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04-27-2009 04:01 PM
Faster Good going! Yesterday was a beauty day, we had a great sail home from Bowen, and it was such a good day we turned around and sailed half way out of the bay again. It's a treat to finally be getting some spring weather.

Sounds like you two are doing a good job of getting things together.
04-27-2009 03:38 PM
serah So more and more projects that we're slowly knocking off. I went up the mast (eek!) on Thursday evening to rerun the gennaker/spinnaker halyard. Well, I guess technically, to rerun the headsail halyard as though there are two sheaves at the front of the mast, only the spinnaker halyard was being used. Which meant everytime we hoisted the genoa, we had to deal with twisiting the halyard on to the wrong side of the luff foil. But all is now resolved. All the sheaves have been greased (carefully) and the sails go up like butter now. We replaced the main halyard (finally!) with yachtbraid and repurposed the old goldbraid as fender line. Three new halyards, and lighter weight sheets for the downwind sails make her a joy to sail. The main still limps - I can only surmise that it's simply the way she's cut. Doesn't seem to affect performance, but I can't honestly tell.

We spent another couple of hours debating what can be done about the poor reefing "system" and have decided to go with what Faster (I believe) proposed at one point. Pull the pin, and drop the bottom three sail slides. I'm sure there's a reason why there's a sail slide right at the reef cringle, but for the life of me, I don't know why. It would make it so much easier. Even if the pin wasn't an issue, you'd think you'd want to be able to pull that cringle away from the mast. We've stuck with the cunningham/reefing line with a big metal hook on the end. Lesson learnt however: after reefing in about 12 kts yesterday morning in the Inlet, then hoisting again, this silly monkey forgot to put the pin back in (exactly as expected!) and we wound up with the entire sail in the cockpit as we tried to drop anchor for lunch. Not so bright, obviously! I'm thrilled though, as the sail shape is still pretty good, despite the hassle.

Our stereo system is now fully functional. We found a pair of patio speakers at London Drugs for $100, instead of retail $350. Hurrah for demo products!

While I was up the mast we taped off the spreader ends - glad we did it, as there appears to be large wire (a heavy guage seizing wire perhaps) sticking out one of the ends. I also went right up to the top - ack, the mast is far too skinny at that point to make me happy doing that! - to see what would be needed to install the windex we have.

We've finally replaced the topping lift as well, with an adjustable line that runs parallel to the starboard side of the running backstay.

Now it's on to really learning how to sail her properly! Plus the myriad "small" projects - 12V plug, reattach the port settee, water tanks, etc.
04-16-2009 07:54 PM
Faster We made the short trip from Pirates to Silva Bay around noon... no biggie, mostly sheltered water. Plenty of breeze though - also saw close to 30knots. But amazingly by 4:00 or so the wind clocked, eased and the sun burst forth.. lovely evening!

You should have waited!! But good for you getting across safely/.
04-16-2009 06:52 PM
Sunday sail

We were out on Sunday actually, as the boy had to be back in town for work on Monday. We were the silly ones out crossing the Straight in the morning - yes, before the wind died. They were calling for 35 kts - I don't think we saw over 30 though. Granted, my wind speed guessing skills are much better at low speeds. Apart from one Hunter flying from Porlier north, we saw only one other boat out until we were close to English Bay. A bit hairy, with rough seas. We flew home under jib and the outboard, averaging close to 7kts the whole way (impressive for us, as 5 seems to be about where she hovers.) We declined to run the main, as we're still not confident on the reefing system.

An interesting run though Anyone else out for that?
04-16-2009 06:42 AM
sailingdog The thread you want to use is Tenara, which is made from Gore-Tex. Very abrasion and UV resistant.
04-16-2009 01:04 AM
Faster Sounds like you've had a busy time.. was wondering how you were making out. Easter weekend was interesting, wasn't it? Were you out on the Sunday?

Don't really have any suggestions for you except to say that most sail insignias these days are vinyl stick-ons. As for sewing, just make sure you have UV resistant thread.

Carry on!
04-15-2009 11:06 PM
serah And silly me forgot why I came here - for a question:

We have a few small sail repairs that need to be done; a seam on the lightweight genoa has come undone, the nylon Swiftsure "symbol" as well as her sail number have mostly come off, and a few other sail repairs.

I'm pretty handy with sewing, and would like to give these a shot myself. I have access to what I believe is a full repair kit - awl, palm, sail patches (not just tape) and thread, etc.

