Metals & 20 more later on, they’re great!
We had a number of great trips to islands, including Smuggler’s cove where Robin did his first solo kayak voyage from our boat to a 115’ race boat that had a boat load of gooby guys aboard.At Coaches we Met ‘fuck all ya all’ the ‘zig zag’ pirate dude; he’d shoot off his m90 deck cannon at sunset:-O.Robin got to pick out his pirate name from the pirate duds cool pirate book.Later that year we took our friend Pauleee to Smugglers where we a great time laughing about ‘fuck all ya all’ JTook Billy to Fry’s around that time, Had a great time kayaking the boy can put away some booze:-OHis father in law bought our last 21’ boat ‘itty bitty’ for Billy & he took it home with him after that tripJ
Did a big trip to Chula Valdez (Chula Voola) on our way to San Miguel; it was a nice anchorage not too rolley.The caves were amazing to kayak into & so was walking into them from the beach. The next day we went up to painted cave & anchored in about 65’ of water just to the right of the caves a short kayak paddle; it was calm, our anchor was set but the vertical walls were ominously present.I kayaked with Robin sitting in front of me.We had a nice bright dive lite but it hardly does the job; the cave is very deep & dark.As we entered we could hear the sounds of a number of big seal in the back of the cave barking; the sounds were amplified by the cave & each bark bounded off the walls endlessly…very erry, Robin was advising me to be careful:-OWe kayaked to the back & saw the seals in the back, we didn’t make the turn, by then the loudly barking seals along with the amazing roar of the many cave blow holes led Robin to announce that we should get back to the boat so mommy could check it outJ
We then headed up to Forney’s at the tip of the island, they warn of big seas & high winds up there but we had a perfect weather window.The anchorage has a very long sandy beach which connects to the point in which the swells from two different shore perspectives converged…very cool.We both witnessed our dear friend Lou, incarnate/persona in the form of a seagull.They say dearly departed souls are often reported to ‘visit’ their loved ones in the form of some sort of winged bird or butterfly.
The next day we hauled off for Cuyler’s at San Miguel.This was & has remained our most thrilling destination.The island has not changed since Cabrillo first anchored there over 500 years ago.Typically the wind just off shore is near 50knots; it’s off shore of Point Conception.We had a rear low wind day & motored the whole way. Cuyler’s anchorage is a very large circular bay with a large rock island in the outer region.It was a very flat harbor while we were there.In the afternoon the wind would begin to increase, by early evening it was a steady 20-25knots, before the sun would come up the wind would completely stop and a thick fog would completely obscure all vision beyond the bow :-OI remember having a nice cup of coffee while I took in the beauty of the stillness & rare windless quite…then I realized that if we needed to get out of there we wouldn’t be able to tell where the rock, the exit & the hard places were.So when the fog started to clear I took hand bearing with itty bitty’s compass, I made a course to follow to get out, depicting the rock island & the rocky outcrop of the island.This turned out to be a good idea, the next day it was again foggy but when it cleared our hand bearing courses where the same.When we did sail out a few days later it was again foggy so we used our hand bearing compass bearing with itty bitty’s compass and the radar, we also had a few more boats drop in the night before but managed to pull right out in near zero visibility :-O
One morning Robin announces that he wanted to paddle his boggy board to the beach; this is around a half mile away, off he goes.By the time I got in my kayak to follow he was at the beach:-OWe built a very grand sand castle for around 4 hours at least.
Took Shwana & kids for a few days to smugglers.
Did a complete oil change at the end of the year along with the filters, & fuel filters.
Replaced the auto pilot fan belt around the end of the year; it improved vastly.
On Feb 20th 2005 we had our christening party, what a blast!
Feb 26/27 Tony & Patty from the Morgan list took an over niter to Smugglers.
Feb 28th.we began the construction of our Frezer/Fridg box & installed the Technautics Cool Blue, after four months we had cold beer & soft ice cream, (even though it was 17deg F.)Keith’s meter read –11.7 behind the cold plate with the top off.Keith’s help on this project went way beyond the call of a mere mortal’s duty,no one in my life has helped me with so many aspects of any project I’ve ever taken on; he’s a real project angel.With his help I managed to build the box way beyond my skill level.His suggestion to create a false bottom on the beveled lid opening to make a mold for the top lids was just out of this world; the box is nothing short of incredible.
Aprox. Average Freezer box = 7524 cu. Inches
Aprox Average Fridg box = 2500 cu/inches
Total box area = 10,024cu/inches( 6 cu/feet = 10,368)
I installed a bank of 4 Trojen batteries to power the boat for long trips to the islands; later added a digital power monitor box.
I replaced the Para 4 water pump which had been struggling since we got the boat, I installed a Variable Speed pump with a tad bit more flow.I remove all the many elbow & 90 degree bends & use larger diameter hoses in & out of the pump with a larger 3/4” pump filter, works like a dream.
As of 7-11-05 we’ve burned through about 210 gallons of fuel so far (135, plus 35, 40)
Installed 4-Trojen batteries (J305H) & tested Specific Gravity
Installed new motor zinc. 1 ¼” prop shaft zinc
Note: last one installed 2-1-05, no zinc was remaing on 7-8-05 :-O
Burped PSS dripless.All looks well.
Removed all unused deck hardware & filled with epoxy/403 white filler.
7-10-05Installed a rear tank drain, drained the tank, But now the rear tank feed has issues.
Changed the oil in the Ideal Windlass.
Sailed to Smugglers for two nights with the core trio.It was so nice to be out of the slip!Learned to secure the bitter end of the snubber;the original snubber is now at the bottom of Smugglers approx 50 to 100 yards to the right of the buoy if facing the anchorage & 0 to 50 yards in from the buoy.
7-17-05Discovered the rear water tank had a major clog in it’s output due to excessive build up of white crystal/sand/gravel stuff.I back washed the rear tank thru the new tank drain fitting, lots O’ white crystal/sand/gravel stuff washed up & out of the deck fill.Seems to be fine now.Also backwashed from the motor room/water pump faucets – both tanks.Will need to install water level gauges.
