As the coronavirus delayed 2020 sailing season begins I’ve received many requests on how to use the reefing systems that Jerry Montgomery installed on the Montgomery 17 & 15 and I installed on the Sage 17 and 15. I covered reefing before and here I’ll provide some more details and some pictures taken of SWEET … More Reefing the Jerry Montgomery designs
It has been some time since I’ve posted about SWEET PEA’s Salish Sea adventure. I’ve been busy on my new boat/home SWALLOW and posting on this BLOG what I hope are helpful information on semi-generic trailerable sailboat things before the information disappears into the dead portions of the Internet. So here begins again the tale … More Some catching up
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
While waiting for boat parts to arrive, so I can continue SWEET PEA’s recommissioning and improvements, I have been enjoying one of my favorite non-sailing activities – reading. Late last year an acquaintance, Dave Bacon, published his second book ‘Sailing From Behind the Curve’. Dave is an absolutely top-notch sailor. He knows his stuff. I’ve … More Sailing From Behind the Curve
When Bernard Moitessier dropped out of the first Golden Globe Race around the world he wrote, “I am happy at sea and perhaps to save my soul,” as his reason to continue back around the world and not finish (he likely would have won the race). Almost five years ago I ran across this short YouTube movie … More I am happy at sea and perhaps to save my soul
after 18ish months ‘on the hard’ SWEET PEA again hit the water on Lake Granby, CO, at 8,200′ above sea level. the lake is the second largest in Colorado. the water level is low … like all lakes in CO this summer. the shoreline looks like it has been many years since the lake has … More SWEET PEA sails just fine
Here is a video of my first sail on my new to me boat SWEET PEA – I launched the boat at Des Moines Marina, WA, and sailed around a bit outside the breakwater towards Point Robinson.