Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mainsheet Traveller

Freed up, cleaned, greased. With new control lines.

This has been needing done for a while ...

Main sheet travelleer

Still some cleaning up to do.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sheet Winches

This is one of Raasay's existing -  well, up until today - sheet winches:


It's a Knowsley,  roughly the same size as a Lewmar 40 - or perhaps a size larger. These seem like very good winches (massively heavy, a lot of bearing surface), but they are no longer in production. Also, they are not self-tailing, and I sail single handed a lot.

Also, notice the painful cleat just where you might want to put your back when you are sitting towards the forward end of the cockpit.

Anyhow, I saw a pair of Harken self-tailing winches for sale, reasonably recent, not heavily used, and decided to change them over. The problem was going to be getting at the underside of the mounting area to do the change.

On the starboard side, I might have had someone reach up inside the coaming with a long extension, but the bolts were too long for a socket and getting a ring spanner up there was going to cause joint pain.

On the port side, the coaming is completely inaccessible - it's above the 'long locker', but set inboard of it. I think it's actually impossible to reach.

So: I decided to remove the winch handle pockets, which are separate mouldings behind stainless covers. On the starboard side, the little bolts holding them in place are accessible, but on the port side they are not.

This is the starboard side stripped back:


The Knowsley winches weren't original, you can see the traces of earlier version:


The holes didn't (of course) fit the Harken base, so there is another set now ... here is the outcome before the winch pocket was replaced:


On the port side, I had to grind the heads off the bolts:


And then replace them with self-tappers into hardwood blocks:


Not a work of art, but then who's going to see it? (Unless ...)

And here is the final outcome, port side:


The grinding marks on the plate are much less obvious in the flesh than in this photo. And may tone down ...

I'll trim the excess sealant with a razor once it sets. And there are some holes to patch with epoxy..

But now, I can more conveniently tail my own winches and I can sit comfortably in the cockpit with my back to them ...

Does anyone want a pair of Knowsley winches?

Monday, 7 May 2018

Next: needing to dry out and scrub ...

A nice photo with my waterproof camera:

Scrub needed.

Hopefully this week ...

Not bad, mind you, after more than twelve months in the water. The prop anodes go pretty fast ...

And another 'idyllic mooring' picture, just for nothing:

Raasay on the new mooring

That will do for now.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Back in Findhorn...

Yesterday and Friday, Angus and I brought Raasay back to Findhorn. Tide times made this a two day job, as we picked up an outgoing tide at Lossiemouth and the next high tide was going to be after dark.

We over-nighted on a visitors' mooring in Cromarty, after a short visit to the visitors' pontoon berth in Cromarty Harbour. That was an interesting test - there is rarely room on the Cromarty pontoon as the visitors' berth is frequently occupied. Raasay draws 1.8m, and we now know that as long as we have 0.9 m over chart datum we can (just) float tied up to it. Even low water is often not below that.
We can only get about 2/3rds of the boat on the pontoon, mind you:

Moving from Lossiemouth back to Findhorn - stopover in Cromarty

On Saturday morning we headed for Findhorn, motoring in flat calm, and picked up the mooring at 11am. This was about an hour before high water, and the tide was flowing strongly inwards. I'd forgotten that D section is not sheltered from this when the sandbanks south of it are well immersed.

Picking up a heavy mooring in 2knts of tidal stream, eddying and swirling, was an interesting learning experience, and involved a sheet winch on a nylon cable to pull the strop through the bow roller.

It's much more peaceful on the outgoing tide, and once the sandbanks give shelter everything goes very quiet indeed. I'll just need to time things carefully when I'm on my own.

I also thought that I could take the nylon cable from the winch, through the bow-roller, and back to the cockpit. Then I could pick up the mooring from there and just winch it through.

Moving from Lossiemouth back to Findhorn - stopover in Cromarty

New Mooring - Satelite