Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Polar Melting

My original image disappeared so I added this one from a nearby site.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Summer Sailing on a Pleasant Lake

The summer sailing season is almos over for this northern season.  I have been down to Little Yellow many times over the summer and did a lot of maintenance items, removed engine and cleaned carb and re rigged the sheets and installed two new cleats just outboard of the aft part of the cockpit.  I have one more re-rigging task and that involves adding a turning block and a cam cleat for the main halyard and jib halyard.  With this final addition I can dump the sail quickly and make life a little easier for the pilot.

As far as sailing goes it was a pretty poor season.  The Pleasant Lake is not the best to sail on since it is surrounded by trees and down in a glacial moraine depression.  However, when the breeze is right it is oussible to run down the length and tack like crazy to get back.  If you get really desperate then you can start the outboard and get back that way.

The full moon was out yesterday under clear sky and just at deep twilight I snapped a picture of the lake looking east.  If you look real close you can see Little Yellow's mast and our kayak by a pontoon boat.