Changed the motor diapers & topped off oil.Approx engine running time 5 hours – oil down 2/3rds dipstick reading.
Bought a new snubber with 45 feet of 3/4”.
Spray painted a color code on the 200 feet of anchor chain.
25 feet – White
50 feet – White/Yellow
75 feet – White/Orange
100 feet – Yellow
125 feet – Yellow/White
150 feet – Yellow/Orange
175 feet - Orange
This worked great almost the rest of that short season, later we installed a digital chain counting auto remote.
XM Radio starts again for one more yearJ
Bought a 1988 Avon 2.8 meter dingy for $200; I’m told I got a great deal but I’m convinced that it will fall apart before long.Paid $64 for Hyperlon patches,Aqua seal & seam glue & did repairs on the slow leaks in the rear underside, re-glued several unglued seams & reinforced obvious stress areas. Later sold it back in trade for new dingy.
7-23-05Heading out to the Nautically Inclinded Cruiser’s Kickoff at Prisoners Cove on Santa Cruise with Shawan & kids.
Shawna paid the bill at the gas dock, we were just above 1/2 tank. We motored 2/3rds of the way at 20krpm for about 3 hours, oil was down 2/3rds on dip stick – changed diaper.
Had two pleasant nights at Prisoner’s cove.Took a walk up the hill a ways, my hernia keep my hiking ambisions at bay & I turn back with the kids after a 1/2 hour.We saw some high tech bird watchers photographing some scrub jays that are only found on Santa Cruise island; they used an Ipod to play bird sounds thru portable speakers.Had great fun kayaking.
The 3rd day/night we anchored at Chula Valdez (Chula Vula), with it’s three large cave openings offered an intriguing kayaking experience but that night the swell was giving our duel flopper stoppers a hard time.At we awoke to a very loud crashing sound, as our boom came crashing down on the tow rail, bending a life line stantion.That wanker Jonathan the rigger had done another very unprofessional job of attaching the lifting halyard with a veryundersized U-bolt; as he installed it, pushing the boom out to starboard was no problem but to port would bend the U-bolt apart.I rigged our main halyard to knotted loop I put in the lifting halyard & carried on with our trip.
First thing in the morning we took off for Painted cave, the worlds biggest sea cave.We stood off just outside the cave & took two teams of kayaks & our dingy in for the experience.I got some great shots of Shawna paddling out of the cave.The seals barking at the rear of the cave along with sound of the swells wooshing thru the blow holes give a very spooky effect, last year these sounds sort of un nerved Robin but he still braved the experience.
The 4th night we put in at Pelicans, this is by far/so far the best anchorage we’ve experience (but later up staged by Ladies).The anchorage is surrounded by tall vertical cliffs with tall oak, various pine, eucyliptous…trees.The site of an old resort from the 1908-1927ish erra.Great kayaking thru out the area, I snorkeld & kayaked thru a large arch rock & snorkeled for nearly two hours exploring the entire cove from the arch rock to the landing beach. A very well protected & large cove with a rock landing & steps that lead up to the foundation remains of the old resort.The beach around the corner was real nice.Egg to fist sized smooth beach rocks, a fresh water stream flows down the canyon to the beach, a great hiking trail that leads up to the old resort with spectacular views of the sea.
The morning of the 5th day we got ship shape & had a great down wind run back to Ventura.
7-30-05Ready Rick Divers will have to do bottom cleaning every month do to thinninganti fouling paint.We must haul out & do a bottom cleaning ASAP.RRD can do a pre haul under water sanding for $3/foot.Find out if we can skip two months of bottom cleaning & then have this done.
Climbed up the mast with the aid of the windlass (for the first time) it went well, by hoisting me up with a mast winch for about 8 feet I then hold on while Bobbie routs the halyard to the windlass via the staysail’s deck block.I changed out the lifting halyard’s broken block & connector with a new block & a 1/4” galvanized bolt.Will need to replace with SS 1/4” bolt soon.Bring up a 2”, 2.5” & a 3” to find best fit.
We took Aubrey & Carrie to Prisoners for a last bash to the island before Aubrey goes off to college.It was a very hard & wet bash to windward.We tacked up the mainland for nearly three hours before heading across windy lane.We had to put in a double reef in the main just after clearing the first oil rig.We pinched & ran close hauled until we reached Scorpions, the wind was blowing the tops of the waves off, there was never a wind or wave shadow from the island but we noticed a number of boats anchored in flat calm water behind a large rock out cropping.I suggested that we tuck in there as well but much to my surprise Bobbie wanted to bash straight into the nasty mess for over an hour to get to Pelicans, we choose Prisoners for it’s better protection; we did not want to experience the rolling swells we got from Chula Valdez the week before.As we turned into the wind we were bucking like a wild bronco as we took on the relentless swells & wind driven waves, I put my harness on & clipped on the the stay sail’s stay while I brought down the jib.The bow was crashing & diving into on coming waves, green water was burying the entire bow up to & including me but my foul weather gear still kept me dry; what an adrinalan rush.With all my hard core windsurfing experience I have yet to feel any fear of the big stuff the ocean throughs my way, I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse; I’m so starved for exstream windsurfing since I haven’t gone now for 1.5 seasons that I just can’t get enough of the real ruff weather stuff.Carrie was having a real tuff time with it all, for a non sailor she was getting her $’s worth.We made it to Prisoners & found a great spot with only two other boats there, but the sail boat that was in the best spot had two anchors out so we would have to put out two anchors if we wanted to bein the even better spot.So we attempted to use two anchors for the first time ever,Bobbie rowed our little Fortruss out with it’s 150 feet of rope & 30 feet of chain.I winched in the line with the rear winch until the line seamed good & snug.It was great, it held us straight into the swells so we didn’t rock back & forth much; with the duel flopper stoppers we were very comfy.Carrie was having a very hard time but she does not do well with motion; she got car sick on the way to the boat, not a good sign.At 4:20am we noticed a 5-10 knot breeze come in from the island, the opposite direction it blows normally, the little 4lb Fortruss had not been fully set with the motor at all & I did not wince it down to set it either, so it dragged thru the sea grass & we were now facing the island’s breeze with our aft end very close to the sailboat with the damm two anchors; we had to pull the anchors & re-anchored with only our main anchor.
