New Boat = new adventures

This blog is being resurrected from a coma.

Silas Crosby , that staunch and seaworthy ship was sold about a year ago, and sailed out of our life, without so much as a lingering backward glance, and into someone else’s life.

Haven’t got a clue how it is going with the new owner, but I do wonder.

We were without a boat for a solid  10 months. The plan was to get an F27 trimaran this coming spring. However, two factors conspired to lead me astray: the poor snow pack (meaning poor skiing) and an opportunity to get a boat quite close to home, in Washington State.

In early December I drove to Desmoines, Washington, and in 24 hours I surveyed, bought and paid for, changed trailers, and drove the boat home to Courtenay.

My very first experience driving a vehicle with a trailer of any description was on the I5 just N of Tacoma in a rainstorm in December. Give me a gale at sea anytime.

The F27, formerly known as Danger Zone, now to be known as Fly, was built in 1996 in Costa Mesa, California by Corsair Marine. Hull #438 out of about 480. Designed by Ian Farrier.

This particular boat sailed to Hawaii and was used there for several years before being shipped back to mainland USA by the fellow who sold it to me.

This little trimaran can be folded up and kept on a trailer in the garden. It takes about 30 minutes to launch or retrieve. Having done it twice now, I think we can shave some time off this.

The most noticeable attribute of this boat is that it is a wonderful sailing machine. Clearly quite fast in a good breeze and very satisfyingly responsive in a mere breath of wind. Sails very well to windward and quite dry.

It draws 4 feet with the daggerboard down and 14 inches with it hoisted up

This trimaran is a small boat. There is standing headroom under the main hatch, for which I have made a sort of canvas dodger with windows. There are 3 or 4 adult berths. There is a Lavac toilet. There is a Wallas kerosene cooker-heater.

I would not really want to cross the Pacific in this boat (but it has been done on similar boats) but for exploring the west coast of NA this seems like a pretty good solution, so far.

There are 11 sails available ranging from a storm jib to a new asymmetrical spinnaker. There is a 6 hp 4 stroke Nissan outboard which at half throttle pushes the boat at 5.4 knots in flat water.

Rowing:      Tony L has loaned to me a 13 foot wooden sweep oar that fits into an oarlock on the port ama (float). I sit on a cushion on the forward crossbeam and brace my feet on a stretched line. This provides about 2.5 knots of forward movement, in flat water. This is quiet, efficient (I guess) and good exercise (something that is lacking generally in sailboat cruising).

The Necky Manitou 13 plastic kayak (the same boat that went all the way to Chile and return) sits snugly on the trampoline between the cross beams.

I suppose efficiency might be measured in Clifbars per mile. Anyways, it is very good for poking along a quiet coast and watching the wildlife.

So far I have resisted the idea of signing up for the R2AK, a human powered race to Alaska from Victoria, starting in early June 2015.

I have been out sailing for a week or so on the boat so far. It is a little chilly at night but the sailing is totally fun and gratifying.

What about the risk of capsizing. This is how to capsize an F27 trimaran:

1. be racing,

2. be sailing off the wind (like a beam reach or broader) in 25 knots or more of wind,and

3. be flying a spinnaker

As far as I can tell from my online research, all 3 factors must be present to flip one of these boats.

Therefore it makes sense for me to worry about it, but it actually seems fairly hard to accomplish, without drugs.

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