Friday, August 17, 2018

Cape Dory Typhoon Sold

Sold :  "Kraken"   1978 Cape Dory Typhoon


This is one of the finest Typhoons and well-documented vessels you will find.  Kraken is no dry rot trailer trotter.  We sail her 1-2 times per week during the summer season.  This boat has seen exceptional care since being re-commissioned in 2012.  You can read all about the little tweaks and tunes at  Polished Brass and Gleaming Teak this boat gets compliments every time someone walks by on the dock. You will be hard pressed to find another Typhoon as well equipped and ready to sail today. 
  • Cape Dory Typhoon
  • Name "Kraken"
  • Year: 1978
  • Current Price: US $7500 obo
  • Located in Saugatuck/Douglas, MI
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Long Shaft Evinrude outboard 7.5 hp
  • Full Keel Bottom reconditioned 2012
  • Draft  2'6"

Loft: Sail Rite 
Main 2011
Storm Jib 2011
100% 2013
150% Genoa 2016

Loft: Hallett
Main Sail  (Excellent condition)
100% Hallett (Excellent condition)

Other Sail Lofts
Mercury Spinnaker   Colors: Red, White, and Blue  (undersized for the boat)

Masthead Spinnaker Color: Multi-Color rainbow (in a Spinnaker Sock)

Old 150% Genoa sail (need repair/scrapped)


2018 New Running Rigging
Fore Spar Whisker Pole
Spinnaker launch and recovery sock
Sail Ties
Vinyl Shroud Chafing Guards
Removable Compression Post
Spinnaker Block at the stern
Spinnaker sheet lines

Danforth anchor
Dock Lines
Boat Hook 

Cockpit Cushions
Cabin Cushions
Throwable Cushions

Porta Pottie

Sunbrella Covers
Main Sail Cover
Jib Deck Bag
Tiller Cover
Winch Covers

Polished Brass fairleads
Polished Brass Barlow 15 winches and stands
Winch Handle
Original outboard bronze motor mount

Auxiliary Power 
7.5 Evinrude Long Shaft Out Board
Red poly fuel tank, 3 gallons 

Fire Extinguisher
Flare Kit
Emergency Ladder
Bilge Pump
Hand Held VHF

LED Navigation lighting (2018)
Knot meter (works sporadically) 

Trailrite Trailer features:  
LED lighting
extension tongue for launch and recovery
boarding ladder, 
trailer breaks. 


Half Hull model,  
Printed and framed line drawings. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Venetian Weekend

Venetian Festival!!!!!  

Each year in Saugatuck Cow Hill Yacht Club puts on Venetian Festival.  Cow Hill is not really a club for boaters.  It is a charity group that raises funds for the needy in the community.  They Start Friday night with a big party.  Kids games, Beer tent and some great live music. I'm proud to say that my wife serves on the board of Cow Hill and helps put this event together along with a few other events throughout the year. 

Saturday afternoon after the Venetian dingy poker run had cleared out we took to the harbor and headed out to Lake Michigan for a sail. 

It has been a long while since I have removed the cover from my knot meter. It appears the poor center ring has fallen to the bottom. However, the miracle is, it works. I don't think it has ever worked before, but today it was. Although it doesn't agree with the GPS on speed. According to the knot meter, we are flying along at 6.5 knots.  LOL   I'm going to guess the GPS is far more accurate with 3-4 knots.  

This one was an accidental photo but it is pretty cool so I'm throwing it in here I like the sunshine flowing down into the cabin.

After a few hours of sailing, we headed back up the river to Lake Kalamazoo.  We played with our radio control boats in the lake and eventually headed back to Tower Marine to cook dinner out on the grills and play in the pool.  Once the pool activities were over we headed back out for the Anchorage area.  

Just before sunset, we dropped our anchor. 

Cheese Puffs and towel blankets were all the rage while we waited for the boat parade and fireworks to begin and check out that stern light. Fresh batteries do wonders. 

Here are some edited clips of the boat parade, just the highlights.

Saturday night ends with some of the best fireworks. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Calling it.

Some days you have to just call it.  Today is one of those days.  We left our breezy little harbor for Lake Michigan to find this, the whole of Lake Michigan sheltered by the dunes on shore.  Grr east winds. The lake was glass flat except for the power boat waves. After an hour of drifting and bobbing we had to call for the iron genny to get us home.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Out and About

Yesterday we were out and about. We met up with some friends at the beach then sailed back.

We ran down with the spinnaker.

Then after a few hours of beach fun we tacked back up the lake. Here is the funny guy I sail with crushing the MT Baldy Radar tower on the horizon.

Where are we?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Game rained out.

Captains log as we neared boat the sky opened up.  Currently taking cover in cabin... Perhaps we will stay at the dock today.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Progression of a tack

BB was on the dock the other day as a friend and I came across the lake.  She got some nice pictures of Kraken coming up tacking and heading back out. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Striking some colors

We made it out for a nice sail today. Check out the new flag set up on the backstay!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Rigging Shake Down

The day after launch I got down before the rain rolled in. After about an hour I had Kraken's mast tuned in and everything rigged up.

