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  1. Cleaning Running Rigging

    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:

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    Notice the grime line? ...
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  2. A Family Cruise in 1961

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    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

    Racing & Crusing , Ericson Ownership
  3. Overdue Winch Service

    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

    Maintenance and Mechanical , Ericson Ownership
  4. Singlehanded Cruising (30 minute video)

    Cruise of Thelonious, Los Angeles to Hawaii and return. Twenty days out, 28 back.

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    Updated 12-12-2014 at 01:11 PM by Christian Williams

    Racing & Crusing , Ericson Ownership
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