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Rigging Shake Down

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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 later.it started raining. Hopefully Memorial Day Weekend will be nicer.

Launch After Lunch

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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 c…

Spring Prep

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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&#…