Progress and maintenance

I returned from Victoria, BC, and Port Townsend, WA, almost two weeks ago.  Been on the ground running since my return (ie, why no BLOG posting).

As always there is the usual paperwork to ‘clear from the books’ after a trip.  In addition there are followup calls to folks interested in the Sage 17 and Sage 15 … along with new calls and emails from interested parties.

A Sage 17 is being picked up by her owner in a week.  This requires installing hardware and other tasks to make the boat ready to head to her new home.

The Sage 15 deck mold is complete and now the process begins to final prep the mold to build the first, prototype, deck.  Besides assuring the smooth sections are 150% smooth there are many layers of wax to be applied.

The Sage 15 deck mold.

The Sage 15 deck mold.

When AIR BORN returned to the shop she received a cleaning and then went up to Lake Dillon and into her summer marina slip.   AIR BORN travels again in a few weeks for Pocket Yacht Palooza and the Cruiser Challenge.

AIR BORN at the Lake Dillon Marine sailboat rigging spot.  Still snow in the mountains!

AIR BORN at the Lake Dillon Marine sailboat rigging spot. Still snow in the mountains!

AIR BORN’s trailer has traveled many miles.  Almost every trip is over mountain pass.  This has resulted on lots of dings from rocks and gravel and being covered with snow that is filled with de-icing compounds.  The dings have been slowly rusting.  I knew it was time to do some delayed maintenance when the tongue extension was very difficult to extend when in Port Townsend three weeks ago.

AIR BORN's trailer after the rusty bits have been primed.

AIR BORN’s trailer after the rusty bits have been primed.

AIR BORN's trailer's tongue extension primed after grinding off rust & rust scale.

AIR BORN’s trailer’s tongue extension primed after grinding off rust & rust scale.

I’ve ground off the worse rusting and applied primer.  Next I’ll spray on some paint that closely matches the existing color.

Sage 17 owners don’t experience this maintenance issue.  AIR BORN’s trailer is a prototype and was painted, not galvanized.  All production Sage 17’s come standard with a galvanized trailer that don’t have any of the painted trailer drawbacks.

– Dave

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