The next morning I changed the boat diaper, the oil level was still good.We all went to shore & hiked the short distance to ‘Harvey’s lookout’, the little white look out house from 100 years ago.We had a nice time for a few hours & went back to the boat & got ship shape for our return sail.As ruff & tuff of a bash we had to get there we had the most pleasant down wind sail we’ve seemed to have on the way back.We were sailing at 6.5 to 8.0 knots the whole way back, the sails were perfectly set, absolutely no ratteling of the rigging, just pure sailing perfection.
Bobbie, Robin & I head out to Willows on the back side of Santa Cruise.We motored for about 3 hours total & the rest under sail.There was one other power boat anchored front & rear in the only ‘best spot’.We attempted to anchor inside of him but with our tiny 4lb fortruss as a rear anchor we would be in trouble if it failed in the night (like at Prisoners).We anchored a bit out in 45’ of water with one anchor, we were side to the swell 99% of the time, we were not comfy LSunday morning the other boat took off &we took their spot &Bobbie rowed out our trusty 4lb Fortruss with 150’ of 3/8” nylon & 25’ of tiny chain, running the line thru a block that I attached to the stern rail & ran the line to the port jib winch (Lewmar 48); it worked like a charm & held our ‘aft’ in place perfectly.With 125 feet of chain with 30’ of 3/4” snubber line to our 45lb CQR I cranked the stern anchor very tightly, (guessing ~ 50% of working load limit) which pulled the slack out of the bow anchor.We were nestled between the two 85’ foot detatched rocks & the cliffs on the west.The bow anchor would have held us off the rocks & cliffs regardless of swing in case the tiny stern anchor was to drag.
We had the whole anchorage to ourselves for most of the next two days, some kayakers came in for about 1 hour.We discovered someone had built a bamboo ‘teepee’ in which we made improvements & upgrades to.Robin really had a great time, he & I had a very nice kayak excursion thru the calmer cut between the land & the first rock, he was cool under fire.We kayaked over very clear water over kelp beds then landed on a very secluded beach; it was a tough landing but he made it in like a pro.
I changed the motor diaper, replaced the main fan belt & topped off the coolant. Will need to drain & replace coolant soon.
Had the hernia surgery on a Thursday & two weeks later we headed out to Fry’s for 6 days.Last year there was one boat & we had trouble setting our hook, we thought it was crowed & the only good spot was taken.Now there was two boats already anchored with two anchors, which sets the way all other boats must anchor.Anchored far enough behind the other boats with our cqr with the full 185’ of chain backed down in full reverse…we’re set.We then row out our trusty 4lb Fortruss & it holds us all night long…although we are beam to the incoming swells.The next day we set out to deploy our massive Fortrus & good ‘ol Tom comes to the rescue; there would have been no way I’d have been able to pull that off with the dingy.He towed me so I could pay out the chain & drop the anchor.
Must integrate a functional rear anchoring system.
Later that day a sail boat dragged his anchor & had to haul out of there, nearly dragging on to us.While we were at the beach, I was talking to that skipper when he looks out toward his boat that we were just looking at & he said, “Hey, where’s my boat going”.Just around the corner, out of site, a power boater snags this guys bow anchor & is pulling his boat away at about 3 knots.Not to long after another sailboat anchors with ONE anchor which puts it’s fully extended aft about 12 feet from our beam & this guy did not back down on his anchor.That’s when I decided that we should haul in our bow anchor, pull our aft to the bow & swing off it so we’d now be bow to the swell most of the time.Well now this guy finally gets that he’s too close to us so off he goes…& he goes right over to the guy that almost dragged onto us, then got pulled away by the power boater, then he dragged twice …now he’s drifting awkward close to the unlucky skipper again.
Well that was the end of fun for awhile, we’ve started the port & paint project :-O
On September 10th we started the Port & painting project :-O
On Keith’s recommendation I bought a 6” orbital sander & today I spent 10 hours with it & Bondo :-O
As of now, forepeak is done on the inside; Robin’sroom is done and settee area is done with painting.We are working on the Starboard side boot stripe now…foggy and wet yesterday…don’t know how progress will go today--inside or out?
1-08-06We installed the last port!!!Thus marks the end of that long project, that has got to have been the most physically demanding project so far & perhaps of all time.We have lot’s left to do but this project that combined all the interior work plus the opening/filling & fairing of the outside along with of course the ports with their 8+ hours each x 24 ports made this one a biggy.The major paint failure of the Interlux Perfection two part paint was such a demoralizing vibe killer, it put a harshness over the whole effort…we were totally crushed.I should have taken Keith’s advice & talked to ‘the painters’ & used their paint.We will not be painting the hull waterline to the toe rail as planned after the mast project, we can do that just before we start our cruise in 2.5 years; the bottom paint will need another go again then & we’ll replace the keel haul cable.Most likely we won’t even paint the hull sides for a very long time.
Installed the Variable Speed water pump,Jabsco sent us a brand new one after the original pump quit working after we backwashed the tanks; ether back pressure or the white granules from the bottom of the tanks did it in.We will be sure to disconnect the pump from the pluming the next time we flush the tanks.
1-15-06We took a little boat ride on a very calm & windless day, mainly to practice docking & tight maneuverings.It has been so long since we’ve had to do any backing that we weren’t quite sure which way our prop walk effected the steerage.
Our left handed prop helps us turn Right!
Reverse makes the Rear turn Right!
So we went out towards the break water on this calm day but couldn’t believe our eyes when we say how big the breakers were!They were absolutely the biggest I’ve ever seen here, I could now see
why so many boats have met with total tragedy here, I couldn’t believe it before.
