Busy boat shop and June plans

We have been very busy these past few months causing us to be slow in updating this BLOG and our forum; BUT over the past months there have been MANY posts on our Facebook and Instagram feeds (LOTS of pictures on Instagram).  There are also updates on our Twitter account.  For day-to-day Sage Marine activities these ‘social medial sites’ are a great way for you to see what we are up to.

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So what have we been busy with? Boat building and boat fixing!  New Sage 15s and SageCats are going out the door every couple of weeks in addition to Sage 17s.

In addition to building new boats we are are busy helping folks get their older boats ready for the sailing season …

… including assisting a Race to Alaska team preparing their Jerry Montgomery design for the run north from Port Townsend to Ketchikan.

This week Dave, the one typing this post, will be putting together a prototype Sage 15/SageCat electrical system.  Follow along as the system goes into the boat and the testing happens during the Puget Sound June Cruise.

This upcoming month, June 2017, Dave will be on the road and showing a SageCat on the Sage Marine West Coast Tour.  I you would like to see the boat please let us know (info@sagemarine.com & 800-621-1065).

I will be updating the social media feeds during my travels. Besides general SageCat showing I will also be taking a multi-day cruise around Northern Puget Sound.  My crew during the trip, and copilot while driving, will be the sailing & road tripping cat Momma Kitty.

momma kitty after R2AK crossing 2015

Momma Kitty in the cabin of Sage 17 001 AIR BORN after crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the first leg of the 2015 Race to Alaska.


Some cold weather sailing

Between Christmas and New Year Dave took the second SageCat prototype, sail #002, to Port Townsend, Washington, for more testing and demonstration sailing.  Yes, in the Puget Sound winter you don’t know what conditions to expect … some years it is warmer and sunny, other it is chilly with rain, and others it is cold with snow.  Dave experienced the chilly to cold with some rain that at one point a slushy rain.


Winter sunrise at Point Hudson Marina, Port Townsend, WA.

Overall sailing was good with winds 8-10kts with some 15kts and a bit with wind under 5kts.  The one VERY windy day it was blowing 20-25kts with higher gusts with intermittent rain.  Dave gave sailing a pass on this poor day because of the wet, cold and windy conditions AND he was suffering from a cold.

The SageCat sailed great!  The standing rigging had been modified based on prior testing and the boat featured the latest iteration of the mast rotation system and a new gooseneck fitting.  Both items work flawlessly.  The only item missing was telltales along the sail’s luff.


Photo by Debra Colvin.

A bit more about telltales.  These are really helpful to assist in setting the main’s sheeting angle and draft.  It is very important that when going to weather on a catboat that the main has clean air flowing along its length and both the windward and leeward sides.  If any part of the sail has stalled air the windward performance is reduced.  The rotating mast means SageCat has 10-15% better windward performance over a fixed masted boat … so stalling the sail means the captain isn’t taking full advantage of the boat’s abilities!

The production SageCats will have telltales along both the luff and leech of the sail.  Keeping these airflow indicators flowing smoothly gives immediate feedback on the set of the sail to the wind.  This is in addition to the increased boat speed, up and down wind, and when going hard to weather increased pointing ability and less leeway.

Like all catboats SageCat will not go as well to weather as a sloop; but SageCat goes to weather much better than a traditional catboat rig.  The catboat sailors that had a demo sail on the boat immediately noticed the improved performance of SageCat going to weather.  Off the wind the boat really kicks up her heals and MOVES FAST through the water.  The difference between the Sage 15 sloop and the SageCat are slight: sloop slightly higher pointing and a bit faster to weather; catboat picks up speed more quickly once on a reach or further off the wind.

After spending four days in Port Townsend Dave ended the year with a very nice sail along the waterfront to move the boat from Point Hudson Marina to Boat Haven Marina.