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Paul Lugin's Windswept too, Yankee #245, Seldovia/Palmer, Alaska (updated April 7, 2017)  
   

February 9, 2016. Paul Lugin is checking in as the new owner of Windswept (too). Click here to check out Windswept (too's) past.

Hello Ron,

My name is Paul Lugin and I'm the new owner of " Windswept too ", hull # 245, built in 1971 by Yankee Yachts. I purchased the boat a few weeks ago from Clinton Hodges of Anchorage Ak. Clinton bought the boat in 2010 from the estate of Paul Arnold in Bremerton Wash. Clinton managed to do a near complete refit before he succumbed to the charms of a larger boat . " Windswept too " is my 4th sailboat, having owned an Islander 36, a Pearson 30, and a West Wight Potter 19. I still own the Potter and may keep her for local lake sailing. I plan to keep the Dolphin in Seldovia Ak. which is 3-4 hours from my house . I'm retired now and can make long visits to the boat so I hope this arrangement works out pleasantly.

I'm getting familiar with the site and fully appreciate how valuable it is to us owners. Thanks for all your efforts,

Paul

Webmaster Note: So where is Seldovia, Alaska? Click on photos below for larger images.

Welcome aboard, Paul!

February 18, 2016. Paul advises that he has settled on a name change - in this case back to her original name Windswept (no too). We've checked with higher powers and this is technically not a name change as it was her original name - thus Paul avoids all the rituals ordinarily associated with this change.

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March 13, 2016. Paul has been working on Windswept's trailer and has sent in a lot of interesting stuff and pictures. We set up a page for this trailer in our Technical Section. Click here to go here.

June 18, 2016. Paul sent in another report on his trailer project - click here to go there. And, at the end of that report, he had a photo of Windswept in her slip in Seldovia - that needs to be here.

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July 20, 2016. We got the following update and photos from Paul

Hi Ron,

Update on Windswept's new sailing grounds. Seldovia Alaska has turned out to be one off my favorite sailing grounds, rivaling The Sea of Cortez, Mexico and Puget Sound. The community itself is an eclectic mix of Alaskan end of the road individualism, hard working fishing village, and very small tourist mecca. It has real charm.

I'm not much of a writer so here are a few pictures: (Webmaster Note - Click on the photos for a larger image)

This is a picture of Iliamna ( thats iliamna ) Volcano, 10,000 ft, last eruption documented in 1876. It is located about 75 miles NW of Seldovia, across Cook Inlet.

A cutter rigged heavy displacement sailboat passes us as we travel into Seldovia Bay on our way to Seldovia Harbor.

An 11 o'clock view from my slip

A 2 o'clock view from my slip

Seldovia can't be driven to because there are no roads there from the road system. I have taken air taxis and the fast (45 minutes) ferry there. You can also take a car or truck if you take the state ferry system. The town and harbor are shadowed from cell towers on the north east side of Kachemak Bay so only one provider has cell service in the town and harbor. My provider does not, so I have to ride my bike to a beach north east of town to get cellular service. Several restaurants, a bar and the public library provide internet access in town. There is a bench in front of the library where seekers can sit when connected to the web at anytime of the day or night.

The latitude of Seldovia is 59 degrees 26 minutes north, about the same as the southern tip of Greenland. This creates very long days and short nights which is a delight to experience. Also, the temperatures in good weather resemble those of a nice New England fall day or a mid winter day on The Sea Of Cortez. This reminds me, would Windswept hold the tittle of Farthest North Dolphin?? Webmaster Note: Claim it and see if anybody challenges

I'm just getting familiar with Windswept and getting her set up the way I would like so I haven't done much exploring with her yet, but hope to do so soon. The waters here are relatively shallow and rocky, and with some tides running + 21 ft. and -5 ft. anchoring in the many small bays can be a challenge. Ripe tides are common and the weather here can change quickly. That being said, so far I really like this place.

Paul

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August 6, 2016. To those of us that think we have the misfortune to have to deal with tide and current issues, Paul provides a visual that shows what tide and current are like in Seldovia.

Hi Ron,

Another update from Seldovia. Two pictures taken Aug 3rd, a high tide of 20.2 ft and a low of -3.5 ft. Can you tell the difference??

Paul

Up

Down

Click on the photos for a larger image

Postscript Responding to a webmaster comment - Thanks Paul - Marionette is currently up in Maine - Penobscot Bay. The tides there are 12 ft +/- vs 5-6 ft on Long Island Sound. Last weekend we were racing outside on Camden in very light air - Tide/current issues are a multiple of wind speed....

Thanks Ron, Very true about current in northern lats, lots of water to move in six hours.A few years ago my wife Carol and I were moving our old Pearson 30 from Washington State to Alaska on the inside passage and ran a strong westerly moving current in the Johnstone Straight which separates Vancouver Island from Mainland B.C. We were motorsailing downwind because we had about 65 miles to cover that day and were sometimes reaching 12 knots on the gps. Remember to always go in the same direction as the current. ( racers not included )

Another note, I've now been down to Seldovia 4 times, each lasting 7-8 days, sometimes with 2 on board. I sleep only on board and cook most of my meals onboard and must say Windswept is more comfortable than I expected. Part of the reason is that I'm much shorter than I once was but still manage to thump my head on a daily basis which interferes with short term memory.

Paul

August 7, 2016 Postscript 2 We were sailing our Pearson 30 on the Johnstone Strait. The scariest thing about that trip was all the logs in the water because of very high tides just before we entered the strait. They were quite numerous and large and surprisingly hard to see because of the confused sea conditions .

