Friday, November 20, 2009

The New Halyards Have Cometh

This past season I prayed every time I went out that my main or jib halyard would not snap! From the looks of things, I have to imagine my current halyards are the originals. Lets keep in mind, the boat is almost 24 years old, so I think it's safe to say they are due for replacement!

Two weekends ago, West Marine had a sale on all running rigging. West Marine frequently has sales on their rigging, so I was just waiting for the sale. At 30% off, you almost have to jump on it! I ended up buying New England Ropes VPC line. My halyards are 5/16" (8mm) and have a break strength of 4,000lbs. I bought two 80' lines. The biggest improvement, aside from the sheer strength of the line, is the lines are different color! My old halyards were the same color - old. My new main halyard is a solid navy with white and orange fleck while the jib halyard is solid green with white and orange fleck.

Another much needed upgrade to Jep for 2010 is a topping lift for the boom. Previously, the boom attached to the back stay using a spring clip. It was an enormous pain in the ass to unhook the boom when we wanted to sail. With rigging on sale, I bought another 80' of New England Ropes Sta-Set in solid black with white and reg fleck. The line is very thin at only 3/16" but has a break strength of 1,300lbs.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I've been plagiarized!

This evening I decided to do a Google search of "Captive 240" as I like to see if there are other Cpativa's out there for sale. I do this for a couple reasons. First, I like to see what people are asking for their boat. I've seen a wide range in pricing on this boat and it's nice to know I paid in the lower middle range. Second, I really enjoy analyzing individual rigging on the boat. Yep, It's Jep currently has a pretty basic rigging so it's quite interesting to find a Captiva that's been rigged for racing since I am moving in that direction.

Anyway, while searching the web, I came across a site that had COMPLETELY plagiarized my February 25, 2009 post, "Background info on my 1986 Captiva 240." Click here for a link to the site. I think you'll find some striking similarities in the narrative!

Normally something like this would burn me up, but finding good information on this boat is challenging. At least the owner takes good care of the boat. On top of that, they are asking $7,500! Sweet!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chili Dump Results

The chili dump was a success! There were easily over 30 people in attendance and the chili was outstanding! I'm looking forward to future O Dock parties!