Friday, April 17, 2015

Wind Vane & Close Hauled Instrument

Well the wind indication was still incorrect.  So we pulled them off the mast again, and sent both to Raymarine after checking the wiring.  Both were bad, after a flat fee; which they included both, thanks Raymarine; they are working.  I hope!  So I hoisted Tammy up the mast to replace the wind vane.  She had fun and of course took selfies from the top.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sextant Navigation

Tammy & I attended the education class at Bay Yacht Club, taught by Rick Bell, on using a sextant.  We have a Davis plastic model, 1925 Plath brass version, and each iPad/iPhones have Astranav on them.  We've calibrated all the sextants.  We took readings 3 days in row and believe we are finding our latitude within a few degrees, so we shouldn't get lost too bad, using this and our new compass.  But of course I'm using the GPS just in case.

Friday, March 27, 2015

BYC / MORF White Hat Rum Race

Well we picked up a bottle of rum for perseverance.  We found our centerboard line was backwards.  We ripped our jib.  We had fun while learning to make the boat go, just not very fast.  We didn't come in last because another boat did not show and another boat did not finish.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I bought Ritchie Compass Fluid for my Globemaster SP-5 Ritchie Binnacle-Mount Compass, to no avail had to ship it back.  They replaced it for half the price.  It sure is looking good, oh and it points North too!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wind anerometer, aka wind vane.

The old wind vane froze, so no wind direction.  Paul climbed the mast to pull off and see what was causing us to not be able to use the jib sail.  Well the frozen wind vane is still in the marina about 7 foot down.  So I climbed the mast 3 more times because the used one I bought didn't work, hmmmm....  The next one worked but the direction was reversed so the wires are switched somewhere, but now there also switched on the instrument down below.  The DMK Yacht box now hooks up to the onboard wifi and displays all Seatalk information to the iPad/iPhone's, so now we have a moving map (INavx) and boat knowledge going to fancy apps such as iRegatta and NKE for upcoming racing series BYC /MORF White Hat Rum Races, Tammy and I should learn a lot about our Tartan 37C.  Still need more crew though, volunteers?

I filed down the aluminum structure on the roller furling that was cutting the halyard, cut off the halyard, and put some pvc on to prevent this from happening again.


All 7 winches were taken apart and cleaned.  Ken showed me how to disassemble and grease/oil the gears and pawls!  And we were only up till midnight working on them.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Skipper Tammy

Tammy has twice now docked her Tartan 37 "S/V Living and Loving Life".  She brought it into the slip with the correct power settings producing the speed; in which if stuff&)@@ happened; she would hit dock, and we would all survive, yacht inclusive!  Sweet!  So I guess her goofing off smoking a cigar while I climb to great heights and work, we will ignore for now.