1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Volvo Ocean Race Game Leg 2

Of almost 160,000 people playing the game.

C22 Shrunk

Peter and Jenny helped me get little Still Time shrink wrapped.

Perfect day, no wind, +5C

Thanks guys for helping me out!

Still have to add a door.

Looks Good!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

ACE Shrunk

Met in the AM for breakfast at the local Egg Smart.
  • Me
  • Jenny & Peter
  • Michael
  • Mike
It was a balmy -8C, but it warmed up during the day.

Mike and Jenny went to Home Depot to pickup some 2x3s, PVC conduit, and screws.

We build a backbone out of the 2x3s and attached the PVC conduit to the stantions with tie wraps.

We got the shrink wrap up and attached to the hull using thin rope.

Jenny getting frame together

Peter and Jenny spent several hours with the shrink wrap gun

End result is pretty good:

We still have to add a door and do one more round with the heat gun to get rid of the remaining wrinkles.

Total cost to shrink wrap the 36ft boat was about $200.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CS34 Big Still Time Covered

Peter and Jenny helped me put the frame on the boat.  We did a thorough job putting it up.

Took a while, but this is the best the cover has ever been on the boat.

The repairs to the rips from last year's winds were done by Marilyn from Maribay Designs. 

Excellent job!

C22 Little Still Time Ready for Shrink Wrap

Was warm and 12 degrees today, so I got the 22 ready for shrink wrap.

Got all the cushions and sails out to go home.
Got the bilge vacuumed out.

Fashioned a piece of wood to go into the gungeons to support the mast as ridge board, and added PVC conduit as ribs.

Got the strings all set to take the shrink wrap.

Unfortunately we ran out of shrink wrap doing Peter's Sumac and Walter's Wind Song.

Will pickup some more material this week to do ACE, Impromptu, Still Time, and Luff Affair next weekend.

Unfortunately I can't find the key to unlock the motor, so it may stay on the boat for the winter!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ACE at Night

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ACE is surrounded by water on three side and well lit at night

Monday, November 24, 2014

ACE Winterize Motor

Today the mercury hit a record 18C, so I winterized the motor.

Did not take too long:

Left the hose disconnected for when we de-winterize it.

Note how the keel is on the ground

Closer look

Surrounded by water on three sides!
The bow does NOT overhang the water, but very close:

Friday, November 21, 2014

ACE Haulout

The week before haulout, the weather changed abruptly.  It has been -8C all week and we got 6-8" of snow.  I had gone during the week and put a ceramic heater below to deep the engine block from freezing.

I got to the club a little after 8am and there was 2" of ice in the harbour!

They had to use the club steel work barge as an icebreaker.

Grafitte (left), ACE, and Tanker Jones (right)

I spent the morning helping out with a work crew taking all the docks out:

Retrieving floatation barrels

Another dock section being lifted in background

I managed to get the motor started and ran it for about half an hour.

Carson came by and we marked the lift points, and prepped the cradle.

Unfortunately, I had to leave to play in a charity hockey game for work.

Carson and Mike looked after it.

Here a short YouTube video of the lift:


Just look at the ice on the fenders!

Turn out our new to us cradle would not work.  It was designed for a Beneteau First 36.7, but the pads were 12" below the hull with the keel in the cradle.  The MUMM has more keel, while the 36.7 has more hull in the water.  While the boat hung in the slings, the industrious WYC crews got an oxy-acetylene torch and cut out the steel in the cradle so that the keel sat on the ground a full 10" lower and we were able to bring the pads up.

Any other club on the lake would have just put us back in the water; thanks WYC!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ACE Demasting

Met Mike, Michael, Jenny, and Peter for breakfast at Egg Smart for a nice breakfast.

Got to club a little after 10am, and got the motor started.

We had to heal the boat over, and gun the motor to get through the mud past our slip.

At the mast crane, we were firmly stuck in the mud.

Took our time removing the boom, vang, running backs, checks, backstay, forestay, and mast wiring.

Mike taking off the starboard shrouds.
Peter on port with Barb manning the crane
Meanwhile Michael and Jenny got the cradle setup:

We took our time rigging up lines above the balance point between the lower and upper spreader to do the lift.

Mark came over when we were ready to lift.

Start of lift

Clear of the deck

Bringing her down

We cleaned up the mast and moved it over to the mast racks.

We also moved Impromptu's mast.

Barb and I spent a bunch of time cleaning up the ropes, while I vacuumed up about 10 gallons of water in the bilges.

Mike winterized Impromptu with Mark.

Stickless in Whitby

Peter and Jenny helped me winterize big Still Time; it was all ready and took about 10 minutes.

Good day, despite the weather.

Loaded the rest of the sails from ACE into my car and took them to my place; the car was FULL!

That following sails are at my place.
  • racing main
  • delivery main
  • heavy #1
  • light #1
  • #2
  • #3
  • four spinnakers

Monday, October 27, 2014

ACE in her slip

ACE in her slip in Whitby:

We will have to pull her mast this coming weekend.

One of the last boats in Whitby with its mast up.  Too bad the water is so low, because we could try and get out for a sail!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ACE Cradle Delivery to Whitby

ACE came from Maryland in the spring, so one of things we needed to do was get a cradle for winter storage.  We had ordered one from the Marine Cradle Shop for $2,200 for delivery in October.

I found a used 8 pad cradle for a Beneteau First 36.7 on Kijiji for $700.  The 36.7 has the same draft/length/beam as the MUMM 36, so we jumped on it and cancelled the order for the new cradle.

ACE will be hauled out in the next couple of weeks, so we had to get the new to us cradle from Port Credit Yacht Club to Whitby Yacht Club.

Mark Backman and I hooked up a trailer borrowed from a WYC member and headed to PCYC in the morning.

Took a while to find the cradle, and had the yard forklift operator load it on the trailer:

The cradle is large (6ft x 15ft), and stuck out about 2ft out the back of the trailer. 

Ready to go

at Whitby

There is no way we can lift it.  We will get the club Hydro truck to lift it out of the trailer.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


On Thursday night, we went to "The Barnacle" for some local Lobster.

We sat right by the window facing the water.

Nice Bib!

Nice Bib!

Another selfie