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  1. willp14335

    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Bringing human power to bear on such a large vessel would be an interesting challenge.
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    Small Cruising Boat

    I haven't encountered that problem yet, but I mostly singlehand mine. My crew prefers to hold the jib sheet unless it's heavier air anyways. I usually don't need to grind the jib, the sheet loads are light enough I can just pull it by hand 98% of the time. If I was grinding more or had more people on board more of the time the self tailing winches would be a big improvement. My priority is a new mainsail first... A local sailor at the club sails a first 265. The smaller 21.7 or perhaps the First 25 look like nice, sweet sailing pocket cruisers. I had trouble finding either used, however.
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    Small Cruising Boat

    I have a Capri 22 as well. I bought it for $4,800. I have become fond of it, mine is the fin keel version (4' 2" draft) and it is fast for what it is. I can achieve 5 knots upwind in very light air and can exceed 8 knots downwind in a breeze. It will go faster with the spinnaker and plane in enough wind, the best I've managed so far is somewhere around 10 knots boat speed. I hope to exceed this when the wind comes back this winter. The helm balance is good as long as you keep heel below 15 or 20 degrees. After that the keel aerates, leeway increases and weather helm becomes pronounced. Weight on the rail helps this tremendously, even single handing, and reducing sail to keep heel under control is faster than letting her get overpowered. Playing the backstay also helps control the helm and I increased the thickness of the leading edge of my rudder with bondo to make it more stable at high angles of attack (won't stall as easily). It's a really fun, responsive and easy boat to sail, and I've outrun much larger boats in light air. Cruising accommodations are minimal, but passable, and the berths are long. I am 6' 4" and can sleep comfortably aboard. I added a removable table that I can mount in the cockpit or down below, which greatly improved life aboard both for eating and using the laptop at the dock. The cockpit is huge and very well laid out for single handed sailing and short handed club racing. There was plenty of room for me and 4 friends to go for a BBQ outside the marina last week. The ergonomics are correct and comfortable both in the cockpit and down below, even if you spend days and hours aboard. Construction is simple single skin, and it is fairly heavily built. That being said, every boat has flaws. The earlier models (mine) have stress cracks in the sharp corners of the house where it buts the cockpit. The newer model is less angular and shouldn't suffer this issue. The 80s era boats can be prone to blisters. If a proper barrier coat has not been installed, beware. The boat I bought was dry sailed so avoided this issue. I re-did the barrier coat when I put my racing bottom on. There is a lot of room in the cockpit lazzerette, but it is not sealed from the rest of the interior so can let water in if you broach in rough weather. The companionway also hooks on the vang fiddle block when you open it if the vang is left totally slack, and puts chips in the front of the hatch. The boat also lacks an anchor locker, which is my only major gripe about the design. I hate moving my anchor back and forth from the aft lazzerette and removing my spare fuel, docklines, fenders etc... every time I drop the hook.
  4. That boat was intended for PNW light air performance. I have an unabashed love for speed. I've ridden my road bike 50 mph. I got my Capri 22 planing in a 25 knot spinnaker run before becoming overpowered and broaching. I spent three weeks sanding and fairing my bottom to make the boat faster for racing. I even took a random Capri 14.2 jib and rigged it as a makeshift staysail for better light air boat speed. It increases my SA/D to 29. Trade offs do increase with displacement reduction, I give up a galley and several hundred lbs. of displacement compared to the standard Catalina 22, but I sail circles around them, and prefer it that way. I figure if accommodations are suffering too much, the solution should be an increase in LOA rather than an increase in D/L ratio, unless constraints on the design prohibit it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J72auz1AH2I&feature=youtu.be
  5. If I were interested in a classic I'd want something aesthetically similar to Quail but built to ULDB numbers with a huge amount of sail area and a deep draft T bulb keel. I've found that the PNW is a good place for a deep draft, high SA/D boat.
  6. This would be a fun project to work on. Similar to my 22 footer but more advanced. This was a concept for a 20 foot pocket cruiser I started a while back.
  7. willp14335

    Show your boat sailing thread

    The sailing in the San Juans was good this weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hIl-awhCkc
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    My boat, overpowered with the big genoa but cranking along.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    I redid my barrier coat and bottom paint and just put the boat back in today.
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    Design Review: Outstar 48

    My two cents: This looks like a Beneteau Sense with a 1900s era car windscreen strapped on top. The dinghy garage wastes a lot of space and the interior layout seems like it would be really uncomfortable and impractical (for many reasons listed above, no need for further discourse) when the boat heels. The galley and head sink are both really far outboard and might backflood. The style is clean though, the proportions aren't bad. With different colors the interior could look appealing. I don't see much though that Beneteau has not already accomplished in their sense series. The two engines seems unnecessary, it isn't a powerboat. Beneteau (again) gained maneuverability with an azimuthing saildrive unit and a bow thruster coupled to a fly by wire system, which provides all the maneuverability of a dual engine setup without the extra engine. I wonder what happens if you're motor sailing and heel a lot? Would the windward prop come out of the water and race?
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    I got my first keelboat

    The backstay helps with weather helm, I'm kind of a tweaky guy. I tightened the forestay and took rake out of the mast which helped too. Overall I think the boat has a sweet helm if trimmed properly. She is very sensitive to traveler position. Keeping the boat flat and depowered in the heavy air helps too.
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    I got my first keelboat

    I have the upper poster, but not the bottom one. I have it mounted above my PC workstation.
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    I got my first keelboat

    I taught myself how to sail a symmetrical spinnaker the past two weekends, and got the boat moving pretty well in light air. I passed a 40 footer going downwind with the kite up, and they quickly furled in the jib and started motoring.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    My boat with new fender covers.