A large Ericson sailboat traveling then hit a large log and drove over it, the keel pushed the log deep into the water and when the log cleared the keel it shot up toward the surface and struck the bottom of the rudder which drove the rudder shaft up into the boat. The rudder was thus drriven against the hull and couldn't be moved. The boat was eventually towed to a settlement where the top of the rudder was cut off with a sawzall which freed the rudder and the sailors were able to continue their trip.

Here is a picture of my wife Carol steering us through some rough stuff that day.

Click here for a larger image

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September 23, 2016. Paul has sent in a report on his new mast raising system. We have a special section in our Technical Section dealing with mast raising and lowering systems and his full report is there. Click here to go there. Here's a teaser picture.

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November 22, 2016. Update and lots of photos on Paul's mast raising system - click here to go there.

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December 3, 2016. Paul is building a barn for Windswept (too). We put his report in the Technical Section/Barns. Click here to go there. Here is a work in progress photo.

A work in progress - stay tuned

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December 20, 2016. Paul sent in some comments regarding his outboard motor, fouling from being left down in the water, and an idea about how to pull it from the transom well. We put his comments here and in the Technical Section. Click here to go there.

Hi Ron,

I would like to add to the comments about outboard motors. Presently I am using a 4 hp Tohatsu four stroke which weighs about 58 pounds .This past season I kept the motor in the well and did not pull it until I got the boat home at the end of the season. There was more growth than I can tolerate and I worry about corrosion so I plan too pull the motor at the end of each visit ( about 1 week ).

Pulling the motor wasn't all that hard for me but the process is awkward as you have to spin the motor to get it out. I worry about injury and being 67 years old I expect I'll be less strong as time moves on. I've been thinking about a small lightweight crane similar to my mast crane.Click here to go there.

I think that would work and could probably connect to the genoa winch also, but this would have to be stored on board and would take up some space and add a little weight.

I was looking at this picture of Windswept and from the photo it looks like I could raise the boom a bit with the topping lift, disconnect the mainsheet blocks from the traveler, connect the mainsheet lower block to a strap ( or straps ) on the engine, and then use the mainsheet blocks to lift the engine out of the well. You could then lower the engine to the cockpit sole and go from there.

I think it would be wise to tie off the boom so it doesn't swing away once the motor clears the well. Do you know if this has been tried?? (Not that I know of) If not, maybe someone lucky enough (or is it smart enough ?) to still have a boat in the water can try this out.

Thanks Ron for all you do

Paul

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Webmaster replies:

I think your idea of using the mainsheet system to raise and lower the outboard has merit. Lets see if anyone responds.

Pulling the motor from the well and easing it into the cockpit may be easier than pulling it from the cockpit and positioning it to lower into the well.

My thought - a removable (ss) steel rod maybe 1/2 dia, 3' to 4'? long, gets suspended below the boom - from eye at the end of the boom to a forward strap around the boom. Maybe, if necessary, some kind of roller 'block/car' with an eye slides on it, to which is fastened the main sheet system. After the motor is pulled up from either location it is slid to the new location and lowered. Maybe a pre-positioned set of cushions and a tie down strap (with lock?) in the cockpit.

A second thought - the main strap on the motor probably gets secured to the head so that the motor hangs prop down. But when its pulled it would neat to have a second strap (system) linking the head to the lower unit so that the unit goes horizontal instead of vertical when pulled from the well, and vice versa when pulled from the cockpit.

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March 31, 2017 In response to reported record snowfall in Anchorage Dolphin Central Global Weather Monitering staff asked our nearby staff for a report on any effect on Dolphin related activities. Here is his report on the storm's interuption of work on Windswept too's barn.

Ron

Progress on the doors for Windswept's barn was delayed due to snow removal operations on the driveway. See photo

Paul

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Webmaster Note: Paul is at least partially responsible for Dolphin Central's increased sensitivity to weather effects on our Dolphins. He sent in the 'heads up' on the wind/weather website NullEarth that we posted on Whats New, March 10, 2017. http://dolphin24.org/nullearth.html.

Following thru on this effort we obtained a report from Alan Mountford (Blue Gum) on Cyclone Debbie hitting the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia http://dolphin24.org/blueGum.html

Given that Spring is here readers might wonder why staff is not out working on Marionette - at right is the weather map in Marionette's New England states area of the US - heavy rain, winds 15-25 knots...

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April 2, 2017. Paul's barn report continues, only temporarily delayed by a bit of snow. The full report is in the Technical Section.

Hi Ron,

First, I would like to congratulate you on our 10 year Dolphin website anniversary. No small accomplishment!!!

Secondly, I would like to clarify that where I live in Palmer, Alaska we did not get the record snowfall that Anchorage did this week. We received about 4 inches, being about 35 miles east of Anchorage. The snow storm and a couple of hours plowing did delay this report.

Click here to go to Paul's barn report in the Technical Secton

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April 7, 2017. Must be something in the air in Alaska. Paul has sent in a report on his modified cabin table - details and pics (#1 - #6) we have included in the Technical Section/Interiors. Click here to go there

Hi Ron,

One thing that I've contemplated in the year I've owned Windswept is the length of the cabin table. It was great when I was seated but it really pinched off the standing room in the galley when I was standing. I don't think the bunk created when the table is lowered is large enough for two people, so I decided to cut 3 1/2" off the length of the table. Having done it I think it will be an improvement over the original.

Pic #7 Table with the drawer operational. I'm hoping to get the galley doors and drawers freshly finished before launch but It's not a priority right now. Webmaster note: That leftover end piece looks like a nice little shelf

Thanks Ron,

Paul

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