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Wed Apr 25 11:29:01 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

I'm moving this blog to

The old entries on this blog will remain here, but newer entries are going to be posted first on

There is a Subscribe link on the menu bar at the top of the page on the new blog that will send email whenever there is a new post.

Apologies for any inconveniences.

Treadmaster Install
Wed Apr 25 11:24:31 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

Issuma's decks have been painted with a two-part epoxy paint (Ameron 235) with sandpaper grit mixed in. This works well in most conditions (though the grit is sharp, so it is tough on clothes and sails), but not in packed snow (ie, snow compressed by boots) or ice. The best thing I know of for a non-skid surface in packed snow and ice is Treadmaster, which comes in sheets that you cut to size and then glue onto the deck.

I bought a couple of sheets of Treadmaster on EBay, and cut them into pieces to go along the decks beside the pilothouse (the highest-traffic areas).

The UK company that makes Treadmaster sells glues for attaching it to the deck, but they are not designed for application in Alaskan winter temperatures. I've learned by trial and error (mostly error) not to try applying adhesives in temperatures below what the labels say to apply in.

I tried the following for glue:
* Ameron 235 two-part epoxy. This is a paint, but I have successfully used it as an adhesive many times.
* PL 400 adhesive sealant from the local building supply store
* OSI Quad sealant from the local building supply store

So far, all the glues have worked well, but its only been a couple of months. If I find one is better or worse than others, I'll update this.

Blog is moving
Tue Apr 24 0:27:17 EDT 2012

I'm moving this blog to

The old entries on this blog will remain here, but newer entries are going to be posted first on

Apologies for any inconveniences.

Tue Apr 24 6:25:12 EDT 2012 | Aw, bummer
Dude! NO way! Too hard to follow all those blogs spread out all over the place. At least here they're all in one spot. Reconsider?
Tue Apr 24 13:33:10 EDT 2012 | Richard Hudson
Sorry for the inconvenience. At the top of the page on the new blog, there is a Subscribe option on the menu bar, which you could use to have new posts emailed to you automatically.
Fishing Schooner Woniya
Tue Apr 24 0:15:56 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

Fishing Schooner Woniya
Tue Apr 24 0:15:15 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

Note that sails are bent on, so I think Woniya sails or motorsails some of the time (or else just uses the sails to reduce the rolling).

Fishing Schooner Woniya
Tue Apr 24 0:14:12 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

This fishing schooner was in Sitka a while back, I didn't get a chance to talk to the crew, but they definitely were commercial fishing.

Raising the Mainsail
Sun Apr 22 12:34:24 EDT 2012, Sitka Sound, AK

Setting Sails
Thu Apr 19 13:03:10 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

The weather is much nicer now that spring has arrived. While setting sails on a testsail a few days ago, a local motorboat came over to say hello. They kindly took some pictures of us.

Thu Apr 19 14:33:35 EDT 2012 | george ray
I know you have had some roller furler replacements and problems the last few years. What furlers do you have now and how happy are you with them?
Fri Apr 20 23:16:36 EDT 2012 | Richard Hudson
I have an original (30 year old?) Sarma furler on the yankee jib. It's been modified to use carbon-steel DIN-spec bearings (which are commonly available, as opposed to the original stainless steel bearings it came with). Where it attaches to the extrusion has some wear and I will need to either have some pieces milled or replace the furler with some other unit in future.

The main staysail has a 3-year old Facnor furler. The design makes adjusting stay tension more difficult than the much older Sarma design, and the Facnor seems to have more friction than it should (considering the small size of the sail that is on it), but overall, it functions adequately.
Mon Apr 23 11:02:59 EDT 2012 | bowsprite
ah, how beautiful it looks there! well, it should be! we took your grey and chill down here! brrr! warm greetings from a nippy drippy nyharbor!
Mon Apr 23 13:23:02 EDT 2012 | Richard Hudson
Thank you, Christina. It was a very nice day. This morning we are back to heavy rain.
Wed Apr 18 11:57:35 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

Wed Apr 18 19:34:17 EDT 2012 | george ray
Great pics, ... unloading what??
Wed Apr 18 23:54:16 EDT 2012 | Richard Hudson
George, thanks. Unloading herring, I believe.
Off With The Bowsprit! Part 2
Tue Apr 17 0:33:51 EDT 2012, Sitka, AK

The easy part was cutting off the old bowsprit with an angle grinder. Then, without the bowsprit in the way, I could see how the anchor could be made secure.

I had some stainless steel pipes bent to the angle of the plates where the bow rollers were, and welded them on (the anchor shank and chain run between them). At first I used my wire-feed ReadyWelder, which is a device that runs on batteries--12, 24 or 36 volts. I welded the first pipe on with 24 volts, and, after doing some hammering, it broke off, as the penetration wasn't good enough. I had better results from adding another battery to get to 36 volts, but even better results when a neighbor on the dock lent me his stick welder (which plugged into shore power). Another neighbor who was a former pipeline welder helped me get the machine setup correctly.

I tried to bend the old pulpit into shape to be able to use it, but was not successful, so put a piece of blue, reinforced plastic hose in place for now.

The anchor is now held in place by the windlass holding the chain, a safety chain hook, and by turnbuckles on either side that attach to shackles in holes drilled into the anchor. I think the anchor will stay securely in place well when the waves push across it.

Final painting is still to be done.

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