Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Sailing Season 2011 is here at last!

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It was as a typical annual shakedown cruise:  get out there after launching and work out the inevitable bugs and tweaks. The weather forecast couldn't be any better:  Sunny, winds NW 10-20, temperature hitting 80, and low humidity.  No chance of rain for at least a couple of days.  Wow.  (Jun. 10-20, 2011)

One thing I learned from last weekend's overnight experience out in the Misery Island cove is that either the bunk cushions or I have gotten older and thinner. For the first time, it was somewhat uncomfortable sleeping aboard. Considering that, like the boat, the cushions are 37-years old, and that this is my ninth year aboard, I guess we're both to blame. But I can do something about the cushion padding!

I thought about perhaps next winter getting them reupholstered, but using them so infrequently, I decided to see what could be done to just give them a little more padding and life. My plan was to find some sort of camping cushion intended for beneath a sleeping bag.  A friend suggested I try a pad he'd used, picked up at a local sporting goods store. I found a roll of Thermarest RidgeRest (its Trek & Travel series). "Superlight for situations where every ounce counts - Ridges increase softness; valleys trap warm air - Durable closed-cell foam can take years of abuse."

After rolling it out I marked and cut it into three pieces, so the lockers can be accessed individually without rolling up the whole thing; cut it to fit over the lowered dinette table.  Seems like it might work; we'll see.  (Jun. 26, 2011)

Saturday's weather forecast for the Independence Day holiday weekend couldn't be finer, at least until late Sunday when showers and thunderstorms were expected to arrive. I took off aboard Chip Ahoy at about noon. Immediately upon hoisting the main sail I discovered another rigging snag -- the reefing line needed to be re-routed, which was quickly accomplished.

It was otherwise a great sail out toward Misery and Bakers Islands:  Sunny, a comfortable 80 with a steady NW breeze at about 12 mph all the way, turning NE late in the afternoon.

On the way out I spotted a gaff-rigged something coming back through the islands channel, which upon closing with it I found was named "Lewis History."

Misery Island's cove was packed bumper to bumper, no empty moorings that I could spot, so decided to fall back upon Plan B -- return to my own mooring and spend the night on it doing the other cruise prep work. On discovering that the 12v-110v power inverter (though lit and beeped), I spend the evening taking it apart in the hope of keeping the laptop's battery charged. I spent an hour or two figuring how to open it up without damaging its internals, changed the spade fuse by flashlight with some assist by the LED lights and oil lamp. It still wouldn't power the laptop.

I'd brought along the laptop to make sure everything is working before my annual cruise. Other than the inverter, all went well. The inverter needs to be replaced.

The small 'extension cable' I added to the old genoa's tack seems to be holding up well. Since sending back the new Joe Waters sail I've been working on raising the old genoa's foot higher for more deck clearance without losing as much sail area. This workaround seems to be doing the job. The new bunk pad in the cabin seems to be doing its job too. (Jul. 3, 2011)

My first sailing video below

using the Olympus Stylus-Tough 8010 point-and-shoot
(Wish I knew how to use it during my Buzzard's Bay 'near-death' experience last summer!)

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This morning, after a phone call to Tommy assured me that Chip Ahoy was expected "as soon a possible," I went out to Chip Ahoy as soon as the launch service opened at 8 am, readied the boat then motored Chip Ahoy out of Salem Harbor and around Marblehead to the Beacon Street boatyard. The pre-arranged plan was to have it hauled out and its bottom sanded and painted.  The plan also was to have the keel and its cable checked though I didn't expect any problems with either.  (Jul. 5, 2011)

More of the bottom work

This year, instead of a long endurance cruise to another distant destination, I decided to take a shorter cruise more a vacation week away living aboard down to Scituate. (Jul. 18-25, 2011)

  The Scituate 2011 Week Away

One the way down to Scituate I found that I couldn't pull the main sail taut, the spliced halyard was all the way to the mast truck; the boom was too high. With the 100 degree temperature during that week on a mooring, I didn't want to remove the pup tent once it was up, necessary to try making the required adjustments. Sailing home it was even more annoying.

Today I went out to the boat and took care of it, I hope. I attached the main halyard to the end of the boom, hauled it up enough to take the pressure off the boomkicker then easily removed it. I loosened the stop screw on the mast beneath the boom and lowered it 3-4 inches,  reset the screw stops above and below the boom, lowered the boomkicker at the mast and extended it one slot further aft on the boom. If I find that I have to adjust it again after hoisting the sail, no problem but I think I'm close.  (Aug. 3, 2011)

While I was in repair mode, I brought out the Weems & Plath barometer, which somehow got overlooked before I launched Chip Ahoy this spring. I suppose I got used to it hanging on the kitchen wall, where it resides over the winters when I empty the boat each fall. How did I miss its absence when I hung the Sangean H2O waterproof radio?

NEXT
It's never-ending ... but Sailing Season '10 has concluded.
Onward to Sailing Season 2011!

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