Do you know the condition of your boat’s deck hardware bedding?

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?

More on reefing

Reefing is an important skill for all sailors. Putting in a reef should take less than 30 seconds … not really hard to tuck in a reef in less than 20 seconds and close to 10 on a Sage 17, Sage 15 or SageCat. On the Sage boats the reefing system that comes standard is … More More on reefing

Reefing

Spring has come conversations among sailors has increased. One topic that has been batted around is reefing. For those reading that are not sailors reefing is reducing the size of the boats sails in response to the wind speed increasing. The smaller sail catches less wind and the boat heels less (until the wind increases … More Reefing

Heading North

I’ve been gunkholing around South Puget Sound for near a month so it is time to head north. I move from McMicken to Longbranch with a stop at Zittle’s Marina at Johnson Point to get gas, water and dump the porta-potti and a swing by Eagle Island State Park. The plan was to stay at … More Heading North

Tossed about

As the evening settled in around Sweet Pea the forecast not to windy northerly was blowing out of the Southwest at Joemma State Park. The seas were confused one to two footers and the wind whistled in the rigging. I had hoped it was just a ‘bit of wind’ as the sun was setting – … More Tossed about

Out in the open

Went to be before the sun had set. I sleep very well on the boat and yesterday’s long motoring spell had me tired. I now need to figure out where to be for the Memorial Day long weekend. My thinking is to try a place I don’t remember staying – Joemma State Park just northeast-ish … More Out in the open

Groceries

Mid-morning on an overcast and almost chilly morning I and the Potters depart Jarrell Cove for Olympia. There is wind, on the nose, that is ‘sail worthy’; but I need to get groceries and then find a location to spend the night (I’m not wanting to pay for moorage in Olympia). Motoring south along Pickering … More Groceries