Chrysler 26
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SHIPS'S LOG FOR THE YEAR 2003

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Ahoy mates! Welcome aboard.

From March 1st, 2001 to mid-December, 2003 this site averaged over 200 hits a month.

Here are a few highlights from this year's contacts.

Great Lakes Freighter Captain purchases Chrysler 26

Bill, recently retired as a Captain on a 730 foot Great Lakes Freighters and purchased a 1979 C26 (swing keel) at the beginning of 2003 (winter purchase). Bill sailed in his younger days in Ireland before coming to Canada. RED WITCH cruises Lake Ontario.

Sailboat designer's family Update

An update of the sailboat designer's family was kindly provided by David Herreshoff. David is a cousin of Halsey Herreshoff.

The BIG WIND

In the summer of 2003, Glenn Penner (Dawn Treader, Winnipeg, Manitoba) was at one of the weekly Wednesday night races and got caught in a big storm. Recorded wind measurements from the other boats were reported at just over 50 knots! It was all that could be done to furl the jib (he loves furlers now). Some boats had their jibs ripped before they could get them down. Dawn Treader's main had a double reef but the wind was so strong the sail had to be taken in completely. The boat was heeling over at over 50 degrees even with the main down until some forward movement was gained using the motor. Glenn and his crew managed OK but they had a hard time heading into wind. Due to the wind on the boat and spars they continuously lost forward movement, helm control and then fell off heading. A small (1 foot) portion of the jib did not furl and this probably aggravated the problem of not being able to head to wind. The worst of the storm lasted about 45 minutes and then they were finally able to get enough control to get the boat back into harbor. No other boat could get into the harbor either (CS30's, Niagara 26's, C&C 25's, Grampian 30).

CS30 before the storm . . .

Afterwards Glenn talked to the club manager, who was in the race boat that evening. The club manager said that one anemometer measured a sustained peak of 68 knots at the worst of the storm. Talking to others in later days they found out that several boats including the CS30 in the first picture took on water into the cockpit. Glenn was very scared that they would take on water into the cockpit and cabin but they didn't. First priority was getting the lifejackets on and then putting the cabin boards in place and closing the hatch. Of course they were soaked from the spray but that's to be expected. One of the crew suggested throwing an anchor out to stop their journey but the skipper felt that doing this would be risky for the boat in the waves. They just jibed back and forth under motor power until the wind died down. There was 18 miles of lake before they would've hit the lee shore. It would be very scary grounding in that situation!

The second shot was taken just as the black cloud formed. It's a bit blurry but you can see the weather approaching from the left. Just after the picture was snapped the boats in the background slammed down past 45 degrees and the camera was thrown into the cabin and jib was furled. The CS30 in the picture couldn't get his jib down in time and it was hanging in shreds after the storm. Looking back Glenn thinks they did well and he was glad for the experience. They knew there was a weather warning and they were able to handle it. Glenn is a still a little concerned if he could handle something like this sailing solo.

storm clouds on the horizon. . .

To sum up Glenn's big wind story I've extracted a quote from the book "Ellen MacArthur, Taking on the World." Ellen MacArthur, in 2001, at the age of 24 completed the Vendee Globe. "I forced myself to make decisions which I'd never taken before. I had sole responsibility for myself and for every move we made. I knew now that there are no magic methods of making a situation better, you just have to stay calm, do all you can, and believe that things will improve. You can't really anticipate that feeling sitting at home alone. It's not just the fact that you are on your own, but the safety decisions: do I go, or do I wait? There is never an unquestionably right answer except, of course, with hindsight."

Here is a list of some of the work done this year:

  1. Started to rebedding some of the fittings. See the Keel and Hull section for a description of the re-bedding technique.
  2. Serviced the wheel bearings. Replaced all four seals and three bearings.
  3. Added a new web page that deals with the trailer.