1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Hull #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Hull #10506

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Still Time on Sirius Radio

Listening to Sirius Satellite Radio the other day:


This song by our favourite Canadian artist is where we came up with the name for the boat.

http://www.ronsexsmith.com/music/songography/ron_lyrics.aspx?songid=9998107f-4771-45e8-83b2-84fac53c8cd1

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CS34 Haul Out



Start of lift

Clearing H20


Bottom shot

Over to cradle

Lowering in cradle

Richard positioning the keel

Snugging up pads

Removing lifting straps



Winter home

Nice




Saturday, October 20, 2012

C22 Haul Out



Start of lift

On way down

Positioning in cradle

Removing lifting straps

I mounted my GOPRO on the bow pullpit:

 http://youtu.be/o84osdk2XUY

KEWL

Friday, October 19, 2012

Reflections on the 2012 Season

Sitting on the CS34 the evening before haulout looking at my sailing blog.

Here are some stats:
  • 1645 nautical miles
  • 4.9 knots moving average
  • 334 hours of sailing
  • 13.91 days of sailing
81 times off the dock:
  • once on Sumac (Viking 33)
  • once on Moonlight Mistress (Hughes 38)
  • 4 on Coug (Peterson 41)
  • 7 on Smart Move (Beneteau 473 in BVIs)
  • 14 on Santeria (Evelyn 24)
  • 22 on the CS34
  • 33 on the CS22 (one shake down trip)

In January, we bare boat chartered a Beneteau 473 for a week in the British Virgin Islands with Walter and Colleen from WYC.  This was our first experience in the Carribean, and we loved it!


Racing on Coug was awesome; I learned a lot from everyone.  We really had a good race in the Susan Hood.  The 300 was a great experience, except for sailing into that hole in Rochester.  Mike, Carson, Chris, and Mark were great to sail with.
  • 2nd in our fleet in the Susan Hood  (8th of 65 overall)
  • 4th in our fleet in the LO300 (28th of 45 overall)

Racing on Santeria was awesome.  I love sailing with Neil and Peter; the three of us are better sailors because of the experiences we had together.  Santeria WON the overall title in Newcastle against some 35 ft boats in the fleet.


I was out racing on the C22 2 or 3 times a week.  I love sailing this boat, I know how to get her going, I know she can handle anything that Lake Ontario can throw at her.  John and I really sailed her well this season.
  • Summer Singlehanded Series: first
  • Series One: fourth
  • Series Two: second
  • Series Three: second
  • Series Four: second
  • Centenial Bowl: first
  • Mayor's Cup: fouth
  • Fall Regatta: second
  • Stonehaven: second
  • Fall Singlehanded Series: second
  • Frostbite Series: second
Plans for the C22:
  • new jib cars
  • new jib tracks
  • new turnbuckles
  • new spinnaker track/car
  • new tiller
Having said all this, I may sell her in the spring.  Fleet ownership is tough, and I can get my racing fix on other boats.  Would like to do some more cruising on the weekends on the big boat.


Rita and I were out cruising a lot on the CS34.  We slept aboard her a lot during the summer, as the boat is closer to work.  She is comfortable, sails well, and we are starting to get used to her.  She was a great hotel in Port Credit and Hamilton. Cruising to the 1000 Islands was awesome inspite of the motor problems we had. However, we didn't sail her too much after August.  Rita commented that we should rename her to "Part Time"; this is the nature of busy lives and weather for a cruising boat.

Plans for the CS34:
  • Garhauer Rigid Vang
  • replace all plumbing hoses
  • replace all scupper hoses
  • electric head
  • re-upholster salon cushions
  • new instruments on cockpit bulkhead
  • new binnacle angle guard
  • mount instrument pod
  • install new VHF and remote mike in pod


Have a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks after the boats come out of the water.

C22 Last Sail

Got down to the club and got the CS34 all ready for haulout.  Levelled BOTH cradles.  Replace the carpet on the pad on the CS34.  Good thing, the carpet was rotted!

Got out on the water with the C22 a little after 3pm.  Winds were forecast to be 15 to 20 knots from the east with a temperature of 15 degress.  With the sun it felt warmer.  Little Still Time had a double reef in the main from last time out, so I hoisted the #3 and went out, coming out of the harbour under sail at 6.1 knots on a close reach.  Perfect amount of sail; little heal, very comfortable.


Autohelm kept me going straight whiltst I cleaned and organized below.  Winds diminished the further I went out, but didn't drop below 4 knots of boat speed.  Ended up going 5 miles out into the lake.  On the way back, found some light patches, and decided to shake out the reefs in the mainsail.  With full main, the boat powered up and speed picked up to almost 6 knots.  According the the GPS my max speed was 7.4 knots.

Richard and Kay on Jabberwocky

Leaving harbour entrance

Double reef in the main
What an awesome sail!

