Arts and Crafts Day 2
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Arts and Crafts Day 2

Arts and Crafts Day 2

Arts and Crafts Day 2

About a month and a half ago I found a broken bit of plastic on the deck. To my horror it was a broken mainsail slide. The kind of I-foolishly-left-the-spares-at-home mainsail slide.

I worried some and then not at all about the missing slide just above the second reef. Then, about two weeks ago, two more broke in rapid succession. Both just above the third reef. Now I was worried. I had visions of the entire main being zippered off the mast as I was showered in plastic bits raining down from the track.

I thought a lot about how to fix or hack or jury rig something. I remember reading that Evans Stargazer had machined a part when no spare was available using a Dremel. I have a Dremel! I don’t have a spare available! I don’t have a cool name like Stargazer but I can certainly machine something out of the bits and pieces.

What you see are the broken bits and what I’ve done to fix it. I simply cleaned up th edges, drilled two holes where the posts had been and routes a channel in the back so that the lashings would not be proud of the surface at the back.

I used 250lb test braided spectra cord for the lashing. It’s far stronger than the plastic or the webbing. It’s tough to get a knot to stay in Spectra as it is so slippery. I used crazy glue to turn the knots into cement.

There’s a picture of the finished product lashed onto the webbing in the luff of the main. If the webbing job on the slide at the bottom of the picture looks amateurish, that’s because it is. I had to redo that one as I had to cut the old one off to get the broken bits out.

It’s an improvement and with all the slides back, I doubt I’ll have the main down about my head and ears as first one, then the other, then them all fail catastrophically.

The slides are as old as the main (13 years) and I think the sun finally got to them. That and perhaps I could have been more careful about taking the tension off the reefing clews when shaking reefs out.

Now if only I had a cool name. Maybe Bert Slidehacker…

Follow my tracks in real-time:
https://bit.ly/svseaburban

 

16 Comments
  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)
    BZ

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:24h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t think that anyone that attended Estevan Junior High could have imagined that this was in the future for one of it’s students. I checked in at different legs of the journey and was fascinated every time. Congrats!

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