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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Blue Splash, Building Blog; Part Nine...Test Sail!

The "Peck" hit the waves today, with generally good results!

Here's a few pictures to commemorate the occasion:

Andy & Peck before the big launch!

And she's underway!

The rig seemed to work quite well...

The Penguin graphic looks neat on a beat!

The intrepid crew! Floats!

The Good:

1) Boat trim was excellent, she sailed very true and easily on the beats. Once she put her shoulder into it, it was virtually hands free. Speed seemed good, but it's always good when you are alone!

2) Running rigging worked just fine.

3) It floated!

The Bad:

1) After a pitch pole, she tool ALOT of water. Not sure if there is leak, but suspect areas are the hull patches, mast tube (I think water ran down the tube into the hull), and the epoxy in some hull egress points like the rudder control rod and some screw holes. This will require some careful checking, but doesn't seem to be joint related.

2) The flooding apparently ruined the sail control winch...

3) The running rigging line is too stiff and thin, will need to be replaced.

All-in-all, a good maiden voyage, back to the shop this week to finalize some standing rigging and rig control settings, confirm water-tight integrity & replace a servo, and then, hopefully, a maiden race next weekend. Stay tuned!


  1. I have to say, the penguin graphic DOES look neat skimming the water! :-)

  2. Ugh...found the leak, partially sprung amidship on the starboard side...water probably poured in when on a port tack. Should be able to fix...I'll leach thin epoxy into the slight crack, bind up and let try. A touch of filler and a touch up on the paint! Anyone else have any thoughts?