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Category: Sailing (Page 1 of 14)

Ready and excited for my sail to San Francisco aboard S/V Silver Wings!

Over a year ago Risto, another Footloose Disabled Sailing volunteer, invited me aboard his boat for a delivery run to San Francisco. The time has come!

I write this post while sitting in the cockpit watching the sunset. We shove off tomorrow morning around 3-4am to go with the tide.

S/V Silver Wings is a Pearson 367C. A stout cruising sailboat. Risto and his wife Liz have spent the last several years prepping the boat so that after retiring they could cast off the lines and go sailing into new adventures.

I am excited and honored to be a part of the delivery. This will be my first blue water (open ocean) sail. For many a year I have dreamt of sailing across the Pacific ocean and down into the South Pacific islands. Coming from Seattle most sailors head down to San Francisco before jumping off. This experience will provide me with the first half of the journey.

I will be keeping daily logs and post them when I return to land.

Follow along with us on Marine Traffic.

Fair Winds!

Introducing sailing to a new friend

My good buddy Chad came for a visit from Kansas City with his girlfriend. She had never been sailing before so we took her out to get the experience. She loved every minute of it, even when we were over 30 degrees with the rail in the water.

A hairy situation

Penny has an 1100 gallon per hour bilge pump that slowed down to a dribble when it should have pushed out a river. This could be a big problem if the boat were ever to take on water!

I took it apart and found a TON of hair inside! I am impressed that it continued to work even a little. Pulled the hair out, reconnected everything, and it is happily pumping away at full power again.

The pump is an Attwood Sahara S1100 GPH and I highly recommend it.

Dreamin of an enjoyable summer of sailing with these peeps!

Zippey’s old 2 stroke 8 hp Yamaha outboard runs again!

Read the saga below the video

During the winter of 2015 I pulled the 2 stroke 8hp Yamaha outboard off Zippey to bring home and rebuild. It had been a while and she was running a bit rough. I was very proud of myself to rebuilding an outboard motor correctly, the first time. I was overjoyed when the motor fired up and ran flawlessly on its stand.

I remounted the motor on Zippey’s motor mount expecting to have a great summer of fun, however a few weeks after the motor started having issue. Pieces of something were getting stuck in the cooling water outlet. During one outing I had to  clean the outlet every couple minutes to keep water flowing. Ironically the motor overheated and seized up as I was motoring to the boatyard for a haul out.

I replaced the motor same day with a new powerful 4 stroke Yamaha 9.9 high thrust but I kept the old motor around to use as a learning project for outboard internals.

When I got around to playing with the motor I found a significant amount of sand inside it! How it got there I do not know. I cleaned out the sand and reset everything and now the motor is running great! It blew smoke like none other for a few minutes after starting, but that is to be expected after the motor sat for so long.

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