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Post Launch Changes

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To 16-Aug-2009 A week of vacation.  The first part rained (of course) and that allowed me a bit of time to clean up the work shop and do some sail repairs.   A couple of days at Niagara for my anniversary (great time, wonderful weather - try the Maid of the Mist - truly awsome) and then back to chores and boat stuff.

Things I've done are:

Sail repairs - generally just replacing carpet tape.  I don't know if these sails will last very long, but they were cheap to make but I might need to make another set next season.
Fix the pivot bolt on the tabernacle.  I discovered that it hadn't been secured while working on the mast - I thought it was that but it wasn't and had started to slide out.   After breaking a few drill bits, I finally managed to drill through the hinge and bolt and put in a cotter pin.  Also at this time, I planed down the bottom of the mast so that it should run smoothly to the bottom part of the mast.  I had the lacing hang up on this a few times.  This will need repainting now though.
After raising/lowering the mast at least 1/2 dozen times, I finally moved one of the peak halyard blocks to the lower attachment with the throat halyard.  This seems to work, but the setup is still stiff.  I may have to change out to smaller diameter lines or (gasp) buy better blocks.  It seems to work for now.
Add a jib downhaul.  I set this up for 1/4" line with a block at the bottom of the forestay and one at the top of the aft starboard side shroud.   This leads back nicely to the cockpit.  In a test run it worked great.
Add a flag halyard.  I might not use it much except to hoist the Blue Peter, but it will be nice for having something other than the sail to haul the gaff down with and it works really well for that.  I've found that if you can pull the peak down, the throat comes down fairly well too.
Add some screws to make my car window flag / ensign staff secure
Using some plastic pipe and 1/4" nylon line, I made some mast hoops that seem to work fairly well
Paint touch-ups.  I lost some paint where the tie-down straps rubbed, need to use pads next time.  I also was able to crawl under the boat and touch-up.  I lost a fair bit of paint along the bottom of the keel mainly from when I winched the boat back on - it would appear that the mid-ships roller doesn't.  Next time I'll get the boat farther in and this shouldn't be an issue.  I was glad that I only had sides on the keel guides - it allowed me to easily do the touch-ups and inspect for damage.
The tiller line was loose, so I tightened it up and put it under tension.  I'll need to figure some way of keeping my knots from slipping.
Made a cover for the sail out of spare material.  Polytarp seems to degrade in UV over time so this will buy me some extra time.
Move the scraps of foam board from the forepeak to the transom.  They about 1/2 fill up the available space.  I was going to put it all into bags, but most of the pieces were fairly big so I just tossed them in as-is.
Add a small eye-bolt inside the rudder box to act as a fair-lead for the rudder down-haul. Also, cut a section off of the rudder head to allow the line to run free. The down-haul had slid next to the rudder head and caused the rudder to bind. I suspect one of my problems with tacking was due to the rudder never going completely down.
Early Sept-2009 Not sure if I'm going to get the boat out again this season, but it's fun to putter away on anyway.  I was given a bell some time ago and finally installed it.  Back in August I got new oar locks to replace the old where I was missing one of the pair.  In addition to adding the short length of chain on top to hold the oar in (I need to make some buttons) I also added a short chain on the bottom with a button on it which whill hopefully prevent future oar losses.
Mid Sept-2009 Frost on the pumpkins last night. It's a nice weekend though so I'm puttering on the boat a bit.  I moved the ensign staff from the port side of the boat to the starboard side.  2 screw holes to patch (sigh).  I also spent some time with the tiller rope.  The one thimble is now thoroughly whipped (with small nylon line of course).  The other thimble has been removed and I've just knotted the line around the mechanism.  I'm a bit concerned about how little the rudder turns to port and will need to check to see that it's at least 30 degrees.   While I had the tiller out, I took the chance to add a spring to the mainsheet block.  This meant replacing the heavy eye-bolt with a lighter one and recruiting my daughter Emma to assist in pre-compressing the spring (when I nod my head you hit it ...)  A week or so ago previously I had done the same for the jib sheet block with the assistance of Trueman.  It will work well, but I'm not so sure about the mainsheet, I think it might bind.  The springs were found at Brafasco and to keep the blocks from being interfered with, I got some pipe caps at TSC and cut a slot in them to hold the block up from the spring.

I also added another flag halyard on the starboard shrouds which is the "proper" place to fly some flags.  Can't have too many places to fly flags.

The shrouds themselves are a bit slack so I'll tighten them up a bit.  I need to start getting things ready to decorate the boat for Halloween again.  It was quite a hit last year.

Oct 2009 The boat is pretty much all buttoned up for the season.   I'll have it out and decorated at Halloween and take the opportunity to remove the sails to add some reinforcing over the winter.

In light of my failed attempt to use a winch to retrieve the boat after it's maiden voyage, I've now done the proper engineering and added on a large sized trailer dolly wheel and another winch.  I had a very difficult time finding one for a price I wanted to pay, that was fairly light, but had a very large wheel.  I stumbled across one at Princess Auto and picked it up.

One thing I discovered to my annoyance though was that the parts I had/was able to get were sized for a 2" trailer tongue.  Mine is 2 1/2" so some fiddling and hole drilling was necessary for the dolly wheel and for the winch, I used some misc parts to fashion a bracket.



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