Here's what we're planning for the year's sailing...
It can change at any time if others have better ideas!
May 28-30 Wickford by way of the Atlantic! (If the boat is back in the water by then...)
June 4 - 5 Local with Abby?
June 10 - 13 Steve and Sue arrive from Oz - where to go?
June 17 - 19 Cuttyhunk
June 25 - 26 Wedding to attend
July 2 - 4 Bristol and Prudence
July 9 - 11 Block Island?
July 15 - 24 VACATION
Third Beach - Nantucket (Around the back)
Nantucket for a few then Hyannis
Oak Bluffs - Cuttyhunk - Home
July 29-31 Block Island
August 6 - 7 Newport Jazz Festival - The Russians are coming!
August 12 - 15 Cuttyhunk
Aug 20 - 21 ?
August 27 - Sept 5 VACATION
Fisher's Island, Montauk, BI
Sept 15 - 18 Newport Boat Show
Sept 24/25 ?
Oct 1- 2 ?
Oct 8 - 10 Menemsha
Well, instead of sailing off with the spinnaker, we spent another weekend dusting, cleaning and polishing the new boat. She's beginning to look more shipshape, but it'll be a while before the Admiral is happy and it's up to Portuguese standards!
Also found some more issues with the boat that need attention. We have water damage in the master stateroom that is not easily explained - got to get to the bottom of that. It's either coming from a holed wash-down pump hose, or coming in through a stanchion or from the toe rail. Of these three, I'm not sure which is worse! Also, the through-hull for the saltwater wash-down is another one that's seized...
The boom to mast (Gooseneck) attachment has clearly seen some activity in its short life through some accidental jibes we're guessing - the whole thing is loose within the boom - which can't be right! The pin holding one to the other was severely bent too.
Then I looked at the electronics wiring - wow! Unfortunately, access to behind one panel is exceedingly poor, so perhaps the spaghetti is not so surprising. I could leave alone - I think nearly everything works - but the problem with that is that if I do, and it stops working, I don't stand a chance of being able to fix it. Maybe it goes on the "to do" list for next year.
Then there's the damage to woodwork. The stain is special. Matching color is going to be a real hassle - never mind trying to put the pieces back together. Not even the factory can help and a local furniture expert threw his hands in the air!
Who'd have a boat!!!
Had a fun day getting the Old Toodle-oo! "Gyre" going.
After going up the headstay and down the inner stay to loctite all the furler set-screws and screw in the couple that had backed out, preventing simple raising and lowering of the sails, we bent on all the sails. Then the dodger and bimini...
Finally we started the engine - and hit a problem. Unfortunately I had closed the engine exhaust thru hull - so the engine couldn't breath - and couldn't eject the water... Hopefully no damage was done before we realized the problem.
We then sailed over to Portsmouth to his new slip at the Brewers yard. Perfect conditions - flat seas, 15knots - and we were screaming along at over 7 knots! What a great boat!!!
Looking forward to helping out Bob Livingstone on Friday on Gyre - the old Toodle-oo! - Will be putting stuff together, bending on sails and then sailing her to her new slip in Portsmouth, just half a mile from the new Toodle-oo!
Must've been because of our increased speed!
We had a little visitor on the way north on our trip...