Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Captain's log, adventures of Big Bird 2018 05 06


I survived another night on the boat, the additional blanket made a difference, but looking at the weather forecast for next weekend it will be a little while before I sleep on he boat again. I also need to get a fan so I can move the air around a little bit.

But I did not freeze to death, I woke up this morning, even rolling over a few times to get another forty winks I go up at 8:15 in the morning (I actually looked at where the sun was coming in the port hole above the V-berth and guessed the time within five minutes). I had my breakfast coffee and left over pizza with an orange, and sat out in the bright sunlight of morning.


I survived another night on the boat, the additional blanket made a difference, but looking at the weather forecast for next weekend it will be a little while before I sleep on he boat again. I also need to get a fan so I can move the air around a little bit.

But I did not freeze to death, I woke up this morning, even rolling over a few times to get another forty winks I go up at 8:15 in the morning (I actually looked at where the sun was coming in the port hole above the V-berth and guessed the time within five minutes). I had my breakfast coffee and left over pizza with an orange, and sat out in the bright sunlight of morning.

I will call it a win. I think today, presuming that nothing horrible happens I am going to get out on the water and actually sail the boat. I believe that is what it exists for. The weather is nice, a touch cold, but pleasant. The winds are light, and the sun is bright. There are only a few wispy cirrus clouds, it should be a glorious day for a light sail.


Right now I am pondering if I should go home and grab one of the cushions for the dinette so I can use something better than a life jacket for a cushion, I also want to see if I can find the hose to fill the water tank up and finally get the pink stuff out of the water system. I think the extra weight in the bow would make the boat not as likely to bob when I am going over a head sea as well. Of course with a 9000 pound boat I am not sure how much of a difference 20 gallons of water could make.

I figured out why I had a charge imbalance between the two batteries, turned out there was a blown fuse on the one charger lead. Fixed that, the charge imbalance should fix itself in a few days, I will just start the motor on the well charged battery and then let the alternator charge up the other one when I am underway. It should be back in balance with in a few days.

In the meantime I am going to head home for a bit, get some more wood splitting done. It feels really good when that chore is finished for the season. Also, when that chore is finished I am largely free! Just lawn mowing and miscellaneous repair jobs after that!


I will call it a win. I think today, presuming that nothing horrible happens I am going to get out on the water and actually sail the boat. I believe that is what it exists for. The weather is nice, a touch cold, but pleasant. The winds are light, and the sun is bright. There are only a few wispy cirrus clouds, it should be a glorious day for a light sail.

Right now I am pondering if I should go home and grab one of the cushions for the dinette so I can use something better than a life jacket for a cushion, I also want to see if I can find the hose to fill the water tank up and finally get the pink stuff out of the water system. I think the extra weight in the bow would make the boat not as likely to bob when I am going over a head sea as well. Of course with a 9000 pound boat I am not sure how much of a difference 20 gallons of water could make.

I figured out why I had a charge imbalance between the two batteries, turned out there was a blown fuse on the one charger lead. Fixed that, the charge imbalance should fix itself in a few days, I will just start the motor on the well charged battery and then let the alternator charge up the other one when I am underway. It should be back in balance with in a few days.

In the meantime I am going to head home for a bit, get some more wood splitting done. It feels really good when that chore is finished for the season. Also, when that chore is finished I am largely free! Just lawn mowing and miscellaneous repair jobs after that!


After a bit of a break the boat finally left the dock!  My friend Anthony came down and we went for a quick three hour tour of the harbor.  The wind was damn cold, something about 45 degree air and a touch of wind.  It is still relatively early in the spring for these kinds of adventures, but it will warm up soon.  The entire time we were out sailing, which other than for the temperature it was a perfect day for (8 knot wind, almost perfectly perpendicular to the run of the harbor) we did not see another sailboat on the harbor.  To be fair, to my knowledge I am only the second person to actually leave the dock and raise sail so far this year.

As you can see it was a very hard sail!  On the way back we did get to out comfortable 15 degrees of heel at almost five knots on a nice close hauled run back to the marina.  We got back and started getting the sails all put away just in time for a salty to roll in and cut very tight across the harbor, which was slightly nerve-racking because I could not move much closer to shore as I was going to run out of channel, and with the main still getting folded on the boom I could not turn.  Thankfully they gave enough room that no one had to do an evasive.