Well a few years ago I wired and installed the Raymarine TackTick wireless wind system. now I have the displays hard mounted so I can see them when sailing but still be able to store them below when docked. I fabricated a mount for the displays from Ram Mounts. Then mounted them on the boat just behind the traveler. So finally I have the electronics mounted!!
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!!
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!
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!!!
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.
Its that time again! Sent the boat to Balboa Boat Yard for bottom paint and Pat also installed the Raymarine/Tack Tick speed and depth transducers in the hull for the new instrument install. Now it was time for the waxing. I got out my buffer and grabbed some one step 3M Polish and Wax and started to buff. It was about a 6 hour job but what a transformation!!! I even got the scrapes and scratches from the slip off the side of the hull! On to the stainless, then to replace the winch covers and paint some trim. Re varnish some wood, and tidy up the interior. The instrument install is not as easy as expected….more on that coming up. For now enjoy some pics of a freshly waxed Santana 30!
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.