As we approached the break water the waves weren’t all that bad but big never the less.As usual we made a serious effort not to make one wrong move & let our boat get sideways to the breakers.The boat in front of us made it past the first few breakers; it looked big but not that bad.By the time we got to the first breaker it was much larger than the ones the boat ahead of met.Our boat rose high & higher cresting the top with the big waves breaking white water all around.These waves were completely breaking over the entire break water rocks.These breakers were huge & relentless; they were a major force to be reckoned with for a full mile out & even then turning around was not a trifle event.We ran with the waves to get a feel for how they effected the boat, just after passing the red buoy I made my turn back out.We studied the waves sets & made notice of how the waves got bigger & bigger then noticed they also got somewhat smaller in cycles.So we timed our run back in for the smaller wave cycle.Even trying for the smallest waves set to come in on we still surfed in on the biggest waves we’ve ever rode in on.
For the first time ever Robin was so scared that he was crying in fear as we bashed out thru the first set of waves, he gained his composure soon after but was firm in his desire to get back in; so were we.Just this weekend I heard him tell his story to a friend that he admitted he was very scared but he said that he would not be that scared next time because he now knows the boat can take much more than that.(What a cool kid)
1-22-06We sailed to Scorpions, we nice prevailing winds for a third of the way then it slowed down to nothing, so we motored.When we got about 4 miles out from Scorpions the wind increased to 25-30+ & we set the anchor behind the big rock outcropping.The wind howled into the night while Robin kicked our butts in Monopoly; he suggested that we not waste time setting the flopper stoppers so we could get on with the game sooner; this advice may have saved our boat the next day.
In the morning there was absolutely no wind so wewent out for a dingy ride to the beach.We talked to a very nice volunteer ranger that gives guided tours of that area; a rich guy that owns a house in the Ventura Keys with his dock for his 45’ sailboat.
We toured that old farm with all the abandoned farm equipment, Robin got to hop on the first tractor he had ever seen.We took a hike up the hill to an amazing view of pt. conception all the way towards Catalina; there was still absolutely no wind on the horizon.While paddling back to the boat we noticed a slight breeze starting from the opposite direction of the night before, in 10 minuets it increased to 15+ as we arrived back at the boat.In 10 more minuets the wind was 25+ as we got the dingy secured, in 10 more minuets while we were hauling in the anchor the winds was 35+ with very large wind driven waves giving us a good beating.Since the wind was coming in opposite of the night before we were now pulling on the anchor in the opposite direction, which is a very un-nerving situation; in this case the anchor can only hold on so much, it will be forced to turn to the new direction or pop out & reset itself in the new direction…we were only 15 feet from that rocky outcrop with the wind blowing us towards so we wouldn’t have the room to wait for the anchor to reset itself if it were to let go which is what it would most likely do.
With Bobbie at the helm & me reeling in the anchor I had Bobbie apply more & more power to ride up towards the anchor; the big concern here was not to let the bow get blown down wind the moment the anchor let go of it’s hold.We got the anchor up & made our way for Ventura.The wind was right on the nose the whole way back, sure we could have sailed back around the back side all the way up to Forney’s then over towards Santa Barbra to escape the worst of these Santa Anna winds but we decided the direct approach would get us back the quickest & sailing directly into oncoming waves were more safer than taking them broadside.Robin was a trooper, he was in his battle zone sitting comfy on the cockpit floor, he didn’t even flinch when large waves broke over the boat in a cascade of water…tough guy.We all gained some well earned sailing character that day.
I replaced the speed sensor paddle in the Raymarine thru hull.I installed the new blanking plug; we will now install the blanking plug when ever we won’t be sailing to on haul out to protect the paddle.
We are looking forward to 4 day trip to the backside of Santa Cruise this next week.The infamous Santa Anna winds have been blowing hard lately, with predictions of slowing down by late week & picking back up early next week when we are out there.I plan on anchoring at Coaches & or Willows as that area offers protection from those nasty NE winds & even the prevailing NW winds; however if there is a S-ish wind/swell we will have trouble.
2-12-06Sunday at we headed out & had one of the most pleasant sails ever, the sun was warm the seas were flat & the wind was a perfect 12-15knots from the prevailing NW.We made it to smugglers/Yellow banks over two hours before sunset in the perfect wind.The wind was so perfect it even stopped just for us just outside of yellow banks; we could see the wind line behind & in front of us but just as we intended to take down the sails we found ourselves in a pocket of no wind; we had never flaked ours sails so perfectly ever.
We anchored in yellow banks & deployed our main flopper stopper for the first time with the spinnaker pole; this worked magnitudes better than using the main boom, the boat was very stable & had a great nite.Robin got to open one of his Valentines Day presents, he was so happy.
The next day we hauled the anchor & made our way toward Coaches, there was a nice calm aft wind so we rigged our spinnaker pole to the yankee jib, it was remarkable.We ran out of wind just before we got to Coaches & again flaked our sails perfectly without wind.To our utmost delight we found ourselves with the anchorage all to ourselves!This is quite a treat since it’s so packed in the summer; we parked right in the middle.We set our main anchor, a 45# CQR in only 20’ of water with over 125’ of chain out & snubbed with 30’ of d3/4” three strand.Bobbie lowered the big storm Fortruss anchor down to me in the dingy & I simply clipped it to the stern, piled the 80 feet of 3/8” chain & the 300’ of 7/8” rode & paddled my way toward the beach, powering thru some kelp before lowering it in about 8 feet of water.We winched it in astern tightly but did not use the motor to really set it good like we always do on the front main anchor; this is a mistake.
We had a quick bite for lunch & went to the beach.We were less than 50 yards from the beach so we let Robin swim to shore on his boggy board.We played on the beach for a few hours, we collected a bit of drift wood for a fire later & had a good look at the anchor near shore; it was snagged on the only rocks around.I was able to free dive down & re set it clear of the rocks; one of those rocks I gave to Robin who was swimming with me on his boggy board, this rock is now at work.
