Wednesday, May 25, 2016

All the little stuff before you can actually launch the damn thing

So this is just all the little details that drop up when you think you're pretty much finished and ready to go sailing.  They sure add up.

As any one who spends much time on the water knows, one of your most important safety devices is a decent anchor.  I found this extremely nice pulpit for only $30.00 and the local 2nd hand chandlery for $30.00.  They had another one marked at $70.00 that wasn't really any nicer.  Proprietor looked pissed it was priced that low :-)  I backed up the ply on the deck with some lumber from the stem to the first bulkhead for just such an occasion.  It's through bolted with stainless.  The anchor can simply ride in there ready to drop at any time.

Knowing full well that I'll be playing with the position of the sail to figure out the balance for the boat, I rigged a bleater like on Mik Storer's website.  The double downhaul thing is cool, but this was much quicker and cheaper.  Both my downhaul and my yard block are just lashed on to be easily moved.  Side benefit is no holes or concentrated stress in the yard or boom.

I missed Fern Ridge with the Coots because my trailer wasn't ready, but the weather report got me thinking I should bust out some half decent hard hatches for transport if nothing else.  A lot of rain can fall in a boat between Portland and Eugene if it has a slot top and no drain plug.  This is right after priming.  Probably won't need them this weekend, but good to finish anyway.  With these babies I'm rain tight except for the mast partner in the deck.  I've got a plan for that, but it's not a critical thing this week.  Thinking about soft top options for the long top hatch.

The next thing that had  been bugging me is no good place to attach docking lines (though this boat is meant to go to the beach and eliminate the need for a dock, there's at least one  to be dealt with where you launch) as well as needing a place to rig fenders and secure trailer ties.  So I mounted some cleats.  Once again, through bolted through the inner wale and ply with washers and stainless steel.

Rigged a stout fairlead for the leeboard down haul.  It doubles as an anchor point to tie the board up for trailering.  I've just got the line thrown in through the aft hatch for now, it's easy to work standing in the slot.  Jim suggests drilling a hole in the side of the boat, which would be cleaner.  Another place for rain and spray to get into the boat though.  I'm going to try and avoid drilling the hole.

You've seen how I'm going to set the coolers in here.  I wanted solid anchor points to strap them in good for at least a 90 degree knockdown.  Battery boxes are screwed in to bejeezus as well,  and I've got almost half my ballast as useable juice.  Solar panel in the future maybe?

I threw anchors at the rear bulkhead as well.  I might find some cushions that I can keep strapped up to the sides as backrests while sailing, but tall enough to basically turn the whole 48" x 42" section of the cabin aft of the batteries into comfy bed space.  I can use the throwable cushions for the other 26" of my legs.  This will be a comfy boat to sleep in.

The black fairleads up higher are for the tiller.  I can noose a line around it, run the ends through the fairleads and I have remote steering.  I can even go so far as to rig a Paradox style loop all the way around the cabin.  I'll see if there's any need or desire for that.

The pinch cleat in the center is for the main sheet.  Easily yanked out of there in an emergency.

I have a drift boat trailer I found cheap on Craigs list that has the wheels 6ft apart and would let the boat ride a lot lower.  Axle, springs and hubs are pretty rusty, and i have to modify the supports to fit the boat.  I has an epiphany on supporting the front of the boat on the existing trailer with little effort. The 3x3 timber you see right down agains the trailer was my mast test stub I built for practice as well as to help with getting the mast step and partner right.  Shores up the droopy front ends of the existing  trailer bunks nicely.  Lagged the bunks into the timber.  Shaved a 2x4 to a bevel to match the hull, nailed on some scrap carpet and lagged the 2x4 into the bunk ends.  It's all super solid and stable with the hull well supported near the bulkhead.  Should get me through the season before it rots.

The boat sits a bit higher than I'd like.  We'll see how far I need to back in to get her to float off at the local ramps.  As long as I don't need to get the truck wet, this little trailer will work well and it's like brand new.

Aft end of the bunks already well supported.  Just had to bevel/carpet/lag down the 2x4.  once again very near the structural bulkhead.

The Center of weight/bouyancy is very near the Leeboard pivot bolt.  Once again, that's where the bunks hit the hull and right where the group 24 deep cycle batteries are going to sit.  Be nice if the bunks were all the way out to the chines, but the 1" thick bottom with a layer of 9oz glass can  probably handle it considering the other support on the hull.

And there she is.  Ready to splash on Memorial day weekend.  Once I throw the new radiator in the truck.....

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sail raised for the first time.

Sunday morning, woke up at 6:30 for no good reason other than this was the day I was going to finally see the boat with it's actual rig.  Got up, got the dog to the park, grabbed an early lunch on the way home and dived into installing all of the grommets.  I went with 12" spacing at both the yard and the boom

The Zip ties were a pack I had laying in the shop.  They're for indoor use and will need to be replaced with either lacing or some UV rated ties.  I threw a pretty good stretch with the end ties and then took all if the intermediaries pretty snug, but slidable along the spars.

 I lashed a block to the yard at Jim's suggested 40% up the yard, grabbed some line for a quick and dirty downhaul and ran her up the yard.

In the picture below was the initial hoist with all of the rake Jim designed into the rig.  The way I trimmed the sail down to @ 113 ft2, I moved the CE Back and shortened the boom.  I built the step to where I can take it almost vertical by moving one block.  I went ahead and moved it to bring the whole rig forward, and to my eye it's much closer to proper balance.

Not a lot of wind, but enough to show me that the head of the sail was shaping nicely.  the foot was bunching up.  I cut all of the intermediary ties on the foot and made her essentially loose footed, and the shape got much nicer.  I built the boom quite a bit stiffer than plan with this possibility in mind.  It's nice to be able to change the draft of your sail with foot tension.

The only other real problem I had was getting the final bit of hoist.  I left a pretty long tail on the lashing to the block, and it really kept me from sucking the yard right up to the mast, meaning the mast was crossing forward of where I would like.  I'll need modify/adjust this to get the block much closer to the yard.

Overall happier than a pig in shit.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

getting the sail finished up this weekend

So Friday night I got home and I hand stitched  at the tack, clew, peak and head.  Sewed through the rope into the tarp for several inches each direction.  I was getting ready to throw on the reinforcement tape, and realized this thing was only 8 ft away.  All I needed was the right needle and thread to stick in it.

Saturday I stopped by the sewing store to pick up the needles and thread.  I also picked up a bunch of bobbins I could preload cause I knew one wasn't coming close to going all the way around that sail.  Spent a few hours in the the afternoon refreshing my memory of how to rig the machine, loading the bobbins and sewing the sail.   Now it's ready to tape the corners.

The dark stitching was what was done with the hand awl.  the brass thingy is an old poker handle, and excellent for pressuring tape down.  the flange on the small end does tight areas and the crease at the rope reinforcement nicely.

I suck as a seamstress.  Structurally fine though.  Below is the first corner after tape reinforcement.

All the corners done and ready for grommets in the morning.  This sail is going to hang tomorrow before i head to Mom's for mother's day.  You can see the rounding past the spars.

I can't wait to get up.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Getting going on the sail & a video walk around

So after the marathon window session Friday night I attended to a few domestic details like the lawn and shaving the hair from 3 dogs off of the floor and furniture.  I did get the boat rolled out into the sun and fiddled with things between cleaning the garage and making space to lay out the sail.

And it's been a while since the last video walk around, so here's a new one.