|The Center Harbor approach keeps|
me on my toes.
Another challenge that I never even considered was the fact that Lake Winnipesaukee can be a challenge to navigate. There are literally hundreds of islands big and small and many ledges and reefs that you really have to pay attention to. I still don't care for the 'inland navigation' system of black and red 'sticks' that mark rocks and channels. I find them hard to spot and they seem to be everywhere and not always accurate. I've been keeping the chart very close by and I just downloaded a Navionics charting app for the tablet that should help out. At least there are no foul currents to deal with.
Aside from those minor challenges, things are good. We've had a bunch of sails so far that have been really relaxing and everyone is starting to feel comfortable aboard after such a long absence. It's nice to see the kids kick back and just enjoy being out on the water and have fun on the boat.
Of course the list of things to do will never be complete, but most of the sailing 'to do' items have been crossed off, although a few things came to light that I hadn't fully considered. The first is a bonehead move on my part. When I decided to convert back to hank on headsails earlier this year, I bought a used 135% hank on genoa and sold my 135% furling sail. One of the main reasons I went back to hank on was that the furling 135% genoa was good for most conditions, but if the air was too light or too heavy, it was a headache. Partially rolling it up when too windy never worked out well because it pretty much killed the shape of the sail and I couldn't sail well to windward. In super light air it just didn't have enough area to get me moving well. I figured going back to a hank on system would allow me to change headsails as conditions dictated.
When I originally bought the boat, the previous owner had given me a pile of older headsails in various condition and size. They had been in storage forever, so when I pulled them out this spring I was happy to find a decent 90% working jib for the heavy stuff and a 160% genoa for the light air. I cleaned them up and tucked them away for launch day. The 160% had a furling luff and no hanks, but I must have forgotten about needing to have hanks sewn on because the other day we were in some really light stuff and I had my son rig it (14 year old who are willing to do so are like breathing roller furlers, just hungrier). He got it up on deck and said "Um, dad, I can't find the hanks". It's a big sail, so I just thought he was being a space cadet, but as I went forward it dawned on me that I never had it converted. There was a bit of eye rolling when I told him "Ooops, lets go with the 135 instead". Anyway, I'll probably wait until the off-season to get that done.
|Yes, I see the scallops in the headsail. I'll|
blame it on my son :)
What's next? More sailing, Winnipesaukee is stunningly beautiful with the islands and mountains all around. I'm not thinking about anything else until I pull the boat in the fall.