Friday, July 10, 2015

Sailing Dinghy wish list

Wow these are nice.  Oars either 8' to 8'-6" should be perfect with the Leman 12's  4'-6" beam.

Hatchet oars would look really cool.
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Concept2 has some 9' sculling oars for $490 with carbon shafts, Fat2 blades and traditional basswood handels that would be the ultimate, but probably too long.

Oar Clamps to ensure oars don't get stolen.

Edson Oar Locking Device

D Sleaves to go with Douglas oarlocks

D sleeves used with Douglas oarlocks to orient the blade perpendicular to the water on the power stroke and at a 6° inclination for the return stroke

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Oarlock sleeves might look like these and epoxy'd into the new rails.
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Dinghy fenders might be 'Pool Noodles' inside UV resistant durable white covers.  The idea is to emulate traditional fenders material with modern shock absorbing materials that have more flotation. These Gunnel Guard products pictured are really nice, but pretty pricey at $7.50 a foot

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Sails and rigging.
A free standing Laser 14 rig in lieu of the original stayed mast would eliminate standing rigging, halyards and the pesky task of hoisting sail.  A Laser sail can be furled around the mast when not in use and a further modification with velcro attachments might really ease sail handling.
Strap open.
Sail strap is velcro and in open position
Strap closed.
Velcro secured.

The Chuck Paine 14 is really sweet, but too big and way too heavy at 850 pounds for a yacht tender.  I really like the end boom sheeting arrangement, large flotation chambers fore and aft and the side benches.
The most beautiful yacht you could ever own.

Lehman 12 sailing dinghy project

I found our Lehman 12 'Cup Holder' on Craigslist for $500 it hull # 258 built in 1972.  

As you can see, 'Cup Holder' is in dire need of restoration.  Wood rails are cracked in places and will probably be replaced with a stronger foam glass composite.  Newer version of the Lehman 12 have a wider gunnel that makes sitting on the edge more comfortable.
'Cup Holder' at the Alameda Sailing Association yard.
Haul the boat from Newport was a bit of an adventure with the 12' boat hanging 6' out the back of this rental truck.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Ultimate sailing dinghy for LightSpeed?

We've been thinking about a replacement for our AB 10AL rigid bottom inflatable.  It's served us well for 5 years of hard use and it's probably the ultimate powered yacht tender for it's incredible stability, dry smooth ride and light weight.  Unfortunately, the tubes now have a few air leaks and the Yamaha 15 outboard makes an expensive sounding noise. I'd love to replace it with like kind, but the engine is not available in the USA and the dinghy alone is $5195.

LightSpeed's davits can accommodate an overall length of 13'-10" and this opens the door to plenty of options.

Our primary criteria:
Classic, pleasing lines.
Fine sailing characteristics
Free-board to ensure a dry ride.
Single sail for easy operation.
Kick up rudder and durable hull for beach landings.
Low maintenance.
Fiberglass construction.
Rigged weight of ~200 pounds.
Crew weight of ~ 300 pounds.


Designer Bruce Kirby (of Laser and America's Cup fame) has designed a hull with traditional and classic looks that will plane readily, is comfortable to sail, surprisingly seaworthy, and easy to right in case of capsize. The self-draining cockpit quickly eliminates water and makes it possible to leave the Trinka 12 safely unattended at a mooring.

Trinka 12 Specifications
  • LOA: 12.0 feet (3.66 m)
  • DWL: 11.875 feet (3.62 m)
  • Draft
    Board Up: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
    Board Down: 34 in. (86.4 cm)
  • Beam: 63 in. (160 cm)
  • Sail Area 88 ft2 (8.2 m2)
  • Weight 225 Lbs. (102 kgs)
  • Maximum Capacity:
    4 Persons or 650 Lbs.(295 kgs)
    750 Lbs. (340 kgs) persons, motor, gear
  • Max HP: 2 HP Motor

Prices starting at $5,550 new

W.D. Schock Corporation Lehman 12
The Lehman 12 is an exceptionally responsive two-man planing dinghy that quietly glides through the water with only a whisper of wind. It is a daggerboard boat with a loose-fitted cat rig and a deep rudder. The simple, uncomplicated design of the Lehman 12 makes it great for the husband-and-wife team.
 Following the successful updates made to the Naples Sabot, Lido 14, and Santana 20, the W. D. Schock Corporation redeveloped the Lehman 12 in 1998, maximizing the fun of sailing and minimizing upkeep. Working with Lehman 12 class officers, Schock developed a stiff, light, virtually maintenance-free boat that conforms to all existing class rules. The rails, mast partner, center thwart, and fore and aft flotation tanks are molded fiberglass parts. Gone are the mahogany and oak rails that required frequent varnishing, weighed a considerable amount, and would loosen with use. In their place, the "new"Lehman 12 has comfortable flared hiking rails that give the boat a contemporary look and feel. Class-sanctioned strengthening stringers have also been added, and an aluminum tiller replaces the wooden tiller.
Sail area: ~81SF
Weight: about 200 pounds
Overall length on deck: 12'
Beam 54"
Active one design fleet in San Diego

