1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Monday, October 21, 2019

CS34 Winter Cover

Two days after haulout, I was bound and determined to get the winter cover on.

In past years, work and life was busy, so the cover was usually rushed when it was freezing outside. Plus the willow trees just west of the boat would shed their leaves and stain the deck.

Last year, in heavy winds, a couple of the support ribs fell down and the cover collapsed in the wind and snow load a couple of times.  The stanchions poked several holes in the cover.  There were several rips from the howling winds.

A couple of weeks ago, I got the cover to WYC member Phil Hoskins to repair the sections of the cover, re-inforcing where the stanchions are.  He suggested that I get some schedule 40 PVC pipe and put it around the life lines.

I ripped a goove in the PVC pipe on the table saw at home.
Had to use a drill where the stanchions meet the lifelines, then a vibrating multitool at the various fittings

Lifeline gate

I also used tie wraps to secure the ribs to the toe rail and the PVC pipe.
This means that the ribs will not collapse like they have in the past.

Made a mess on the deck fabricating these, so I power washed the deck and cockpit.

Rita came by and helped me put the cover on

The 3 sections of the cover zip together.

Looking aft

Looking forward
Really pleased how the cover and frame has come together this year.

The cover fits like a glove, and the zippered door in the back makes for easy access using the swim ladder that folds up behind it.

The anchor will not fit underneath the cover, so I drop it to the ground.

Gives me a chance to clean out the anchor locker.
The yellow cord going to the right is the power cord so I can charge the batteries over the winter a couple of times.

Anchor/chain/rode under the boat, as well as the bimini frame.

Note how the whisker pole and boom are stored on the cradle.

Still Time is ready for the winter.

Only 192 days until launch!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

CS34 Getting Ready for Winter

Day after haulout, sunny almost 20 degrees outside.

Vacuumed out all the bilges.

Spent some time on the insides winterizing

  • motor
  • head
  • hot water heater
  • plumbing
  • desk wash pump
  • bilge pump

Spent over 3 hours powerwashing the bottom and sides of the hull.
Still Time was not used that much after August, so the bottom was really scummy
Came out pretty good

I spent the next couple hours getting the frame together.
What a PITA.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

CS34 Still Time Haulout 2019

Got to the club at 6am and got a good parking spot on the beach.

Still Time is the 5th boat to be hauled out.

Breakfast at the club is always great on launch day.

There was frost on the docks and boats making it very slippery for the crews and boat owners.

Time on the photo is 7:15am
You can see the frost on the docks and deck

Looking out the harbour

Cranes lifting boats

Sunrise didn't happen until around 7:20am, and the haulout was slow starting, so Still Time didn't come out until 8:15am


I had an incident before she was hauled out.

The haulout was delayed and slow, so I was out on Still Time motoring around.
I went to turn around by the launch ramp, and my rudder clipped a concrete anchor!
The finger docks on the west side of the channel had been pullout out of the water yesterday.

Yellow rectangle is where the launch ramp is
Yellow circle is where I clipped the rudder

Damage to the rudder is minimal:

Will take some epoxy fiberglass work in the spring before launch.

Glad the rudder shaft was not bent!

Spent the rest of the day getting the masts for the 22 and 34 put away (as well as the club Sharks)

Also pressure washed the 22's bottom.

Friday, October 18, 2019

C22 Still Time Haulout 2019

Haulout time is my least favourite time of the year.

Usually, little Still Time is done with the sailing school boats in the early afternoon, as there are several small boats that the crews do over by the west shelter.  Been the same for the 10 years that I have been at the club.

I got woken up with a phone call at 7:30am from the launch crews saying that they have changed the order of haulout this year.

Got into the club by 8:30am just in time to do the two club Sharks and little Still Time.

9:04am for Still Time


No harm
No foul

There's Still Time!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

C22/CS34 Demasting of the Still Times

Haulout is coming FAST.

The weather for Wed/Thu was wet/windy/cold, so the masts HAD to come down today Tuesday after the Thanksgiving weekend.  Sunny and warm (16 degrees) with not much wind.

Walter Pingle met me at the club in the afternoon and we headed over the mast crane:

Walter Pingle at the mast

Mast came down easily as JP Dubreuil and Mark Backman came over to help; thanks guys!

We did a final pump out and proceeded to take the mast down on little Still Time.

Glad to get this done!

Ready for haulout

Mark and I along with help from new member Al took the Shark masts down.
Interesting Al owns a Mirage 35 called Wind Song, which is Walter Pingles previous boat!
Welcome to the club Al.

CS34 Emptying before Haulout

Every year we take everything off of the CS34 cruising boat.

  • sails (including spinnaker)
  • stackpack
  • dodger
  • bimini
  • cockpit cushions
  • interior cushions (there are 18 of them)
  • bedding
  • pillows
  • food
  • booze
  • cleaning products
  • life jackets and other safety equipment
You name it, it comes of the boat.

A couple of years ago we left the cushions on the boat, and they got a little musty smelling.
So now they come off, get vacuumed and put the basement.

All the exterior canvas has to be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed to get rid of the spider nests and droppings, along with a couple of spiders!  

Exterior canvas layed out

Shadow is supervising
Cushions everywhere
More Shadow supervision

It is a lot of work, Rita is a real trouper doing most of this.

With all the cushions off the boat, the other big job is to clean the teak.
There is a LOT of interior teak on Still Time.

We use this product from Canadian Tire:

If you don't clean the teak in the fall, white mold develops on the teak, and it looks chalky in the spring.  Come spring time, we treat all the teak with some lemon oil before putting the cushions back in.

The teak interior on Still Time is what we love about the boat, as compared to many of the newer boats with the IKEA look.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

CS34 October Sail

Was working around the house, went outside and cut the grass.
Man it was hot, so I called Rita and we headed to the boat for a sail.

