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A two day sail in San Diego Harbor.

Gail and I trailered “Alice Gale” down to San Diego and spent two days sailing out of Shelter Island.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Sailing the Ebihen 15

 

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Balanced Lug Sloop

This is Alice Gale sailing during the Lake Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention
 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Sailing the Ebihen 15

 

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Taking Alice Gale to the Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention

Gail and I are looking forward to attending the Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention Feb 12 through Feb 19.   We will be trailering Alice Gale to Lake Havasu to sail with 192 other boats.  We should have a great time. I will post a number of photo’s when we return.   Hopefully I should have some good shots of Alice Gale under sail.

I have enjoyed the web site of Dylan Winters, “Keep Turning Left“.    Please visit his site as you will really enjoy his sailing videos.    One of his recent projects was to build a “Duck Punt” in about seven days.  This inspired me to build my own duck punt for use on the Colorado River.  You can visit my new building blog.  This boat took me about a month to build.

Sailing the Duck Punt

 

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Sailing the Ebihen 15

 

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Oregon and Washington Sailing

We finished our travel to the Seattle area to visit friends with Alice Gale in tow last week.    Two weeks and seven opportunities to sail, our last day in Central Oregon was 2 degrees fahrenheit at 3 am and we decided to call it a trip and head on home.  We did a marathon road trip of 14 hours and arrived home safely.

Alice Gale rides very nicely on her trailer, and happily we had no road damage after 2000 miles of travel.   We sailed on seven occasions with winds from 0 to 35.   Most days the wind was less then 6 mph.  Our last day on the Columbia River included gust up to 35 and it turned out to be a short sail.

The sweet spot for Alice Gale appears to be winds between 8 and 12 mph.   She is extremely comfortable with these winds speeds and sails wonderfully at I believe to be her hull speed.   We are able to tie in a “Cajun tiller tamer” and broad reach with a glass of wine and good conversation while taking in the sites.  Under these conditions Alice Gale has exceeded all the expectations I had hoped for when I selected her plans.  We have learned from this trip that trailer sailing vacations are fun and very rewarding.

I have found that Alice Gale generates a lot of interest where ever she sails.   She is great looking under sail and looks good at the dock or on the trailer.

The launch ramp at Charleston Oregon

We had a wonderful sail in Coos Bay.    We launched at the ramp in Charleston, which is just inside the harbor entrance.  Wind was around 6 – 8 mph and we had a wonderful time reaching across the bay and out to the channel buoy.

Channel Buoy

Coos Bay

Coos Bay

Just north of Coos Bay on US 101 is Lakeside, and Tenmile Lake.  An excellent launch ramp is located in Lakeside.  We had about  1 hour of 4 mph wind, but it eventually died out and we motored back to the dock.

No wind today on Tenmile Lake

Pretty calm out on Tenmile Lake

Tenmile Lake launch ramp

Part of our trip included a visit with a long lost friend from Bremerton WA.  Here Dean and I are having a conversation on the Hood Canal.   The winds were light but the scenery was spectacular.

A conversation on the Hood Canal

Dean keeps Alice Gale near the ramp while I get the trailer.

The launch ramp on Misery point, (near Seabeck, WA) was a shallow water ramp that required my trailer extension.  It worked pretty well considering I still needed to almost bury the rear wheel of the Sportsmobile.  Dean was of great assistance here.  He brought along some hip waders, and had no problem getting into the water to help.

The picture above also points out a construction flaw on my part that I have partially corrected.  As you can see from this photo, I still have an excessive amount of mast rake.   After my maiden voyage I realized I did not cut my mast partner sufficiently deep and my mast had the incorrect rake.   I increased the depth of my mast partner cutout before this trip and found an improvement in the balance of the sails.   I plan on again increasing my mast partner cutout to bring the mast forward and reduce the rake to about the 4 degrees as specified by the designer.  Currently I have a comfortable amount of weather helm that seems perfect in light winds, but has considerable more weather helm when the breeze increases.  Moving the rake forward will improve my heavier weather sailing trim.

We also spend a few days with calm winds on Puget Sound and Lake Washington.  These days became half sailing, drifting, and half motor sailing.

Puget Sound

Our last sailing day on this trip was a short one on the Columbia River.  Temperatures had dropped to about 40 degrees and the wind was around 15 with predicted gust to 35.   The wind had been blowing all night for a 150 miles directly up the river so the wave action and wave period made sailing a challenge for me.   I am still learning to be comfortable when rougher water affects the balance of Alice Gale.  I know she is more comfortable then I am, but the last thing I needed was capsize training in uncomfortable weather conditions.   We went out with just the main sail with one reef tied to test the conditions.   The wind was agreeable under this sail configuration but the wave action on the boat was not reassuring.   The boat is certainly a dry boat, as we immediately popped out of any larger wave trough before any wave broke over the bow.  There seems to be no plowing through waves with Alice Gale,  she is a cork on the water and a little unsettling as she bobs up and down and back and forth mirroring whatever wave action is present.  A longer and larger draft boat would of course be more stable under these conditions.   I am wondering if a bit more ballast would help Alice Gale when the water is unstable.  The slightly larger Ebihen 16 design calls for a water ballast system so this would seem useful at times also with the Ebihen 15.  I have had her out on the ocean with 2-4 ft swells  with a sufficient period between the swells to be comfortable, but these short period wind swells on the river just made the ride uncomfortable.   The wave period was about the length of Alice Gale so every wave had an impact on the balance.

Rougher then it looks

Sailing under main alone with one reef. Wind blown white caps and waves

In contrast, after arriving back in Southern California, I took my 80 year old dad out for a sail in Alamitos Bay. No wave action but a solid consistent 12 mph wind.  What a great sail we had on all points.   Gybing was fun, and we embarrassed the skipper of a West Wight Potter on a reach back to the dock.  His trim looked perfect for the conditions but we passed him like he was standing still.  I know the Potter is a slow boat but it was the first similarly sized boat (15 ft) I have been in contact with to compare boat speeds.  Usually I am up against 20 ft keel boats that have out pointed me upwind, while I seem to almost hold my own running with them on a broad reach.  Another boat we ran into was a 18 ft racing dingy with Spinnaker and planing hull that was practicing a typical course race with a single skipper on board.  I was impressed on how quickly he was able to set his spinnaker and round the marks.  She clearly was quicker then Alice Gale overall, but I was still impressed with how well Alice Gale did.  The speed difference was not immediately noticeable and I was able with concentration to maintain comparable speeds on several tacks with him.  Not bad for a Balanced Lug.

Here is a slide show of our trip up north.

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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Sailing the Ebihen 15

 

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Sailing California Lakes

We traveled north from Southern California with Alice Gale to sail lakes along the way to Seattle.  We made sailing stops at Folsom Lake and Shasta Lake.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Sailing the Ebihen 15

 

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Building a Birdsmouth Mast, Boom and Yard (Part Two)

Waiting to be launched.

I have completed the build of the Mast, Boom and Yard. I am applying the multi-coat varnish to each and my next task will be to launch the boat long enough to lower the center board so I can finish the center board case top.

Setting up the construction table

I used the mast construction table, shortened to build the boom and yard.

Scarf table

First the staves are cut and scarfed together.   Each stave is cut with a birdmouth and tapered as needed to match the design diameters.  The yard has good taper build in while the boom had no taper.

Clamping the scarfs after gluing

Scarf detail

Good view of the birdsmouth

Planning the staves to similar thickness

Fitting the end plugs

Boom glue up

Boom and yard on the table

Epoxy set and ready for shaping, cap to be added later

Thickened epoxy

Used a hand plane to take off first few cuts

Power shaping the Yard

Taking shape

Almost done

A properly sized diameter form used to check final diameter

Boom and Yard, varnishing

Yard and Boom detail showing reef comb

Detail of ends, showing birdmouth construction

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2011 in Building Stage

 

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Bowsprit, Centerboard, Rudder, & Trailer Bunk

Took a week off for spring skiing in Vail CO, but found time to work on a few items since loading Alice Gale onto the trailer.

I still have to construct a side guard bunk for the trailer but I finished an underhull bunk that will stabilize the boat during transport.

Stabilizing bunk, major weight on keel.

The bowsprit has a two eyed mastband that was fitted.

Getting the fit just right

Looking rather long with this wide angle view

Varnish work

Started work on the centerboard.  After fairing it will be primed and painted.

Steel Centerboard ready for fairing work

A pin will be added

Hoisting and safety rope holes

The rudder was also sanded and prepped for primer and paint.

A layer of fiberglass sheathing was laid down

Will be adding these Zebrawood Caps to the Centerboard Trunk

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Building Stage

 

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