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Cruise Preparations

Postby jaltice » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:06 pm

I don't have any greater SJ21 cruising experience than anyone else in the fleet, but I'm using this post to list a few things you might want to consider buying or finding before the weather finally improves. The winds will die down; the rain will stop; it'll get warmer. Trust me on this.

First off, if you're a camper or hiker, you'll probably be able to make your gear pull double-duty on cruises. This includes but isn't limited to waterproof clothing, kitchen gear and stove, sleeping bags, etc. I'd recommend a building a list of things you'll need (or just want to bring), just as you would for camping. Start it now and keep revising it over the next few months. It's easy to overlook critical items if you rush preparations on your first trip. Once your list is built, you'll use it over and over again.

Second, even if you intend nothing more ambitious than a trip to Blake Island, you'll want to have the minimum safety features covered. Two online lists (among many) can be found at the following links from Washington State Parks' Boating Program:
http://www.parks.wa.gov/boating/faq/
http://www.boat-ed.com/wa/wa_specific_i ... cklist.pdf

Lastly, here are some things that might not immediately come to mind, but that you ought to consider if you intend to venture out onto our open waters (Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Howe Sound or Gulf Islands).

GPS Handheld
VHF Radio
Radar Reflector
Anchor, Chain (20 ft min), Rode
Outboard (get it tuned up, that's your lifeline)
6 Gallon Gas Tank
3 Gal Aux Gas Tank
Dinghy (think hard about this & consider something with little drag)
Single-Hand setup (see Stephen's posting on the SJ1 Flt 1 website)
Jib Downhaul
Main Reefing system

There's obviously more to it than this, but get your list started and you ought to be ready by the time summer arrives. Maybe sooner. Jim
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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Schlem » Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:26 am

Jim
I'm glad you've started this thread. I've been thinking about this for months. I'm planning to burn a long weekend circumnavigating Bainbridge in the not-too-distant future (before my schedule gets hectic) - route/date TBD, stay tuned, company welcome.

I've been considering dinghies. We have a wonderful 8-ish foot GRP sailing dinghy that Lisa's grandfather built, and if I wasn't planning to go solo, I'd definately take her (with just oars). I think, though, that I want a lighter, smaller option for single-handing, maybe an inexpensive (maybe cheap/disposable) inflatable. I may never even need to use it, but I'd like to have it. Towing an inner tube isn't very attractive, but pausing to inflate your lifeboat when things go sideways seems like a recipe for disaster.

Did I mention that I like projects? I'm hemi-demi-semi-considering this little deathtrap: http://koti.kapsi.fi/hvartial/dinghy44/dinghy4.htm - if only for the absurdity of it. Would look fetching in Avocado green...

I built a Bolger Elegant Punt http://www.instantboats.com/epunt.htm, for use with my SJ24, and it was a delight. Towed well, even in a blow. Regretably, I never finished the sailing rig, but it rowed smartly. I made the executive decision to use luan doorskins, in the spirit of quick and dirty. Wasn't quite up to my standards of longevity these days... no epoxy, just resorcinol glue and paint. I accidently left it behind when I moved. I hope someone is still enjoying it. The bronze oarlocks alone were a significant investment in the total expense.

What do other SJ21 sailors use?
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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Diarmuid » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:23 pm

We used one of these inflatables for our Catalina Island trip:

http://www.amazon.com/Intex-Sehawk-400- ... 252&sr=1-4

Cost us $100 delivered with silly little oars; we dropped another $50 on 6.5' aluminum oars. Folded up, it slides neatly into a quarterberth. Inflates in about 5 minutes using the supplied hand pump, tho finding room on the boat to do this is quite a challenge -- the dink is 11' long!:D It carries 880 lbs and is remarkably stable, even in moderate surf. My girlfriend sat in the bows and rowed facing backwards; I knelt in the stern w/ the little oars and provided steering. Directional stability as about what you'd expect. :lol:

These aren't as tough as Hypalon dinghies, so you need to watch for glass, coral, barnacles, or shingle beaches. But hey. We can schlep most things most places, and nobody steals it. You can attach a small outboard to it, tho the word "nightmare" comes to mind. Heh -- you can even buy a sail kit for it! :lol:

http://www.sailboatstogo.com/catalog/DINGHY_RIG

We are adding oarlocks to the coaming boxes of the SJ21, too, so we can use the long oars to move the boat.

