Sunday, 13 July 2014

Rottnest Circuit

Hi everyone,
The last couple of weeks have been very busy, with hours snatched here and there to work on the boat.  Here's what we got done...
  • Finished repainting lazarette and cockpit locker
  • Sealed cockpit drain hoses and fitted new bilge pump hoses in the lockers
  • Used cut-to-size rubber panels and sealant to seal all holes through lazarette bulkhead
  • Similarly sealed holes through main cockpit bulkhead
  • Rerigged mainsail after Extreme Sails replaced all luff slugs and their webbing
  • Took a steady stream of "cruising stuff" home for storage
The change to the lazarette is noticable...

Before renovation 
After renovation (with HF autotuner at right)
New helisteel hoses
Yesterday the boat was finally ready to go for a sail.  The weather was great with a nice 10-15 knot NE breeze.  We departed FSC at 0930 and first did some speed trials under power.  Although the new engine was installed last year in Langkawi I've been waiting until the shaft seal was replaced before doing these trials.  The results were amazing...

At 3000 rpm we were starting to get smoke from the exhaust but the engine hadn't run out of power.  Maximum revs on the engine are 3600, but I don't think we needed to push above 3000 which was giving us greater than the boat's nominal hull speed!  The new engine seems to match the prop size and pitch very well.

After the speed trial we had a very nice sail over to Rottnest, continuing around the island leaving it to port.  Once on the south side we were in the lee of the island plus the wind was decreasing generally.  We had a nice beat along the south side to Parker Point, where the wind became very light and we started the motor.  Our plan had been to give the new shaft seal a few hours run-in and so it turned out.  No leaks.

Zen Again Track
The sail also proved the new mainsail slugs run up and down the mast fine, and the new boom gooseneck and vang "knuckles" work well.  It's great not to have the boom slopping around as it was previously.

New gooseneck "knuckle"
Nice tidy mainsail
Also, the boat sails so much faster with 2" less draft!!!  (ie after removing all the cruising gear).

Trust all's well where you are. 


  1. You'll have to start entering ZA in some of the races to show her true abilities now all that gear has been removed! Graham