Refit:  Winter 2008-2009

Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Saturday, May 2, 2009

To help secure my second CQR anchor (this one a 25 lb. version) tightly to its roller--the existing roller was for a larger Bruce anchor, and wasn't designed for the CQR--I installed an anchor tensioner to the anchor platform.  Secured only with screws, I didn't intend for the tensioning device to be the sole means of anchor security, but merely to hold the chain tight and therefore hold the anchor tightly against the roller.  To fully secure the anchor, I added a length of line.  I wasn't sure how this anchor was going to work on the roller and next to the main 35 lb. CQR, so this entire project was a bit of an experiment as I continued to search for the best combination of anchors and storage possibilities.

My anchor platform is decrepit; I didn't varnish it over the winter.  Forgive me.  I'm still undecided how or whether to make changes to the overall setup.

Several years ago, when I installed my Strong Track for the mainsail, I ended the track an inch or so below the terminus of the external bronze track--logically and as directed.  This location was 8-10 inches above the height of the gooseneck.  However, I determined that this created a reefing problem:  the stack height of the slugs was such that the reefing ears wouldn't reach the reefing hook, for neither the first nor second reef.

To get around this, I installed a couple shackles that I had on board to extend the first reefing ear enough to allow me to hook it and make it usable.  This was acceptable enough for a few years, but there was no chance of hooking the second reef.  Fortunately, I never needed the second reef during this time.  You can see the reefing ear, the shackles, and the general first reef setup in this photo.  Clearly the slugs needed to come down further.

I wanted a better solution.  Through my sail loft, I eventually discovered that Tides Marine, maker of the Strong Track, offered an extension for this purpose.  The extension was simply a short length of track that incorporated the wide slug feed at the bottom, with a clip at the top end to secure the two pieces together.  I ordered the appropriate section.

To install the extension, I first determined where to cut the old track by holding the 15" extension in place and marking the old track with tape.  This provided enough overlap to remove the old feed section and allow the new extension to slide partway onto the bronze track.

Next, I unscrewed the single screw that held the track in place at the bottom, and slid the existing track down enough to allow me to cut off the track at my mark.


Then, I slid on the extension and double-checked my placement (I left the new bottom of the track about 2" above the gooseneck to avoid clearance issues when loading the slugs), and then drilled two holes through the track (which extend through the solid center portion of the track) for the slim bolts provided, which secured the two pieces of track together.  Finally, I drilled and tapped at the bottom of the track for a new screw with which to secure the end.

There ended up being a slight seam at the joint, caused by imperfect cuts on one or both pieces of track, but since this seam was at the bottom of the track, and easily reachable, I didn't see any problem with it even if the slugs should hang up slightly.  But now the stacked slugs would extend nearly to the gooseneck, which would make reefing (both reef points) much easier and also reduce the overall stack height when the sail was lowered, which would have the side benefit of easing pressure on my sailcover, which barely covered the old stack height.


I vacillated on whether to move the boat outdoors at this point.  My only reason to do so was to allow me to run the engine and wash the boat more easily, and eventually I decided there was no further reason for her to be indoors.  The weather had been improving, and I didn't really have anything left to do other than the usual final pre-launch jobs.  So I loaded the boat on my trailer and moved her outdoors so I could take care of my engine test-run and other jobs at my leisure over the next few weeks before launch day.  I thought the boat looked pretty nice this year.

She was dusty from being indoors, which might be visible in these photos, so late in the day, when the sun was behind the building, I gave her a fresh water rinse to remove the dust.




Total time today:  3 hours

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