New traveler car for the whisker pole

There was no rain last weekend so we managed to do some outside work, an done of them was to add a new traveler car for the whisker pole. The old traveler car had lost the ring you use to move along the traveller. We have tried earlier to remove the end part of the traveler so that we could change the traveler car, but the screws at the end is stuck and we haven’t been able to loosen them.

So instead we decided to remove the entire traveler from the mast, in order to get the new traveler car in place.

traveler car whisker pole
The old traveler car for the whisker pole, the end part of the traveler was impossible to remove due to the screws being stuck.
Starting to removing the traveler for the whisker pole.
traveler car whisker pole
The new traveler car for the whisker pole.
Attaching the traveler once more on the mast using pop rivets.

We also got took the time to climb the main mast for the first time. The reason for that was because when we tried out the new genoa we bought (second hand) last weekend one of the halves in the top bearing fell down on the boat because we hoisted the genoa to high. We wanted to climb up to see if the other half was still there or if it fell down into the sea…

Petra climbing the mast.
The other half was missing as well and probably at the bottom of the sea.

We have a pretty old furler so finding spare parts isn’t easy. The solution will probably be make a new one in a lathe. Thomas has his own lathe so we will use that one and figure out how to make the other half.

We also did some other things during last weekend as well, but more about that in next blog post.

New mainsheet traveler (and some other stuff)

During the weekend we have done some work on the boat, we have attached a new mainsheet traveler, the last solar panels and some other small tasks.

The first thing we did was to glue the final solar panels in position, we glued them on using marine sealant. With the 2 final ones we now have 5 solar panels in total. They are specified to 60W each, which gives 300W in total. On a good day they will probably give 200W, because of shadowing etc.

Adding marine sealant for the final solar panels, we have used Sikaflex marine sealant.
Weights on the solar panels. We only need to connect them now, which we couldn’t do this weekend because of rain and wind.

Next up was to attach a new mainsheet traveler we have bought second hand. The solution on our sailboat from before was that the mainsheet was attached to a point on the mizzen mast, pretty high up on the mast. Especially when sailing on a beam reach the boom behaves pretty bad and our kick can’t hold the sail down. Now we will have a better control of the leech tension.

How it looked before, the mainsheet attached high up on the mizzen mast.
Measuring out where the mainsheet traveler should be.
rubber mat under mainsheet traveler
Between the traveler and the boat we added a rubber mat, for sealing and dampen the pressure.
attaching mainsheet traveler
Getting the mainsheet traveler in position.
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The mainsheet traveler in position.

mainsheet traveler

mainsheet traveler

We also fixed some final details for reefing the mainsail by attaching some cleats to attach the reef lines, more about our reefing solution can be found in the previous post or by clicking on the link HERE.

Attaching cleats for the reefing lines.
We attached them with pop rivets.

We have had another main sail which we wanted to try out, we had thought that it would be the same size as the one we already have. But we were wrong, it is to small for us. This means that we are stuck with our old main sail, it is not broken but we would really like a newer sail. We are already on the watch for a new furling genoa, so we will keep our eyes open for a new main sail as well. It’s a shame that the other main sail we had didn’t fit, since it is very fresh and doesn’t seem to be used much.

When we tried the sail out we also had the opportunity to test the anchor in the bow for the first time, and the manual anchor windlass we have in the bow. The windlass works fine, but of course an electrical one would be nice to have.

Trying out the anchor in the bow and the manual windlass.

Finally we also changed a pipe for the freshwater system. There was a cooper pipe going from the water heater to the shower in the bathroom, which was broken. We changed it to a hose instead and now we have a complete fresh water system! 🙂

The broken cooper pipe.

Our solution to reef the main sail

We have mentioned earlier that we hadn’t a good way to reef the main sail and that was something we wanted to fix. Our boom can be rolled, so it can be used to reef the mainsail using a rolling reefing, it is an old way of reefing and what we have read it doesn’t seem to be very good since it changes the shape of the sails. With a rolling reef system we can’t have a kick for the boom either.

We choose to go with a reef line solution, and for that we needed some improvements. For our reefing solution we will have a hook at the gooseneck, at the mast. In the opposite end of the boom we will have a traveler with blocks and ropes to the reefing points in the sail.

First  up was to attach the reefing hook to the gooseneck, and for that we needed to do some welding. That is because boom is mounted on a slide and need something that pulls it down, like a cunningham. We had to remove the existing mounting for the cunningham to mount a reef hook to the gooseneck.

