Monday, April 29, 2013

Well the Dauphin Island Race went well. There were around 170 boats in the race! The course started in the center of the North end of Mobile bay, and went down to end by the ICW by the Dauphin Island bridge. The first two hours had an almost nonexistent wind from dead astern, and that wind ended up switching to a 20kt Southeast breeze that made our Compac 23 rather unhappy. It's shoal draft keel and plumb bow do not mix with steep chop of the shallow bay and going to windward. Our rudder kicked up slightly in the chop, which made for exciting weather helm for the rest of the race. Despite this, we finished first in our class, completing the 18 mile course in around 5 hours. I saw several Nacra cats zooming along way ahead, and I definitely miss screaming along at 20 knots boat speed! The race got me motivated to get this whole tiki thing knocked out, so I should be posting more often from now on.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while! Work has been pretty slow with the boat for the past few weeks. I'm crewing in the Dauphin Island Race this weekend, and after that I should be back to working pretty hard on it. My sails should come in tomorrow, so I'll post up some pictures of them and the boat tomorrow.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Well I apologize for not updating in forever. I've ended up moving back to Missisippi, and set up the tiki in my buddies garage while we finish it out. I have got the decks cut out and yesterday we finished glass taping all of the keel and bulkheads in the starboard hull. I will post some pictures up tomorrow. I ended up loading Beto into a 26' Uhaul truck to transport her home, which was a very interesting sight to see, and made me glad I decided on the 21 and not the 26!