On the road to Utah11/12/2011
First night in the boat.11/12/2011
I headed out for the Labor Day weekend with a buddy. We planned a day sailing north and then heading south to Winter Cove on Saturna Island for a BC Multihull Society get together. The second morning we had a 'communiction breakdown' that resulted in us hitting a rock. The board still went up and down easily so I convinced myself the damage was minor and carried on. We even did okay in the race the next day. A couple of days later I went to Annette inlet where the water is warmer and dove down for a look. I was horrified to see the damage on the board and I pulled the boat the next day. Once home I pulled the board out and was even more horrified. The bottom, the trailing edge where the board exits the slot and the head of the board were all damaged. I set to work on the board and case trying not to think about how needless the accident was. In between board and case work I redid the paint and nonskid on the cabin top, rebuilt the tiller, etc, etc. I had planned on going south around Nov 15 but I had some paint ruined by rain and I'm tired of working under a tarp so I'm going south on the first and I'll do whatever I haven't finished when I get there. It is sunnier and drier there so I might as well get on with it. Here's a shot of the board mid-repair.
Sailing on Valkyrie10/17/2011
While my boat was on the hard I managed to get a week of sailing in with my buddies Rob and Peter. Rob owns a Contour 30 and Peter is too smart to buy a boat. We had a great week cruising the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast of BC. The picture is from Smuggler's Cove.
summer's done10/17/2011, Salt Spring Island, BC
Well it's been a while since a post. I got home eager to replace the folding strut brackets and get sailing. It was a much more involved repair than I had imagined so I took my time. While waiting for some glass repair to cure I decided that the non-skid on the boat had outlived its usefulness. I redid the beams and the tops of the floats. I used a product called KiwiGrip and I highly recommend it. Many more small things got repaired before launch and it took me until August 5 to get the boat in the water. I am very happy with the repairs and the boat is sailing beautifully. The attached photo shows the corroded brackets I replaced. Apparently the wrong alloy was used in the original construction.
I spent until 4 pm the next day waiting for repairs. In the end I had new bearings and seals put on all four trailer wheels and headed out. After 8 hours or so I pulled in for some sleep then I got up and drove some more at about 3. Drive, sleep, drive, sleep, it isn't much fun but you rack up the miles. The next day I stopped in Washington and visited my friend Tracey at the Mountain Lamp Community. http://www.mountainlamp.org/