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Posted: 29 Aug 2014 at 11:49pm
Following a three year refit and close to 14 years on the hard Windswept too, a Yankee Dolphin, no. 245, is launched and sailing Big Lake, Alaska.
Unfortunately, only a couple of more sailing days remain because September brings freezing temperatures and ice.
The summer was great and was spent acquainting myself to Windswept too and adjusting my sailing skills to her characteristics and having a lot of fun in the process.
Most of the time the winds are 10mph and this allowed me to use the new 130 often. I have not had to reef the main yet and she works well with a new working jib for good balance.
The lake is not deep enough consistently to use the center board. The winds aren't consistent enough to stay on a given tack for any length of time; the lake is big enough though.
I don't like the short sailing season here but that will change in 2015. I am retiring and putting my home on the market; 35 years in Alaska for this old So. Calif boy is enough. I was originally considering Sitka but health care is sky high in Alaska, nearly 26% higher than in Washington/Oregon.
I'm looking at property in the Pacific Northwest and will be traveling there next spring to find Windswept too a retirement home. Reedsport and Astoria are high on the list but she could very well end up in Bremerton, her former home.
That's all I have for now. Fair winds and safe sailing.
Clinton R Hodges II
s/v Windswept too
Anchorage Ak

Posted: 10 Sep 2014 at 1:41pm
Windswept too is back on the hard awaiting the beginning of what will be another long Alaska winter.
I am disappointed at the quality of sailing at Big Lake but at the same time we acquired valuable information sailing her nonetheless.
She will need bottom paint in the spring and I need to determine what I did wrong here; two coats of bottom paint and four on all leading edges and three at the water line. Oddly, the old stuff shows no sign of wear. This wasn't due to poor preparation but more to do with the previous owner being deceased and guesswork being wrong on my part; the new and old bottom paints are not compatible.
As I said in the earlier post retirement and leaving Alaska in 2015. Considering numerous property possibilities in Seaview/Long Beach and Ocean Shores. Ocean Shores' only problem facing Windswept too is the lack of marina support facilities and I'm not ready to part with her so we'll have to wait and see.
I have a technical question regarding characteristics of new African teak. Two weeks agoI put on a fourth coat of varnish to weather the winter. I'm going to remove the new varnish and try the oil approach. The old teak is oily and the new stuff is even more. I used the proper prep methods but it didn't seem to wear well. Is this something consistent with new teak. (toe rails)

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