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. https://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: https://sailingmoga.com/gwynns-island-2020/