No. 66 - February 1986

 From David Taylor [#2147] Niagara Falls, NY

I have a 1983 Tanzer 22 and am concerned about my windows. I've noticed on two older models that the windows have gone milky. Mine are not as clear as they used to be and I fear the same opaque problem will happen to my "Candie Girl". How can we stop this condition from happening? Is it possible to correct?

Response from John Charters

Sooner or later Plexiglas ports fog up. Frankly, we don't know why. Acid rain, air pollution, some sort of reaction between the Fiberglas and the Plexiglas - take your choice. Eventually, if they get bad enough, they may have to be replaced.

In the meantime, try this. Polish each port with "Brasso", or some similar brass polish. This generally restores the Plexiglas to "like new" condition. Then wax the ports with a good grade marine polish. I use "Boat Armor" and after ten years my ports are still clear.

 

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From Dal and Nancy Godwin [#1360] Eagle River, Alaska:

Although #1360 sailed alone again this year we had a great season of sailing. Many beautiful sailing days came to Seward. Alaska this past summer and there was lots of activity on the water. One really nice trip included some great sightings of Doll porpoises, sea otters, and black bears.

My chores, projects this year [winter] include a few items I could really use a few tips on.

Problem #1: #1360 has a rusted centerboard stuck in her trunk again! I have a one inch hole drilled through the cabin floor just forward of the cabin step. This will allow me the access to drive it down and clean it off again, but I need to know what to paint it with in order to eliminate the rusting problem. The trunk also needs painting.

Reply

 

Once clean paint the centerboard with Interlux Vitar or if not locally available, their Vitaline Aluminum. A couple of coats at least. Then whatever bottom paint you favor. Prefer-­able one with TBTF rather than cuprous oxide, as there is less galvanic action with a tin based paint.

 

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THE EASY CRUISE by Garth Nair [#1496]

This year we made a complete change in our cruising style. Our home port, Laurance NJ is tucked into the western end of Raritan Bay, the large body of water between Staten Island [NY] and the north shore of New Jersey. While it is a wonderful day sailing place [nothing but wide open water] it has no interesting harbors and is not conducive to easy cruising. In the past, this meant that we had to make the 36 mile trip up through NY harbor to Long Island Sound and then on up the Sound to Block Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Exciting and different, yes, but also exhausting to sail several hundred miles in a Tanzer 22. It also meant that the many interesting harbors along the considerable length of Long Island Sound were mere stopover points in the big push to far places.

These days I rarely have the several weeks needed for that long journey and this year, I had a major concert to conduct late in August and couldn't afford the exhaustion attendant to such a long trip. Our solution to this dilemma provided us with one of the finest vacations in years.

Since my lady, Cindy, could only join me for long weekends we had to sail to places that featured possibilities for her to commute to and from home for work during the midweek. So we formulated several rules:

1. With the exception of the eight hour sail through NY harbor to get to Long Island Sound, we would plan no destination that would involve more than four hours of motoring or sailing. If conditions turned against us we would just duck into a closer port. While this rule limits one's ul­timate range, it does give one time to relax and get ashore for good meals, etc.

2. If one arrives at a harbor and likes it, stay for two or more days.

3. If the weather doesn't cooperate don't beat yourself up with the line "but we have to make it to Newport .... “.  Bad weather days are why books, music and good company were invented. Another angle is that you don't have to sail in bad weather; it can become fascinating and beautiful in its own right. Ever just sit and watch a storm develop from the first high cirrus right through to the return of sunshine the next day? Try it.

What all of this meant was that I had to "give up" my goal ­oriented trips [where I could return bragging how far I had got­ten] and spend more time just enjoying the water, the weather, the birds, the girls on sailboards, anything that was there that I would surely have missed had I been driving the boat like a crazed racer to the next far port.

A brief summary of the cruise will suffice here as I hate those cruise narratives that are just a litany of "and then we anchored and then we moved". The first weekend that Cindy was on board, we sailed the exciting trip up through NY harbor to City Island [the western end of Long Island Sound]. From there we could easily make our primary objective, the Norwalk Islands just 26 miles from New York City. The attraction there is a cove formed by several of the numerous islands where we know the owner of one of the islands and therefore had local knowledge on how to navigate back into the area. A quick look at the chart would deter most large boats from attempting the trip from the main channel back to the cove because of rocks and shoals. Because of this, the area is somewhat secluded, fairly well protected and we have the joy of visiting with the few other regulars who make the passage and, most of all, we have silence. [The only real exception is the cacophony of the birds at sunrise. But, that isn't man-made noise, so it doesn't count.] "Our" cove is also an easy jumping-off point for a number of ports of interest that all fall within our easy-cruise guidelines.

After a good sailing weekend, Cindy returned home and I had Sea Chanter all to myself for five days where I decided to sit at anchor in the cove reading, studying [a constant in the life of a conductor], working on the boat and taking single handed day sails when the spirit moved me.

A technical aside is in order here: two seasons ago I con­structed an awning that covered the cockpit and cabin as far as the mast and in my five day stay at the anchorage, that awning became one of the most valuable objects on the boat. The middle of the week brought an intense heat wave [95 degrees and humidity to match] and I found that by setting the awning at sunrise to prevent the sun from heating up the deck and by using a wind scoop to capture any passing breezes I could take advantage of the natural "air conditioner" that is found in the cool water under the boat. Since the waterline on our Tanzer 22's is fairly high [stick your head down under the bunks on a bright sunny day and you'll find the waterline lit up ... it may surprise you how high it is] the water will keep you a good ten degrees cooler than the outside temperature as long as you can keep the deck from becoming a solar heating panel.

When Cindy returned on Saturday morning, we took off to sail the Sound and visit friends in several nearby ports and then executed the long trip home to New Jersey.

The end product of all of this was 11 days of sailing with plenty of variety. It was also the solution to the dilemma posed by a working couple who cannot co-ordinate vacation times. By carefully timing the objectives, the working partner can enjoy long weekends on the boat on a cruise with the vacationing partner enjoying the boat alone at midweek. At the end of our cruise we returned no more tired than if we had been out on a long day sail. While I'm not saying that this is the end of my long cruises forever, this "easy cruise" format is terribly tempting because of all of the benefits. Try it!

 

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