Neena at Clingstone

Neena at Clingstone

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall so soon?

We made a haul out date, mid October. The summer just flew by. We don't seem to be as hearty as we used to be about cool weather sailing.
I sat down below this morning and made a list of repairs and improvements for the winter lay up. Among other things, continue painting as needed, reinforce the sole bearers as needed, get rid of old thru hull transducers, install a new sea cock for the engine intake, organize the pot lkr. with some shelves, install a new sink spigot, add a thru hull sea cock up in the head for the sink, add a battery monitor to the panel, change out the engine mounts, replace a few hoses, install some new turning blocks in the trunks along with new pivot pins and bushings. I may tackle the spongy cockpit sole too.
We are really becoming fond of "Neena". Phoebe figured out that we've sailed her 33 days this season. Our cruise was about 18 days so quite a few day sails this year, learning all the time about her ways. We had an idyllic cruise with beautiful weather and no real challenges, following familiar courses and still anchoring like we drew five feet. Old habits die hard. It's going to take awhile to get used to the fact that we can go into skinny water and or dry out. I finally added a small jib I had and what an improvement. She balances much better and we added some boat speed too. She will steer her self up wind now under fairly wide conditions. It's wonderful to watch and feel her reacting to wind shifts. I guess I used the wrong bottom paint this year, as it was a bad year for fouling. I washed the bottom several times and in mid August discovered the prop completely covered in barnacles. With every thing clean her speeds improved although she's not as quick as I had hoped, averaging around five knots on 28 feet of waterline. Off the wind in a breeze she;s in the high sixes with a high of 7.4. We both love being down below on this boat. We love sitting at the waterline and looking out at the water. Her interior is open and light with great ventilation in the hot weather. Neena behaves at anchor and being low and skinny, she doesn't roam around her anchor much. The light helm, the small and light sails all make her easy to sail and deal with. The Yanmar is very reliable and we cruise up to 7 knots under power although, vibration wise, I like her at about 1600 rpm which gives around five knots.
 comfortable cockpit
 Our mooring in Mt. Hope Bay
 New ash tiller
 Double ended fore sheet, I'm thinking of a "towel" bar or traveler
 Mooring line to port. I use the center cleat for anchoring.

 Entrance to Cuttyhunk
 Messy but comfortable
 Down the Sakonnet with a fair tide
 The mate reading
 Foggy morning in Vineyard Sound

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fantastic week for sailing around here. Light to moderate winds from mostly the north west. Comfortable temperatures too. I don't usually care for land breezes, they're so shifty but this lovely weather has been so sweet. In the morning I've been doing some varnishing in Bristol Harbor followed by some sailing in Mt. Hope Bay on Neena, tough life, I tell you what. A couple of lovely boats in Bristol harbor, an early Hinckley Pilot in fiberglass and a Concordia yawl.
Any way, here's some pictures of Neena sailing herself with a tiller line with surgical tubing at each end attached to snap hooks attached to strap eyes on the coamings. I have carry some luff in the main for balance but who cares.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spring 2015 work

Pulled the leaking aluminium fuel tank out and found some pin holes and corrosion on the bottom due to some water that found it's way in below the tank from a leak in the strbd. bilge board trunk. Cleaned it up, sanded and applied some JB weld epoxy putty to the bad looking spots. Cleaned, sanded and painted the locker that holds the tank and then plumbed it back in place.
Next I removed and rebuilt the cockpit locker hatch coamings which were leaking into the lkrs. due to old dried up bedding. I rebedded them with some goop and back fastened with ss # 8's.
I built and installed a coaming for the access hatch in the cockpit sole and removed the false sole only to find a spongy and de-laminating sole. Oh well, for now I installed a couple of beams underneath and added a post too, which seems sturdy enough for now and I gained 3/4 of an inch of cockpit depth not to mention no more leaks from the cockpit. I'm also building a hatch for the access hatch coaming, all out of ash, which I seem to have alot of and if I treat it with some thing, should last.
I discovered that the used tiller head fitting I bought on E-bay last winter, is deformed enough that the tiller is off center by several degrees which was annoying, sailing last summer. Instead of buying a very expensive new part, I realized I could modify a fatter brass key to effectivly move the tiller fitting slightly to starboard in relation to the rudder shaft and all's right.
While It was snowing non-stop, I added reefs to the two sails on the dinning room floor with help from a book or two and Sail Rite. Hopefully my guess work as to location and angles will be close enough, we'll see.
Next up are filling and glassing the repairs on the two trunks, new and reconditioned bilge board pivot bolts, re-attaching pennants and re-installation of the bilge boards themselves. Last summer, besides leaks, the boards wouldn't go down all the way. Upwind sailing should improve.
The first mate would like a few improvements made in the galley area, along with some more paint here and there.
Still plenty to do before launching some time in June.

