Monday, July 2, 2018

Swim ladder? Safety ladder?

Swim ladder?  Safety ladder? June 6, 2018 Suppose your Tanzer capsizes--further suppose that you do manage to get it upright before it goes turtle.  How are you going to get back in? 

If you are young, and strong, and tall, and not too cold--you might be able to pull yourself over the side or maybe over the transom--probably not.  A ladder is your best bet.* I could never find one that fit. The one West Marine sells doesn't really fit the transom.  Andy Kane posted this picture on Facebook.

I asked him where he got it, and he replied:  J Andy Kane I got it from Amazon. $44 It's called: 
Oceansouth Transom Ladder Stainless Steel Folding 2 Steps

I used aluminium backing plates, and bedded the hardware in silicone. I also added washers inside the cups, because the metal feet wore through my last transom ladder and bit into the gelcoat.

*On my boat, I kept a short length of rope with a loop in the end for my foot.  Fortunately, I never had to test it.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ultimate Dinghy Cradle

Ultimate Dinghy Cradle -- May 7, 2018  -- Since I sold my Tanzer 16 (now I crew and work on committee boat) I don't get down to the dinghy dock as often as I used to.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this "up-scale" launch/retrieve cradle created by a local Harpoon sailor, Kevin.  Kevin is a real craftsman and he believes that anything worth doing is worth over-doing.  I can't wait to see him launch and retrieve his 500-pound boat. It is about the same weight as the Tanzer 16.  The pictures can tell the rest of the story.  All the metal is aluminum or stainless steel.  Follow up:  I watched Kevin retrieve and launch the boat.  Single person operation--easy--safe--love it when a plan comes together.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tanzer 16 Iteration: New Owner

Tanzer 16 Iteration:  New Owner--Kit--February 8, 2008  Sure I am going to miss the boat, but it is going to a really great couple.  (Could not believe it sold so quickly.--That is the second Tanzer that I sold in about a week.)

Kit and I spent a few hours going over the rigging procedures and he headed north of Seattle.  Since the boat was made in Arlington, WA, it is almost home.  Good luck, Kit.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Overnighting on the Tanzer 16

Overnighting on the Tanzer 16--February 4, 2018 -- I have to preface this piece by saying that I have never spent the night aboard my Tanzer 16.  When I planned to go camping, but we never got it done.  Since we are blessed with plenty of state parks on Puget Sound, my idea was simply to pull the boat up on the beach and sleep on the ground--then we got a Catalina 22...

BUT, some folks do overnight on the Tanzer--and they kind of do it in style.

Brian Mrachek, Boca Raton, Florida, did a couple of open water races and came up with a roomy boom tent.

Brian is a fairly tall guy and I know that he and his dad did spend a few nights aboard.  I don't know what he did for a toilet, but as I remember, his race did allow for landfall and it had way point check-ins.

Here are two other approaches to tents.  John Juday uses a boom tent.  That would be plenty for me, but I am only 5'7" and getting smaller every year.

Here is another cockpit tent.

Bunks?  You have to figure out how to fill in the space between the seats.  Usually that involves some kind of a platform.

Brian did it this way:

I think this photo is from John Juday.  But--it does include a toilet.

Well folks--it has been a great run.  I have truly enjoyed my Tanzer, but I have too many boats.  I will be selling my boat, "Iteration" this spring--so this may be my last post--unless I see something interesting on the Tanzer 16 Facebook group.  I will keep this blog in place as long as can.

Jim Slosson

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tanzer Replacement Hardware

Tanzer Replacement Hardware,  This just in from Peter Johnson --January 18, 2018  I always wondered where the Tanzer folks got their hardware.  It had (has) a unique logo but no company name.  Turns out that Peter who is quite a tinkerer (check out his posts on the Tanzer 16 Facebook page) knows exactly where to get it:

It looks exactly like the fittings on my boat and the prices seem very reasonable compared to replacements from other sources.  Thank you for the tip, Peter.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dinghy Dock--New Cradle Design Needed

Dinghy Dock--New Cradle Design Needed, September 5, 2017  I need a new cradle for the dinghy dock.  Last spring we added two rollers and it helped only a little.  The Tanzer is a heavy boat--450 pounds before you add:  the mast, the boom, the centerboard, the rudder, the outboard, the sails, the anchor, the paddle, the boat hook, the spinnaker pole, the sails, the life jackets, the beer--but of course beer goes out, but doesn't come back.

Seriously this is a lot of weight to haul up out of the water.  We can do it now because we have a two-speed winch and two fairly strong old guys.  I could never do it by myself--which makes it difficult to single-hand.  I would sure appreciate a better design if you have one to share.  The boat comes out on September 11 so I have all winter to work on it.


Even the Harpoons are lighter than the Tanzer.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Tanzer 16--There's always one more thing-- Perfect Spinnaker Hoist--ends up in the drink.

Tanzer 16 Perfect Spinnaker Hoist--ends up in the drink.  --August 14, 2017  Eighteen or twenty months ago I started working on a spinnaker chute. Thought it would make it easier to launch the spinnaker than using a basket or a bucket.

First it came apart.  Then it was glued back together.

Then a hole was cut in the deck.

The chute was glued into the deck and ridge built up; then the whole thing
was faired in.

Then a roller furler was added for the jib to make things

Of course we needed a spinnaker sock.  Ours was made by
Shurr Sails in Pensacola.  We modified it twice.

Of course if you are going to have a chute, there will need
to be a retrieval patch on the spinnaker--back to Shurr
Sails again.

Then you need to practice (a lot) because a spinnaker is a fussy kind of sail.

We ended up sailing over the spinnaker before this mess was straightened

And after all of that.  We did 14 consecutive hoists and sets that were darn near perfect.  So finally we got to use the spinnaker in a race--and yet it ended up drying in the shop....another little disaster...

.....because there is always just one more thing.

The little ring on the snap shackle hung up on the roller
furler. Which of course opened the shackle. 
So our near perfect hoist went straight in the water.

Oh, and one more thing. The shackle stayed at the top of the mast.  Not to worry.  A hook taped to a stick taped to a boat hook retrieved the shackle without dropping the mast.

So now we only have three races left.  My crew who worked on this all year long is gone for the season.  Oh well--new (different) shackle--and we will try to do better next year.