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If we get six feet of rain again this year, I'm selling the boat and buying a submarine.

Just sayin'.

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My uncle drove a sub. Got to see in that.

Try 8ft of rain in squamish or 27ft at kennedy lake near tofino...plus a 20 yr storm:(

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3 minutes ago, Norse Horse said:

My uncle drove a sub. Got to see in that.

Try 8ft of rain in squamish or 27ft at kennedy lake near tofino...plus a 20 yr storm:(

I also drove submarines...and lived in Wa. State, Bangor. Beautiful place but the constant gray and drizzle made me near suicidal so I went back to the east coast.

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Don't know about that plan - one night on a sub and my wife made me put my clothes outside. Do new ones smell better?

In other news, algae is growing all over my sheds, my place looks like an ad for "why not to live in Seattle" and we are 3,000 miles from there!

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No,  they still stink. It's the amine used in the CO2 scrubbers. 

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I know the feeling. Just hoping for a MUCH better sailing season this year!

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Last year we got little snow and a rainy spring, summer and fall. 

This year we've already gotten about as much snow as we did for all of 2018 - hope this "reverse" trend continues and we have a good sailing season.

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The way this winter got started and is likely to end, it'll be 5 full months without sailing. That's a record for me. The bad kind.  Usually I squeeze a day in here or there, during the winter.

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on the plus side with the current winter,  no mosquiotos....  Yet.

hope we got all the snow we are going to get...

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47 minutes ago, Marcjsmith said:

on the plus side with the current winter,  no mosquiotos....  Yet.

hope we got all the snow we are going to get...

Amen.  I finally bought a snow blower. Hopefully that will keep the snow away. You can blame me for last year's deluge of rain, too. I bought solar panels.  :blink:

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54 minutes ago, Marcjsmith said:

on the plus side with the current winter,  no mosquiotos....  Yet.

hope we got all the snow we are going to get...

Hey hey, stop that kind of talk.  I love sailing in the snow!   Got out quite a few times already this year in the Chesapeake!  More snow!  MORE SNOW!!!

OK, I wouldn't mind if it goes all full SPRING on us either.  But just stop this cold and rain shit.  I would rather have snow than that.  Well once I get the new cruising boat here and launched anyway.  So...  OK... I want 2 weeks of SPRING weather, then 4 weeks of SNOW, then back to full SPRING!!  :)

 

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On 1/17/2019 at 12:37 PM, Ajax said:

If we get six feet of rain again this year, I'm selling the boat and buying a submarine.

Just sayin'.

Look on the bright side, after all the rain, the places you ran aground last year will be deeper this year!

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 I would vastly prefer it never get above freezing until March 1 than what we have now. The warm/freeze cycles turn the whole island into a muddy mess :angry:

Speaking of boats and snow, one snowy January day we tried to combine snow and water skiing. I whipped the boat hard starboard off the beach at Ski Island and by friend hit the snow at 30 knots, the skegs dug in and wouldn't let him turn back out, and he ended up crashing into the bushes :o:lol:

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Hmm... eight weeks of winter left and I have about thirty weeks of winter projects left to do. :unsure:

At least I've got the mast muscled into the greenhouse, so I can go over that in relative comfort.   

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8 hours ago, toddster said:

Hmm... eight weeks of winter left and I have about thirty weeks of winter projects left to do. :unsure:

At least I've got the mast muscled into the greenhouse, so I can go over that in relative comfort.   

Yes - maybe 4 more weeks of winter here, and too many projects...ripping out old useless and unused pumps installed years ago...god knows why I thought the boat needed pressure water [never used!] and a shower sump pump (will use pressure water pump as an anchor wash down pump), ham radio install (thanks for the advice, K.I.S.), and on and on and on...buying some Al-Zn brazing rods tomorrow to try to fix my ailing, aging engine freshwater pump, then start planning the autopilot install...and I got a free radar...should I incorporate it into my wind gen pole, or not bother with it at all...lotsa projects, two months left!  Of course, winter here is hardly winter, just rain.  And snow on the mountains, a skiing distraction from projects...

