We had a windstorm this past week and she got scuffed up by the dock
which is a bummer. One bad scrape thru the glass and into the core
plus others. Gusts up to around 60 mph. I'm on an end tie and that less than one mile fetch across the bay was too much. We had 2' waves washing
up on the dock
. The issue is she was riding the tops of the waves and really bouncing around. The fenders were getting thrown up on the dock. A bow line parted. It was "hectic". I stayed with her until I was drenched from the spray and freezing. I didn't think my kicker
had enough HP to move it off the dock and the prop would have been coming out of the water
anyway so that wouldn't work. I called about getting a tow to a better location and that opened up an insurance
claim with Boat US. The tow captain
said noway. Now my plan was to go home, shower
and change and come back out. The wind
had knocked down power lines and the traffic lights were out so getting home took forever. The lights were out at my house so no well pressure and no shower
. I just folded after that. It blew all night but the boat didn't really get damaged any worse. There's no water
egress and she is still usable. The adjuster comes out Tuesday. I have full coverage.
After that the wind dropped to near 0. I went out on Friday and played with the sails
in about 3 knots wind and then the wind disappeared. So back to motoring. I almost docked her by myself except for a marina tenant showed up at the right time. I have a side tie now so out of harms way but more complicated ingress. One issue is the motor
is mounted down there on that bracket and all the controls are manual. To change gears you need to reach down there while steering
with the rudder
tiller and get the docklines to the cleats
. There is a motor tiller extension but coming into dock is a semi-coordinated dance. And because the motor is mounted off center this effects the steering
. I need to be perfect when backing into the slip because changing the rudder
angle takes a long time to take effect. I'm probably going to install a Yamaha remote
control which will make things easier. Option B is another engine
on the other side of the aft beam which would give me great control but the $$$$ and the weight is a concern. Then I would have 2 remotes like a normal boat.
One thing that is real cool is there are lines everywhere and the problem is there are lines everywhere. Getting a good grasp of what does what will take a bit. I'm still getting used to the Harken
Carbo headsail foil. If I position everything just so then I can pull the jib
up from the cockpit
. Getting everything right while steering (no autopilot) is the hard part.
Even though I had some weather
issues I'm still having fun. We'll go out and play with the sails today in the predicted 3 mph wind. Motoring in no wind is better than sittin on the couch.
During that windstorm I saw a big plastic buoy dragging toward my boat. It's was a little bigger than the 55 gal drum size and covered in shellfish. It's heading right for the boat and I'm thinking this is really going to suck. That buoy went right thru clean between the hulls and barely touched the boat. It's kinda funny