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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

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A planned long weekend became just an afternoon. This time with daughter. Wind nice and steady, rain wasn't too bad. I'm beginning to see why you guys love this.

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John and I drove to Rock Hall on Sunday. Very happy to see the two Sea Chases away from the dock.

Halcyon desperately needs washing. We planned a not very aggressive agenda on Sunday due to my knee, which was to put on the sails and dodger but all we managed to do was get the sails on board (and finally out from the back of my car!) because of the rain.

Knee did well going up and down the companionway ladder so I may plan a mid-week trip to start cleaning if work doesn't interfere.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

On our way back from the Choptank on Lake Chesapeake.

Started back early enough that there was considerable fog and 1/4 mile visability. We don't use the radar much except at night to spot up
Unlit fishing boats in stealth mode or when we go north where fog is much more common occurrence. I don't like fog. Give me wind and rain over it any day

Our digital radar is such an improvement over the old analog. Coukd spot the individual stakes on the fish traps coming out of the Choptank. Our Chartplotter allows the overlay, so you can see the buoys and the radar marks together. We kept it at 5 miles and move it out to 24 occasionally to watch for big ship traffic. Having AIS B also is helpful withthem, as they raise you on the radio when traveling close together. We've had that happen a number of times in the lower Chesapeake where there is no channel and we were on intersecting course. It gets your attention when they hail you as S/V Haleakula this is Carnival cruise ship.......please alter youcourse 10 degrees as we will pass in 25 minutes.

Was a great weekend which I am sure we will pinefhir these moderate temperatures soon in the dog days of summer.


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Dave, I knew you would love that digital radar as much as I do. It is just amazing! Also love the new AIS I added to my system as well, but I only have the reciever - not the transmitter. It interfaces with my Lowrance HDS-7 GPS/Plotter along with the 3G radar, which provides a great safety package.

Today, it rained until about 3 p.m. in the upper bay, temperatures never got above 70 degrees, so I opted to fix stuff and put the first coat of finish on 1/3rd of the cabin sole. That will dry overnight, I'll sand it lightly with 120 grit tomorrow and apply the second coat. Think I might take a space heater up with me to assist in the drying time. That first coat really looks fantastic.

Now, if I could just find that damned cabin top leak! Grrrrrrr.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Our Memorial Day observance in Swarthmore today was a great success. It was worth cutting our cruising plans short to honor our departed heroes.

This weekend was the first test of our dinghy, which is just a flat-bottom raft with motor mount and trolling motor. It was a great success, and will come in very handy because we get stir crazy if we can't get to land to walk around every other day or so. The biggest problem with the inflatable bottom is that when you put a foot or knee down, any water rushes to the low point, soaking your foot...not the best thing if you're heading to shore to go somewhere nice for dinner. So one of my winter projects was to fabricate a hard bottom for the boat. We lose the ability to roll the boat up, but the design was extremely lightweight, and adds some positive flotation in case of catastrophic puncture, as well as providing anchor points for raising the dinghy on davits. (See pics below).

Another benefit to this dinghy design is that it's narrower than most inflatables, and therefore hangs on davits far enough away from the transom that I can fit our gas grill in the gap. A more traditional inflatable dinghy would be too wide to fit the grill.

Time will tell if we're fully happy with this raft, but I'm determined to use it until its end of life before spending more $$$, since the one I already have seems to work OK and has some advantages on the davits.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

That's an interesting dinghy. You can still remove the foam floor, stuff it into a quarterberth and roll the dinghy up if you really wanted to.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We had our first guests on Echoes on Saturday, my daughters. It was a fun day sail, dodging the fishing boats in Herring Bay catching their limits of stripers. Dinner at Skippers was good, between the rain storms.

The rest of the weekend was boat work. I worked out an intermittent problem with our depth transducer (Raymarine DSM300) and our MFD (Raymarine C80) losing connection, as well as the MDF flickering. After testing voltage on everything, the solution per the Raymarine FAQ was to clean all of the pins with contact cleaner. Seems to work.

The other big task was scraping the 15 year old name and port of call stickers off the stern. This was a long project with heat gun, scraper, adhesive remover and acetone. But, she has a clean and naked rear. Renaming next weekend.



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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I solved the dinghy floor problem in my inflatable by cutting the floor boards into four segments, which allowed me to stow the floor in the dinghy's possibles bag when I deflated the dinghy. Worked just fine. Then I rolled the dinghy up and stowed it on deck strapped to the port side staunchins.

Rick, I battled the heat gun for three hours a couple years ago to get the port of call off the stern. Then it took another three hours of buffing with rubbing compound, by hand, to get the residual glue and stain off. It came out fine, but I sure was whipped after that job.

Yesterday's weather forecast for today was for sunny - raining like Hell here - AGAIN!

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

The weather people say that this is the wettest May since... last May, which was also a near-record.
Some of you may recall my story that the travel lift got stuck in the mud 3 times while attempting to launch my boat last May.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Yep, I do recall that fiasco.

I was gonna apply the second coat of varnish to the portion of the cabin sole that I varnished yesterday, but it's just too damp and humid to take a chance on this. Gotta wait till the weather dries out a bit. Think I'll head to the liquor store and pick up a fresh bottle of Margaretta Mix - makes more sense than going to the boat.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

It's been a while, but we are considering visiting West River / Rhodes River area for an overnight Saturday. It has been a while, but I remember a lot of jet skis, ski boats and party barges. Should we just pop up to South River for a quiet time?

Still, Wye River just isn't any further away.

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