Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Yesterday's post should have said the puzzle was a gift from the Pilgrim. It also should have said it was made with a beautiful photograph shot by Curt during last spring's cruise on Pamlico Sound. It is an original and interesting gift, one that I greatly appreciate. The puzzle was made by Shutterfly and is very high quality. Need to come up with a gift for someone? I would recommend a personalized puzzle like this.
Excuse me, I need to get back to the puzzle. That morning sky is a challenge.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
That should be comfortable with the gear I've got. (And look at that nice north wind!) I've done 40 degree nights a few times and once, during an early winter storm, woke to find ice on my boom tent in Chestertown. The more research I do on weather and currents, the better I feel about the trip.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Another new rudder blade, this one a bit heavier being made out of mahogany. And though you can't tell from this photograph it has a much nicer foil shape to it. Weather cold and rainy this week. There might be a good day early next week and I would really like to get it out for a test sail before heading to South Carolina.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
I've been watching the Atlantic coast weather a lot lately. Cold and rainy here, with more rain scheduled the next five days. Foggy in Hilton Head. And this photograph of mine shows up in the local media, a good sized wave battering Buxton just a couple miles north of Cape Point on Hatteras. This was from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. I guess I have always been interested in the weather one way or another.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Much of the food is packed. I still need to get the fruit cups and dried fruit plus make up some granola. I've ordered a wide-brim waxed cotton hat to keep my head warm and dry. My mid-weight thermals plus wool sweater at dry suit kept me warm at 35 degrees last weekend. I also have heavy weight thermals if needed.
I had planned to reshape the foil on the new rudder but decided making a new one from scratch is really about the same amount of work. I'll pick up some hardwood today.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Temperature on the Sea Island trip is something I am giving a lot of thought too. Average temperatures for March in the South Carolina/Georgia area are 40 degrees at night and 60 during the day. That's the average, it can certainly get much colder or warmer than that on any given day/night. I expect I will be wearing a combination of the dry suit and thermals for much of the first week or two of the trip.
Driving home through the neighborhood this afternoon, with SPARTINA in tow, I saw a friend out walking, training for the Appalachian Trail. He did the 2,200 mile trail a few years ago and is getting ready to do it again. He is very technical in his approach to hiking and we have often talked about dealing with the elements in respect to both hiking and small boat sailing. I pulled over this afternoon to ask him about how he dealt with the cold and the wet while hiking the trail (he started his first trail in two feet of snow). His reply was simple: Don't get cold, don't get wet. Use the right gear, use your experience and good judgement. Chance of rain? Be ready for it, don't wait until it rains to put waterproof gear on. Chance of cold, be layered up. It is a lot easier to be a little warm than too cold. And make sure you have good warm clothes for sleeping.
That all makes sense to me.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
That is the old tiller with the new rudder stock and blade. Brightwork done, hardware in place (two pintels, two cheek blocks, old line cleat on the tiller but a new auto-release cam cleat on top of the tiller). The green line both holds the blade down when sailing and up when anchored or tied to the dock. The red paint is primer, anti-fouling paint will go on later. This is good enough to test out this weekend when we've got (finally!) a decent weather window.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
I have the month of March to sail. I do not know how far I will sail or for how long. Points for ending the sail require three things: a marina where I can leave SPARTINA for at least one night, a ramp nearby to haul the boat and easy access to an Amtrak station to get back to my jeep/trailer in Charleston. I have found those places in Thunderbolt, Georgia, just south of Savannah; Brunswick, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida and Palatka, Florida, a ways down the St. John's River. So plenty of options there.
A package of self-heating OMEALS arrived last night, rounding out my dinners, mostly Mountain House freeze dried meals, for the trip.
Less than four weeks to go.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
SPARTINA is a mess, as you can see. Once the brightwork is done I'll do some touch up paint on the grey interior and the white deck. Yesterday I pulled the centerboard pin and replace the rubber gaskets. In the next few days I'll trailer her down the ramp, without masts, rigging or outboard, and let her sit in the water for an hour or two just to make sure there are not leaks with the new seals.
Everything appears to be on schedule and I hope to be sailing in early February.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
Also put the final coats of primer on the rudder and at the bottom of the rudder stock. Will start finishing the rest of the stock with varnish tomorrow. We've got rain coming but it will still be warm enough to do the work.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
I want to get it all done by the end of January, which should be very possible, so I can get in the Mango drysuit and do some winter sailing on the Pasquotank River.
Is it just me, or does it feel like we are back in a lock down these days? Maybe just survival mode kicking in.