Showing posts from February, 2013

Strictly Sail Chicago and rebuilding the Genoa cars.

My old Schaefer Genoa blocks are it pretty rough shape.  The sheet lines jam in the sheaves. This is great if you don't feel like cleating of the lines but not so great if you are tacking. The track cars and springs are all in good shape although tarnished a bit.  I contacted Schaefer and they are no longer rebuilding these blocks.  I'd read some place that they rebuilt them but this is no longer the case.  I went to West Marine looking for sheaves but as I started picking through the pins nuts and other parts that where going to be needed the sales associate said at that rate your getting close to purchasing new blocks.  She was right so that is what I did.  Problem is the shackles will not fit through the Schaefer cars.   
So here is what I did.  First I used heaviest stainless rings pins I could find and hooked a set of Harken Carbo swiveling blocks to the Schaefer cars.  Then I spun the stand-up springs around the ring and base.  This looked like a good start to me but th…

Winter Projects a New Jib

Kraken gets a new working jib. 
In the pile of parts and pieces that came with my Typhoon there was a working jib Sail Rite kit.  The previous owner had purchased a few kits from Sail Rite.  He had sewn up a storm jib and and oversize mainsail.  He just hadn't gotten to this one yet.   So, this winter's adventure has been to sew my first sail.  I've done plenty of canvas work before on my previous boats and plan to do some for Kraken this summer but, this is my first sail.
I could not get my sewing machine to sew the correct zig zag pattern for the sail.  Turns out I don't have that cam.  So I took the kit to my parents for new years.  My Mom has a great sewing machine and an large kitchen island.  Well that it putting it mildly it's the largest kitchen island I've ever seen anywhere.  We spread out and set to work.  There were no shortage of interested helpers.  My Dad helped feed the sail through the sewing machine for a while, my brothers, even both my gran…