Neena's second season so far ( late July)

Well here it is late July and we're ready for some cruising. Everything is more or less working and shipshape. Neena's been in since late May. We launched her at a state ramp in Bristol from R.I. Boat Hauler's Brownell style trailer. My brother -in-law Bob helped me raise the masts, with my A frame and a couple of three part tackles. Piece of cake. Then off I motored after bleeding the Yanmar again.


The changes I made to the rig have helped her sail a little better. By bringing the triatic down to what would have the forestay point on the mainmast, helps open up the mainsail leech and an adjustable backstay also helps with shaping the main.
When the breeze gets to 13 or 14 knots I can reef the Main now which balances the helm and by flattening the sails, she won't heel too much, keeping the helm light.
Phoebe and I have done a couple of over nighters and our living arrangements seem o.k. The ice box is easier to use since I made the lid open to a latch above it to hold it open for rummaging with out losing any limbs. My small folding table is a hit with my journalist too.
The bilge board trunk leak was fixed but in fooling around with the starboard one this spring, I created a drip! Oh well, I have to drop them again this winter to replace the turning blocks any way. The boards still won't go down all the way on their own. I'm not sure why, maybe too much paint near the pivot bolts? I also suspect the boards where lengthened at some point from 5 to 6 feet. I know I'm not done with making the whole system work smoothly. All this board stuff must have an affect on helm balance. Phil Bolger says I need a bigger Main with a deep reef and a small jib to carry till it's luff sags too much then bring in the jib, reef the main and sail on as a cat ketch.

We must be getting old because our favorite new old feature is the bimini. So nice to be out of the middle of the day sun.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What the hell I did all last year to the Sanpiper 32 "Neena"