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Well it was 18 two nights ago and will be in the 50s tomorrow. Endless dog-paw cleaning :( I could go sailing if I wanted to, depends on my tolerance for re-antifreezing the engine. The interior stays above freezing with the heat on, but I get nightmares of being out of town, having a cold snap, and the heater blowing a fuse.

Jud - What kind of radar did you get? Used radars, even if free, can end up being expensive. They are time and money to mount and a lot of the older ones are no longer supported. Also unlike a lot of boat gear, new radars are hugely improved over some of the older ones.

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34 minutes ago, kent_island_sailor said:

Well it was 18 two nights ago and will be in the 50s tomorrow. Endless dog-paw cleaning :( I could go sailing if I wanted to, depends on my tolerance for re-antifreezing the engine. The interior stays above freezing with the heat on, but I get nightmares of being out of town, having a cold snap, and the heater blowing a fuse.

Jud - What kind of radar did you get? Used radars, even if free, can end up being expensive. They are time and money to mount and a lot of the older ones are no longer supported. Also unlike a lot of boat gear, new radars are hugely improved over some of the older ones.

It’s a JRC 1000 (or 1500?).  It came off a boat in a high end YC - owner wanted to upgrade and had it carefully removed, no wires cut, carefully packed away, even has the manual in perfect condition.  I’m not wedded to having a radar. (But I would get one when going to high latitudes again, having been fogged in and very nearly run down by a 60’ fish boat.) For the cost of buying a new radar, I can finish our re-rig, a far greater priority for a planned offshore trip :-). But I was thinking, hell, the wind gen pole is down now, and I saw a boat with a radome incorporated into an offset bend in a pole with wind gen on top and it made me think, “hmm, now would be the time to do this, since pole is already down...”. Or should I go whole hog and build an arch, leaving me an option for future radome and solar panels...no!!!  Project creep...still, I haven’t figured out where two panels will go...another pole, for radar, on starboard side, would give me a panel-mounting option...project creep! :-)

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8 minutes ago, chester said:

I have a foolproof solution for project creep...start no projects!!

LOL...yeah, if I lived in Florida, I wouldn't get much done. Winter forces me to give the boat the maintenance that it needs.

@Jud - s/v Sputnik I too, am fitting a used radar. I bought a Raymarine 4kw array that will plug into my Ray C80 plotter for $200.  My boat came with an ancient, non-functional Raymarine Pathfinder radar. I discovered that I could make the bracket work with the newer 4kw array with a minor modification.  I do need to buy a cable, unfortunately.

Radar is a 2nd tier need on the Chesapeake. We just don't get that much fog. If l lived in New England, it would be at the top of the list.

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Funny, I was just thinking about taking the old Furuno down from the mast. I think I decided to leave it where it is. I think I’ve fallen back on the “this boat is too small for an arch!” side of the fence.  “Leave Stuff As It Is” is leading in the let’s-internalize-the-halyards debate as well.

My reasoning for installing the old unit in the first place was (beyond toy addiction) just to learn to use radar. No question that the newer units with lower power consumption, greater resolution, and system integration are a far better choice.  Really should have the display at the helm, which for a small boat means an MFD.  (I can peer down through the companionway from the helm and see the display at the chart table, 8 feet away. But it’s a bit iffy.)

Just got sticker shock, again, looking at the new stuff.  Not At This Time.  Yeah, other people’s discarded toys are still a decent bargain.  

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34 minutes ago, toddster said:

Funny, I was just thinking about taking the old Furuno down from the mast. I think I decided to leave it where it is. I think I’ve fallen back on the “this boat is too small for an arch!” side of the fence.  “Leave Stuff As It Is” is leading in the let’s-internalize-the-halyards debate as well.

My reasoning for installing the old unit in the first place was (beyond toy addiction) just to learn to use radar. No question that the newer units with lower power consumption, greater resolution, and system integration are a far better choice.  Really should have the display at the helm, which for a small boat means an MFD.  (I can peer down through the companionway from the helm and see the display at the chart table, 8 feet away. But it’s a bit iffy.)

Just got sticker shock, again, looking at the new stuff.  Not At This Time.  Yeah, other people’s discarded toys are still a decent bargain.  

You got that right. I picked up an old Pathfinder unit in pretty mint shape for $300, and built my own 8' pole assembly for it. All in, less than $700. It does what I need it to do.

