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There is now also an Aires windvane on e-bay as well. Expired in 3 days.Talking of Windvanes. There is a Navik for sale on Ebay, going off Sunday. I wouldn't like to use a Navik, which a number of Jesters have found to fail, on a long trip but for a short trip like Baltimore it should stand up.
Boat launched yesterday, always a good day when that happens.Preparations continue: new tiller sort of finished ( some rougher patches underneath so no looking) and keeps getting soaked in Deks Olje.
Going on scrubbing dock on Monday for antifoul and anodes check.
Still got electrics to finish....might have to call in a favour from a sparky I know.
There's GOT to be summat I've overlooked.
Intend to have a cross Channel jaunt as a shake down in next few weeks.
How's it going elsewhere
Thank you. I did consider but after talking to the designer, I am not convinced that my lack of a pushpit is going to make install easy. It would mean hanging the controls off the backstay, which tbh I really don't like the idea of. Instead, I am investigating a Sea feather. We shall see if the Birthday money is sufficientPhillM , I know of a Hebridean thats hardly been used and is very cheap.
Lucky lad! I was sailing on a friends boat with a seafeather on the helm when we lost a spin guy, the sea feather had no issues feeling us on course even though we had a HUGE flag flying whilst we sorted it out. I would love to upgrade to one at some point.We shall see if the Birthday money is sufficient
Ok so Paean is stil out of the water. One last major job to do then some painting.How is it going? I hope your fined with from the preparation up to the event. I'm sure you'll make it and learn more things and strategy from it! Good Luck!
Sounding good and sounds like you are ahead of me.Well, short cruise done.
Weather in the first week of May currently looks ok for a practice sail to Holland. This will be my first solo overnight sail, so I am not quite sure how I will get on.
Did a bit more sheet to tiller steering practice and this seems to work well, but all this was in a slight sea. Not sure whether this will continue to work in the swell of the Irish Sea, we’ll see.
LED bulbs have arrived, so that will help with the electrics management.
Still on track to join the challenge, but may need to start the challenge on the Monday after the official start.