Monday, January 14, 2013

Port Townsend Bay,
Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Captain Kirk Gresham
Kirk Gresham (Captain Kirk), broadcast on our local pocket yachters list that he was itching to go out on the water and his boat is packed up for the winter... And it was another rare sunny day in the high 30's F...  So, I called him to crew on Yasmin.  I was also itching to get some feedback from an experienced sailer on how my outhaul control was dealing with the lee helm problem.

He experienced the lee helm as we hoisted the sail, and she wanted to take off toward Indian Island (downwind).  The 'test outhaul' doesn't  kick in until the sail is at it's full height. As soon as the sail was fully up, the outhaul yanked the luff end of the bottom batten back toward the mast and Yasmin started to behave and was almost balanced.  So, I will install the full outhaul control lines and Kirk also suggest maybe moving the halyard forward on the yard maybe a foot.

It was cold, with variable 5 to 11 knot winds, with wind chill factor making it feel like 31 degrees, so we didn't stay out too long, one run up to Point Hudson and back.

Thank you, Kirk, for getting out on such a beautiful day.  I hope to be fully rigged for this years Shipwrights' (Regatta) Race on February 23rd.
Heading toward the paper mill

Another perfect day for sailing!

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Years Day 2013, out on Port Townsend Bay

New Years Day 2013, snowy Cascades in the east, Tabitha's hood as she helmed the CS17 for her dad,  to take this shot with his phone.  (by Edward Gossett)
Just had to get on the water and it turned out to be one of the rare sunny days this season.  The Cascade Mountains were dusted with snow on the Eastern horizon and Mount Baker was solid white and massive in the Northeast.

About 13:30 we found +Edward Gossett out in the middle of Port Townsend bay, testing an additional sail between the two mainsails  while is adroit 4 year old 'manned' the helm of their core-sound-17.

Later, again with Tabitha at the helm, Edward took two pictures of Yasmin... I hope to figure out my phone camera and promise to return the favor on future messabouts.

Edward has his own blog where he describes their frequent family adventures from each family member's perspective, such refreshing and cool way to tell the story and highlight learnings.

Happy New year, I'm feeling that this will be the luckiest year yet 2013!

New years day 2013, with Port Townsend Waterfront by Edward Gossett

Sunday, September 9, 2012

36th Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

Yes,  there is plenty of wood in this Alacrity 19 on a perfect day, tons of boats but I've focused on the junk rigged ones.

S/V Bertie on its way toward us.
click to see, kind of far away
I lost my photographer before Bertie
was in range.
Rob Parish's Sampan with three
 generations aboard.
s/v Yasmin
Alacrity 19

Sampan with foresail up,
click to see  better.

Heading out.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Arrrr, getting ready for the boat festival tomorrow.

At the dock in Boat Haven, Port Townsend. Fifty six little sail panels make some awesome pirate power.  Hopefully we'll get some good pictures and video of the many classic boats arriving for the 36th Wooden Boat Festival... Yes, my boat has a wooden mast and wooden like battens (bamboo) plywood bulkheads inside, wood hatch and seats in the cockpit... We'll fit right in.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

S/V Yasmin's first sailing, September 1st, 2012

We went out for a little shake down cruise with almost no wind, but, of course, the breeze arrived and we sailed off toward Rat Island, on Port Townsend Bay.  It was perfect.  Still making adjustments to the rigging, but we'll be at the PT Wooden Boat Festival this weekend. Woo hoo!
 The name "Goblin" didn't really fit this new Alacrity 19, so I had been looking at a few other names, but nothing really stuck, until Yasmin.  I know a feistyYasmin who has travelled the world and loves life, and this name just makes me smile all the way to the center of my being.
Randy, an old sailor and sage and my mate on Yasmin's first sail.  Thanks Randy.

The sun shines right through.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Final coats of paint on deck over non-skid...

We're going to get her in the water by May 19th,  in time for the first Pocket Yacht Palooza in Port Townsend.

The list for May

Red mast, 3 coats of penetrating epoxy  and 2 (of 3) coats of red.

Red rudder and companionway doors.

Non-skid (white sand) spread over deck.

New shape for port lights.

Location : 1946-1994 Spruce St, Port Townsend, WA 98368,