The last few weeks has been a mid-winter project time. Putting on the swim ladder, installing the anchor roller and anchor, affixing the vang, splicing several sheets, and fiddling with the mainsail track.
|The white plastic wood material here creates a leveling support for the anchor which lies primarily on the bow plate.|
|The fitment is secure and during sailing, there is no movement of the anchor because it lies perfectly in its position with its chain and as it is also tied-to for additional security.|
|The vang installation was simple. It's role is debatable but I want every bit of sail adjust possible. Got this vang used on Ebay, picked up the mast base bail from Grhauer. Will run this to the cockpit for control.|
Now I turn my attention more to sailing than fixing. The beauty of the southern USA is that the climate is very moderate. So I'm now focused on sails, sail trim, handling, and routine maintenance.
It took six months to get to this point, that point being catching up to where I can address routine maintenance issues rather than critical issues. The big list is finished. It feels similar to graduating from a masters program in sailboat restoration 101. There is much more to do for sure, but I think I am ready for restoration 102 now.
Meanwhile, I need "tiller time."
So seizing a perfect day, temps in the high 60s, winds about 5 to 8 knots, I secured my GoPro on the stern rail and took off. After several hours on the water my GoPro finally ran out of juice. I stripped endless footage down to 9 minutes, a long video itself, but ran the footage at 4x speed. You might like the Chopin Piano sonata I choose to marry up with this perfect day!
Everything aboard worked quite well on this day. It will take a little more practice setting the anchor in these clay bottom conditions. But this is true for any anchorage. The Delta plow worked much better than the Danforth for my conditions. I found using the diesel to pull it deeper into the mud was important. I also think the 4 feet of chain needs some work, a swivel and about 2 more feet to extend its pressure on the anchor. The main anchor line is not chain but line. Haul-out is a messy affair due to the mud.
But at least I'm sailing more than working on the Berg!