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  1. Crash

    Show your boat sailing thread

    It may be just me Ajax, or the angle of the pic...but it looks like the top of the slot for the genny is way tight on the main. Is the main all bagged out by the sailnumbers? Or can you maybe get some twist on that genny (lead aft some to allow top of genny to twist off some? That might add some upwind speed.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Ajax, you might consider initially running a separate sheet thru the snatch block and to the clew. That way there’s only two variables (snatch block location & sheet tension) as you learn what shape/trim looks right & works best for your rig. Once you can “see the shape” then you can switch to the snatchblock /twing sheet setup which has multiple variables (genny car position, genny sheet tension, snatch block lead position and twing sheet tension) all in play to try to get the right shape... Crash
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    New sails

    Actually, that was exactly the point I was trying to get across/highlight. I asked it as a question as it seems there where some folks upthread implying there’s only one fast planform (fathead) for a sailplan. As you said, there may be an ideal shape, but customer requirements force compromise from that shape for a range of reasons.
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    New sails

    If there is one shape (platform) of an air foil that is most efficient, why are there so many different wing shapes on aircraft in the same class? Cessna vs Mooney F-14 vs F-15 P-51 vs Corsair Etc, etc...
  5. Bull, Owned. Wish I still owned it. What a sweet little boat. Ours was a Roger Crawford Melonseed. With the sprit rig, it didn't point all that well, but was a great little sail around boat. and could rocket along on a reach. Rowed well too. Quick and easy to rig, and set up to easy sail it alone, yet could carry 3 in reasonable comfort...For pokin' around a lake or inlet, river, marshy estuary,'s great. Plus it just looks sooo good. Crash
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    Todays Race Boat getting Spanked by old school

    As an ex-Navy big boat sailor, your absolutely right about JT... In fact picture in my avatar is me sailing my J/109 out of the Annapolis boat show at close. JT, then one of the owners of J/World Annapolis, and 2 of his guys as crew... Best offshore coach they’ve ever had. It’s been awesome for the Mids!
  7. The Ericson would make a really nice distance racer. Annapolis-Newport, Annapolis-Bermuda, Down-the-Bay, are all races you could do in the Ericson... There's some good point to point/middle distance racing there on the Southern Bay that'd be fun to do as well...Cape Charles Cup, "Round the Lights Race, and a couple others I can't think of right now...
  8. While he does seem to have his mind made up, underneath it is a nugget of truth. Carbs don't just gum up. They gum up for a reason, and that reason is usually old gas. Ethanol only makes the issue worse. Every propulsion system has maintenance requirements. Gas is no different. You probably don't leave your Torquedo hanging on the stern when you are not on the boat. You probably bring it a freshly charged battery every time you go sailing. If folks treated their gas engines like they do (have to?) treat their electric engines, 99% of the issues gas engines have would go away...
  9. So if you want to be able to point, the Ericson is the boat to go with. As on IOR design, upwind sailing is it's forte. Its also 800lbs lighter than the Pearson on the same waterline, and carries more sail area (600 sq ft to 524 sq ft). Plus the Ericson is beamer, which translates into more room below, as well as a stiffer boat. It all adds up to why the Ericson rates 33 sec/mile faster than the Pearson... I agree that racing the Ericson to its rating might be harder to do, but I'm not sure that's a boat issue as much as it is an owners issue. For $25K you can get a boat that rates in PHRF A in most areas (A2 Annapolis, A in Hampton Roads). There you are racing against folks who likely have an annual race budget in excess of the price you paid for the boat. I raced a brand new J/109 (rated 69) in those fleets (A1 in Annapolis, A in Hampton). With all new sails and gear, I managed the occasional podium finish. Fast forward 6 years, and with largely the same crew, on an old S2 9.1, (rated 135) with a new main, but otherwise used sails in decent condition, I also managed the occasional podium. The lesson is in the faster fleets, guys spend more, have well prepped boats, with more new gear. In B fleet, that eases of some, and eases some more in PHRF C. So my bet is part of the reason Grrr and company had trouble sailing to the rating was that the competition was tougher, and chances are, the Ericson wasn't equipped with all the latest and greatest. Obviously this is a generalization and an assumption, and I could be off base...
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    Best paint-safe water-based degreaser?

    Umm, I don't think it was ever meant as a penetrant...from the company's history page... "In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. Working in a small lab in San Diego, California, it took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40® -which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today. Convair, an aerospace contractor, first used WD-40® to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion."
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    Too much mast bend?

    I used to own an 84 First 30E as well. Other give away that someone put swept back spreaders on an inline rig is to look at where the chainplates are. In your pic, and on my (most, all?) First 30Es, the chainplates are inline with the mast. I.e. a straight line drawn from one chain plate to the other would pass thru the mast. On most boats with swept back spreaders (my J/109 for example) the chain plates are aft of the mast, and a line from one chain plate, to the mast and back to the other chainplate would have an angle equal to the sweep of the spreaders. You'll note as originally rigged, the boat had a "babystay" to induce some bend in the mast...also helped keep the mast from pumping in big waves with a lot of backstay on. The First 30E also has on IOR-ish rig. The boom was already pretty short. Hopefully, no one shortened yours even further...thou it looks like maybe they did to clear the bimini???
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    Too much mast bend?

    What year/model exactly do you have? First 30E (1981-84) Had a cast iron keel and single spreader masthead rig with inline spreaders First 30ES had the same hull, lead keel and fractional rig with single swept back spreaders First 305 (85-??) had the same hull, but a double spreader masthead rig with inline spreaders First 300 (94-97) has a single spreader masthead rig with swept back spreaders. your boat looks like a First 30E, but looks like someone “retro-fitted” swept back spreaders to be able to induce more mast bend...
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    Best paint-safe water-based degreaser?

    I find WD40 a so-so lubricant but a very effective cleaner/solvent
  14. Crash

    Best paint-safe water-based degreaser?

    Have you tried WD 40? It usually does a nice job on grease and adhesives. Then wash the WD-40 residue off with Dawn...
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    Removing Duct Tape Residue From Cabin Top

    I'll second the WD 40 approach as well. I've never seen it damage paint. 12metre is also correct. Significant difference between Goo Gone (mild, usually doesn't attack paint), and Goof Off (much more aggressive, can attack paint)