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@Ajax - with a look at the weather it seems my Laser and UFO sailing might come to a halt mid week.  I would be willing however to take your Hobie and afix ice skate blades to it and see what kind of damage could be done.

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38 minutes ago, Wess said:

@Ajax - with a look at the weather it seems my Laser and UFO sailing might come to a halt mid week.  I would be willing however to take your Hobie and afix ice skate blades to it and see what kind of damage could be done.

That is not entirely crazy.  If the boat found a weak spot in the ice, it would float.

This hasn't been a good year for bay ice though. It'd be worth a try on a more consistently cold year.

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2 minutes ago, Ajax said:

That is not entirely crazy.  If the boat found a weak spot in the ice, it would float.

This hasn't been a good year for bay ice though. It'd be worth a try on a more consistently cold year.

My new (to us) boat arrives in a few days post refit in FL.  Just crane up the mast, recommission and we are ready. The double wide slip had pilings pulled is ready (as of 2 hours ago). Heck; we are beyond ready... we are desperate to splash and do some shake-down winter cruising.  So rest assured a solid hard and long freeze is about to descend upon us.  There will be ice everywhere and it will stay a longggggggg time.  You can blame me but I will be already too pissed off to care, LOL. Thus my search to find a iceboat...

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Got out on a J30 yesterday in Naptown.  Saw a few other boats, plus a fleet of Lasers from SSA.  Frostbites start Sunday!

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Wettest Winter in US History:
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Seriously, I'm fed up with the rain.

This winter was far from being the coldest, but it's been very long and very wet. Temperatures dropped to "not sailing" ranges around the latter half of October and will continue through at least the first half of March, possibly all of March. The ground has been saturated for months. My favorite part about all this has been the "long wave" pattern that times the precipitation with the weekends on a fairly regular basis. So essentially 5 straight months of shit weather with a sprinkling of tolerable days mixed in.

A weak El Nino has set up in the Pacific, which should provide a steady stream of precipitation over the southern US. The Mid-Atlantic could be considered to be the northernmost reaches of the SE and might get some of this precipitation...or all of it.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 879408002/

Frankly, I'm stunned that my solar energy production has been as high as it has been, with the constant cloud cover. We've had actual sunshine since Monday, and the panels are going gangbusters. I'll have a 10% surplus for February, thanks to just these 4 days.

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Just loved the aroma when strolling through the reactor tunnel.  

 

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Well on the bright side I don't need to take my dinghy down to the beach to launch it, I can cruise around my own back yard.

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Power through it @Ajax.  It was cold and rained like hell (and snowed and sleeted) while we worked to get her rigged but we didn't care. :)

I should put this into the "Not Sailing" Pic thread but I am hell bent and determined to get a few issues resolved and get her out under sail. 

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It snowed heavily on the first day of spring last year and I did go sailing in it.  Sure, I can gut it out but it's not enjoyable, especially repeatedly.

 

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That's hard core ^^^. Nicely done. 

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1 hour ago, Ajax said:

It snowed heavily on the first day of spring last year and I did go sailing in it.  Sure, I can gut it out but it's not enjoyable, especially repeatedly.

 

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Say what?!  Its extremely enjoyable.  The only problem is the multi sails so fast the snow all blows off.  True story. 

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@Wess now that's a great quality for a boat to have!

What's in the mugs? A hot toddy or regular rum?

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18 minutes ago, Ajax said:

@Wess now that's a great quality for a boat to have!

What's in the mugs? A hot toddy or regular rum?

It was really really good (and expensive) scotch and I can't believe I was so stupid to share it with those deadbeat knucklehead friends!  :P

Oh and neither of them can sail for shit.  Especially dinghies!!  :D

Wess

shhh - its my secret plan to uncover their socks

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11 hours ago, Ajax said:

It snowed heavily on the first day of spring last year and I did go sailing in it.  Sure, I can gut it out but it's not enjoyable, especially repeatedly.

 

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As bad as that looks, I'd rather be there than at the office.

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9 hours ago, bgytr said:

As bad as that looks, I'd rather be there than at the office.

Agreed. You can always put the anchor down and go down into the cabin to warm up and have a drink.

