Dodgeball?

The dodger project is coming along. There was a lot of evaluation put into the project, with the 270 being in the “pocket cruiser” category, there’s not a lot of leeway to get it right, functionally and visually. The frame has to come apart, or fold away, as there’s no way the mast is coming…

Turn this way

The new folding wheel arrived over the winter and the self imposed deal was that the wheel couldn’t be installed until the bottom job was done. Now that the bottom is done and the boat is finally in the water, the new wheel got installed. As with anything modified, there’s always a gotcha, and this…

Grey day

The bottom was sanded. What started out being 80 grit, literally burned through the bearings of the little sander in a couple of days, and wasn’t accomplishing much except to make a heck of a mess. Armed with another new sander, and a couple of bulk packs of 6o grit, the paint came off lickety…

White Sand

The bottom paint was falling off, and in general the bottom was in need of some attention. There was a question of what was underneath 15 years of build up, and pretty clear indication that there was no barrier coat ever applied, although there was an area at the bow that showed some discolouration, leading…

Submarine cable

The dinghy guys have all the fun. Part of the top down solution is to get the Ronstan anti-torsion rope to be as tight as possible (without wrecking it) so that the torque applied at the drum on the bottom will spin the drum at the top, and the sail will furl nicely. Having a…

Picture this

Pictures should not be subject to much more than a small crop, and a resize to make them more presentable on forums like this. We’re funny that way. Taking the time to properly frame a subject, ensure that the lighting and shadows are acceptable, and the content is something that might be of interest is,…

Go west

The week of October 5 2015 has been an interesting one. While attending a customer site in Vancouver, I had the pleasure of staying at the quaint Sylvia Hotel. Anybody who has stayed at the Sylvia knows how quaint it is, and unfortunately it’s getting a little too much so. Regardless, it’s right across the…