Friday, July 13, 2018

4th of July Weekend Sailing

We spent quite a bit of time at the lake over the 4th, 5th, and 6th last week. I took my grandson James out for his first sail. Super light winds in the cove but we did some low speed tacks and jibes. He seemed content and didn't try to get out of the boat. Looking forward to watching him grow into sailing.

Evelyn's Sunfish needs some work on the bottom and sides. There are several patches done over the years and the white patches just didn't look good. As a temporary fix, I found some spray paint that was a close match and sprayed the patches. I know what  you're thinking. Spray paint!? Yes. I'll work on it properly next spring. Doesn't look too bad though... from 15 feet back at 5 knots!

Before with the white areas from repairs.

Marla and Evelyn took the Sunfish outside the cove to the main lake. I took our big boat out and sailed along with them. This has been something I've wanted to do for some time now. There wasn't a lot of wind.

Friday evening we headed out for a sail to watch the sunset. It was a fun few days of sailing and relaxing at the lake.

The view from our dock. This was actually taken the evening before.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Sunfish to the Family!

For a couple of years I have been looking for another Sunfish for my daughter. Not any Sunfish would do. It had to be a blue Sunfish, my daughter's favorite color. Behold!

Just in time for Evelyn's birthday, this 1966 gem was provided by her Aunt Anita and Uncle Mark!

It wasn't much to look at but there was something special hiding under all that grime. The hull weighed in at 140lbs. Not bad for a 52 year old boat. Because of the weight I'm avoiding adding any inspection ports for now. I did add a drain plug to the stern. Peaking inside, the foam I could see was really clean.

The gelcoat on the deck is dull and didn't polish out very well. It will probably need painting eventually. However, Evelyn likes it and says it looks like clouds. The hull needs sanded and painted for sure. Hey, the boat is 52 years old!

Sunfish stack!
I added all the necessary upgrades: a ratchet block, new lines, Battlestick tiller extension, and an over priced drain plug. After getting everything upgraded it was time for a shakedown cruise.

We're a 2 Sunfish family now. Need to find a 3rd.

The sail is old and worn.
The circle logo and small chevron is an interesting design feature.
Taking a break from sailing. I think Evelyn likes the boat. LOL.
The pre-72 rudder design is interesting and takes some time to figure it out. I'll decide in the spring if I want to upgrade it to the newer style.

Now we need to find a third Sunfish but it needs to be in the orange and yellow color motif. That is Marla's favorite Sunfish style.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's February! Rudder Fix Part 1

Back in 2014 we did a major repair to the stern tube. At that time I knew our rudder stuffing box would need some work in the future. I should have just fixed it then but we wanted to get in the water so I put it off. Well now is the time we need to fix this issue. All 4 of the bolt heads are gone so I'm a little concerned. The way everything goes together it probably wouldn't be an issue but for peace of mind we decided to fix it this year.

Here are some photos of the project. Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Evelyn Sunfish Week 4

What a great afternoon of sailing!

Evelyn sailed to the outer cove today on her own. She wanted me to go out on another boat but I convinced her to go alone and I would stand at the end of the shore watching her sail. Her uncle and cousin were out sailing around as well. Evelyn is really doing well learning to sail the Sunfish. Her work with the transitions of the tiller and mainsheet during tacks and jibes is really good!

The water is cooling off but the sun was out which helped keep us warm. Never thought I'd be out sailing on the Sunfish in October. I managed to stay dry. Evelyn attempted to cool off a little while sailing.

This is probably the last time for Sunfish sailing this year but if next weekend is nice who knows?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tacks and Jibes

Evelyn showing off her mainsheet / tiller transitions during tacks and jibes. The wind was light today so everything happened at a slower pace. Her technique is improving!

And just for fun Evelyn sailing with me at sunset three years ago...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Evelyn on the Sunfish

The wind was blowing 20 gusting up to 30+ mph all day. I wasn’t sure if even the Sunfish would make it out but sailing around the protected cove worked out really well for Evelyn to practice. While it was blowing like crazy out on the lake the trees helped knock some of the wind down in the sailboat cove. It was windy enough that she had to hike out to keep from capsizing the boat. Evelyn spent all day practicing her jibes, tacks, and capsize drills.

Evelyn calls this video her Koala Maneuver. I guess because she hugs the dagger board like a Koala Bear hugs a tree…

Evelyn practicing her skills at cooling off while sailing. Might lose something if she isn’t careful…

Retrieving lost hat...
And just for fun… Eve sailing our Sunfish 4 years ago when she was only 8!

The boat was too big for Evelyn to sail on her own so she started learning on the Optimist. After this weekend’s accomplishments she is ready to move up to the Sunfish. What a great day of sailing!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pelicans Are Back!

Pumpkin this. Spiced that. People claim that when the pumpkin spiced stuff appears Fall has begun. Sorry folks, Fall starts when the pelicans return to Cheney Reservoir. Guess what? They're Heeeere!! It's time for the best sailing of the year! Fall Sailing!
Evelyn asked to back us out. She sat down and said "I forgot how to do this"! I gave her some instruction and she did a great job! Evelyn took the helm and backed us out of the dock to start our sailing adventure.
Had a great evening of sailing! We didn't expect to see pelicans this early in the season so that was an awesome bonus!
It did get a little 'exciting' with the high wind and large waves after the sun set so we motored back 3 miles directly into the wind and waves at a blazing speed of 4 miles per hour!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Reefed Main Sail (Finally!)

With Evelyn hanging out with her sisters and grandparents Marla and I took advantage of the great weather to go for a sail. When we arrived the wind was quite gusty and it was a perfect day to try out reefing our main for the first time.

Wait? The first time in 5 seasons? Unfortunately yes. The boat was rigged to use a reefing line that could be controlled from the cockpit. The only issue was I was missing 1) the line and 2) a block on the boom. My narrow-mindedness wouldn't let me see past those two small issues so I never bothered. This season I was cleaning out some storage lockers on the boat and found our old main sheet and thought "Why don't i just tie main to the boom like the old timers did?". Okay, people still do this.

While Marla was in the back cabin cleaning up my mess I cut the mainsheet down to 3 foot sections and proceeded to tie off the mainsheet at the reefing points. Luckily I guessed the correct length to use and was quite proud at my handiwork. Okay, it wasn't that spectacular of an accomplishment. Before we headed out I had a quick Jr. Sailing function to attend and Marla took nap while she waited for me to return.

Hobie Fleet 27 took the Jr Sailors for rides all day!

The wind started settling down so we headed out to test the new reefed main. Yes... I should had done this years ago! The boat sailed great in the gusty wind and we managed an average of 3.5 knots with a max speed of 5.7! Not bad for this old boat.

After about three hours of sailing the sun was setting and it was time to head back. It was great taking the boat out in higher wind but not worried about all the 'excitement' that goes along with it.