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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Thankfully you have easy access to the stuffing box to inspect and tighten it. I've seen some boats where you have to practically take the boat to pieces to even see it.
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

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Thankfully you have easy access to the stuffing box to inspect and tighten it. I've seen some boats where you have to practically take the boat to pieces to even see it.
Yeah, I need to repack mine soon and I got climb into the eng. room ( no biggie ) and remove the water heater ( PITA )
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

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Yeah, I need to repack mine soon and I got climb into the eng. room ( no biggie ) and remove the water heater ( PITA )
Don't we all love the cretins that design our boats so that things that require periodic maintenance are not easily accessed?
Ain't yachting fun?
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

In our log on the third sail ever is, "Great day, nothing bad happened."
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Welcome to the lake!
I was aboard one of those other sailboats; major regatta, the Commonwealth Cup, sponsored by the Commonwealth Yacht Club. Another option is the Kentucky Lake Sailing Club.
I highly recommend one or the other; great groups of fellow sailors. Plenty of friendly people to advance your learning curve; try out your sailing chops in a race, maybe even catch a crew spot on someone else's boat for some advanced learning.

Fair winds and following seas!
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

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Nicely written tale; I enjoyed it, thanks.
A packing gland should leak a little bit, maybe a couple of drips a minute in the slip and a bit more under way. The water lubricates the packing. It needs to be tightened periodically, so check it every now and then.
Servicing Your Stuffing Box - BoatTECH Guides by Don Casey | BoatUS

Should not leak when the engine is stopped.
Just two to three drops a minute when underway.
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

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Welcome to the lake!
I was aboard one of those other sailboats; major regatta, the Commonwealth Cup, sponsored by the Commonwealth Yacht Club. Another option is the Kentucky Lake Sailing Club.
I highly recommend one or the other; great groups of fellow sailors. Plenty of friendly people to advance your learning curve; try out your sailing chops in a race, maybe even catch a crew spot on someone else's boat for some advanced learning.

Fair winds and following seas!
Hi neighbor. Nice to meet you.

Earlier in the morning, I did see a boat heading out and heard a mention of a race. If you see me out there, stop on by or hail me on the radio.

My mainsail has NS27 near the top and 170 halfway up.

I may go out to the boat again in a couple weeks. See you around.
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

To your basic question, no. I don't think the first sail ever goes as planned. I agree with the point earlier - if you got back safely without any self-caused issues, then it's a good sail. And I like your attitude at the end - be glad for what went right.
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

I think our first sail on One Love went as planned though I do remember doubling back in panic as the depth sounder hit 0ft. Later we learnt that that spot on the south bay was notorious.

Our second sail left us anchored 50 yards from our slip after drifting into two other boats. Definitely the marina spectacle that day as people came round and helped us out.

Don't think Kraken has had a close shave yet though I'm sure a few are coming....
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Re: Does a first sail ever go as planned?

Good post, good work!

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Murphy (you know, of Murphy's Law) had a couple of boats and that's where he got the idea for his law from.
Trivia of the Day: Murphy was shipmates with the much-less-known Finagle.
Finagle's Corollary to Murphy's Law: "Murphy was an optimist."
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