A lot of time has passed and a lot of water has flown into the sea. I am getting close to the final stretch of my PhD, but this summer I was back in Estonia for an internship.
On the weekends, we also had some time for working on Kvark and sailing. Here are some pictures.
It was the coldest May in many years here and outside temperatures were not high enough to work on the boat with epoxy and paint. We found out that the rudder hinges were starting to give way, the current pintle and gudgeon system has a bad cutting edge. Thus we removed them, welded some more metal to them and refitted the hinges. We also installed a stainless steel plate under the bow-facing part of the keel to protect from friction. We’ve fiberglassed and repainted some unfortunate spots on the boat that had received a bit of damage when docking carelessly, nothing major.
The big question was how to get the boat to its natural element. Last time we used an expensive crane at a different port. This time, we did it like Ancient Egyptians – using logs for rollers and levers for lifting. Worked well enough. To get it out we will install some big wheels under the cradle and use a winch.
Our previous jib was oversized, now we had a local sailmaker cut an appropriate one, the boat handles much better and nobody was seasick!
We’ll be sailing as much as we can in the next weeks in Käsmu bay and around the coast there.
Unfortunately we don’t have a good camera to take sailing videos, but there’s one I took with my phone.
Until next time!