Spinnaker for sale – SOLD!

October 10, 2010

This spinnaker has been sold.

A while back I purchased a traditional spinnaker from the owners of Triton 448. I first thought I might use it as-is (forgetting that I have a shorter rig than a Triton sloop) and then tried to get it re-cut as an asymmetrical, which didn’t work out. So now it’s for sale!

The spinaker is in very good shape. The top and bottom bands are a baby blue, above/below those are sky blue sections, and the middle is yellow. The numbers are in yellow just above the yellow section. On the bottom 12″ or so there is some faint red coloring, probably from the orange spinnaker launch bag that comes with the sail. On the bag it says: 448   3/4 oz. SPINNAKER   KENNETH WATTS SAILMAKER TORRANCE. The luffs of the sail are 34′, and the foot is about 17′ 8″.  The rings at each corner are reinforced with leather. There is a nice bronze swivel at the head.

I went to the Sailrite site and they will charge you over $600 for a spinnaker for a Triton sloop – and then you have to assemble it! So it seemed like $195 would be a good deal. Buyer pays shipping. You can leave a comment on this post if you’re interested.


Future Project?

October 9, 2010

About two years ago I heard that a Triton owner in New Hampshire had decided to break up his Triton (hull number 407) and sell off the parts including his trailer. I purchased a number of items from him including a set of opening ports and a mast. I had the mast installed (with new standing rigging) on my boat last year.

Since he was cutting up the boat, I asked him if he would sell me the cockpit settees with hinged opening hatches. He actually gave them to me for free. So I’m considering installing them at some point down the road since the plastic cockpit settee hatches that came with my boat are not ideal.


July 7, 2010

A deadline is a powerful thing. I signed up to get launched on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 and that really helped me focus on getting the boat ready to go. The first coat of bottom paint went on on Thursday, 1 July, and the second went on the next day. After spending a nice 4th of July weekend on the Cape, I was back at the boat on Tuesday painting the first coat of the new boot top stripe (see previous post for some pix and details). At the end of the day Tuesday I realized the boot top stripe needed a second coat, so I came down early on Wednesday to do that before the boat was launched.

The launch took place around 10:00 am, and it went so smoothly that we (Jeremy, Emily and I) were able to get the sails up before we ate lunch. After lunch we went to the mooring and I cleaned the muck and growth off of the mooring pennants. Then we were able to go for a quick sail, basically out to the far end of Thompson Island and back.

Bottom Job 2010

July 6, 2010

OK, it’s not a sailing day, so I’ll actually post some pictures of my latest project. This spring I removed all the paint from the bottom, patched the chips I found, and applied new paint.

Some details first:

  • The bottom paint was chipping off in numerous places, leading me to think that the bottom layer(s) of paint were failing.
  • I chose to use Aquastrip because it didn’t have toxic fumes, and Jamestown had it on sale. Practical Sailor and the online reviews seemed to think it worked OK.
  • I ended up using about twice the recommended amount, mostly due to user error. If I was to do this again I’d consider using this product, although given the time involved I would be seriously tempted to pay someone to soda blast the paint off.
  • Once I had the paint off I went around and chipped off little chunks of gel coat where it looked like it was ready to come off. Some spots are highlighted in the pictures. Then I filled with 3M and Evercoat fillers. I left the filler a little proud of the hull when sanding to avoid taking off too much of the surrounding gel coat.
  • I had a gallon of Shark White (tan, really) Micron CSC that I used for the first coat. I covered that with some West Marine ablative in blue. The goal is to be able to know when it’s time to recoat by seeing when the lighter color shows through.

Here are some pix:

Port side, first or second round of stripper
Port side after first (maybe second?) application of stripper. It was probably too cold that day and it wasn’t until I finished the job that I figured out just how long to leave the stuff on.

Port side aft.

Detail of chips.

This is a section of the false keel. Looks like water got inside at some point and created a fishscale pattern of cracks in the gel coat. In the interest of time, I covered it with filler. There are probably a number of more thorough solutions I could have applied, but my thinking is that if it made it through 50 years it will most likely make it a few more.

After the third (?) application of stripper. I kind of lost count . . . I didn’t do the whole hull each time, though.

Starboard side aft. You can see the joint between the false keel and the hull itself – it’s the darker blue line (bottom paint that has yet to come off). Below that is a section where I believe a repair was done by wrapping fiberglass around the bottom of the false keel and up each side. It’s the straighter line below the false keel joint.

This shows the hull after sanding and filling is done. I’ve started painting with the first coat of bottom paint. The painted areas are where I’m going to move the stands to the next morning.

Port side, next day. The stands have been moved and I’ve masked where the bottom paint will come up to.

Starboard side aft, same time.

After the first coat of bottom paint.

Starboard side.

Starboard side after the second coat of bottom paint and after masking for the new boot top stripe. I changed the configuration of the stripe from where a previous owner had raised it to. He had simply measured 2″ or so above the top of the original stripe, which means it curves up at each end but didn’t really widen enough to look right. I measured up from the original waterline for the bottom edge of the new stripe, and then used the top of the original stripe as a guide for the new one.

Port side.

All done and ready to launch!

Port side.

The stern. I didn’t get the very end of the stripe quite right, but it’s good enough for this year.

She floats!

