This was to be the first extended sail for Pakwâci. How far could I sail in home waters taking into account tide and wind, comfortably or not in one day..? With Westerlies of some direction forecast I would be able to reach both up and down the Sound of Sleat once out of Loch Nevis. As it was the wind in my home loch allowed me to be close hauled right up to the entrance then turn to a beam reach and head North.
I took Pakwâci out this afternoon for a couple of hours.
A better wind today to do some more strenuous sea trials. A steady 8 – 10 Kts, gusting 15 kts. I set off from the slip under 'Main' only and once out of the shelter of the pier quickly built speed heading almost due West. I had half an idea to sail out into the Sound of Sleat, but thought some more local trials would suffice...
Launch Day is imminent...
A couple of days ago I did a test rig on dry land, and today I finished off the last couple of remaining jobs.
I decided to make up a new panel for the Bow today, then changed my mind, then I found a piece of Oak in the shed, so decided to make two Quarter-knees to replace the original ply panel and strut.
I sanded down the newly taped seams and the reinforced glass/epoxy floor this morning. After cleaning up, I then applied the 1st coat of Woodskin to the decks, benches, daggerboard casing, the bulwarks and another coat to the gunnels.
Today I received the bits n bobs from Trident. I was disappointed by the amount of packaging they thought to use though – far too much plastic wrapping as a filler, because they claim to only have one box available and it was around 10x too large for the contents..!
Some before and after images of progress so far.