I finally went sailing today. It's some hard work! If I leave the tiller for a few seconds, it seems like there's no telling what could happen. The wind
could change directions, or get a sudden gust & send the boat heeling.
There always seemed to be someone passing me, so that I could not head
into the wind
when the wind picked up and the boat started to heel. Much of the time, the wind had the boat going 2.5 knots.
Sailing in a channel or a busy harbor with a bunch of boats around & lee shores is not fun, but I'm sure it would have been smarter to not have had the end of the boom tied down to one of the corners of the stern. I think the function of that is the prevention of an accidental gybe. I plan on removing that next time while in the harbor or channel. I want to learn how to steer with the sails
Even if I lashed down the ruder to do something up front just for a minute, next thing I know the boat has changed directions & there's always a passing boat to run into.
The tiller is beast too! The boat either wants to heel or head
off the desired direction too much. It was real tricky to keep it at a reasonable direct. Oh, & it seems one has to look up almost constantly to see what the boat's doing next. As slow as those things are, they sure get in a mess quick. I had to gybe a few times, cause I wasn't paying attention, & I mean, the boat did a 360.
At the end of my little trip, the shroud
at the end of the spreader popped off. It looks like there was no wire holding it on, like there should be. It just had a rag over the end. I thought it looked funny
the way it flapped up there. Looked like it was velcroed up there!
Oh man does this atomic four stink up the cabin
too! I can still smell gas & fumes hours later. I don't even know where these fumes are coming from. Possibly blowby, but, I can't find the source. I see no drips. The engine
is reliable but I hate using it. I need to learn how to steer w/ the sails
. I don't know. Sailing just seems like a great deal of hard work, but maybe it gets easier? LOL