Saturday 22 August 2020

Tiller Pilot Installed

 After the problems with setting sails described in the penultimate post I installed a tiller pilot today. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to try it out yet.

Since the tiller pilot can be easily detached for safety reasons, it can also easily fall into the water. That's why I secured it to the pushpit with the yellow strap.


Saturday 15 August 2020

Sailing on the Elbe in Light Winds

We tacked against the ebb current at 2 Beaufort and had to start the engine from time to time in order not to lose too much height.

Sunday 9 August 2020

Single-Handed Sailing

After rigging the boat last Sunday and changed the bent turnbuckle. I really wanted to sail this Sunday. Unfortunately, no fellow sailor could be found. Everyone had other appointments or wanted to sail their own boat. So I decided to sail alone. The wind was weak. Only 2 Beaufort. It shouldn't be a big problem. But when I wanted to set the mainsail on the Elbe, problems arose. Although I had fixed the tiller with a rope, the boat turned into the wind every time I let go of the tiller to operate the main halyard. I had to keep jumping back and forth between the tiller and the halyard. After the sails were set, I was done.
After I recovered, I considered resolving the problem.
The solution could be a tiller pilot.
I decided to start doing market research right away.

Sunday 2 August 2020

Ready to Sail (almost)

On weekend we stepped the mast, sorted the sheets and hallyards to new installed clutches, attached the sails, a lazy jack together with a lazy bag.
Almost everything worked without complications. There was only a small mishap when stepping the mast (see next photo).

shroud turnbuckles
The portside upper shroud turnbuckle was tilted and has been bent when the mast was rised.