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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

FWIW, I have a Maxwell (I think) powered capstan with just a smooth drum that I can and sometimes do use. It will haul up chain with 2 wraps around the drum. I tend not to use it because its slow and still requires two hands but it does take care of the heavy lifting part.

I've toyed with the idea of trying to devise a replacement with a chain gypsy since the wiring is all in place, but I'm a weekend sailor for the foreseeable future and can't rationalize the expense.

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I was checking out Pendragon on my way home from the boat today. She's looking good.(She's not sideways in real life!!!)
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Thanks so much for this. Jacquelyn was injured in early January at work and has been off ever since, so it's been over a month since I've been down there. I always worry; boats are like kids, they sometimes get into mischief when you leave them unsupervised. I'm hoping to get down there this week!
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

There were at least 20 small boats out on the Susquehanna River this afternoon, fishing for yellow perch. I saw a single sailboat, a 22-footer, zipping across the Susquehanna Flats, with a guy at the tiller dressed in a deer hunting suit, wearing goggles and mittens. I bet he was still pretty darned cold.

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I stripped, cleaned and reinstalled the port primary winch this weekend. I countersunk the mounting holes and bedded them in butyl this time, instead of whatever white goop was used before.

I made a trip to West Marine to have them duplicate a section of lifeline I tore up at the dock. Lastly, I inflated the dinghy and nailed up some berber carpet strips to the insides of my dock pilings to protect the hull when arriving and departing. My slip is barely wide enough for the boat, so some touching is almost inevitable.

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I went down to my boat yesterday and it's been repurposed by an incontinent heron as a floating toilet. I had tied a string between the boom and the backstay to keep it from perching on the boom and crapping all over the cockpit, so now the cabintop and foredeck is covered with undigested berries and other waste. I think a solution might be to get an inferior quality boat from craigslist and tie it up in the next slip and see what happens.

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I went down to my boat yesterday and it's been repurposed by an incontinent heron as a floating toilet. ...
This might only work if your dock neighbors agree, but on a different dock in my marina where the gulls seem to be bringing down the neighborhood, one boat owner tied two strings of fishing line between all the pilings, attached CDs to the tops of the pilings and scattered along the dock and placed a fake owl in the center of the dock before all the fishing line started and you get to his boat.

We could clearly see that there were almost no bird droppings past the owl. A bit drastic I guess but he had a clean boat.

My concern is for any heron that tries to land on the dock, as they do on mine occasionally (but not on the boats). I've seen one get caught up in a boat's rigging while trying to take off. I'd hate to see one caught up in all that fishing line. Fortunately our two resident herons have their preferred fishing docks and that one isn't one of them. Perhaps the CDs and owl are working to keep them away, too.

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Thanks. The heron could land on the entire rest of the pier, including two dozen or so outlying pilings, instead of my boat. I could create a cat's cradle of lines between the shrouds that would do the trick, I think, or maybe CDs or plastic bags. I'd like to find the most passive-aggressive solution possible.

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I use an osprey wind sock that keeps all the birds away. Best $50 I ever spent. I also have an inflatable snake on the boom, but not sure how well it works. The osprey can be found on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Jackite-Ospre...VH6CV6KV9ZBW6D

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

A friend gave me a Redtail hawk decoy that seems to work pretty well at keeping the Osprey and Swifts from pooping on our boat. We never had major problems until I installed the Davits which apparently formed a perfect fishing perch. Before I started using the Hawk the cockpit and davits were constantly covered. Since using the Hawk, hung on shrouds, it seem we get a lot less and mostly forward on the boat where I assume swifts perch in the rigging well above where we hang the hawk.

Lat time I was over, I did notice our dock is really fouled with bird droppings starting about at our slip and out to the T head. I hope its winter behavior and they move on come spring or I may have a new battle to fight come spring.

FWIW I had near zero success hanging CD's all over the rigging on the boat. I think the birds used them to fix their feathers after taking a dump on my boat.

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I use an osprey wind sock that keeps all the birds away. Best $50 I ever spent. I also have an inflatable snake on the boom, but not sure how well it works. The osprey can be found on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Jackite-Ospre...VH6CV6KV9ZBW6D

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Funny how most of the review comments are about keeping poo off boats. Not a bad idea if it works well.

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