Mad Island Sailing – Adventures of the S/V Egress


s/v Egress

A slow roll to Chequamegon Point Light House

After returning from the Duluth Tall Ships festival we needed to take the Egress out for test run.

We decided to head for Chequamegon Point Light House, we hoisted the sails but the wind was so light and variable that we quickly doused them and motored slowly to get a good view of the Chequamegon Point Light House. We put together a brief video of our slow roll. You can view it below.

Three lighthouses have graced Long Island. Though once an Island, Long Island is now part of a peninsula that stretches nearly eight miles out into Lake Superior, creating a natural breakwater for Chequamegon Bay.

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Just call me Captain Crash… 

“I don’t want to be that guy” I told the marina Captain, as I explained why I was very apprehensive about backing out of the slip with a strong wind on the stern and a engine whose idle is set to low so that it dies whenever I retard the throttle. “Everyone gets to be that guy” he replied.

So I had adjusted the idle and this fixed the engine cutting out, yet I still kinda felt jinxed since I missed the marina guys stepping the mast and failing to put the traditional coin on the mast step. I had hoped this didn’t mean bad luck.


Barb, myself, my brother and his girlfriend set off and enjoyed a sail. We actually had some really decent wind (10-15 knots)  for a change and where able to hoist the sails and had an awesome day.

On our way in to the marina I phoned my Ma and told her to meet us at the dock so that she could take some pictures of us. luckily she wasn’t filming.

“Watch out kid”! Everyone yelled as we came barreling into the dock. Reverse is up! Not Down! Damn it!

Continue reading “Just call me Captain Crash… “

Splash… She fought the entire way

When I inspected the good ship Egress upon arrival, she didn’t look to bad, though, she had several “hangovers” from the flooding when we first saw her in August.

The Bilge pump needed replacing as the existing pump shorted out, and would need replacing. She certainly needed a good thorough cleaning after having all that water. We also found that all electrical connections that run through the bilge areas never used marine grade connectors. They would have to all be replaced. Also the work on the mast that we thought would be completed upon our arrival was not completed yet. We didn’t have as much time as we thought to splash her as we were to leave for Duluth for the TALL SHIPS festival shortly after splashing her and we had family coming so we had things to do around the house. So we left it up to the marina to finish the mast work and install a new bilge pump, while Barb and I cleaned out the boat and replaced all electrical connections that ran through the bilge pump. 

In preparation for launch I removed the blanking plug for the triducer and installed the triducer according to the printed instructions. The insert instructions told me to install the thick yellow o-ring if we had a flapper type plastic housing rather then the thinner black o-ring. I followed the instructions, but it was tough to get the treads started on the cap nut. I wasn’t sure that this was right but the only way to tell if it leaked was to splash her.

Launch day arrived and I brought some bottom paint down to apply some paint to the areas we could reach because she was in the cradle when we painted her. The marina hoisted her up into the travel lift and I quickly applied some paint and they left her hang while the paint dried. Then the guys lowered into her into the water and sure as rattled goaltender the triducer leaked like a sieve. The crew at the marina fiddled with the triducer but she just wouldn’t seal. They then lifted the boat back out of the water and replaced the yellow o-ring with the black one, and then lowered her back into the water and the triducer didn’t leak. The instructions were wrong!  Being that it was late in the day, steeping the mast would have to wait until the next day.

Steeping the mast and the value of coins. Continue reading “Splash… She fought the entire way”

Nothing else to do but buy things (Old Post)

This post was orginally written way back in May of 2015. I’m not sure why I never posted it, but better late than never. So here she is….


Even though I write this post on May 13th 2015, the winter here in the high country of Colorado drags on and on and on. So, I’ve had absolutely no ambition to tackle any of the projects that need to be done here at the house in Colorado. So how to occupy my time over the long winter? Buy things for the Egress. So below are some of the items that have been purchased so far.

Lewmar ST 30 Self Tailing Winches

Gleaming winches!

The original Lewmar 25 non self tailers that are on the boat for the jib sheets, would still do the trick, but an upgrade to self tailers was in the cards someday. Might as well get them now, install and enjoy the benefits when single handed this summer. Continue reading “Nothing else to do but buy things (Old Post)”

At least she didn’t sink.

I read about the torrential rains that impacted North Western Wisconsin during The period of July 11th-12th. The rains came hard and fast, bringing up to 11 inches in 24 hours, flooding local roads and wiping out major highways in Northern Wisconsin. 

Remembering the cockpit drains and scuppers plug easily with leaves I had wondered how the boat had faired. Leaving a message for Captain Scott to ask if he would check on her, I waited for the phone call. “Yep she is flooded pretty good” he said. ” hooked up batteries but the bilge pump is shot too” Captain Scott proceeded to get a garden hose and stick it into the bilge to siphon out the 2 feet of water that was inside the boat. We were told that she dried out pretty good after a few days, but would need one heck of a scrubbing! 

More to follow…

She’s a beauty!


Spring 2016.

During our 10 days on the island we accomplished the following.

Bottom painting

Scraped, sanded and applied new bottom paint. Since she is a fresh water boat (for now) we used Sea Hawk Monterey Blue.

The job turned out wonderful. I sanded while Barb scraped. I helped Barb apply the bottom paint though she did the majority of the work while I worked on the next project. She did a marvelous job. We now have an official bottom painter!

Have sails repaired.

We contacted the local sailmaker and met him in Bayfield at his loft and dropped off the sails for some minor repairs.  A week later the sails were done, so we took the ferry over and picked them up. I’m ready to bend and hoist! Is it August yet?

Install new Raymarine i70 instruments. Continue reading “She’s a beauty!”

YES! We be official!


Sweet! Look what the mailman brought today. We are documented!


Really? $&@!!

Arrgh! (Been saying that a lot lately)

Where the hell is spring? Continue reading “Focus!”

Frustrating beyond belief and why it matters

what I had hoped to receive

Note To Self: when submitting paperwork via email to the National Vessel Documentation Center, always make sure you receive the confirmation email confirming the submittal. Do Not Assume that they received it!

“That’s just the way it works” A quote from the National Vessel Documentation Center. Ughhhh!
I’ve been trying to reinstate the official documentation of our vessel since we were up on the island in June of 2015. But in order for me to do that I had to establish a chain of custody.

Submit one bill of sale notarized. Check.

Submit my temporary registration from Wisconsin. Note: Wisconsin will not issue a permanent registration to a vessel that is documented unless it is actually documented. Huh? What?
See, Wisconsin needs to see the actual COD. Fair enough. O.K. so I submitted that. Continue reading “Frustrating beyond belief and why it matters”

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