Monday, October 27, 2014

Closing up 2014

This year I've decided to go with a simple v tent over the cockpit for the winter.  I've gone with a rather steep angle on the tarp to shed off the snow fall. The hope here is I will have better access to the cabin and cockpit this winter to do some work on the boat while it is out.  The rub rails need to be sanded down and refinished this spring so I don't see any harm in leaving them exposed this winter.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rain, Sleet and Hail

Pulled for the season a bit slimy by the water line this year. 

Here we are the 4th of October and it it cooling off quickly.  This morning it was a chilly damp 44 degrees.  Tonight it is foretasted to drop into the 30's.   Kraken Up is out of the water already.  I went down this morning to start pulling the sails, cushions, and life jackets out for the winter.  I store these at home during the winter.  While down at the boat it started raining.  Then it turned to sleet then hail.  I gave up.  I figured no point and pulling all the soft's off to get them wet and have to dry them out.  I'll come back on a dry day to pull them.

After the second down pour I uncoupled the motor and came home to work in the garage. The Mercury got a nice go over as I winterized and fogged the cylinder.  I'll have to clean up the lower unit still but that will be easier to do in the spring once the slime had completely dried out.  This was a good use of time as it rained/sleeted here most of the day.

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...