Pining for the water

Its been too long, so here is a trip that I plan on repeating this year!

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My Brothers Boat

My Brother in the UK has a 32′ Ketch as well, Its a Westerly Renown I believe. Sometimes I find it interesting to compare UK and US boats from the 70’s and 80’s.

Boat Haul-Out and Spring Refits

Hauled Santosha out of the water three weekends ago! The Weather had been awesome so I thought I  would get an earlier start than in previous years.

I was glad I did as the old Doziers yard in Urbanna has been sold and the new owners were planning on re-building the lift starting in April. This gave me only three weekends to get a laundry list of projects taken care of.

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On the weather front, it went from being 70 degrees the week before I took her out to being a high of 34 the week after…

After power washing I was surprised to see that the water based ablative anti fouling that I had tried held up very well over the last three years. She needed a coat but there was still a good amount on there. The bottom would have looked way better had I used her more last year. The prop was in better shape than I thought also, there were some barnacles but I was happy with the insta-galve that used last time.

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The worst area on the bottom were where I had epoxied some blisters and not left the epoxy to dry long enough before anti fouling, my mistake for not reading the instructions and she peeled a little as she dried out.

We set to on the hull, compounding stains and polishing with Star Bright PTFE polish. This polish bought back a good shine and I hoping that the teflon in there will help keep the old gel coat clean. We shall see…

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But the initial results look like it was a good choice. The Pictures do not do her justice.

DSC01237The following weekend was mainly prepping the bottom for the anti fouling and epoxying a few small blisters. We woke up to snow on the Sunday morning so we bailed on any more work that weekend.

Ill post the “After” results next week.

Podcasts

I listen to a ton of podcasts, not just sailing related. Whether its in the car, on the plane, or  at the Gym I normally have one playing.

I have listened to the “On the Wind” (formally 59 North) podcast for a number of years. I first found it searching for Allied Seawind information on the web, Andy Schell and his wife were ocean cruising in an Allied Mistress and blogging.

Recently he has had three guests from England on his show and they are absolutely fascinating:

Rev. Bob Shepton: Talks about climbing and northern latitude sailing

Robin Knox Johnston: Life and Sailing

Nigel Calder: Alternate Energy Systems

Check them out, he has way more including Don Street, The Pardys, and Webb Chiles. All are excellent!

 

Cruising the Chesapeake: The Corsair

I was bouncing around the interwebs last weekend and came across this awesome video of a “Middle Bay” cruise. Its unusual to find videos of this quality about an area that we sail.  So enjoy and check out his You Tube Channel and Blog!

Deck Leaks…

Sorry for the long delay in posting, Its been a combination of the weather in Virginia (which has sucked) plus my iPhone Camera has been out of commission and I rarely ever remember to bring Jeans good camera with me.

I found out a couple of things from the rainy spring. Firstly my hatches leak more than ever and secondly the hull/deck joint which is supposed to be glassed on the inside of the Seawind II was not glassed completely.

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