So, just returned from my inaugural Laser 2 camping trip, 4 nights in the Slate Islands on Lake Superior, in my new to me Laser 2. Currently running white sails only, single paddle for propulsion, and no trapeze.
First afternoon heading out, there was crazy fog, had okay wind for about 2 miles and then it died down to this nutty fog, so cold that the forward side of my lines was covered in frost, and dead calm. I'd try to paddle out of it with the boom hitting me in the head every time I shifted my weight or got any forward momentum, and once in a while break into a clear patch, sun, and a little wind. I'd get sailing only to plunge into another fog bank so thick that I couldn't tell which direction the sun was shining from and had a hard time steering a straight course in, especially with my one paddle propulsion setup.
So, wondering if there's a more balanced, efficient way to move the L2 when there's no wind. I was considering a rowing setup, and there's a local guy with oarlocks and very nice spoon blade 8' laminated pine oars for $300 CAD asking, but I have no idea how to store those, I'm fairly sure they're longer than the cockpit. The other idea is a two piece sculling oar that would split to sit in the cockpit, but I'm not sure where one could be mounted, and I've heard they're slower than oars by a good amount. I'm guessing it would have to be offset from the centerline?
Either way, I'm a little iffy on the gunwale mounted setups I've seen, because I want to start using the trapeze solo, and those get in the way!
Also, is there a way to rig up a brailing line of some kind to get the boom out of the way for rowing, paddling, whatever? I think a line just to the spin pole ring and around the boom would do the trick but it would leave the sail to flap still and I'm not sure if that would be too much weight up high?
Third day out I had strong west wind, heading from sunday harbor west and then downwind east and a broad reach north to the northeastern most island in the group, Delaute. Wind built steadily from 10 to 15 to 20, gusting a bit, and man was the downwind bit and the first reaching incredible. By the time I started heading north the sailing was just ridiculous, even with all the vang, downhaul, and out haul I could put on, on, I was screaming, and getting so overpowered in the gusts that I was bearing away as far downwind as I could to ease pressure, sheets of white water spray getting kicked up by the bow everytime I hit a wavetop. Definitely the craziest, most amazing run I've had in a long time. After reaching into the strait between the islands and superior's north shore, the waves were (it seemed) reaching 5 feet every once in a while, and so I ducked into a little, rocky, but very well sheltered cove for the night where the picture I posted was taken.
So, definitely like to figure out solo trapeze so that I can keep a bit more control in situations like that, and not have to be luffing 3/4 of the main and jib. Any suggestions or tips? I've never been in a trapeze before! I'm assuming I need a tiller extension extension but I'm not sure if that's going to affect tacking/jibing? Are adjustable/extendable tillers a thing?
I've also got to fix my bailer as it let in a steady trickle of water even when closed, which ended up being a little dangerous. That first crossing with the icy fog, my wetsuit setup ended up being just barely adequate to prevent hypothermia, and I had a fire going before even unpacking on my first beach. Like to keep a little more water out of the boat next time, i know there will always be a bit from the daggerboard but this was a good 2 inches at the back of the boat.
Anyhow, all this talk is just because I'd like some input, on the whole the adventure was incredible, and I love Lake Superior. Hoping to do a longer trip from Sleeping Giant east along the shore later this summer maybe? Until then, local sailing!