As I rigged up the boat I was watching the radar. Once everything was ready I checked the radar again.  Looks like I have time for a quick shake down.

The new running rigging is color coded. I know there are lots of opinions on how this should be done. I decided to go with white and red for all the jib controls and sheets.  Blue and white line runs everything for the mainsail including the topping lift. I think this should help out as Myles learns more about sailing this summer. The spinnaker gear is all still pretty new but matching as well but I don't think will be teaching the kid about that yet.

I made it back to the dock in time to put everything away before the rain.  Love that radar app.

Before I left the marina office 10 minutes started raining. Hopefully Memorial Day Weekend will be nicer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Launch After Lunch

It has been a few years since we've done a trailer launch but this year we decided with the how late it is into the season to go for it.  No need to wait on the marina's schedule to get in the water.  With all the rain and snow melt the water this year is super high. One would think this a good thing but it changes the slope of the ramp. Which means we had to back the car up a little more than normal. Things got a little damp inside the CRV this weekend.

Our process for launch goes as such. First, we step the mast. This begins with setting up at the ramp site. I try to pick a day where the ramp will not be super busy as set up takes some time. 

We begin by untangling all the stays and halyards, then getting the uppers and backstay clipped into place.  

Then set up the tow-up rope to pull the mast up.  I do this using an old line and the jib halyard.

I begin to move the mast back into position. Meanwhile keeping everything from catching, getting twisted up or snagging on the cleats.  Here I am untangling something from the cleats on the cabin top. 

The trick is to find the balance point on the mast.  It is not a heavy mast and once you find the point it is pretty easy to work with. 

Once you have worked it back far enough you clip the mast into the mast step and I walk it up. While BB pulls the tow-line. At 5'9" I can do it by myself but the tow-rope is nice extra insurance. I know some people use poles to push the mast up if I were shorter I probably would too. 

Once the mast is up I hook up the fore-stay, then go back and clip in the lower side stays. The mast is nowhere near tunned at this point but it is up. 

The next step is trailer prep. We start by extending the tongue of the trailer. If we didn't have an extending tongue I think the boat would still be on the trailer right now. This involves blocking the wheels of the trailer disconnecting the wires, safety cables, and trailer breaks quick clip. Then BB pulls the car forward slowly until the tongue is extended and the drop pins fall into place. 

Before we go any further I lower the stern bunk pads. This is an important step even with them lowered all the way we got hung up on them this year. 

Next, back the boat down the ramp.

See supermodel wife with a hoodie and the bowline. 

Then I release the winch clip and back up some more. Note still dry at this point. This is where the cameras went away. We really had to work this year to get her off the trailer. Good news is everything in my wallet got a good rinse and all the cash in it smells like lake water. After a little bit of work and backing down the ramp a bit further than I wanted we coaxed her off. The seat in the car though well that is going to take a while to dry out. 

The good news the motor fired right up and ran great. Myles and I took Kraken across the lake to our dock. BB arrived to pick us up at Tower Marine a few minutes later with dry clothes for me. She really is super. We are in our dock and ready to rig for the season!

Photo credits go to this guy.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Prep

It has been a cold wet spring here and it is taking me a bit of time to get good weather windows for varnishing.  This year, with the boat next to my garage, I'm taking full advantage of the electricity and detail sander in my preparation phase. I've taken it back several layers and cleaned up some of the imperfections in the teak that have been gathering over time. 

Scuff Scuff

Tiller too.

Then the day comes when I could varnish. The trick is getting enough days in a row. The Epifanes takes 24 hours to dry before you can recoat. After 72 hours you have to scuff everything again so timing the weather is tricky. Last week the weatherman gave me a favorable window and it held. 

These were the easy ones to do in the garage. 

All set for the season. 

I also changed out the internal halyards and the sheet lines this spring.

I brought out my darning needles and spliced away.  The 3rd Splice came out the best. Clearly not perfect but I'm getting better. A few dozen more, and I'll be an expert. I also found  a nice brass snap shackle for the jib halyard in my toolbox.  I polished it up and think it will look nicer than my old stainless shackle.

Plan A: was to sew the new halyard to the old and pull it through the mast. It worked for the jib. It didn't work for the main. It jammed in the masthead and my stitching broke. I pulled it back out which was probably the first big mistake so I had to find a way to get the line back through the mast. 

Plan B: I pulled the mast head off and ran a wire through the mast. Then pulled the new line through top down.

Then I fed the new 7/16 inch line through the masthead neat and clean.

Once the masthead was reattached I installed the new windex.  

I spent some time fixing up the turnbuckles and cleaning up the standing rigging. Nothing left to do but launch now. 

Packing it up for winter

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