A cautionary tail about being aware of all things around your sailboat

ALWAYS ‘look up’ for wires when rigging and moving your boat on land –

Doucet was parking his sailboat on a trailer at the yacht club when the accident occurred … [a] guide line from the boat’s mast touched an electrical transmission line …

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Trailer tire lifespan is short

This past weekend it was time to get AIR BORN, the demo Sage 17, off of Lake Dillon.  The sailing season at 9017′ is coming to an end.  If ‘we at Sage’ waited until after the Annapolis Sailboat Show to get the boat off the lake there is a very good chance the water will have begun to freeze and AIR BORN wound be trapped for the winter.

Friday evening I, Dave, hooked AIR BORN’s trailer to the truck in preparation to going to Dillon on Saturday.  I did the usual quick check of the trailer’s condition, looking at the electrical system (worked), confirmed all fastenings holding trailer parts to the frame were present and snug (all good), and inspected the tires for air and condition (pressure at 50# and tires looked fine), and the Bearing Buddy’s were charged (yep).

Heading down the road the trailer seemed to be jumping around a bit more than normal.  ‘Maybe this is because there is no boat on the trailer,’ I said to myself.  After a few more miles the jumping seemed to be worse.  ‘This ain’t right’, I thought and pulled into a convenient parking lot.

Walking around the trailer I couldn’t see a thing.  I ran my hands around the tires and on one things didn’t feel right … a bulge.  The section of tire that seemed ‘off’ was resting on the pavement so I couldn’t see much.  moved the truck forward about a foot.  Looking at the tire I could clearly see that the tread was failing and cords were showing.  Back to the shop I went for a tire change!


Tire failure!

20 minutes later I had the spare in place and was again ready for the road.

I’ve discussed trailer tires before, see ‘Safer trailering – tires’, and they don’t last nor are they built like car/truck tires.  AIR BORN’s trailer tires are at least 3.5 years old, the trailer was new June ’13, and have been driven about 25,000+ miles.  The recommendation is trailer tires should replaced no less than every five years.  But, as I referenced in my ‘safer trailering’ post –

Heat breaks down the inner structures, the belts and cords, of the tire and will lead to failure.  The heat includes when the tires are just sitting and the trailer hasn’t moved.  So … you live where it is really hot – consider a three year limit.  Cooler locations lean towards a five year limit. No matter what after five years replace!

The tire that failed faces the sun when AIR BORN’s trailer is in the Sage Marine boat yard.

So, check your tires carefully folks!  I got lucky in discovering the failing tire only a few miles from the shop, not traveling at highway speeds, and the boat wasn’t on the trailer.


AIR BORN on her trailer after a fun season of sailing on Lake Dillon, CO.

AIR BORN is now back at the shop.  The local tire dealer has new rubber, two new ones, on order.

Besides the dirty task of tire changing I had a great sail Saturday with winds blowing 15-20+ kts.  Heading back to the Dillon Marina to put AIR BORN on her trailer she was going 6+ knots!


Fall colors beginning to show on Lake Dillon, CO.



Sage 15 deck being readied for hardware installation.

Sage 15 third prototype build update

A busy week on the third Sage 15, a SageCat version, to get her ready for the Annapolis Sailboat Show – (click on these images for larger versions and descriptions)

In preparation for production a ‘splash’ of the cabin top was made to be a drilling template for setting the deck hardware –


Cabin top sprayed with mold release.


Fiberglass being layed over the cabin top to build the hardware fastener drilling template.


Adding stiffeners to the hardware template.


Completed template.



Annapolis Sailboat Show

In less than three weeks the Annapolis Sailboat Show begins! Sage will be attending and in our usual spots, land sites 80&81, 6-10 October 2016. Let us know if you wish to attend –

set up at show

The boats all set up at the  2016 Annapolis show – land sites 80 & 81.

Can’t attend the Annapolis Show? Want to see a SageCat or Sage 17?

  • The route Sage 17 will take to Maryland is still being set … maybe along I-80? Maybe I-70?
  • The route SageCat will take going back to Golden will be via the I-90 & I-80 corridor.

Contact us about setting up a personal showing of the boat:  or 800-621-1065.


Race to Alaska 2017

The Northwest Maritime Center has announced that the 3rd running of Race to Alaska will begin on 8 June 2017 in Port Townsend, WA –


Sage Marine is excited to support this great event!  Here is a short video, shared here for the first time, of Sage 17 AIR BORN following the 2015 fleet across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, BC, when Dave was greeted by some beasts from the deep –

SAGECAT and ASOLARE are ready for more sea trails!

SageCat is again a cat

Over the past week work has been done to upgrade SAGECAT, the prototype Sage 15 catboat, to reflect the advancements made on the Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE.

Since early August Sage 15 ASOLARE has been sailing with the catboat rig.  The was done primarily to test the strength of the resin infused deck.  Testing was also done on the catboat standing rig, including the tabernacle post, reefing systems, and mainsheet cockpit floor block and bail on the boom locations.  These tests have been conducted with good success … though we still want to sail the catboat rig in stronger winds.


SAGECAT’s cockpit full of tools and boat parts. The hardware on the cabin/cockpit bulkhead starboard (right) of the companionway is for the daggerboard raising system.

Besides getting her standing and running rig back, SAGECAT has also been modified with the following improvements –

  • retrofitted to have the same daggerboard raising system as ASOLARE.
  • mainsheet cockpit floor block moved forward.
  • changes to how the sail control lines are routed to the cockpit.
  • cabin top handrails

Handrails in place on SAGECAT’s cabin top. The improved tabernacle post is also in place with new hardware to send the lines aft to the cockpit.

With two S15s ‘water ready’ we will now begin testing the boats at the same time to compare their performance similarities and differences.


Catboat rig back on SAGECAT.



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