Thursday, June 12, 2014

Open Bic Sailing on Yuba Lake Utah

I picked up this fun little sail boat called an Open Bic for my kids. Over all I'm really happy with it. It is easy for kids to sail and most importantly it is easy for them to right.  It doesn't hold much weight and is a little crowded for big guys like me. It's just right for my 12, 10 and 7 year old.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adding a rack to your beach cat trailer.

last year I had the idea to add a rack to my Hobie trailer to carry extra gear. Going camping and sailing with my wife and 4 kids, I  use every inch of space in my Suburban and trailer. I came across this rack and thought it looked perfect to adapt to my Hobie trailer. I picked up the rack from Harbor Freight for about 60 bucks using the 20% off coupon that one receives in the Sunday paper.

Instead of using the black piece of 2X2 steal tube that comes with the kit, I mount it to the tongue of my trailer. This required new hardware and drilling new holes in the rack to extend the two top brackets. You also need to drill a few holes in the trailer tongue. Drilling holes in steal is very easy if you also pick up some step bits and oil your bits as you drill. These bits cost about 13$ at Harbor Freight.
The end result is a handy universal rack that is sturdy and easy to install. I can carry two coolers perfectly on this rack and it frees up a lot of space in the back of my Suburban.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Stepping the Hobie Getaway Mast Solo

I've seen lots of questions about the proper way of raising ones mast solo . I came across a video of someone at Hobie doing this on an only  Hobie 16 so I thought I would give it a try. My normal method form stepping my mast isn't that different from this except I have my son or wife attach the for-stay pin.

To do this you need an extra shackle attached to your for-say adjuster. You then attach your jib line to the for-stay and use the jib line to hold the mast in place while your attach the pin.

  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Summer 2014 the Ice is Cracking

Well summer is soon upon us, even here in the mountain states. I haven't uncovered by Hobie, but I'm thinking I'll dust it off in one more week and take it out for a spring sail.  I wanted to do a quick post in hopes of getting back in the habit.

If you need an a sailing buddy Utah to get you motivated check out this organization.

http://www.utahsailing.com/

I have to be honest I haven't gone out and meet them myself, but they sponsor several regattas through out the summer as well as do a yearly sailing / camping trip at Bear lake. I have meet a few of them and they are good people .

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Preparing for Winter

I've made my last sail if the season, unless I decide to get hardcore and buy a dry suit. This means that It's time to wrap up the Hobie and tuck it in for a long winters nap.

I'm not lucky enough to have a huge garage to store the Getaway in, so I'm relegated to wrapping it up with a tarp. Last winter I used two small tarps to cover the trampolines, but I was disappointed in the spring to find that the hooks on the bungees had left nasty black marks in the hulls. Removing these black marks required furious scrubbing and a few Magic Erasers.

After looking online at tarp solutions I decided to make my own custom fitted tarp. I started with a 11 ft.4 in by 18 ft. 6 in. tarp from Harbor Freight. This tarp is just about the right width to cover the width of the boat, but much too long.  I got a cheap grommet kit  from amazon and perfected the art of grommeting. The end result is a custom fitted Hobie Getaway tarp that cost all of $30 and took about an hour to make.  I expect it to last about a year.


I made a few cuts in the tarp to make it fit perfectly.

I made some cuts to accommodate for the wings.

I added grommets along the edges that I cut and in the corners. If you use this punch style grommet device be sure to hammer on to solid concrete. Hammering on wood causes the grommet to bounce just enough that the waster doesn't seat correctly. I wasted several grommets learning this.

I also added grommets in the center of each trampoline for drains.


I use the bungees with a nob on the end, no hook to scratch the hull.


I wrapped up the comp tip and wing seats to protect them from UV.

I also added new grommets cut corners to secure the tarp to the trailer. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sailing Bear Lake

Bear Lake is one of my favorite places to sail in Utah during the late summer. The water is clear, warm and blue. There is always a nice breeze in the afternoon the sandy beach is clean. The trip to Bear lake from our house in Cedar Hills can take a few hours so we normally camp for a few nights.

Our favorite camping near bear lake is actually at Beaver Mountain ski resort. They have 5 excellent tent sites up in the pines that are almost never taken. They also offer water, clean bathrooms and showers.

We also enjoy hiking along the ski lift finding treasures long lost by skiers past.

We normally launch our Hobie Getaway at Rendezvous Beach on the south end of Bear Lake. This is a great sandy beach with plenty of parking. The boat ramp is often closed due to low water, but they let beach cats trailers drive down to the beach to drop off boats.  It's actually quite nice to have the boat ramp closed, and avoid fighting for a spot in line with 20 ski boats. Here is a video of our trip last week. The water was a warm 71 degrees and the breeze was nice.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Making Sailing Videos

My last post of my favorite videos made me want to make my own video. Last Saturday my kids and I went out sailing and took my new Nikon AW110 along to make a video. I bought the Nikon AW110 from Costco for about $280.

I've been looking for a camera that was waterproof and took good video and good photos for some time.  I've been through a few water proof cameras and they either take horrible stills or didn't last too long. The Nikon AW110 is rugged, water prof, shockproof and freeze proof. It has a built in GPS and wifi connection and it takes great video and photos. I've very happy with it.

I'm not the greatest film maker and holding a camera steady while sailing and filming is a bit tricky, but here is the result.