While waiting for the gale…
Today’s weather forecast? Gale. Specifically…
‘Gale’ force winds of 34 to 47 knots are occurring or expected to occur in this marine area.”
Oh, and it might even snow tonight!!! Man, we are in the wrong country. Looks like we won’t be going sailing on mothers day.
Yesterday was a fairly productive boat day. It started with us getting kicked out of our temporary slip, into another temporary slip. This docking experience was a hundred times better than our last one. As I had some time to kill between dropping Rebecca off at work and a lesson that I had to teach, I brought along some boat projects from my list.
The first project was laying up a piece of fiberglass for our windlass install (yes, we are still working on that). This is the first time I have ever done any fiberglass work and although this couldn’t be easier, there were still a few unknowns to deal with. For example, just how much resin should I mix up to “wet out” 12 layers of cloth?
In the end it all worked out. I ran out at 11 layers which is good enough. I’ll show it to my fiberglass guru and hopefully is passes muster.
The second project was to begin to splice eyes on the line for our Seabrake drogue. When I wrote about having my splicing lesson the other day one of the commenters requested a video. Although this was my very first time doing it by myself I decided to film it. The video is 12:33 long (approx. 98 meg) which appears to be outside the limits allowed by youtube. I uploaded it to our server though for any of you who care to see it.
Oh, with respect to the mystery water that I commented on, one of my guesses about the source was accurate. The leak is at the inspection port at the top of our fresh water tank. The water is only ever this high when we fill the tank to the top, and then only until we use a bit of it (or it drains to below that limit). Thankfully, that should be easy enough to fix.
If your weather is going to be crappy today and you’re looking for some good boat-related reading, check out the links on the Port Credit Marine Survey’s page. Specifically check out the Primer For First Timers Heading South on the ICW, at the top of the far right column on that page. Although opinionated, there are some decent tips there.