S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!

January 4, 2011

Challenges and successes so far this 2011 New Year

We are keeping busy with a somewhat flexible 'must leave by' schedule as unanticipated projects have to be dealt with, then added to 'the list' so we can then feel productive by crossing them off and getting back to the ones we had planned for...does that sound familiar?
Our most recent challenge was determining how to fix our wind speed instrument at the top of our 56 foot (above the waterline) mast as it had suddenly developed a very tilted, droopy aspect.  We have both climbing gear and a bosun's chair onboard which we hadn't used as yet.  Over the past three days we tried various combinations using this equipment to ensure the safety of the person being hauled to the top. We took our turns being hauled up as well.  Carol surveyed the issue and was able to take pictures. One bolt out of place, one loose and one holding on.  But there is a need for at least three hands, if not four, to hold on, hold the metal fitting in place, put the bolt in and use an Allen key. 

Kelly went up from both the back of the mast and later the front and had success tightening the the front bolts. Thanks to the SV Castaway folks for helping on the winches - much appreciated!
We then called on Francisco, who had worked on INTREPID II's hull and deck over the summer.   We mentioned needing 'quatro manos".  As he is more agile and likely less concerned about heights, he managed to get that third bolt in and tightened - success!  It took a team effort and now we can put on the main and jib and replace the Dutchman mono-filament line which allows us to drop the mainsail and keep it from falling on deck.

In between these efforts, the work continues in the cabin.  The 'garage' in the quarter berth is taking shape. We took out the cushions and are trying various combinations of storage bins and smaller bins or tool boxes inside.  This is an exercise to ensure we can find the right tool or part in a more efficient way than before.  However, we still have our dive gear and bags of books and the school supplies for village schools children and the bag with the sextant and reference material, so a few more challenges to meet before we are completely organized.

More boats have arrived at the Singlar marina dock from Gabriel's dry storage yard across  the harbour.  We expect a 'second wave' of cruisers heading south soon and we had a spectacular sunset at day's end.