Island Spirit Mack Sails Complete

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We have spent 18 days since our last post wrapping up hurricane repairs on Island Spirit. NOW, she is better than ever. We are very thankful we shipped back from St. Thomas to Stuart, Florida, to work with Mack Sails.  Overall, we are very happy with the work accomplished and working with their team of 31 employees! Living aboard in Stuart at Sunset Bay Marina was an extra bonus! If you are looking to repair or refit your Island Packet Yacht, or any other yacht, then I highly recommend working with Mack Sails. You can read about their work and you can request a quote here: http://www.MackSails.com

Radeen on the bow of the newly waxed Island Spirit

A quick overview of work finished: We wrapped up the mast deck collar and caulking/sealing the joint, finished mast base wiring, connected VHF & TV to the new LMR400 wires, added a code zero masthead crane extension, added a halyard and mast winch for the code zero, re-commissioned the autopilot and compass, had the boat compounded and waxed to a level never seen before, installed mainsail reef lines, added code zero sheet blocks, made dyneema loops for shackles, worked on yamaha 15,  test sailed a third time, provisioned, helped buddy boats, attended the Island Packet Factory Rendezvous, and worked with multiple Island Packet Yacht buyers, showing boats and working on offers.

Now, we are on the LAUNCH PAD. The weather window is opening and it is moving and changing, but it looks like this Sun, Mon, Tue or Wed there is a window for motoring over to the Bahamas. We plan to take it if we can. We have worked all of February and now all of March and we are READY to go sailing.

Here is a photo story since our last post…

We love MIAMI BEACH, so it was off to another Wallcast. this one was all Baroque music, which was performed in Bach’s coffee house in the 1730’s.  If you like high-quality outdoor concerts, (FREE) then google this up and attend one of these. This was our 11th Wallcast!

The large HD projector warming up for the New World Symphony outdoor concert

New Cockpit Table

We bought a NEW Teak table and hired a professional varnisher to apply a finish. LOOK at the shine! WOW, this is the most beautiful piece of wood on the boat. We can’t wait to have a fine dinner on this lovely table.

Solid teak table with varnish for meals in the cockpit

Sealing the Mast Deck Joint

We always seal up our mast with simple BOAT LIFE CAULK and then we use 4″ mast boot tape. Here are some photos of how we finished off the mast collar and sealed it so rain and sea spray will not leak and drip into the cabin below.

First, we add boat life caulk around the joint at the mast.
Then we wrap 4″ mast boot tape around the joint and continue to add caulk where needed, based on the shape of the mast.
To finish it off, we wrap our Sunbrella custom cover around the mast base. It needs to be modified because the new mast is a different size.
Due to the tight fit around the custom mast deck collar, we were not able to add the common rubber wedge topside, so I added some of it below deck. I need to work on this to make it a bit nicer.

Mast Wiring Continues…

The continuing saga of the LMR400 wires seemed to never end. Here we ended up running LMR400 from the mast base to the nav desk to maintain the low loss cable 100% of the way from the VHF to the masthead antenna. Our VHF was always good, but now we are hearing Vero Beach from Stuart! WOW. LMR 400 wire is THE BEST.

The endless job of wiring the base of the mast

Rig Tuning with a PT-3

Tuning the standing rigging was another job.  I always use a LOOS GAUGE    PT-3 tool to read the tension on each wire. The Island Packet Yacht Factory publishes the rigging tensions for every yacht. We have a copy onboard and there is one at http://www.IPYOA.com/docs. Every year, before sailing out to sea, we tune (tension) the rigging wire to factory specs.

Hayden with a PT-3 rig tuning gauge

Commissioning the new Zeus3 and Pilot and Compass

Out into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, we did a few circles to recommission the B&G autopilot. We replaced our chartplotter (Zeus2) with a Zeus3 and the software needed to be commissioned. This requires a few circles. Here is our track as we tuned in the pilot and digital compass.

Commissioning the autopilot

OFF TO THE ISLAND PACKET YACHT FACTORY RENDEZVOUS

Since we were still here in Florida working on the boat, we decided to attend the first ever IPY Factory Rendezvous. Leslie and Darrell, along with the entire factory team, hosted a great weekend of events. The best part of any RDV is the reconnecting with good friends and IP owners. Here are some photos of this great time….

Our friends Tom and Leesa, IP 35 Panacea, with Hayden and Radeen at the factory
Touring the IPY factory with Darrell giving the building process overview
Longtime friends, IP 40 Dreamcatcher owners, Sharon and Greg, with Hayden and Radeen
Crazy New England sailing buddies we always enjoy Kevin and Annie, IP 370 Tiller the Hun
LOOK, my long lost brother, Kevin. Everyone thought we were related..

Doc. Jr. and Doc. Ette….

While over in Tampa, we decided to drive north and visit our friends’ son at Starbucks. Nicholas and Bethany are wonderful young people who are both a joy to visit. We nicknamed them Doc. Jr. and Doc. Ette. (PhDs are brilliant!) Thanks for taking time away from your academics to share a coffee.

