Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Next Sailboat Selection - Constraint Parameters

I've been pondering a few thoughts on things I DON'T want in a next sailboat:
- Wood toe rails.
- Wood trim on the exterior
- Wood cockpit coaming boards
- Wood boom
- Deck-stepped mast (?)
- Non-LED lights
- Limited access to the engine, water pump, fuel pump, etc.
- Less than 500 amp hours in a house battery bank

Sunday, June 10, 2018

National Weather Service - Weather Chart FTP Email Procedures

National Weather Service
National Weather Service
Weather Chart FTP Email Procedures

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Celestial Navigation Learning Resources

This posting is a placeholder for celestial navigation learning resources

Some great Youtube tutorials by Christopher D. Nolan, USCG cutterman (8 years) and US merchant mariner (500 ton Oceans)

Reference Books


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Building Momentum...

I've taken this whole week off - it is the first glorious long break from work I've had - that didn't entail obligations of travel for family - since 2013. Today, walking along the dock, in the sunshine - was the first moment that I truly felt 'on vacation' - I felt transported back to that 5 month sabbatical I took in Mazatlan, Mexico - back in 2007. I felt relaxed, soothed by the heat of the noonday sun - knowing my place in the universe - and feeling comfortable with my achievements as well as my failures.

This afternoon I went back and did another inspection of the mast - taking careful measurements, tracing wiring, and resolving a stuck machine screw on the main sail track.

Later, I enjoyed my usual mocha latte at the nearby Coffee Bean, as I reviewed several chapters in Nigel Calder's excellent tome, "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Third Edition" - reading-up on the sections on electrical wiring; and masts and rigging.

Tomorrow, at 10am, I'm dropping the main and jib off at the sail loft to have some repair/stitching done (a project that I've been putting off for six years...)

Tonight, I'll work on capturing the knowledge I've gained about the mast wiring - into a diagram to add to the ship's documentation.

Movement. Momentum. Each step, an Investment in preparing the boat for long-term voyaging again.
It was a good day.

1963 35 ft. Pearson Alberg, Mast Step Replacement

On Tuesday, I had my mast pulled by a local marina yard - waiting to hear their estimate to replace the mast step.

I was quoted a price of ~$300 to have the mast de-rigged, and ~$300 for the mast removal.

Two excellent riggers were able to complete the de-rigging within about 2.5 hours (it would have been even less time, but for some stubborn turn-buckles that had to be coaxed)

The mast is now sitting in the yard - and the boat is back in the slip.

Tomorrow I'm taking the jib and main to a nearby sail loft in the harbor to have the sun-guard canvas restitched on the jib - and a tear in the main repaired, as well as re-installing the ring at the tack that I had to cut-away to get the main off the mast (due to a stuck pin).

While the mast is in the yard, I will also see about getting quotes to possibly do a few improvements:

  • Replace the deck lights with LED lights
  • Remove the old/clunky TV antennae
  • Have the  mast wires run inside the mast (they are currently attached externally to mast via zip ties)
  • Re-paint the spreaders
  • Replace/tape the spreader boots
  • Replace the topping-lift block at the top of the mast
  • Replace the windex vane
  • Repair/replace the boom-to-mast mounting pin mechanism

Reading: South Seas Voyaging Accounts (1760-1800)

"This on-line edition of the journals of Cook's first Pacific voyage has been arranged to allow comparison of the journal Cook kept aboard H.M.S. Endeavour with those written by his fellow voyagers, Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson, as well as the official record of the voyage written by John Hawkesworth and published in London in 1773."