Friday, January 30, 2009

What to do After Marstrand this Summer

Our friends at Wetstuff have made the ultimate in local knowledge available to us. Not only is the entry in English, but the trip that is being described is part of a trip I've already done. You can't pay for this kind of information and the experience would last you a lifetime. Please... read, enjoy.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Winter Boat Projects - The Jib Halyard Tension

When I first got this boat I had no idea the mast and boom were both green. I got over it really quickly, in fact, I'm kinda keen on the green now. I was going to repaint the mast off white, but after looking at a few of the pictures from this year... I'm going green. But what I never got used to was the magic box that served as the jib halyard tension. In my experience, these things inevitably fail and then you are out of the race, unless you're like me and had a back up system ready to roll. But, that takes time on the water and I'd rather avoid that problem so I dug into my box of slightly used/loved boat parts and found almost everything I needed to make this a double ended jib halyard system.
After taking the magic box off and gathering the blocks I needed I just slapped them on. I used a long line I took off some other part of the boat I replaced and saved. This is what it looks like now, but I'm concerned that the jib sheets might tangle in it during a tack or gybe. All that's left is to add another cleat to the cabin top on the port side and I'm done.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Boat at Spaulding is USA 48- Half Shell

As usual, the network is strong amongst the Folkboat junkies around here and it only took a few days for the results to come in. The mystery of the boat at Spauldings is USA 48 - Half Shell. The boat was in fact built in 1959 by H Pedersen in Nyborg, DK.