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Sailing & ClimbingTom
April 9, 2006, Badalona Marina
Again a sunny sailing morning. A little less wind than yesterday though. Pablo, Mita and Lluís were today's sailors. After showing them around we left the marina around 11:40am. Motoring out of the marina the engine felt a little more responsive than yesterday (or maybe the wind was just a bit more collaborative). We tacked up and down in front of Badalona and I had the opportunity to test my GPS-laptop interface (see previous post). This picture is the trip's trace from Maxsea. Colors indicate over-ground speed. There was just a gentle breeze and the maximum speed we achieved was just under 5 knots. I didn't manage to get the mainsail trimmed well enough because apparently the topping lift was stuck up at the mast top and it kept the boom just a bit too high. Somebody will have to go up the mast and have a look. We had a few beers and a laugh and after two hours of sailing the wind dropped to a light breeze and we headed back for the marina. Pablo showed his radio skills calling the Badalona Marina on VHF channel 9 and requesting assistance at the berth.
April 8, 2006, Badalona Marina
Morning sail with Virginia. A sunny Saturday with a moderate southern breeze. On leaving the marina we immediately noticed how the engine had to struggle hard against the wind and the boat advanced extremely slowly. It's clear quite a lot of fouling must have been accumulating on the propeller over the last months, making it rather inefficient. I will have to fetch my diving gear and do a bit of underwater scraping (unless I manage to schedule a haulout soon).
Starboard Winch IslandTom
March 26, 2006, Badalona Marina
Same job as two months ago (see previous post). Only this time with an even more flawless result. Practice makes perfect!
Bilge Pumps SetupTom
March 19, 2006, Badalona Marina
According to this excellent article on bilge pumps on Yachtsurvey.com, the recommended bilge pump capacity for a 32ft boat is around 4000 gph. For a single deep keel bilge like on Iris, somewhat less would be acceptable. Iris was equiped with a ridiculously small 360 gph Rule pump, which is way too small. Moreover, I had been recommended by Franck Ibanez who sailed his Centurion 32, Winnibelle across the Atlantic (see side links), to install sufficient pump capacity. The Centurion 32 is low on the water and can take in large amounts of water when waves strike the cockpit. Also when it comes to serious trouble, like a broken stern tube (as happened to Winnibelle), a 360 gph pump will not save the boat.
March 12, 2006, Badalona Marina
The last two weekends I dedicated to Iris' deep keel sump. I first degreased and cleaned the bilge and then applied two coats of white Danboline bilge paint. A great product.