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.

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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.

 

SageCat on Lake Pleasant in the rain

Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan videos

Here are four videos taken during the 2017 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan on Lake Pleasant, AZ

First video taken the Thursday before the Ran-Tan officially began.  Warm, sunny and wind 3-5 kts.  Great winter sailing day!  (Please excuse the quality of this as was recorded originally as LIVE video on Sage Marine’s Facebook page.)

 

This video was recorded a couple hours after the above.  It is in HD so much better quality than the Facebook LIVE recording above.  Both the SageCat and Sage 17 sailed north and around Horse Island in 3-8kts of wind.

 

This update reviews the morning racing on Saturday 17 February 2017 and includes a tour of the Sage 15 cabin (same interior as the SageCat) – (This video was originally a Facebook LIVE broadcast so please excuse the image quality.)

 

Video taken before the final race of the 2017 Winkleboat Ran-Tan on Lake Pleasant, AZ, Sunday 19 February 2017. Rain, wind, rain, wind and more rain!  It is blowing 12-15kts and Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE is hove to as the video is shot. You can see the ‘slick’ of water coming off the keel and hull to the right of Dave’s head (left video frame) – (This was originally recorded as a Facebook LIVE feed so please excuse the image quality.)

 

The BLOG post linked below for Ran-tan results –

https://sagemarineblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/2017-wrinkleboat-ran-tan-results/

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2017 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan Results

The 2017 Lake Pleasant Arizona Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan results –

Sail Boat Skipper Type Total R1 R2 R3

1

002

Bote

Oberbeck

SC

4

1

2

1

2

001

Asolare

Scobie

S15

6

3

1

2

3

3101

Monita

Rodriguez

M17

14

4

7 DNS

3

4

402

Gloomy
Kerploppus

Rifkind

M17

18

2

3

13 DNC

5

3

Alida

Mccowin

S17

25

5

7 DNS

13 DNC

6

1

Air
Born

Glesser

S17

26

6

7 DNS

13 DNC

7=

19

unser
boot

Eisen

S17

39

13 DNC

13 DNC

13 DNC

7=

394

Spirit

Patterson

M17

39

13 DNC

13 DNC

13 DNC

7=

000

Goshawk

Montgomery

S17

39

13 DNC

13 DNC

13 DNC

7=

310

Seas
the Day

Price

M15 GC

39

13 DNC

13 DNC

13 DNC

7=

354

bad
gases

Susman

M17 TR

39

13 DNC

13 DNC

13 DNC

7=

675

Jackpot

McNeil

M17

39

13 DNC

13 DNC

13 DNC

  • M17 = Montgomery 17
  • M15 = Montgomery 15
  • M15 GF = M15 rigged as a gaff cutter
  • S15 = Sage 15
  • SC = SageCat – catboat rigged S15
  • S17 = Sage 17
  • M17 S – highly modified M17
  • M17 TM – tall rig
  • RAF – withdrew
  • TLE – didn’t finish race within 30 minutes of second boat crossing line
  • DNC – did not compete
  • DNS – did not start

for detailed results with ratings, actual times and adjusted times see link below and scroll down to the ‘Montgomery/Sage’ results –

http://www.aycregattas.com/leukemiacup/results.html

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L to R: Dave Scobie – Second place in Sage 15 sloop; Gary Oberbeck – First Place – SageCat (S15 catboat)

Detailed summary of the weekend events will be posted shortly.

Sage 17 in Tempe, AZ

Looking forward to doing a Sage 17 and Race to Alaska (R2AK) presentation this evening, 21 February ’17, for the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club in Tempe, AZ.

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Sage 17 AIR BORN sailing on Lake Pleasant, AZ.

The 2017 Wrinkleboat ran-tan is now in the record books.  Race details will be shared in a few days.

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Sages in Phoenix, Arizona

Sage 17s a Sage 15 and SageCat will be attending the Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan on Lake Pleasant, AZ, just north of downtown Phoenix, February 17-19 2017 (this is President’s Day Weekend). The boats will be available for demonstration sails before and after the Ran-Tan, 15-17 Feb. and 20 Feb. ’17.

If you want to see the boats and go for a sail give us a call at 800-621-1065 or send an email to info@sagemarine.com.

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Sage Marine is now on Instagram!

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As we ‘roll out’ on Instagram we are beginning to use the following ‘social media’ hashtags –

#sagemarine = general Sage Marine stuff
#sage17 = Sage 17 stuff
#sage15 = Sage 15 stuff
#sagecat = SageCat suff

not sure what a hashtag is all about? check this out –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag

 

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!

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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.

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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!

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Fall colors beginning to show on Lake Dillon, CO.