The Yanmar exhaust mixing elbow is a weak spot for the motor. It clogs and then performance decreases. At one point I couldn’t rev the motor over 1,500 RPM. I cleaned it by soaking it in Apple cider vinegar which dissolves the carbon deposits but at some point the buildup is just too great. So I purchased a stainless steel exhaust from a company called HDI Marine. It’s a direct swap. Here are pics of the new one as well as the old one. Once I removed the old exhaust I looked at the water passage and saw that it was nearly 100% blocked! Easy job…took about an hour taking my time. While I was down there I adjusted my packing gland which seemed to be dripping quite a bit. So a bit of maintenance done!
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.
Here is something I’m almost embarrassed to admit. Since we have had the boat there has been no hailing port in it. It was Point Loma when we bought the boat and we decided to have that removed when we had the bottom paint done and the hull waxed the first week of ownership. We were gonna have someone come and do it but never got around to it. I was looking online and needed to also replace the registration numbers and found a place that does this kinda thing CHEAP. The site is www.boatletteringtoyou.com and they have a pretty nice site that lets you pick the size and fonts and spacing. I measured the size of the Point Loma lettering from before, you can kinda see it still and got the new hailing port the same size but a different font. I think it was about $12.
This was a breeze. I took my time so it would be centered and straight. I got some masking tape and taped a straight line across the transom. I measured from the tape to the top of the transom on each end of the tape and the middle. All exactly the same. I then grabbed the vinyl graphics and it comes with a 2 step application. Step one is line it up and then tape it with masking tape on the top to hold it in place. Then lift the vinyl upfront the bottom while keeping the tape at the top attached and peel off the paper backing exposing the letters adhesive. Then careful lay it flat down and using the plastic squeegee thing it comes with the smooth it out. Once that’s down i went over the letters with the plastic applicator for about 5 minutes. Then I peeled the top layer off which left just the letters on the boat.
I’m ashamed it only took 6 years to get around to a $12 solution. I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. Now if I could only change the way the backstay mounts to the transom and refresh the Cuajota lettering without the silver bar across the name. I’ll put that on the list of things to do. A lot of other things are ahead of it though.
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!
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!!!!
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.
OK…So technically its not the first sail of 2014, I have been on a few minor sails but nothing major mostly in harbor just to keep the boats various lines and systems in working order. I am a FIRM believer in the old motto, “Use it or Lose it.”. That all changed today! I had a half day at work and I decided that even though the wind wasn’t big, I would take the boat out. I got to the boat about 5pm. I LOVE this time of year after Daylight Savings Time ends, and it stays light until 730 or later. Fired up the motor and took all the covers off and in a few minutes, I was backing out of the slip. There was a nice breeze, maybe 8 knots. I got to harbor unfurled the headsail and headed south with the current. Light winds, small waves, no chop, and about 70 degrees. PERFECT sailing weather. The 155 headsail is still on the boat and is becoming my favorite sail, especial in these light winds. This season I think I am going to add an 134 or 140 to replace the 135 that is pretty much fast. The 125 is great but a tad bit small in the light stuff and at times the 155 is a bit much to handle when singlehanded sailing in bigger wind, The boat was moving at about 5 knots and it was just a relaxing sail. After about an hour, I tacked, turned around and headed back into the current. Boat speed was 4.5 knots this way, and I was on more of a close reach. Broad reach into the harbor at sunset. Amazing! Hoping this is a start to an amazing sailing season.
Cuajota was starting to look a bit dull and chalky and it had been about a year since it was polished and waxed so rather than pay someone to do it, I decided it was time for me to spend some quality time with her and massage her curves. Lol. I decided on a 2 part Meguiars system. Part 1 was the #44 color restorer gel coat polish designed to remove the haze and restore shine and part 2 was the premium boat carnauba wax. Both specifically designed for marine use and gel coat. It took a couple weekends, a bag of terry cloths and lots of sweat and elbow grease to get her completely done but what a difference! She is shiny like new and the gel coat is on great condition. Now that the top sides are so shiny it’s time to really think about addressing the deck and cockpit.