Anchored at Drakes Bay

Drakes Bay is about 40 miles from Alameda, once we got outside the Golden Gate bridge the wind really dropped off to less than 10 knots.  Overnight the anchorage in the SW bight was really nice and calm and super quiet making for a great nights sleep.

On shore we see a few deer grazing tufts of grass, on the beach some large sea lions, in the bay some dolphins and plenty of sea birds.  The best part is that we can only see one other boat!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Too fun to call work... Sailing with Club Nautique

It's too fun to call 'work'.  Dave is spending lots of time of the water as a sailing instructor at Club Nautique.

Sailing on San Francisco Bay with Golden Gate in the background.

 Olga, Mike and Sebastian.

 Mattia, Ali and Massimo aboard a Beneteau 33 for Basic Cruising Class.   Mattia owns and runs 'Italian Homemade company' an Italian restaurant and deli at 716 Columbus in San Francisco, Ali is a brit who lives in Peru and Massimois an Italian baker in the city.
 Steve Saul (Club Nautique instructor) and students Matia and Ali having fun during day 2 of Basic cruising 2.  June 17, 2015.
 John, Carol, John and Rich after a full day of sailing aboard a Colgate 26 for Basic Keelboat day 1.  June 20, 2015

 Mike, Carol and Rich looking good on their second day with Basic Keelboat 1.  June 20, 2015

Basic Crusing with instructor Aki and students Lil, Dana and Carl.  June 22, 23, 2015.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Future of pad eyes?

Pad eyes by Solo Sails look pretty nice with simplicity of design and install and hyper light weight.   Perhaps too much reliance on sealant to keep out the water that's going to accumulate in the base of the fitting.  Salt build up in the base is a certainty in hot climates, freezing could also be a issue in high latitudes.


Advantages of Soft Padeyes

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Reversing winches: Easing sheets at the touch of a button.

Reversing winches:  Easing sheets at the touch of a button.

Selden, Lewmar and Harken which is the best?  Check out the videos below.

I like the Selden design as the winch incorporates reversing with no apparent compromise and no reliance on electrical motors.

Lewmar looks pretty good if you want to go down the road of a heavy dependence on electricity.

Harken incorporates the maximum amount of features, but the requirement to flip the red switch on the base of the winch seems cumbersome.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sailing aboard 65' Brigadoon

Had a great day today on the bay aboard the 65' schooner Brigadoon designed by L. Francis Hereshoff and built in 1924.  A huge thanks to Lindsey for having us aboard!

Schooner 'Brigadoon' Charging Across the Bay

 Dave at the helm.

 Kathy and Dave with Angel Island in the back ground.

Brigadoon was built as Joann in 1924 by the Britt Brothers in Lynn, MA. She is the first design by L. Francis Herreshoff, son of Nat Herreschoff. She sailed on the East Coast under various owners during the 1920s,1930s and 1940s. 
Sterling Hayden, sailor, actor, and writer renamed the boat Brigadoon of Booth Bay and sailed her to the West Coast in the 1940s. He sold her in the 1950s to a Southern California sailor who took her on the 1959 Transpac, and then to Tahiti for 6 months.

Brigadoon came to the Bay Area in 1960. She was owned by land developer Gary Reese for 15 years, and he sold her to Dino Valenti of the Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Patti and Terry Klaus purchased the boat in 1976, rebuilt her over the years, and have been successfully racing and sailing her for the past 30 years.

Brigadoon has been the flagship of the St. Francis Yacht Club, the Master Mariners, and has been a consistent winner in MMBA, Jessica Cup Races, and has been a winner at the MMBA/Corinthian Wooden Boat Show held each June in Tiburon.

Brigadoon has been sailed by two generations of family and friends over the last 30 years, with the third generation starting to come aboard. The Klaus Family still owns Brigadoon. She is berthed at the family home in Alameda.