Hayden, Radeen, Nicholas and Bethany

Back to work on the boat

After a fun weekend at the IPY Rendezvous in Tampa it was back to Stuart and continuing to work on the boat. We decided to buy something FUN after all this work and expense. So, we bought a Mack Sails CODE ZERO, a top-down furling spinnaker.  This sail is a large jib, about a 175%, and it is good in winds up to 20 knots apparent. They are mainly used for light air so this will be fun to sail north up the coast in May. To add this new sail, we needed a masthead extension, a new halyard and a mast winch. Now, we are just waiting for the sail to be built. Then the FUN can really begin.

We pulled into the Apex Marine service dock, rafted up and Richard went to work
New masthead crane extension to push the halyard forward of the jib
Richard, Mack Sails best rigger, drilling and mounting the new crane extension.
This man is AMAZING, he is the best rigging person I have ever worked with in 25 years. Thank you, Richard!

Cut and Finish the floor around the mast

I grabbed a jigsaw, made a template and cut the wood pieces that fill in around the mast. This finally finishes off the entire job and we can now focus on other tasks like preparing to sail and returning to cruising.

Our old mast was wider but this mast was longer front to back. That is why there is a gap on the side.

TIME FOR A DETAILING JOB

With all the work finally completed, (March 22, 2018) we hired PASQUALE DETAILING to compound and wax our hull. WOW, what a job that was. Our boat has never ever looked like this in 17 years. He worked off a floating platform, in the water and used a massive buffer. With 800-1000 grit compound, he ground the oxidation off the hull, taking it back to better than factory new. Then he waxed, and when he was finished, the hull now has the best shine it has ever had. (Pasquale usually is repelling off 100-150 foot yachts buffing them, so this little 35 footer was easy for him.) Great job!

The WAX MASTER, Pasquale Detailing of Stuart, Florida
Look at the water reflecting off the bow. This is a 1994 yacht!
See the water and the sunset reflecting off the hull.

Yacht Brokers for Whiteaker Yacht Sales

There is nothing we like more than showing others the quality of an Island Packet Yacht. Lucky for us, we get to share our passion together with others as we have the honor and privilege to show yachts for the Whiteaker Yachts Sales team.  Here we are taking a break from our repair work for a yacht showing. We really enjoy this activity. We like to help others….

Hayden and Radeen, yacht brokers with Whiteaker Yacht Sales. Island Packet focused.

One more SHAKE DOWN SAIL

We headed back out into the creek for one more shake down sail. Island Spirit is ready to head EAST to the Bahamas.  Let’s get back to our program of cruising and sailing and exploring.

Hayden’s happy place
Radeen LOVES this boat and she knows how to run it

Time to PROVISION

Here we go. We know this process. Go to every store and buy up all you think you need, then stow it onboard. This is run #1 of 3 or 4 runs….

The provisioning begins

Let’s Gather the IP owners…

One more IPY gathering of owners at Sunset Bay turned out to be yet another great time to visit with the 22 people who attended.

Hayden, Deborah, Vanessa, Radeen and Jim

VIDEO recoding on ISLAND SPIRIT

Ed of Starboard Films wanted to interview us about our hurricane challenges and our decision to ship the boat back to Florida. So, up with the lights, camera and ACTION as Radeen and I shared our story. How fun, thank you, Ed!

Ed filming onboard Island Spirit
Hot lights and all, very coolio, very fun. Thank you, Ed.

AND NOW IT IS TIME TO FLY…

It has been a long process. November assess damages in Puerto Rico. December return to Puerto Rico and launch the boat. January ship back to Florida. February pull mast, March finish repairs. April WE SET SAIL….where to????? First, we will sail to the Bahamas where we can set long legs and sail for many hours. From there, we will sail back to Florida, pick up our Code Zero sail, and then set sail NORTH. We will sail back to the Chesapeake Bay where we can enjoy the boat for a summer and fall. Then in the November, we will sail south and back to the Caribbean Sea. We see no reason to sail back there now, only to store the boat June 1 for hurricane season.

We want to sail and we want to use our boat after all this effort and expense. Thanks to the team at Mack Sails, we can now do exactly that!

This Cormorant says it all…..WE ARE READY to take off….

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We fully Recommend MACK SAILS, STUART, FLORIDA, USA

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4 Replies to “Island Spirit Mack Sails Complete”

  1. Loads of work…finally done. IS looks awesome. So smart to get her stateside. Enjoy your trip to the Bahamas. Hopefully you can make the Easter egg hunt on Abaco!! Happy sailing.

  2. Good Job Radeen and Hayden,

    Your posts are always an inspiration. Glad to hear and see you are finally finishing all the repairs. Your decision to return to Florida was wise. Dealing with your issues in PR no doubt would have been lengthy and frustrating.

    Hope to see you in the future and exchange sea experiences.

    Gerry & Larry Rossi
    Galileo IP 37 #44

  3. At last….you will be on your way soon! Great to be following along as always. All of those pictures are wonderful but the provisioning picture put a lump in my throat. It’s weird not to be doing that ourselves this year. Have a wonderful adventure. Loretta and Jim s/v Plan Sea

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