1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Hull #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Hull #10506

Monday, March 13, 2017

CS34 Lifelines

Our 1990 CS34 Still Time has original lifelines, so they are 27 years old.

They are vinyl coated and are cracked and yellowing:

They just look dingy.  They can be dangerous because if the metal beneath the coated vinyl start to deteriorate, you would would not see it.  ABYC now spec uncoated lifelines for this reason.

I did some measurements:

On Still Time the gates that you drop down to get on and off the boat are at the rear.  They were a pain to undo, plus since it was not the widest part of the boat, you had a gap to step over getting on/off the boat.  This was troublesome for Rita's 89 year year old Moeder (Dutch for Mom).

I decided to replace the lifelines with uncoated stainless and move the gates to the middle of the boat.

Close to $1,000 with taxes, but will be a welcomed upgrade for the boat.

Too cold to put on these days.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chart Table Desk

We got this table a while ago and wanted to refinish the top.

Instead we got a piece of glass made up and put an old nautical chart under it.

Kingston to False Ducks Islands #2064

Like that the chart is beat up, weathered, and has a navigation scribbles on it.

Best of all some of our favourite cruising grounds.

Plus I can change the charts out after a while.

Looks GREAT!

Vern Glass is Oshawa has done a lot of glass work for us.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ACE Winter

Haven't checked on ACE in a while, and it was sunny and 18 degrees C today.

Besides, I had to take out the port chart plotter and the VHF radio.
They will be RMAed under warranty.

The B&G Touch 8 chart plotters have been, great, but this season, the port one lost its touch screen.
The B&G V50 VHF has a defect in which the unit would randomly switch to a weather channel.
It was so distracting (especially at night) that we ended up turning if off most of the time.

They will have to be delivered to Radio World in Newmarket

The boat had a little water in it, but not bad for not be shrink wrapped.

Chart Plotter out

Plastic port hole

Only took about half an hour.

Took some photos of the bilges with water so we can plan the placement of electric bilge pumps before we hit the water.

Port Aft
That is antifreeze from winterizing the motor

Starboard aft

This is the aluminum structure that supports the keel.
Massively study
Could use a coat of paint

Water in the head compartment
Bottom middle is where the mast come down.

Water in the bow
The hatch leaks.

Tiller shot for pondering the tiller pilot install

Bow View

Port view

Cockpit view

We had several of ACE's sailed delivered to Durk Steigenga in Nova Scotia for repairs.

  • Blue Symmetric Chute for some panel replacments
  • Red Chute for some patches
  • #2 for some leak line block repairs
  • Light #1 for taping some holes
  • #4 for replacing several panels
  • Main for replacing the battens

Durk has finished the work this week.

New batten pockets

The new battens are captive, held in place with a loop, then tensioned with a screwdriver

We kept on loosing battens over the past three years.
The captive battens are a good system.
We had been using crapping non tapered battens, so our sail shape was suffering a bit.

#4 jib
7 panels replaced with Pentex
We blew out the #4 in 35 knots of wind in September last year.
We don't use the sail much, but is a great sail to have in the inventory.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

C22 Shrink Wrap

Been busy and it has been cold.

On the weekend it was sunny and warm (high 7 degrees C) with not much wind.

Got the frame up on Saturday, and the shrink wrap on with the help of dockmate Scott.

However, the Shrinkwrap gun was in use on Razorbill, so I used it on Sunday to complete it.

Laying the shrinkwrap on

Starboard folded under strings

Starboard shrunk

Port framework
Port folded under strings

Port shrunk

This shows; the framing well using the mast as a ridge pole

Stern wrapped

Stern shrunk

Little Still Time is ready to hibernate.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

CS34 Cover

It was sunny and warm (over 12 degrees C).

Rita and I we determined to get the cover on big Still Time.

While I was getting the frame together Rita was emptying the boat.  This year we are removing all the cushions and storing them in the basement at home.

Loaded up BOTH the truck and car with cushions
Laying out and assembling the frame is a two person job.  The canvas cover zippers into three pieces to make it manageable.

Fitting cover on stern
You can see the bimini frame below the boat

Starboard side


View from the clubhouse
Second boat in
Very easy boat access for the winter.

Motor and water system winterized.

Topped up the batteries with distilled water, and charged them up.

Big Still Time is ready for a sleep.

Friday, November 4, 2016

WYC Swan Haulout

The work crews were busy taking out the remaining docks in the basin for the winter.

I asked them to also take the sailing school's Swan paddle boat out to save us from using the mast crane later.

...and a YouTube video of the lift:


Monday, October 31, 2016

Cleaning Bottoms

Got down to the club to a beautiful sunny afternoon about 10 degrees C, and got the Still Time's bottoms power washed.

The 22 is listing to port on the cradle and will have to be leveled.  I leveled the cradle before I left for BC, but all the cradles in the row of boats had been shifted about 6ft to the east and not leveled..

Also, the port scupper is plugged.

Would have liked to power wash the bottoms shortly after haulout, but could not get there.  The dried bottom scum is harder to get off when it has dried (haulout was over a week ago).  As a result you end up power washing some of your VC-17 bottom paint off.

The Sikaflex 15LM keel joint dressing is starting to come off after 4 seasons, so will have to be re-done in the spring.


Not bad!

Next steps on the 22:

  • empty the sails and cushions
  • take outboard home
  • level the boat
  • unplug scupper
  • build frame and shrink wrap

The CS34 is looking fine:

Next steps on the 34

  • winterize motor
  • winterize water system
  • remove bimini frame
  • remove dodger
  • put up winter frame and cover
  • remove cushions for the winter

ACE come out on Friday.