That nite we paddled the dingy to shore & for the first time ever we made a nice little fire & watched the full moon come up over the hills, it was awesome.We enjoyed the fire, Robin has inherited Bobbies incessant fire poking habit & he delighted in making the fire burst out & then taking it away…It’s so charming to see him grow & learn; his cute little face just glows as he matures & takes in wonder of wide world.Later after the fire died down we brought out the telescope that Aunt Catherine gave Robin for his Christmas present, we could see craters & hill sides of the moon.
With the two anchors out we didn’t need to deploy the flopper stoppers & had a great nite in a calm anchorage enjoying a fine beef roast & merriment.
The next day was a repeat of the day before but we had roasted porkJOn Wednesday morning we awoke with strong winds blowing down the mountains & off the beach.We were getting the boat shipshape for the sail back to our slip when we noticed the power boat that had arrived the day before was dragging it’ rear danforth anchor.I was very confidant that our huge storm anchor would hold thru a gale so we calmly went about our biz of getting shipshape, but by the time the wind had gotten over 30knots we began to drag our rear anchor.I’m not sure if it just took 20 to 30 feet of dragging to fully set itself or if it was still not set, we went into immediateaction & tied a float to that line & cast it off.We drifted back on our main hook & then hauled that one in, then we collected the Fortrus & then Bobbie circled around the anchorage while I stowed the storm anchor & rode.
We set the small staysail & the mizzen & had a great down wind sail but the wind was increasing every minuet.In less than two hours the wind was blowing over 40knots, it became obvious that for down wind sailing the staysails self tacking rig was not working well as a down wind sail, it cupped the wind, not allowing it to spill off properly.We pointed into yellow banks & I re rigged it like a jib.We sailed off but soon the wind was blowing so hard that it over powered the staysail & within 10 minuets the main line from that sail got pummeled so hard it broke from the force.The intensity of the conditions made it difficult to go forward & lower the sail.The intensity was mesmerizing; I was sort of transfixed on studying the way the lines were run, trying to determine if there was a better way to rig the sail & I was looking for a break in the intensity to go forward & drop the sail without getting wacked with thrashing lines.
We headed into smugglers to lower the sails with the intension of motoring back to Ventura.After dowsing the sails we noticed that if the wind in the lee of the island was blowing 45+ it must be a real farce to be reckoned with out in the windy lane in the channel, so we dropped out little CQR & let out all of our nearly 200’ of chain & snubber in 20’.The wind was absolutely astonishing.I’ve never witnessed wind so powerful; it was truly an awesome experience.After going back out on deck to put some very need chafing towel on the snubber to protect it I watched with great wonder at the extreme winds that would jet down the mountains in a katabolic fashion hitting the flat water near shore & create 30 yard swirling white water disturbances that would then fly out to sea at over 40 knots !Not to long after I had to replace the chafing towel with a larger beach towel & tie it to the chain & snubber.
We went down below & played a nice game of Monopoly & Bobbie made a great meal of fresh squash & left over pork roast.The wind was amazing & Robin was not the least bit concerned, we were all having a great time.With all that wind the boat did not roll back & forth but the wind did calm down after midnight & we began to roll back & forth more & more until by 5am the wind was totally calm & we were rolling too much to sleep anymore so we had a bowl of cereal, hauled anchor & motored home while Robin slept.After having gale force winds from west all day & nite we encountered building santa anna conditions on the way back right on the nose:-O
Great trip which gained us valuable expericances.Turns out someone out there by us had registered wind of over 56 knots :-OWe miss these little details without a wind meterJ
We will be pulling the masts on Friday March 31st, it will take about 3 months.We enjoyed the time at home last weekend, all three of us played tennis on Saturday, Bobbie & I had some great
Ground stroke rallies & Robin is just amazing at tennis…he’s a natural!Sunday Robin & I spent 4 hours riding our bikes at the park, he said as we rode back to the car “boy Dad, we a big day!”& earlier he said how much fun he was having.These are the truly treasured times.
We’re just about done with the massive mast project.The miz has been removed, rewired, new VHF, new spreader lights, new hailing speaker.The miz mast base has been reinforced, the deck drilled out & filled with west systems epoxy & filler, layers of thick mat glass, a new deck plate with an aluminum pipe for the wires.All the new stuff works!
The main mast has been removed, rewired, a new lightening disapator installed, new steaming light with 50Watt deck light(big); they restep the main mast this Friday 6-2-06.
The boat was hauled out for a bottom paint.I was not able to install the UHMW glide rails since they couldn’t lift me high enough until they were ready to put me back into the water.The lifting cable was not replaced this time due to not being able to block the boat high enough to do this work.There is a cable sheave, a rusty old thing I took a peak at while hanging in the sling while they bottom painted the drop keel.Looks like a cable replacement could be done in the water if there was no other choice.Taping the new cable to the old existing cable& feeding it thru, diving under with nylock crimp, ss eye & the crimping tool, then to saw off the old cable at the eye & …this would be a lot easier at the boat yard!(Nope, turns out that the massive pin would need to be bashed or pressed out of the keel in order to replace the cable :-O )
I replace the prop zinc, I reconditioned the two zincs on the ss rudder support beam, they were 85% good still, I replace the two zincs on the ss keel brace.
The boat was re-launched Friday May 26th 2006 after a quick bottom paint to the dropped keel.The new mid sized travel lift could not raise the boat high enough on the yard, it had to be hung over the sea wall on it’s way to be re-launched.I took many pictures of the swing keel, the cable attachment point & the cable sheave way up inside the keel box.
Bringing the boat back to the slip was the very first time I completely soloed the departure from the boat yard, so I took a ‘victory lap’ out just pass the break water, it felt good to be free but with all the construction gear scattered all around the boat it became apparent I should turn back to flatter water back in the harbor.I made a perfect trip back to my slip, hopped off & tie her up…piece of cakeJ
Over the next few days (Fri, sat, sun, mon & Tuesday ‘till )we got Robin’s room back on line by reinstalling his cabinet, the vinyl ceiling cover & most of the trim.We put the hallway vinyl back together & I spent about 3 hours sanding the previous bondo, then applying more bondo then sanding that for another 4 hours tueday.A total of about 12 hours of grinding & sanding so far but we are ready to primer & paint.
