Hello all, first post. Just bought a San Juan 21 Mk II yesterday, good shape and it was a racer. I've been doing a lot of reading but I haven't sailed in 20 years, and that was just some Hobie's. I have a lot to learn! I have been power-boating my whole life, probably had 80 different boats so I know the "rules of the road", just need to learn to control that big sheet in the air
It came with a trailer but I decided to motor her home to my dock in Port Charlotte FL. 15mi or so and only used about a gallon...that was my first time motoring a blow boat and it was surprisingly "nice". It has a 2003 Merc 5hp.
I have a million questions but I like to try and give more than I take so here are some project pics first....
The first 'problem' I had was holding the mast after stepping to get under a low bridge to my house...luckily I had a strong friend with me that just held it up until we passed the bridge. So project one was of course a mast crutch. It is about as simple as it gets, just made out of 2X4's. I will probably make one with a roller later but my main concern was not damaging the mast with a small point-of-contact while motoring out to open water. I'll add an eye-bolt to lash it if needed, and will pad it somehow.
When I got to my dock I pulled up the outboard bracket only to realize there was nothing to hold it in the up position. There are no springs and I guess some type of latch was missing. On the ride home I noticed the mount was dragging in the water quite a bit causing drag and splashing so I decided to make it adjustable. In the pic you can see the old "stay" and the new adjustable one I made out of some 1/4" aluminum I had lying around. I have no milling machine
so I made it with just a drill, angle grinder and a handheld jig saw. Took about an hour and it seems to work well, the handle allows me to easily pull up the motor even without helper springs.
I'm hoping to meet a few sailors in my area, learn the "ropes" and eventually get into some local regattas.