Sunday, March 30, 2014
We have been trying to rig a preventer and or boom brake on vs Honey Ryder for some time with varying degrees of success. A preventer keeps the boom from doing an accidental jibe - which is a very bad thing/very dangerous/can kill someone/de-rig a boat! We find that even on a good point of sail, ocean swell can cause the boat to roll enough to potentially have an accidental jibe. Therefore we always rig a preventer. Generally Tom goes out on deck and ties a line from the boom to the toe rail forward. This works great until you want to tack and go a different direction. We needed a better system.
For the passage down to the Caribbean, we used a line off the end of the boom rigged on both sides, the idea being that we wouldn't need to leave the cockpit. It worked....ok but still needed improvement. Additionally it chaffed on the brand new dodger - argh.
We then started seriously talking about a boom brake. There is one on the market and we looked at it in a chandlery in St Martin. It's really beef, which isn't a bad thing but the cost was beefy as well! Cha-ching Cha-ching!
Then Tom got to thinking.....ours doesn't have to be that beefy.
Who else uses something like this? Bing! Mountain climbers. Baxter on Sv Terrapin has done some climbing in his day to put it mildly. He and Tom talked through the concept. Tom ordered a Super 8's from REI and our friend Michelle brought it down when she visited us in St Martin. The price was so reasonable that Tom decided to order two. Take the word marine out of a product and watch the price fall to something reasonable.
We are still testing and tweaking. Remind me down the line and I will try to report back how it is working.
|Reef on the south side of Antigua|
We motored from Jolly around the southwest corner of Antigua, into the wind, inside the reef and into the quite Carlisle Bay.
|Check out the way they store these racing boats|
The next day we motored straight into 18 knots of wind and on into Falmouth Harbor - thankfully a short distance.
|Part of Falmouth Harbor|
There are many, many yachts in here but it's a big space. Some yachts are at one of the three marinas. Some moored and some anchored, like us.
|Local laser sailors use the anchor field as practice course - zoom zoom -very close at times|
|Checking out the BIG yachts and some are really, really big yachts|
|More than a handful of classics around as well. WOW!|
|Dinghy dock in background -Rocks were tippy - not good with a sack of groceries that includes eggs|
|Dinghy dock balance beam event - score 9.6 - stupid Russian judge! HA!|
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Check these out. Of course I guess it's better than a skinny piece of PVC sticking out of the water - like in some places or nothing at all. It just crackes me up.
*Plus I love showing off the beautiful water color down here.
Monday, March 24, 2014
|Photo by Mary Ann Hogarth - professional photographer and Larry fan|
Larry was a walk up to our house umpteen years ago. I think he looked through the window and saw our extremely old cat Reba and thought "Ah. She will die soon and then I can be top cat." Little did he- or us for that mater- know that Reba the cat would live to the ripe old age of 26.
However, after hanging around for six weeks and us trying to find his previous family to no avail, we took Larry in. He was a great addition. Although to Reba the cat, he was the little brother she never wanted. Anyone else who met Larry liked him. "I don't even like cats, but Larry is kewl." We heard that often. He was a likable guy. He was a cuddler - and he and I cuddled often.
We had a long range plan. Close down land life, move aboard and live FULL time on s/v Honey Ryder. Larry would NOT do well aboard. He was a land based, low gravity, clumsy, de-clawed (by previous owners) cat. We didn't think it would be fair to him to drag him along on our adventures.
Luckily, Sarah came into Larry's life. She made it her task to help us find Larrybear a new home. First he was placed temporarily with her Aunt Helen and then with all time cat lover Allison.
We are SO grateful to Sarah, Aunt Helen and Allison for giving Larrybear a good home in his last days.
Thank you SO much to all of you.
I know this isn't sailing related but I just felt the need to post. Thanks for indulging me this non-sailing post.
|Hang 10 surfer dude highlights!|
|Ready for a little trim|
We set sail from Barbuda around 8:45 today. Before exiting Low Bay we had all three sails up (main, headsail and staysail). It was an absolutely perfect day and we happily sailed along in winds 12-14. s/v Honey Ryder averaged 6+ knots and saw a top speed of 7.4. No matter. We were just content cruising along.
We arrived back in the Jolly Harbor anchorage six hours later. Wonderful sail!!
|Town center of Codrington|
Goldilocks walked us around town a bit and then to the Roti Queen's house for lunch. Marci was having trouble with her cooking gas but Goldilocks helped her and so it was decided that we would come back at noon (30 mins later) for Roti's.
|New paved road with drainage in one section|
|Common facade in Antigua and Barbuda|
|Ad for Venezuela sponsored public works projects|
We stopped a couple of different times to read the local postings. One was about people running for office. One guy in particular was against certain people running and so had files a grievance saying so. We were also able to peruse the local voter registry for the island of Barbuda as it was handing up outside the bar and post office. It listed everyone, gave their voter reg number and told what they did for a living. Another posting asked the people please get their horses off the cricket field! So interesting.
We stopped in a local grocery store on the way back to the dock. It was small but nice. Mike bought a loaf of bread. I thought the veggies that they had looked good - tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, lettuce and I think carrots. Goldilocks said they have two other grocery stores.
The town dock primarily has small fishing skiffs that are used to fish the lagoon, get lobster, and take tourist across the lagoon. The entrance to the lagoon is only big enough for small skiffs. However off to one side of the town docks, near some mangroves, there is a huge, red sea buoy. I asked Goldilocks about this. He said some of the locals found it floating close to shore. It's a sea buoy from Nova Scotia- blown WAY off course. They drug it back into the lagoon and now it's used during hurricane season to sound storm warnings. I think it's primarily a big prize for the village....."look what we found!" It was just funny to see if sitting there.
|Pride and joy buoy|
|Frigate Bird Colony on Barbuda|
March 20th. Meet Goldilocks. He was our local guide to the Frigate bird colony on Barbuda.
|Channel markers off Tom's shoulder and bow of the boat|
|Yes, we were that close to land going FAST|
|Goldilocks tossing dead branches to provoke an aerial fight|
|Bird taking the branch back to it's mate.....if it makes it....the other birds have other ideas|
|So many birds|
|chicks, nests and adults mixed everywhere|
|Chick and then two non-attached males - puffed out and looking for love|
The water near the frigate colony was full of thousands of jelly fish of all sizes. Goldilocks said they were harmless and showed us by scooping one up. Tom scooped several up. They were not pretty like some jellyfish but really rather ugly and gross.
|Jelly fish - thousands|
|small, weird, ugly jelly fish|
It was all very interesting. If you go, we would recommend Goldilocks. You can reach him by calling on VHF radio to the Coco Point Hotel and telling them you want to book Goldilocks. Or he has a cell - 722-54-74. His VHF broke.