1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Friday, November 26, 2021

C22 Blast from the Past

I have had this blog going since 2011:

Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 Blog

After having my sailboat and sailing adventures on a private board last year,
I have decided to use Blogspot to make it more accessible.

My boat is a 1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel, sail number 10506.

I have owned the boat since August of 2008.

I am now a member of the Whitby Yacht Club.

Just last week, I was cleaning up some bins I removed from the boat and came across:

This is no ordinary golf pencil; it has a story!

Unfortunately the private board from 2010 is no longer around.

So it was late October 2010 at Newcastle Yacht Club.  Most of the boats in the marina were hauled out, and I decided I wanted to go for one more sail.  

I had had Still Time for two seasons, and was learning and working out the bugs of the boat.  One of the problems was that the jib tracks leaked when sailed hard, or during rain.  Water would leak down into the molded fiberglass liner that makes up the seats/bunks inside.  So before going sailing, I would always bail out the compartments with a bailor and/or sponge.  

I decided I would drill a small hole in the inner liner of the port dinette seat.  The water drained into the bilge, and the bilge pump looked after it.  So I decided to do the same of the starboard side, drilling another 1/4" hole.   

Well on the starboard side, I was NOT drilling into the liner, BUT INTO THE HULL!
Removing the drill, I had a 18" high geyser in the cabin!

The boat was now sinking!

There was nobody in the marina to ask for help. 

I held my finger over the hole like a Dutch boy on a dyke, and scrambled to find something to plug the hole.   Luckily I found this golf pencil, pounded it into the hole, and went out for a sail!

It was an easy fiberglass fix after being hauled out the next day.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

MUMM36 ZAMBONI Winterizing

With the weather getting colder, the five owners got together winterize ZAMBONI.

Got down to National around 10:30.

Michael brought his trailer and put it directly under the bow:

We were able to dump all the sails and cushions from the bow into the trailer.


We ran some extension chords and Phil vacuumed out the bilges, while I removed the failing shrink wrap tape from the starboard window.  Replaced it with some UV resistant tarp tape.  This will stop the water leaking from this window.  The failed sealant will have to be removed in the spring and re-done.

I then moved onto winterizing the head, while Michael and Phil winterized the motor and removed the batteries.  I took the batteries home for charging and storage.

We put all the lines in a storage bin to keep them in one place.   Michael will be storing everything in his work studio.

Kris and Ash went through all the storage cubbies and removed anything we no longer need.

With the 5 owners, it only took about 90 minutes to get the work done before going into the dining room for brunch.

The bottom job we did in the spring looks great!

The magnesium anode is pretty rough:

Here it what it looked like before launch:

Monday, November 8, 2021

C22 Winter Cover

Mid November, sunny and 16 degrees Celcius!

Time to cover the little boat for the winter.

Moved the mast to the gungeon support:

Reused the PVC pipes from the previous years:

Tie wrapped in place:

Then on with the old shrink wrap:

From the front to the back:

Going to return tomorrow with a shrink wrap door to finish it up.

5th season with this shrink wrap.

Gorgeous Day! 

Update: not enough room to put in a door at the rear, so I just sealed it up with some leftover shrinkwrap from the scrap bin and some shrinkwrap tape:

Thursday, October 28, 2021

CS34 Winter Cover Take II

On my way to the club, I stopped a 3 places to get some plumbing antifreeze.  Everyone was sold out.  Found some at the Whitby Home Depot and bought the last jugs they had.

Got to the club in the afternoon and the winds had picked up from the east, and blew the middle and aft sections of the cover off!

Someone had gathered it up and put it under the boat.

Inspected the cover, and no further damage!

Rita helped me get the cover on this time without incident!

Patch Phil sewed on

Spent the afternoon:
  • winterizing plumbing
  • winterizing motor
  • winterizing deck wash
  • winterizing head
  • putting boom under the boat
  • putting dodger/bimimi frames under the boat
  • filled the fuel tank
  • charging the batteries
Used 4 gallons of -50 plumbing antifreeze ($20), and 1 gal of -100 environmentally friendly antifreeze in the motor ($15).

Fuel tank was at 1/4 full, so completely filled the 80L tank with 60L of diesel.

Three 20L yellow jugs.

In the meantime a cold SE wind was stiring up Lake Ontario:

All that is left to do is move the mast to the racks and now that the boat is empty clean and oil the inside teak.

Mast now moved to the rack:

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CS34 Winter Cover

Last week I dropped my winter cover off with WYC member Phil to repair a couple of holes from last winter.  The centerline of the cover rubbing on the ridge pole is wearing thin.  Phil put a 12" wide swath of fabric along the ridge to strengthen it up.  Will definately extend the life of the cover.

Got down to the club around 11am: beautiful sunny day!

Tshirt and shorts

Cover already on NanCS

I got the PVC pipes on the lifelines, then Rita helped me get the frame up.

Secured the individual frames to the toe rail, and lifelines with tie wraps.

Rita and I also:
  • Removed the folding wheel
  • Removed the princess seats
  • Removed the Vbirth cushions to go home
  • Washed the black streaks off the hull
  • Dropped the anchor/chain/rode to the ground
  • Removed whisker pole under boat
  • Removed dodger/binini frames
  • Hooked up shore power
Phil also suggested adding some protective foam to the ridge:

$26 from Home Depot

Then on with the cover:

I had an incident with the front section: while pulling it back, it caught on the ridge pole and poked a hole in the canvas:

Frig the Friggin Frick!

Off with the front section, and dropped it off with Phil who was still at the club.
He will repair it tonight so I can put it back on tomorrow!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

CS34 Bottom Cleaning

With the boats hauled out, it was time to start working on the winter layup. 

I spent some time taking the water out of a friend's boat Sumac.  Peter is away in Scotland, so I used my buckethead shopvac to take about 25 gal of water from the bilge.  Sumac would be hauled out near the end of the day.

First went over to the 22, and spent a couple of hours emptying the interior, and power washing the bottom.

By 3pm, the east crane had moved to another location, so I was able to also powerwash the 34.

Further inspected the hull damage from the anchor:

You can see where the anchor chain was dragging on the hull below the waterline:

Just knocked the VC17 bottom paint off.

Here is there the anchor was rubbing:

Only on the port side.

Close up view:

Burned through bottom paint, epoxy barrier coat, and started on the fiberglass.

Could have been worse.

Nothing that a bit of sanding and some Interprotect 2000 epoxy barrier coat won't fix.

She cleaned up nicely:

I will be putting the winter frame and cover on maybe Tuesday.


CS30 Damaged Rudder

There was a CS30 new to our club with a report of a damaged rudder.

Here is what a rudder looks like on a CS30:

Here is the damaged one:


By the looks of it with the barnacles on it, it had been like this for a while!