Sunday morning we made our way to Pirate Cove for the last time - and after getting everything stowed away and some last minute prep, we dropped lines at 10:30 and headed out to the mooring field where we grabbed a vacant mooring. On a mooring with the boat pointed into the wind, we set about installing all the battens in the main. Once done, we were off.
As soon as we cleared under the Sakonnet Bridge (won't miss that bloody thing!) we raised the main. Overall the quality of workmanship looks fine - there are a couple of issues we'll have to talk to Steve Thurston about, but in general we're pleased. I am second guessing the reefing points already - we opted for two deep reefs - but they are REALLY deep! Later on in the sail we were to find that the roach of the sail is just a little big - resulting in a tangle with the back-stay when tacking...
The jib and Genoa both look good - and the Genoa is just about the right size - at 125%. Very happy.
We sailed down through Mount Hope Bridge and then up towards Bristol - past the boss' house (subject of the photo) before heading back down to NEB. Peter Sterrett had been hailing us along the way to find out range - we were able to communicate to Bristol, but once at NEB we were unable to make contact.
Stowing the main for the first time was interesting - but we managed a good flake - made somewhat easier through lack of a dodger!
The slips in NEB look huge from the dock, but getting into them from the water is tight indeed! Much more difficult that I had been expecting, so it was great when two new neighbors rushed in to assist and get us situated. Not the grand entrance we had hoped for!
With the boat settled, we generally cleared up, Laurie finished off the fender covers, and we installed the new sail cover - albeit without snaps yet - looks really good!
We are tied to electric and to water - so living on the high for this season!!!
The great day arrives and we get launched! Interesting start to the event - the rear wheels of the travel lift had to go up on blocks in order to clear the wind generator!
On Friday we sorted out all the messed up halyards - with Peter Sterrett's help at the top of the mast. We re-attached the boom with Mike and Jane's help and then installed the new Strong Track - what an effort! The engine started at first turn of the key but I couldn't get the fresh water to work - the pump simply not pulling anything from the full tanks. We created chaos down below with loading all sorts of stuff aboard and then a nice cold beer with Peter, Mike and Jane rounded out the exhausting day...
On Saturday we bent on sails - starting with the smaller jib. The new fabric is really loud! After about six attempts to get it up and furled, we finally succeeded - turns out the halyard shackle was too big - infringing upon free movement of the furler... After all that, the Genoa went up first try.
The Main on the other hand was rather more tricky; despite it being much bulkier (new and made of heavier cloth), we managed to get it up the track, but had no chance to flake it properly with the cross wind that had us pinned to the dock. We ended up wrapping it up with an old halyard in a rather non-seamanlike manner! Succeeded in getting the water to work - feed pipe had come adrift adjacent to the pump - so it was sucking air not water. Now it took forever to unload the water tanks - which I'd managed to fill while trying to get the system going.
With all the preparations, we were too late to make our way to NEB - tomorrow would work...
It's been a jerky start to this year's sailing season, preparation activity being interrupted repeatedly with house selling activities. It's been a painful spring - but we're hopeful that the house will move shortly...
Meanwhile, we've got half the winches stripped and come to a screeching halt because of missing parts and a failure on my part to be able to disassemble one of them - and I can't find instructions anywhere on a 68 - you'd think Lewmar didn't make a winch that big...
The bottom is a bit of an issue - there's a problem of adhesion between layers - probably dating back 2 or 3 years. So much so that we've decided to get it cleaned off properly, so it'll now be soda blasted back to the barrier layer and then after a fresh couple of coats of barrier paint, on with some new Micron 66.
The boom is ready and waiting to be delivered and attached to the mast. Before that, the new Strong Track system needs to be installed - the old one was badly damaged. Then we have new sails to bend on.
We've been working the wood - re-finishing the teak entryway and repairing the just varnished salon table - that took a severe beating when it was brought aboard by some clumsy Brit.
With any luck, Brandon at Pirate cove will be able to get us into the water in the next couple of weeks and then the fun begins... (not) finishing bimini, dodger and sailcover!
Tough duty... someone has to do it...
The workshop is gone. Hopefully the new owner of the tools, Matt Johnson will be able to make great use of them in his venture - check out his stuff here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mattjohnsondesigns?ref=seller_info - really neat mixture of wood and metal work.
The house gets a step closer to being sold and the boat a step closer to being home...
After last night's planning meeting (during which far too much Guinness was consumed), I think we can conclude the following tentative sailing schedule for 2012...
May 14 Splash
May 25 - 28 Block Island
June 2-3 Newport
June 9 Laurie's Day-Sail
June 10 Squash Club Day-Sail
June 16 - 17 Father's Day sail to Cuttyhunk
June 23 - 24 Menemsha
June 29 - July 1 Newport - Americas Cup Races
July 3 - 4 Bristol Fireworks
July 7 - 8 Local
July 14 - 29 Summer Cruise: New England's Islands.
- 7/14 Newport Anchorage
- 7/16 Fishers Island
- 7/18-21 New York City (Take in a show)
- 7/22 Depart New York
- 7/23 Arrive Nantucket
- 7/25 Dinner event in Nantucket
- 7/28 Cuttyhunk
- 7/29 Newport
Aug 4 - 5 Cuttyhunk Kids weekend
Aug 11 - 12 Local
Aug 14 - 27 France
Aug 31 - Sept 3 Fall Cruise
- Aug 31 To Shelter Island
- Sept 1 Shelter Is.
- Sept 2 Block Is. (? If open! ?)
- Sept 3 Home
Sept 7 - 9 Marthas Vineyard
Sept 13 - 16 Newport Boat Show
Sept 22 - 23 Local
Sept 29 - 30 Local
Oct 6 - 8 Columbus Day Menemsha Cruise
If you're interested in joining us on any of these days, please let us know...