Sunday, October 16, 2016

shake out the spiders

Time passes.  Years go by.  SJD & JKC, are you two still getting RSS feeds on this channel?  Naw, can't be.

Fortunately, chica-san made me buy another boat.  I believe the most convincing part of her argument went something like, "Ok, we move to the south end of Puget Sound and you don't want another boat. WTF, mate?"  Then, fortunately, there's this gang of real sailors we've fallen in with who are experts at looking at me wolfishly and saying things like, "Yeah, let's use your boat for some winter races.  Do you have an anchor?  What about reefing?"

All right.  It's on.  The date's been set for a real sailor inspection and outing.  I don't know if they'll laugh and walk away or pile on and head out.  Let's see if we can get the beer cooler and propane heater to work properly... and the anchor.  What is, how you say, "reefing?"

Apparently there's this thing called "PHRF" which I'm going to have to look up.  Hmm.  "Performance Handicap Racing Fleet" is what Mr. Google suggests.  idk.  Apparently there's a number I'm going to get assigned based on some stuff about the boat.  Maybe about me.  It seems to have to do with winning, losing, and time.

So, for some reason we don't quite fully understand yet, the South Sound Sailing Society allowed us to sign up, even though I (Tim) was the third admiral (I know, the Internet never forgets) of the Rat Island Yacht Club.  There must have been a failure in communication somewhere.  The black ball was definitely dropped somewhere between Florida and Washington.  It's a long way, and diametrically opposed.  Black ball dropping can happen.

So, these SSSS luminaries, with whom we would be delighted to drink beer, will want some information about the boat, I suppose.  Specs, bay-bee!

  • 1979 Cape Dory 27 at
  • Yeah, but what sort of stuff you got below the waterline?
    • Critters growing on the no-grow paint?
    • No idea.  How about some pics from May 2016 or so?  I promise I've done nothing to the underside since these pics except spin the prop both directions and clean the knot meter paddlewheel.  Well, there was that time I squirted the boot stripe with the water hose.
We did install a high performance zinc so the prop shaft wouldn't break when we fire up the engine and cheat with the iron wind.

There was a hole in the stern where a PO (previous owner) thought an outboard would be better than maintaining an inboard.  It got patched with stuff and bondo.  We re-patched it with glass and epoxy.  Hopefully the boat goes faster and leaks less.

lookin' much like the sailboat data line drawing...

There was some painting that happened

If my math is right, the prop might not chew a hole in the boat.  It certainly might cavitate.  Of course, math was never my strength...  Maybe I would like to believe more than calculate.  That puts me with the majority of monkey-like bipedal organisms on this planet.  What could possibly go wrong?

Nice, big, honkin' prop.  Notice that the performance slider is slid toward "push the boat against the tide" over "race the boat."

The knotmeter paddle wheel and depth sounder surely add some drag.  The paint is... red?  Interlux Trilux, purportedly.  It's not racing paint, obviously - no stripes :-)

Nevertheless, the boat simply flies

and floats, right side up mostly, which we tend to thumb up... and eat breakfast in celebration of.

it's a reasonably goode olde boate

the chicken ladies of GRuB agree.

So, let's go racing

self-rescues might be possible if we blow up the secondary boat

and then there's that reefing thing.  One reef line.  The next line up is really a row of telltales.

And for reasons I don't understand, the aft reefing block is secured by the shoulders of two rivets.  Gah.  Gotta fix that.

Finally, the wind-o-meter might be telling the truth about the very scary mid-October 2016 PNW storm.  Conditions in Swantown Marina were nicely protected and comfortable.

Then, there's that one thing I still worry about for real.  The exhaust system doesn't have a gooseneck.  It will be interesting to see how several real sailors with wolfish grins weigh down the stern of the boat and dip the exhaust through-hull.  Does the saltwater get into the engine?  Oh, please no.  It's such a fancy and new engine.  Saltwater wouldn't be good.  Gotta deal with that, too.

Alright.  That's all I've got for now.  

