Thursday, October 12, 2017

the new axle, the race

That's the new axle, very stout and solid, with new hub and leaf spring.  This should carry SPARTINA many, many miles.  I'll head up to the Eastern Shore early Sunday morning.  Installation should be fairly simple, cutting off the old bolts and reinstalling with all new hardware.  Michael and Sheila of KANTALA have offered to help, which means it will be fun.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race begins this afternoon off of Annapolis.  The Virginia will be part of the fleet.  Looks like outstanding wind on the beam from 15 to 25 mph, I'm not sure I have seen such a favorable wind for the race in a while.  


Alan said...


Graham broke a leaf spring on his trailer some time before his trip up to St. Michaels. We noticed it just before we were packed up to leave. He made it home and has since gone through some similar maintenance on his trailer. Heard about your broken axle from my parents. Glad to see no harm done and all patched up! -Alan

Steve said...

Thanks, Alan. Paul and Dawn were very nice to drop by, as were several other sailors and absolute strangers. Got the new axle, which seems as if were built for a tank, leaf springs and all associated bolts, tools, etc. loaded up in the jeep. Will be on the road by 4 a.m., installing by 8:00 or so. Good to see you in St. Michaels.