Saturday, June 28, 2014

Magic fire making stuff.

So we sailed yesterday.  It was a good start as we zipped around lake Kalamazoo.  Myles fished of the stern and I managed the sailing.  

We where having a great day then the wind dropped off.  After 20 minutes or so of drifting between wind shadows I decided it was time to give it up and head back in for some cool refreshments.  While we where puttering up the channel my dependable little 4 hp Merc cut out.  I was able to get the motor to restart and a 100 yards later it puttered out again.  I pulled the cover off this time gave it a look and checked to make sure the spark plug wire had not fallen off.  Then I looked at the tank.  The transparent tank appeared empty of green fuel.  I popped the cap off the tank and peered down in. There was just a dribble of fluid in the tank. As the boat went up and down on the waves I could see it slosh back and forth leaving the white plastic bottom of the tank clearly visible.  Placing the cap back on I choked the motor no fire this time.  Turns out you can scull a  Typhoon with out too much effort. After a few minutes of sculling I considered pulling up the main and sailing back in.  It's been a few years since I've sailed up to the dock and was getting a bit excited, although alone with was a 5 year old was probably not the time to be trying this.  I decided to give the motor another try. It fired back up and ran just long enough to get back to the dock.  We were seriously lucky today.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunny Single Handing.

 We have had a few good days of sun.  BB is pretty sun burnt so she volunteered to stay ashore with Myles and take a few photos today.  Enjoy these shot of Kraken under sail.

TY Cape Dory 150 Genoa

Typhoon Sailing

Genoa Down Sock Up. 

Ghost ship.  

Spinnaker Set

Sled Ride

Down Wind

Close up

Thursday, June 5, 2014


So last weekend we headed to the beach to try out the my new camera and play in the sand.  The water temperatures here are still very cold.  There were a few kids playing along the shoreline but none of them were venturing in past their knees.  With our long cold winter the lakes are taking a bit longer to warm up than normal. 

  So I picked up this mini camera on Ebay with the thoughts of using it as a kite cam.  It is super small and very light.  Also it was inexpensive at $13 so if it crashes into the ground or lake I'm not out much.   I rigged it to a para-foil.  This first attempt resulted in unusable video.   Next time I'm going to try to rig it to a delta or a box kite and see if I can get a more stable video.  I was able to take a few pictures on the beach not to bad for a 2 mega pixel cam the size of a quarter. 

Sorry Ruth

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...