Sail Maintenance and so on…

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Dec 182012

Today the weather was really nice and calm so we profited from that by doing a small repair on the genoa luff. It had a small rip in the usual spot just at the start of the fore-stay groove. Now it has been reinforced by a bit of kevlar so it should be OK.

We also got the dinghy engine running perfectly well now, after a few days of work which ended up being a rather large overhaul.

So we’re finally ready for some excursions on the island. Now we just need some suitable weather. But tomorrow does not look so promising. Northerly winds are not good for the anchorage we are targeting for our first excursion.



Chrsitmas Repairs…

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Dec 162012

Today’s happy repair is the wind indicator that the clumsy skipper (me…) fell and smashed during a reefing manoeuvre in darkness in the crossing from Uruguay. The cover glass was cracked in several places and the salt water that got in to the unit damaged one of the background light LED’s. After deciding that it was impossible to repair the glass from the inside we just covered the whole thing in 2 mm of clear polyester. And I found a LED with the right color (but the wrong shape, as you can see) to replace the broken one.

The not so happy repair is our dinghy engine, which first refused to run. Now it has had a thorough carburetor cleaning, and runs fine, except the cooling isn’t working. So that’s next on the to do list (except of course for some Christmas decorations). We need the dinghy to be able to make excursions to the islands, since the islands are shallow, and you can’t get ashore without a dinghy.


We like aluminum

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May 282012

My neighbor, a french guy, also has an aluminum boat with an aluminum dinghy. Except he did an Optimist instead of a RIB like I did. Cute!

Jun 082011

Presenting “Son of the Journeyman”:

Well… I’m really not sure what to name the dinghy. Anyway, now it’s ready and running very well thanks to it’s rather deep V-shaped aluminum hull. As you can see I reused a little bit of the antislip flooring from the interior for the deck.

The hull for the dinghy was actually built by the guests that attended the keel laying party back in november 2009:

Soo… Let’s do a little naming competition, that’s always fun! What should the dinghy be called? Leave your suggestions in the comments!