Sunday, October 30, 2011

The lazyboy Effect

Finally got a little more wind, maybe 10-12 knots.  As an experiment, I lashed on a pair of old rusty beach chairs onto the hiking seats.  Amazing!  Total comfort and no more backache from sitting on a hiking seat for hours at a time.  Now for some drink holders :-)
Yesterday I peaked out at 7.7 knots of boat speed according to my GPS.  

I never had a proper mount for the GPS, but even if you have one it exposes the instrument to flying sheets and halyards.  There are already too many things to catch lines on, so I built an internal mount with a small plastic window in the aft water tight bulkhead.  A short bungy holds the GPS in place.  I like it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fiji was Perfect

Twelve days in Fiji is never enough, but at least I'm coming back to a new canoe and some spring weather.  Went sailing for a few hours everyday, caught some fish, drank rum and cokes for sunset, read some books. 
The Tamanu was in great shape stored under a house with the exception of forty pounds of mud dauber/mason bee nests that we had to scrub out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Back to the Tradewinds

After a winter with little or no sailing but a lot of sawing and sanding, it's time to return to Fiji for two weeks.  The Tamanu is disassembled and stored under a house there.  Hopefully the parts are all still there and in good condition.

This what our cruising ground looks like.  Lots of islands and coral reefs to sail around and chase some fish.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Second Sail

Lately the weather has either been no wind or 40 knots, but today I had 4-8 knots of wind and sunshine so I strapped on the GoPro chest cam and launched.  Gliding around at 4 knots is better than nothing.