Sunday, May 25, 2014
So Memorial Day weekend is upon us. The weather here in Michigan could not be better. The last two days we have had crystal clear skies and temps in the upper 70's. Time to hit the lake.
Over the past week more navigational markers have shown up in the lake and things are looking great. The channels are marked very well this year. We set of from our dock and had a great time zig zagging around. We were out and about for about 2 hours today and saw many of the great sites here on Lake Kalamazoo. The river paddle boat came through the lake, we even saw the duck boat today. The Anex patio was open although no live music was coming from there just yet, it was early in the day.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
So I went down this weekend to clean up and finish setting up for the season. I pulled lots of stuff off the boat that won't stay on board all year and also moved several things around, generally straightening up. One of the big things I moved was the anchor. I've always kept the anchor in the front compartment under the V-berth. For this season I've moved it to the back of the boat. You can see the difference this makes at the water line in the picture below. I'm hoping moving the anchor will make entering and leaving the dock easier. With the anchor in the front we keep running into a problem. As we go forward to through off the bow lines our weight pushes down the bow and pulls the motor out of the water. The Gurgle gurgle of the motor just adds stress to the whole departure that does not need to be there. This seems to have helped our problem although we may need to eat a few less Big Macs if we want to solve it entirely. Weight distribution on a small sailboat is important. Hopefully, this will solve our problem and this season we will use the anchor more and do some more swimming now that it is easier to access.
Anchor moved to stern pulls bow up.
It's still cold here and where only one week from Memorial Day.
Out on the lake.
The wind was blowing something fierce. So we waited and waited for it to calm down a bit. Then we got tiered of waiting. We headed out and notice several changes to the marker locations in the harbor. So airing on the side of caution we just motored around the harbor a bit. With the extreme winds we didn't want to sail into a new or recently moved sandbar and get stuck. With the new marks and all the dredging that has been going on will have to go back and take a look around during a calmer day before we sail in the lake.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
This post is a quick reference for rigging the main sail of a Cape Dory Typhoon. Each boat over time has different modifications made to it based on the skippers preferences so your boat may not be exactly like this one. However this is how I put mine together.
I first start with tuning the mast in. I like to have a bit of rake in the mast and to be sure that it is in column.
Next I slide the booms goose neck into the mast.
I slide the boom down to the sail stop and make sure it is tight with a screw driver.
Then I clip the back side of the boom to the back stay catch.
After that I get to work on untwisting the main sheet.
My current main sheet set up goes something like this. It is a bit of a variation from the original set up. You can see I still use one of the original Schafer stand up blocks to guide the sheet line to the cam cleat but the Harken fiddle block does most of the heavy lifting here. Later this season I'm hopping to switch this system out for a traveler.
Next I run my topping lift. In this case, the topping lift is anchored at the top of the mast. It runs through a check block mounted to the back of the boom. The line is tied off about halfway up the boom so you never half to leave the tiller to adjust it. The only disadvantage to this system is you have to remove it if you use the roller reefer built into the boom. One of my main sails has to be roller reefed the others have benzels built into the sails so this isn't really an issue for me.
Now it's time to lay out some canvas. For the early spring I put on one of my older mains. It is a sail loft built sail and is heavily built; a great sail for our early, breezy, spring weather. Later in the season, I will switch to my oversized sailrite main. I slide the foot sail slides onto the boom.
Then I latch the tack into the boom. This particular sail is a tight fit and takes some persuasion with the blunt end of a screw driver to get it in.
I found this napkin down below. Last season I must have trashed out my out haul line and found a replacement line in my scraps. It's always good to leave yourself notes at the end of a season.
So here's the out haul rigged up. Clew to block to cleat: pretty straight forward. This is also a good time to put the battens in your sail if you have not already done so.
Next comes the fun part. Hook up he halyard and begin running the sail up the mast placing the sail slides in the track as you go.
Once the sail is raised all the way to the top of the mast I cleat it off and set the sail slide in place.
Finally I check the down haul line and give the sail a pull down to take out the wrinkles.
We are ready for our first sail of the season. Chime in if you rig your Typhoon differently. I know some of my rig is a bit unorthodox but, it works great for me. I'm always looking for ways to improve my rig and would love to hear what others are doing differently.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Myles and his wagon were a big help this Friday as we loaded all the gear into the boat. After several trips around the backyard we got all the equipment, sails, and cushions aboard.
This winter we sold our station wagon for a more fuel efficient vehicle. The wagon was a great car for pulling the Typhoon but the mpg was killing us. Saturday morning we rented a truck from U-haul to pull the boat back to the marina. After millage it came out to 52 bucks for the day. Not bad, we easily make the rental cost up in fuel savings in just one week of driving back and forth to work.
After mounting up the engine, filling the tires with air and checking the tie downs we were off.
Once down at the marina we popped the mast up and the boat was ready for launch. We haven't had to many warm dry days so I did not get a coat of varnish on the teak. I'd hoped varnish before launching but that does not look like it will be the happening, because splash time is here. 2014 Season Launch!
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