Some information on the work done so far.
Replaced 1/4 " plywood on the insides of the cabin trunk. The old plywood was pretty tired with water damage from port leaks. First, I removed the 8 Beckson 5x12 opening ports, then I removed the damaged ply which was basically held up by the ports. Using the old pieces as patterns, I made new ones (4) primed and painted then tacked up in place followed by the rebuilt ports, bedded in silicone.
Pulled various pieces of deck hardware that leaked, mainly several stantion bases and the mid ship hatch hinges. These I rebedded with various goops. I also am trying what I call dum-dum, to bed stantion bases. It's this tape used to seal vacuum bags, we'll see. I really dislike using boat life and sikaflex, not to mention 52 million. My mission was to get rid of all leaks! So far, so good.
Next up was ripping out the plywood soles and bunk fronts which all had water damage. I then cleaned up the areas exposed and painted as needed. Some of the bulkheads in way of the bilge board trunks we're pooched, so I scarphed in new 1" ply with epoxy and mat. I built new sole bearers out of fir and epoxied them to the sole with limber holes etc. After borrowing t&g router cutters from my buddy Pete Cassidy over at Buzzard's Bay Yacht Services, I milled out a bunch of white pine flooring about 2 1/2 "'s wide and laid sole in two sections, fore cabin and aft cabin, with lift outs to access what bilge I have. I love the smell of pine and as this is a fiberglass boat, I also oiled the sole with deck oil which is a mix of linseed oil, pine tar,
turpentine and japan drier.
Next came new bunk fronts out of painted 3/8 ply with pine cleats, all screwed with ss screws. In the barn during the coldest weather I'd been scraping old varnish off all the various pieces of teak trim and then sanding and treating with lemon oil. I put back all these pieces and a few new ones with screws, brads and some glue. Things we're starting to look a whole lot better below, under the winter cover.
Ed Van Kuren at BBYS designed a simple two battery electrical system built around two AGM batteries I bought off my brother in law. It uses a Blue Seas batt. switch and panel. All I have to do is turn the switch on when I board and turn it off when I leave. The system automatically takes care of the two batteries! I also installed a circuit for a solar panel to trickle charge while away from the boat. Some day when I can afford it , I'll install a monitor but for the way we use the boat this simple system is fine. All this stuff got installed port side aft under the bunk and above it in the shelf.
Other work done, new shaft, coupling and rebuilt Max Prop. Two new bronze ball valve seacocks, rebuilt installed plastic seacocks and one former seacock hole glassed over. Engine cleaned and repainted, filters cleaned etc. It was a happy day when I first fired up the Yanmar, which started first try! This after 30 odd years fighting with old Westerbekes!
Some fun stuff was finding a used tiller/rudder head fitting and making an ash tiller and repurposing an old 12 1/2 tiller I had, to fit. Very difficult removing the old rudder head fitting but a wheel puller, heat and oil plus time, did the trick. I also pulled the strut and rudder, injected some epoxy mixed with graphite powder as a new rudder bearing in the old fiberglass rudder tube at it's base.
As spring turned into summer, I pulled off the bowsprit and installed a new one with an anchor roller held in place with oar lock sockets. Pulled off rub rails, stripped the teak and buffed the topside paint till it was shiney again then put back the rub rails with new self tappers. Next came stripping all the teak on deck, toe rails, hand rails, coamings etc. of old varnish, sanding to 120 and leaving it bare! never to have to be dealt with again!
Then rig work, replacing a halyard and one shroud and then figuring how to set up the sticks to be raised in the back yard with help from my son Robbie, what fun! Rigging the booms, working out the sheets etc.
Finally on to bottom work, sanding and painting, boot top and then with help from my brother in law Bob and his neighbor's son Stevie, we got the trailer under the boat which took almost two days of jacking around then over the road to Swansea and a crazy launch which broke my new bowsprit! Finally a short motor to her mooring only to discover some trunk leaks. My wife Phoebe suggested I beach the boat, which I did(difficult to accept the concept of driving onto the beach!) at high tide in the evening of a perfect calm full moon night. Next day I worked on the leaks and glued up the bowsprit and in the evening floated off with my kedge and re moored.
This was early August and we spent the next several months sailing "Neena" around Narragansett Bay and doing a few overnighters, getting used to her ways. What a great boat, very handy, surprisingly stiff and fun to sail. I'm going to add reefs to the sails this winter and rework the main sheet to a barney post to make her happier.
I dropped the bilge boards to overhaul the pivots and to fix a leak in the port side trunk. Some galley improvements are also in the mix as well as a better gasket on the cockpit sole engine hatch.
Instead of using her trailer I've sold it and I'll hire the hauler to pick me up and put me in at the ramp. Sorry boat yard, I don't need you guys anymore.
Another job is to build yet another bowsprit! this time out of oak instead of fir. Also we want to move the boarding gate from the port side to the starboard, where it should be.
Can't wait till spring!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here's some photos showing the results of last winter/spring/summer work.
this has been renewed

one of three new tillers!

I love to make locust cleats.

Old Miracle behind Neena, we sold her after 32 years.

new bowsprit/anchor platform

new old tiller fitting

learning how to raise the rig.

beaching is easy!

on her mooring in Mt. Hope Bay


New pine sole

beating in 15 knots

back home for the winter