I had a great crew to take to Echo Bay (Sucia Island) over a weekend in June. We had good sails, lovely hikes, long rows, and fun foods. Our return required a long run motoring through confused seas. After several hours, Pinga’s engine had a “hot coil” shutdown. I replaced the coil while we sailed on, but I decided it was tune-up time.
I decided I would install electronic ignition, since the tune-up procedure is simplified after the electrical ignitor replaces the points inside the distributor. The installation instructions come with the part when purchased from Moyer Marine. Not so difficult, but I had to buy a big hardy flat screwdriver to break loose the screws. Used a hammer with a deep socket to set the magnet sleeve in place. Put on a new cap rotor and cap, as the old ones did look a bit green. I hope this keeps Pinga’s Atomic 4 engine happy for another year.
We did race in Bellingham’s WOW (Women on the water) race again this year, with the same wonderful crew as last year… I am so lucky to have a seasoned crew for this fun event. We had brisk weather, bouncy waves, a slightly ill skipper, and we tested out the new traveler system. I’m pleased it was smooth and efficient. Jean Penney was our expert helms-person and she demonstrated great concentration and skill.
My traveler project took months: I sent the old Nicro-Fico x-track to Garhauer but the system they sent me didn’t fit and was very clunky as well as oversized. I returned it and ordered a Harken “small boat high load” 4:1 system, sending them a carefully drawn template. I crawled into the space behind the rudder post (yes I did!) and set the many screws through the track: Harken has a “retro” replacement track that fits the old 4” spaced holes. The new traveler is perfection. TIP: The addition of the Harken “x-treme angle fairlead” on each control line cam cleat makes it easier to use and is well worth the extra cost.