yeah my boom is pretty light but man I have a feeling it would have a hell of an inertial whop if it hit me at speed. Don't want that :-)
Then again if I raised the boom "I COULD" stand while sailing which might be better for me. heck maybe I already can stand. I really have no idea mentally WHERE The boom sits on the mast. I just don't remember clearly enough when we towed it where the boom was sitting. Might all be moot. I keep using pictures and video I have seen of sail boats and everyone is always standing. Keep forgetting this is not a 40ft ocean craft :-)
Either way I am doing nothing to it until I have learned how to SAIL IT since all of this is theoretical nothing till I actually know what I am doing :-)
We are going out together with with the CL for the census work friday and saturday. SO I am going to go down to EHC again thursday and try to get more work done on the boat.
Wish those damned bolts did not cost so much money or I could finish the trailer work tomorrow. Got to go buy a tool set so I can take the lugs off that other wheel.
Suggestions on SAFELY jacking up the trailer with the boat on it? I was hoping to just tip it again and put the wheels in the air since it did that once without damage.
No way in hell am I going to be able to do that. I tried it and all my strength could not lift the front of that trailer. So any attempt to MAKE it lift would be exceedingly unsafe in my book. This means drag it out onto the asphalt and jack it.
how far can I jack it without danger? am I being overly paranoid? I fear as I jack one side its going to put more stress on the opposite side. Then again I imagine it took 100 times that stress as it bobbed around at 60mph when I was bringing it home. so again maybe I am being overly paranoid about it.
Gonna go see what tires he has. One thing I am worried about is weight rating. I might not be able to go lower profile tires if the boat is 2800 pounds and the trailer is 1000 pounds and figure some misc mass water etc.. the boat could easily have a normal mass of 4500-5000 pounds thats 1200 or so pounds PER TIRE.
I will see what he has and what he suggests and I think I will replace all 4 tires since they are at least 15+ years old. Would suck real bad to drop the boat on the roadway before I get it wet even one time :-)
Either way I am going to have to put it in the water one time just so I can hack the trailer super structure. I figure that one time I will keep it in the water long enough to run it on the outboard etc..
Can't really sail it as I have no idea what I am doing and am not even sure I can tell the difference between the main sail and the jib
not to speak of actually trying to raise a sail :-)
at least then the trailer should make itself know to me if I will feel ok towing it back to PA to launch locally.
I think I will try raising the mast and rigging
that part so I can lower it again without taking off all the rigging
I was not supposed to the first time :-) hehe
I also want to build some cradle mounts for the mast when its on the trailer. Right now it rests on the top of the boat. This is why i removed the pop top and put it inside. the mast sat low enough that it would bend and likely break the pop top. I want to cradle it higher so it will be well supported rigid and allow me to LEAVE the pop top and door in place to keep the water out :-) the crew area does drain properly so if I button it up no water should get inside.
One issue I have is getting collected water out. There are cross beams along the bottom inside of the hull. this creates segregated cavities for the water to sit in. SO I have to move the bilge pump
from "section to section" to rid it of the water.
is this normal or should the water somehow be able to run from section to section?
Suggestions on DRYING OUT the interior once I get the bulk of the loose water out? I don't think a heater would work as that would just raise the humidity level in the summer time.
would a dehumidifier be enough? button it up and turn it on and leave it for a few days (with a drain for the water collected)
what do you guys do to dry these things out?