Sunday, August 30, 2020

Finished rescue ladder

From: Allan Seymour
Date: August 27, 2020 11:48:04
Subject: Finished rescue ladder

It is too hard for a small person to get the supplied ladder out of the engine room and fix it on the bulwark.

This came to mind after watching a much older couple trying to get back on their sailboat even with a stern ladder!  

Only thing I would change is to make the tubing a little smaller. But it fits over easily and it all stores in lazarette.  $89 at local steel fab.

Allan Seymour

Monday, August 10, 2020

Swim Step on Easy Goin II

Last year I put a boarding ladder on Easy Goin II. It was never Equipped with a boarding ladder from the start. All our boating is in Lake Huron/Georgian Bay with lots of swimming, so boarding ladder was very important to us. I am very pleased with the results  I purchased a Garelick 6 step over platform telescoping ladder. See pictures. 

Jim Williamson 
37VT16 Easy Goin II

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Swim Step

Testing a new swim step on Carolina today. Working quite well so far! No swimming yet 😉

Joe Sousa
Carolina 41VT06

Friday, August 7, 2020

Lady Katie 37VT28 Offers a Dock

An invitation to any tuggers who would like to tie up in Tarpon Springs on the Anclote River, close to the intercostal.…..40 ft with water and power and always available (of course at no cost).

Capt Bill and Katiebird

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Hurricane Isaias

Victory was securely attached to the pier with extra lines but they were not needed. The winds were very localized down here; a few miles south of me trees were down but luckily we did not have any major damage.

Bob Allnutt
Victory 37VT02
St. Inigoes, Maryland


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

PNW Cruising During Covid

Fresh crab cakes in Parks Bay

Hiaqua departed Hunter Bay after two days of very productive crabbing.  On to Friday Hbr for supplies before a couple of days in Parks Bay. 

FYI- Friday Hbr will take reservations but only operating at 50% capacity. It was a little tricky getting in and out for a short stay. 

Roche Hbr also operating at 50%, but is not taking reservations for the rest of the season. First come first serve once you arrive to get on a waiting list (preferably around 8am). Crazy!

We are wandering around the San Juan’s for another couple of weeks until we get tired.  Mostly to anchorages without land access (Hunter, Parks Bay,  Garrison, Prevost Hbr, Massacre Bay,  etc).  According to our yacht club report, Sucia is a zoo (crawling with campers & boats).  We did have a dingy happy hour with some club members which worked out good for distancing and socializing (4-5 dinghies tied off to a boat & BYOB). 

Weather is not real stable (like stalled out high pressure from the north for weeks).  It alternates from the north for a couple of days, then switches to the south for a few. No concrete plans. San Juan’s are pretty small.  Just great hanging out on the water, kayaking, crabbing etc! Look us up on Marine Traffic if they can find us or text at 360.420.5523

Randy & Yvonne 
Hiaqua 37VT03

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Update from Hiaqua 37VT03

We're just getting ready for breakfast....a limit of 5 crab (plus 12 keepers & 3 shakers I threw back).  Tough morning!


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A mini reunion in Camden ME.

After a 14 day Covid isolation the crews of Sally W. 37VT42 and Salty Paws' 37VT66 can finally get together in Camden, ME.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Engine Mounts

I've learned a lot putting new engine mounts in Nellie.  One, it's not a hard job.  Two, selecting the proper engine mount is critical.  

Nellie's factory-original Cushyfloat mounts had no model number.

The first new set of mounts, Cushyfloat 17-1609-65's, were dramatically noiser than Nellie's factory-original Cushyfloat mounts.  I then removed the 65's and installed Cushyfloat 17-1608-45's.  The graph below compares the wheelhouse noise level with each mount type.

On average the 45's are more than 50% quieter (-12bB) than the 65's. 

Why?  Because as the graph above shows, they're better at dampening the engine's vibration. 

Bottom line, Nellie has never run quieter or smoother.

An Update on Portlight Screens

Nellie's new bronze screen.

Nellie D. 37VT63 wasn't lucky enough to get factory window screens and it was a struggle to come up with a good alternative. Particularly irksome are the little portlights in the shower, head, and stateroom.  An effective, inexpensive and now time tested solution is to use the port's stainless ring to hold a screen in place.

Screen caulked inplace on backside of portlight ring.

The installation process is very straight forward. In fact, the hardest part of the job is removing the stainless ring. It is bedded in polysulfide but will yield with patience. I used a razor knife to cut the joint around the inside of the window. Then working around the inner circumference, with two screwdrivers and a putty knife, I gradually wedged the ring away from the cabin side. Two things to watch-out for: don't scratch the gel coat and don't bend the ring. With the ring off you'll note that the port itself is well bedded. If there are voids in the port's bedding, fix them now as I suggest the ring be reinstalled without bedding—it makes replacing a damaged screen much easier. Use the ring as a template but cut the screen about 1/4" smaller. A thin layer of silicone caulk will secure the screen to the ring. After the caulk is dry reinstall the ring. As always, make sure to bed the screws.

In 2013 I installed $3 worth of 18 x 16 mesh, aluminum screen in the four ports. Last month, after seven years in use, I noticed some galvanic corrosion on the aluminum screen.  The aluminum screen was easily replaced with $18 worth of bronze, 18 x 16 mesh, screen.  Why bronze screen?  Well, it should last longer than aluminum as it's closer in nobility to stainless steel.  But, more importantly, it looks cool!

By the way, worth considering too is the size of the screen's mesh. A 20 x 20 mesh will keep no-see-ums out.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Dinghy Deck Core Sample

"Ever wonder what the O2 deck is made of? Two layers of three eights inch fiberglass sandwiched on a 1 inch piece of foam."  -- Kenny Bishop, Highland Mary 37VT17

Kenny Bishop is installing a cable chase inside Highland Mary's smoke stack.

This penetration has historically been an LNVT trouble spot as it can allow water to leak below deck and into the galley headliner.  Kenny's solution is two-fold: seal a PVC fitting to the deck and elevate the fitting above the deck.  

LNVT Bulkhead Plywood

Ever wonder what the 37's bulkheads are made?   Pictured above is the plywood's cross section.  

Jack Robert 37VT17's Loop Tales

The following was posted a few days ago on Jack Robert's cruising blog.
Thursday,February 6, 2020. Today was not a good day. But before I continue…for those of you who like to go right to the pictures in our blog, let me assure you no people were hurt. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Jack Robert.
We were enjoying our coffee and discussing the imminent weather system when bang! The boat was violently shoved toward the dock and we were nearly knocked out of our chairs. We ran out on deck and were horrified to see a large boat crosswise in the fairway with its bowsprit firmly imbedded in our port wheelhouse door. Dee immediately grabbed her phone and started taking pictures while Lee worked to dislodge the boat.

Apparently he decided this windy day was a good time to test his two new transmissions. Bad choice.
Lee worked to swing the boat away from Jack Robert to prevent further damage.
The door is solid teak and was shattered by the impact.
This gives an idea as to the extent of the damage.

No one was hurt, but this is an example of what can happen when a poor choice is made without considering the possible consequences. We had winds of 20 miles per hour in the marina in very tight quarters. The transmissions were not tested at the dock before the driver decided to go out for a sea trial, and he obviously did not have control of his boat.
So, what does this mean for us? We will not be able to leave for South Florida as planned. We need to find someone who has the time and expertise to repair the damage, and we need to trust the owner of the boat to stick to his word that he will "make things right". This will get fixed and we will be fine. But for now we will allow ourselves a little time to be angry and sick at heart.
It only takes a moment for things to go very wrong. Please think before you act.