There are a few more pix (and larger versions of most of these) on my Flickr site here:


The rest of 2009

June 25, 2010

I began this blog with great ambition, but found it’s not easy to document every sail and other event in the blog.

At this writing (July, 2010) I can’t recall any memorable sails last fall. What was memorable was when I wanted to have my boat hauled out.

In the first few weeks of October I signed up to have my boat hauled. There were only one or two weekends in that month that I didn’t have other commitments. I came down on the morning of the day I was planning to haul, and was told that the hauling for that day had already taken place, around 7:30 am. I was puzzled because there was a high tide in the middle of the day, until I realized that there was a Patriot’s game that day. The person in charge of hauling didn’t want to miss the game.

That pushed me off to the second to last weekend. I came down hoping to haul but there were too many people signed up. The following weekend was the last of the month. I was all set to be hauled, but it got too windy and the hauling operation was shut down. That was the right choice, but it meant that I wouldn’t get hauled until Sunday, November 1st. The launch was supposed to stop running on 10/31, but the ran it the next day just for the people who were hauling.

My boat was hauled with no difficulties on 11/1, and I ended up with a place that would allow me to go in early. But of course I came up with a project (stripping the bottom) which would keep me from going in until early July.

Sail 2009 #2: Sailing with Arnaa and Emily

August 21, 2009

Got to sail to day with Emily W. and Arnaa A. Nice day, hot! Winds started out around 10 kts, but after noon they increased to 15 and then it seemed like it was blowing at least 20. By then we were motorsailing back to the mooring. Southwesterly wind all day. When it was coming over the water, it was nice and cool! Over the land it was pretty toasty. Started out pretty gray and cloudy, but eventually the clouds dissipated and the sun came out.

Left Savin Hill around 10:00. Shut off the engine around red 10 near Thompson Island. We pretty much stayed on a starboard tack all the way out to the end of Long Island. A minimum of power boats on the harbor, so a minimum of wakes.

After we passed the end of Long Island, we headed south through Nubble Channel. Before reaching Hospital Shoals we turned southeast to head for Long Island bridge. We had a mostly following breeze as we neared the bridge and I started the engine just in case.

We headed northwest through Western Way, past Castle Island toward the Inner Harbor. Once we were down near the Black Falcon cruise ship terminal, the wind picked up and it was time to head for home, anyway. We were mostly close-hauled as we headed toward green #5, the channel marker off Thompson Island. The gusts were increasing and we clearly had too much sail up. I rolled in the jib a little and that helped. The jib did not set well rolled in (probably 30%) mostly because my jib track doesn’t run forward far enough. Need to remedy that.

Once we rounded green #5 we turned southwest down Dorchester Bay. The wind was continuing to build so I rolled the jib all the way in, and motorsailed with just the main. Having the engine running helped to tack the boat and keeping us moving forward rather than sideways, which sometimes happens sailing close-hauled with just the main. At one point I noticed the fuel gauge was pretty low, so I shut the engine down and ran it only when I needed to tack.

Once we rounded red 12 I could bear off a bit to the west and no longer had to tack. Despite the appearance of some clueless young adults on a cabin cruiser, we pulled up to the mooring with little drama and then dropped the main. It seemed 20 degrees hotter once we got on land (around 3:05pm).

Great day!

Sail 2009 #1: Maiden voyage with Katie J

August 20, 2009

Wednesday was going to be a hot day: 90’s and humid. It was mostly sunny, and looked like a great day for the first sail on Tikvah in the summer of 2009!

Katie was flexible enough to agree to go with me if I could fix the mainsail. I got up (earlier than is usual for me in the summer!) and got down to the boat to see if the new sail slides would work in the new (used) mast. Katie called about 9:40 and I said we were good to go!

I went to pick her up at JFK and then we had to wait for the sub shop to open at 10:30 am. Then we went down to the boat (which was on the dock) and got everything in order on the boat. Once we finally pushed off it was close to noon.

We headed out the channel to Dorchester Bay and cut the engine somewhere around red 12. We didn’t have a destination in mind so I just headed out to the harbor and across the main harbor channel. Then we headed east toward the Deer Island marker. There was a tanker anchored in the special anchoring area and we had to sail around it.

We eventually left the mouth of the harbor and headed up the North Channel. As we neared the outer entrance to the South Channel we realized we had been on the same tack since we were near the airport! Although we were not in a hurry we decided to slowly head back. We made a slow turn to the south and got a good look at The Graves lighthouse and oil shed. Then we sailed southeast in the general direction of the South Channel and Lovell Island. We tried to determine the identity of the islands near Calf, Little Calf, Great Brewster, etc. but found it a little confusing until we passed them all.

We gave some thought to trying to find Hypocrite’s Channel so we could sail past Boston Light, but not being sure where it was, and lacking a GPS, we headed back into the harbor. We essentially reversed our course for the trip out. We got back to the mooring a little before 6pm, and I am proud to say that I managed to slide right up to the mooring without overshooting it or making Katie use the boat hook. Not bad for the first time this year!

This was probably the longest sail I’ve had on Tikvah, and is definitely the furthest I’ve sailed out of the harbor. Next stop, Scituate! Well, maybe when I get a few more things done on the boat.

Thanks for sharing this great sail with me, Katie!