1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lake Ontario Water Levels

Lake Ontario water levels are up 3 to 4 ft over last fall and predicted to go up another foot before May.

We had a strong easterly breeze that was pushing water over the breakwall and into the harbour.

View from dock 8

View from upstairs at clubhouse

Water over the breakwall

C22 Launch 2017

Little Still Time went in the water at 12:28pm; 4th last boat to go in the water!

Start of lift

Clearing cradle

The Still Times in their slips

Saturday, April 29, 2017

ACE Work Progresses

While the club was launching boats, Michael and I worked on ACE.

Last year we had a power boat hit our stanchion at the dock, and bent and ripped it out of the deck.

The hull and deck of ACE is cored with foam, so we were surprised to find that in this area, it was cored with balsa wood.  Obviously, the area was repaired, with balsa, and it was rotten.

We used a 5" diameter hole saw from below to expose the rotten core:

We filled it with foam coring material, and polyester resin thickened with colloidal silica:

We last finished it off with several layers of fiberglass cloth.  In the next couple of days, we will sand it out and install the stanchion so that we can get the lifelines on.

In the meantime we:

  • hooked up the new VHF
  • put in the MMSI number
  • replace the toilet with a new unit
The new Vulcan 7 chart plotters hooked up to the same power cables from the old Zeus Touch 8 units.  They talked NO PROBLEM with all the other instruments over the  NMEA 2000 bus.    The new Vulcan 7 units look smaller, but actually have a larger screen.

These units are all screen!

Lastly, I took the rigid boom vang apart and replace the gas lift shock.

The boom is now fully supported without a topping lift!

CS34 Launch 2017

Got to the club at around 7:30am and had some breakfast.

Still Time was the 11th boat in.  Standing around I realized that I didn't attach the steering wheel!  A quick trip up the ladder to attach it.

I also lubed the shaft seal with some dish soap.  The shaft seal is lubricated and cooled by water from the lake coming up the prop shaft.  When the boat is put in the water, there could be an air bubble keeping water from the seal, so the squirt of dish soap lubes it until you can "burb" the seal to get rid of any air bubbles.

Lift started t 8:42am

Still Time has a new slip on the east side of the eastern most dock.
We look over the breakwater from the stern:

That is the collapse dingy on the deck.

The 2017 boating season is here!

Friday, April 28, 2017

CS34 Lifelines

A couple of months ago when Still Time was still covered, I measured her for new lifelines.  Ron from Nat's Marine made them up for me.

Went to put them on and they were all an inch too short to fit.

I double checked my measurements and went to Nat's marine, and sure enough, he made them to the wrong measurement.

Ron immediately re-did them and re-used whatever we could re-use.

Notice how the gates are now mid ship; will make it easier to get on and off the boat.

Really freshens up the topsides; they are thinner and disappear.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

C22 Almost Ready to Launch

This week I got the bottom painted:

Next was to take the shrink wrap off.  I am trying to re-use my shrink wrap this year, so I undid the strings at the back, and made a slit and was able to pull the shrink wrap off no trouble:

 Folded up nicely for next season.

Here are some photo of the frame supports for reference next season:

Spent the day washing, buffing and waxing the hull:

Attached the rudder and tiller and painted it:

Need to mount the motor and install docklines and fenders.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

C22 Keel Crack

Time to spackle the keel crack!

First I masked off the area:

Added the Sikaflex 15 LM and faired it out out with a spatula:

Will be good for another 5 years!