3193Hrs – Slow Wet Paint
The weather and other demands have slowed work considerably these past couple of days. Apologies to those that tried to view the site last night and found only a Hostgator error page, hackers had another go at the site and it took me a while to sort out. It’s one of the disadvantages of running a decent WordPress site these days, hackers like to target sites like mine with good Google rankings and traffic levels and it’s a constant battle to keep them at bay.
Anyway , there’s not a lot to report on the boatbuilding front. All I’ve managed recently is to get two good coats of primer on the bottom of the aft platform and the top of the stern ramp, all very boring. Tomorrow though I’m planning something a bit more exciting.
When I’m feeling a bit downhearted as I have recently I love to jump on the Wharram Builders and Friends site and browse around to see what others have been up to. Yesterday I was delighted to discover a couple of videos of Alf Bangarts Tiki 38 ‘Kattu’. Alf and his wife recently departed British Columbia bound for San Diego after a Summer of sea trials and preparation.
He’d uploaded two videos of ‘Kattu’ under sail. The first is really unusual because it shows a Tiki 38 under sail from a distance, not something I’ve seen before. What makes it particularly interesting is that the video was shot as Alf put ‘Kattu’ through her paces in a “Qualicum”, a local phenomenon with winds of 25 knots gusting to 30 and more. He pushed her under full sail, close hauled and tacking through nearly 90 degrees, according to Alf the GPS read 9-10 knots reaching 11.5 at times… beating to windward!
The footage was caught by a casual observer on shore, some 2 km away, using a very nice camera with great telephoto.
The sails I have for ‘Gleda’ are tan coloured like ‘Kattu’ so I can see ‘Gleda’ when I watch this vid 🙂
The second video is shorter and was shot aboard ‘Kattu’ as she sailed off the Oregon coast.