1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CS34 Motor with Commodore Berry

The Whitby Yacht Club sailpast is next weekend.  As Fleet Captain, I have to organize a sail past in which we get as many boats on the water as we can to go single file behind me the Fleet Captain, to pass the anchored Commodore's yacht.  In previous years we had it out by the race course.  This year we wanted to move it closer to shore so the public and members who could not get out on the water could see the spectacle.

WYC has its first weekend race on Sunday.  The two handed race is a medium distance race and usually runs from the race course to the Ajax weather buoy and back (12 miles).  I wanted to make sure the mark was there and that it is at its same co-ordinates as last year.

No wind, so John and I set out and looked at depths near shore by the clubhouse.  I think we have figured it out.

The track we took above, we have over 10ft of depth.

We then motored out to the Ajax weather buoy, which is about 6 miles SW of Whitby.  I got the chance to check out the new autopilot in goto waypoint mode.  It took us right to the buoy.

The buoy was there, but has shifted 0.3 miles to the SW.  Not that much, but might make a difference in fog.

Ajax Buoy is where it was last year
001 is where it is now

Nice night on the water, but cold.

The boat motored well; no issues.

Trip Odometer: 12.50 miles
Moving Average: 5.6 knots
Moving Time: 02:13:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140529.kmz

C22 Whitby Single Handed NOT

Race called before we left the dock because there wasn't ANY wind.

We would have had four boats.

So I added a decal to my car:

C22 WYC Race Night NOT

Warm, sunny, but windless.

Race called after motoring around for half an hour with less than 2 knots of wind.

Trip Odometer: 4.59 miles
Moving Average: 2.9 knots (mostly under motor)
Moving Time: 01:33:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140528.kmz


I am teaching my daughter Melissa all the sailing terms when we are out racing on Wednesday nights.

Tonight I showed her the Cunningham.

To which John replied "isn't that clever lunch meat"?

No John:


But it is referred to as a "Smart Pig"

Monday, May 26, 2014

Port Credit Spring In Water Boat Show

We attended Kevin and Jan Williams daughter Maegan's wedding in the morning, and had several hours to kill between the ceremony and the reception.  What a better way to spend a couple of hours than to look at boats!

Weather was BEAUTIFUL; sunny and warm.

We had a nice lunch at Snug Harbour restaurant adjacent to the show.

Then onto the boats!

My favourite was the Blue Jacket 40

Nice layout, nice finish, great overall boat.

Could be ours for the boat show special price of $420k

Best of all it had a working head!

I love our CS34.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

C22 Whitby Single Handed

First singled handed race of the season.

Had to have the autohelm working, so I picked up a pin to put in the new tiller from Nat's Marine.

Winds were forecast 18 knots from the NW with gust in to the upper 20s.  At the dock, wind meter showed 20 knots constant.  Hooked up double reef main and #3.

Ross on Gruntled is out of town.
Rob from Firebird II came by and said his boat is not ready.
Andrew from Berserk has not been racing this season.
Surprised that Chris from Iris was not out.

Still Time and Cam from Cheeky Monkey.

Blowing hard out there, I had the right amount of sail for upwind and reaching. 

Course was set to 3 medium.

Autohelm would not keep a course and was wandering all over the place, so I could not use it.  I guess that is why I was given this unit.  Going to go back to my old unit.

Upwind I could keep up with the Shark, we were right with each other at the windward mark.  The downwind second leg was difficult for me.  Cam had all his canvas up and pulled way ahead of me.

The new rudder is awesome.  However, when you do get over powered in the puffs, you could feel the rudder lose its bite as the boat rounded up, but there was NOT a lot of weather helm.  Different than the old rudder which had TONS of weather helm.

I think I made some ground on the reaching and upwind legs.

Finished about 4 minutes behind him.

Coming back from the race course was close hauled, I regularly kept 6 knots of boat speed with the Shark right with me.  With the double reef and #3, the boat was upright with no weather helm.

Coming in the wind was howling up the channel, so I started the motor.  About half way up, it stalled and wouldn't start, so I was tacking up the channel.  Cam was doing the same, and during a tack, his tiller extension got jammed, and he hit the metal wall on the west side of the channel.  I went over to see if he was alright.  Some damage to the stem fitting on the bow.

Turns out my motor was out of gas, so had to do a quick refuel.

Without a working autohelm, dropping the sails was a SHITSHOW. 
Zoom in on the Google Earth track.

Great night on the water.

Trip Odometer: 9.10 miles
Moving Average: 4.2 knots
Moving Time: 02:09:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140522.kmz

C22 Whitby Race Night

Melissa, John, and I.

Racing main and new #1.

5 boats out in our fleet; course was 6 medium.

