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Monday, September 9, 2013

Lightning And Sunsets

 Welcome to happy hour in Mad Beach

 Lens flare or close call?

Must have been a camera malfunction, 
as it was shot between the original and the dissipating remnants of the flash

But they do get close!  Same cell as the phantom flash.
This bay offers several intense electrical storms a week.

This one has a little orange compared to our gray sunset a couple days ago.

Sometimes it is good to just sit in the cockpit and go, WOW!


Sunblock and Genoas

Obi wan Vega once commented about protection of a furled head sail.  He wondered why more people didn't just paint the exposed surfaces instead of sewing a heavy piece of fabric over the exposed edge.  The justification of if it didn't work you wouldn't do it again made sense.  Although this process may have a long incubation period, perhaps years before you decide if the outcome was to your satisfaction.  Most likely the decision will never be fully made until you replace the sail you just protected.

All rolled up waiting on a sunburn

The first decision you have to make is "Am I going to do this unorthodox thing to my sail?"  With us it was easy.  We purchased the sail for about $300 on eBay, almost brand new.   We then spent some at Keys Sail Repair getting it re-sized and a tape put on the luff.  With only $600 in a sail that was quoted by Hood at $2200 we figured why not.  Now if we paid $2200 for a sail we would have probably spent the balance for a Sunbrella cover.

During the decision process we visited Google often.  Searching things like "Painting Dacron" quickly gives you the ins and outs of painting Dacron in the sailing, hang gliding, kite, ultralight, and RC plane groups.  If those that soar above us with nothing between them and the ground other than the Dacron on their wings are willing to even entertain the thought of painting it then a boat that will remain afloat with out that Dacron is just past one hurdle.  Fabric Degradation.

 Glidden, flat, exterior, Navy, $9.70

Second we found all extremes of life and adhesion.  Blues break down faster, no reds do, no reds go on a barn not a boat, black absorbs more UV, White reflects more UV, you shouldn't use green on the water, you shouldn't use Killz, You should use Killz, use interior only no use exterior only, you should use flat, you should use gloss.  Then suddenly within it's conglomerated wisdom you realize as a whole the Internet doesn't know for sure.

  • Will it peel?  Who knows time will tell.
  • Will it fade?  Who knows time will tell.
  • What color is best?  Navy blue like the rest of our trim.  But is it better than the red on s/v Soulmate?  Or the Tan on s/v Whisper?  Or the Orange on s/v Sjöjungfru?
  • What will we do if it fails quickly?  Plan B.
Off to Home Depot we went.  Our little Vega with roller furlers have a luff of about 28 and a foot of about 13+-.  At one foot wide and two coats this comes out to 40 square feet a coat.  Easily with in the one quart coverage.  We purchased a quart of Glidden outdoor long life in the closest Navy Blue they had to match the other canvas on the boat for $9.70.  We had an old disposable brush on board and made do without a drop cloth.  The total for the experiment was just over $10 out of pocket today and a couple of hours.   

by the time we got 6 feet painted it was dry at the starting end, mostly.

We did this in the cockpit with a steady 5-7 knot breeze.  It is kind of like trying a sewing project in the cockpit.  Feed it slowly through the "work zone" while protecting the rest of the sail from the wet paint.  While the afternoon sun was still hot everything worked well.  Then as the sun settled on the horizon the afternoon clouds cloaked it and the paint dry time tripled.  If you can tie the corners on the dock you could roll the edge and be done sooner.  

It rolled much tighter than with a Sunbrella cover on the previous sail.

Even without any proof of UV Protection every time we are arriving back to our boat the blue furling is much more calming than the white "I need to take care of that before we loose the sail" impending doom.  

For reference 10" UV Dacron insignia cloth from Sailrite would run about $70 plus shipping for a peel and stick solution.  

The Gray sunset

If there are any issues we will update the blog with "Sunblock and Genoas, part 2, updates" and I will turn the previous quote into a click-able link.  


Moments later

Monday, September 2, 2013

Does anyone know this Vega?

Update:  Thanks to Emil Ekström I have added a link to Warskovi's blog with the others.

Anyone have any information about s/v Warskovi cruising near Tonga?  Photo by s/v Sophie a monster of a catamaran..


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