On track

I realize that I never put up some pictures of the outboard track on the 270. Someplace there is a bit of detail of the install, but not installed. The outboard track was added per Catalina specs, except that there’s one more hole forward, why cut a perfectly good piece of track. After adding the…

Purchase this

The boom had a nasty secret. It allowed the out haul block to get twisted all the time, allowing it to bind and get hung up and generally be a pain in the boom. When I pulled the end cap off, the plan was to replace the goofy thing with a decent purchase, and the…

Feather-wait

Possibly the craziest post title yet.  If it’s on a sailboat, and it feathers, it has to be a nice shiny new FlexOFold propellor. If it’s mounted on said sailboat, and you have to wait, that means that there’s no Travel-Lift, or there’s ice on the lake still, and since there’s no Travel-Lift, you have…

Plumb Bob

  Ok, not plumbing or bobbing for apples. While I was assembling the boom, after the modifications to the outhaul, I found myself distracted, looking at the little fish tape, thinking how handy this thing is, has been, will likely continue to be and how I stood in Home Depot thinking that even for $20,…

Polski Ogorki

Or, as the  website suggests, pickles that are better than McDonalds. (and that statement is even stranger than the title of this little ditty) All of the things that the top down system neglected to tell us during design and construction, came back to haunt us. The crane at the top of the mast didn’t…

Winter fun

It’s February 2018 as this is written, and I noticed that the post advertising the arrival of the torsion rope for the top down furler was from mid 2014. Yikes, how time flies. The pole is in the shop. If you watch any of the videos out there in uTube land, you regularly see top…

Bling Bling

With the onset of the winter season, thoughts turn to projects. One of the outstanding issues has been mainsail handling, and an ongoing issue is the “stuff” buried inside the boom. Although it seems somewhat standard, I really don’t like stuff that’s not easily accessible, and the blocks inside my boom had a tendency to…