Enjoying our first few sailing days on s/v Encore

Posted By on February 7, 2011

SailingEncore_2011-02-04-11We took our shakedown sail on s/v Encore a couple days ago on our “new to us” sailboat last week. The weather in Florida couldn’t have been better for the first “real” sailing (my previous seatrials don’t count since Brenda wasn’t with me).  Unfortunately as with most older boats, there are issues that need to be addressed – some high priority, like the depth sounder and frozen seacocks, others not so critical for coastal sailing but equally important: EPIRB, safety gear recertified or replaced, etc. Thankfully we didn’t have anything overly necessary that prevented us from sailing in good weather.

Brenda had a chance to do some clean up above and below decks (teak brightwork need work) and I installed the new upgraded Raymarine X-5 wheel pilot and did some rewiring. Before leaving I pulled out the speed, log and depth sounder in hopes to get them checked out and working before I end up stuck in the mud … or worse.

I’ll include a little video I took with my Palm Pre below … hmm, now that I’m back in Ohio with snow on the ground and freezing temps it even looks better than I remember. Can’t wait to head back.


  • GKGlandorf

    Welcome home. How are the electronics, especially radio and wiring on board. Also do you have the Volvo 2003 diesel engine? Vessel looks good and thanks for photo’s. Are you and Brenda planning to island hop in the Caribbean, if so, when? Gary

    • We own a boat a bit too early for my ‘island
      hopping’ dream or original goal planning, but the Caribbean is
      certainly in our (my) future plan. If it were just me, I’d
      probably liquidate and go right now, but Brenda isn’t quite there
      yet (she is a bit bold though for our level of experience). I’m
      trying to convince her to help figure out how we are going to eat
      when we sail … but she really doesn’t have an interest in
      becoming a ‘galley slave.’  🙂 Realistically, I think we can
      “bash” across to the Bahamas and do some coastal sailing with in
      our vacation times and gain experience while we prepare the boat?
      We’ll see.

      Just as with each sailboat we’ve owned in the past, the electrical
      hodgepodge of wiring would make a ship’s rat feel right at home.
      There are clipped and crimped wires everywhere with zip tied and
      taped bundles wedged behind panels. Half the problem is trying  to
      figure out what goes where and if they are even functional or
      leftover from previous gear. The initial problem (known when we
      was the autopilot which now works but need to be
      calibrated; I’m now looking at speed, log and depth
      instrumentation made by Navman. I’m hoping that the transducers
      and underwater components are not the problem. The issue for me is
      whether to replace or repair?

      As for the iron genny … the old Volvo diesel … it seems pretty
      well maintained but does not have an hour meter. I’m assuming it
      has a significant number of hours on it and already know that the
      tach is not working correctly. From some reading I’ve done, this
      might have to do with the alternator upgrade about 10 years ago?
      I’m not sure how to recalibrate but that’s on the list of thing to
      look at as well.

      Thanks for reading Gary … and hello to Lynne and the boys.

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