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7 hours ago, Ajax said:

Agreed. You can always put the anchor down and go down into the cabin to warm up and have a drink.

Smile Ajax.....

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I think we're finally "there" in terms of pleasant sailing weather. I'll be out this week or this weekend, for sure.

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11 minutes ago, Ajax said:

I think we're finally "there" in terms of pleasant sailing weather. I'll be out this week or this weekend, for sure.

Share some photos @Ajax

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23 minutes ago, woahboy said:

Share some photos @Ajax

Photos without snow in them. :rolleyes:

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Come on out; the water is fine!  Was a tad chilly on Sunday morning though.

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Whew...yeah, but crisp and clear!

 

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Ah come on.  Nothing on the "rodney horn?"  SA is really going weak.  We want to ditch it but its so freaking funny we can't.  Did manage to scare the shit out of ourselves when we accidentally found and hit the rodney horn button!!!  :blink:

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5 hours ago, Lanikaisailor said:

The C36 came with a "rodney horn?"  Dang!

Its a special option the PO insisted on as a condition of purchase. Of all the things....

 

 

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does it sound like this? 

 

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Ahhh... I made the first sail of the season after work yesterday. Sunny, cool and light breezes so I could safety check everything in relaxed conditions at an easy pace.

I've come to the conclusion that my attempt to have the shower sump and mail bilge pump share a discharge line is a total failure. Water always gets past the check valves in one direction or the other and it's just not wise to have a check valve in the discharge line with a centrifugal pump anyway.

I've been so baffled by water in the bilge that for a time, I wondered if my keel bolts were leaking. Yesterday's sail proved that the keel bolts are sound.

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Sweeeeet!  Happy for you.  Except for your bafflement on the bilge issues. 

For my part, I'm going to the yard each night to finish some glass and fairing stuff, getting some crew down to help paint the bottom Saturday... splash in a week or 10 days.  Fingers crossed as always.  See you out there soon, I hope. 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Lex Teredo said:

Sweeeeet!  Happy for you.  Except for your bafflement on the bilge issues. 

For my part, I'm going to the yard each night to finish some glass and fairing stuff, getting some crew down to help paint the bottom Saturday... splash in a week or 10 days.  Fingers crossed as always.  See you out there soon, I hope. 

 

 

I've come up with a solution-  I'm going to add a T-fitting to the sink in the head and plumb the shower sump discharge to that.  The main bilge pump can have the main discharge all to itself again and I can get rid of all the check valves.

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On 1/17/2019 at 7:51 PM, Ajax said:

No,  they still stink. It's the amine used in the CO2 scrubbers. 

Eau de amine.

I remember it well after 18 months in the shipyard and 6 patrols.

Good old days.

 

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I took my Dyer dinghy sailing after work yesterday.

I live at the head of a creek that feeds into a river that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. We have osprey nesting platforms everywhere. What a joy it was, to sail among the osprey and ducks. The ornamental cherry trees and other native flora are finally starting to pop. 

The creek was blissfully silent as the summer drone of lawnmowers, string trimmers and leaf blowers hasn't started yet. The Dyer gets along on the barest puff of wind so I never unshipped my oars. Occasionally, I'd get a puff that sent me zooming along with a satisfying rush of water against the hull.

It was an excellent afternoon of what I call "Dylan Winter Sailing."  ;)

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Lets go folks!  I am hoping to anchor out overnight this weekend.  This evening/tonight and/or tomorrow night.  Got the battery bank 2/3rds functional and the rudder kinda sorta almost but not quite fixed.  Should be good, LOL.  :lol:

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AYC Spring Oxford race is this Saturday.

Forecast is cloudy and a mostly downwind run on a fading breeze. It'll be a race to get there before the wind dies. The return sail home on Sunday will be a deluge with an easterly that will make for a pleasant sail home...except for the wet. This will be the 6th consecutive rainy weekend.

CHESSS is 10 strong, 3rd largest class.

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8 minutes ago, Ajax said:

AYC Spring Oxford race is this Saturday.

Forecast is cloudy and a mostly downwind run on a fading breeze. It'll be a race to get there before the wind dies. The return sail home on Sunday will be a deluge with an easterly that will make for a pleasant sail home...except for the wet. This will be the 6th consecutive rainy weekend.