Does anybody have any suggestions on doing these myself? Also, for redoing the symbol and numbers, any tips on fabric?
04-15-2009 10:52 PM
serah So I'm back. Changes in work schedules, and all of our free time put to actually working on the boat make for crazy times. So here's what we've accomplished so far:
*Removed the pulpit, and resealed it with sikaflex (this solved 80% of the water seepage problems in the v-berth. Oh, the contortions required to remove those bolts!)
*Installed new running lights (solving the remaining water leakage issues)
*installed new SS life lines. She looks like a respectable yacht now (well, as much as a 24 footer can be a yacht! There are no turn buckles, but the pelican hooks do a good enough job. We simply strung it all out with a bit of excess cable, tensioned it all, and marked the correct length, cut it and attached it all with Nico presses (tension is maintained when we open the gates with gate locks.) Certainly made the endeavour much more afforable, and looks almost as good. If we choose later to add the turnbuckles, it should be easy.
*Reinstalled the main wiring (installed a battery switch, a ground bus, and a tiny electrical panel) We have a 12V plug that will go in this week, from which we'll run an old inverter, which will power my tablet and GPS. We also have two small gel cell batteries as a backup power, as we're planning on adding a stereo soon. *
*Resealed the leaking port shroud
*Installed a drain hose for the ice box
*Built a laminate table with teak edging, on a removable pedestal. There's a base in the saloon, as well as in the cockpit. Eventually, it will be warm enough for wine at sunset in the cockpit! We cut a hole in the deck, sealed the edges with epoxy and then bolted a flush mount in the hole.
*Sewed a curtain for the head
*Installed a light in the head
*Resealed the companionway hatch hinges
*Installed a rubber/SS latch to the fore hatch
*Installed hatch tape to fore hatch
*reran the traveller (though we like the new setup possibly less than the original!)
*scrubbed down all the teak (even that made a huge difference in how she looks)
*installed a safety wire for the backstay
*ran a reefing line along the boom
*"fixed" the outhaul attachment by securing a jam cleat to the boom with a tap and die set.
*complete overhaul on the engine (of which I know nothing )

Busy times! We've discovered that there are two parts of the deck that are actually wet enough that they make a "squish" sound when you step on them. One is close to the foreward-most port stanchion, the other one is in the cockpit where it's raised for the traveller. *sigh* We still haven't figured out exactly what our plan to deal with the deck is, but it's likely between two and six months on the hard in the fall.

All this on top of getting out and sailing the heck out of her for the past two weekends. (and running into shawmac while out on the water!) She is a dream to sail, though easily overpowered compared to what I'm used to. She's responsive, and immensely tweakable. She points well, though we suffered through a rather bad bout of weather helm while overpowered on a close haul. We didn't notice it normally, and I assume this will disappear when we don't have too much sail area up.

We crossed the straight (again) for Easter to meet up with my family. There's something incredibly satisfying about being able to just leave my father (who orginally taught me how to sail) behind on downwind legs, even in moderate winds, and even when just flying the large genoa.

This week is the dreaded masthead adventure - looking into running a third halyard, replacing both the genoa and main halyards, as well as a wind indicator and possible masthead light, lazy jacks and new spreader tape.

*As you've likely noticed, we've definitely moved more in the cruising direction than in the racing direction. Comfort over speed, though many of the additions (like the extra batteries) are removable for when we don't want to be pushing all the extra weight out of the way.
03-26-2009 12:15 AM
SJ34 Just to be clear, I was not advocating ply as a preferred core, just stating that it was more common in the early 70s than balsa.

Given the compound angles of the foredeck on Serah's boat, I would suggest Divinicell over balsa. Divinicell is much easier to shape into complex forms.

FWIW, the deck of my San Juan 34 was built using the following method:
The inner skin (headliner) and outer skin (deck) were layed-up in seperate molds so they were completely seperate pieces. The balsa core was put into place on the inner side of the deck with lightly catalyzed resin, then resin was applied to the mating surface of the headliner. The "Balsa Sandwich" was then pressed together and put under a vacuum bagged for 24hrs to fully catalyze the resin. The result is an extremely strong deck that after 23 years is still rock solid. This is still a common way to build cored decks, so it's probably a valid method for repairing Serah's.

I am a sucker for doing things the easy way (I'll admit, sometimes I spend more effort finding shortcuts than if I just rolled up my sleaves and went to work). Laying up a deck or worse yet an over-head surface with glass cloth is miserable work and almost impossible for the laymen to make perfect.
03-25-2009 11:55 AM
serah According to our surveyor, the core is indeed balsa, which is what we will eventually be sticking with.

We did consider simply using the old skin, but for the reasons sailingdog listed, chose not to. If it was perfectly flat, maybe, but there is not a square inch of flat deck anywhere forward of the cockpit on this boat. It seems almost guaranteed that the bond to the core wouldn't be as complete. And no, the deck is not solid. It feels as if there's at least an inch of give when I walk on it. As Faster said, no Irish dancing for me We may still install some sort of support beam in the v-berth as a temporary make-me-feel-safer option.
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