New Year's -- was carbon fibre masts
- Hi Gang,
Just in from my first sail of the year. Wayward Lass is still
waiting for her new mast so I borrowed the boy's elegant
Hard to find enough room to get comfortable with 240 pounds and bad
knees, but managed to find the groove a few times on both the good
and bad tacks. Having the leeboard on the opposite side to the sprit
boom seemed to work best and evened out the performance.
Almost swamped once when I lost the wind suddenly. Had my weight
well to windward, and when the wind stopped pushing, water started
pouring in over that gunwale -- thought she was going to fill before
I could get centred, but managed to make it. Swimming ashore is not
a safe option in our cold waters! A few minutes work with the bailer
put the ocean back in its place.
Also found things unstable when running. Might have been because I
had more wind than I really wanted, 10 knots felt like a gale. Much
happier with about 5.
Stopped for lunch on a sheltered beach, drank a short hot rum to the
coming year. Things are looking good so far!
Coming back I unshipped both rudder and leeboard and steered with an
oar (in its regular place but trailing back). I'd started upwind, so
coming home I had the wind over my shoulder -- and it had dropped a
bit. Anyway, that was really nice because I could sail right in to
the beach. Going to have to change the rudder to a kick up version
for the future. And it's awkward getting the pin in while bobbing
around the ocean in any case.
Made two resolutions while I was out there -- get the new mast
finished soon and drop 40 pounds!
(Aye Bill, and I ken aboot the Broons tae. Grannie used to send The
Sunday Post up to Orkney every week. Jings!)
--- In email@example.com, "Will Samson" <willsamson@y...> wrote:
> Ye ken aboot Oor Wullie!
> I'm greatly impressed!
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dnjost" <djost@m...> wrote:
>However, once it's up...I feelTruer words have not been spoken! ;-)
> obliged to make the best of each effort and savor each moment to
> make lasting memories.
> Windemere is looking great! How many gallons of glop and goo haveHi David,Thanks! I haven't an accurate tally but it must be several
> you used so far? It looks as if you have cornered the market.
gallons certainly to date. I'll have to get back to you on that
one,once I've got all my bills in order.The bulk of the epoxy use
however,is yet to come since neither the outside nor inside have
been treated with it so far nor has the rood been installed.
Have you built a model of your next boat? Are you still considering
one of the bigger Bolger Boxes? I sure hope so :-)
Have a nice winter and lets hope for an early Spring.....we're all
getting to old to put up with the white stuff and all its' delays to
proper boating fun!
Peter Lenihan,who can now swear that he feels the days growing
- --- In email@example.com, "Will Samson" <willsamson@y...> wrote:
> Och, hoot toot mon, maister Lenihan! Wi' a mannie my age itwould be an awfu' waste of fevered fantasies. As ma auld faither
used to say, "It's a peety that when the Lord taks awa' the ability,
he disnae tak awa the notion o't at the same time . . ."
>attractions of the heft of a fine thick spruce mast standing up
> Na-na! I'd be better aff having nae hernias, despite the
there, magnificent and wi' nae veesible means of support (or so the
lassies tell me).
>group a braw New Year!
> Onywey, it remains but tae wish a' the loons and quines in the
> Yous in seemly sobriety,
> Bill (a.k.a. 'Wullie' in the hills and glens)
LOL!!!Awefully glad to read you took it all in good
spirits.Never know when one might be getting the wrong ideas at the
right times :-)
All the best to your and yours too in this New Year!!
Peter"three sheets to the wind" Lenihan....
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Peter Lenihan" <peterlenihan@h...>
>The bulk of the epoxy use
> however,is yet to come since neither the outside nor inside haveHi Peter,
> been treated with it so far nor has the rood been installed.
Where are you planning to install the rood? Right next to the
captains bed I suppose and alongside the invisible rope chest?
When I observe Windermer's beautiful bottom with box keel and that
absolutely magnifique centerboard I can't help but wonder if it is
still not too late to lower that deckhouse height, add a small
pilothouse, maybe some extra batteries for ballest, and install two
beautifully hand-carved eastern spruce masts! Just imagine how much
glop you will save, let alone the cost of all that interior plumbing,
cabinetry, glitz and glitter, hot tub and expensive motor.
All you need is a bucket, a hammock and a big cooler mate! You could
be out sailing along the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence, in the
schooner Windermere by the time most the ice is out. And all you will
need is the T9.9 Yam and you wouldn't have to stop once you reached
Quite this "estuary cruiser" nonsence before it is too late!
Best of the Year To Ya!,
From along the shores of Moose Jaw Creek, where the temperature has
risen 10 degrees to a balmy -25.
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> Where are you planning to install the rood? Right next to theHi Pirate Nels!
> captains bed I suppose and alongside the invisible rope chest?
Well,I should have checked my terrible spelling first,thus
rood would have been corrected to read "roof" :-) I plan on keeping
the invisible rope chest on the bottom of one of the closets in the
stateroom......that way "they" can be lured into the right setting
for such antics :-D
> When I observe Windermer's beautiful bottom with box keel and that
> absolutely magnifique centerboard I can't help but wonder if it is
> still not too late to lower that deckhouse height, add a small
> pilothouse, maybe some extra batteries for ballest, and install
> beautifully hand-carved eastern spruce masts! Just imagine howmuch
> glop you will save, let alone the cost of all that interiorplumbing,
> cabinetry, glitz and glitter, hot tub and expensive motor.could
> All you need is a bucket, a hammock and a big cooler mate! You
> be out sailing along the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence, in thewill
> schooner Windermere by the time most the ice is out. And all you
> need is the T9.9 Yam and you wouldn't have to stop once youreached
> the ocean.has
> Quite this "estuary cruiser" nonsence before it is too late!
> Best of the Year To Ya!,
> From along the shores of Moose Jaw Creek, where the temperature
> risen 10 degrees to a balmy -25.You are not the first to suggest lowering the coach roof some,to at
least get a proper pilot house with a porthole looking aft.However,
you are the first to publicly call for abandoning the "estuary
cruiser" mode and to make her into a schooner! Only one other pirate
of reknown,Bruce Hector,would have been so bold(you're in good
company there!) :-)
As much as I would love to accomadate this sort of craziness, I must
confess that I am rather smitten with Windermere,as is, and even
more so with the prospect of multiple hijinks,blow high,blow
low,with genial company.
The cost,as you so correctly point out,would be reduced
considerably,but so too would the palacial comforts afforded by
Windermere. Moreover,it will be precisely these comforts which will
serve as convincing inducements for prospective crew.T's one thing
ta get'em on board,laddy,but a whole other animal ta keep them thar:-
As to the presence of spars; don't forget that there is that
ingenious anchor davit,up forward,which I have been considering
getting chromed,thus serving two functions...... then there is the
roof top mast for flying all sorts of paraphenia including les sous-
vétements,followed by the mighty flag staff aft,most likely out of
mahogany .Of course,it is hoped that the interior too will see its'
fair share of "wood",on occassion,in the stateroom,with velvet
curtains drawn :-)
But were I to build me some real masts,like for a schooner or other
lovely vessel,I would get me hands on some Quebec black
spruce....the next best thing to Sitka Spruce for tightness of its'
annual rings although a bit heavier then Sitka.Eastern is better
left to planking,me thinks.
How I envy you your balmy weather of -25 as I labour away in a
sweltering -9C. Enjoy it while it lasts for we will soon enough be
cooking in + 5 weather :-)
Peter Lenihan,tempted,teased and tortured with all sorts of crazy
ideas but nevertheless focused on Windermere,from along the frozen
banks of the St.Lawrence Seaway........