Preparing for welding a shackle onto the sprint with the reefing hooks.
Welding started and shackle soon attached to the reef hook.
The shackle welded onto the nut on the reef hook.
A better look on the reef hook.
The old cunningham hook had to be removed.
gooseneck reefhook
The gooseneck and the reef hook together.

When we were finished with the preparations it was time to go to the boat and attach and test the reef solution.

reef solution main sail
The gooseneck and reef hook in position. The shackle we welded onto the reef hook can be seen here holding the cunningham. The black cable tie is the to prevent the nut and the shackle to unthread itself. The will be replace by a sprint instead. 
A second look on the gooseneck/reef hook.
Attaching a traveler on the boom for the second part of reef solution.
reef the main sail
We hoisted the sail at anchor to test the reefing. The rope goes through the sail and the traveler, holding the sail down. The rope is attached close to the mast and therefore the entire reefing can be done at the mast.

reef the main sail

At the mast, the reef hook hold the sail down in the reefing point.
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The reefed main sail seen from the bow.

When we were finished with attaching everything we could test sail with reefed mainsail for the first time. It was pretty strong winds so prefect opportunity for testing.

reef the main sail
Testing out our solution to reef the main sail in the strong winds.

So finally we have a solution to reef the mainsail, which feels good. Also very nice to spend some time out sailing in the archipelago at what feels like will be the last summer days for this year. We won’t take the boat up until spring, so we will have time for some autumn sailing as well, and a whole lot of boatwork of course 🙂

Mast track gate improvements

Last weekend we didn’t only work with the fresh water system (see previous post). We also worked a with fixing a mast track gate on the main mast, continued with the electrical system and other small jobs.

One thing we wanted to fix was an opening we had in the track on the main mast. The opening used when removing/inserting the slides. We haven’t found a piece on the boat that fits here so we decided to make one our own, by bending a sheet of aluminum.

mast track gate
The luff groove opening on our mast. As can be seen on the picture the slides on the sail are stopped by a screw before the reach the opening.
Adding a nut rivet on the mast to fasten the bended sheet.
mast track gate
The mast track gate in position, almost a perfect fit.
The slides are now able to slide all the way down, which makes working with the sail much easier. With the nut rivet it is also easy to remove the piece to remove the sail.

Some of the screws for the windows on the boat have some pretty sharp edges which we wanted fixed. They can easily damage our sails, especially when setting the mizzen stay sail.

Sanding the screws to get rid of the sharp edges on the screws, that could harm our sails and sheets.

We also continued with the electrics on the boat, our next mission is to get the lamps inside the boat working. The days are getting shorter and it will soon be necessary to have proper lights inside the boat.

Connecting the lamps around the navigation table.
Inside the electrical cabinet. More and more electrical functions in position. This is not the finished picture, and we will sort and organize the cables in a nice way soon.

We also created a simple lazy jack for the mizzen mast, similar to the one we have on the main mast. When lowering the mizzen sail it usually falls all over the cockpit, and has been pretty hard to sort out. With the lazy jacks in position we hope that it will be much easier. We also set up a cup holder in the cockpit, a small thing that will make sailing easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately we don’t have a picture on either.

If you haven’t already noticed we have updated some cost and information about our sailboat equipment last week, check it out by navigation to Cost & Information->Sailboat Equipment in the Menu, or by clicking HERE.

A new kick for the boom on the main mast

On our boom for the main mast we don’t have any kick. The reason for that is probably that our boom can be rolled around to reef the sails. What we read is that this was used a couple of years ago and that it usually doesn’t work very well, since the shape of the main sail changes. But we haven’t tried this function yet so we can’t really say anything about it. We decided to mount the kick so that we could remove it and try this rolling function of the boom and see for ourselves if it is something to continue use or if it is better to reef the sail normally.

We mounted an attachment on the boom using pop rivets, the attachment is pretty small so that the sail will be able to roll around the mast if we decide to use the rolling reef function.

The attachment on the boom for the kick, one pop rivet left to attach.
The new kick for the boom on the main mast.
Seen from another angle.

We also changed the sheet on the mizzen mast, the old one was very stiff and damaged.

The old sheet for the mizzen mast was very stiff and had some damages.
The new sheet for the mizzen mast.
The handle on port side back in position.

Our work continues with getting Anne-Mon ready for some summer sailing, we are working with a propane installation, finishing the cabin door and a bunch of other stuff.