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  1. Skid51

    Tides Marine Mast Track System

    Anyone install the Tides CMPE external track onto a no-slot carbon mast? I think Tides says the clip fasteners for the CMPE track need to be spaced every 3-6” the length of the track plus I imagine tighter spacing at the peak load head and tack areas. That’s a lot of drilling into carbon. What’s the best mounting method for the clips?.. SS rivets, tap and bond threaded inserts for machine screws, self-tapping screws.. ?
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    Here Comes The Night

    Rocket 22, on Sylvan Lake in this particular pic.
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    Here Comes The Night

    As in a boat name? No.
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    Here Comes The Night

    From the finish line committee boat. Prairie lake, big sky.
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    Where Didja Get Your Log In Name

    Used to do SCCA-type sports car racing and 51 was an easy set of needed double digits to cobble up with duct tape on my doors. Yes keeners, 11 was taken.
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    20-25' Sport boat Suggestions

    Tried to PM you re a potentially available Rocket 22. Can you enable messages?
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    Too Young to be a Snowbird?

    If you’re ‘working remote’ situation allows for the time zones, then.. almost anywhere in NZL will have the wind and dinghy/foiling conditions and globally enviable sailing culture. Several places, from Nelson on the S.Island to well north of Auckland will have a big boat weekend scene and be driving distance to an airport. Auckland itself is victim to the money laundering driven real estate boom afflicting many Pacific rim metropolises but you dont need to get too far outside for reasonable rents/values.
  8. This 27-33 foot racer/weekender category (that I'm interested in) seems to be hit n miss for my 6'3" in sitting headroom and sleeping comfort. On the 99, RDS having done the walk-through, how do you think the two aft cabins set up for spooning? Since the design sacrificed the v-berth as sleeping quarters, maybe they should have made the aft cabins slightly assymetrically sized.
  9. Returning to thread topic, given comments around the apparent stiffness of the J/99 it'll be interesting to see if Salish Sea (i.e. largely light air) boats see turbocharging (OEM or aftermarket) of any kind. Kinda like the SF3300 reportedly getting longer prod and/or mast for the NAM market.
  10. Umm, I think Crash was being sarcastic. I know, very unusual in SA. Anyways, The bizarre dual wheels and lack of cockpit settees make this unnecessarily narrow-focussed and likely doomed in the market. Looks a Mattel Hot Wheels version of a TP52. Too bad, since a) trailerability (retractable keel and beam) , b) satisfactory headroom + some comforts below, and c) price, are otherwise a rare package. As a package still falls well short of an Andrews 28 or slightly more minimal, Seascape/First 27.
  11. What would sail-away price be with race-level sails and electronics?
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    Sun Fast 3300

    No west coast showings on the 3300. Seems there’s just one in NAM and its on the east coast. Maybe J/99 gets the jump on this market on this side of the pond.
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    Sun Fast 3300

    I have some partial info only but does anyone know if both the J/99 and SF 3300 are at both or either of the Seattle and/or Vancouver boatshows? Is The First(Seascape) 27 getting any show-time? Would be great to get first-looks in one outing.
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    Retrofit a spinnaker retrieval line?

    The Rocket 22 varies from a J/70 or Melges 24 in that it has a double spreader rig so the inside-the-shrouds to companionway route is a somewhat more constricted window and fraught with snag potential. I also like to keep easy access to down below to make mast jack adjustments mid-race. But certainly an option easy enough to test out.
  15. I’m looking at ways to speed up leeward mark douses. On my Rocket 22 the spinnaker goes down the front hatch into a hanging bag, which can be a time consuming hand-stuff. There’s good room for a retrieval sock down below so got me thinking. I’ve used the super fast multi-block purchase retrieval systems on assym chutes on dinghies and those sails all have an OEM grommet in the lower half of the chute for the line to go through then an x-strap sewn in on a patch on the backside of the chute in the upper half of the sail. Is there a workable home-made approach? I.e. Is there danger of tears or stretching the sail by just putting say a 12” square sail repair patch right in the belly of the sail on both sides of the sail (with offset edges to spread the load) and just using that as a single point retrieval? Want to keep it light. Any other ideas, short of sending it back to the loft?