Rode Trip’s New Flare, July 24, 2012

Still in Rockland and our part has been ordered from infamous “a guy” in Marblehead. In between passing thunderstorms, we busied ourselves on Rode Trip for the day. I made tremendous progress on my current knitting project and got a coat of varnish onto the solar panel frame.

We took inventory of our sails so we can make some decisions about how to handle the current sail situation. Our main sail was torn by the spreader, those bolts on the ends of the spreaders that Brian covered with tape to prevent another snafu. The main sail also had a broken batten (flat fiberglass rods that give the main sail shape). The main has been repaired thus far with sail tape on the hole and the batten fiberglassed back together. (handy husband!) So for now the main is still in working order. The genoa also has a tear, it ripped easily in my hands during a takedown. A sail should not tear quite so easily! So that was taped, but the tape gets peeled off on the inner forestay; remember my ride in the bosun’s chair to retrieve the tape. And so…what to do about a well worn genoa? And do we really upgrade with a new sail and roller furler? Our sail inventory includes: extra main sail, storm main sail, Yankee (extra, smaller genoa), storm jib, and staysail. We’ll get back to you with the right answer…

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Brian rigged the staysail that he has been wanting to rig since we bought Rode Trip. New hardware from the Fastener Warehouse enabled easy rigging.

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We raised the ensign and SSCA burgee to admire our new flare.

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We took our seats in the cockpit for dinner and drinks while watching the thunderheads roll over the Camden Hills.

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2 thoughts on “Rode Trip’s New Flare, July 24, 2012

  1. Wow Steph, all of those sailing terms, usually Brian is the more technical one with his writing.

  2. It was great to meet you guys today! If you are still around this weekend I’d love to have you over for food and drinks Saturday.
    Dennis

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