Aug 1st, 2020: Andijk-Urk: 29.3nm, 9hrs, 3-4Bft W/NW, 0.5-1m sea, single-handed
July 24th, 2020 - 9.7nm, 2h41m, Bft. 3-4 W/NW, Sea 0.5-1m
It's hard to get out of the new box with W/NW winds (from aft) - it's the first time I really notice backing with the Vega is really random, the steering doesn't do anything. As I once heard the guy from Sailing Uma saying, you have to be patient over all the time when the boat is random, before it starts doing what you want. As a result, I crashed into the post of my own box when trying to forward and "turn on the spot", and I broke the green/stb nav light. Thankfully it's only this. Other than tht, I had a nice sail to de Kreupel and back, without circumnavigating it. Getting back in the box was harder than usual, because I didn't slow the boat enough.
July 23rd, 2020 - 13.8nm, Bft 3-5SW, Sea: 0.5m
Feierabend-sailing. Left harbor with a lot of small problems: forgot to untie both aft lines, etc :) Setting the sails not a problem, then took course 42° targeting the W-corner of de Kreupel, with wind dead-aft. Wind was blowing around Bft 5 and I could fly wing-on-wing all the way to de Kreupel. Unfortunately, after rounding the island on the lee side, I got the wind right on the nose. I fought it for some time, but eventually I started the engine and motored home. It was the first time I've ran the engine for more than 1hr. I've even folded the jib and stowed it away, and put on the main cover on the way back. Easiest job back in the harbor - ever :)
Andijk - den Oever - Oudeschild(Texel) - den Oever - Andijk
Andijk - den Oever (July 18th, 2020)
1-3Bft SW, 4h14m, Sea 0m
I've started the weekend on Sat July 18th with shopping and boat improvement projects: new 74Ah battery, double-swivels for bringing halyards to the cockpit and triple-swivel for bringing the reef-lines to the cockpit. Unfortunately the black reef-line (3rd reef) is too short, I'll have to replace it.
I left Andijk around 3:30pm and had a wonderful sailing weather all the way to den Oever. I could even read on the way, simply perfect! I reached den Oever around 7pm, too late to go through an unknown lock and spend the night on the North Sea. So I decided to spend the night in den Oever. I've entered in the marina after a Marieholm 26, they wanted to take a berth quite at the entrance - and a huge one. By the time I got in the harbor, the harbormaster was already there telling them to go to another box, and he also guided me to a suitable-sized berth. I got some help with mooring (single-handed flag does wonders!), after which I've helped another boat to berth right next to me. It turns out they were there just for the evening, got a grab to eat and then left again. Price for the night was around 12€.
den Oever - Oudeschild(Texel) - den Oever - Andijk (July 19th, 2020)
- I completely forgot to disconnect all the cables in the mast
- I was not able, for the love of God, to disconnect the water intake host for the engine from the thru-hull valve. Last year i was able to disconnect it without problems, stuck it in the anti-freeze bottle and run the engine for some time. But today i had to cut the hose.
Beautiful day, but A didn't feel great and D was all over the boat, so no complete relaxation.
Weather: beautiful, wind Bft 1-2, Air Pressure: 1024hPa.
Engine started without a problem, when leaving the box the fenders got stuck in the pillars, but we managed to get out anyways. Right outside the port we pointed the boat into the wind, activated Susie the autopilot and took the sails out - storm jib and main with 3rd reef. I realized the sheets for the jib are too think for the jibs' nose, so i had to force them thru. We run on a broad reach for a nm or so, executed the manoeuvres (tack, gybe) and we beat close hauled back to the port on already 4-5Bft (15-20kn). Engine started without a problem again, sails were taking down again with Susie as a helper, and we got into the port/box with no problems, but help with the bow lines.
The starter battery had 10.5v when I've checked it after shutting off the engine, and over 14v with the alternator running. So it's pretty much dead and needs replacement.
By the time we tied up, the wind was already whistling thru the lines.
I've also measured the hole for the old manual bilge pump, to see if a new one would fit in the same place.
In the port there were a lot of Albin Vegas, it seems the AV club had a get-together in the port this weekend, we saw at least 4 visiting. Including hull number 1xx!
Total 5nm, and I'd say single-handed - actually probably more challenging than being alone.
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Great total: 1382nm, out of which 5nm single-handed.
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In the meanwhile I've soaped the boat sides over the waterline - wend over it twice. Unfortunately there are no water hoses in the region where the boats are on the hard, so I couldn't really wash it off, but at least it looks better than before.
I've also looked at the light bulbs on the mast, and the curious thing is that the top light doesn't show any reading on the ohmmeter, even if the light bulb looks perfectly alright. Same goes for a LED replacement, and this one even works on the the top of the mast atm, so this is really strange. Anyways, here are the light bulbs:
I've also installed a new wind wheel thingy for the NASA Wind instrument (Target 2) on the top of the mast, which went well but the instrument still doesn't show anything, so it must be a cable problem.
Then the harbor master took the boat in the water, I've checked no thru-hulls are leaking, he raised the mast and helped me with the set up. I've learned from him that the first shrouds to be connected should be the cap shrouds on both sides, them the backstay and forestay, and then the lower shrouds. Tension is still a mistery, so I've tighter them up so that they're steady but you cannot play bass on them.
Motor started right away, so we could go directly to our box and tie up.
Even the mast lights where all there - and the right color on the right side.
At the end of the day I've just scrubbed the deck a little bit - a lot of green stuff over there,.
Anyways, total is that a little more than the half of a 2.5l paint bucket was needed to paint the whole thing. Plus what's going to be needed when I put the boat in the water, like under the pads and the surface under the keel...
Was really thankful that inspite of using normal masking tape, no paint has made its way thru it and the tape came off nicely, after one day of staying on the hull.
Unfortunately I realized that my starter battery is dead. When I came on the boat it shows 8V, and after being connected to shore power for one day and disconnected for one night, it went back to 10V. The little health display also shows blank, so it must be time for a new one.
Today I finally took off the cockpit floor and put some grease/Vaseline to the stuffing box.
Unfortunately it turns out that there indeed isn't any manual bilge pump installed - i kept on hoping there was one hidden in the stuffing box compartment or under the wood construction for the auxiliary rudder in the aft cockpit... So a DIY project coming soon.
I also picked up and mounted an anode for the propeller shaft - 2.5cm diameter (1in?). Fun fact: zinc anodes are for salt water only, aluminum for both salt and fresh water. So I picked up an aluminum one. And I still don't have a clue how to take the old one at the end of the shaft off...
Still looking for a matching handrail replacement, seems to be a non-standard one on the Albin Vega (93cm with three connections as opposed to the closest on the market right now, 84cm with four connections).
Also, the old heater's furnace pipe is obsolete and I'd like to replace it with a ventilator, but the pipe is 6cm diameter and the smallest ventilators start at 7-8cm. Let's see what the internet offers there.
Anyways, time for some lekker hollandse dinner and head home..