Sunday, 17 February 2013

Märta takes to sail again...

After a lot of work over the last few weeks Märta was ready for her maiden voyage (with us) under sail. We'd had sails repaired, fixed the steering and outboard, got the electrics and solar panel working, tinkered with the running rigging, given her a general all round tidy up and even got a notebook set up with a GPS receiver to work as a chart plotter.

There was actually a lot less wind than we expected so we hanked on the genoa, stay-sail and mainsails, furled them and prepared to  go...



My friend Martin actually owns the boat, but even so it's been a bit of a joint project getting here ready and we've talked about getting a boat together for a couple of years. My walking buddy Tom has been invaluable in sharing his expert (actually professional) sailing knowledge to both help us sort out the running rigging and sails after she's been laid up for a couple of years and also passing on his sailing knowledge.

We set off out the marina bound for a potter around the sooth mooth. it was a glorious day.

Bressay ahead...



The boat has a centre cockpit with an aft room with galley, depth sounder, chart plotter etc. and a forward cabin that you have to crawl through to get to where there a couple of good berths and lots of storage.

The forward cabin is also a good place to peep out and admire the view (atleast in good seas) as there's no real deck space to hang out on...

 

After a while tacking south on the head-sail and main we decided to get the stay-sail out as well. We need to adjust the running rigging for this though, as you can see the sails not doing much the way it is now...


What a day...


Here's Martin checking on the charts and depths. We were averaging about 4-5 knots in the light winds...


Just passing the Knab with Tom at the helm...


The other side of the Knab with me at the helm....


The happy owner relaxing on a fine day while the serfs do all the work, not that we were really over taxed...


We went down towards the Bressay light, but had to turn and make for home before we got there due to daylight and also waiting wives, or rather waiting roast dinner in my case!

Rigging up a gybe preventer for the run back in...


In the light winds the genny was really struggling in the lee of the mainsail to do anything but annoy us. We finally figured out how to lead it's sheets through the bearing out poles and then she worked a treat. We also now realise that we can leave the sheets of the head-sail permanently going through the bearing out poles to improve their run back to the cockpit. When you take on a one 'of a kind boat' and the designer is no longer around to tell you how she works it takes a little while to figure some things out.

Goose winged on our way back using the bearing out poles...


 Nearly home...


It was a glorious day for a first sail and we learnt a lot about sailing her in the few hours we were out. We've also got a few more jobs to do as the roller furling is not working well at all and we need to move the blocks for the stay-sail if we intend to use it in earnest, but all in all it was a successful sail and a great afternoon.

We've got our fingers crossed for a good forecast for next weekend as we've got our leave cards stamped and are thinking of a little two day trip; mooring up over night though, not sailing through it, not yet anyway...


2 comments:

  1. Beautiful blue water - don't think it would be much fun to fall into though - a tad chilly.
    And beautiful weather - although sometimes I really enjoy sailing in the wet squally weather - very invigorating. Mind you, that is in summer.

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  2. Yeh the water definitely looked more inviting than it is. I did some rolling in the kayak this time last year and blimey that hurt my head! I'm looking forward to getting out in a bit more weather, it's just a fine line before it gets too much and at 60north it soon gets cold even in summer when the seas giving you a shower LOL

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