SageCat cruise report

SageCat owner Cody sent a report on his cruise of Washington State’s San Juan Islands in late July ’17 –

I had a fantastic cruise in the San juans aboard Sagecat! The first 4 days I spent alone shaking the boat down in cruising trim and the last 6 days and nights were with my wife and one of her best girlfriends and our dog. I was extremely cautious and tentative about how the boat would do with 3 adults and cruising gear aboard but she did great! Her sailing performance was still quite good and we were all able to sleep, cook and lounge aboard. I never tied up to a dock for the entire trip and used an inflatable SUP to shuttle the girls one at a time to shore each day! The v berth is a marvel as all 3 of us were able to sleep, albeit snugly, lying shoulder to shoulder. A big hats off to Jerry on the design and to you all at Sage Marine for a top notch build!

The pics below are of an approximation of our route and one of us at anchor on the south shore of Jones Island.

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Thanks for sharing Cody!

Video

ASOLARE sailing on Port Townsend Bay

Here is another short, and quickly edited, video of the prototype Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE sailing in light winds on Port Townsend Bay, WA, 21 June ’16 –

Sage 15 sloop build update

Busy assembly week for the first Sage 15 sloop –

daggerboard trunk and bulkhead in place

The daggerboard trunk and forward bulkhead bonded in place.

under cockpit bulkhead and stringers

The support bulkhead and stringers under the cockpit floor have been initially tabbed into place.

matt mixing bonding puddy

Final step before installing the liner – mixing the bonding putty.

hull completely out of mold

Once the liner has been installed the hull can be removed from the mold.

getting deck out of mold

Matt and Greg removing the deck from the mold.

getting deck out of mold 2

After fifteen minutes of tapping on the deck and using wedges the deck assembly ‘pops’ out.

first reisin infused deck

This is the first deck to be resin infused. On top of the house is the mast step at the approximate location for the sloop rigged Sage 15.

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This boat still needs a name … have an idea?  The person with the best suggestion during the Name The Sage 15 sloop Contest’ wins two Spyderco knives!

Assembly of the second Sage 15 has begun!

We have started to assemble the second Sage 15!  This boat will be sloop rigged.

hull 1

This is the second S15 hull to be resin infused.  Here Matt and Greg are getting the hull out of the mold.

hull 2

Like the first hull to be infused this part came out with little fuss.  Just some wedges along the flange and tapping along the side of the mold with rubber mallets.

daggerboad hole

After the hull is out of the mold Matt cuts a hole in the hull for the daggerboard.

trunk

The daggerboard trunk set in place to confirm sizing of the part and fit along the hull opening.

liner 1

Now the first resin infused hull liner is removed from its mold.

liner 2

Matt is cutting out the hull liner openings.  The ‘long and skinny’ opening is for the daggerboard.  Sage 15’s v-berth is 85″ long … 5″ longer than the Sage 17’s!

liner 3

The two aft square openings, port and starboard the opening for the daggerboard, are for access into the under v-berth storage.  The forward opening is where half of the boat’s flotation foam will be placed; filling the forward half of the v-berth.

test fitting

The hull liner and daggerboard trunk in place for sizing.

Keep tuned to the BLOG for updates as the second Sage 15, boat ‘001’, is put together.

 

Sage 17 in St. Petersburg, Florida

Sage 17 has arrived in St Petersburg. Show setup is Wednesday. The show is 3-6 December 2015.

See show updates and pictures on the Sage Marine Facebook page –

https://www.facebook.com/Sage-Marine-438947776276907

Sage 15 decked and interior shots

The Sage 15 has been decked –

Jerry checking out the hull/deck joint.  Boat building is all about having lots of clamps!

Jerry checking out the hull/deck joint. Boat building is all about having lots of clamps!

Matt bonding the cockpit floor to the after bulkhead and stringers.

Matt bonding the cockpit floor to the after bulkhead and stringers.

The cockpit lockers a gel coated.

The cockpit lockers a gel coated.

After the bonding putty has been set the clamps are removed and the hull/deck flange is removed –

Starboard side after the hull/deck flange as been removed.

Starboard side after the hull/deck flange as been removed.

Matt  now installs the teak toe rail –

Matt installing the solid teak toe rails.  The rails are bedded to the deck and then bolted to the hull/deck joint.

Matt installing the solid teak toe rails. The rails are bedded to the deck and then bolted to the hull/deck joint.

Toe rails installed.  The starboard stern cleat has also been installed.

Toe rails installed. The starboard stern cleat has also been installed.

The interior was completed before bonding the hull to the deck.  Here are pictures showing the interior –

Cabin seat with sitting headroom.

Cabin seat with teak slats.

Here I am sitting straight backed and my head just touches the house roof.

Here I am sitting straight backed and my head just touches the house roof.

Potti pulled out from under cockpit into the cabin and read for 'use'.

Potti pulled out from under cockpit into the cabin and read for ‘use’.

potti under the cockpit floor.

potti under the cockpit floor.

Jerry has been laying up the companionway slider hatch –

Gel coat goes into the mold first.

Gel coat goes into the mold first.

After the finish color of gel coat is put into the mold a second, black, layer of gel coat is applied.  The black coat keeps the sun from showing through the piece.

First layer of carbon goes in.

First layer of carbon goes in.

after the first carbon layers a layer of balsa is bonded into the mold.

after the first carbon layers a layer of balsa is bonded into the mold.

Here Jerry fills the edge of the balsa with thickened resin.

Here Jerry fills the edge of the balsa with thickened resin.

Final layers of carbon finish the piece.

Final layers of carbon finish the piece.

Once the resin ‘kicks’ Jerry will remove the piece from the mold and Matt will fit and install onto the boat.

– Dave