CHESSS is 10 strong, 3rd largest class.

Enjoy the trip up the  Tred Avon!  I'm headed to Cambridge next weekend, but, down 50 to do chores at my Grandmother's house. 

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Blame me for the rain @Ajax.  I am praying for rain every weekend for the next month.  Just had surg so can't sail and in any event a duck made a nest under the kayak on the net and the wife voted against eviction (or the roasting pan which was my first recommendation).  Once the duck leaves I will pray for sun again.  And westerlies of 15 knots.

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2 hours ago, Ajax said:

AYC Spring Oxford race is this Saturday.

Forecast is cloudy and a mostly downwind run on a fading breeze. It'll be a race to get there before the wind dies. The return sail home on Sunday will be a deluge with an easterly that will make for a pleasant sail home...except for the wet. This will be the 6th consecutive rainy weekend.

CHESSS is 10 strong, 3rd largest class.

Last year was a debacle with the dying breeze and the RC calling the race right as the wind picked up all along the course.  Hoping the folks racing it this year have a better time. We're on the sidelines awaiting new motor mounts.  I'll tolerate the risk of going to Green 9 on a bad motor mount, but anything past R2 in the Severn is OTL.

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29 minutes ago, Lex Teredo said:

Last year was a debacle with the dying breeze and the RC calling the race right as the wind picked up all along the course.  Hoping the folks racing it this year have a better time. We're on the sidelines awaiting new motor mounts.  I'll tolerate the risk of going to Green 9 on a bad motor mount, but anything past R2 in the Severn is OTL.

The forecast is for a dying breeze this year, too.  It's a race against the breeze, not the other boats.

Sucks about the motor mounts? What's the ETA?

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Monday or Tuesday next week.  Not bad. 

 

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About 75 boats for the AYC Spring Oxford, all told. Not a bad show.

CHESSS is up to 11.  We have 3 Mini Transat's, a Dufour 40e, a Seascape, a Figaro, a Farr 11.6 and a C&C 110.  Plenty of fast, interesting boats.

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The 2nd Annual AYC Spring Oxford race went extremely well this year, which made up for the mess that happened last year.

The RC was organized and did great for the starts and finishes. The wind held out for the entire race and the rain held off until just after everyone finished. Hinckley sponsored the race again and allotted 6 free drink tickets per boat. (This works out very favorably for CHESSS boats where a singlehander gets to drink all 6 tickets) TAYC hosted a very nice after party and the trophies were very nice as well.

CHESSS had 13 entries. 10 actually showed up. I placed 4th.  The start was downwind, so a nice long run, followed by a long, tight reach up the Choptank River, with the final leg being upwind into the Tred Avon.

The ride home on Sunday was cold, wet and sloppy, but thankfully not dead upwind, so no tacking was necessary. I put the dodger up and huddled underneath most of the time while Jack-in-the-Box drove home.

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Nicely done. 

I like TAYC.  Gracious folks, good parties. 

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I forgot- Gratuitous spinnaker shot:

 

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4 hours ago, Ajax said:

I forgot- Gratuitous spinnaker shot:

 

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Huh. Almost didn't recognize that spinnaker without it being wrapped around the forestay. :D We call it the "Ajax Gybe Method (tm, patent pending)" 

Congrats on your placing, and the polish job looks top-notch!

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4 hours ago, Illegal Smile said:

Huh. Almost didn't recognize that spinnaker without it being wrapped around the forestay. :D We call it the "Ajax Gybe Method (tm, patent pending)" 

Congrats on your placing, and the polish job looks top-notch!

Damn right,  patent pending. 

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If this guy happens to show up again I just want to pass the word on - Frosty SUCKS on the bow. Poor fuck couldn't get out the way fast enough and in the first tack the jib knocked him overboard. We saw him floating as we went by, but he didnt even shout or anything. He was gone by the time we got back. Not a trace, just one of those little spatula arms floating in circles. 

Now that I see this pic again I'm thinking maybe he was pissed we didnt include him in the tactical planning session we had on the way to the start. For a short, round guy he was quite the ladies man though. 