I go back to the boat Thursday night to be ready to bring the boat back for the main mast at Friday.I will need to install the lightening disapator & wind instrument once they bring the mast over.After stepping the main mast I will want them to lift me up with the crane to the miz top so I can install the lifting halyard block, rout the lifting halyard thru it, I will then move the miz halyard from the port sheave to the the starboard sheave, I can then rout the triadic wire rope thru the port side mast sheave.One the way down I’ll position the aft spreader light to aim…aft.Later in the weekend Michael Kelly will come by to tune the rig & instruct how to install the mast boot.
This weekend I will wire up the wind instrument, the anchor light, steamer light & forward deck light.The wind instrument display will need to have a custom display pod designed & built to hold the three displays (wind, tri-data & rudder position).I will build this pod to basically go where the current tri-data display is & angle it up to see it better.
Oh boy, the mast managed to be installed with the anchor cable still stuck up the mast.I will have to go back for a quick 2’ mast lift to remedy this snafu on 6-6-6 :-O
Many projects were completed during this huge project.The miz base was opened up dried out, filled with Smiths water proofing penetrating epoxy, about 8 layers of thick mat was glassed in, a large plate was fabricated with a welded in wire pipe.The miz sheaves were cleaned, wire brushed & polished, lubed.Two spreader lights installed & a hailing speaker.The triadic cable stay was replaced with a wire rope that now leads down the mast to a cleat, it now can be actively adjusted or if we loose a mast we can detach the triadic to save the other mast.A small amount of pull can visible move the mast tips.
All deck to bulk head bolts were removed, the deck opened up & filled with epoxy/filler, new bolts were bedded through out.
In order to get to all these bolts Robins room & the forward head had to be gutted.After using Por-15 to remove, stop & cover the rust…We painted Robin’s room.We removed all vinyl from the head, there were a few totally rotten wood pieces, so it seemed easier & more desirable to grind off the epoxy bracing chunks & big frozen snot globs, Bondo fair the raw hulls, & sand for about 12 hours & paint the head as well – it’s very nice now.
We had new deck lights made, we will install them after we paint the deck
(next year or so, will try to find a way to have them become ‘opening hatches’. )
We Por-15’eened the miz support area.
We re-installed the emergency tiller bars better.
We opened up, filled & primered most of the deck holes from old removed hardware.
Spent about 10 hours sanding & polishing the mast from the ceiling down, it looks cool!
We headed out for which ever way thewind blows, we considered Pelicans or Prisoners but after bashing to windward for a while we decided just to head for Smugglers/Yellow banks since our tacking up the island had us going straight there.Robin & I were having trouble getting our sea leg, we didn’t hurl but we were all close.We had nice wind, 20+kts gusting to around 30 in windy land.The stay sail shuttered badly so I took it down; the sail will need to be rigged a bit differently.Seems that without the boom, the tack or of aft clew is brought towards the center line which forms a cup, it can’t spill the wind off properly & thus shutters badly.Keith & Michael feel the stay sail’s stay should not have to be all that tight, if it shutters the sail must not be rigged optimally.I had rigged the stay sail like a normal jib on our last trip 2-12-06, it worked great until the wind just simply over powered it; it shuttered badly & one of the lines was wapping so hard it broke clean thru in less than 10 minuets.Later we replaced the two stay sail’s deck blocks with massive Geuhower deck blocks set nearly a foot back, giving us much more control while rigging the stay sail like a small jib.We also added eye bolt line guides, a wench & a cleat for duel operation.
We anchored in Yellow banksnear where we had weathered the big winds on 2-12-06.There were about a dozen boats in Yellow Banks & about the same in Smugglers.Robin was so cool, he boogy boarded to the beach & timed his landing with absolute perfection, he made it look so easy.I got a bit swomped coming in on the kayake & Bobbie really got wacked hard with a large wave, even though I was there to help her; she hit her knee real hard on the wood stern of the dingy.That taught us a lessen to really study the surf before any landing.
On Sunday the NOAA boat was in the anchorage to interview the boat captains regarding what they like to do around the Islands & what changes they’d like to see in the future.The aluminum power cat was built only 3 years ago & is a state of the art research vessel.Robin got to take a tour of the boat & flirt with the college intern hotties; he’s a big hit with the girlsJ
We stayed two nights in Yellow banks & then on Monday morning we hauled out BetchersBay on Santa Rosa.We would have to make numerous tacks to get to Bechers & we were on a sailing tack that would lead us directly to Johnson’s Lee.Bobbie was told by the power boat guy from Bela that Johnson’s Lee was great…so that’s where we headed.
It was one of our best anchorages so far.On Monday there was only one boat on the inside & one on the outside. Tueday morning we had the whole place to ourselves.The tricky part is navigating thru all the kelp, I had to remove a bunch of kelp from the rudder & prop; it wasn’t enough to foul the prop or rudder.Keith say’s he’s never heard of anyone fouling their prop on kelp since it is cut easily with the prop.On our way out we picked up a big batch of kelp & I dove down & removed it again; again there wasn’t much & none seemed to have become a problem.
Robin had a great time on the three little beaches we ‘discovered’.There were sleeping seals & sand dunes.He expertly rode in on waves & made it thru a couple of swompings without a scratch, a couple of bruises but no scratches:-OI practiced riding the little waves on to the beach many times on both days, great fun.The water was very clear, the beach had great sand & no rocks in the surf like Smugglers/Yellow Banks.
We hauled out at Tuesday & made our way towards the Santa Rosa/Santa Cruise channel.The wind built from nothing the Lee, we motored towards the channel.By the time we got enough wind to motor sail the winds grew quickly, we had to turn back towards Betchers & lighter wind to raise the yankee.We had 25+kts & big confused seas all thru the channel.Near the tip of Santa Cruise the wind died to the point of needing motor but the seas were huge & confused.After about 15 minuts of motoring the wind came back from almost the opposite direction in full force.It was hard to keep the jib out of the shadow of the main so we rode wing & wing by the light of the moon; it was a rough & tough ride with several rig shaking accidental jibs.We then continued to run down just off the wind tacking down wind; the seas were huge & we surfed down barreling at over 9kts.It was an 8 hour passage, we didn’t get back until :-O
I cleaned & lubed the reefing wench for what appeared to be the first time in a long time.I cleaned & relubbed the main halyard wench & moved the miz running rigging wench to the starboard main running rigging wench position.Still need to obtain a replacement Lemar 16 wench.
