Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
I'm happy to report that repairs to Breakin' Away are complete. I had a successful sea trial Thursday, and made the transit from Delaware City to Rock Hall on Friday. It was mostly motoring since the wind was very light, and totally nonexistent at the end. I've never seen the waters between Tolchester and Rock Hall so smooth as glass.
The Flexofold 3-blade prop works beautifully, with no vibrations at any speed. It pushes the boat forward very well, and does better than I expected in reverse. I'm going to need to adjust to the new stuffing box with Teflon packing - it runs hotter than my old packing (90-96 F) even when adjusted with copious water dripping through. If anyone has any information on special break-in procedures or anything else, please send a link.
We had to leave the boat in Rock Hall on Friday to spend time with my sons, but they took off for their weekend destinations on Saturday afternoon, so we headed back Saturday night to spend some boat time in the slip - for dinner in the cockpit, Netflix movie in the cabin, and removing about 100 lb of unneeded gear this morning and otherwise securing the boat for 2 weeks idle in the slip. After such a long wait this season awaiting repairs, even time in the slip was much appreciated.
My wife and I will be in the midwest for the next 2 weeks for my work and to care for her elderly parents. We hope for good weather starting June 15 when we return. Meanwhile I'll live vicariously through all of your posts.
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
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