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Let The Adventure Begin

After what seemed like an eternity, Tuesday, May 2nd finally arrived. I was up at 1 a.m. and after a tearful goodbye with Mom, my friend Jay loaded my life into his car and we drove off into the darkness. An hour later we arrived at Tampa International. With one final hug and goodbye it was time for my new life to begin.

The past few months have been filled with many goodbyes and see ya laters. There were bon voyage parties, two or three last sailboat races with Team Silver Streak and more tears than I can count. Who knew a simple life change would be so emotional? LOL

A plethora of emotions were pulsing through my body and brain as I awaited my flight. Obviously I was beyond excited to see Dan and start our life together but there were so many wonderful friends and family I was leaving behind. And of course there was the nervousness of meeting Dan’s family for the first time. Twice before boarding the plane I found myself in the restroom in tears….some were happy, some sad but many fell. No regrets, just a lot of emotion that needed a place to escape.

I arrived in San Diego without any issues. Both flights went smoothly and we even landed a little ahead of time. Dan met me at baggage claim. I can’t begin to tell you how good it was to see his smiling face. I arrived with a note pinned to my shirt from my family…

IMG_0434.JPGHe read it and immediately sent a message to Mom. “Lo Siento, no comprende.” (I’m sorry, I don’t understand.) I love my guy’s sense of humor. The car was so loaded down I wasn’t sure my stuff would fit but Dan made it work.

IMG_0452From the airport we were off to run errands. First to Bed, Bath and Beyond for some silicone ice cube trays. Then the most important errand of the day. Dan had to take me for my first In & Out Burger….animal style. It was amazing! If you ever get a chance to go there…DO IT!

Once our errands were done we headed to Oceanside to meet Dan’s sister and family.  I had a great time meeting them. His sister, Tina, is awesome! I love her to death. We sat in the garage tipping a few cold ones watching as Dan unpacked and repacked the car. You literally couldn’t put another thing in it! Of course we would have been okay if we didn’t have all the stuff for SV Karvi! But what can you do? They are family so you have to help them out. LOL. We had a wonderful evening and I was truly exhausted. All in all I was up almost 24 straight hours but it was worth each and very second.

On Wednesday we went south again to Shelter Island. We took the Pacific Coast Highway. Dan wanted to make sure I got a chance to see it.

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It was so beautiful. I love the ocean but my whole life I’ve been on the east coast….flat shores and beach. To see cliffs next to the shore was awesome. Upon our arrival at Shelter Island we checked into our motel and then it was off to finish up our provisioning. Errands were completed and my honey rewarded me with a quick tour around the island followed by a snack and a couple of beers at the Bali Hai. Wow! What a cool place with amazing views!

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That night we had dinner with two of Dan’s daughters, Carrie and Lindsay and their guys, Cory and Tyler at Ballast Point in Little Italy. What a wonderful evening getting to know all these great people. Unfortunately it had to end too soon because we had an early morning and long day coming. 3 a.m. was sure to arrive very quickly.

Until next time…

Best Mate, Jilly

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Rigging Maintenance

As a sailboater your rig and rigging is an important part of how you utilize the wind to slosh through the waves. First hand knowledge of your rigging is paramount.
That being said, two weeks ago I was up the mast cleaning the standing rigging and inspecting all connections, shelves, spreaders, blocks and tackle and attachment points. I used white vinegar, a stainless brush and a terry cloth towel. The white vinegar removes the surface rust very easily and those stubborn areas yield to the stainless brush. Do not use other chemical cleaners to clean your standing rigging.

While up the mast enjoying the view and whistling away, I observed that the staysail’s #6 luff tape had some serious sun damage on one side. I picked up some #6 luff tape from the sail loft while I was in San Diego to replace the tape.

After getting the sail down on the deck and off the furling tube, I started carefully ripping out stitches and separating the UV cover, head webbing, and old luff tape. As you can see in the following photograph the luff tape unprotected from the furled sail had 9 years of cumulative sun damage. Nothing last for ever in Water World.

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There are a couple different ways to effect this repair. I tried to keep it simple and stuck with the original design of the sail maker. I removed about six inches lower than the damaged area to make sure I got all of the deteriorated tape. I cut straight across the tape down to the edge of the sail material and then carefully used a razor blade to trim each leg of the tape. To check the Dacron tape for sun damage, use your finger nail to try to lift it up. If it tears easily there is sun damage. You are on borrowed time and you should consider a repair in the future.

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Once the old tape was removed, I started to work on a splice to join the two pieces together so it will glide easily up and down the furling track. The sail loft suggested that I use a piece of sail tape to overlap each side of the two pieces. I decided to remove some stitching on the new luff tape back about two inches and removed the nylon rope and the plastic bead so the fabric of the new tape would overlap the rope and bead of the older tape. I used some ¼” seam stick on each side of the sail to hold the luff tape in place to while I used a zig zagstitch to secure it into place. I used a straight stitch to secure he splice are of the new and old tape with a row of zig zag down the middle.

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The finished product! A Sailrite machine was used for the stitching. A razor blade and seam ripper used to remove old stitching. As well as some seam stick and new #6 luff tape. About two hours expended from start to finish. Repairs were performed on the foredeck atop the bottom of my inverted RIB which made a great platform for the work to be performed.

Hoisted the staysail, rolled it back onto the furling foil, put the equipment away and cracked a cold one.

Fair Winds!

Captain Dan
SV Dazzler