A few days ago my wife and I sailed out to the Wolf Trap light in the Chesapeake Bay. This was my second time and her first. After rounding the light we stopped at a sandbar for the afternoon where my homemade anchor was put to the test. We went exactly 23 miles in 5.25 hours for an average speed of 4.4 mph.
I’ve finally gotten around to painting the name on the transom, it’s only been just over a year! I’ve had the name picked out since before I finished building her, but I’ve spent my free time building and improving the more practical things on the boat.
A few weeks ago my wife and I took the boat out to a sand bar on the eastern end of Gwynn’s Island for a beach day. The trip was only 6 miles, but we had a great day on the sand and some excitement on the way home. It was a good test for my homemade anchor in light and flukey winds.
A few weeks ago I took my boat out from Windmill Point at the Rappahannock River. I planned to go north and explore Fleet’s Bay, but changed my mind and went where the wind blew. I went 26.2 miles in 5.5 hours with an average speed of 4.8mph and a max of 7.8mph.
Yesterday I took my boat out from a boat ramp on Carter’s Creek in Irvington to two islands in the Rappahannock River. I went 20.5 miles in 6 hours with an average speed of 3.4mph and a max of 7.3mph.
Last week I took my boat out from the public boat ramp on the East River in Mathews to the New Point Comfort lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay. I went 23.2 miles in exactly 5 hours with an average speed of 4.6 mph and a max of 8.1 mph.
Yesterday I took my boat out from Gwynn’s Island to Wolf Trap Light in the Chesapeake Bay. I went 21.1 miles in 5.5 hours with an average speed of 3.9 mph and a max of 6.8 mph.
Another improvement I’ve made is a 316 stainless steel catch and protective pad to hold the centerboard in the up position. I welded it from some 3/16″ x 1″ flat bar and 1/4″ round bar. I countersunk the mounting holes on both sides, one for the #8 screws and the other side for a wad of butyl tape. Previously I looped the line on the handle around the centerboard pivot bolt which was awkward at best.
Today I epoxied two new belaying pins to the mast partner. This should help clear up the tangle of lines I currently have up there. http://sailingmoga.com/belaying-pins/
A few days ago I took my boat out for the first sail of 2020. I’ve made a number of improvements and wanted to give them a test, so I set out from the public boat ramp on Gwynn’s Island. Here’s my writeup of the trip: http://sailingmoga.com/gwynns-island-2020/