Providing some Weather info to s/v Celestial as they sail direct from New Zealand to Hawaii.  They has a tough go through the ITCZ which as you can see in the image is very activated.  At the moment they are 14N and 152W and making good time to Hawaii.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bay to Breakers 12K

Today marked the 104th running of San Francisco's rowdy Bay to Breakers 12K. After a hard day of sailing the Knarr on Saturday, soaking wet and pretty well frozen, I met Kathy in San Francisco.  Kathy cashed in some hotel points and we stayed at the Marriott in the city overnight, quite luxurious for Dave who has mostly been sleeping on boats for nearly 10 years.

It was kind of lame, seeing how we could have a big Saturday night out in the city, but we were both exhausted, Kathy had just wrapped up 2 weeks on the road and walked 5 miles in the city, and Dave 7 hours as wet foredeck guy on the bay.  So after dinner we headed to our room for an early evening in preparation for Sunday's big foot race. 

Sunday morning it was off to the races with about 50,000 other runners, walkers and rowdy revelers.   It's a 12K run from the bay, up and through the city, Golden Gate park and eventually to the surf pounded shores of the Pacific Ocean.  Flamboyant costumes abound and sometimes participants bare all, for it is San Francisco after all.  

 Near the start of the race we're in 29,000th place.
We had a strong finish with these super men at just under 3 hours.  For comparison, the ultra runners top man finished in 35 minutes and super woman in 40 minutes.

 Yep, 50,000 participants.
 This guy looks like a lot of cruisers we know.   Did he teleport here from the South Pacific? Or get ship wrecked here?
Girls in front of us get a snap with some boys with only gold glitter and angle wings for a costume.  You may not want to zoom in here��

On the water in San Francisco

Dave raced aboard an iconic one design Knarr on Saturday.  Three races at the Berkley circle then a wet beat back to Golden Gate Yacht club with westerly wind blasting through the slot.  Borrowed this photo from the internet of the Krarr fleet sailing in San Francisco Bay.

Plenty of sailing on other peoples boats now that I broke down and bought some foul weather gear... we've never needed any aboard our Chris White pilot house catamaran 'LightSpeed'... including last summers sail through Alaska.   A few outings on a J105, a test sail on a Colgate 26 and a Wednesday race aboard a one design Folk boat.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cruising sailors have the best friends in the world.

Mothers Day, 2015

As continuous travelers we meet the most amazing people... and then, far too soon, we move on tacking in different directions.     The only constant is change, friends and family always in our wake, new adventures on the horizon.

After 9+ years on the go, we were ready to drop anchor and reconnect with family, become active in a local community, plant a garden and recharge the cruising kitty.  At first we thought we'd sell the boat and build something, the mere idea of a grand change was seductive, lots of ideas, but nothing that stuck.  More reflection revealed that we're probably acutely infected with wanderlust and boat people for life, so why sell what we love?

Living in Alameda (East San Francisco Bay) is really nice, similar to Seattle in summer. Lots of sun, not too much heat.  Alameda is an island, so that a natural fit.  The community is really just one big neighborhood and bike friendly.  We've joined an outdoor community pool, so between living on the boat, on a island, and swimming several times a week, it sort of like cruising.  A few miles down the beach from our Marina is one of the better kite boarding beaches, the island of Alameda pretty much has it all.   We feel lucky to be here.

Last week I really put down roots.  Our marina offers garden plots to live-aboards, so we're fulfilling a long held desire to get some dirt under our finger nails and grow some amazing organic vegetables.

We're in transition, but keeping close to our new roots at least until fall harvest...


Garden plot had gone fallow for 3+ years.

 I excavated down 16" then screened all the soil to remove roots and rocks.  Then with laid chicken wire horizontally to prevent moles and ground squires from burrowing under the fence and feasting on all the organic goodness.

Next was some drip irrigation tubing burred in the sub soil.  The idea was to water the plants at their roots to save water from evaporation.   California has huge water problems, so were doing our part.

Perimeter fence is in and I'm now adding the third round of soil amendments to the silty sandy fill dredged from the bay, soil amendments were added to increase water retention and provide plant nutrients. 

 Just a few minutes from the garden is Ploughshares Nursery and the the manager Eric provided lots helpful advice.

 Picking out the plants was the equivalent of shopping for boat bling, but way cheaper.  I think I already need a 3' bigger garden!
 Plants are in!  Strawberries on the left, garlic, onions, lettuce, broccoli and cucumber on the top.  kale and spaghetti squash in the middle, Beets on the bottom.  To the right are tomatoes.  Not pictured, Rhubarb, pole beans and hot peppers. Wish I had more room!

First taste of the fruits of my labors.  To promote root growth and more abundant harvest later in the year, I pinched off  (most) all the flowers, so my plants can focus on root growth over fruit growth... 

Roots are down.