Six on a small boat!

Two of the crew members (23 month old each) did not weight much, but they took as much room as an America’s Cup grinder! We enjoyed a small cruise from Alameda to Sausalito with two friends, Marie and Bernard, and their toddler Loris. We reached Sausalito in a single tack after the Bay Bridge, because the wind was more West than usual. The 20 knots winds recorded at Angel Island were quite a fresh welcome to this young family for a first sailing day. However, with two reefs in the main we were still very comfortable, and the two boys had a good nap inside. The weather was quite cold and, even in Sausalito, multiple layers were required to enjoy the barbecued tri-tip for dinner.

On Sunday morning, we did an excursion under the Golden Gate Bridge, welcomed by a group of dolphins, which was a magical moment. We were there right at the slack, so the waters were not too confused. The wind was blowing a little bit less than Saturday, so our trip downwind was quite relaxing. Everybody enjoyed the long lunch on deck with views to San Francisco.

Photos of the weekend are in this new album.

What we learned: Six people can fit on a Norsea 27, but at bedtime, with one toddler in the aft cabin and one in the main cabin, there is only the cockpit left for the adults… So prepare your warmest cloths and leave the bottle of wine outside!

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New Look

At dock with new colorsThis spring/summer we performed two major jobs (mostly cosmetic but practical as well) on Plume.

First, we finally varnished the cap rail and rub rail. We already had done the rub-rail one time before, but it had been a failure due to a bad varnish. So the teak wood had been left bare for most of Plume’s life. In fact we (specially Lorenzo!) like the appearance and touch of the grey teak, but we thought that the wood would resist longer with a proper protection. After many other experiments we finally found a system that works well for us and seems to last long without re-varnishing every six months. It is a dual process with 1 impregnation + 3 coats of epoxy (West System) followed by 3-5 + 1 final coats of a two part urethane (Bristol Finish). This is a considerable job but the benefit is less maintenance afterwards.

Secondly, we had the Plume’s topsides repainted by a boat yard. The original gelcoat was showing serious sign of oxidation. This is probably due to the fact the Plume’s hull is older than the rest of the boat, and certainly to a lack of maintenance from our part (our experience with a varnished plywood/epoxy hull made us thought
that fiberglass was maintenance free!). Anyway, it was time for a refresh and since we could choose any color we wanted, we decided to reverse Plume’s original colors. This was a tough decision because we loved our Blue Boat. However, we are hoping that a light color will last longer and generate less heat inside the boat if we go farther south. The boat yard did an excellent job and Plume has now beautiful “cream”? topsides with a “navy”? stripe. They used a linear polyurethane (AWLGRIP) that is supposed to last much longer than gelcoat and require less maintenance as well.

We are delighted with our fresh Plume, and even start to be accustomed to see her in her new dress!

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Hello World

Plume (Web)Log is born.

We will be logging here both the technical aspects of Plume and her cruising adventures. This site is mostly for ourselves and our close friends, but it is open to anyone who shares our love of sailing and of the Norsea 27!

We moved to a blog rather than standard website for both the ease of update and the “temporal” aspect of our log. Our “classic” web site is still accessible.

This log is coupled with a Photo-Blog accessible on the right side bar Photo Gallery (sail or technical).

We hope to be able to update this site frequently!

Cécile & Lorenzo & Kenzo

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