Monday, April 26, 2010

testing times around Rottnest

I spent this week around Rottnest with only one rudder operational. The other one is out of actionafter cracking away at the hull to beam join. Obviously the loads were grossly underestimated. I see where it needs extra strength, so will be doing that work this week in Mandurah.
Sailing with omly one rudder makes it a tacker of sorts. A dangerous sort. All the benefit of a hrry layout is lost and the boat becomes very unstable with the wind from the wrong side.
Still got good surf and found a lot of golf balls too.
HAve to fix the mast sail slug groove this week then it should be off somewhere distant.

Monday, April 5, 2010

going out sailing. Easter regatta has had 20+knots until today.
Then bringing it under the bridge withthe gin pole to lengthen the mast. Should only take a couple of days.
Also doing another batten for the new section of unreefed main.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sitting around waiting to set off on a round Australian Voyage.
Still a couple of mast and rudder works to finish.
Plus pick up a gps and camera.
Hopefully by then (next weekend?) the weather systems may come through to head Southwards.

I have recently completed about 11 months Refit/rebuild in the boat yard. So far the test sails have been very encouraging.
Here is my usual favourite spot at nearby Rottnest Island.