My Dinghy, Episode 32

What an active Fall this year.  I hope all are well and recovering from the devastation the hurricanes have done to the Gulf, Florida, and the islands.  Wishing a speedy recovery for all.

Episode 32 Still corrected

Reaching into Narragansett Bay

This show is about my dinghy.   Even though when I race there is not a dinghy on board, just my Winslow four person ultralight offshore raft you see in the cockpit.  While trekking with my buddies, or cruising with my wife I carry my dinghy.  Don’t want to give it up with out you watching the show, so let’s get right into it.

Link to My Dinghy, Episode 32

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My Sail Inventory, Episode 31

A5 leeward fwd

Reaching with A5

With summer fading and fall in the air, it is a great time to get out on the water.  Summer crowds are gone and water is still warm. We are just back from a four day trek that took us to Noank, CT to visit friends.  Kincora is a fantastic boat for the two of us.

I have been asked about my sail inventory which is still a work in progress.  I believe in big cross overs, and carrying as few sails as possible.  With the option of masthead and fractional kites that opens up a lot of choices.  Having added a very nice A5 this season I feel the only time for a symmetrical is when I am deeper then 150 apparent.  So only one MH runner is needed.  There could be an option for a fractional symmetrical for deep running in bigger breeze.  But that is not high on my list for this winter.

If you are racing/trekking singlehanded, let me know what boat you have, and your inventory.  Always great to share and learn from the shorthanded gang.

Hop on board and let me show you my inventory and how I feel each works and their sweet windows.  Link: Episode 31 My Sail Inventory

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UBI FR125 Furler & Doyle Code 0, Episode 30

Episode 30 still final

Perfect Code 0 conditions on Knicora

Wow, hard to believe this weekend is Labor Day Holiday.   Summer has flown by as usual.  Hope you had a lot of time on the water sailing.  We still have a few great months in Southern New England to get out and trek some miles, with less crowds.

Kincora has been putting on the miles, with more trips planned.  Really is a great boat, well built, well designed, and pretty well rigged.

This episode is a while coming since it was important for me to put miles on the furler, and Code 0, before I felt ready to film the video.  With our light summer winds this year the Code 0, and furler have put in the hours.

In this video, I go over how to use the FR125 furler, how it matches my Code 0. Then take you through the unfurling/furling process.  So sit back enjoy the ride and hopefully this will help you dial in your system, choose a system, or come up with your own ideas.  If you want to see in more detail my drum and furling line setup, view, Episode 27.

Episode 30, UBI FR125 furler & Doyle Code 0

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Enjoy the rest of summer or last spring down under.

 

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B&G Triton 2 and Zuse 3 setup, Episode 29

Episode 29 still final

Cockpit layout working well, with the instruments at my finger tips

I hope you are all enjoying the dog days of summer in the northern hemisphere, and getting ready for your season down under.

This past week I had one of my followers from In and Out of The Boat Shop, Vimeo channel send a very nice message.  Duncan Hayward from Australia, asked if I would show how I am setting up my instrument readouts, for shorthanded sailing.  Great video idea Duncan.

I dove in the next day and recorded the footage on the mooring, spicing up the video with a few sailing shots and hopefully answered Duncan’s question.  If not leave comments and I will be sure to answer any questions.

I have only four months with this instrument package, and am learning all the time.  I can say the Triton 2 readouts are excellent.  And the Zuse 3 is a nice chartplotter, but still needs to get Predict Wind working.

Sit back an dive into the video at this LINK.

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Solo/Twin Race 2017, Episode 28

Episode 28 Solo Twin still

Sunset on Solo Twin race

This week was the solo/twin race out of Newport Yacht Club.  The race is run every year for single handed, double handed, spinnaker and canvas.  There is also a multihull course.  Great race and great group of sailors.  Roy Guay and his team at Newport Yacht club do a fantastic job with the race.  They also run the Bermuda 1-2, and The 160 which is a qualifier for the Bermuda 1-2.

With my late start this Spring due to workload this is my first race.  Of course if there is a solo class that is what I am sailing.   Feeling like I am just starting to get the boat up to about 80% of her speed potential, this was a great race to learn a lot more about the boat, and just have fun.

The course was shortened on Thursday night prior to the start on Friday due to a NE blow coming, early Saturday well into Sunday.  After I finished and went back around Beavertail and up to Dutch Harbor, the breeze started.  Along with some very ominous clouds when entering Dutch Harbor at 03:30.

We had a light South breeze at the start and enough to sail out the bay and upwind to the MOA 9 miles South of Narragansett Bay.  At that port rounding we bore off to a tight reach to Gay Head off the Vineyartd.  Then almost reciprocal course to a mark 3.3 mi South of Pt. Judith, then headed to Castle Hill light house to finish off a 120 degree bearing.

Most of the race there was nice light breeze to keep moving well enough.  But 3 mi from Pt Judith mark it went very light and started doing the East predicted shift.  I stayed with Code 0 and did not switch to masthead runner, Code 0 is fractional.  Still think about this move and not sure it was the right one.  But four jibes later in 1-3 kts of wind and I made it around the mark.  Then it was still light wind, until I did two steps upwind into the building NE wind.  Back on Starboard tack and I raced into the bay with a lot of the fleet in sight.

I was second boat in fleet to finish, first to finish in my class, and first on corrected time in my class.  So Kincora first race is a win.  Still feel there is a lot to learn and a long way to go till I am up to speed.  But a fun start and nice it was single handed.

Off to Maine for a little break.   Keep enjoying summer and see you soon.

Enjoy this short video I took while racing

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Trogear Rigging Changes

Episode 27 sprit rigging

New end of pole rigging.

This week I am showing the changes made to the Trogear sprit rigging.  It has taken me a few renditions to dial in on what works well for me at this time.

I only run Code 0 and A-5 off the sprit at this time.  Still using the masthead symmetrical.  There are a few holes in my sailplan, but better to spend a summer learning the boat, and then fill the gaps next winter.

Each sail has its own tack setup on the pole.  The second loop I put on at the beginning of the season, is very short through the pole.  This works well for bobstay with Antal ring and the top is dyneema loop with three passes and then a dyneema chafe cover.

On the top of the pole I have a Equiplite snatch block with dyneema loop, the 2:1. line is eye spliced then cow hitched for the furler to the loop.  Then a separate loop with ring for the A-5 is run through the loop.  This keeps all the fittings low and light weight with only metal on the 2:1 fitting.

Check out the video to see the gear being used and how I set it up.

The Trogear Sprit has been rock solid.  And I like having the ability to move it out of the way while on two mooring pennants or anchoring.

Go out and enjoy summer it flies by, so grab it while its here.

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Ronstan Core Blocks and Shocks, Episode 26

Episode 26 core blocks

Installing the Ronstan Core 45 stand up block

This week I upgraded my mast base blocks with Ronstan Core 45’s, and a couple of older Ronstan double bearing blocks.  The reason for the double bearing blocks is the higher load on the jib halyard, and Frac spin which takes the Code 0.

I am always surprised at the loads the Ronstan blocks are rated, and this is a great chance to give them a good run.

Also a bonus this week is the Ronstan Shock aluminum fairleads.  This are great for so many applications on the boat.  Watch the video and see how I use them.

Get out and enjoy summer, and Enjoy the video.

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