Cover me

Since the installation of the folding wheel, it was time to address the binnacle cover. Previously the instruments were the only thing covered, and the wrap on the wheel is too nice to be left exposed. The folding wheel is a very cool part, I know that some folks like small wheels, but I really…

Drive on

July long weekend 2017. Once again we were very late getting operational, and it was July before a sail got hoisted. The recut genny performed beautifully, the sail shape is way better now that the leech tape doesn’t weigh 100 lbs. Some spreader patches got added as well, as there was a little wear starting…

Hurricane Season

Who ever ordered this weather can send it back. It’s the last week of June, and we have yet to get a sail up this year, besides the day the plastic 155 got loaded into the furler and the re-cut showed that it’s all that was expected. Of course, it hasn’t been deployed without the…

For Rent

Here’s what happens when you don’t seal up every single one of the 26,571 places that literally anything can get into the boat. Normally we get to deal with dragonflys, spiders, mosquitoes, spiders, and the occasional spider. I did notice a rather large amount of bird poop on the bow when I collected the boat…

and so it begins again

  Welcome 2017. After a particularly lousy summer last year, and a rather late start to this year, we are finally in the water. Not without some new challenges it would seem. Both batteries were charged, and both were well below what was necessary to get the little Westerbeke to start. After screwing with a…

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…