What is it like to go from being a novice sailor, to navigating Tradewinds classes, and then ending up a boat owner? Well, exhilarating, fun, serious, not without some expense, and a few unanticipated outcomes....Click for complete article.
As part of the effort to provide our members a high quality sailing experience, Tradewinds employs both a preventative and reactive maintenance plan. The reactive plan is initiated by your comments on the fleet checkout sheets. If you write it down, we check it out and repair the issue. Our preventative maintenance plan focuses upon engine service and winch maintenance, both of which happen in the background to our members; and we perform it on an annual schedule. The engine servicing begins with the Copper Fleet in August, and progresses through the Bronze, Silver, and Gold fleet through the fall and winter. If you want to know when it’s happening, look for Nick with the cart full of tools and consumables.
Our winch servicing program follows the engine servicing and is currently well underway. Our winch whisperer has noted a somewhat disturbing trend: he's finding significant clumps of long human hair wrapped in the gears of the winches. His first reaction to this discovery was: “that really had to hurt.”
So, he'd like to pass this message along to our members: Winches are designed to carry tremendous loads, and are particularly unforgiving to body parts, including your scalp. If you or members of your crew are blessed with long locks, PLEASE tie it back so that it CANNOT engage with the winches. This isn't about winch hygiene; we’d really like our members to leave the docks with ten fingers AND all their hair.
Finally, in that regard, the winch whisperer has seen members and students boarding our boats and going sailing while wearing scarves. Scarves have NO PLACE on the working deck of any sailboat. The absolute last thing you want entangled in a sheet or winch is your head and neck. There are lots of garments that will keep your neck warm. Please leave your scarf in your car.
Cheers, and be safe out there.
Be sure to get checked out on every boat you are eligible for. Scheduled checkouts are free and the more boats you are checked out on, the easier it is to get a boat for last-minute sailing all year! Remember, this email is accurate when I write it, but the live schedule is on our website and is subject to change!