Friday, June 19, 2015


thump!  boing.  alright.

do you two subscribers still get annoyed when I post a bit?  this here blog ain't about boats no more.  never was, really.  now, I can't guarantee that boats won't show up at times.

so, just checking to see if this thing still works, really.  not laying down any thoughts in the shallow end yet.  I've been thinking about hands lately.  my hands.  my chica's hands.  all the useless things my hands have done.  and these fingers.  jeebus.  typing like they had something to say.  i'm just glad they've had someone to hold onto all these years.

Alright.  more later, maybe.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Gibson Dry Docks

The boat has been in the yard since we hauled her out in summer 2011.  We have enjoyed working with the folks at Gibson's since the early 1990s.  The boat is presently in dry storage at a little over $340 per quarter, taxes and all.  Here are some links to Gibson's:

The Layout

Several folks have asked questions about which layout the boat has.  This boat has the Starboard Aft Galley layout as pictured here.  (Edit - oh, hey...  just click the picture.  that bigs it up, too)

The Gulf 29 came with several as indicated in the manual at the Capital Yachts info website.  Open the PDF and scroll toward the bottom of the manual to see a full size diagram with readable labels:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wife says, "Sell the boat." Boat for Sale, Make Offer.

You may notice the declining asking price for my fine vessel.  So far, my asking prices have not been much of a conversation starter.  How about this?  If you're interested in owning this boat -
  • review the information that I've provided
  • email me any questions I haven't answered already (send your phone number if you'd prefer to talk)
  • decide if you would enjoy taking her on
  • think about a purchase price that seems fair to you
  • make an offer at your price and let's see what happens
Why am I selling?  I can see over the hill.  In fact, I'm sneaking up on 50.  For quite some time now, I've had a target of possessing very few things by the time I'm 50, holding an idealized vision of me, my wife, a pair of backpacks and some proper hiking boots.  The boat has been fun and good, but it won't fit in a backpack.  That's essentially it.

You've seen that I'm quite proud of her, and you can read stories in this blog about the work that I've done.  She comes with a lot of inventory that I'll start listing out and tossing in some pictures.  There are an awful lot of new things in good condition.

Fear of the unknown can often keep us from getting into what we think might be a challenging situation.  Everything I've needed to know for the rebuild work, sailing, seamanship, etc. has been available in the documentation I've acquired, in advice from friends, and from just going for it.

Reference Materials - 1 seamanship book, 2 project guide books, 1 3-ring binder with manuals and product documentation for all of the new stuff and a lot of the old stuff on the boat, including Universal Diesel manual, replacement parts, cross-reference to cheaper Kubota diesel parts ("garden" < "marine" :-), etc., etc., etc.

A box of stuff in my garage - Right, so pix of this stuff below.  Very exciting.

AC space heater, a few engine parts, inverter, carbon monoxide detector, VHF radio (works fine)

12 new LED and halogen lights (some are on the boat),

Blue Sea electrical components (fuse block, 4 12-Volt DC Sockets, 120 Amp automatic charging relay, etc.  All of the DC Panel components are Blue Sea - very fancy and way overboard.

Whatever's left of this Marine 14 AWG sheathed wire - 
I've used the rest of it to power the running lights and other such things

AC components for AC panel on boat

miscellaneous hardware, mostly detritus, but some useful pieces

home made (actually, I made them at community ed night sewing class) window covers with white Sunbrella on outside, organic cotton patterned fabric on inside

 Moeller oil pump - makes oil changes downright easy and mess free

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Let's try again... Boat for sale

For Sale: 1980 Capital Yachts Gulf 29 Pilothouse Sloop, $15,000

Ok, trying again.  Last time I posted her for sale, I was immediately wrapped up in work and other activities that took too much of my attention and kept me from being reasonably responsive.  I advertised with Craigslist and Boat Trader Online, which seemed to result in:
  1. a whole lot of friendly people who couldn't write in English who were working on a container ship with a broken satellite phone and wanted to buy "the item" for their sick father(s?) if I would please just give them my PayPal account
  2. some companies who wanted to advertise and sell my boat for me
  3. maybe two or three real people expressing an interest in the boat
Not too successful for the cost of the Boat Trader ad, so I'm just going with Craigslist this time.  People on container ship with broken satellite phone, limber your email fingers and de-sync those sent-from and respond-to email accounts!
Boat Details:
These pix are from January 19, 2013