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I rigged a burgee halyard using the backstay. I tied a devilishly clever knot called an icicle hitch (you can tie it onto an icicle and it will hold on) onto the backstay and hung a small block on the bitter end. I ran a 3/16" halyard line through the block and pushed the icicle hitch and all up the backstay with my 3-section boat pole, up to about 3/4 of the way up. I tied the two ends together and secured the bottom of the loop to a small block on the transom near the backstay turnbuckle. I ran my US Power Squadron and Milford Power Squadron burgees up the halyard. Keeps the birds away if nothing else. ;-)
Kenny, Another way of securing the tiller up out of the cockpit is to simply hook it into the mainsheet like this and a small velcro strap (From WM) around the bottom of the ladder can easily be reached from the water. The metal spring loaded flag clips might not be a good idea attached to the stays. They will rotate around the wire in the wind and could start to cut into them.
My project - adding disc brakes to my C-22 trailer - is finally complete. I had a welding shop cut off the ball receiver on the trailer tongue, add metal to the extension tube to increase it to 3" square, drill holes for the actuator and put it on. I installed the rotor/hubs, calipers, and brake lines, with help from the guy I race with. Had a problem with the rotor/hubs overheating. Problem was solved at the trailer shop, since I couldn't figure it out. Stupid me! The break-away brake activator switch had been tripped. Reset that, now all is good.
Took David out yesterday for a full day of sailing, swimming at anchor and relaxing. Was able to hop in the water with a sponge to give the hull a good wipe down and a little scrub of the water line. Quite a good day!
We had to spend this weekend at home to finish some projects on our teardrop camper and take care of some home projects, but in between all that I managed to clean a few pieces of the interior wood we removed. Clearly some of it will have to be replaced, but I think most of it is going to clean up real nice.
I also ordered fabric for my interior. I have always used rather conservative colors, more traditional, on my boat interiors. Not this time. I'm going to make it fun and use bright colors against an interior painted bright white. Yowza. My happy place.
We finally decided on a new name. Lance just couldn't get on board with Serendipity. He said anything ending in "ipity" just didn't work for him. We considered Sojourner III (Our first two Sojourners were a Bristol 24 and a Cape Dory 28), but this boat just didn't seem like a Sojourner to me. The first two were traditional full keels and this boat is not that. And in a lot of ways I'm glad its not. It needed a name of its own. We have settled on Seaquel. There is a story behind it.
Not related to boats, but a few weeks ago I replaced the mandrels (spindels) on my Craftsman lawn tractor's mower deck and replaced both blade brake arms that had broken (on separate occasions, first one wasn't an issue for about a year). The blades were clogging up too easily, and I had already replaced the blade engagement linkage. I decided to do it myself, because I couldn't get the Sears repair guy to bring the parts with him on a service call to the house. The jerk charged me over $100 for the service call and all he did was replace the blades, spark plug, and air filter. He said I should replace the entire mower deck (about $550). I bought the parts online for about $150. Oh yeah, I replaced the fuel filter, too, had the part in stock. The worst part was getting the deck out from under the tractor. Hopefully, the tractor will last until we sell the house in 2-3 years when we downsize. I'll let the tractor stay with the house.
I learned to splice this past weekend. Have a 12" loop for going through the locks and halfway through my dock lines. I have to get a pair of those rubber shock absorbers before I put the thimble on the other ends.
Battery Charger/Maintainer & Tachometer for Engine
Just got a simple tach for the engine in the mail yesterday so I can better see what the engine is doing or if it's running optimally. $12 on ebay. Has a built in battery and one wire that wraps around the spark plug wire. The other nice thing is that it counts hours the engine is running which will hopefully help with maintenance.
Also, found out one of the Admiral's patients works at the West Marine near us as the head manager and said that anytime we need anything she can get it for us super cheap. That's an awesome connection! She got us a $150 2-bank battery charger/maintainer for $75 yesterday!!
Going to wire both pieces tonight since we have beautiful weather!
Picked up some 100LL Aviation fuel for the outboard. Goin ethanol free!
After running the motor for a while the other day when I had to beat into the wind to get up a river in a small craft advisory I noticed just a little bit of an abnormal smell. I pulled the plug last night which is very new and it looked like the motor has been running hot. Spoke with a marina neighbor for a bit who said it's the 100LL that will make it run hot. I started running that fuel to keep ethanol out but I suppose it's better to have ethanol then to burn way too hot. Gonna burn thru this fuel or maybe put it in my car then switch back. Oh well.
I pulled the bulkhead out between the head and V-berth. I'm going to notch it about 12" so that my wide shoulders will have an easier time getting stuff out of the V-Berth and using the head for #2. I saw a post earlier about a new tv and saw that the owner had done this as well, looks a lot more open and usable.
Finally got out on the new sail. As expected, it was a phenomenal improvement over the old one. Perfect helm, pointing higher than I could before, and so much more responsive. Winds were very light, but it was a blast anyway.
Looks like you got a lot of camber, even with the full battens. How easily does it raise and lower? Is there only one slug between battens? How neatly does it fall when you drop it? I'd be interested in hearing how it handles when you get a brisk breeze. Thanks; and ENJOY!
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