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When we purchased Island Time, the running rigging was in decent shape, if not a little salt-encrusted, mossy, and not too easy on the eyes. It has a few years left. We removed the genoa sheets, vang, roller furler line, reef lines, etc… so we could wash them. We first daisy chained the lines and pre-soaked them in the bath tub with warm water, and agitated them with our feet.
Look at all that filth:
Notice the grime line?
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Off to Hawaii
Singlehanded to Hawaii--30-Minute Video
Offshore with the 2014 Sailomat Wind Vane--12-Minute Video
Sailomat Vane Installation on an E32-3
Refitting Thelonious After Return
Overdue Winch Service
Fuel Jugs, Bookshelf, Tell-Tale Compass
Eastport Pram as Lifeboat
Building the Eastport Pram--7-Minute Video
Sailing the Eastport Pram--3-Minute Video
Balmar 100-amp Alternator, Victron Monitor, Cockpit Splash Guard
Updated 12-15-2014 at 10:05 PM by Christian Williams
With some astonishment I realize that my early family sailing experiences with an 8mm video camera in hand now constitute a museum show of ancient American yachting.
(This link was lost in the forum hacking last year.)
We were members of the Raritan Yacht Club, in Perth Amboy, N.J. The club occupies high ground across from Staten Island, with Sandy Hook due east and the Atlantic beyond.
Updated 11-27-2014 at 05:30 PM by Christian Williams
Deck winches are easy to take for granted until, when trimming the big genoa in 20 knots, the drum loses its grip and you're holding a runaway winch handle by the tail.
Possibly I am not the only one who put off the obvious and elementary task of annual winch service. They seem so sturdy, etc. Tough as nails, etc. Always there for you, and so on. Rather like a well behaved child who you make sleep in the yard, or a dog who runs after your car till you're out of sight, or the bottle
Updated 11-17-2014 at 04:40 PM by Christian Williams
Cruise of Thelonious, Los Angeles to Hawaii and return. Twenty days out, 28 back.
Updated 12-12-2014 at 01:11 PM by Christian Williams