Friday, July 7, 2017

Typhooning what a boat does best.

Out today doing what the Typhoon does best.  Sailing, fishing and beach bobbing.  

Leaving the harbor.  Myles is getting some serious tiller time today.


Here is a short video of us underway on Lake Michigan.

Myles has mostly navigated by using visual fixes.  
 Point the bow at that (insert object here).

However on the big lake with no visual cues this becomes an issue.

Thus compass navigation becomes the norm of the day.  
"Hold a course of 270 degrees. Chicago is only 2 days away."

Mr. Fisherman

Trolling off the stern,

Focused at the tiller

Sleeping at the tiller.



Bobbing at the beach.


Our trusty ice chest keeps our towels and supplies dry  as we swim from the boat to the beach.

Beach finds of the day were sparse.

Snorkeling however was great.


Floating pretty.

On the return trip we started with the Genoa but switched to the Spinnaker for the run back to the channel. 

Back to Sea


Spinnaker Set

Down Wind Run! I'm loving that wide angle lens. 




On the way back in we had to wait for the chain ferry.  My understanding is it is the last of it's kind in the U.S. now. 

With the chain ferry docked we're clear to go on.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oval Beach Invasion

Today we set off for some big lake adventures on Lake Michigan.  With waves around 1ft we made good time sailing south to Oval Beach.  Oval is a huge destination beach and we usually go by car, logistically it is easier but nowhere near as fun.  

Lunch Time

Oval Beach Land Ho


As we close in on the beach I like to anchor near one of the swim area markers.  This performs two tasks; first, it shortens the swim to the beach.  Second, and more importantly, is it gives me an easy frame of reference to see if my anchor is dragging.  After all, I'm anchoring on a sand bar and it would be nice to know if the boat is moving before it gets too close to shore. 


Finding an anchorage site.  

The picture here doesn't really do it justice, we were quite close.   Close enough to chat with a couple who came out and asked what kind of boat we were on and have a whole conversation about the water temperature and depth while they stood on the other side of the maker post. 




From shore I can easily tell if the anchor is dragging.
Next the belly boarder hits the waves.

Then there was some digging for treasure.

And more belly boarding

Sailing home the wind had come up a bit more and this guy was a little chilly. 


In the distance the Mt. Bald Head Radar Tower dominates the sky line.

We even saw the Star of Saugutuck out on the big lake today churning south. 

Then the Star passed us in the channel on the way back to the marina.  

Once back in Lake Kalamazoo we popped the sails up once more and made a few more passes in front of Tower Marine before coming into dock.  Overall it was a great day to be out on the lake. 



Monday, May 15, 2017

Rigged and Ready



Rigged and Ready.  We even got out Sunday (Mothers Day) for a quick shake down.  Things are looking good and we are ready for the season

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mixed Mediums Switching From Varnish to Teak Oil

This year I have decided to switch up not just my bottom paint but I'm starting to phase out the varnish for teak oil.  The varnish does a nice job but it tends to have some difficulties holding up on horizontal services and the toe rails.  The other problem I tend to run into with the varnish is the need to have several good warm days to apply it.  My plan is to have the boat in the water sometime in the next week and frankly we've only had a few days that would have been warm enough to varnish.

This season, I have moved to a mixed medium; some areas varnish and some teak oil.  By next season I expect all of the wood work on the boat will be switched over.  I have been pleasantly surprised how well the two have worked in combination.  The teak oil color matches very well and two coats of oil bring the sheen right up to the same level of the remaining varnish.


Starting sanding of the rails.

Cape Dory Typhoon
Nicely scuffed up peeling and flaking removed.

Horizontal surface issues tend to be exacerbated near all the screw heads  I think this has a lot to do with the reflective nature of the metal and their tendency to heat up in the sun..

The teak oil blends really nicely against the varnish..  It looks great and it is also nice for touching up the scuffs on the areas still varnished. 

Teak toe rails oiled with two coats. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

51 degrees and rising



The desire to get the boat in the water this spring is has reached a fever pitch.  Just after noon today the temperature outside reached the magic number: 50 degrees.  What is so magic about this number?  It is the temperature one needs it to be to apply bottom paint.  Immediately after lunch I headed for the marina.  When I arrived one other boater was there working on waxing his hull but within the hour, several other sailors had showed up and opened their paint cans.

This year, I have decided to switch up my bottom paint.  I'm going with a multi-season paint.  I'm hoping this will set the boat up for the next 2 years.  The sales rep says it may be good for three years with some touch up.

So this is some different stuff.  It is super thin and looks a bit like soapy water.  As I started I was beginning to have second thoughts.  It goes on super thin then it began to bubble.  I've seen this before with latex paints and this is a water base clean up paint.  As the paint dried the bubbles flatten out and the color darkens.  As the day went on and the temperature continued to rise and the paint seems to thicken.  For anyone using this product I'd recommend opening it the night before and stirring it.  I think this will eliminate some of the bubbling I saw at first application.  


1st coat done, defiantly plan on two coats. 

After the second coat the final product came out beautifully.  Now just to wait and see will it hold up for a few seasons.

On to the next stage, waxing.

Then back to the interior to service the scuppers.

Two afternoons and all I have to do is touch up under the trailer pads, pull the cover off and slap the outboard on the stern.





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Season Opener



Spring training starts for many this week and it is time to start the boat prep.  Fist trick is to climb in.




After a few hours and a bottle of glass cleaner.  I moved all the gear, sails, and cushions back aboard and here is the finished project.  Ship shape and cleaned up. 






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.