Online Sailing Log for the sailing vessel Ripple, being an Atkin-designed 26-foot gaff-rigged tops'l cutter.
Beveling and fairing the keelson and stem
I took off the vertebral clamps from yesterday's glue-up and started fairing the result. I have a first pass done the entire length of the backbone. Next step is to check all the bevels carefully at every point along the keelson, and 'fair in' the stem with some pseudo planks clamped to the stations.
I am on the threshold of cutting the garboard strake pair (the planks closest to the midline of the boat).
An irregular sound, a vibration untuned to the sum of your experience: this one was a momentary drop in RPM... 25, maybe 50 rpm. I bumped the throttle, right? Then it happened again, and denial shades into anxiety.
The opening hours of a 6 week cruise: Seattle, up the inside passage, over the top of Vancouver Island and a leisurely meandering through the inlets that indent the west side. But this journey ended just as it began.
A series of intricate diagnostic rationalizations, fuel filter and impeller changes availed us not at all. Lots of oil gone missing! Limping into Kingston Harbor, Ripple’s Yanmar 1GM10 turned the last of some 300,000,000 revolutions in my service.
Broken-hearted 1GM10 Only slowly did I surrender the hope of rebuilding my faithful one-lunger. As it happens, Yanmar does not make an oversized piston for the engine, as they enlarged the size of the cylinder when the 1GM transitioned to the 1GM10, and given that the water jacket for the block …
Ripple's complement of communication and navigational electronics now includes: Standard Horizon CP390i chart plotter Digital Yacht AIS receiver Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilot Standard Horizon VHF/DSC radio
These devices can all be networked, so installing them includes making decisions about whether and how to connect them. As with most everything on a boat, there are tradeoffs. The benefits of additional functionality are always at war with the unanticipated dangers of creeping elegance and the instability that arises from proliferating connections (natural failure points).
My four devices, like most modern electronics, can talk to one another using the well-established NMEA 0183 protocol. NMEA 0183 falls short of a full-blown network, but it meets the need for point-to-point connections such as are appropriate to my configuration.. The NMEA 2000 protocol provides a full network solution that may be more reliable, and certainly more suitable when many devices are connected,…
When I found s/v Ripple at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle I wasn't looking for a classic wooden boat, I was looking for a marine Winnebago to putter about Puget Sound with friends and family. I knew what a gaff rig was, but I'd never sailed one. I'm not sure if I knew what a cutter was. None of that mattered: I was in love. Only after having inked the check did I learn the mantra of gaffers: "she's slow and points like a blind hound dog, but the rig is squat and safe and will take care of you." In the intervening years I've cruised through British Columbia and as far north as Inian Island in Icy Strait, Alaska. I had fingers enough to count the hours of sailing without power on that 88 day trip. Its the Inside Passage, and sailing days can be scarce. Did I mention I'm oldish, often single-handing, and lazy?
Recently a sailing friend gifted me a copy of Tom Cunliffe's Hand, Reef and Steer, and the veil has fallen from mine eyes. This b…