Quite of few of the Lovesail members are prolific writers, here are a few of the blog posts that have been added recently:
Catalina Aftermath….and women who fix sh*t by sailingsideways
Great trip to Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Now, whenever you use your ( or I use mine) boat and take it out for a day or two there is always a fix-it list upon return. So mine is:
- Fix Diesel kill switch so it actually kills the engine
- Clean and lube all winches -. I had to tack 4 times to make Two Harbors and it was a workout…so assuming winches have resistance going on.
- Install larger self-tailing winch for Main Sheet and Boom Vang
- Sew furling jib cover that is loose
And…I will do this myself. Hence women who fix stuff. Good thing this is a 4 day weekend.
Anti Paxos swimming by indigoblue (who is currently sailing the Greek islands)
Stopped here for a swim on the way to Corfu for the night. Great spot. Can see the bottom even in 20 – 22m water depth.
Work trip across the channel by vikingsailor
Great 4-day sail + 9 crew (8 day Skipper- 1 comp crew)
Revised Shamrock Quay-Poole – Portland- Cherbourg- shamrock Quay
Planned route shamrock- Cherbourg- Alderney- Poole – shamrock
1st day was planned to go to Cherbourg with weather gusting F7, change of plan headed to Poole
A very good choice as a few were a bit seasick
2nd was planed to Alderney but as bad weather was continuous, we legged down the coast to Portland nice big Swales kicking are backside in F7 gusting more, down came the main and sailed by the reef foresail, hand out raw ginger seemed to help a bit, arrived in Portland with a great visit from some dolphins in the marina
3rd day weather was much better, up early and legged it to Cherbourg till about 1230 wind stopped, so motor on for a bit then the wind veered round to SW and picked, arrived in good time and meeting Queen Victoria leaving
4th day very early start again, great sunrise and good winds to start, then dropping and motor on for a bit. Hitting the needles was a very nice site as the day was long, the wind picked up tide with us and hitting 11knots. Got back into Southampton water an anther visit from Queen Victoria leaving Southampton.
Just don’t panic!! by SlipstreaM
So there I was, below doing the washing up, when it started…, I could hear a loud rushing of water. I checked outside, but the sound was definitely coming from inside the boat!. I opened all the hatches in the floor, but thank god the inside of the hull was dry. The noise persisted intermittently, and I tried hard to locate the source, but it seemed to be coming from everywhere. A mystery…
After a while, I realized I could correlate the rushing of water sound with the noise of a motor running in the distance. When the motor was under load, there was the noise of water, when the load was off and it revved higher, the sound stopped. I went to investigate…
It turned out that a marina diver was cleaning one of the piles, underwater, with a high-pressure water jet, about 50 yards away. Amazing how the sound can travel underwater, but be completely inaudible outside the boat!!
Anyway, case closed, I can sleep soundly tonight!!
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