So I worked up the courage to get the main sail out and give it a whirl. There were several things that stopped me doing this beforehand.
Firstly I wanted to get the hang of using the fore sail, tacking, gybing and getting used to the angles and trimming possibilities.
Secondly, when the boat heeled it would frighten me. I knew that the boat wouldn’t just tip over, but that didn’t stop it feeling like WAS going to tip over. I needed some time to get used to it.
Little did I realise until after using the main that all my issues would be solved.
I was having problems sailing to windward, the main sail fixes that making it a breeze to get decent speed when close hauled with minimum fuss. With a genoa alone the helm required was significant and was a bit of a fight.
I was having trouble getting the speed required for tacking in light airs. The main sail gives me that speed, and the jib can just be used for manouverability.
I was haivng trouble getting my hands free from the tiller to adjust the genoa’s sheets because Esprit would just head up into the wind immediately. The mainsail balances the helm wonderfully so I can tinker here and there.
All in all using the main sail is the best idea I had yet and after a bit more research I am confident that I can pilot Esprit safely even in moderate seas. The main is held to the runners in some cases by cable ties, true, and I am sailing with a permanent reef so there is no chance what-so-ever of me banging my head off the boom. This is a compromise I am more than happy with.
I may even replace the cable ties one day.
Here is the video! Under the harbour bridge and back. You can see the heel as I go upwind, and I kindly cut out the long boring tacks so the video is just one long, intense thrill ride. Hang on!
The bottom scrape that I managed was almost two months ago! Means Esprit is long overdue some attention in that department.
There was nothing serious, some small barnacles and whatnot, and I managed to eject the sea squirt that was clogging the toilets intake nozzle…more on that story later…
Yes! Laughter indeed! I traded in my serviceable yet inadequate kayak for an inflatable dinghy and engine!
Nothing huge, 2.4m hull and a 2.3hp motor, but it means I can now travel safely in rough weather and not fall in again, carry gear to and from Esprit, and ferry fishing companions across.
I can also hoon around for no reason at all.
Totally going fishing sometime soon. Should really clear off Esprit’s butt gak before I try and sail again.
Anyway, enough jibberjabber! Here is the video!
Had a lovely sail this weekend! Very calm breeze, would have been perfect for a first try of the main sail but I got confused with it so left it for another day. Also getting better with my sailing knots.
Got her sailing for the first time yesterday. Only about a kilometer on total, but the trip was a massive learning experience even though it was so short.
Enjoy the video!
Goodness me! Four months since my last post! But it has been an eventful time, for example I am in the other hemisphere now, probably exactly opposite my last residence should I discover a manner of drilling and traveling safely through the centre of the earth.
There will be more videos, pictures, blogs, and art forthcoming now that my life has settled down once again. I have probably hours of video that I need to edit and many many new drawings and ideas that I need to communicate. For now I hope you enjoy this video of my recent acquisitions 🙂
(note: The people featured in this video are my friends and flatmates, and in no way represent my possessions or acquisitions. Slavery is bad people!)