Windfinder was saying winds were to die to nothing as the night went on.  Sure enough, there was only 2-3 knots of wind, but no waves.

We had a great start on port tack.  We were 2nd coming into the windward mark, about two minutes behind Cheeky Monkey.  Coming up to mark 6 on port, we had to duck Gruntled coming in on starboard.  We tacked a little too early and were in their wind shadow, so we missed the mark, and had to tack a couple of times.  This allowed Fly Buoy (Thunderbird) and Foxtrot (Shark) to get around us.

Looking at the GPS track, we lost almost 5 minutes getting around mark 6!

Mark 6 may have shift slightly from its GPS co-ordinates
The floating barrel does swing on its anchor chain

The rest of the race was SLOW, many times the GPS reading no boat speed.

We finished 3rd, 19 minutes behind the Shark. 

Don't think we would catch anyone on corrected time.

Trip Odometer: 7.20 miles
Moving Average: 2.5 knots
Moving Time: 02:55:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140521.kmz

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CS34 Tank Monitor Sensors

Decided to take a break from the head situation and install the tank monitoring sensors.

The system consists of a pushbutton control panel with three remote sensors:
  • Port freshwater tank
  • Starboard freshwater tank
  • Blackwater tank (sewage)
The sensors just peel and stick to the tank.  I did the two freshwater tanks.

Port tank
I measured the 4/4,  3/4, 1/2, and 1/4 positions on the tank, and cleaned the surface with isopropyl alcohol before peeling and sticking the sensors in place.

Works great!  VERY simple install.

Still have to do the blackwater tank, run the wires, and mount the control panel.

Will be nice to know at the push of a button the levels on the three tanks!

Tank 1 (starboard tank) shows 3/4

Sure enough

Checking the freshwater tanks was a PITA because you had lift FOUR cushions out of the way then lift a large piece of plywood to see the levels.

CS34 Electric Head

On our first night sleeping on the boat, Rita passed me one of those face wash cloths.  I put it in the electric head and flushed.  The "baby wipe" grabbed onto the impeller that grids up the "chunks of chocolate thunder" and toilet paper.  In the process, destroyed the plastic teeth on the drive motor.

Same thing happened last year in June, and it to 7 weeks to get replacement parts.  I didn't have the new head functional until August!

I called around and it is still a 7 week lead time; SO I ORDERED TWO!

Good thing I didn't toss the old manual head.

There are four bolts that hold the toilet in place.  Putting them on involved using a specialized angle ratchet to drive a slot screw driver bit.  Had to use this because the slots that receive the bolts do not have clearance to use a standard hex bolt and normal socket or wrench.

No head on the boat since Wednesday night!

I have tried everything I had, and broke the specialized angle ratchet trying to get the bolts to budge!

What should have taken half an hour has taken dozens of hours of frustration!

Using a 3/8" drive screwdriver socket with a universal and multiple extensions, I am able to get two of the bolts out.

Brad from the club lent me a screwdriver socket that is a little wider and would allow me to put a standard box end wrench on it.  I didn't have the proper sized wrench, so I will try AGAIN tonight.

If Brad's socket works, I will call it an "Angel Socket"!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

MUMM36 Around the Island Race

ACE entered the National Yacht Club's annual around the island race.  The first real race she has been in.
  • Michael Cullen
  • Micheal Ahearn
  • Jenny
  • Mark
  • Christene
  • Barb
  • Peter Smith
  • Me
Course started in the Toronto harbour at the foot of Spadina (near the end of the east Porter runway), out the eastern gap, to Gibraltar Mark and finish at the Dufferin Buoy by Ontario Place.  6.5 miles, so we were hoping to be done fairly quickly.

Dacron delivery main, and light #1.

Barely a whisper of wind at the start and the race was postponed for about half an hour; we were the second start.

In our class PHRF 1 was a FARR 30 (Press Gang), an X-35 (Xoomer Xpress), and a Beneteau First 36.7 (Zingara).   We really had to work to get ACE moving in the little bit of wind; we were the first to the eastern gap just ahead of National club champion Xoomer Xpress, while the other two withdrew.  The course was shortened to finish at Gibraltar, where we took line honours!

We hoisted a couple of spinnakers on the way back to port.


The spinnakers seemed small, but it could be because we are used to Coug's.

I had mounted my GOPRO camera on the stern rail, but the battery had died with only about 5 minutes of ACE motoring to the start.

We owe the other boats time, so we don't know if we won the race.

Trip Odometer: 11.2 miles
Moving Average: 3.1 knots
Moving Time: 03:31:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140519.kmz

Thursday, May 15, 2014

C22 Whitby First Race Night Washout

First Wednesday night race for 2014.