Panoramic shot with phone about 4 miles offshore
Click for full size

Nice shot

After shaking the reefs out of the main

Smokin along in comfort

 Put the boat in basin where it will be hauled out tomorrow.  Took some time and loosened all the turnbuckles, removed all the lines, and got Wenzle and Jack Dinsdale to help me drop the mast at the dock.  The three of us walked the mast to the rack.  THANKS GUYS!

There was a launch party upstairs at the club.  Great food, great people, great music.  Rita and I had fun.

Staying on the big boat tonight, as first lift starts at 7am.

Trip Odometer: 10.0 miles
Moving Avg: 4.8 knots
Moving Time: 02:03:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20121019.kmz

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Haulout

Two more days until haulout!

I skipped the last singlehanded race to get my mast cleaned up.
Dave Irons/Rodgers helped me move it over to the racks.

Helped new member Colin take his mast down.

We all attended the haulout meeting at the club.
This year I will be driving a tow boat.

Tasks to complete before haulout on the CS34:
  • cleanup boom on deck
  • cleanup lines on deck
  • remove BBQ
  • remove dodger/bimini frame
  • lube pads
  • level cradle
  • cradle keel wood
  • mark lift points
Also going to remove the carpet off the pads and replace with rigid styrofoam.
 
Have to get the dingy out the water, cleaned up, folded up, and put in its bag. 
Will probably do this after haulout.
 
I am going to sail the C22 one more time tomorrow before taking down the mast on Friday night.
  • remove sails
  • remove boom
  • remove mast
  • lube pads
  • stern line
  • level cradle
  • cradle keel wood
  • mark lift points
 
Only 198 days until Launch in 2013!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CS34 Mast

Took the afternoon off work to take my mast down with Walter Pingle.
I was planning on doing it last in the week, but the weather and winds are forecast to be nasty all week.

Took the sails off and the boom
Flaked the genoa and put in car to take home.
Took the battens out of the main and rolled it and stored it below.

Did a pump out before heading the mast crane.
Walter and Roger Ryan helped out.

Took the windex, wind instrument, and VHF antenna off.

Mast is on the lawn to get the spreaders off and lines cleaned up before moving it to the mast racks.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

C22 Whitby Frostbite Blowout

Winds were forecast for 15 knots with gusts over 20 from the west.
Spent some time on the dock putting in a double reef and hanking on the #3 jib (110%).
Singlehanded.

Got out past the breakwall, and was overwelmed with just this amount of sail.  Had to feather the tiller to luff up into the wind to keep the boat on its feet.  Did not really have any weather helm, as the main was eased to dump air.  Should have switched to the storm jib (75%), but there was NO WAY I was going on deck to change the head sail.

There were 6 boats out, and Beserk was registering 26 knots constant with gusts in the high 30s. 
We decided to abandon the races.

Too bad, really had the boat going.  On the way back in I was doing over 8 knots of speed on a beam reach, with max speed of 11.3 knots.  That is the fastest I have EVER had Still Time go!

Trip Odometer: 5.28 miles
Moving Avg: 6.5 knots!!!
Moving Time: 48:52:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20121006.kmz


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

C22 Whitby Single Handed

Got out on the water at 5pm.
Winds were 12 knots from the SE at the start.
Full main and light #1.
Course was shortened 7 short (triangle).

Four boats:
  • Still Time
  • Gruntled
  • Cheeky Monkey
  • Iris
Had a decent start, winds were puffing to 15 knots, almost rounding up.
About half way to the first mark, the wind completely died.
GPS was measuring 0.0 knots, no steerage, sails FLAPPING in the 2ft lumps.
Windex was doing circles!

There was a CS36 coming out of the harbour under full sail just cooking along, so I pointed the boat to get to the wind line as soon as possible.  I left Gruntled and Iris behind and chased Cheeky Monkey to the windward mark.  Wind had dropped down to the 5 to 6 knot range from the east.

Finished right with Gruntled about 3 mintues behind Cheeky Monkey.
Probably good for a 2nd place finish on corrected time.

Trip Odometer: 9.19 miles
Moving Avg: 3.9 knots
Moving Time: 02:22:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20121003.kmz


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Joys of Fleet Ownership (cradle the cradles)

Last weekend, the club did a rough placement of the cradles.

Today I put the labels on the big boat's cradle, and re-labeled the little boat's cradle with a black sharpie.

CS34

C22

C22 Raymarine ST1000+

In June I picked up a used autohelm for $60 off of Kijiji.
I took a chance thinking even it it doesn't work, it would be good for spare parts.
A new unit is over $500.

I hooked it up to 12v, and the display lights up, but the ram would not move.

I opened up the unit and discovered that the stepper motor is rusted and siezed:

Old Autohelm 800 above
ST1000+ below
The ciruit board is different, but has the same connections for the stepper motor.
The stepper motor and ram mechanism are the same.

Will probably Frankenstein the two units together