I went down to the boat for the past three days to do some basic maintenance, make some measurements for future purchases, go sailing, and get a couple of projects initiated on the boat. Karen decided to stay home and work on home projects. On the maintenance front, Tahina needed a bit more fuel in her tanks and we needed to have some other tanks pumped out (the “black” tanks – the ones the heads use). She also needed some cleaning.
Monday turned out to be a good weather day. So, I moved the boat to the fuel dock and took care of the tank business. Then, my daughter arrived to help me take the boat out for a sail. We headed out the Carolina Beach inlet with the tide near mid-tide. We ended up seeing only 6.0 feet on the depth sounder (Tahina has a draft of 4.5 feet). So, we don’t want to use the inlet at low tide right now (at least until it is dredged again).
As soon as we got a bit offshore, the winds picked up to 15-20 knots. Perfect for sailing. We were soon making 9 knots on a broad reach heading northeast. Our plan was to go a few miles offshore and end up on a tack for the Masonboro Inlet near Wrightsville Beach (since it would be low-tide by then). We had a delightful sail since the seas were pretty smooth, yet the winds were brisk. After a couple of hours, we pulled into the Masonboro Inlet and started down the intracoastal waterway (ICW) for about 7 miles back to Carolina Beach.
Here is a Google Earth file showing the GPS track and photos from the trip. I’ve added some overlays which show more current imagery for Joyner Marina and the Carolina Beach Inlet (which has changed a lot since 2002). Another good thing about this trip was that I was able to test the Raymarine navigation software running on the MacBook Pro using VMWare (I’m the first to report getting this to work). It worked really well, and much faster than the desktop built into the nav station (which I will be replacing).
Today, after the outside temperatures warmed up, I spent a couple of hours washing down the boat. It’s always nice to have the boat looking sparkling clean, and it’s easier to keep it clean if you keep up with it. Also, any time we go sailing in a brisk wind at sea, salt water gets on the boat. It’s really important to rinse this off before the corrosive salt water starts things rusting. But, Tahina is a lot of boat, and its a hard job for one person cleaning it. I won’t need to work out at a gym after the workout I got on the boat!
We have someone doing a fiberglass repair on a ding we got on one side during a docking maneuver back in January. And, we have an estimate on getting a windscreen made for the cockpit area so we reduce the airflow and ocean spray while on a sail and sitting at the helm. It will use a clear plastic material that’s almost like glass so it won’t impair our visibility.
This was a good visit with Tahina. The more time I spend on the boat, the more ready I am to get going on the trip!