Winds were forecast for 2-5 knots from north, with a chance of thunderstorms after 8pm.

Melissa, John, and I.

Setup the new #1 and the racing main.

Going out the of the slip, the motor stalled and we had to fend off of other boats on dock 7.
Could not get it started again.  John had moved the fuel shut off to off.  Another thing to add to our check list!

Not much wind and we got to practice with the new headsail.  Got the boat moving very well in the little bit of wind and occasional puff.

The skies opened up just before the first start.  HUGE drops of rain.  It let up after a while.

The race committee boat messed up the start sequence and half of the fleet was over the line early, causing a general recall.  Apparently they were having trouble with the gun.

By then the wind had shifted from the north to the south east, so the committee boat had to reset the course.  Before the could, the skies opened up worst than before.  Lightning bolts to the south and major gusts of wind.  The race was called.

The main VHF radio is not working on the boat, so we were using a handheld.  The unit loses volume when it gets wet, so we missed that the race was called, and thought we had missed our start.  Then we saw Tanker Jones start their motor and hoist their anchor.

In the gusts, we lost our class flag from the backstay.
I wanted to go back and get it, but it was too windy to risk it.
There were also lightning bolts in the south.

John was amazed with the new balanced rudder.  Even in the gusts, there was NOT a lot of force on the tiller.  Easier to control.

Coming back near the harbour we got a gust front coming from the SE at 40 knots.  HAD TO GET THE SAILS DOWN.  I went forward and crumpled up the headsail wrapping it up with the sheets to the bow pulpit.  Got the motor started, and Melissa and I dropped the mainsail main sail, rolled it up and put it in the cabin.

All of us were drenched!

Coming into our slip, there were lightning bolts all around us!

Funniest quote in the bar afterwards:

"Good thing you guys went out racing tonight...
...because it was raining like hell at the clubhouse!"
         Tom Sharp

Trip Odometer: 8.01 miles
Moving Average: 3.9 knots
Max Speed: 7.3 knots
Moving Time: 02:03:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140514.kmz

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

C22 Mast Tuning

Went to put the sails up on big Still Time, but the bugs were TERRIBLE.  Did not want to have a bunch of squished bugs on my newly cleaned sails.

Went over to tighten/tune the rig on the little boat.

Sighting up the mast, looks like I tightened one side too much:

Looking from the stern

You can see the bugs on the mast!

No problem really, I just loosened off the port shroud, and used a halyard from side to side to see if I had the mast straight.  I then tightened both sides equally.  Finally I tensioned the forward and aft lowers before locking all the turnbuckles down.

Sorry no after photos.

The mast steaming and deck light are not working; will have to troubleshoot that another day.

Also put the boom vang and cunningham on.

We are ready to race on Wednesday.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

MUMM36 ACE First Sail

Sunny and 20 degree Celcius, perfect for the maiden sail on the new race boat.

On Thursday night, the guys got the rig tuned up, boom on, and mainsail on the boom.

Traffic was terrible; took almost 90 minutes to go from Whitby to National.
  • Michael
  • Mike
  • Kris
  • Jenny
  • Me
Carson could unfortunately not be there.

We spent an hour power washing the outside.
I hooked up the many wires for the masthead wind instrument and displays.
They all worked!

It was blowing 20 knots constant from the west.

We hoisted the Dacron delivery main and a #3.
After the hoist we realized that we had forgotten the battens in the head sail.

Going close hauled 30 degree to the wind doing over 7 knots upwind.
The gusts were up to 30 knots, and the boat just took it; drop the traveler and pinch up.
The runners require attention in the tacks and gybes!

We could have used a reef in the main.

Fly Porter


I took over the helm at the west end of the lake and we gybed back towards Toronto.
Point of sail was then on the beam.
We were regularly doing over 8.5 knots, and in the puffs we hit 11.2 knots!
Completely under control; AMAZING

This shows the rig well
Blue lines are the running backstays
Grey check stays below them
The backstay is in the upper right
The line in the bottom left in the main halyard holding the boom up
The runners attached where the forestay is attached and keep the rig up.  Tension the runners, and it applies force to the headstay.  This removes any sag in the forestay for good upwind pointing. In the headstay attachment point in the bow is a B&G load sensor.  This interfaces with the B&G instruments and show how much headstay tension is being applied.  Going upwind, we tensioned the runners a lot and the display showed .31   Think this might be percentage of maximum tension.

The check stays run down the mast, under the deck, and up to the cockpit floor to the mainsheet trimmer station.  When the backstay is tensioned, the mast will bend depowering (flattening) the main.  So the check stays will remove some of the bend in the mast to power up the main sail.  This is useful when tacking to power up the main to accelerate.  Once you get up to speed, let off the check stays for pointing.


