Jib Sleeve is back and it’s Perfect!!

I can’t be happier with the fit of the ATN Jib Sleeve!  Looks good. Fits like a glove and now whatever sail is on the fuller will be protected from the sun, wind and other elements.

I bought the sail cover from defender.com. There were cheaper ones out there but this one looked great and I liked the features. It’s very well thought out and can be tightened around the sail once it’s put up so it doesn’t flap around and rip itself to shreds in a good wind storm. The notes for ordering on the website said to order the jib sleeve in the same size as the luff of the longest sail.  That’s 37′ on Cuajota.  So that’s what I ordered. When it arrived I put it over the jib I had converted to roller furling use from hanks. I didn’t realize this sail is 38′ 3″ at the luff.  So when I did a full hoist on the jib sleeve it was a whopping 28″ too short!  So I contacted Defender and they informed me there were no returns on a custom order but they contacted ATN directly and setup a scenario for me to ship it back to them and they lengthened it 28″ for me.  Awesome customer service and it was about 2 week turnaround. I can’t tell anything was done to it. The fit is spot on!  My only complaint in this whole process is that this sleeve is 39′ 4″. There is no way I would have gotten to that size without ordering, hoisting it and then measuring the difference from the bottom of the sleeve to about an inch above the furler drum. Also ordering the size of my jib luff gave me a sleeve that MAY have covered just the sail, now I have a sleeve that covered the top of the furler mount as well as going all the day to the top of the drum. A much better solution. Now on to getting that jib cut properly. It seems it’s about 8 – 12 inches too long. The full travel of the furler is 37′ 6″.  Thanks to North Sails for lending me the tape measure to get that accurate measurement. Now I know what the luff needs to be. So the sail will go back to North Sails for an adjustment. I’ll also keep an eye out for some big sails to get cut down. Maybe some Carbon or Kevlar!

Jib Sock…Oops!

Ok so I got the custom jib sock from ATN, Inc. I was so excited. This meant that I wouldn’t have to drop the headsail after the very sail. Making it so much more convenient to sail. I put the sail up then put the jib sock over it and realized to my horror it was too short. Not by a few inches but by a whopping 28 inches!!!!

Bottom of Jib Sleeve…28″ Too short!

 

ATN Jib Sleeve in Navy.

 

So a few emails to Defender.com and they put me in touch directly with the manufacturer. He says with confidence that he can fix it. So I packed it up and shipped it to Florida to ATN, inc for them to add 28 inches to the jib sock. My initial impressions of it very positive. Easy to put on. Easy to take off. Well made and it’s great looking. Get the length correct and it’s a GREAT piece of gear. This allows me to use headsails without UV covers and keep them on the furler. I have had two headsails deteriorate due to UV damage. This will protect the sails from UV when not in use. This will also allow me to add sails to to boat and not have to have UV covers on them. I plan on getting a 155 light air sail as well as a good 135-140 racing sail maybe a Mylar or carbon material. I can do used and have the local lift cut them to fit. Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Update 2/4/2016!

Spoke to Etienne at ATN, and he received the Jib Sleep, added 28″ to it and shipped it out the next day.  I should have it back by mid week next week!  Great service!!

 

Getting things done!! We have wind!!!

  

As part of the new “Get things done” attitude I have, the upgrades and maintenance continues. My mast climber Matt went up the mast and installed the Raymarine/Tack-Tick wireless anemometer. The final step now is to mount the 2 displays.  Excited to now have working electronics on the boat!

Its Been a while….Hello 2016!!

  
New additions over the winter:
1. New Winch Coveres
The old ones were falling apart, literally. So I got a set of Blue Performance Winch Covers in Blue and Grey

  
2. Cockpit Cover
For when relaxing while docked…now we have a nice Sun Cover for the cockpit.
3. Jib Sock
ATN makes a pretty nifty (and pricey) jib sock. This allows me to leave the unprotected jibs on the furler and cover them. Now I don’t have to take them down in between sails and I don’t have to worry about getting UV covers on my jibs.

Here are the things that need to be done.

1. Mount Anemometer on the top of mast for the Tack Tick Wireless Electronics
2. Mount Tack Tick Displays
3. Fix fuseholder for bilge pump
4. Check charging wire for 2nd battery
5. ATN Tacker for Spinnaker
6. Refinish Cockpit wood on the boat
7. New Lifelines
8. Paint/refinish boom
9. Boom kicker boom lift
10. NMEA Wireless Router/wi-fi system

For me, my goals are:
1. Catalina Trip
2. Learn To Use Spinnaker
3. Around Catalina Island
4. San Diego Trip/Mexico

So Its January and I need to get started on these things!!!

New Headsail!


