Saturday, April 30, 2011
The forecast for the day was for 5-7 knot winds from the SW possibly shifting to NW later in the day. There was also a chance of rain showers. The forecast was accurate as the winds were 5-9 knots at the start from the SW. The sun was out and even though it was a bit cool, the sun felt nice.
We got a good starboard tack start about half way down the starting line. Dulcinea(J105) started just below us and Reign Maker(C&C37/40 XL) tried a port tack start at the pin end. Reign Maker had to give way to Dulcinea, had to tack away and circle back to the line. After the start, Dulcinea and us continued on starboard toward Bainbridge Island. We were looking for a lift under Battle Pt and stronger winds. The rest of our class started on port tack down the line near the boat end.
We tacked to port and took a long tack to the Gilberton shore east of Brownsville. We gained on Dulcinea and Reign Maker who both took short tacks toward the east. The Boss(J35) was below us and when they finally tacked to starboard, they passed well behind us.
We rounded the University Point buoy first in our class, set the spinnaker and reached toward the Bainbridge Shore. The Boss rounded a quarter of a mile behind us and sailed more dead downwind. During our first jibe, we had an issue with the spinnaker pole jaws stuck open and we lost some time getting it resolved. We jibed again at Battle Pt. The wind lightened some and we sailed hotter angles to keep our speed up. After three more jibes, we rounded the Pt Bolin daymark well ahead of The Boss.
After a smart rounding, we had a short beat around Pt Bolin and then started reaching west toward the entrance to Liberty Bay. We ran almost dead downwind to get around the Keyport Pier, then we reached up again to keep our speed up. Just passed the Keyport Docks, we jibed again and headed into Liberty Bay. Hear the wind shifted forward and soon we needed to put the jib up. We dropped the spinnaker on deck. The rained started coming down for a short time and when it quit, the wind started coming aft again. We reset the spinnaker and carried it to the finish in a dying breeze.
We finished at least 10 minutes ahead of The Boss and much farther ahead of Dulcinea. They should place 2nd and 3rd respectively We saved our time on all the boats behind us for the class and overall wins.
In Divisions II and III, the wind lightened and many boats were caught in the channel entering Liberty Bay. The Division II boat Falcon(Cal 9.2) managed to lead their class home by a big margin and won their division.
It was a great day to be on the water. The light variable winds made it challenging to maintain good boat speed, but our crew of Jim, Kathleen and Michael did a great job and stayed focused to the task.
Results can be found here(when they are posted): http://www.wscyc.net/WSSA/results.htm
Our track for the day.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
So now, this blog will go back to mainly sailing, hiking and biking. And maybe some new project to report about!
Evrything neatly painted, installed and tucked away. Notice the "old school" original air cleaner!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
It took only three or four tries of 20 seconds to get it to start. We did not even use any starting fluid or gas. The transmission pops right into gear and I backed up and went forward several times in the parking area. I may go out after dark for a short drive to check the shifting.
Of course, it not longer has a V6 engine, so a rebadging ceremony was needed!
Check out this video!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Since the last post, I removed the engine to finish some items and clear some of the interferences. While the engine was out, I painted the frame in the engine bay. I pounded on the flange/tunnel area to try to get more clearance for the headers. I put the engine back in last Friday. Still had a little interference with the oil pan, so I lifted the engine, reformed the corner of the pan a little. Good clearance now. So I put the engine back in. Still had interference with the right header. So, Monday I pulled the engine out again, found a bigger hammer and beat in the area in the tunnel that was hitting the header. I put the engine back in and now I have plenty of room between the header and the body. I reconfigured the heat shield and riveted it back in place. Not pretty, but should work. Hooked up the heater hoses and made a bracket to hold them from swinging around.
Wednesday, I installed the transfer case. It weighs about 60 pounds and is awkward. I am working on the floor without jacking the BII up, so I did not have room to "bench press" it into position. Didn't want to get under it anyway. I do not own a transmission jack either. I floundered around some before I thought of using my motorcycle lift. It is a lot like a transmission jack and is low enough to fit under the vehicle. The input spline needs to line up with the transmission output shaft, so it took some effort to get it all lined up.
While the engine was out for a week, I tried to get the company that supplied the headers and mounts to come up with what was wrong with them. They still hit on the drivers side. First they wanted pictures. I sent them. Next I called them and about two weeks ago I got in touch with someone. He said that they had a 302/BII conversion coming into the shop that afternoon and would take pictures. Nothing. I called and left messages. No response. I even sent them another email Monday about a question about torque for the header bolts. No answer. I finally gave up and engineered my own fix. I added 1/4 inch spacers between the engine and the mount and rounded the frame half of the mount. I now have about 5/16" clearance. It infuriates me when a company won't answer or respond. That is worse than the problem itself. To me it shows a complete lack of respect for the customer. I will never buy from this company again!
Yesterday I hooked up the B&M cable shifter and put the interior together again.I also installed the radiator and was going to install the mechanical fan. It would not fit, it hit the crankshaft pulley even with a spacer installed. I could not put a longer spacer in because I was already close to the radiator. The pulley has four grooves for all the accessories and is very long. I originally bought an electric fan, but thought that it was too tight to install it. So I took a look at the electric fan again and was able to figure out a way to install it offset from the water pump pulley. It offsets to the driver's side edge of the radiator. I hope it will move enough air to cool adequately.
Today I went for a parts run to one of the auto parts store. I had a shopping list that included spark plugs, air cleaner, engine paint, radiator hoses and some miscellaneous fittings. I was most concerned about the radiator hoses as this is a custom installation. I told the salesman what I was looking for. I made up sketches of what I needed. We looked through his stock and found a hose with the correct end connection sizes and correct angle and straight lengths. And it looked like it could be cut into three pieces for all the parts I needed. Sure enough, after I cut it, it fit great. Still need to trim some on the upper. The upper hose has the remote fill in the middle of the hose. My radiator is the Advanced Adapter radiator that fits forward towards the grill underneath the radiator/hood support. There is no room for the fill connection in the radiator.
