August 2016 Archives

2016 Cat Gathering

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No it's not a gathering of cats! It's a catboat race, or more accurately, a catboat parade. We signed up at Arey's Pond Boat Yard a couple of months ago, itching to have a date to test our sailing skills on the winter project Skerry, "Zeppelin". We've been fussing with her since her launch at the end of May, adjusting things like how to keep the yards close to the mast, (parrels for the yard, and a wrap of line for the boom), how to make the downhaul easier to adjust (a block and line, rather than just line to the cleat), how to keep the mast from squeaking (added a sock to her foot, before inserting the mast into the step). All these things have made her handier and more comfortable to sail.

So how did we do? We haven't seen the official results yet, but we figure we came in 3rd from last. Catboats are a lot faster than our skerry, even when close to the same length. We did pretty well, considering how light our boat is, and how inexperienced we are sailing her. We got a lot of nice comments from the fleet, for Norm's rowing out the channel, and the inherent beauty of the boat. Z came along as crew, and had a great time. He is becoming a very good sailor!

Our bowman! Z called out the other boats during the start. There were about 100 or more boats milling around the start line, to start in 3 classes. Not for the faint of heart!

Norm trimmed main, and took a turn at the tiller in this pic.

Zach and Tab, Alicia and Stos, and Marina, went out in a friend's powerboat to watch the parade of boats. Everyone had a grand ole time.


Averisera: A New White Bottom

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Ready for the water: 5 August 2016

Well, maybe we should start the diesel engine and find a mooring first.  Pettit Vivid White.

2016 Summer Garden

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Marina and I picked 20 lbs of tomatoes today, and made 6 quarts of tomato sauce. The tomato plants are putting out gorgeous roma tomatoes, which we like for sauce.

We also got quite a good supply of hot peppers! Hot pepper jelly is up next.

Averisera: The Bottom Paint Project.

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Prime coat prior to bottom paint.
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First coat of Jamestown Distributors TotalProtect Epoxy Primer.  We are very satisfied.  Check back in a few years for the final story, of course.  We rolled on two coats of primer and called it a day.  The temp was 75 F and the humidity very low.  Actually, it was a prefect day for the Skerry.

The primer dried quickly.  In fact it dried too quickly to paint within the "paint with bottom paint" window.  Tomorrow we will sand with 80 grit and roll on a coat of bottom paint.

A day ago, the bottom was all mottled with the layers of old finishes.  A finish of one color revealed a smooth bottom that is reasonalbly fair.  Later this day, we applied the second coat of primer.  The next day, Friday, we'll roll on the bottom paint.  Maybe, after it cures, I'll burnish it!

Averisera gets better looking every day.  Launch soon?

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