Well not exactly a “new” headsail. last year in a wind storm my 155 light air sail got ripped off the furler. I took all the sails I had on the boat to the local North Sail loft and they pulled out the #1 Genoa and said this is a pretty good sail! It was hardly used. The problem was it was not set up for a furler. It also had some minor little rips in leach of the sail. They said, no problem! They converted it to a furler sail by putting a #6 tape on it and did a leach tune up. I have had it on the boat for months but have not hoisted it because there isn’t a UV cover on it and they said keep it furled on the boat with no cover would kill the sail pretty fast. So I was planning on doing done sailing for a few days do I hoisted it an tested it out. WOW! The combo of the fresh sail and the freshly painted bottom made the boat move VERY nicely! The 155 was bigger and this was probably cut down just a tad for the furler tape and leach tune up. Visually it looks like probably a 135-145. It’s a lighter cloth than the 125 on the boat and so in lighter winds it feels pretty good. In 8 knott winds I had the boat up to 4 knots where in the past I resisted sailing in light winds because the boat just didn’t move well. I’m looking into buying a jib sock so I can keep the sail hoisted on the furler but now I take it down during the week and hoist it on the weekends. Next up is to pull out that old spinnaker and get something like the ATN Tacker and fly the spinnaker without the pole. For now though I am not opposed to sailing in the lighter stuff. Before it was 12 knots or more. Now 6-12 is still doable for sailing! Here are a few clips of Cuajota in about 6-8 knots of wind.

 

[vimeo width=”1200″ height=”800″]https://vimeo.com/135406258[/vimeo]


New Instruments!!!

  

Im excited about this one!  I have never had working instruments on the boat and it’s been on my list of things to do and now it’s a reality. I have installed the Raymarine Wireless super sailing pack. This is a complete package that comes with 2 displays, 1 multi data display and one wind display, a Wind Mast instrument, a depth transducer, a speed transducer, a wireless hull transducer and a NMEA data interface. The cool thing is that this is a wireless and solar/battery powered system. The only wiring that needs to be done is to run the wires from the transducers to the Hull transducer. The displays and wind instrument are wireless and solar/battery powered. No wires to run! Just turn on one of the displays and the system powers on and shows whatever data is in the system! Now have accurate speed, wind, and depth data! The plan is to add an NMEA to WiFi interface and wirelessly interface with iPad and iPhone into the network for additional data displays and also remote control of devices, eventually chart plotting and autopilot.  Now that The system is working, I need to get the wind transducer to the top of the mast then decide where to put the displays. Good problems to have!

 
  
 

Fully Charged and ready to go!!!

  
It’s seems like I am getting lots of little things done to the boat now and when I was down there I noticed one of the batteries was not fully charged. I have been keeping an eye on it and it’s not taking a charge. It’s 11 years old so I figure it’s time to swap it out. I replaced the starting battery about 2 years ago and now the deep cycle battery appears to be going. So I looked around. West Marine has a Group 24 Deep Cycle Marine battery for $160. Online I found a few at $100. I then used Gojgle to find things I stock nearby and Wal-Mart shows up…for $78!  What?!?!  Can’t be. I look at the specs and it’s rated a MORE powerful battery than the West Marine battery. I was still a tad bit skeptical so I pulled the batter and took it to Wal-Mart to match it up physically as well. Yup exact match. Dropped it in and I’m on the the next job!  Maintenance wise the boat is ready to go. Planning a Catalina trip next month so I am just getting all the ‘I’s’ dotted and ‘T’s’ crossed.   Now that I have that done….time for some sailing!!!!

Cuajota goes Racing?

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Thats the plan! I have been thinking about doing this for a few years and now is the time! I plan on doing a FEW races next year for the 2015 Yacht Racing season. The first one will be the longest distance I have travelled by boat…Newport Beach to San Diego. Its called the Border Run and its a low key all boats invited race. Alot of people use this as a tuneup for the more hardcore Newport To Ensenada Race. The Border Run is Feb. 22nd 2015. I am gonna do a countdown to the race and document the training and preparation that will go into getting things ready for the race. This will be intense and fun!

Step 1 is to assemble a crew…Let the fun begin!!

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Catalina Video!

I have been working on editing a quick video of the Catalina trip.  Most of the footage is iPhone 5s, with the exception of 3 GoPro clips.  Pretty amazing what you can do with an iPhone and a laptop these days.

 

 

[quicktime]http://johnrhonemedia.com/cuajota/movies/CuajotaCatalina.mov[/quicktime]

Cheeki Rafiki

The yacht Cheeki Rafiki was found capsized in the Atlantic 600 miles offshore. The USCG has stopped searching for the crew. Locating beacons went off but the shipping vessel that spotted the yacht did not see any life raft.

I just signed the petition “.@USCG Restart the search for the missing #CheekiRafiki crew #dontstopsearching” on Change.org.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uscg-restart-the-search-for-the-missing-cheekirafiki-crew-dontstopsearching?recruiter=97275825&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Thanks!

John