Rebuilding the Companionway Part 2

This is a pretty big job. I spent another weekend slowly working away at fixing all the damage the previous owner did. It was extremely hot this weekend, so one of the first things I did is rig up a temporary dodger cover for some shade. It was useful both for shade cover and for giving me an idea of …

Japan Craft Inspection Organization (JCI) Rules Simplified

The following is my attempt to explain simply the JCI rules as related to me by the staff in the head office in Tokyo. These rules are quite complex, so if you have any specific questions about your vessel or area please contact me and I’ll try to explain in detail. I’ve tailored this explanation to the type and size …

Companionway Examples

In researching how to best rebuild the companionway hatch I’ve been gathering samples of boats built with the same hull as Watari’s. Sparkman & Stephens design #2098 was licensed to several boat works, and each had a little different variation on the cabin. I’ve found a few with the same flush deck built as the SHE 30 and PJ 30: …

Rebuilding the Companionway

While I’ve been waiting for parts to complete rebuilding the engine, I decided to start another project. One of the things that has bothered me most about Watari since I got her is an ill-advised modification the previous owner made which has caused a disastrous chain of events. Here are a couple of photos of Watari from when she was …

Troubleshooting the Engine

I’ve been working the past couple of weekends on troubleshooting the engine. When working on projects like this I find it very helpful to get advice from other sailors, and have been posting my progress on the Cruiser’s forum here: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f54/yanmar-2gm-wont-fire-troubleshooting-185743.html Here are the highlights of what I’ve done so far: Post 1 Looking for help troubleshooting my old raw-water cooled …

Getting the Season Started

Well, it’s been a long, long time since I updated the site. As I mentioned in my last post, I made a big change at work, moving from working for another company back to running my own business (TourismBuilder.com) and it’s kept me extremely busy. But I’ve also been delayed in starting the 2017 sailing season by the simple fact …

Off Season

I haven’t been able to get out sailing on Watari for the past month now. We made one little trip to watch the Enoshima fireworks, after which I anchored in Zushi harbour and met some friends who live there. The little dinghy was tested to its limit ferrying people back and forth from the beach. But with no engine the …

Oshima, Shimoda and Kouzushima

This was our most epic voyage yet, 8 days aboard sailing with 1st Mate Nick Benavides offshore to the Izu Islands. New dodger bars and jacklines (for safety harnesses were installed). We sailed to Oshima, where the water was crystal clear in Habu Harbour. We enjoyed exploring the underwater world, and Nick speared his first fish… I though the local …

Upgrades

Last weekend I was able to add some fun upgrades to Watari. First off a new (used) Gennaker thanks to Toya-san at Hood Sails. It took me a little while to launch it the first time. As I was singlehanding downwind in about 10 knots I couldn’t get Watari to track very straight, and the new Gennaker spent more time …

A Quick Run Across Tokyo Bay

Here’s a little video of sailing back across the bay from Velasis to Katsuyama. It was blowing about 25 knots and made for a quick, fun run! 🙂 Watari’s now back at home. Facebook Comments