CapnRehab’s windsurfer is operational

I purchased a windsurfer on craigslist.  It is really old and missing a mast, so I got it for $50.  It sat around on my back porch and remained on my “I should do” list for the last few months.   I figured I should go ahead and get the mast before I move, because parts may be harder to find up in the fridid north Maryland.

Last weekend when I flippedsailed the catamaran I finally had one guy look at my sail and the fitting that connects the mast to the board.  He said come by the shop and he could set me up with a mast and modify the connector for $400.  ouch!   I needed to find an alternate source

Yesterday was “Get a windsurfer mast” day.  I headed over to WaterSportsWest and talked to the owner Steve.

watersports west

watersports west

Steve was great!  He spent about an hour and a half showing me different options and setting up the board to go.  His guess was that this board is from the late 80’s to early 90’s.   I used to have one I got sometime in ’82 or ’83.  This one looks a lot like it.  So I got all rigged up for $260.  I got a mast,  a mast base with extension, a connector to hook the base to the board, a boom and sail battens.  What a difference in attitude from the other guy.  If you’re in St. Pete and need to buy or rent anything for water sports, this is the place to go.  They’ll even deliver rentals.

Since it is Florida and of course Sunny and warm I decided to take it out sailing.

Since my backyard is a beach on Boca Ciega Bay, I went there.

2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

2012-11-17 16.21.18 CapnRehab Sailing a windsurfer

2012-11-17 16.21.18 CapnRehab Sailing a windsurfer

Sailing a windsurfer for the first time in almost 30 years!  It was harder than I remembered!

2012-11-17 16.30.34 returning to shore

2012-11-17 16.30.34 returning to shore

For some reason, it felt like I needed to stand way forward on the board.  You can see in the picture above that my left foot is in front of the mast and my right foot is just behind it.  But the board has foot straps for the right foot that are way back near the end of the board.  I haven’t quite figured that one out.

2012-11-17 16.22.19 Sailing

2012-11-17 16.22.19 Sailing

Here is a video – not that impressive but it’s me on a windsurfer.

And after the water fun, it was time to relax on the beach with  my favorite adult beverage and watch the sunset.  After dark we even had a campfire.

2012-11-17 17.27.39 Sunset

2012-11-17 17.27.39 Sunset

2012-11-17 17.37.53 Boca Ciega Sky

2012-11-17 17.37.53 Boca Ciega Sky

Decision needed

OK, I don’t REALLY need TWO boats do I?  Especially two that are so close in length.

For the foreseeable future I need to stick to  low-buck boating, so I have a looming problem.  Should I keep the boat?  Here are some considerations:

The 23′ sailboat is at a marina where the slip is paid for till march 31.  At that time, I’ll have to come up with $600 to keep it there for the next 6 months.  Then it won’t be a free boat anymore will it?

Since it’s a keel-stepped mast it doesn’t really work that great as a trailer sailor.  That mast will be hard (or impossible) to put up and down.  I’ve seen some people cut the mast and put in some kind of fitting that lets it fold down, but that will cost bucks to do, so I’ll need to keep it in a marina if I keep it.

The 22′ boat is in my shed on a trailer.  I need to get it off to adjust the roller supports to fit the boat.   I don’t have any boat stands or a way to hoist it, but I could put it in the slip where the 23 footer is.  Get the trailer worked on, and then take it back out.  In order to do that, I need the 23 footer gone.

There are a couple of people that advertise on craigslist to take unwanted sailboats.  Maybe it’s the same person.  I’m thinking I could give it to one of them when the title comes in the mail.

I think I’ve talked myself into doing it, what do you think?

NOTE:  I’ve already emptied the potential give-away boat.  Now I have a back-up motor!

Mast off

The mast is now happily stowed in the shed where it’s out of the way and supported so it won’t bend.  (Thanks for the help Eric!)

mast on shed wall

mast on shed wall

I’m not going to do a lot with it for a while, so my main concern is that it not bend or be damaged.  I have it supported in several places with rope.  If I notice any sags, I’ll add more support ropes.
One thing that concerns me is the spreaders seem bent.  Does this look right?
mast spreaders

mast spreaders

Haven’t done much on the boat – have been pre-occupied with work and my lawn tractor debacle.