markfitz Posted July 30, 2010 Report Share Posted July 30, 2010 Just got back! And it was great. Everyone stayed in the boat, the water stayed out of the boat, so I call it a success. We got to the boat launch with only one almost-catastrophe...my father hit a pothole with the boat trailer and the whole rudder box bounced out of its gudgeons. Luckily we didn't lose it on the highway thanks to the bungie cords holding everything together. We got it in the water and motored out with the electric trolling motor, and then hoisted the sails. They went up pretty easy, and we didn't have any trouble catching the breeze. It was only about 5-7 mph, so it was perfect for learning. After a bit we got the hang of tacking and we could pretty much turn around whenever we wanted. The Weekender seemed to behave OK, there didn't seem to be much pressure on the tiller at all. We did the drill where we sort of just let go of everything, and the boat came around like we expected and the sails started flapping. We missed a few tacks, but most of the time it wasn't bad. I do have a few questions (of course). At one point the jib was filled in one direction and the mainsail in the other. I have no idea why, or that this was even possible! My second question is probably related to that, but I didn't really seem to know how or when to adjust the jib. My instinct was to tighten it up on the tack, and then loosen it again, but I never really seemed to know how much or how little. The mainsail was easier -- I could let it out to spill a little wind, or haul it in a bit and we'd pick up some speed and heel over some. We have some bugs to work out too. The mainsheet kept getting tangled on one of the cleats we installed to tie the boat off to the dock, so we may have to move them forward a bit so that doesn't happen. The gaff jaws are chewing up our mast. Originally we had the parrel beads on it, but they chewed it up worse, since they were oblong and not the round ones. Basically, I think nothing likes to go around a square mast. We didn't think the tumbler that I've seen pictures of would fare much better. Probably doesn't help that mast is also fairly soft wood. We may try putting leather inside the jaws to see if that helps. The "stevenson-bought" sails worked great, and it seemed easy to keep the shape of the mainsail pretty consistent. All in all, it was a good day, and a good maiden voyage for both us and our boat. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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