If you plan on leaving your boat in the water for an extended period of time applying antifouling bottom paint to you boat required (usually). Most locations will result in bottom growth after a few weeks, though there are exceptions. … More Antifouling bottom paint: selecting bottom paint
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 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
The night at Blakely was wonderfully quiet. After the sunset saw the City of Seattle showing her lights, a prime reason to stay in the harbor. In the morning after breakfast I did some cleaning of the boat, a small space gets messy quickly – but is also a short task to set right again … More Short hop from Blakely to Blake
Having gone shopping, taken a shower and seen my family I and Momma Kitty departed Edmonds for Blakely Harbor. The sailing was wonderful with the wind slowly lightening from 10-15kts to about 5kts and generally from the southwest-ish so there was some tacking. As usual the seas around Edmonds were choppy with the interaction of … More To Blakely Harbor
I had a good dinner of beer and oysters with my Dad the night I arrived in Edmonds. We went to Anthony’s Cafe at the Edmonds Marina so it was right ‘next door’ to where Sweet Pea was moored. The next day was full family time to celebrate both dad’s birthday and Mother’s Day. Went … More Family time
Through the night the wind was gusty at times humming in the rigging. Halfway through the night Momma Kitty wanted under the covers. The morning was sunny. Morning coffee warmed the body and cabin where I enjoyed listening to the news, collected the weather forecast and checked the tide and current tables. Today will go a … More Port Ludlow to Edmonds
It isn’t far from Mats Mats Bay to Port Ludlow – just leave Mats Mats and hang a right. I headed out to find a moderate wind from the NE and set sail. Hada gentle sail to the Port Ludlow Marina where I did motor to the fuel dock so I could dump the porta-potti … More Port Ludlow
After almost seven years Sweet Pea has once again returned to Puget Sound. She will be back on saltwater in a few more days! The drive from Denver was uneventful. I was in no real hurry so, in general, drove short distances and enjoyed being out of Colorado. Early this upcoming week I’ll take … More Sweet Pea has returned to the PNW!
I’ve begun the ‘enjoyable’ task of applying new antifouling paint to Sweet Pea’s bottom. I went over the old paint with a scraper to remove any loose bits (the port side was worse thanthan starboard – port faced the sun where she was stored); then sanded with 80-grit to assure the new paint has a good bond. … More bottom paint and other tasks