Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 wrap up

This post is about two months late.  I've been out of the water since the end of September.  I don't know why I just haven't gotten around to writing lately.  This year we brought the boat home for the winter. Usually, we leave it at the marina but I have plans to redo some of the brightwork this spring. I'll be able to self-launch when I'm ready plus it has gives me the chance to do a rig inspection as well as look through everything really closely.  Now I have a list of winter projects in hand.  Everything from a few little sail patches to switching out a few turnbuckles.  

During my rig inspection, I found I need to change out 2 turnbuckles, as soon as I touched the windex the brittle old plastic shattered and I'm also planning on replacing the internal halyards, main, and jib this winter.  

Here the mast is all wound up and ready to go back up on the deck for the winter

This season, I sailed exclusively with my sail rite sails. Both jib and Genoa are holding up super well.  The main came with the boat when I purchased it. The previous owner sewed it up and it is doing great as well but one of the batten pockets needs some attention and reinforcement.  It should be a quick, easy sewing job. 

I went through the cabin pulling out and storing the cushions indoors for the winter.  Looks like I'll need new flares in the Spring.  Does anybody know where to take old flares?  

Mast up and skeleton frame on. 

This year I'm going with clear plastic to cover.  This is my favorite kind of cover.  I find it works better than a tarp because I use golf balls to place the tie downs exactly where I need them.  Plus it is was left over from the project in the crawl space so it was just laying around. 

All bundled and wrapped up 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...