Monday, January 2, 2017

Just Stringing You Along From Stringers to Strings.

I haven't posted in a while and a few people have been wondering what is up. This summer Myles and I have been fishing a bit and he has been using his Mom's sit on top Kayak.  I decided it was time to go ahead and build him one of his own after all he is starting to get too big to sit and just ride along.  First I looked at Yostwerks.  I highly recommend Tom's boats.  I built a Sea Tour about 10 years ago

I'm building a Canvas Back Kayak.  Here are the plans for those interested.  This came from an old Mechanix Illustrated magazine. My brother ran across someone selling a pile of already cut out kayaks a few years back and he assembled one but has had limited success with his canvas skin.  We took it out this summer and it is far more stable than my kayak, a plus for a young child in my eyes.  After about 30 minutes, the water started soaking through the canvas in my brother's kayak and we came back.  I'll do a clear vinyl skin on the one I'm building so this won't be a problem.  If I didn't already have the precut parts here though I'd be building a sea bee.  Plus the price is right.  LOL  beware of the free boat right...

Here is one of the stringers. I pin a screw through it and I'm using West System 10 to glue everything together.  I'm finding I really like the pre-measured caulking gun tube stuff.  It is easy to use and mix up and seems just as strong as my pump bottle stuff. Plus it is easy to reseal.

This is the stringer your back will lean against in my experience if any place on a Kayak will break this is it.  I've broken mine here before.  Something about a 3-4 ft wave breaking as you crash into the beach does not do well at this point.  So I have doubled up the thickness of this stringer and laminated it together.  There is still quite a bit of cleaning up to do on this. 
To increase my strength and because I don't trust glue and screws alone I lash my keels to the stringers.  Here is a final cleaned up joint. Later I'll go back and soak the nylon line with a coat of epoxy to add even more peace of mind. 

Here we are now just waiting for the epoxy to dry before the next step.

I've strung you along enough, now back to the Typhoon.  This is a quick simple project that I've put off far too long.  My mast head spinnaker sock needs a new line preferably one that won't jam when the sail is up.  I purchased this set up some years back on eBay.  I think it came off a Cal 22 or a Catalina  who knows but it works pretty well and it the perfect size for the Typhoon.  The problem is it came with a twisted nylon line which the brindal for the spinnaker sock has been spliced to.  This is okay and probably worked great when it was first done but recently It's been catching and getting stuck so I've decided to replace it with a piece of double braid line.  

The hope here is the double braid will be smother and less likely to jam.

Here is where the problem lies  the bag bridal should come up through this block at the top of the sock as shown but it keeps jamming when it is time to take the sail back down again so I end up releasing it at the halyard which usually means I'm bringing a sail home to dry.  

No problem here I can walk to the other side of the garage unjam it and pull it down.  Out on the lake though it's a lot harder to walk up the mast. 

Time to pull the old apart and  grab the rope splicing kit.  Previous owner threw this in when I bought Kraken and it has come in handy several times. 

I've found these knitting needles are super for stuff like this.  I put the bridal into it then tape the line inside before I start to weave it into the double braid. 

Next I work it through the casing.  
In and out and in again.
Then some more.

After I have that done I took a piece of sail tape and encapsulated the whole thing.  My thinking is this will help eliminate any catch points and provide a chaffing guard to this part of the line.  

Next I whipped the ends of the bridal and line to further eliminate potential catching points and also stitch edges of the sail tape down should the glue come lose in the future.

Next I ran the line back through the bag and measured and cut it to length.  Followed by a little torch work on the ends.  

Then I whipped  also for good the ends for good measure. 

I repeated the same process for the sock down hull side as well.  Next time I think I'll make the down side a different color than the hoist side so I know which line is up and which is down.  Lots of thought goes into these projects about how it could be better if ..... as you do them. Happy sailing and hope to be out on the DN soon.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

22 inches

22 inches of snow and just a little on the cover looks like I got a steep enough pitch on the cover this year to get the snow to slide off!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

First Snow of 2016 with 46mph wind gusts.

Yesterday we got some wicked wind and our fist snow fall of the season.  With winds blowing at about 46 mph I thought I'd go down and check on Kraken.  The cover system is holding up pretty well and with all the other bigger boats around mine the brunt of the wind is being blocked.  A good deal in all.  Still it is  amazing how fast we go from 70 degree days to the 30's overnight.  Maybe will be ice boating this year before Christmas!  That would be great. Here a quick video of the conditions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Busy Wrap Up Weekend!

