June 18, 2014

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Battered but unbowed,  SY Seascape sits quietly at a local shipyard's marina awaiting repairs. Mom and Dad are exhausted but in good spirits. Their sometimes harrowing trip covered 5000 nautical miles via the intercostal waterway, Atlantic ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and a grove of cattails in the Great Dismal Swamp. 

They were vey pleased with the performance of the boat, though, they did note one quirk that initially caused them some dismay. The boat is not what Americans generally think of as a motorsailer. That is, when being operated bare pole in a heavy sea, she will roll almost onto her beam ends with great enthusiasm. Once they got the whole "sailing" thing down this was no longer an issue. It is an exceptionally strong boat and withstood being driven aground by the waterspout with hardly a scratch. Most of the mechanical issues were of the sort one encounters on any shakedown, though as anticipated, the engine repairs (replacing the head gasket) will be a shipyard job. I'll help him haul the boat next week.

Hurricane season starts next week, so any further attempts will have to wait until November at least. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:49 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Well, it looks like motor sailer, anyway, with that cabin house.
Is it the extreme round chines that lets it roll like that?
It looks like it would ride well in a following sea.

I'm glad they are safe and sound.

Posted by: topmaker at Wed Jun 18 19:05:58 2014 (2yZsg)

2 According to Dad, with the sails deployed it's super steady. Running bare pole though, the topweight from the masts, without the steadying effect of the sails causes it to roll a lot, though the boat was never in danger of sinking.  I imagine you are right regards the round chine contributing to this. The hull really is optimized for sailing as opposed to a lot of American motor sailers, that are do both equally bad. It goy two 70 year old people safely through 19 foot seas so I'm impressed. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Jun 18 20:22:38 2014 (DnAJl)

3 It is an exceptionally strong boat and withstood being driven aground by the waterspout with hardly a scratch.

If I were in your shoes, I would have curled up into a ball and started whimpering when your parents dropped that bit of information. 

Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Wed Jun 18 20:38:34 2014 (2eP1J)

4 I can't help noticing the water exhaust. Is it necessary to run a sump pump on a boat of this kind at all times? There's not water-tight boat-building technology?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Jun 19 17:49:32 2014 (RqRa5)

5 The water visibly leaving the boat in the picture is from the air conditioner and icebox. They have the bilge pump turned off because of the oil in the engine compartment so they don't generate a 10,000 dollar sheen. 
However, boats nearly always have some minor leakage around the stuffing box where the propellor shaft penetrates the hull. (It's hard to get a rotating watertight seal). There are also various through hulls (penetrations for sonars, the bow thruster and the sanitation system).  The amount of leakage from these is so small as to generally be negligible unless the boat is flexing in a VERY heavy sea. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Jun 20 16:59:22 2014 (DnAJl)

6 Hurray! Glad to hear they got back okay.

And it really was an adventure.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Jun 21 10:41:20 2014 (xkHxL)

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