1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Saturday, April 23, 2016

ACE First Sail

Had a work party to get ACE ready for sailing.

  • Me
  • Michael Cullen
  • Micheal Ahearn
  • Jenny
  • Peter
  • Mark
  • Christine
  • Brent

We had lots to do:

  • attach mainsheet deck block
  • rig mainsheet
  • install spinnaker topping lift cleat
  • tension rig
  • fix outhaul purchase
  • install reefing line
  • remove wind instrument

The wind instrument is not working at all, so I went up the mast in a bosun's chair:

I spent about half an hour at the top of the mast removing the electrical tape and bolts to remove the wind instrument.  I pulled the cable out of the top of the mast with a tracer and lowered it to the deck. When I took the connector apart, sure enough the ground pin had come loose.  Going to replace the entire connector this week.

We spent ALMOST 3 HOURS trying to correct the outhaul purchase.  There are two blocks inside the mast that were not rigged properly and would not allow us to flatten the sail in strong winds.

I had got all the sails from my house delivered to the dock the day before.  As we were loading them into the boat, we had no mainsail:  the racing main is in to Evolution Sails for batten pocket repairs, and the dacron delivery main was at Kris' place in Oakville.  No problem, we got Sumac's main.

It was a LOT smaller, but a good sail.  It was 8ft from full hoist, and the much shorter on the boom (ACE's boom is 16.5ft, while Sumac is 10ft).

We went out with this fractional main, and #2 genoa  With 15+ knots from the south, we got the boat moving upwind at close to 8 knots.  We hoisted one of Razorbill's symmetrical spinnakers and got the boat doing close to 9 knots.

New mainsheet system worked well.

Water temperature was 5 degrees Celcius!

Jenny with a toque

That's me flying the chute

Trip Odometer: 10.97 miles
Avg Speed: 6.0 knots
Max Speed: 10.0 knots
Moving Time: 01:29:00

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