I’m ready to sell it. Get off this damn boat, buy a van, a small camper, anything, just get me the hell out of here…..just kidding. I like it even more better than the day before.
All the stress and nerves and moving boats and overspending has caught up with me. Slept like a dead baby the night before and took a couple of naps on Wednesday. I did get some things done however.
I got some deck cleaner and a scrub pad, and went to work on some of the mold and mildew build up on the deck. Imagine my surprise to find out that the deck is actually white! A nice clean white too. Looks more better now. I will have to keep up with it and keep it looking shiny. The upside, with a smaller boat, the deck cleaning job takes less time now.
I also mounted the rudder back on the stern just to keep it out of the way for now. It’s one heavy son of bitch and took some serious muscle to get into place. But it will be even worse trying to get it back out again. A worry for another day. In a pinch I could use it but I will have to get the rudder blade sanded and re gelled before I do any serious sailing.
Speaking of which, I found out a really good thing about the drop down keel.
Turns out the drop down part is nothing more than a centerboard, not a weighted keel. It’s made of fiberglass and does have some weight to it but the keel that is part of the hull, the horizontal part on the bottom of the boat in the picture, is where all the weight is located. The centerboard, the vertical part at the very bottom is just a stabilizing board, similar to what you find in a small sailboat like a Sunfish. This has many good implications.
One. You can sail the boat without dropping the centerboard. It does come in handy sailing upwind or in stronger winds but many sail the boat with the centerboard up.
B. With the centerboard up that means the Spirit only draws 2 feet of water, meaning it can sail into a lot of spots many others cannot. This is very cool for sailing in the back country where the water gets pretty skinny and allows one to find interesting little gunkholes here and there.
3. Since the centerboard is just fiberglass and wood, repairing it will be a whole lot easier. I should be able to reglass the board and repaint it while it is still on the keel, when I pull the boat out for paint.
It is very common, from what I have been finding out, for the centerboard to get stuck, like mine is. Sea growth gets into the trunk where the centerboard goes up and eventually the board won’t move. Once it is out of the water I can break it loose, clean out the trunk, reglass the board, add in a new cable, paint it up, and be ready to go. This is going to save me a bunch of money and time. It also alleviates a lot of worry I had about the damn thing falling off. And being able to sail without the centerboard is also more better. That 2 foot draft is going to come in real handy down here. There are a lot of cool places to sail where the grown up sail boats can’t go because it’s too shallow. I will be able to go there if I want.
For now I will need to back off on spending and take stock of what I have and what I need. I have an app client to meet this week which hopefully will result in some income, and then I can go from there. I’m thinking I may be able to stay within the $1000 budget or a lot closer to it now that I have seen more of the boat. Most of what I will be spending will be in tools, cleaners, fiberglass stuff, and hardware.
The next thing I want to do is raise the mast back up and see how hard that is. It is in the way and if I get it back up and attach the boom, I can throw another tarp over it and cool the cabin down easier. But I am also thinking about maybe doing all that I need to the mast first, add in new halyards, replace the steaming light, add in a anchor light, while the thing is down, then it will be over and done with for now. Then once it is up I can raise the sails and see what condition they are in. It all depends on how the income thingy goes. I’m not in a big hurry, there is no timeline here. He who shall not be named is off in Alaska or somewhere playing with other toys so we here in the marina appear to safe for now.
I’m very pleased with what I have found so far on this boat. It appears it won’t break my bank and if all goes well I should have a nice little minimalist home that will move when the winds blow.