Captain's Log

This is a new section where I'll be discussing ideas about sailing and sailing vessels.  It will, hopefully, take some of the mystery out of owning and repairing your sailboat.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy reading my log entries.

Log Entry 2
I've been doing a lot of research on spinnaker pole setups and furling gear.
Spinnaker Pole Setups
One of the biggest problems aboard the Christopher-Jin is storage space.  I am looking at a system where the spinnaker pole is slid up the mast on a t-track and stored vertically against the mast.
Furling Gear
I am intrigued by the type of furling gear that does not use a wraping cylinder.  They do not allow reefing but there are several advantages: 1) less wind resistance, 2) quick sail changes, and 3) it is claimed, less wear on the sails.  They do require that you install a padeye aft of the forestay for a headsail.  An asymetric spinnaker would require a purchase placed forward of the forestay.  Aboard the Christopher-Jin we have a spinnaker sock on a symetrical spinnaker.  Also a furler would require an anti-twist rope either in the sail luff or between the drum and the swivel.
I'm taking a hard look at Harken and Karver and several others and I'll keep you posted on what I find.
Respectfully Summited, 8/20/2011
Zig
 
Log Entry 1

I created the Catalina 22 Experiment to turn you sailors on to the creative world of working on your sailboat.

I bought the Christopher-Jin about 5 years ago in fair shape.  The worst of the damage was several splits in the inner hull, near the batteries and a dry rotted section of the aft port combing around the mooring cleat, neither of which I was aware of at the time of purchase.

Once you take on a couple of projects like these...everything...and I mean everything else seems easy! lol!

One of the areas that seems to get visited a lot on our website is the Electrical Section.  I've given it some thought and I would like to create a mini-course on trouble shooting and upgrading your sailboats electrical systems.  The Christopher-Jin's electrical system is not for the faint-of-heart.  So if you happen to visit there don't be discouraged, there is no reason you have to jump into something so complex...at least not right away.

So keep your eyes peeled for a new section coming in the near future on electrical systems and trouble shooting.  And watch for new Log Entries.

Respectfully Submitted, 7/26/2011
Zig
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