Still waiting for Spring like weather….

and keeping to a Winter like schedule…..

Here’s a sure sign of Spring.  The Beaton’s garvey ready for another year of service.  She’s over fifty years old at least. Her fairly flat sheer is due to the keel starting fail when building her. David Beaton said “that’s enough”.

Taken while underway a few weeks ago.  At least some of the comforts of home.

The Port tack is the preferred one for a healty draw on the stove with the hatch open.  Hove to yet again.

After one of the seemingly endless Northeasters we had in March. Very wet snow and had Sjogin down about an inch.

Kent down for a watch below.

And finally your Happy Skipper leaning against the backed jib. Sjogin didn’t seem to mind.

I’ve finally straightened out my WordPress protocols so once again, I’m promising more frequent Posts.

Ice free but precious little water

Waiting for the usual Goldilocks winter sail where it’s about forty, bright sun and a light easterly breeze. Still, life continues below deck at the dock. Heating conditions now adjustable by way of a damper. Progress indeed.

Bay down about a foot or so and flat calm.

Very quiet below absent the usual snap from the stove and sizzle in the skillet. New read on board is the life of Merce Ridgway, Bayman, a look at life on Barnegat Bay sixty years ago. Happy to have the Oyster farmers now but what a loss.

Note the new damper.

Just warm enough below to start defrosting the ports.

Had a lunch visit from Kent and his very good friend yesterday. Plenty of room for the three of us.

Sailing pics soon.

Shackleton like conditions relenting

Thanks to the folks at Beaton’s, the T Dock is ice free using ice eaters and a bit of a thaw. The cold is returning for a while but we hope for a return to more average temps.

Here are some pics from the last few weeks. Fingers crossed for a path to open water. It’s been a while but it’s alway a treat to sail down to the edge of the “pack ice” down Bay. Especially with the stove going.

Thawing out down below. Quite a display of frost in the cabin. Most of it came off the newly painted cabin with a gentle scraping. The rest melted.

The only defroster on Sjogin.

Here’s the ice eater in action. Moving relatively warmer water from the bottom, only a foot or so in this pic, does the trick.

Here we have the T Dock ice free. You can see open water out on the Bay. This may and probably will freeze over again, but the worst should be over.

One of the treats of quiet winter visits is surprising visitors. A Hooded Merganser (I think) can be seen to the left, obviously annoyed he’s been rousted from his ice free feeding grounds.

Happy New Year!

A chilly start to the year. After a fairly mild December, Winter has set up camp for the duration. Here are three pics from my first visit of the year. Delighted to find little to pump. Good so far with a nasty Northeaster on the way.

 

 

 

Best wishes for a Happier New Year to all. Thanks for following along for another year.

Looks like it may be a while for that first sail of 2018.

Russ

Fresh snow

We’ve had a few light snowfalls over the past few weeks. Looks like I won’t get in a last Fall sail but an early Winter sail is in the offing.

Here are a few pics.

Just enough snow to be photogenic. Sails go back on soon after some TLC from Mark Beaton.

Traditional Christmas Wreath in pride of place. The fresh snow really sets off the varnish.

Under the rigging pole. Note the Malachy Green rub rails. Fine work by Beatons and Paul Smith as always. Sjogin is so lucky to have such stewards.

Thanks all for following along and my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a fine new year.

Last sail of 2017?

Sjogin gets hauled this week for some shop time. Two coats of varnish on the spars, topside paint, paint on the rub rails and such. The plan is to have her back in commission next month.

It’s been over thirty years, absent the Sandy years on the hard, that Sjogin’s been in the water and ready to sail through the winter. One of these years that run will end but not this year.

Here are a few pics and a video from yesterday’s sail:

That was quick. A half hour after finally getting back to the dock (it took three tries), Sjogin’s spars were headed to the shop.

Hove to for lunch.

The classic Sjogin view. Hope to have her back looking Beaton fresh before Christmas.

Here’s the YouTube link: Last sail of 2017?

So easy we may have a run of HtoSP exclusive content 

Here’s news:  Bill Fortenbaugh, the gentlemen for whom I helped build Ghost those many years ago, has written a book about building and sailing Ghost.  I’m about half way through and reliving almost every rivet.  I’ll post purchase details soon but here’s the cover:

The cover shows Ghost in a trailing position.   For seven years she was unbeatable. 

Yours truly assisting an over Old Overholted Santa with the last rivet.

The origin of the Lazy Russ.

What joy to have helped bring Ghost to life.  Thanks, Julia.

Still here

And sorry I haven’t updated this Blog since whenever.  I’ve been busy with my life, happy to keep up with most of my duties absent writing HtoSP blog posts.   I hope anyone still reading this is aware of the other ways to follow along.  

Instagram is where most of the good stuff shows up first.  It’s a public account so anyone can see my posts.  It’s at  https://www.instagram.com/sjogin/

I’m also doing a bit of writing that may show up in our favorite magazine.

Let me know if anyone sees this.

Here’s one recent pic:


Best,

Russ

Recent Sjogin pics

And the first sail of this year and the bright, new Spring we are supposed to be having.  Too dry and cold so far and little water in the Bay.

Sjogin has been taking up nicely with just a slow weep.  She hasn’t been out in brisk winds yet but she seems as tight as ever.  (Touch wood.)

Enjoy the pics.


Last snow of the year on deck.  It makes the warmth from the stove just that much better.



View from the spar shed.  Nice spot protected from the northeast.  There’s a greater chance of icing over in here but the protection’s worth it.  (and little persistent ice this past Winter.



Calm day waiting for water and a breeze.  Please excuse the temporary blue tape mast boot.  Better system on its way.



New tiller from Paul Smith.  It’ll weather for a bit and then be finished bright.



Another breathless day at Beaton’s.  It never gets old.



Ready to go for the first sail of the New Year and Spring.  It’s always a thrill to go for that first one after a lay-up.  Thanks to Paul and the folks at Beaton’s Sjogin’s ready for another season on Barnegat Bay.



Hove to off Swan Point once more.  Sjogin hasn’t forgotten how.



Your Happy Skipper under way.  The new tiller allows sitting on the seats when driving.  Most comfortable.


Back at the dock after two missed attempts; one too fast and one to slow. The last one was just right.  Need practice.


Back in her Summer position.  A bit early but hope springs eternal…

A fine draw with the raised smoke head with far fewer puff backs.


Sjogin’s nod to the Modern Age.  New Solar panel keeps the battery topped up.  When on board it slips under the seat with no visible wires.  Then its back to the 19th Century.


Recent read down below about sailing a 22′ Catboat sans engine in one of the finest but challenging cruising grounds anywhere.  Mr. Cheney (not that one) and I have a similar sailing philosophy.  He too sails slow.


Bosun’s work: making a strop to be used as the jib tack.  Note the new bronze snap from the extensive legacy of a local legend.  RIP Bad Bob.


New sounding lead salvaged by Paul.  It works far better than a two inch square nut.

Well, here we are after another pause.  The above pics had their captions removed and order changed with a dumb click on my part so you may find new details and a changed pic.

Trust some still enjoy this format.  I seem to treat it as a monthly than as a more frequently updated Blog.

Under sail videos soon.

Do write.