Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
Last weekend was another non-sailing weekend because my son had just returned from 6 months of college in Europe. I ended up making two trips to Rock Hall for repairs and other chores in preparation for the short cruise we hope to do the week before July 4. Unfortunately, work keeps chipping away at our available time for that.
Whatever jinx I had against me the last few weeks seemed to have gone into remission. Everything that was broken has suddenly started working again:
My rebuilt pump arrived from Depco last week, so I popped that on the motor and it tested out perfectly. I was so confident that I rebuilt the aft berth cabinetry that encloses the motor.
My Raymarine depth sounder suddenly decided to start working again. Last week I had brushed it off from my dinghy which gave enough signal for the control head to realize that there was something there, but it still continuously showed the "Last" error message with an impossible 22.5' reading. But this weekend it started working almost perfectly. I left it on all day and it tracked through the high tide and low tide cycle. The "Last" message flashed for about 10 seconds at one point, but otherwise it seemed perfect. I still suspect that there was poorly adhered bottom paint or other contamination on the transducer that was loosened by my brushing and hopefully fell off during the week that I was away.
I re-tested the FishTrax portable fishfinder that I bought. It works perfectly through the hull in the aft berth, and can mount in the cockpit with my Gorillapod. I adjusted the keel offset, and it agreed perfectly with the Raymarine sounder without the two interfering with each other. I have no regrets about spending the money for a backup, since nothing can ruin your day like being afraid to go into an anchorage because of a flaky depth finder.
My chartplotter tablets that had lost Bluetooth communications last week also were repaired. The Windows 10 tablet suddenly started working, and the Windows 8 tablet was wiped clean and reset to original image, and recognized the GPS and AIS transmitters perfectly.
I also installed the Navisafe bow light mount on my new dinghy. The stern light (with 4' mounting pole) will have to wait until I have the motor on the transom, since I want to place it to minimize interference with the tiller.
Since the boat has not left the slip for 3 weeks, there is some slime building up on the bottom. Our first destination when we leave in 1 1/2 weeks will have to be a nettle-free anchorage so I can jump in and brush down the bottom (assuming no drenching rains raise the bacteria counts too much). I'd appreciate your reports on what areas have/have not become infested with sea nettles.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina