Thursday, January 15, 2009
Lobster, the moon and Chinese sails...
The other day, while Bev and I were trying out our 2 seater kayak (purchased used and cheap from another boater) we were waved over by our friend Mike on "Sailing Grace." He had been lobster hunting and offered us one of his day's catch. We said "sure!"
We took the lobster back to the boat and boiled it up. It happened that we were having Sande and Donnie from "Gypsy Cat" over for dinner that night and the lobster made a great appetizer!
That evening we were treated to a great moonrise. We tried to get some pictures, but it's hard to get the boat to hold still..
I've included a shot of Morgan sharing Bev's breakfast. He likes to pick the green peppers out of her eggs.
Also, I've been toying with the idea of changing the rig on the mainsail to a modified "Chinese" or "junk" rig. I've done a lot of research on it and I think I might be able to make it work. It would be far easier to use than the gaff and give better downwind performance. A junk sail is much easier to reef and unreef. It can be done from the cockpit without going onto the foredeck, so it will be safer.
I made a model of the proposed sail. Here's a picture. The model is to scale and includes all the control lines, so it actually functions. If anyone out there has any experience with the junk rig, I'd like to hear from you.