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Went to Wormer (North of Amsterdam) to see / sail / pick up the sailing scow and it was a 80% succes. Discovering it was a sturdy hull with nothing but some cosmetic work to be done on it was a … Continue reading
Went out sailing with the 14 foot sail and row “Bertha” today.
I needed to test three things: rigging on the water, how does she sail with the added jib and check if the hull is watertight.
– Rigging afloat: It worked but lesson learned, it’s vital to prepare all parts and strings before setting off. The mess I had to deal with (having to start over and over again) was due to just having thrown in the rig at random in the hull.
– Sailing with the added jib was easy and the boat was neutral at the helm. Very neutral, the slight weather helm I used to feel with this boat was gone.
Forgot during the build to install some jib sheet cleats. Must get that sorted.
– leaks?: None, huraa!
Some more pictures from a week later:
With La Semaine Du Golfe Bertha will need some taking care of. Sanding and painting the hul is a good start.
The boat will be left afloat on a mooring during La Semaine and that’s an issue. She will fill up.
Traced the leak ar the rear; The solid oak panel once again not bonding with the ply. The best answer would be be to replace the oak with a ply panel but I like it as it is so I’ll just waterproof it. There is another leak to look for at starboard I haven’t been able to find up to now.
With my compagnon Frans joining me during the raid it’s fair to think the boat will be underpowered. So I have a jib sail made. It will be ready next weekend, can’t wait.
Ah look it’s there!
Some damage needed to get repared:
And some more pictures from a week later: