Averisera- Winter Continues

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Yes. Winter will be here for a while. Remarkably, conditions are warmish and snow free. A big storm is due in soon and it is all wind and rain. No shoveling. The earlier snow fall was melted in a few days. For my money, rain is great stuff... compared to snow.

Recently, we moved the boat from her earlier dock space to another. A special feature is that now I can keep the bottom scrubbed on both sides. To do each side, we just slide the boat over a bit and scrub away. The white color bottom paint shows the slime better than any other color. When we get the brown smudge, out comes the brush. Mama would like me to be as attentive to the house!

Thanks to Harwichport Boat Yard for the work they do and all the help they have provided.

Averisera- Engine Wiring Harness

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Late in 2016, we removed the engine, rebuilt it, painted the engine space, reinstalled the engine and though everything was hunky dory. Well, it wasn't The engine didn't start every time so we replaced the started motor. The engine still didn't start every time so we replaced the wiring harness.

Yanmar wiring harnesses are comprised of three parts, the engine section and the key-switch and engine indicator panel section and a midsection of an appropriate length that connects the engine to the panel. We discovered the mid section was burned out.

Pop quiz sailors... can you purchase a mid section? 

You are right, we replaced everything from the diesel to the panel and the panel. It works and looks great.



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It snowed. The boat is OK but I am not going to clean off the deck until high tide. The ramp looks villainous.

Averisera-Starter Motor

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Our original starter motor was a randomly operating device. Seemed to have a "Flat Spot."  After years of putting up with the annoyance, we replaced the starter. Yes. We know. It should have been done last month when the engine was on the bench.

We went over to New Bedford, MA and bought a new one. Son Zachary directed us to Niemiec Marine on Pope Island for the part. They had it on the shelf. For about $400, we got it off their shelf and into our car.

Back at the boat, we had the old one out and the new one in within a half hour. Once we got the right tools in hand the job was simple. The job called for a 14mm socket and 7 inches of extensions between the socket and ratchet. See the bolt-head in the center of the picture? That one and its mate on the other side graced us with easy removal. After a few hours of engine operation, we will tighten the bolts again.

The engine fired right up faster than ever before.

Averisera: Mast Work

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One of the things we forgot was a necessary repair to the shroud to mast connection points. Sunday, Zach, Elizabeth and Norm unstepped the mast. We removed the forestay and one T-ball backing plate. It has a small crack, as do they all. We will replace all in the next week or so. Maybe mast up after that!

Averisera is pictured mast down. Monday, Plan A is to get the five new fittings and make the mast ready for mast up.

A trip to Fairhaven, to see if we can replicate the backing plates is next on the list. Oh boy! A drive off Cape!

Update: We got off-Cape on Tuesday to find the rigging parts we need. First stop was Fairhaven and Rigging Only. They were very helpful but did not have the correct part. Tom did take the time to explain a few things about the backing plates and their installation. It is very helpful to have a pro explain something and confirm what us amateurs think to be true. Rigging Only will make us a new forestay while we're at it. Thanks, Tom. Great doing business with you.

We telephoned a company called Rig Rite in Rhode Island. They do not have a retail store. Too bad since we were nearby and could have picked up the pieces that day. Fortunately I had the part number so I was permitted to place an order. 

Averisera-Winter Storage, Winter Work

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For the time being, we have a winter berth at Harwichport Boat Yard, thanks guys. After two years on the hard, Averisera needs to settle in to a water berth. We see evidence of her benefitting.

A chore we failed to put on the list of jobs is a replacement of the shroud T-fitting reinforcements. They are cracked and probably have been for some time. So, we will unstep the mast, replace the failed parts and restep the rig. 

The forestay fits into the opening above the sheaves. The bottom of the fitting is worn and cracked. How did we (more like, me !) leave this off the list. There are five such fittings and they probably cost a hundred bucks all told.


Thanksgiving Weekend

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First of all: we love Thanksgiving Weekend for so many reasons, mostly it is family and all the good things family means. Thanksgiving Day was shared with our Cape Cod family. The days that follow, the weekend, are special since we do get together with more family, eat some more, tell some more stories and have fun together. Special thanks to Zach and Tab for hosting The Dinner.

Saturday, we took Marina and Zephyros out for a motor around on Averisera. It was cold so Marina was below most of the time and she  made Norm a cuppa. Thanks. Z got fitted out in a PFD and a safety harness. This allowed him roam around on deck while clipped into the jacklines he rigged.

