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Clear days, clear nights

Finally. A weather window. Three days of little or no rain. Further analysis - nighttime temperature 24 degrees. Wow, will it ever get better?

Fair winds and following seas.

A beautiful day

For the first time in quite a while it was actually a beautiful day. The local folks held a regatta. In the afternoon the wind picked up and it was fun to watch them go from light air to heavy air conditions.

Of course this evening after sunset it was alarm time again. Another marine warning. Will the weather never cooperate with my desire to leave?

Fair winds and following seas

Nighttime Alarm

Last night I was awakened by the chart plotter alarm. Now I use this to get me up in the morning so I was not all that surprised. When I went out to reset it low and behold it was another marine weather warning and it was still the middle of the night!

Fair winds and following seas.

Weather again

Another day, another marine weather warning this afternoon.

Fair winds and following seas.

Have you ever seen the rain?

With apologies to Clarence Clearwater Revival I was sitting on Reboot this (rainy) afternoon hoping for a weather window when the alarm went off on the multi-function display. Marine warning. Gale warning off the coast. I got to get out of this place.

Fair winds and following seas.

I was happier complaining

We have had a lot of cold, snow and wet here. It has created a major disincentive to work on Reboot. The last few days have been beautiful. Since I am trying to get underway I have spent most of it on the deck making sure that all of the rigging etc. is in good shape.

Today I found a couple of lines that had chafed. Of course shortening the lines didn't work, they were then too short. So off to a big expense at West Marine to replace the lines. I just finished re-rigging them and decided I preferred it when I didn't have to do any work and could just complain.

Fair winds and following seas.

Things to do while the mast is down

In the SailNet forum recently I responded to the question: Things to do while mast is off:

I said:


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Then I saiid: Oh, you mean on the boat...

1. Take all of the standing rigging apart. If the spreaders come off take them off. Take off the spreader end caps. Look at everything. The last time I took my mast down I discovered a crack in one spreader. Look at the bushing holding the spreaders on, etc. etc. etc. This is the easiest and best time to check your standing rigging. put on a cotton or rubber glove. Slide along every inch of rigging wire looking for snags.
2. Remove the sheaves. Check the axles. Check the sheaves. Lubricate with lithium grease. Reassemble.
3. Make a list of everything you might put on the masthead: tricolor/anchor light, wind instrument (electronic), wind instrument (manual), radio antenna, lightening rod, TV antenna, etc. Pre-wire everything. In all probability you should replace both the radio antenna and the coax down lead.
3a. Remember to…