Baring the Sole

I’m thankful that the marina moved her to a bit better place for working on this week, closer to the shop, power, water, and dumpster for all the junk the previous owner left! So I mentioned that one of the biggest jobs to do is scraping and sanding the bottom in preparation for painting a barrier coat and anti-fouling. This …

Scraping the Bottom

One of the biggest jobs to be done before she launches is to scrape all the old paint off the bottom and prep her for new bottom coat(s). The previous owner appears to have used some kind of unidentifiable paint, it’s questionable whether it’s even marine grade, and I can’t paint over it not knowing what it is. Also, there …

Race to Launch

I’m quite lucky in that this boat was already in a marina yard when I got her, in a place where it’s easy to work on her. I’ve been able to negotiate a good deal on the yard fees while she’s here, sort of a winter discount because it’s the off season. The Marina is letting me use water, power, …

Finding a Home Port

The biggest barrier to boat ownership in Japan is not finding a reasonably priced boat, there are plenty to be found if one puts in the time and effort to search. The real challenge is finding somewhere to keep her. Japan’s coast is rugged, and the government has done little in the way of harbour infrastructure. In most countries I’ve …

Yanmar 2GM

The Yanmar 2GM is a great little engine for a sailboat. A two cylinder diesel engine it’s about as simple as an engine can get, easy to repair, and efficient to run. It only generates about 13 horsepower, but that’s plenty to push a 30 foot sailboat, especially one with a narrow beam. The engine in this boat is fairly new. I …

Bent Prop Shaft Strut

One of the first major repairs that has to be made is a bent prop shaft strut. I guess the previous owner hit something, wrapped a rope in the prop, or the sling caught it when hauling out. At any rate, the strut is bent a half inch to starboard, and the shaft may be rubbing. Before hauling out she …

The Big List of Repairs

This will be a running list, updated to reflect the ongoing repairs. I expect it to keep growing as new things are discovered. The following are major issues that need to be repaired before she can launch: Bottom: Needs to be scraped & sanded down to the gelcoat, in some areas even right to the glass Throughhulls repaired/redundant ones glassed …

Learning to Sail

For those readers who may be interested in learning to sail themselves and are wondering how to best go about it, I highly recommend starting with dinghy sailing. Dinghies are very sensitive, so they teach you to carefully read the wind and waves and how to keep good trim. Bad trim on a dinghy is easily recognized – she’ll flip …

The Journey Begins

Well, I’ve bought a boat. Everyone familiar with boats will know what that statement entails. Boats are a big commitment. “A hole in the water in which to throw money” is an often used definition, and it’s not far off from the truth. And the boat I’ve bought is the worst kind; an old sailboat that has fallen into disrepair, …