|Sailing Lady Kate Experiences
with Bolger's AS29
Text (c) TJ Fatchen.
Sailing photos (c) Graham Cheers. Other photos (c) TJ Fatchen or NJ Fatchen
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plain sail up in light airs. Wing and wing in the small inset.
|One reef in in a good sailing
breeze (15 knots) in the Finniss River estuary -- flat water and little
||Lady Kate hove to under
mizzen. The close up is in light air, and she's not moving at all.
Lady Kate has to lose all her forward way before she'll settle down.
Attempt to leave the tiller until she's properly hove to, and she'll tack
herself out of the hove-to position and sail in circles.
||Lady Kate hove to in a good
sailing breeze. She's moving across the wind and her "slick" is just visible.
The GPS said we were sliding to leeward and forereaching at about 1 knot.
Boards up, helm lashed hard down, mizzen sheeted flat.
Kate in her first marina, in the early stages of refitting. Most
of the clear wood had lost its varnish and epoxy. We cleaned up and
resealed with epoxy, which amine blushed badly in heavy dews. We
cleaned that up and painted with enamel, which was ruined by heavy dews.
We foamed at the mouth, threw all the enamels away and reverted in true
atavistic fashion to plastic house paints - which succeeded.
There were a number of deviations
from Bolger's design in the construction of Lady Kate. Every one
of the deviations degraded the purpose. As many as we could, we rebuilt
back to as-designed. Some we can't. The cockpit, for example, was
built flat, not with the slight backward slope the design shows, so...when
it rains, water ponds in the cockpit. Not much, because the end of
the cockpit is, after all, fully open and self draining--but enough to
be a constant irritation underfoot and potential rot-starter. I'll leave
the moral to you...
|Very early on we discovered
that Lady Kate is a BIG boat. Our first sail was actually a transfer,
following a second break-in, from her original marina to a more secure
one. Inevitably, the wind was well oevr 20 knots and blowing onshore,
and we had difficulty clearing the T-piece of the old marina's little jetty.
"Give her a burst of forward motor" called Roger Keyes, so we did...
There have been other embarrassments,
such as the almost-faultless docking under motor only, with the last-minute
application of full astern power to stop her, which turned out to be full
ahead. That little slip was rapidly corrected, but too late to prevent
a loud contact with our jetty. The performance raised muiltiple sneers
from a nearby floating gin palace which, to our joy, was later seen imitating
a WWI tank climbing out of a trench as it mounted the marina jetty in some
sort of mating frenzy. Well, frenzy, anyway, at the end of which
it was well and truly...
||The big foredeck leads to
a lot of uses not necessarily envisaged by the designer. Here, Graham
Cheers does his imitation of the Rat Race Regatta
race committee, berthed at the famous Guano Jetty of Clayton*. The
shadecloth awning is supported behind a cocked-up main boom, spread by
the mizzen's sprit boom and held by a boathook. Resort chairs await
their rightful occupants. No-one sat on the solar panel...
The Wiley Windows in the doghouse
are completely out for ventilation in the high-80s temperature.
*The Guano Jetty is famous
for the balletic performances of a previous Commodore of the Clayton Bay
Boat Club in his attempts to persuade gulls, terns and pelicans to leave
without adding to the resource. The birds always applauded the performances
in the only way they knew how...
|Lady Kate's spa bath in full
operation with increasing seas. Not a sight for the weak of stomach.
The motion of the boat at this time was lively but comfortable in the cockpit,
but oceanic at the bow...
Lady Kate was motorsailing
under mizzen hard to windward in a mid-20s wind with a building chop.
Every third or fourth wave would result in a dig-in of this nature.
Steering was rather like a large fishing trawler--a small yaw off the wind
followed by a yaw back and the boat shouldering the chop aside....
|...with quite a bit of spray
coming into the cockpit (and into the galley, courtesy of whoever was below
at the time doing pea in pod imitations on the head).
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