SWEET PEA has been lifted off her trailer, centerboard dropped, striped, sealed, antifouling painted and reinstalled back in into the boat. She is now set for another 10+ years.
I just love going for a cruise and finding a quiet cove away from all the other boats. Gunkholing requires an anchor. Here I’ll discuss how I store, launch and retrieve an anchor … … More Anchoring
Your sailboat’s deck hardware should have been installed using a bedding compound. (I sadly write ‘should’ as I have worked on boats where there is no evidence that bedding compound was used!) Commonly used are Sikaflex’s 291 and 3M’s 4000 and 4200 (remember, 5200 is for under the waterline applications that will very very very likely never be removed). SPECIAL NOTE: do not use silicone to bed deck hardware! 99.99% of the time silcone has NO PLACE for use in the marine environment! … More Do you know the condition of your boat’s deck hardware bedding?
The [Sage 15 and Sage 17] sails way better with a small jib and a reefed main. All boats of this type should have a storm jib – if the winds looks like it’s going to come up to 25 or so, put up the storm jib; you’ll be amazed at how little it slows the boat down to even in a 15 knot wind … More More on sailing in strong & heavy winds
The Sages are very capable sailboats being excellent in light AND heavy winds. I have sailed all of the Sage boats in winds above 20 knots with gusts above 25. The highest winds I’ve sailed a Sage were in the mid-30 knot range in a SageCat & Sage 17. … More Heavy weather sailing – wind
SWEET PEA has gone into the boat yard to have her centerboard serviced. This involves: Dropping board Removing prior sealing coat and old antifouling bottom paint. Sealing board. Applying antifouling bottom paint Reinstalling board back into boat This was last done about 10 years ago and is normal servicing schedule for a cast iron centerboard … More SWEET PEA in the boat yard