Sunday, August 2, 2020

It Doesn't End, Does It?

So, we're (Gardens, Jan and I) sailing again after a long (winter-into-spring-into-summer) offseason of repairs, modifications, improvements, etc. Just about everything added to, or improved upon, Gardens works as well or better than expected: Lazy-jacks, the mast 'lifter,' the mizzen slot, the hinged tiller, and the boarding assist handle all work very well. The only real disappointment is the bronze mast traveler. I believe it is a great idea but it does not seem to suit the Pathfinder's configuration; I believe in a completely open boat the mast traveler would work just fine. 

But already, after just a single sail, the to-do list is growing! 

Paddles: During last week's outing, several short-comings made themselves apparent. When the trolling motor failed (I did a poor job of wiring a plug to the motor's power cable), the absence of paddles became painfully apparent. Yes, I know, I should have had paddles on board... but I didn't. To remedy the situation I am building two SUP paddles (it occurred to me that standing up to paddle Gardens will be more comfortable than sitting). The wiring for the trolling motor has also been corrected. We may never need the paddles, but we'll have them just in case.

Cockpit Comforts: 

Side Deck Seats: Gardens' coamings are only 3/8" thick so they are not at all comfortable to sit on. Jan caught a rare moment on last week's (light air) sail:


Jan commented that she, too, would sometimes like to sit up on the coamings - but they are too uncomfortable (not a direct quote but good enough). So, remembering a FaceBook post from May,  I'll adapt Michael Olson's side deck seat to fit Gardens' coamings. NOTE: For some reason I cannot create a link to the FB post re coaming seats. Please search the John Welsford Small Craft Designs FB page for "coaming seats," scroll to Michael Olson's May19, 2020 post. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Cup Holders: Jan also wants cup-holders. I haven't figured that one out yet, but I am working on it.

Anchor Set Up: Gardens has an anchor, chain and rode suitable for the waters we sail. However, I don't have a decent way to secure the anchor to the boat... I opted against utilizing the anchor well (part of the design and built as per plans) by not opening up the foredeck.  I am rethinking that decision. If I decide to use the anchor well, the modification probably won't happen until later this year. But, I am pondering the possibilities.

Camping Set-Up: While we aren't there yet, I am thinking about, and planning for, boat camping. Sleeping pads and bags, shelter (cockpit tent [boom or otherwise], dodger, or?), galley box and gear, porta-potty, and more will be needed. 

When you build and sail a wooden boat, the ideas keep coming and the work list doesn't end, does it? 





13 comments:

  1. Welcome to my world Bob 😁😱

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    1. Thanks, Steve. Hope you are doing well.

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  2. My vote is using the mast for a ridge pole; roughly deck level at the bow, supported by the mizzen halyard at a suitable height. Multisection fiberglass pole from a camping tent amidships, possibly in the rowlock sockets.

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    1. Glenn, thanks for the suggestion - which is something I hadn't considered or thought of... No oarlocks because the Pathfinder layout and dimensions do not lend themselves to rowing. Of course, oarlocks as a bit of hardware serving a different function is a possibility.

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  3. Hi Bob,
    I'm building a Pathfinder and interested in the idea of planning the coamings out as more comfortable to sit on. The link in your post seems to link back to this page instead of the Facebook link you mentioned. Would you mind re-posting that facebook link? Andy

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    1. Sorry about that, Andy. Here is the FB link:

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/JWDesigns/?post_id=1439499222895623


      I'll try to fix the link in the blog post. And I'll post a comment in the FB page. If, for some reason, the link doesn't work, search the JW Designs FB page for "coaming seats". The post was Michael Olson's May 19, 2020 post.

      Bob

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    2. Thanks so much! And thanks for all the great info in your blog.

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  4. Hi Bob,
    Same issue here. I have thought about lowering the coamings at the helmsman position so I can sit on the deck comfortably. I also thought of making an angled permanent "seat" from the top of the coaming down to the rubrail. that would be especially comfortable when hanging out with feet in the footstrap.
    Looking forward to see how you work this out.

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    1. Hi Rik, Good to hear from you!

      I'll experiment with different configurations and angles. A permanent seat is an interesting idea. Progress will be noted here!

      Bob

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  5. Bob,
    Btw, could you update the link to my blog on your blog to https://pathfindervanessa.blogspot.com/ please?
    Thanks,
    Rik

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    1. Rik, If I did it correctly, the link to your blog has been updated on my blog.

      Bob

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    2. Excellent. It works.
      Day by day, we get better.

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    3. Yes.
      And I look forward to catching up with your adventures!

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