I tightened the miz port lower backstay two turns & the starboard one a half turn, also tightened both the main back stays a half turn.I’ve installed all but two turnbuckle locking cotter pins using circular pins.FYI – the thick plastic tie wraps on the forward stay had been broken by force but held in place by the head of the tie wrap – there is a big ‘unscrewing force there’.
We had moved the two kayaks to the aft rail & now stow the dingy below the miz boom, along with a full aft water tank the bow has risen about 3 inches!
I took some more pix of other hard dodgers & did some design thinkin’.
Seems like what we’d want is to construct a solid 3 window structure with two opening windows that enclose the two hatches (this will give a nice non boxy angle), build a SS tubing frame for the solar panels to mount to, then simply strap on a sunbrella cover for sun/rain protection which could be easily removed when needed.Looks like a wood/fiberglass approach will work the best.The first step will be to construct a mock frame work of the basic design to see how the angles will work out.
Due to the time consuming complexity of the hard dodger project we will put that off for a few years.
We did a 5 day trip & met up with Tip, Josh & Val.We spent two days at Coaches.We picked Tips VHF just before we hauled anchor & managed to ron-da-view with them at sea, then sail together to Willows.We met lot’s of cool folks on this trip.We met ‘Mr. Porta Bote’ & got to paddle around in the folding dingy, sure is tempting to buy one for our main dingy.We met the two couples that own the “Beach comber Tavern” in Channel Islands harbor; they invited us to play at their place.We met a few kids that Robin had fun playing with constanlyJ
8-19-06We rewired the Raymarine wind instrument; the cable at the mast top was stressed when we wired the lower deck light.
I installed the new power monitor, it works great.Between watching the wind meter & the power monitor we will be entertained for a long time coming…who needs DVDs :-O
9-1-06We began our longest trip, it was a hard bash to windward.Along the way Bobbie had gone down below to make something to eat but it was like a washing machine down there & she was tossed over towards the empty watchman’s bunk area, with nothing to hold on to she hit her head on the side of the hull & split her eye brow wide open.We abandoned the notion to go all the way up to Ladies & bashed our way to the first anchorage we could which was Prisoners; she cleaned up the cut & I put a couple of butter fly’s to close up the wound.She didn’t feel dizzy like she did when she fell at the ice rink & got a concusion.:-O
The first night at Prisoners was nice, we didn’t set up the flopper stopper, our aft anchor held us bow into the prevailing swell.The 2cd night we set out the flopper off the spinnaker pole & dropped the smaller one off the side.The wind was off our port side at around 5-10 knots then at 9:15 the wind shifted 180degs, the boat next to us that had been helping all of his friends anchor found himself dragging his; he dragged until he was held fast to our stern anchor.We informed him that we was indeed being held solely by our aft line & informed him that we would tie a float to it & cast it off, at that point he will have to re-anchor.He got his boat ship shape & decided to head back to the slip.We stayed one more night.
9-4-06Monday morning we headed up to Ladies but it was blowing such a stink that we just turned around just outside Ladies for a look see & headed back down to Fry’s.We did a bunch of Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling & general beach fun.We met a couple on an old gaffe rigged ketch, Armand & Kim.The dude works on wooden boats for a living, is stand up bass player in a jazz band & works & crews on David Crosby’s wooded boat.We had a fun jam on their boat, I brought my Ovation & we sang some corny but cool sailing songs written by some people they met while cruising Mexico.They showed us a remarkable scrimshaw that was made for them out of a whales tooth – very cool.The details would require a loop magnifier to see all of the grand details.
9-6-06 We made our way to Ladies & was rewarded by the most spectacular anchorage we’ve been in.The small inlet is just the right size for one big boat like ours & we had the whole place to our selves for 2 nights & 21/2 days.We kayaked into the coolest cave in the world ( painted cave is the largest sea cave) but this one is smaller but cooler.Robin was hesitant to go in with mom & the dingy but wanted to kayak to the entrance, once there, on his own he decided to go inside himself; a very brave young man.Caves are total dark, the air pockets rumble like a horrific beast, all very un nerving.We brought our big 1M candle power light & went in.Robin is coming of age, surpassing his youthful seven. Bobbie had gone in the day before without a light, later I went in with a tiny light & went all the way to the back after letting my eyes adjust to the dark; I was in for almost an hour – all very cool stuff.We also paddled over to Little Ladies & hiked up to the fresh water pools & found poly wogs.The hike was spectacular, lots of ferns, oaks & moss.We built a fire on the beach the first night.On the 3rd day, after our big trip to the cave with Robin & our long paddle to Arch Rock where Robin was brave enough to kayak through a real wild cut in the arch rock (he really is a tough guy); we setteled back into the boat & decided the place was so nice we’d just stay for another two nights/three days but then along come a chartered boat with 5 old dorks; they drop their bow anchor right over ours & then set their stern line.The wind blew them nearly on to our boat, I quickly took down our flopper stopper, then set out our fenders, then as they kept doing stupid things we pulled up & secured our kayaks, started the motor.They sent one of the dorks to retreave the aft anchor which was not holding but since the dorks on the boat kept pulling the line while the dingy dude was pulling on the anchor rode they just managed to pull that anchor all the way to our bow anchor line.Now they their bow anchor on top of ours & their stern line caught on our bow anchor chain.They kept trying stupid things until I instructed them to tie a float to their stern line & cast it off, then pull in their bow anchor so we could toss off our aft line, we anchored our aft anchor right on the beach so we didn’t need a float.We then hauled in our main anchor & while Bobbie motored safely out of harms/dorks way I rowed the dingy to shore & retrieved our Fortress anchor.They gave us a real nice bottle of wine for our trouble – it was very good wineJWe then had a perfect sail up to Bechers’s Bay.
