Saturday, September 11, 2021

2021 Grizzly Bay Weekend

In April 2021 we spent a weekend in Grizzly Bay in the Sacramento Delta as a shakeout cruise in preparation for a larger cruise in May.

Anchorage in Suisin Slough near the Grizzly Island Hunting Preserve

Leaving McAvoy Marina

Montezuma Hills Wind Farm

First Anchorage

We anchored off of Ryer Island, opposite Port Chicago, the site of a famous and devastating munitions explosion during World War II. Ryer Island is still considered dangerous because the Navy dumped  unexploded munitions there after the Port Chicago explosion. A sign close to where we anchored informed us that we shouldn't trespass and that use of lethal force was authorized.

We spotted a river otter grazing along the marshes next to our boat.

The wind blew > 10kts all night.  In the morning with wind still blowing we double reefed and sailed 10 miles upwind to an anchorage in Suisin Slough.

Anchored in Suisin Slough

We had hoped to be able to walk along the levee at the Grizzly Island Preserve, but the falling tide kept us away from the banks and we had no way to get across 20 yards of deep mud.

We brought plenty of food but I forgot to pack fuel for our stove so we ate our meals cold. We poured the morning coffee at night so it could steep over night.

Marshes and Marin Mountains

Sunken dredge in the entrance to McAvoy marina


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

2020 Tomales Bay

In August 2020 we made a weekend trip to Tomales Bay. Here are some of our favorite photos.

Our first night at the shallow end of Marshall Beach.

The fog rolled in at about 19:00 and stayed until morning.

Breakfast of curried potatoes and eggs.

We used a fender to level the boat as it dried out on the sand.

There is lots of nice hiking from the anchorage.

I rigged new jiffy reefing lines for the boat based on guidance from B&B (Core Sound 17, Carlita). They were a huge success. One of the best improvements I've done to the boat. I can now singlehandedly reef both sails in under 5 minutes without leaving the cockpit.

Our second night we anchored at Lairds Landing near the abandoned cabin that at one time housed a Native American family and an eccentric artist.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Repost - 2000, Sea Trials of AF3 Cream Cheese

Time to relocate posts from my old website to this blog.

Sea Trials, Feb 21, 2000

It was a beautiful day for sea trials: 70 degrees F, 5 kt breeze, very few boats on the lake.

We made a good start at noon, but a few miles down the road I realized I had forgotten the oars. When we got back home I discovered I had forgotten about half of the boat, including oars, mast partner, rudder, tiller and tools. I guess I need to work on packaging the boat.

She trailers wonderfully - very easy motion. I lashed the mast to the deck using fore and aft mooring cleats and some closed-cell packing foam pieces that the kids were playing with.

It took a long time to rig the boat for the first time. Lacing the sail was time consuming, so I will try to keep the sail on the mast in the future. I raised the sail and furled it to the mast before departing.

I had trouble with my rowing stroke, so next time I will experiment with seat positioning. I also discovered that I made the benches too high - on level with the oarlocks, so my oars can rub on the seats on the back stroke. I am going to add a slot for sculling on the starboard edge of the transom. While rowing, the unattached boom was generally in the way of everything. Next time, I'll stow the boom inside the furled sail.

With kids in the bow compartment, we rowed past the marina, dropped anchor, unfurled the sail, rigged the boom, weighed anchor and were off.

Having never sailed a sharpie before, I was a little surprised at her initial stability (even though the all literature discusses this). She's a very stiff boat - as steady in the water as my 21' Drascombe Longboat, which has a very flat bottom for a lapstrake hull (also a shoal draft boat). The kids were very much at home and moved around easily - the toy dinosaurs didn't even get in the way.

I didn't get a chance to check her windward abilities, but it seemed like we were sailing pretty close to the wind. Judging from her performance in light winds, I think she will be really fun! I put in a second row of reef points so I can go out in some of the heavy Chinook winds that we get here in Colorado.

Lake Pueblo, ready to go!

Upwind in a 5 kt breeze. 71 degrees in Feb.

Repost - 1999, Building Log of AF3, Cream Cheese

Time to relocate posts from my old website to this blog.  This is the building log of Cream Cheese, an AF3 16 foot sharpie designed by Jim Michalak that I built in 1999.

Materials and Costs
The cost: $2713
A note about my costs: I had absolutely nothing in the way of boating stuff beforehand except for some leftover line from my last boat. I used lumber yard materials, but I used clear redwood in places. I wound up buying more epoxy, polyurethane glues, paint and hardware than I needed. I could have probably cut $500 to $1000 out of the cost if I had really tried.

