Seraffyn under Sail in Beaufort North Carolina.
Our refit and haul out took far more time then expected because we decided to do some extra work - the sort of things that will definitely pay off later. For instance, since the mast was out of the boat, we decided to renew all of the rigging. We last respliced wire and re-rigged ten years ago. The 7 by 7 stainless steel wire we used was 306, made by Ormiston of England. It looked just fine, but for security, we removed it and Larry hand-spliced all new shrouds using the same brand. Total cost, $450 since we could use most of the old thimbles. Each splice took about half an hour. Are splices better? We definitely think so. In fact, we were just given one of the old shrouds off Seraffyn, ones Larry spliced up in England 30 years ago. Those shrouds held her mast for over 40,000 miles of sailing and other than some staining, still look fine.
We also built new deck box seat lids; a new fore hatch, plus stripped the bottom of l7 years of paint (using a blow torch and putty knife.) She looks like a new boat below the water. Topsides we are trying a paint that is new to us, one-pot polyurethane. Professional painters have told us we might get three years between coats. Sure went on smoothly. But now I am anxious to use this boat.
We launch in two days, step the mast and with luck will be out exploring the
Lower part of the Chesapeake Bay within a week. I think the first week will find us hidden up some creek reading a book and answering letters. Plans after that are to consider sailing up to Buzzards Bay area for most of the summer. Then September lst, we have to return to the Chesapeake because we will be flying out to Port Townsend to take part in the Woodenboat Festival. Keeping lots of notes for a talk on building wooden boats for easier maintenance. Also giving a Saturday night slide show called, Wooden boats, a reason to go cruising. Then Sunday we do a storm tactics seminar.
Lin sailing with Norma and Wayne Tillet, Larry in Rinky Dink taking photos.
Big event of the season for us will be the Annapolis Sailboat show. Talesin will be open to the public to help raise funds for Getaway 2000, a program to get people with disabilities out on the water in their own cruising boat as part of CRAB (Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating.) We'll also be doing an all day seminar there. Sounds like work but in fact it is all about meeting up with a lot of our old friends. We are delighted to learn that several people we met in England, are planning to rendezvous with us at
Annapolis including Niki Perryman and Jamie Morrision on Siandra (Australians) Ashley Butler on Ziska (British Morecombe Bay prawner restored to lovely condition) and best of all, if things go to plan, Norma and Wayne Tillett on Seraffyn.
Which brings us to one of the nicest events so far this year. We drove to Beaufort, North Carolina, A month ago to see Seraffyn for the first time in 20 years. Norma and Wayne have spent two years restoring her to lovely condition, removing all of the modifications two previous owners added, such as roller furling, foredeck dinghy storage, etc. In fact, on deck she looks almost better than when we last sailed on her. The cabin sides and mast could be a few weeks old if we didn't know where to look for the special battle scars she earned when we had her. Her decks are a bit worn, but otherwise she is ready to go. Wayne and Norma hope to get up to the Bay so we can sail side by side soon.
Krentz marine where we left Taleisin for the year and a half we spent traveling by air and land, turned out to be a grand place to do her refit. It is on the Yeocomico river on the north side of the Northern Neck of Virginia (the area bordered by the Rappahonack river on one side and the Potomac on the other). It is very rural, not many people, millions of fireflies, no problems with theft. But it is in many ways very isolated with the nearest cinema 65 miles away and only Wal-Mart within 40 miles for general shopping. But the folks at the marina have helped us find the few specialized things we needed, and the local fishermen are friendly. Most of the other people using the yard have powerboats. So we are looking forward to meeting up with other sailors.
Best wishes; hope we see you on the water this summer.
Lin & Larry