9-8-06We arrived at Bechers just before sunset, the big wide expansion of the bay was sort of a relief from the tight anchorage of Ladies in that we felt comfortable that it wasn’t likely that any dorks would be anchoring over usJWe anchored just past the kelp beds in about 25 feet of water but that put us about a ½ mile from the shore :-OWe rowed & kayaked towards the shore, taking a scienic tour of the fasinating caves & pre historic rock formations.We hiked a bit on the land visiting the ranch.They have an air strip that the planes take off daily to scout for fish for the industry.Robin had a great time playing on the sands dunes near the shore, he got to ride the kayaks down the dunesJ
9-10-06The wind was blowing all night & strong in the morning, we decided to forego our last trip to the beach & just get ship shape & go.We needed to get our boy out of the toy & into school :-OWe had a very calm down wind run all the 40 miles back to the slip.While still at anchor we raised the miz, the main & got the spinnaker pole ready to go then hoisted the anchor.Once lifted we fell off & raised the jib; the pole did a bit of clanging around until we got it into place.I’ll do a bit more spinnaker pole research but we feel we should try to raise the pole first, secure it then hoist the jib.We will need to mark the fore & aft ‘guys’ so we can set the pole faster.We just simply need to practice the maneuvers more & make this complicated process a simple one.The poled out jib did make for a much more secure rig & with the prevented main & miz there were no accidental jibs or sails getting so back winded that they collapse.We ran with the wind at about 120 to 170 most of the way with about an hour of wing & wing.
The relitivily short time we used the motor put 205 ah back into the bank.
We used a total of 389 ah the whole trip, thus averaging 41.8 ah/day.
One 130 watt solar panel would give us 10.8amp/hour, so in four hours it would supply all the power we currently need.Using two 130 watt panels should give us all the power we’ll need while cruising to supply the future water maker,SSB & other new power drains.New Raritan Head was installed!Flush like a King!Or a son of a King (King is my Mom’s maiden name) J
We’ve been at the slip now since we got back from the 10 day trip, just about 5 month;-OWow, that’s the longest ‘work run’ so far, we got a lot done.All the deck holes opened filled & faired,all the deck windows replaced, Robin’s room gutted & rebuilt,new blocks all around, all new cleats, new staysail wench, cleat & becket blocks, new paint front & rear ( mid next soon), new solar system – removed filled, customized, new windlass with chain counter, new chain, Rocna & swivel in April.
Dry fit the windlass last week, it works!
Put away all the tools & got her ship shape for a short day cruise just to see if everything works.It was a great day just enough wind to fill the sails nicely making way.All the new stuff worked great, placement seemed good.Perfect day & did a perfect nose into the boat yard slip & back out/turn around perfect, even put her back in the slip perfect…
2-5-07Today we picked up 550 of HT 3/8” chain, the wind blew like heck 18 to 20 while we made our way to & from the boatyard we got in ok enough, at the last moment they wanted me to go a real tough place, they let me use another space to the right of the haul out slip.We put 150 aft & 400 in the bow; the water line is down about 1” over all, maybe a bit more in front.We got a push off from another sail dude, big guy & gave me a good push while I was making aft way.Good thing too cause I needed to just keep going back straight into the wind.When I did try my turn around the wind just wasn’t letting me make it, so I went farther up wind & when I had a large area I did my turn with Perkin’s gusto.All is well, the chain is on the boat is back, the windlass is bolted down again with the gasket, magnet & sensor.Tomorrow I’ll put the gypsy back on.Haul out the chain back into the barrel & make the anchor locker divider.I cut it, dry fit & varnish; next week I’ll glass it in & paint it.
We may go for an over night’er here & there but while I’m still working we’ll just keep getting as much done as possible.
Next to do:
install the staysail line eyes & extra halyard holder eyes.
Pedestal project – mount auto pilot & wind meter to pilot, mount chain counter under tridata.
Pure Water tank
Re plumb water feed to pump with PVC
Re plumb all old tubes & old junctions.
Fore Peak storage
Replace kit sink faucet.
Dry food storage box
New dingy & motor – passage storage.
Lay in spares
Charts paper & ‘E’
Built the chain locker, glassed in place, sanded & primered.
Hauled in the 400’ of 3/8” HT in 4.5 minuets & measured the bow drop 2 5/8”.
Ran motor in gear for 1 hour in slip:Noticed that while motoring in forward the pressure slowly pushes the helm over & vibrates the rudder shaft; in reverse there is no vibration nor does it push the helm over.The forces of forward movement thru the water must help keep the helm from being pushed over – keep an eye on this while motoring with Auto!
8-28-07Nearly a year from an island visit.Great sail, the auto worked great.I steered a course 48deg to the wind which rounded up to sail us right to Smuggler’sJGreat time, 3 days/2 nights.The new Nissan motor starts great 2/3 times.We loved motoring around, Robin loves to drive & loves to do high speed bow rides; he had a blast.The motor was of major concern, – Brought motor to Dave the motor guy, he suspects a known problem & part in other motors.After a few tweaks here & there we picked up the motor & it’s worked great that last few weeks.
Bobbie’s got a few cool canvas projects underway.Will be attempting to pass the radio license test Oct 1st, sort of a last chance date there :-O
The dingy rides quite nicely with the aft suspended & secured in the back, the bow resting on pads on top of the life raft, we then tie a mid ship across to the two small wooded cleats, tie the bow to the left aft rail back, down thru the miz sheet block, across to the right rail & back to the bow.
9-5-07Went out to empty holding tank & test water maker…not at the same time:-OWater maker made water !!& discovered that the ‘panel breaker’ was not big enough, nor was the deck lite one.I rewired to the old aft head & moved that to the panel, since it only lights up the holding tank full light.I found a few leaks & added more Teflon to those areas & will look for leaks next time out.