Thursday, October 24, 2013

Frosty morning. First Snow.

Our First snow came last night.  The weather man was calling for it.  We didn't believe them.  We've had snow here in October before but never this early.  I suspect we are going to get a lot of snow this winter.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Don't waste the wind.

We're waiting for ice boating season to begin and word is we may get our first snow tonight.  I kinda of doubt it but the weather man is calling for a chance.  Any ways no point in missing out on a good breeze.  We headed down to the beach stunt kites in the trunk.

First we set up.  Then we fly.


Beach exploration team. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

DN Season

With summer season coming to an end here in the North it is time to focus on the other boating season.   ICE BOATING!    This weekend I pulled down my new DN hull and got the second coat of paint on it.  I picked up an incomplete hull last year at the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club swap meet to replace my old hull.  I managed to get all the rigging moved over and the 1st coat of paint on before last season, but never got the time to get a second coat of paint on it or get it out on the ice.  After the second coat the blue paint gleams as you can see the reflections of the ceiling in the pictures below.   I can't get over just how much sleeker this new hull is than my old one.  It makes me think perhaps I need to update the rig that goes on top off it.  Well maybe at this years swap meet.    Is it time for winter to start?   I"m not a big fan of these intermediary seasons.  I could skip Thanksgiving.       Now everyone ........."Think ICE!"...........   It's time for a early winter this year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Closing up in the Rain

It was a wet wet weekend here.  It rained all Saturday and Sunday.  Regardless I felt I needed to get the cover on.  The leaves here are beginning to fall at and accelerated rate.  I don't want them all over the deck and plugging the scuppers up so out in the rain I go.

 Step 1 Ribbing  I use PVC pipe's to create a rib cage on the mast.  Here on the west coast of Lake Michigan we have been know to wake up to 4+ ft of snow, so the ribbing helps keep the snow from crushing down onto the deck.  While not a perfect system it helps.

 Step 2 cover with plastic.  I like the clear plastic you find in the paint section of most big box hardware stores $14.00  

Step 3  Bunch up the plastic in a ball and tie it down to the trailer. 

The final product a tented boat prepped for winter. 

Packing it up for winter

Sailing has been non-existent this September. With school back in session, I have time for very little else. The weekend weather has also b...