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Wed May 4 19:07:23 EDT 2011, Lake Ontario

Though the bird in the picture looks like he's surveying the whole operation, he really just came aboard to rest while we sailed across Lake Ontario on a rainy day to Rochester, NY.

Thu May 5 6:59:46 EDT 2011 | Steve
It was great to see you in Toronto. BTW, the weather today is excellent (God knows how long it's gonna last). Hope to see you soon enough!
Thu May 5 8:07:12 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Steve, great to see you as well.

After a couple of days of traveling in the rain, we are now anchored in Great Sodus Bay, enjoying the sunshine :).
Thu May 5 19:17:39 EDT 2011 | Amos
Glad you made it across in good order. Welcome to New York!! Are you heading up the Seaway directly?

Fri May 6 7:00:28 EDT 2011 | Mary Ellen Derry
So exciting to see the boat in Sodus Bay again! Where are you headed?
Fri May 6 7:19:57 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Amos and Mary Ellen. Its nice to be back in Sodus Bay.

We're planning to be around for a few days doing some work on the boat, then heading out the St Lawrence.
Sun May 8 20:14:44 EDT 2011 | Ron Ouwehand
Hello Richard, good to see you are on the move. I'm planning to leave this Thursday going down the river as well. Heck, if you slow down enough maybe we will meet. Take Care,

Ron O.
Alarm Clock
Tue May 3 18:48:45 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

The bird in the picture seemed to feel it was his duty to make enough noise landing and walking about to serve as a reliable alarm clock each morning. Now that we've left Toronto (are in Rochester), I'll need to find another alarm clock :).

Wed May 4 7:54:34 EDT 2011 | Magda
Richard, so you made it in fine? Was the info I sent you correct?
Thu May 5 7:09:24 EDT 2011 | George Ray
Curious about the spool of lite chain. Seems to lite for normal anchor chain but guessing it is chafe resistant mooring line ??
Thu May 5 8:05:33 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Magda, yes, we made it in fine, thanks for your help.

George, the spool with chain showing is 100m of 22mm (7/8") polyester rope with about 15m of 3/8" chain. The rope is for use as a shore line, a drogue line and an anchor line for a Fortress anchor that is kept on deck. The chain was sized for the Fortress anchor (which was sized as something manageable to set and retrieve from a dinghy). So the chain gets used for chafe resistance on a shore line, and as a secondary anchor line.
Sun Apr 17 9:29:38 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

Too windy (there is a gale) today for a daysail, so here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago.

A Different Sail on a Different Boat
Sat Apr 16 9:54:03 EDT 2011

In a comment to an earlier post, my friend Bonnie noted that as she was blogging about the fate of New York's South Street Seaport Museum, she was reminded of a pleasant sail there on a nice December day on my pinky schooner, Rosemary Ruth (which is still for sale ) a while back. Bonnie's story about the sail is here.

Tue Apr 19 22:26:00 EDT 2011 | George Conk
Reminds me of the cold early spring day in 2007 when Bonnie was aboard and you took Rosemary Ruth out for a spin on a blustery day.
Wed Apr 20 8:09:25 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Had a lot of fun sails on that boat. Thanks for posting the link to the pictures, George.
Starboard Tack
Tue Apr 5 8:36:42 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

Sailing downwind in light air. After the bowsprit changes, with the two headsails almost side by side, the sails are well-separated all the way.

Fri Apr 15 15:55:19 EDT 2011 | AMos
Nice job, Richard. The weld is probably stronger than the original bolt-on, I guess, and the bob-0stay is gone from harm's way!

Port Tack
Tue Apr 5 8:33:37 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

After the bowsprit changes, on port tack, the two headsails touch at the bottom, but are separated farther up.

I have not yet moved the yankee jib sheet lead aft, but probably will have to. The yankee jib can now chafe on the lower spreader tip, so I will be padding that soon.

Moving Away From The Bowsprit
Mon Apr 4 22:38:50 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

This is what was done on the bowsprit to move the outer jib inboard so that the bobstay (wire connecting end of bowsprit to hull that takes a beating when pushing through ice) could be discarded. A new tab was welded on for the yankee jib (outermost sail) to attach to, the yankee jib stay and furler were shortened 23cm/10". The inner jib was moved back a bit and to the side a bit. The bowsprit was welded all round to the hull, to handle twisting loads when only one headsail is set. In the picture, Joe is welding the side of the bowsprit to the hull (they were only bolted before)

The two roller furling headsails were moved to be pretty much side-by-side, with the anchor between them.

All the tests done so far have gone well, there is no problem tacking, the boat seems to sail fine with the yankee jib in its new position.

The next step is to cut off the parts of the bowsprit that are no longer needed to save the weight up forward.

Test Sail
Thu Mar 31 9:00:14 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

Yesterday had pleasant, light winds, which were good for testing the yankee jib (the big, high sail at the front of the boat). The stay (wire) that the yankee jib is on has been moved inboard about 1m (3'). More on this later. Now both jibs are almost side-by-side.

So far, it looks like the yankee jib is setting well enough, and there don't seem to be any problems tacking. The sail can snag the spreaders now (because it goes farther back), but I can work around that with padding on the spreader tips. Next I need to test it in stronger winds to see if I really need to move the sheet lead aft or not--in light winds it seems fine where it is.

Sat Apr 2 11:13:38 EDT 2011 | Missy
She's looking good, Richard. Welcome Spring, right? Take care.
Mon Apr 4 22:25:31 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Missy. Yes, it is really nice to be sailing again. Hope all is well with you.
Finally Sailing Again
Mon Mar 28 7:53:42 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

The ice has gone from the harbor and we finally got out sailing again yesterday. It was windy and just below freezing but clear and sunny, so a nice day for a sail.

Mon Mar 28 10:00:43 EDT 2011 | Michael C. Bohn
Nice! I am jealous. My boat, Hambo is still on the hard in Stony Point and I have not yet begun to work on her for re-launch at the end of April. I look forward to seeing you upon your return downstate. - Michael
Wed Mar 30 22:43:40 EDT 2011 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Michael. Hope you have Hambo sailing soon.
Fri Apr 15 11:55:26 EDT 2011 | bonnie
Ah, lovely!

Now, may I get nostalgic for a moment?

All the sad goings-on at the South Street Seaport sent me back in my blog archives to revisit a post about what is still one of my favorite days on the waterfront...
Fri Apr 15 11:56:32 EDT 2011 | bonnie
hmm - I wonder if it would make a link if I add a www -
Tue Mar 15 22:51:56 EDT 2011, Toronto, Canada

In the background, the traveling channel marker has been tied to the dock. I believe these are trumpeter swans (the yellow things on them are number tags).

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