Wilparina - Go With the Wind

Sailing the Salish Sea

08 July 2014 | Orcas Island, Washington
21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
14 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island
13 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
08 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
06 June 2014 | Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
03 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
22 May 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
17 May 2014 | St. Helens, Oregon
28 April 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
09 March 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
04 April 2012 | In the Marina
08 March 2012 | Same ol' Marina
12 February 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
05 February 2012 | Same ol' Marina
17 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
30 November 2011 | Slip 40
29 November 2011 | Slip 40

So I Hired Two Strippers ...

31 July 2011 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
Doug - Beautiful - 80's with Wind
So I Hired Two Strippers ...

We augmented our crew this past weekend. On Friday, our friend Linda came into town and she and Kathleen spent the afternoon stripping, stripping and sanding varnish that is. Wilparina has a good amount of bright work - in this case, teak strips and rails - and such stuff needs regular maintenance. Most of the varnish work is old, chipped and failing. Once the varnish starts to fail, you generally have to start from scratch and remove every bit of the old vanish, carefully clean the bare wood, and then patiently add coat after coat of new varnish. This takes a long time. But once you get it under control, it isn't that difficult to maintain, as long as you occasional apply a new coat of varnish to keep it from weathering.

We all went back to the boat on Saturday and Kathleen and Linda continued with their stripping project. We added one more stripper as our friend Connie also dropped by to help. The dust was flying topsides. I spent most of the day lying on my side on the dock, repainting the name on the starboard side of the hull, and adding the home port - Portland, OR - underneath the name. I also did a little marline spike seamanship and spliced ½ inch nylon line onto our four new fenders. We now have matching fenders - in "Cranberry" - that complement Wilparina's color scheme.

Earlier today, we all met for breakfast, including Carey and Christopher this time, and then went out for a short sail on the Columbia. The wind was steady out of the west, so we ran downwind, upriver on the Genoa alone. The entire time we were on the same tack. That was pretty relaxed sailing. But even with Genoa alone, we were keeping up with all the other sailboats running downwind. Wilparina is heavy, but she isn't slow!
Vessel Name: Wilparina
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 37 Cutter
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Kathleen and Doug bought Wilparina in April of 2011 with a vision of accomplishing some long-distance cruising. It's taken over three years, and the project was almost abandoned, but at last, the boat is sailing again. Here's a journal of our adventures. [...]
Wilparina's Photos - Main
Getting Wilparina's woodwork shining again.
4 Photos
Created 17 July 2014
Cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands.
15 Photos
Created 3 June 2014
For the past six months, Wilparina has been in St. Helens, where final upgrades and repairs were being made.
5 Photos
Created 17 May 2014
Most of the old wiring has been torn out. Now the new systems are being installed.
38 Photos
Created 2 January 2012
Shots of the tasks that lie ahead.
16 Photos
Created 6 November 2011
Going with a "less is more" philosophy.
8 Photos
Created 15 October 2011
We formally welcomed Wilparina as our new sailboat.
5 Photos
Created 5 September 2011
At work on Wilparina's topsides.
13 Photos
Created 31 July 2011
The thorough survey we conducted revealed some of the serious challenges ahead.
19 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
After undergoing some serious repairs, Wilparina is once again ready to sail
14 Photos
Created 28 July 2011

Wilparina Sailing Again

Who: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Port: Portland, Oregon