It was a long winter, but in mid April it was time to get Curlew ready for a new season.
Upgrades and replacements:
A new mainsail from Quantum sailmakers,
new mainsail and spinnaker halyards,
new topping lift,
new lazy jacks,
new reefing line for 1st reef,
new jib and staysail sheets,
new jib and staysail furling lines,
new canvas (dodger, awning, sailcover),
new fresh water pressure pump,
replaced the Yanmar impeller and the SpeedSeal cover.
Flushed and shocked both water tanks,
Scrubbed deck and cockpit,
lubricated all deck blocks,
cleaned holding tank sensor,
cleaned below decks.
May and June 2014
Sailed to the Magothy River and anchored late in the afternoon north of Gibson Island. This is normally a quiet anchorage, but today it was filled with sailboats. It appeared to be a cruise organized by Singles in Sailboats ("SOS"). I signed up for membership this year, but was not aware that they had planned this cruise. It was too late to make social calls.
Stayed at anchor and inflated the dinghy, checked and ran the outboard, did some minor maintenance projects.
Sailed to Annapolis and anchored off the seawall at the Naval Academy; dinner ashore.
Took the dinghy to Bay Shore Marine to order a new transmission oil dipstick. The plastic thread of the old one had separated from the main body. To Fawcett's to buy a screen to cover the genset raw water intake on the tug. Lunch at Davis's Pub in Eastport.
Anchor up at 0935 and sailed, then motored, then sailed again, and motored again. Dropped anchor at St Michael's at 1610. Rain showers all day with occasional thunder. Dinner ashore at Ava's. One of my favorite restaurants in the area.
Stayed at anchor to attend to several minor maintenance items. Also took the Honda genset out of its locker, and "gave it a good run".
Fog in the morning. Around 1130 it cleared up. Raised anchor and motored (no wind) to Annapolis to pick up the transmission dipstick that I had ordered.. Anchored in Weems Creek at 1700.
Stayed at anchor
Sailed most of the way to the anchorage in Swan Creek.
Left Swan Creek, swung the B&G fluxgate compass outside, and motor sailed to Baltimore. Moved to Tidewater Marine in the early evening. Haul-out scheduled for 0800 the next day.
The bottom was remarkably clean, given that the last time I painted the bottom was three years ago. Took the dinghy to the Anchorage Marina to pick up the tug and moved it to the outer dock at Tidewater. Much more comfortable to sleep in the tug afloat than in Curlew on the hard.
Finished one coat of paint today. Had a late start because of fog and drizzle.
Finished with a second coat of paint. Lunch at Nick's Fish House. Replaced zincs, greased the through hulls. Ready for launch the next morning. Took the tug back to the Anchorage Marina.
Torrential rain and strong wind from the wrong direction; blowing straight into the travel lift bay. As I stayed overnight on the tug in the Anchorage Marina I had to take a taxi to Tidewater. The weather was so bad that he missed an exit and had to back-track to parts of SE Baltimore to get to Tidewater. Fortunately by then the wind had calmed down, and the rain was now only a drizzle. Launch at 0800 and at 1100 Curlew was back in her slip.
Replaced several head hoses and rebuilt the head pump.
Friday 5/23 and Saturday 5/24
Touched up several spots on the cap rail with Cetol Gloss.
My first day sail with SOS members.
Had Curlew waxed top to bottom. Must look her best for the upcoming Cabo Rico rendez-vous.
Last fall the inflatable floor of the Achilles dinghy had sprung a leak. This was fixed under warranty, but this spring the repair failed and started leaking air. Defender and Achilles decided that Achilles would replace the floor under warranty, which duly arrived today. Unfortunately, they sent me the wrong floor. Floor back to Achilles.
Sailed across the Bay to Swan Creek. Anchored and stayed there the next day; heavy rain all day.
Motor-sailed to Davis Creek, off Langford Creek, off the Chester River. Cabo Rico (small) rendez-vous with Tango (CR34 with Leslie and Clay), and SeaClearly (CR42 with June and Duane). Great BBQ event ashore with several other CR owners.
Tango under sail
And here is SeaClearly with her big Code 0 up
Here is another one of SeaClearly
Left Davis Creek with Tango and SeaClearly and took several pictures. The wind was very light but with the drifter up Curlew made decent speed. Once in the Bay proper the wind picked up a bit and SeaClearly and Curlew (Tang having returned to their marina) had a good sail to Harness Creek off the South River. SeaClearly and Curlew rafted together.
A unique sight: two CR42s rafted together
What a beautiful sight
And another one
Took some great pictures of the two CR42s rafted together in the morning. Then raised anchor and had a great sail to Solomons. Anchored off Zahniser's at 1820.
Visited the Calvert Museum in the AM. Had dinner with the SeaClearlys at Zahnisher's restaurant.
SeaClearly left for points south. Curlew raised anchor at 0745 and had a great sail to St Michael's. Anchored off Parrot Point. Dinner again at Ava's.
Re-stitched the leather cover of the whisker pole in the morning. Then motor-sailed to Shaw Bay in the Wye River. Anchored.
Sailed to Swan Creek. Anchored.
Motor-sailed to White Rocks and anchored off the Maryland Yacht Club.
Motor-sailed to the Anchorage Marina. Picked up the new dinghy floor, which fitted this time.
Second sail with SOS (Sunset cruise).