Evil Waves

Evil Waves is a Santana 30/30GP built in 1984. After 6 years of racing our J/27, Mad Max, we decided to move up to a boat with more room for our cameras, satellite phone and other equipment. The new boat spent her first winter in Riverside, N.J. where Custom Offshore completed some needed maintenance. Now she’s ready to race and we will spend this season learning how to make her move and what she needs in new equipment.

Our first two Thursday night races showed that the boat has good speed and pointing but we needed a few improvements. We changed the jam cleats to cam cleats, replaced the winch handle boots and compasses and added a bracket for the GPS. We’ll be doing more as we get more experience on this great boat.

It’s 2000 and we have a new boat. We’ve developed a plan for the first year. Our motto is Rapid Transit! We hope to get up speed quickly, try not to embarrass ourselves and maybe win a race once in a while.

Evil Waves – Campaign 2000

Here we go! Another season and a new boat. How will we do? What needs to be fixed? What needs to be modified?

First we have to get the boat to our home port, Havre de Grace, MD. Read about our delivery during a spring storm.

Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men go ‘a stray’. Well at least we figured out how our graphics should look.

We’ve started to personalize the boat. As we learn how to sail her we’ve come up with a few small changes. Read about our additions and modifications.

There’s no place on this boat for two people to sleep together, so we modified the port berth to suit our lifestyle. Read about a double berth for Evil Waves.

Evil Waves Bringing Her Home

It was Saturday, April 8th. Evil Waves was in Riverside, N.J. and we had to bring her down to Havre de Grace. Everyone was excited. A new boat, a bigger boat, a faster boat, this year held great promise for us.

The day started warm and calm, but by the time we got to the Ben Franklin Bridge we had six foot seas and 30 knots or more on the nose. Sailing the Chesapeake Bay you get used to the wind being on the nose. It seems like it is always on the nose in the Chesapeake, probably because the prevailing summer wind is from the south-west and the upper bay runs north-east to south-west. I’ve been boating in this area for … well … a long time and I’ve never seen the Delaware so angry this far up the river. It looks like Evil Waves is living up to her name.

We battled our way to Schaefer’s on the Canal where we tied up for the night and headed home. Sunday the weather report was 60 knots and snow … and it did! So we left the boat at Schaefer’s until Monday.

The crew had to go back to work so it was up to Janyce and I to bring Evil Waves home to Havre de Grace on Monday.

It turned out a beautiful spring day, the temperature was in the 60’s and the wind was 15 to 20 … on the nose, of course, this is the Chesapeake Bay. Janyce and I took turns motoring through the canal and around the Susquehanna flats. We made port mid-afternoon, cleaned up the boat and went to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mac Gregor’s.

Giving up our proven pocket-rocket, Mad Max, for a boat that didn’t have a very good race record was a difficult decision for us. One reason for trading up was that we wanted a boat that would be dryer in bad weather. Braving the storm, our new boat showed that she certainly could “tame those Evil Waves”. Our first trip was rainy, windy and rough, but we were dry and comfortable the whole way. I think she’s going to be a great boat for us!

In a couple of weeks we’ll get to see if we can win a race on this boat!

Evil Waves – Graphics

Oh well, we weren’t ready for spring. The company we contracted to do the graphics for Evil Waves blew it! Too little effort, too late. So the boat went into the water without her name. This gave us more time to think about what we wanted and our friend, Jodi, came up with the wild hair idea. We found a drawing in Corel Gallery that we could clean up and use and our idea is to have port and starboard mirror images on the bow, so that it sort of looks like a figure head. We’ll be looking for a vendor to create the graphics for us this winter.

Oh yea, if you click on the picture our server will create wallpaper from it for your computer. We did this for our crew, but you are all welcome to use it, if you like.

Evil Waves – Additions and Modifications

My friends used to laugh about me, seems whenever they asked my advice I’d pull out a drill and talk about putting holes in their boat. …Some things never change.

Evil Waves came to us with a lot of extra deck fittings and not much below so we found ourselves changing things above and below deck.

The biggest modification we made was to add a table below. There wasn’t any table when we got the boat. But, we didn’t want a big, heavy thing eating up the middle of the boat where the spinaker was supposed to go. We wanted a small, light table to hold our laptop computer where the helmsman could see it. Researching every catalog we could find we came up with a cockpit table that we could easily modify to fit on the bulkhead. It just holds the computer and doubles as a serving and food preparation area when we are not sailing.

Santana 30/30’s are very, very sensitive to weight in the bow. So the only thing that the bow is good for is storage when you are not sailing. So we decided that this would be our “wet” area and added a hanger for our foul weather gear. We also store our sails in the bow when we aren’t racing.

On deck, we changed the vang. The orginal vang could be trimmed from both sides, but it was too heavy and fouled easily. We moved the outhaul back to the boom so we could let it all the out. The line was too short to be led to the deck. The Jam cleats for the primary winches were worn and we replaced them with Cam cleats. And we replaced the deck compasses, the old ones didn’t work any more.

I’m sure there will be more changes before the end of the season. We’re already looking at a new arangement for the Jack stays and new jib tracks.

Evil Waves – Widening a Berth

The Santana 30/30 has four great berths, but they are not quite wide enough for two people, even if they like each other. It also has an interesting way of using and storing the seat back. You can use it as a sea-board or store it overhead, out of the way.

That gave us the idea to take a page from the J/27 and use the seat back to widen the port berth. The J/27 seat back fits snuggly next to the berth for sleeping and it turns out that the Santana has just enough room to fit the seat back between the berth and the companion way ladder.

We purchased four stainless steel rail bases, some stainless steel tubing and a latch and after carefully measuring everything three or four times we started cutting and drilling. Here are the instructions for those who would like to try it.

Mount two of the rail bases on the seat back about 1/4 way in from the ends. Remove the set screws from these fittings. They will just slip over the supports.

Cut two pieces of tubing a few inches longer than you need. These will form the supports that fit into the seat back fittings and drop into holes in the flooring. Carefully position the seat back and mark the floor where the supports will go. Check the bilge to make sure you’re not drilling into anything important and drill the holes for the supports.

Slip the other two rail bases on the supports and position the seat back on the supports. You can adjust the height with the bottom rail bases and tighten the set screws on these fittings when you have it the way you want.

Finally add a hook-and-eye latch in the center of the seat back to secure it to the berth. It’s pretty simple and provides a double berth so you and Honey can sleep together.

Modifications like this always require working around the custom features of your boat so we add the Standard Boiler Makers’ Notation, “Cut to suit, pound to fit.”

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