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Yesterday evening while getting our boat ready, the wind was gusting 30 or so. I spent the time at anchor doing 2 things. First, I got my harness all fitted tightly over my favorite life vest (think of a "fat suit" and you'll get pretty close) and ran a jackline from the top of the windlass, back between the port mast pulpit and the mast, back between the dodger and the port side dorade protector, and then diagonally across the cockpit to just behind the starboard wheel. I made a tether using the snap shackles from the davits and a piece of 1/2 double braid. I made it very short (4 feet), since if I go over, I want to be able to climb back onboard. Our deck is about 5 feet off the water. The short tether and the jackline running inboard of hard points will work better than having everything loose, I think. Then I did this next part while snapped-in with my "fat suit" lifejacket on, to get used to it all.
Second, I put the 1st reef in and then the 2nd reef in. I used a sharpie (indellible marker) to mark where on the main halyard was for each reef, and where each reefing line ended up. I intend to use those marks more as a guide, since things may go differently when actually sailing.
Our boat tacked so much in the wind, and I was on the secondary anchor, so I worried about chafe. I added chafing protection and was still uncomfortable with the tacking. I saw where some previous chafing had worked through my chafing protection. So I waited until she was headed to starboard and then with starboard rudder, pulled way up (under engine power) and quickly dropped the CQR on all chain rode. Put out 60' of chain and no more swinging. (This last part was without the tether, since I'm at anchor and with the ladder down in a lake with no appreciable current. And I needed to move fast.) Then down below for some dinner -- soup, cheese on bread and a beer. The propane ran out 1/4 of the way into frying potatoes in butter. I didn't switch tanks in the cold/wind and dark, not when there was plenty else to eat.
Up at 4 am, let out a few inches of line on the Bruce. Chafe protection was not worn at all. Fried hash browns for breakfast with orange juice. OJ was good for the slight sore throat I picked up in the wind yesterday. Light winds now. Going to rest a bit and then do a work call at 9:00. (I know, I know.) Current at Plum Gut is at ebb a little before noon and I could ride the current up the sound from then, so no rush, if that's where I'm going.
Where am I going? My son has a football game Tuesday afternoon, that I really want to see. It's on Long Island, 100 miles (as the crow flies) from me now. Ideally, I'd sail to Port Jefferson by Tuesday at noon, catch a ride somehow to the game, and then sail for a few days after that, ending up in Glen Cove. I have the green light to sail for as ling as I like. For once, there's nothing going on that requires my being at home - a rare event.
I'm solo for now. I think I wanted to do at least part of this week solo, and didn't really pursue getting crew because of that. With crew I'd leave now, but without crew I want to be a bit more rested before starting. (And since my "home" laptop died, I don't really have anyone's phone numbers.)
If anyone wants to chat, my cell phone number is 646 - 46three - 442five. Don't call before 10:15 AM today (2 hours from now) since I need to rest-up and then do the work call.
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Last edited by Bene505; 10-12-2009 at 08:45 AM.