Freaking Leaks!

October 30, 2010

Discovered fresh water in the cabin when I got to the boat Tuesday.  Some of it is from leaks I knew about, but I think most of it came in through the hatch board louvres.  Apparently it rains sideways in Olympia.  Took up the cabin sole, cleaned the water up, and sealed a few other leaks.  Hull/deck joint was leaking at the starboard deck scupper, forward shrouds leaked through the deck at their terminations, and the port cockpit locker leaked.  I hope resealing those does the trick.  I repositioned the tarp to try to keep the sideways rain out.  Also installed new cockpit locker hasps and seals and took care of a few other minor things.  I hope next time I can actually sail. 

I had to remeasure the main for PHRF NW.  The SSSS rater said mine is undersized.  I had originally measured the spare main, but I now know both mains are the same size.  I had no idea my main was smaller than standard.  To get the full rating benefit, I’ll put bands on the mast and boom.  I think it’s an extra three seconds per mile. 

Special thanks to Gold Star Marine in Port Townsend.  The guys there, including my son, Naaman Jones, have helped me out over the last year with gear, expertise, and labor.  I’m grateful, and would like to return the favors by plugging their operation in this blog.

More later . . .

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