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Memorial Day weekend!

We're sailing for Chestertown. The marina says they're full but they've put me on a waiting list. The wind looks favorable for the trip- brisk, far enough off the nose that we shouldn't tack much, if at all.

I'm not sure if we'll make it all in one day but we have contingencies if we don't. C-town is having all sorts of celebrations and parades this weekend. Could be a good time.

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Ajax - if you hear that "Dovetail" or "Alex Dutton and the Alligators" are playing out anywhere in Chestertown, check 'em out.   If the Sultana is at the dock, she's worth a visit too.   Hope ya have fun!  

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Back after 4 days of "cruising." (I use the term very loosely to avoid casting offense to the real, world-cruisers here)

Dock-to-dock, Chestertown is 50 miles away, way up the Chester River.  I got a tiny taste of what Dylan has when he sails the broads, but the Chester is still wider, less current and doesn't have 15 foot tides but it's a "Huckleberry Finn" sort of experience, meandering up a winding, mostly undeveloped river.

The direction of the wind was favorable for getting up the river without beating to death. The intensity was a little stronger than predicted for part of the trip. We sailed close hauled from Thomas Pt. Light until we were past the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 25 with a few gusts to 30. We had to sail high to avoid some anchored commercial vessels. Once we were through the bridge, we were able to reach and run our way east and up the river for the rest of the day. A thoroughly enjoyable sail, we only tacked twice and the engine only ran for 45 minutes the entire day.  We made the trip in exactly 8 hours, averaging just over 6 knots. 

Running the engine gave us hot water for over a day and gave the batteries a little boost. Here's a little miracle- I towed our Dyer dinghy the whole way, through disorganized, sloppy conditions and it didn't ship a single drop of water. Amazing!

Next morning, we rowed ashore and spent the day enjoying the local "tea party" festival. Supposedly, the residents of Chestertown engaged in their own Tea Party when the British ship Geddes arrived with a cargo of tea, some 4 months after the original Boston Tea Party, to protest the Tea Tax and Stamp Act. They hold a little reenactment in the harbor with the replica of the revenue schooner Sultana.  http://sultanaeducation.org/about-sultana/schooner-sultana/

Next day, we began working our way home. A threat of severe thunderstorms persuaded me to duck into the Corsica River, near the old Russian embassy house for the night. We relaxed with rum drinks and I grilled a nice, pork tenderloin.  As predicted, storms began rolling through providing a mostly silent but incredible lighting show. 3 other sailboats joined us-  A Cape Dory 30 or 35, a large Beneteau and a large Catalina.

Here's where things get interesting (for me, anyway)-

The wx radar starts looking pretty angry. I've put out a scope of 6:1 with a Manson Supreme and I've secured all sails and the cockpit. I've set an anchor alarm and a constant refresh on the wx radar.  We sealed ourselves up in the cabin and I put on foulies, ready to go on deck.  When it hit, the wind jump from 0-40 kts like throwing a switch.  The boat heeled over and we actually felt a centrifugal force as the boat swung on the anchor so hard.

I was staring at the anchor alarm, which I had set for 180 feet diameter circle (I figured 60 feet of rode=120 feet, plus a few feet of fudge. Water depth was 8 feet.)  I watched the drift climb to 172 feet and I had my hand on the hatch to go on deck when we swung back the other way and things settled down.  The whole thing took 10-15 minutes. The rain shut off like a switch and you could hear water rushing off the deck, draining through the scuppers.

I stuck my head out into the receding lightning and observed that we hadn't slipped at all, from what I could tell.  The Cape Dory held but the Beneteau and the Catalina had blown completely off their anchors out into the river and were motoring back in.

Two things about this incident freak me out-  First, how close did we come to being hit by one of the 2 boats that dragged their anchors?  Second, I sheepishly realized that I should have started our engine and left it running and ready in case our own anchor dragged. 10-15 seconds of engine starting time could have made the difference between taking damage and avoiding it.  Nothing bad happened but I wasn't patting myself on the back about it.

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We were anchored by the horse farm at Gibson Island when the 40 kt blast came through Sunday night.  Our Manson Supreme held fast (at 5:1) but we laid over quite a bit when it hit.  A large Southerly dragged a few hundred feet before grabbing again.  There only a half dozen boats out that night.

