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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I too, curse the days I spend doing housework instead of sailing. There are sunny days next week. Go, and to hell with the yard.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Finally got to spend a night last week on the boat. Everything seems fine, we're in the water, just have to do the engine startup stuff (change oil / oil filter / air filter / pencil zincs / fuel filter / water pump impeller ) on the Yanmar 3gm30. First time for the zincs so that will be interesting. Batteries seem to have survived the winter intact. We have a couple of weeks of things going on but then clear in late May during the week to get some sailing time in!
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Boat confirmed in the water!
Heading down tonight for first night afloat then attempting putting sails on mast.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

More last minute pre-launch activities yesterday afternoon/evening. Bent on the main sail, got the Dutchman rigged, put on the newly restored sail cover and dodger (so perfectly fitted that you can bounce quarters off of it!), second coat of wax, re-installed the wheel. Over the winter the stand-offs for my swim ladder (used for easily boarding the boat while on the hard) messed up the hailing port on my transom, so I re-applied a new decal with the letters strategically positioned to avoid damage (see picture).

Today we splashed. The overnight soaking rain stopped just in time for the sling lift to come over. Unfortunately, before that I had to load a bunch of gear in the rain, but everything dried off fine. The southeasterly flow brought the tide up an extra 6", which was very welcome for a successful splash. The feared thunderstorms never materialized.

I'm in Delaware City overnight awaiting favorable currents on the canal early tomorrow morning. Weather is gorgeous, but the air is dead. So it was the perfect time to put up our brand new 135.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Cold crappy day for the rest of your trip to Rock Hall. Stay dry. Looks like your new headsail is from Bacons. We bought one from them at the boat show a year ago and are very happy with it. Excellent workmanship.

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Cold crappy day for the rest of your trip to Rock Hall. Stay dry. Looks like your new headsail is from Bacons. We bought one from them at the boat show a year ago and are very happy with it. Excellent workmanship.
Yes, the sail is from Bacon. I picked them because of numerous positive comments here, including yours. Just passed Welch Point, so far so good. I have a stool at my companionway so I can drive under the dodger using the wireless auto pilot remote. It's cold and wet back at the helm.

I just used the inverter for the first time to heat up some water in the microwave. Nice!
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

What better way to spend a miserable weather day than bobbing on the water.
Gave some stuff inside a deep clean, charged the batteries, figured out the dodger and most of the bimini . Had much help from the PO of Sea Chase 2 in putting on the mainsail. I'd still be there if doing it with only number one son to assist.

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Picked up Haleakula from her week at the "spa". Dreary day, but definitely sailable. We did a few tacks down across the Bay and through the bridge up to the mouth of the Chester. We accompanied the Pride of Baltimore up the Severn (pictures on my Facebook account) and decide to anchor on Broad Creek Magothy

Donnas new canvas kept us high and dry and we even put the side pieces in on the windward side. For comfort.

We enjoy sailing in all conditions. Some perfect and some less than perfect. Being away together on the water is what's important.

Dinner tonight was grilled swordfish, grilled asparagus, and sweet/ Yukon gold/ red potato salad. We have our propane heater going in the cabin to take the chill off as the temp has dropped to the low 50s.

Looks like tomorrow's forecast has improved to just cloudy vs rain. We will probably get back to the barn early afternoon as we want to take the new dodger off and home to reinforce the holes for the handbags on it as well as dart a few of the corners for a better fit. Usually takes a year to figure out all the adjustments after she makes it.

Whole project cost us $1200 and we have good quality glass in strataglass. We were quoted from $4800 to $7000. A couple of the canvas makers would customize the front window like we wanted. It is a big picture window which completely zips out . No lines or material through it. The opening gives us great airflow in the dog days of Summer as it essentially becomes a second Bimini with sides.

I admire my wife's skill and determination in making it.

Lastly we are getting sun screening material to zip them in on the sides for anchoring in the late afternoon.


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I cast off from Delaware City at 0645 this morning. I hunkered down on a stool in the companionway. Favorable current in the canal resulted in speeds of 7.8-8.0 knots, putting me at Turkey Point very quickly. Water was smooth as glass there, but shortly afterwards things picked up, allowing me to unfurl the new headsail. I gybed down the bay a couple of times, but ultimately decided I wanted to go DDW to reduce the wind and drizzle that was coming into the cockpit and minimize the autopilot activity that was responding to the waves over the aft quarter. So I furled up the genoa and just motored DDW the rest of the way. I glided into my slip at 1415 for an average speed of 7 kts, including the slow speed taxis through the fairways of the marinas. Given the conditions, I am glad I made as quickly as possible.

Lori drove to the marina to bring me home. Just as when I loaded up the boat prior to splash, the skies opened up just as I was ready to unload everything off the boat.
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Also, while waiting inside the cabin for the rain to subside today, I finished re-installing the Bluetooth transmitter system for sending wireless GPS and AIS from the cabin out to my chartplotter tablet in the cockpit. This is the same system that I had previously installed in my prior boat. I now have a fully functional AIS receiver and display at the helm of my new boat.

Next step is to put my Seatalk-Wifi adapter inside the Navpod so I can display (and log) all my instrument data into OpenCPN. Among other things, this will allow my software to calculate and display true wind speed and direction from the SOG via GPS, instead of having to use STW from the paddlewheel transducer (which is the only way Raymarine does it out of the box).
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