Bob, that is incredible! He's a tall little sailor. A miniature of his Grandpa. You'll have him on the windward rail in no time. Congratulations to you and the entire family. You done good!
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On the topic of trailer upgrades, here is Sapphire's ride with the new plastic bunks installed. It went quite OK.
One positive side effect: the boat was very easy to winch forward into her final position when the trailer was high and dry on the roadway. Now that is cool. Self-lubricating trailer bunks.
Did you notice where the keel rests? That's 300lbs not supported by the hull when the boat is on the trailer. It also has the effect of keying the boat onto the trailer. The Angle of Vanishing Stability (AVS) is somewhere near upside down.
Sapphire swung on her anchor for about a month before she was hauled for the season. When the anchor was retrieved, it brought some driftwood with it. It's a wild artform. That wood may have spent half a century underwater. But despite its outward appearance, it's been cut and burned in the woodstove. It's hard to understand that wood from the bottom of the lake can burn so well.
Mark, we live in paradise. We're on the east shore of Mazinaw Lake. There is no road access. We travel by boat while the water is open, and by snowmobile when there is at least 6" of ice. In the shoulder seasons, we walk through the bush over rocks and fallen trees on the S&M Trail (Stumps and Minerals).
That explains why Sapphire stays in the water as long as she does.
Here is a photo taken many years ago on Rice Lake. I believe the date was December 5th. That may be the Canadian record for late-season Sandpiper sailing.
I was amazed during the LO300 in July when daytime temps. in the 80's how cold it got at night when the sun went down. More than once I found myself scrambling for track pants and a sweater I was glad the 1ST Mate made me take warm clothing.