all about my little boat…

Rather than get into the next phase of my head-tearout on Centaurea(the half-full holding tank and associated lines/valves), i took a break from greater responsibility this afternoon, and tended to Ripple instead. Shortened up the two-blocked after lower shrouds, and got the mast into a better position, then went for a fun little turn around the harbour. Pretty light winds, but good fun; great to blast out of the hole on every minute puff. Tourists motoring alongside for the obligitory photos (really, the boat is that damn cute), and just generally enjoying the hell out of life.
A final footnote, as i made my way back to the dock; a pair of dolphins coasting alongside for a few boatlengths, nearly close enough to touch…

to sea! to sea!

What a productive Boxing Day! Got in to work quite early, and made all sorts of progress. First, i did some commisioning work and bent some sails for a client’s boat. Then i cobbled together a traveller (a line in lieu of the bronze rod), finished bending the dinghy sails, and went for a proper long sail.
The new keel makes a big difference, even so, i’m sailing tentatively. i guess that when i first started out in Ripple, i just didn’t know any better… most dinghies will dip a rail, but keep going, and are recoverable even after shipping a little water. Sailing Ripple rail-down, i just wasn’t aware of how close to the edge i was! Now that i’ve crash-and-burned a couple times, i’m shy of taking the boat to the limits, despite the greater final stability i’ve re-designed into her. Still, she’s fun and fast and plenty entertaining, and for the time being, in good enough kit for daily sailing without further work.
After sailing, i drove around the end of the island to Smuggler’s for some of Matt’s great new fish tacos and a couple Mojitos. Yes, Matt is finally open! Then it was back to the boatyard to dig into Centaurea. i emptied out quite a few lockers, and gave her a good airing-out. i erected the dodger, which is in great shape, although the tubing supports new renewing. Sorted out the fine mess of running rigging aloft, just to see what’s what. i also offloaded the two (!) inflatables; the one from the salon and the one from the cabintop; both look to be in decent shape, but will require a thorough going-over. i’ll be looking to find or build a proper little hard dinghy, so the inflatables will get sold… already defraying the purchase price!
Tomorrow, Simba Paul is going to help me sort through all the sails, laying them out on the grass and inspecting them. What fun!

at it again

This day, Christmas Afternoon, i got a little work done on the dinghy. i’m forcing myself to get it buttoned up and regularly sailing before i start getting into my big boat.
i carefully paddled the dinghy over to the baech, where i slid it up the shore and careened it. The new ballasted keel slid in from underneath, and was temporarily pegged in place. Just paddling back to the dock, the new weight made a huge difference. There is still an initial instability, but it really starts to firm up once heeled.
i got the headsails bent on, and got the corners of the main attached; the head and luff lacing on the main will wait for the morrow.
Tomorrow, we West Endians will gather to go out to Bubbly Pool and Jost Van Dyke aboard Kuralu.

Busy as all heck around the boatyard. Launching many boats lately, and buttoning up projects before owners arrive, general commissioning, etc. One nice Herreshoff schooner in and out of the harbour lately.
New lead ballast bulb has been shaped for the dinghy keel; hoping to get that in this week sometime, along with a new traveller. Yay! Sailing again! The poor dinghy has just been getting in the way on our docks lately, tuggin’ at her lines. Can’t wait for another set of seatrials!
The cat slowly leaking out of the bag, wispered into one ear or another. An “agreement in principle” has been reached, via many inter-continental emails and phonecalls, and Sverre has agreed to sell me “my” boat. i’m eager to get a-crackin’, but am waiting until all the paperwork is signed/sealed/delivered. Details to follow…

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