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565 Sailboat Newsletter Volume 1.0
though the season is still winter but with spring just around the corner (only
three more months till May) some of us sailors are already getting that
"go sailing feeling". Most of us are getting tired of old man winter
and if you launch your boat in early May, now is the time to start planning
and thinking about your Sandpiper. (Do we ever stop?)
new Sandpiper Newsletter is just a friendly way of keeping you up to date and
to inform you of some up coming events. Hopefully we will have a few
newsletters each year just to touch base with you, as we consider you to be
our sailing friends and are looking forward to meet and sail with you this
Where will the 2010 Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous be?
have been asked that question a few times and it is has yet to be decided by
the Sandpiper Community on the CL Message Forum (S565 Rendezvous 2010) where
you can submit your preferred locations and then everyone can decide.
Currently there is a hinting of the Ottawa River, but who knows what and where it will be. Just up river in
there are Sandpipers that have an ongoing race complete with a trophy. Hmm,
that gives an idea, who wants to compete for it so they would have to come and
compete next year to get it back?
when and where the Rendezvous is all finalized, the details will be re-posted
on Sandpiper565.com website. But where ever it is this year we would like to
break the all time record for the biggest attendance and greatest number of
Sandpipers gathered together in one location.
3) I can’t make it to the Rendezvous is there two?
because you are unable to attend the Rendezvous due to a number of commitments
you can always organize a smaller weekend sailing adventure with others. Think
of the Rendezvous as the “National Yearly Event” that always occurs in
august whereas yours could be smaller local sailing events, but what ever you
do, please let us know so we can place details of it online for others since
we are all spread out across the nation or rather two countries.
Its too early yet, But what can I do?
you say it’s too early, then have fun and check out some of movies on the
website, or read up on some how to articles, or even send in some photos of
your boat. If you have a writers touch, why not compose or type up a few of
your Sandpiper Sailing adventures and email them to us to place online. These
stories of how you sailed or your experiences would be quite interesting for
us all to read. You could even add a help section at the end (what we did
right, what we did wrong) like in those sailing books.
5) Will your boat be ready?
you been putting off any of those upgrades? Say like new lights for navigation
or inside the cabin, new anchors and lines (should have two or three with a
minimum of 100 feet or more on each and 6 feet or chain), new dock lines, new
sail halyards or spares.
are your sails, need any repairs or adding a reef points? Or are your thinking
about ordering some new ones? If so better do it soon before the rush in a few
months, as you wouldn’t want your sailing to be delayed.
your boat need to be cleaned and hull painted? Is there any worn spots on the
hull from beaching that need repaired or touched up, or does it need any
anti-fouling paint be applied? Especially if it has been moored all season in
the water for the last 3 summers.
state is all your onboard electronics like VHF radio, AM/FM radio, Chart
plotter, GPS, depth sounder? Are they all fused for protection? When was
the last time you charged up the battery and are the water levels in the
battery at correct height? Now is the time to look for a small solar charger.
are important. The last year when I was boarded on the water for random boat
inspection, the USA Coastguard inspected every lifejacket that I had very
slowly looking for misuse or flaws as one item of the inspection. Are yours up
to date? Is your checklist of emergency items complete and ready onboard?
How old are your flares and batteries for your flashlights?
Will your motor be ready?
next time you walk past your motor, pull the start cord slowly, a few times
(once a month) to keep it moving. Start planning to schedule a motor tune up
at your local marine dealer before the big rush. When was the time that you
purchased new spark plugs or do you have a spare set? If you are looking to
upgrade, now is the time to start looking around to find one bigger or for
that 4 stroke gas saving model with a 12v battery charger. If you are selling
your old one do let us know to post on the website.
7) Will your trailer be ready?
you been thinking about adding a trailer extension, new lights, or new wiring?
Now is the time to start planning about it. When was the last time that you
replaced or greased the bearings, (Opps, did ya forget last fall!)
hopefully this short newsletter was interesting and not a turn off as it
sounds like a lot hard work is needed before sailing. Rather, being prepared
before launching and heading out should make your sailing time much more fun
and enjoyable, especially for the entire family.
you need any help or are looking for more information visit the website, as
you already know where it is. It has been quite surprising that in less than 3
years the website has had over 18,000 new visitors, reflecting your support
and hobby of Sandpiper Sailing that we all enjoy and share.
Little Wave. #103.
Sandpiper 565 Trailerable Sailboat.
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