  • Lumber: AC Fir plywood, pine 1x4, A-grade redwood for the mast, seats, hatch
  • Fasteners: Silicon-Bronze nails, galvanized deck screws, brass wood screws, stainless steel deck screws, zinc coated bolts and nuts
  • Glue: epoxy, PL premium, PL premium liquid, PL 400 construction, Elmers polyurethane
  • Paint: Homebase brand oil based house paint and primer, Deckworks exterior varnish (I had a hard time getting this varnish to cure)
  • Sail: I didn't have any sewing supplies at all. I calculated that I could have bought sailcloth and supplies for abound $250 (including things like sailor's palm and a gromet die). So Sailrite was maybe 30% more expensive than doing it all myself. I also bought some extra stuff like a bolt rope that never used.
lumber & misc hardware$1009
Raka epoxy & epoxy supplies$247
sails & sail tools (Sailrite - awsome folks)$365
oars (Barkely Sound - great spruce oars), oar leathers from Woodenboat$102
sail rig: lines, blocks, anchor, deck hdw, sunbrella cloth, cusions, compass, misc hdw... from Defender$440
trailer & traier supplies$550

Building total: 170 hours

This was my first boat. I had no problems with Jim's plans or instructions other than my own goofs. The kids and I had fun the whole time, with no major do-overs. Thanks Jim!

1-30-99buy wood & glue2 hr40 degrees
1-31-99mark up bulkheads1.5 hr40 degrees
2-7-99cut bulkheads, glue #12.8(w/kids)4 hr60 degrees
2-20-99bulkhead 22 hr
2-27-99bulkhead 7.53 hr40 degrees
3-13-99epoxy fill panel 2, botched transom (w/ kids)1 hr40 degrees
4-11-992nd transom1 hr45 degrees
4-18-99transom & bulkhead 2 (w/ kids)1.5 hr45 degrees
4-24-99loft & glue sides2 hr40 degrees
5-2-99cut side 1, glue side 21.5 hr55 degrees
5-8-99patch holes w/ epoxy, assemble sides to bulkheads (w/ kids)8 hr60 degrees
5-15-99cut wales & chine logs (w/kids)2 hr70 degrees
5-16-99glue up first layer of wales2.5 hr70 degrees
5-21-99wales + chine log 1 (w/ kids)3.5 hr70 degrees
5-22-99chine log 22 hr70 degrees
6-5-99loft & glue bottom, fair chine logs (w/ kids)4 hr70 degrees
6-6-99cut bottom & mount on hull, fill knot holws (w/kids)6 hr70 degrees
6-13-99sand bottom edges (w/ kids)3 hr60 degrees
7-5-99fiberglass bottom w/ epoxy & tape starboard chine2 hr80 degrees
7-10-99glass tape port chine, repairs & putty, second coat of epoxy3 hr70 degrees
7-11-99glass bow grounding area1 hr70 degrees
7-18-99deck clamps3 hr70 degrees
7-22-99deck clamps + supports & deck beams8 hr80 degrees
7-25-99assemble decks8 hr80 degrees
7-31-99sanding & corners1 hr70 degrees
8-1-99oarlocks & seat cleats7 hr70 degrees
8-7-99oarports & leeboard guards, rudder cheeks (w/ kids)4 hr70 degrees
8-8-99oarports, leeboard guards, seats (w/ kids)6 hr70 degrees
8-15-99seats1 hr80 degrees
8-22-99leeboard & leeboard guards4 hr80 degrees
9-4-99sand & prime (w/ sprayer)6 hr80 degrees
9-18-99prime coat 2 (brush & roller) (w/ kids)6 hr70 degrees
9-25-99prime coat 2, final paint inside4 hr75 degrees
10-3-99final paint outside (w/ kids)3 hr75 degrees
10-9-99finish paint & work on rudder4 hr75 degrees
10-17-99paint red gun'nls & misc sanding2 hr65 degrees
12-23-99paint leeboard1 hrgot a garage heater!
12-25-99sew sailbag, reef patches4 hr
12-26-99sew sail patches, reef points5 hr
12-28-99sew sail patches2 hr
12-29-99sew seams & tape, install grommets (done w/ sail!)5 hr
1-1-2000paint leeboard & misc parts1 hr
1-3-2000paint leeboard & install windows2 hr
1-8-2000cut scarf joints for mast2 hr
1-9-2000cut/glue scarf joints for mast, oarlock sockets, gudgeons, pintles, seats6 hr
1-12-2000mark & slice mast2 hr
1-14-2000slice mast & glue 2 halves1 hr
1-15-2000slice mast, mast parner3 hr
1-16-2000shape & sand mast, mast parner, plug knot hole in mast4 hr
1-18-2000varnish spars & misc pieces2 hr
1-20-2000varnish second coat1 hr
1-22-2000load onto trailer, rigging, ridgepole & a-frame for boat cover2 hr
1-23-2000fitting the trailer, oar leathers, rig leeboard3 hr
TOTAL170 hr

May 1999

Bulkheads against the wall

Side panel ready for assembly (notice the snow)

The bow

Sides and transom assembled

Sides and transom assembled

June 1999

Summer 1999

We later removed these seats - they didn't work out

Fall 1999

Sail in the dining room/sail loft. It took about 14 hours (with only a few hours of previous sewing experience)

Making a scarf joint for the mast. Step 1: Piece in the scarfing jig   

Step 2: Chopping out the excess

Step 3: Planing the surface

Step 4 ready for gluing