Winds we forecasted for 7-12 knots for the afternoon, and build with thunderstorm warnings after 4pm.

We left the dock at 12:30pm, hoisting the main going out the channel.

Full main

Unfurled the jib shortly after.

110% jib

Wind was only 6-8 knots from the SW.
We headed on a close reach 45 degrees off the wind almost due south at about 3 knots of boat speed.
Waves were almost 2ft, meaning something has been happening all night/day out were the wind was coming from.

Rita andShadow
About 3 miles out we tacked toward Pickering and were able to make 4 knots of speed thinking we might go into Frenchman's Bay and have dinner at the Port restaurant.  However, thick clouds were building on land.

We turned back to Whitby, but the wind had dropped to 5 knots, so dead downwind was slow.
I didn't want to get the spinnaker out as were were expecting thunderstorms, so on came the motor.

We got in and got the boat away before the rain started.

Trip Odometer: 9.44 miles
Moving Average: 3.5 knots
Moving Time: 02:39:00

GPS Track
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Yellow is where we dropped the mainsail

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

MUMM36 WYC Wed Frostbite Race

The Whitby 100 was postponed due to major weather system coming through.

The forecast was showing 15 knots of wind with gusts to 30.
Would be a quick spin ride to Toronto.
Niagara was showing 19 knots winds with gusts to 40 between 11pm-6am: right when we would be beating to that mark.

Instead of starting at 7pm on Friday, they delayed it until 10am on Saturday morning.
The problem was that many of the boats could not get crew past Sat night.
We were down to 5 crew from 8.
All our competition withdrew, so so did we.

So Zamboni was in Whitby for the regular Wed Frostbite race.

We had 8 on board:

  • Me (mast/bow)
  • Jenny (runner and spin trim)
  • Chris (helm)
  • Mark (main)
  • Peter (mast)
  • Walter (runner)
  • Kamil (grinder)
  • Mike (grinder)

Forecast was for 7-8 knots from the east.
We went out with a conservative #2 headsail.
Turns out to be the perfect sail combination for the wind conditions.

Course was 7 short. 
The 2nd/3rd legs of the triangle were beam reaches, so we didn't fly a chute.
The 5th leg was dead downwind, so we did fly the "big blue" chute.

Chris did great on the helm.

September sails are the greatest!

I left my GPS at home, so not track or stats.

Peter working mast

Jenny took the helm on the way in

Chris, Jenny, Mark, Kamil, Mike, and Peter

Walter brought some Honey Crisp apples he picked an hour before coming to the boat.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MUMM36 Delivery from NYC to WYC

Zamboni is going to do the Whitby 100 race this coming weeked.

I had planned to do the delivery on Thursday, but the wind was going to be on the nose 12-14 knots with 3 foot waves.  Wednesday afternoon looked better, 7-9 knots from the NW, so a comfortable spin ride to Whitby, switching to the south around dinner time.

  • Me
  • Michael
  • Dave
  • Rui
  • Kamil

Dave and I took the GO train from Whitby and met the rest at the boat.

We left the dock a little after 2:30pm.

Because we left later, the winds had already swung around to the south.
We went outside Toronto Island, and tried to hoist the symmetrical "Frankenchute".
However, there was a twist the spinnaker (bad packing) and we to partially douse it to get it out.
Winds were from the south and 12+ knots.

We were too close to the wind, and the boat healed over.
We ended up losing the remaining masthead halyard.

In restrospect, we should have hoisted a headsail and wait until we got around the Leslie Spit before dousing to a spinnaker.

Once past the spit, we did hoist the fractional Evolution spin and sailed comfortably for a while.
Winds were dropping, so we did an outside hoist of the larger "Big Blue" and doused Evolution.

After a while the winds completely died, so we doused the spin and motor sailed for about 10 miles.

Dave and Michael

Rui and Kamil

About 5 miles from Whitby, the winds started up again from the North about 10 knots, so we killed the motor and sailed with a full main and #2.

We got into the dock at 8pm.

Trip Odometer: 28.2 miles
Moving Avg: 5.2 knots
Max Speed: 9.2 knots
Moving Time: 05:26:00

For some reason, I didn't save the GPS track.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

MUMM36 Toronto AHMEN Race

Raceboat Zamboni has not been sailed a lot this year.
Besides the Susan Hood and Lake Ontario 300, we did not do any other regattas.
The AHMEN series of fall races are put on by several of the Toronto based clubs.
There were about 30 boats out on this day.


We had a full crew:

  • Me
  • Kris
  • Michael
  • Ashley
  • Phil
  • Rui
  • Lisa

Winds were from the NNW 7-9 knots (flat water).

We got out just after 10am for the 11:30am start.
The distance to the course off Mimico was just over 3 miles.

We took the time to hoist and douse a couple of our spinnakers.
Masthead symmetrical "Frankenchute" and masthead A2 "Tiffany".

We were the 5th start, and got off well down the line near the pin on starboard.

Spin action going to Toronto

The course was a figure 8 around Humber Bay.
On the leg toward Toronto, we were the southernmost boat.
The wind just shut off about half a mile to the mark, compressing the fleet to the mark.

NYC mark 2

Wind filled in from the North, so we were the last to get the breeze.
Boats only 100 yards north of us were cooking along, while we were parked.

When we did get the breeze back we rounded to the outside of the pack and pass many boats

We finished 9th of 11 boats in our class.


Twas a great day on the water!

Coming back in sans headsail
We picked up our flag for winning the Susan Hood Trophy Race:

Phil Me Michael Ashley Kris

Trip Odometer: 20.02 miles
Moving Avg: 4.6 knots
Moving Time: 04:21:00

GPS Track
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