Since deciding to set sail, I've actually set sail. I'm now in Amsterdam
doing the final preparations before continuing south. If you're interested in reading more about the trip down, please check out my website
So what am I doing here? Well, I have a long list of things I'm doing, but when I'm done I'll really be ready for the 7 seas. I'll write a list and if anyone is curious or would like me to elaborate, please ask.
- I'm changing the main anchor
from a CQR
to a Rocna
- I'm going all chain on the anchor rode
(8mm stainless duplex chain).
- I'm putting on a brand new jib
(after my old one tore badly on the way down from Norway).
- I'm changing and rewiring all my bilge
pumps (2 of the older ones melted, so it needs to be done ASAP). I'll now be using six Sahara 750 bilge
- I'm sorting out some trouble with my wireless tacktik wind
measurer. It basically packs in after a few hours of use.
- I need to adjust the rudder
angle on the autopilot
, because it now has straight forward as being 6 degrees to starboard.
- I need to pull a new spinnaker halyard
, because one of the old ones snapped inside the mast
on the way down from Norway
- In addition I'm having the gennaker
that went for a swim repaired and I'm getting a new larger gennaker
to replace the one that tore on the way up North.
- I'm having the boat hauled out and will scrub the bottom properly and change the zincs.
The boat was hauled out earlier today and to all those that wonder it weighed in just under 10 tons. This is with pretty much empty fuel
and water tanks
The trip to Amsterdam
was actually tougher than expected. The first attempt was stopped by wind
, waves and current
on the nose, mixed with an auto pilot that said good night (it stopped working and the auto-fuse flipped). The boat performed admirably, but when the elements are against you it really doesn't matter what boat you have. We also shredded the jib, so that was a bit of a pain.
The second attempt went better, until the halyard
that was holding the gennaker up snapped and I saw my beautiful new gennaker go for a swim. I managed to give it a small tear when I pulled it onboard, so we had to motor
the rest of the way. I didn't have a jib, because I had to get to Amsterdam to get the new one delivered from South Africa
. Gideon (the owner of African Cats) brought the jib with him when he came up from SA. Gideon has been very helpful with anything related to the boat and has helped me every step of the way.
We got to Amsterdam and the trip was enjoyable, but it would have been much more so if I had been sailing, but when you have bad luck and a halyard snaps, there is little you can do. I was plagued by sails
breaking, but the first two were old and very well used and not properly cared for in the past year before I bought the boat, so it wasn't a big surprise. The last tear was an accident
when I pulled the gennaker back onboard after its impromptu swim, so there was little I could do. I'm hoping that with my new sail wardrobe that the trip down to Portugal
will go better.
Now if only the weather
would change, so that I could get more favorable winds going through the English Channel
and across the Bay of Biscay.