Folding schooner holiday to remember
- We just got back from 10 days on the southern ocean with the
schooner. the highlight was finally getting an experienced crewand
then saing across the Esperence bay under full sail. instead of
holding the tillerwe steered by tweeking themain and jib. on a leg of
5 Nm. with practice we even pulled off atack. It took 3 goes.
I am truelly impressed by the shallow endplate rudder we were
trialling. it draws 10 inches. when sailing I found that it steadied
the boatand never gaveany trouble. when motoring we often had
problems with cavitation , even though the O/B is a long shaft.
further out in the bay we rode some glorious swells, on shore my
wife said that a few times we disappeared in the troughs.
The fishing was superb. we developed a system of tying 8 lines only
6 ft long to the side of the boat then rowing close to the wharf and
enticing the fish out with burley,we would have a frenzy of fish
landing in the boat, then Security would turn up and order us to move
away from the wharf. by rowing slowly we would get the fish to keep
The important thing was to not have the O/B in the water, and when
other boats turned up we would pretend we wer'nt catching anything.
THis working thing sucks.