Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Cut of his jib"

Cut of His Jib

In the 18th century navies could determine the nationality of a sailing vessel by the shape of their jib. A jib is a sail in the front of the boat. This came in handy as they could recognize the shape of the jib well before being able to see their flag.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Sailing Lingo "Cut of his jib"

We've heard people use this phrase and wondered about its nautical origins.

"I don't like the cut of his jib!" Any guesses?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

To-do list progress

Well we finally got motivated and started working on our to-do list. It is amazing that each season we start out with a list of projects that fills a page or two. We are pretty good about about maintaining Wrinkles, but there are always items that get put off until the end of the season. This year was no exception as the list is plenty long. Here is our list as of now.

To do list 2013

Fishing rod storage rack or tube

Install out haul lines for reef points

Check steaming light (new deck connectors for wires)

Reseal bow pulpit stanchions

Replace Fire extinguishers

Circle ring on main sheet cleat

Measure and mark anchor rode

Replace chain portion of anchor rode

Wear strip on Bimini ( wear from boom)

Sew down Velcro on Bimini window covers

Shorten Bimini 2 - 3 inches

Repair cup holder

Starboard lazarette organizer

Rope pull for ladder

Line organizer

Boat cards with QR codes

Hitch/tongue extender

New headsail - ordered 12/7/12

Replace main sheet

Bearing buddies

Nicro Vent replacement

Cord/charger organizer

Rebuild carb on outboard

Touch up teak

Repair whisker pole

Spare tire for trailer

Paint mast raising post

Finish foiling rudder

Oar storage mounts

Bottle racks on side of head

Spreader wear patches on mainsail

Red LEDs in cabin

Furler end cover - done

Finish mainsail cover (clips) - done


There isn't anything on the list that would stop us from cleaning Wrinkles up and sailing her as is, but several of the items would make sailing her so much more fun. As you can see Brenda and I finished up the new mainsail cover and sewed up a new furler cover (protects the topsides while we are raising/lowering the mast). Mike put a second layer of cloth on the foiled rudder, which is coming along nicely. We have a ways to go, but we still have time before the lakes are ready.


What's up next? Mike is going to finish fiberglassing the rudder and painting it. Brenda is going to sew a wear strip on the Bimini where the boom drags sometimes while tacking and pretty up the Bimini windows. She is also contemplating cabin throw pillows, but hasn't committed to anything for sure yet.


Then it's back to the couch to continue reading most anything we can get our hands on that has to do with sailing and cruising.


Happy Weekend!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Purposeful Couch Time

This weekend found the two of us securely snuggled on the couch reading for most of the weekend. So, you are thinking, ,"They just wasted the whole weekend?" Well, you are wrong. Both of us were reading/rereading sailing books. Surprise! Surprise! But we were both purposeful in our book selection. First of all, we needed to get our minds off the 8" of snow that fell over the last few days. Too much cold and snow is not good for a sailor's state of mind. Secondly we wanted to start rereading some of our previous selections so that we could glean the pertinent information for our particular planned destinations. And thirdly, it's time to start taking our learning seriously.

With that in mind, Mike finished off a two part book, A Dream Sets Sail, by Kay Koudele. She tells the story of the adventures she and her husband have when they took off after the kids were out of the house and headed to bluer seas. Brenda is a little behind but is close to finishing as well. It gave us an insider's view of what it can be like to throw the schedule out the window and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that make themselves available when you take a step off the beaten path at any of the landfalls.

Partway through, Brenda delved into the navigation aspect of sailing. If you want to be sure the boat gets where you want to go, there is plenty to learn. And as is typical of sailing, it has its own language. It helped to start with some of the overviews in the basic reference books and then dig into a more intense, navigation specific book. After perusing our ever expanding library, she chose, The Practical Pilot, by Leonard Eyges. It was written in 1989, but is still relevant. Mike had picked it up at Half Price Books for a little bit of nothing, but the price didn't reflect the depth of information. Brenda will have to use all her reading strategies as she "chunks and chews" her way through.

Mike also reread, Maiden Voyage, by Tania Aebi. This is the one about a girl whose father sends his 17 year old daughter out on a solo circumnavigation with very limited sailing experience. Talk about a steep learning curve! This remains one of our favorite sailing stories.

Although we did accomplish a few chores and repairs over the weekend, we dedicated the majority of our time to our sailing education. We have so much to learn and the months are passing quickly by. Navigation, maintenance, sail trim, provisioning/cooking, boat selection, etc. We'll definitely need more purposeful couch time!