Laura took her two boys to Guadeloupe for Thanksgiving and sent back this picture of Marc and Luke. Thanksgiving, Caribbean style.


Caribbean Winter Sailing

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What's happening down South for sailors? Lots, it seems. In 2004, Norm took a 45 footer, Rumor, to the Caribbean and "did the circuit." It was five main races and a couple of minor ones. There were a few pure race boats for charter. These days, not so. Some of the world's top racing yachts are competing. Now, there are over a dozen races including the five majors. 

The major regattas are Grenada, St Thomas, BVI, St Maarten, and Antigua.If one rolls in the minors, a great cruising season presents itself. The minors aren't unworthy of attention, just not reported widely in the yachting press. Watch for the Mount Gay Around Barbados series to gain traction in the world yachting press.

Here's the Plan A:
Sail from the US East Coast to the USVI in October or November.  Sooner is better if hurricanes permit. Race the races and cruise between regattas.  What a winter! 

Dates for 2016/17 season.

1. St Croix International: Nov 11-13
2. Jolly Harbour Antigua: Nov 19-20
3. St Lucia Mango Bowl: Nov 25-27
4. St.Maarten YC: Dec 2-4
5. Antigua YC high Tide Series: Dec 18-22
6. Jolly Harbour Antigua Pursuit Race: Dec 31
7. Around Barbados Regatta: Jan 16-24
8. Grenada Sailing Week: Jan 28-Feb 2
9. Jolly Harbour YC Valentine's Day Regatta: Feb12-15
10. Around Martinique: Feb 19-21
11. St Maarten Heineken Regatta: Mar 4-6
12. St Thomas International Regatta: Mar 25-27
13. BVI Spring Regatta:Mar 28-Apr 3
14. Guadeloupe to Antigua Race: Apr 29
15. Antigua Sailing Week: April 30-May 5
16. Nevis Booby Island Regatta: April 30-May 2 (Conflicts with Antigua Sailing Week)

Sail back to the USA for a rest and refit! You might even make it to Cape Cod in time for the FIGAWI Race on Memorial Day Weekend.  

So: If you have a boat and the time, sail down in the Fall and sail back in the Spring and sail like crazy all winter. Except for the Antigua/Nevis conflict, a yacht can do them all.  Some might even have a nice cruise between events.

Plan B?  Make your own schedule:  http://caribbean-sailing.com/

Averisera: The Winter Plan

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Winter!  What to do with the boat.  A few months to really figure that out.  Maybe we will find suitable wet storage.  Maybe we'll haul.  Either one works.

Meanwhile, for the Fall of 2016, Zachary helped us secure a temporary slip.  It will be a bit easier to work on Averisera.  Also, we will haul the Nutshell pram and doll her up a bit.  It is well within reason to think about a sail at odd moments when wind and weather are gentle.  Thanks Zach.

Garage Refinished

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We have an idea about refinishing the house and creating a new look.  Seems that the house and garage were stained yellow when built in 1995 and have not been touched since.  A month ago we had the buildings washed.  Then E picked out some colors which we tried out in small places.  Then we adjusted the choices.

It took the two of us about four or five days net to do the whole garage.  Weather stretched out the gross time allocated by a few days.  We had a lot of ladder moving to go along with sanding, filling, and painting three coats.  The prime coat was soaked in quickly but decided against a second prime coat and went straight to the finish coat of Ben Moore Exterior Hot Springs Stone, if I recall correctly.  The doors are getting a light color of Salmon Stream.

The test run on the garage is complete and here are some before and after photos.  So far, we are satisfied.

This is the end state.  Before, the doors were dark green and the trim was a washed off yellow/natural.

Before washing and painting and during the lush garden time of July, it didn't look too bad.

The house will get similar treatment.  The front door is repainted with salmon color.  A new storm door is to be installed shortly.  The hand rails are coming down.  They are newly painted just because the old brown color was so unattractive.

Note roving garden gnome/lawn ornament!  When the flower beds die off, a lot of color is lost.

Before we painted the garage, we went for a short sail, our first together on Averisera since Sept 2014.  It was a nice day on Nantucket Sound.  We went home and had champagne.

Pretty Wychmere Harbor in the Fall of 2016.

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