We got Bellesa out of the slip for the "shakedown" sail yesterday afternoon.
While I was motoring down the creek towards the channel I used the time to get the angle offset of the wind
indicator right. Silly me, I thought I had it straight out in front of the mast
, but nope. Oh well. Once we were straight into the wind
I was able to figure out the angle of how far it was off. During that time I noticed we kept slowing down, I would reach down and bump the throttle and we we start slowing again. Once I quit paying attention to the wind display and more attention to the throttle it could be seen it was slipping slowly back to idle. I should be able to sort that this afternoon.
As we exited the channel we tossed off the sail ties and raised the main. The boom did not lift
like it should and while the crew was using a winch
to pull the boom up we heard a nice popping noise
. Someone forgot to loose the preventer on the boom and it pull the fitting out of the boom by the rivets. No worries really. I wanted to replace it anyways. I think a PO intended it to be a vang, it wasn't really suited for that purpose.
Main up and genoa
rolled out we cut the engine
. THAT is nice. Didn't like the way the main was setting so we figured out the outhaul
. Looks like a 3/8 allen screw at the gooseneck. A PO had tied some line to the clew of the main and to the outhaul
car since the shackle didn't reach. There wasn't as much travel in the car as a result, that was fixed when we returned to the dock
So now we are sailing across the river, making good time. A smattering of white caps on the water
, little bit of spray off the bow. She was less tender
than I thought she would be without the centerboard
down (off season project). Once across the river, tack without having to back the headsail and a nice cutting arc
behind us headed out to the open bay.
We were out for about 4 hours and she was an absolute joy to sail. The Wind was running between 10 and 18 knots with about a foot of chop, life was very good.
I have put right at 4 months of work into her and that first sail was so worth it. Hope to get out again tomorrow.