Today I also fabbed some stronger fan supports to the surrounding structure. I was drilling a hole in one of the small parts and handholding it(no gloves). When the bit broke through, it grabbed and spun the part. Not sure exactly what happened, but it must have sucked me in and grabbed the sleeve of my coat too. The end of my thumb was torn up the worst(will probably have a strange thumb print) with lots of blood and my palm swelled up around where the thumb joins. I got all the bleeding stopped and bandaged up. There was some other cuts on adjacent fingers. I think I will put the drill press vise back on. This sort of freaks me out. A few years ago one of my coworkers was using a drill press at home with gloves on and wrapped a finger of the glove around a 1/4 inch bit and lost part of his little finger. And today as I was drilling, I was thinking of a rerun episode of American Chopper where Rick(one of the experienced fabricators) did the same thing with gloves on and got his hand mangled. I think I came out of this well.
The engine going back into the Bronco for hopefully the last time. Using the motorcycle lift for lifting the transfer case into position onto the transmission output connection. The new transmission adapter fit great!
The radiator hose cut into the three pieces. The left piece is for the lower hose and the two right pieces are for the upper hose with the remote fill/pressure cap tee in the middle of them. When I bought this, I did not know what this hose was for. I did an Internet search from the part number and found out that it was for a Chevrolet Blazer.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The race started on time with winds to 8 knots from the SE. We got an excellent start, set the spinnaker and led for a while until "Dulcinea"(J105)reached past us. The wind lightened some as we approached Waterman, when the boats behind brought some new wind and closed up some on us.
As we entered Rich Pass, both "The Boss"(J35) and "Reign Maker"(C&C 37/40 XL) passed us, but they stayed toward the right side of the pass while we stayed more in the middle with better ebb current. At Pt Glover, the wind came ahead, the spinnakers came down and the beat started. The wind was a pleasant 8-10knots and shifting more toward the SW. We passed "Dulcinea", "The Boss" and "Dulcinea" before we exited Rich Pass.
We stayed on one long tack past the west end of Blake Island. There we short tacked close to the South Shore for current relief. We stayed ahead of the other boats in our class. The strategy on "The Boss" seemed to be to stay in our wake as we sailed in formation around Blake Island.
After rounding the SE point of Blake Island we reset a spinnaker and had a short run north along Blake Island and then a nice close reach toward the Bainbridge Reef Buoy "R4". "The Boss" stayed close, but as we approached the buoy we gained some distance on them and kept gaining on them as we entered Rich Passage against the still ebbing current.
We sailed toward the south shore of Rich Passage and then tight around Pt Glover looking for current relief and back eddies. The wind got light near Pt Glover and "The Boss" and "Reign Maker" sailed up to us. "The Boss" sailed to the end of the back eddy, struck out for the Bainbridge Island shore and was swept east. "Reign Maker" stayed close to the shore and would not venture out into the flow until we sailed out towards Bainbridge.
We sailed closehauled toward the Bainbridge Island shore and were swept east until we were about halfway across when the current lightened and we started getting into favorable current along the shore. We short tacked along close to the beach. "Reign Maker" followed our example and the two boats gained on the rest of the fleet. At Pt White, the current relief disappears and you have to muscle your way through the 3 knot current for about 100 yards. Fortunately, by that time the current was under the bow, setting us to the left and away from shore. "Reign Maker" was still in our track and should have been able to overcome the current, but they chose to tack away and headed into the middle and got swept back into Rich Passage.
As we escaped the pass, we took a long tack to the East Bremerton shore. One other boat, "Dulcinea", followed our lead exactly and was the next boat to escape the pass. We short tacked up the shore and had good favorable current. Near Pt Herron, we were looking for a current lift from the current flowing out of Pt Washington Narrows. But the wind also increased to 12-15knots and lifted us 30degrees above the finish line. Unfortunately the lift did not continue and we had to make one short tack to cross the finish line.We gained on "Dulcinea" and the rest of the fleet to win first in class and overall.
This was a great race for the crew of "Great White". The wind blew the whole day, the sun came out and there was no rain. Thanks to the crew of Michel, Walter and Jim. I like the races through Rich Passage and around Blake Island. Current is such a big factor in these races and after racing in this area for 35 years, I have developed a set of "rules" that I follow for sailing in the current. They again worked for this race.
Results are here: http://www.wscyc.net/WSSA/2011/Race3Richpassage.pdf
Monday, April 4, 2011
So today I drove the truck to the ocean and walked on the beach. The truck was full of gas and I replaced the brake pads yesterday, so it was ready. I left early in the morning headed for Westport. I stopped at Aberdeen for breakfast and still arrived at Westport by 0900. I did not do much there. I walked the path down the beach, watched the fisherman unload their catch, walked the main street(almost all the stores were closed) and ate a great lunch of Fish and Chips at "Bennett's Fish Shack"("we are open seven days a week").
I started home by 1230. I took a different way home. I took some back roads from Cosmopolis to Montesano and then took a side trip to the site of the Satsop Nuclear Power Plant. It was never finished or operated and now the site is an Industrial Park. The cooling towers and reactor containment structures are still standing, but falling into disrepair. From Satsop, I headed into the hills to the north and drove the back way through Matlock passed the penitentiary to Highway 101 and from there through more back roads to the south shore of Hood Canal near Alderbrook.
It was nice to get away today. Oh did I tell you that it rained hard all day? Did not dampen my spirits!