Still here at Pete's Pier in Crystal River, Fl. My slip has a clear view of the boat ramp
, and it can be alot of entertainment on some days, especially the weekends. Spent the morning re-rigging the main sail, to make it easier for me, of course with the help of Captain
Shelly. She laughed when she saw how I hoisted the mainsail
. This boat uses 1/4" wire halyard
, so once you get the sail hoisted, and look down, you have a slinky at your feet. Its ALL wire, and really tough on the hands. She told me I should get to a rigger and change out all the damn wire to line. She had me make up some reefing lines, and I put them in the little holes on the sail, and figure 8 knoted them on either side of the little holes, and she said that if I ever needed to reef fast, the lines are already in place. She showed me how to me raise the boom up and keep it up, so I wouldnt have to always fold back the bimini
when setting up the mainsail
. Explained to me how the traveler works, and the best way to set it in different winds. Showed me how to rig a "on the fly" boom vang
when out in the ocean and the boom is bouncing too much. As well as a few other tips and suggestions.
Then we went out into Kings Bay, and I spent the day tacking and jibbing with only the main up, doing a bunch of figure eights, and dodging small boats, and one old fart on a wave runner that missed my boat by about 3 feet. The guy was intently looking at the dashboard of the wave runner, and until I whistled real loud did he look up at me and the boat. It was dicey there for a few moments.
I must say, that my little seafarer 34, points to the wind
rather nicely. Though I did have a bit of a problem practicing my controlled jibbing. Captain
Shelly showed me the proper way, and as I watch her at the wheel
, then turning around and watching the boom swing from port to starboard, as if it was in slow motion. Me myself, I would get into a turn, and the boom would ever so gently start to travel from starboard to port, after about 3 long lingering moments, there was sudden WHOOSH..and a BANG and the boom would be on the port side. I need to practice on that a bit more Captain Shelly said to me. Oh, she told me to stop going to Big Lots to get rope
for my boat too.
Staying in a marina, while the boat ramp
is entertaining at times, those trips to the laundromat was wearing me out. So I got a little bike off craigslist, and a 2 wheeler frigerator dolly at Home Depot, and now I look like a homeless dude. But it is working out really great. I stuff my dirty clothes in my duffle bag, and bungee it to the dolly, then I bungee the dolly to the back of the bike, then I bungee a plastic basket to the dolly above the dufflebag, and off to the landromat I go. While the clothes are washing
, I do my grocery shopping
at the Save-a-Lot around the corner. Slide the plastic basket down to the bottom of the dolly, and put my groceries in the basket, then finish my laundry
, and bungee the duffle above the plastic basket, and slide it down so my groceries dont fall out. I ride back to the marina, onto the docks, and to my slip. Though the other day, I cut one of the corners a little to sharp, and the right dolly wheel
went off the dock
, and then the dolly went into the drink, along with my groceries, my dufflebag, my bike, and me. Now I walk down the docks, pushing my bike instead of riding it.
I think monday, I will do a overnighter to Anclote Key, and then back to Crystal River. Prolly will get lost
east, call TowBoatsUS, and get put into another marina somewhere. Wonderful thing about me and sailing......never knowing where I'm gonna end up once I step out into the ocean.