Saturday night was actually more entertaining when a B423 dragged and spent an hour trying to reset with contrary anchoring advice being yelled from different sectors.  The gods took mercy on them and split the line of storms from Baltimore down to Annapolis.  Close to 20 boats there Saturday night.  A sizable trawler did drag and got caught on the little daysailer that is moored in the middle there.

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Saturday night was indeed entertaining. We stayed at MRYC for a couple hours and couple drinks following the St. Mike's race and motored back shorthanded and with a N00B and an older chap (and my wife) in our crew of 4.  One of the other boats in our OD class sailed but it looked like they had their hands full and were only a little way in front of us at the entrance to the Severn.  We had steady 18-19kt southerlies building into the low/mid 20's up the Bay toward Naptown.  The last three miles motoring out of the Eastern Bay with the wind more or less abeam were filthy, with major fetch, but we surfed back to Annapolis on 4' rollers after passing the Bloody Point Light, hitting 8 - 9 kts boatspeed at times under motor alone with the stiff breeze on our quarter, as pleasant a delivery as we could have asked for.  The sky to the southwest was angry and black before sunset, orange and flashing after.  We were getting tornado warnings about Solomons and some really terrible weather passing through D.C. and heading our way.  I was sort of a dick for the last hour bossing the crew and making sure the boat was shut down and gear stacked below, ready to off-load.  Did not want to loiter on the boat or at the dock...  We prepped to dock in a stiff southerly breeze, which would be ideal, as we have to back down a tight fairway from north to south to get into our slip. 

We turned up the Severn and by the time we passed Green 7, the wind had veered 90'  to the west.   Fair enough.  I revised the docking instructions, knew we had to blow into the fairway at relatively high speed to keep the stiff beam wind from blowing us into the leeward boats.  Did the loop in front of AYC, got blown back down the creek a little and hit the fairway doing about 3 kts in reverse.  Then we got the most pleasant surprise - we passed the first couple boats then the fairway was smooth with low wind, shielded by the condos/businesses, and the blessed Carroll's Creek Café, Boatyard and the surrounding buildings.  Docking was shockingly easy.  We were tied up and off the dock within  7-8 minutes, and saw bad storms rolling in south of Route 50 on the drive home.  We pitied the one boat that was anchored in the Severn in front of the Academy and the couple boats on the mooring balls up Spa Creek.  Never seen the mooring field that empty on a Memorial Day weekend...

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I've managed to avoid getting caught at anchor or under sail in conditions anything like that line that blew through, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. My wife was concerned but trusted me.  Now that I've done it once, I feel a little better but I'll have the engine running next time.

I've sailed in 40kts once but it was consistent in direction and intensity, not an abrupt squall line moving through at fast speed and it was downwind.

@Lex Teredo Yeah, I can't imagine being anchored off the Academy during a blow like that. The holding there is known to range from "meh" to "this really sucks."  The town maintains the mooring field pretty well though. I'd have been confident swinging from one of the moorings.

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On 5/23/2019 at 3:04 PM, A guy in the Chesapeake said:

Ajax - if you hear that "Dovetail" or "Alex Dutton and the Alligators" are playing out anywhere in Chestertown, check 'em out.   If the Sultana is at the dock, she's worth a visit too.   Hope ya have fun!  

Years ago..... by which I mean a bit over two decades, ain't it funny how time slips away..... in the Raleigh area  there was an awesome blues band of white boys named Alex & The Alligators. Alex was a frog-faced little guy with glasses that could belt it out like very very few singers I've ever heard, and their guitar player was master of several blues genres.

Probably not the same guys.

FB- Doug

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22 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Years ago..... by which I mean a bit over two decades, ain't it funny how time slips away..... in the Raleigh area  there was an awesome blues band of white boys named Alex & The Alligators. Alex was a frog-faced little guy with glasses that could belt it out like very very few singers I've ever heard, and their guitar player was master of several blues genres.

Probably not the same guys.

FB- Doug

Just looked at the FB page - and I goofed - it's Phillip Dutton.   https://www.facebook.com/philipduttonandthealligators/

 

 

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