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.


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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!


Saying goodbye to Catalina


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.

Enjoy some of the images.



Weather Delay



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…


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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.




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!

First Injury


I was sailing today. Singlehanded which is pretty normal for me. Went out to the ocean where the wind forecast was 12-17 knots. In harbor the wind was blowing pretty hard. At least 15. Out in the ocean. No wind at all. So I came back in and decided to sail in the harbor that was blowing about 15. I tacked a few times and my jib sheet got caught on the spinnaker eye in the mast. I ran up the deck to free it up and for whatever reason I grabbed it from below and the force of the wind in the sail pulled the sheet and my hand got caught between the sheet and the spinnaker eye. I pulled my hand out and looked down. My glove was ripped. My fingertip bloody. Didn’t know how bad it was. So I pulled in the jib the best I could with one hand. Wrapped my finger up the best I could and headed back to the slip with one hand. The injury wasn’t bad once I got the boat back to the slip. Pulled about an inch of the skin off of the finger. Not deep at all. The glove took the brunt of the pressure. Without it it would have been far worse. Good lesson. Gloves are essential! I was in harbor with no waves just wind. If I was in the ocean in big waves and wind it would have been very challenging to bring the boat in with basically one hand as i couldnt really hold anything with that hand. To turn it into a learning experience I realized that the key to handling this all was to relax and think clearly. I see how easily that just a little panic can be the difference between life and death in an injury situation especially in challenging conditions. It’s the following day…it’s less sore and I’m already hoping I will be ok for sailing this weekend. I definitely have the sailing bug.

OH YEAH!!!!! Sail of the year!

Wind was blowing at 25-35 mph.

Swells were 15-20 ft. high.

It had just rained HARD and was about 50 degrees.

It was the BEST sail I have ever had!!!!

Let me say that Cuajota is a BLAST in weather. We sailed with just the main up, no jib. At one point we got her up to 8.9 knots! Yes the wind was big but the boat was very composed. I thought we might put a reef in the main, but we didn’t. I have a storm jib on the boat but that would have meant taking the 135 off the furler. I just bought foul weather gear so I had the appropriate attire for when the water came over the bow. This was the first time I had been in weather like this. I was very nervous but KJ is great sailor and knows this boat very well so I knew we wouldn’t have any issues. I was surprised at how calm and composed the boat was. I have been tossed around more in 3 foot chop. I learned so much about sailing and my boat today it was amazing. To see how it feels when it’s blowing 30 and it’s heeled over and I am doing 7.5 knots and it’s cutting through the water like a hot knife through butter. Thank you Schock for making the Santana 30. I have such a new found respect for this boat!



Big Wind from Cuajota on Vimeo.