Since fresh water is scarce on Catalina, we brought our own. The Coleman 5 gallon square jerries fit perfectly alongside the keel box and don't leak:

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Finding a good place for the loo is problematic. On the floor, that bloody strut is in the way. Not secure up on bench, and you hafta bend double to use it, but mebbe you could bungee it up there. We stored the food on the opposite side of the boat. ;)

A boom tent would be handy to reduce condensation and add shade & privacy to the cockpit. I expect it would make the boat sail around its anchor, tho. One big improvement we are making this year is big Herreschoff stern cleats. The stock cleats are absurdly small for cruising. Oh -- skeeter netting for the hatchways. We made a second hatchboard that's 80% screen and have a weighted, draped screen for the front hatch.
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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby jaltice » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:19 am

The punt & micro-punt look like fun builds; unfortunately I never complete any of my projects, so I bought a kayak (http://www.malibukayaks.com/kayak_minix.asp). Wide and stable, self-bailing, lightweight, tracks well with a phantom skeg, and almost no drag. I wish I'd have bought a 2-seater, but other than that, it's exceeded my expectations in every possible way.

Boom tent - that's what I'm working on now. You need to get out of the sun after a full day on the water and the reduced cockpit condensation would be nice in the a.m.

The jugs work just fine, but I'm becoming a fan of water bladders.
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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby cklamp » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:03 pm

http://www.seaeagle.com/YachtTenders.aspx

I haven't used it yet, and maybe it's too big, but I have the 8 Foot version of this above. It will support my motor if needed, and i'd hope at 8' it's not too big to drag around, but I don't know yet. I picked up off Craigslist for 1/4th the price of a new one, so I can't complain too much. It was brand new, the guy never put it together, lol. One of these days i'll blow it up and go for a "power boat" session on Lake Wa just for grins:)

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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Schlem » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:02 pm

I like the mini kayak - that's a solution I hadn't considered. The problem I want to solve is essentially small (towable) tender for one person. Other candidates:

http://tinyurl.com/yk56bn5

http://tinyurl.com/yl73tes

http://tinyurl.com/yfoh88u

http://www.mysportboats.com/klsportyak - I found one of these as a kid - great fun, indestructable, would get one today, if I could find a local dealer and not pay shipping.

http://tinyurl.com/yh78uhn - Another build project, but saltier than the last pram I built ( And it's a "Clark").

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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Schlem » Thu May 06, 2010 9:35 pm

Here's a rinky dinky tender update... I elected to build http://tinyurl.com/yh78uhn

Photos of assembly to date:http://www.flickr.com/photos/theschlem/sets/72157623823239825/ I'm trying to yacht it up a little bit.

As regards the rudder project, It is done save the primer and paint. I am waiting until the dinghy is ready to be primed so I can hit em both at the same time.
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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Diarmuid » Fri May 07, 2010 9:36 am

We realize you live in the City of Spectacular Coffee ... but do you ever sleep?
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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Schlem » Fri May 07, 2010 10:58 am

Ha! Well, my kids live 1000 miles away, my wife is in nursing school, my dog has a cast iron bladder, and I have a schedule that allows for a lot of free time. The grass is 8" high, and there is stack of laundry up to my chest.

Today's a beautiful spring day in the City of Spectacular coffee, and am I sailing? Uh, no. Besides the aforementioned domestic obligations, I have a date with a bench plane and the newly laminated spar blanks. There's much more I could do in the shop, but I've learned that everything takes twice as long as I imagine. I'm a little OCD, I guess. I think I'm afraid I won't finish something, so I devote a lot (too much?) time to it. And, it always feels good to knock something out.

In other news, I have measured the dink I am building for stitch and glue, so if someone was interested in building a sistershipling, it would go together much easier without any silly beveled chine logs.

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Re: Cruise Preparations

Postby Diarmuid » Fri May 07, 2010 3:06 pm

I find epoxy work goes thru a lot of rags ... so there's the laundry pile taken care of. :lol:

& I mocked up a S&G dink out of cardboard last night -- looks like every dory Clark Craft ever drew -- because I suspect, come mid-summer, inflating the rubber row boat's going to get pretty old. I want a 40 lb hard dinghy that will fit in the back of our van, carry at least 3 bods, and survive 3 kt crashes during poor mooring attempts. Assuming we get the mooring in before the lake fills up.
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