Each year I struggle with the end of the season cover method.  This is perhaps due to the versatility of the cape dory Typhoon.  Some years I drop the mast other years, I leave it up. This changing back and forth between covering with the mast up or the mast down changes the process immensely.  With the prediction of a harsh winter coming from the weatherman this year I have opted to go with the mast up method.  This method allows me to get a steeper pitch on the cover hopefully allowing for the snow to slide off the tarp.  To accomplish this, I raise the boom at the mast so it slopes to the stern then use the spinnaker pole to slope down to the bow.  After I strategically place a few 2x3's to support the center of the tent structure I'm ready to tarp it.  This year I picked up two tarps thinking I'd do one forward of the mast and one aft but they turned out to be too small. I had to get a larger one and cut it down the center for the mast.  Then, I ended up using a small one on the back to close the tent in.  It's not pretty, but I think it will be effective. I'm hoping the black tarp, while it looks like a garbage bag, will provide some solar heating early in the spring to accelerate the snow melt and heat the inside of the boat while I work on it.  I'd like to get some sanding done on the teak before launch next spring while I have access to electricity to run the sander.  I'll probably end up varnishing later in the season as I'm planning for an early spring launch and it will likely be too cold to varnish before we splash for the season.

Front view.

Aft entry point.

Small tarp to cover the stern entryway.

Later in the day we hit the beach at Warren Dunes with Grandma and Grampa to fly kites.
BB's teaching Myles to fly a stunt kite.

Myles rocking our new rainbow double box kite with a few other kites in the background!

Then a night out. We hit up a few wineries on the wine trail.  Ended up in South Haven to walk out both piers.

Sunset from the main pier.

Main pier from green mark.

Here is a die hard still out sailing. Brr it's a chill night out on the water.

We even saw a zombie parade.  This guy was too cool.
The zombies of South Haven heading to the beach obstical course.  LOL.

Then we ended the day a Wally's watching the Cubs get into the World Series go Cubies!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2016 Out for the season.

Tower Marine pulled Kraken for me mid-September this year and it has been raining ever since.  Sunday after it stopped raining I got down and pulled all the sails and cushions for the winter.  
I have to get down and do a little more cleaning and pull the motor this weekend.  I'm hoping to get the cabin squeaky clean so when spring rolls around I'm ready for a early launch again this year.  This year I'm planning on leaving the mast up and tarping off over the boom and spinnaker pole hopefully giving my self a bit more pitch so the snow slides off as they are predicting a rough winter for us.

It all fits in the back of a Ford focus.

Sun setting on the end of a great season.

Drying stuff out in the garage.

A quick end of season cleaning before stashing the cushions under the guest bead for the winter helps.  It is amazing the condition of these cushions after 38 years they still look new with a little Armor All.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Some wind

Finally some wind to sail with! We got out and clipped right along. These are truly the conditions the Typhoon thrives in. The new Genoa may have had us over canvases at times but it was a lot of fun.  You can hear Myles in one of the videos asking if we are going to flip over.   As you watch the video you will notice the tree cover and shore line structures blocks and create wind patterns and it was quite gusty across the lake making the sailing more challenging at times.  Over all we sailed for about an hour and a half.  Not bad considering the constant changing conditions across Lake Kalamazoo.  I am hoping to get out to Lake Michigan again this weekend but when these videos were made the lake big lake was churning up 4-6 footers. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Venetian, Vikings Boat Parade

Venetian Festival festival is a big fundraiser for local charities put on by the Cow Hill Yacht Club.  It starts out Friday evening with a kid's tent down town.  (Later the tent becomes a beer tent.) BB took Myles to that while I messed around in my garage. (see side note at bottom)

Saturday was rather gloomy all day and we had friends over.  Then cleared up in the evening just in time for the boat parade.  We had planned to watch the parade from the marina with our friends but they ended up heading home early. All that swimming I think tired them out.  So we headed out for a little motor ride and anchored in the moring area with the other boats.  This was a super choice the boat parade circuled us.  The theme this year was Vikings and the boat decorating competion was fierce.

A crowded anchorage area.

At the start of the parade our local fire boat spraying fountains of water.

Soon the Vkings arive.
Morgan Out Island with glowing dragon head.  This thing was super cool check out those paddles
The best of the night was this guy with the drums, moving oars, smoke and flame shooting from the mouth of the dragon. To bad he was a power boat.  No sail.    
Around and around us they went.

The night concluded with a super fireworks display.  Venetian festival fireworks out do the 4th in Saugatuck every year.

By the time we got back to the dock Myles was out cold in the v-berth, we had to wake him up to get to the car and by the time we got home 6 minutes down the road he was out again.  We ended up carrying him in to bed.  Guess all the kids were tired.

A side note, I'm building a new paddle for my Kayak and it is getting interesting.