Summertime

Flax is now in real summer mode.

The interior is very cosy with the textile bags on the sides. The cockpit is mounted with windbreakers. The sprayhood is mounted. Touring sails are mounted and the genua got its new ondeck sailcover so that rigging is done in minutes and the interior is kept free of sails.

After fixing the last details I took her out in a fresh breese yesterday single handed. It was blowing around 8 s/m i guess (16 knots). The waves had white tops and the sea was quite choppy. Even with full sails and only me to weigh her down she behaved very well and the tillerpilot had no problems to deal with the boat. Only when tacking the tillerpilot is too slow. This is because i think i mounted the pilot too far from the rudder hinge. Will check if i can replace it. I cope with this by trimming the main tight and loosen the jib a bit early to help the boat through the tack.

The logg showed 7,5 knots on the most so i had a great time.

Tips: When sailing with pilot trim with a wide steering groove: add twist to the sails and tighten the genua leach to make a round entry to the genua.

BTW the engine is repaired and new petrol hose is mounted. I only have to do a change to the petrol hose to make it possible for the tank to be stoved under deck while motoring. As it is now you have to take the tank on deck.