Thanks Zeehag. The tiger is always beeing kept varnishing and varnishing... the oDay has a new Betamarina motor boat. Time to come down to Costa Rica and do some sailing from Puerto Azul. Check their webpage. Good and fair winds from Costa Rica.
That's the way to live. I'm convinced. I had planned on taking my power boat to the keys to live on there. Now I'm looking for a liveaboard sailboat to base there and cruise.MAybe we'll bump into each other (not literally of course) in one of those bodies of water.
I sailed from the time I was twelve until I was in my late forties. Business took up to much time, and I found I could enjoy a powerboat if I had even a hour to spend. Now that I'm semi-retired, I need to get back to sailing and living aboard where it's always warm. I have my eye on a Seafarer 38 ketch on the east coast of FLorida. If it works out, I'll be down there soon. Fair winds and following seas to you...
"Make sure you inspect the forward edge of pawls when you remove them. This is the edge that engages the teeth on the inside of the winch drum. Their job is to prevent the drum from spinning backwards. If they're worn they'll slip…"
"The same thing applies to the primary winches. Depending on conditions I sometimes use 4 wraps rather than 3. My buddy that sells Beneteau, Catalina and Jeanneau tells me he's seen the fingers break off. In any case I'm always alert to any…"
"Yep my boat is 8 years old, fresh water use only until last Aug, decommissioned for three years and the grease inside was more like a sticky paraffin wax if there is such a thing. Totally unacceptable. "
"That's it Sam! I recall the main luff a tad loose while sailing, threw maybe three wraps on the drum and pulled it tight. Afterwards, it was jammed.
On a side I remember saying to myself "I shouldn't have done that while under…"
"Wayne, thanks for the update. You must have really put some pressure on that arm for it to flex that much. Glad to hear you got it apart and serviced. As an FYI next time use an appropriately sized piece of hardwood as the drift. Or lay the wood…"