Trip Odometer: 12.4 miles
Moving Average: 6.7 knots
Moving Time: 01:51:00

Max Speed: 11.2 knots!

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140510.kmz

The wind is at your service

Fortune Cookie tonight:

Friday, May 9, 2014

CS34 Masting

I had my mast all ready to go up.

Got down from work a little after 3pm, and there was an opening at the mast crane.

Ben and John

Taking lifting strap down

Brian and Rita wondering what Ben is looking at

Back at the dock

This is the earliest I have ever got my mast up!

Wind instrument is working perfectly.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

C22 Masting and Shakedown Sail

The first WYC race is next week.  Wanted to get the mast up and do a shakedown sail.

Got to the club a little after 4pm, and worked on getting the mast prepped.
  • attached spreaders
  • ran internal halyards
  • attached VHF antenna
  • attached windex
  • attached shrouds
  • attached forestay and backstay
Melissa and James came a little before six with John coming a little after.

Mast Prep

Carrying mast to boat
We attached the backstay adjuster, traveler lines, and the upper shrouds to the boat.
John attached the mast in the step, I supported the mast in the cockpit, and James hauled the mast up using the jib halyard.  Was easy really. 

Ready to hoist




Next was the boom, lower shrouds, and mainsheet. 
We hanked on the #3 jib and the old main with a reef. 



We headed out into the lake on a beam reach.
Not much waves with the wind about 8 knots from the east.
Perfect amount of sail, as the winds were building.

The shrouds were flapping loosely on the leeward side, so I went forward and tightened them by hand.  I figure we went 2 miles out into the lake.   After we tacked to come back I tightened the other side. 

During the tack to come back , the double ended mainsheet let go because I didn't have a stopper knot in it.  Good thing we did a shakedown sail!

Still have to tighten the rig a little more, and lock it down.
Oh yeah and hookup the boom vang and cunningham.

Was a little cold, but I am glad we got out.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Whitby Yacht Club Lanch Time Lapse

Center Crane: http://youtu.be/4gtCcyHVGxw
GOPROs were setup to take a 5MP image every two seconds.
The resultant image file (9,000+ of them) were stitched together to create the video file.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

MUMM36 ACE Masting

Mike Cullen called me on Sunday morning when I was at the Whitby Yacht Club to work on my boat.  He wanted help bring ACE from the yard in outer harbour to National to avoid some storage fees.

Got down there around 11am and Michael, Mike, Carson, and Kris were working on the boat.  They had decided they wanted to mast the boat instead of laying it on the deck.

We spent sometime rebedding the cabintop winches, clutches, forward stantions, and bow pulpit.  They were removed for transport to get the height below 13ft from the bottom of the keel.

Huge cockpit!
Took a while to figure out how to rig the backstay, running backstay, and check stays.


Kris attaching forestay

Group shot
ACE Leaving for National
Michael, Kris, and Bart

We motored to National at a little over 4 knots.
Motor purred like a kitten at 2,100 RPM.

Trip Odometer: 2.62 miles
Moving Average: 4.0 knots
Max Speed: 5.0 knots
Moving Time: 39 minutes

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2014/20140504.kmz

On the wall at National

Michael later moved the boat to a temporary slip

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Still Times

Side by side on dock 8 at the Whtiby Yacht Club.

MUMM 36 ACE Arrival

Mumm 36 arrived on transport truck from Maryland on Saturday at around 10am.

The yard did not have jack stands high enough for the 7ft 4in draft, so in the water she went.


I couldn't be there, as I was too busy with Whitby launch.

Photo of another MUMM 36 under sail

Whitby Yacht Club Launch

Launch day at the Whitby Yacht Club.

Cold and a little rainy in the afternoon.

First was big Still Time:

No leaks, however the shaft seal made a squeeling sound in gear.  I had Dave Sandford look at it and he told me to put her in gear and rev it, and the sound went away.

Speed paddle is not working.  I had spun it when doing the bottom.  Could be wiring.

Next was little Still Time:

Motor started first pull!

Going into her slip, I went to put her in reverse and she stalled, and BANG hit the end the dock; another bow scar!

YouTube phone video of the launch:


Also went up the bucket truck ONE MORE TIME to fix the outdoor wireless

Thursday, May 1, 2014

C22 Ready to Launch

Spent most of the day getting little Still Time ready to launch.

New transom trim (old below)

Rudder Hung
Tiller Attached
Motor Mounted

Looking good


Compounded and waxed the sides.

Motor took a while to get started but worked fine after sitting for a bit.  Guess it took a bit to get the new gas into the carb.