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!
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!!!!
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!
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!!
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!!!
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.
What an amazing trip. Jaime (damn can he cook!) grilled tri tip and sausages on the beach at Two Harbors and we laughed and told stories. Woke up this morning took a nice long walk to Catalina Harbor and saw the pacific on the west side of the island. It was amazing. Now we are motoring back and hoping to get some wind so we can open up the sails and sail on home. The forecast is 13 knots so we should have a mellow sail back in. The next trip is a 3 day around the island.
Because of the weather forecast, I have decided that the safety of the crew and the boat are of the utmost importance and because there is a forecast of gale force winds with gusts of up to 40 mph and waves in the 10 ft area, its not a safe thing to do…so We are delaying the trip for 24 hours at this point and are going to reassess the situation tomorrow. Here is a quick look at the weather data…
Tuesday morning the wind goes from big to wild…then goes to 30 mph with gusts to 40. Wave height is 9 feet with an 8 second interval. If we went we would be miserable. So we can wait a day, its forecast to be 4 feet waves and 15 mph winds. Much better for sailing.
My list of things to do is getting shorter and shorter! This will be the 3rd trip across the channel for me on Cuajota and may be the most challenging. Gale force warning will be in effect for part of the trip. I’ll have my heavy 125 jib up on the boat and will be prepared to reef the main. The plan is to get across the channel early in the morning, get settled in at Two Harbors and if the weather permits do some sailing in the afternoon. The next day enjoy a nice breakfast, do some exploring, then head back to the mainland in the afternoon and be back around sunset. In putting my list together there are a few things I just have never had on the boat. Flares…never had them, so I got a nice gun and day/night flares. Spare winch handle…Really? I only have had ONE working winch handle on the boat for 3 years…being mostly a singlehanded sailor, I can only grind one at a time, but what if I dropped it??? Yeah, better have a backup, better yet, how about use a brand new one and use the current one as a backup. So got a nice new floating winch handle. First Aid Kit…had bandaids and things like that, but never a general purpose first aid kit in case someone got hurt. So added that. Gotta be prepared for anything right?
Planning a 2 day trip with the guys on Cuajota over to Catalina. The plan is to shoot around to the back side of Catalina and possibly circumnavigate the island then head back to Newport Beach. Right now I am prepping the boat, and making sure all the safety gear is aboard and up to date, flares, first aid kits, PFD’s, etc…Gonna check the engine fluids and battery levels just to make sure everything is ready to go. I will be a little short on sails, My 155 was damaged in the wind storm last week so that takes my light air big sail out of teh equation. The last time we came back from Catalina that sail was up and we FLEW back. The only sail I will have ready is the 125. A very nice sail, just not great in light air. I have a 150 being converted from hanks to a furling genoa but it may not be ready by Tuesday.
Looks like there may be some rain, and may be some big wind in the 20 knot range. Maybe reef the main and run that 125 jib. Could be a bit of a rough trip…stay tuned!
Well I finally experienced it. Nowhere close to the image above, but I felt it a bit… When a sail is too big for the weather conditions they call it being overpowered. Up to now I have not had that experience. I went out for a sail again (2nd time this week!) and it was blowing about 15 knots. I had the big 155 sail up and the fun began! I sailed out of the harbor and the waves were a tad bit choppy and about 3-4 feet. Nothing crazy. The wind was a constant 15 knots or so. The boat was well behaved, and powered up…but I was feeling a tad bit uncomfortable when it came to tacking. So I did a few tacks…they were UGLY. LOL. Usually the sail went flying way to fast, the boat over rotated, and I ended up having to crank the sail in with the winch. ALOT of work with the 155. It was a handful singlehanded. In hindsight I should have furled it in a bit to maybe a 125. I am curious how that will affect the shape of the sail. I stayed out a bit in those conditions. I feel anytime I feel relatively safe and I can be in conditions that are usually different and challenging then its a wonderful experience. So I did a few more tacks all relatively ugly and sloppy and stayed out long enough for a whale sighting! That never gets old. Its been 3 years and I am still loving the sailing life and learning more each outing. Looking forward to this sailing season!