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    moore 33

    Why not twin rudders? Curious, seems the standard for these. J
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    North "Tour Xi" sails - opinions for SH use ?

    Carcrash - I'm curious if the full batten and light weight helps this sail work in very light air? Something you might use a windseeker for. I'm imagining that with the batten you can keep the sail shape steady to fully use the puffs. J
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    Sngle handed head sail arrangement

    I removed the roller-furler on our GS 40 and switched both our #1 and #3 over to hanks. Specifically for solo / short-handed work. We keep the two headsails lashed to the lifelines on the bow. When there is a headsail change I'm without a headsail for a couple minutes but the safety of releasing the halyard and knowing the sail will be retrievable is worth it. It feels like the boat sails much better. I can control the shape of the sails for a wider set of wind speeds. J
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    SH / DH Cruiser / Racer

    Check out the Grand Soleils, especially considering your location. We have a 2007 GS 40. It is definitely a comfortable cruiser for my non-racing wife. Our model had a pretty big production run so they are not too expensive. The triple spreader rig and hull with it's steel cage are exceptionally strong. The lines are run to the cockpit and I have her pretty well setup for DH / SH.
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    Symmetric Spinnaker Handling

    I've been pondering this as well. I've had some theories but haven't really tested them much yet. I have a 2007 GS 40. Don't use the letterbox method, instead just pull the sail under the boom and into the bag in the companion way with the lazy sheet after blowing the working guy & working sheet. If I have to use the letterbox method it means things are hectic and I probably won't be putting the sail back up for a while. Get the foot in the bag with the sheets & guy lines still attached to the clews and control the halyard to get the rest of the sail in the bag. If I can hoist the sail from the same side as the drop then the only lines that may need to be run will be the working guy and lazy sheet. Those can be re-run by one trip to the bow and back to their turning blocks with the bitter ends. I haven't tested this much... next time I'm out on the water. j
  6. I've been flying it from the stem. No bowsprit on our vessel. I have been thinking of setting up guy lines on the A sail tack so that I can use our spinnaker pole to push out the tack point a little farther. j
  7. I solo my GS40c with a S2 and I also have an A2 that's a little more of a "cruising chute". My boat is faster and more stable at a broader set of wind direction or speeds with the Sym than an Asym. I've broached way more times and much more ferociously under the asym than ever with the sym kite. I run sheets, guys and have added tweaker lines to the sheets over the last year to help control the sail even more. Our pole method is a dip gybe which keeps the pole attached at one end. Here's my basic method. Vessel is on auto-pilot close to dead down wind. Center the main Sheet on the lazy sheet and get the tacks centered as best I can. Gybe over close to dead down wind. Release the working guy (sail is on the sheets) Go to the mast and open the jaw and raise the pole Grab the new guy and walk forward to the jaw moving the pole to the new tack. Lock the new guy. Return to the mast and lower the pole. Return to the cockpit and sheet on the new working guy to the wind. Release the new lazy sheet Ease the main out. Adjust. Because everything through the gybe is done one step at a time I rarely have a wrap or dangerous issue. You can also back out of this process pretty quickly and go back to where you were. Your not committed really till you open the jaw in the pole and must get a new guy on. So much of our sailing in Puget Sound is windward / leeward for all intensive purposes that the Asym rarely makes sense for our boat. I have read Foolish Muse's book so many times it's ridiculous but he really has it wired for how to get through a gybe single handed. I also have watched this video way too many times to study how they were doing it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNUhZqYhaEo&list=WL&index=6&t=0s . One other benefit, I feel safer taking down the S2 than the A2. There is just a lot more to hang on to and let go of. So in certain situations you can decide any guy/halyard combination of release and use the sheets to get the sail on the boat quickly. I've been thinking of adding a chicken kite to my sail wardrobe for windier conditions.
  8. I did the STYC single handed flying sails division in 2018 and those are great races in Puget Sound, although to the point not quite distance races. We did the Northern Century race this last year fully crewed but got skunked on wind. That is a good DH distance race but delivery took some time. I really enjoy racing our GS40 short handed and keep the crew on distance races to 5 with 2 on deck for any shift. Sailing shorthanded means less crew coordination and more hands on sailing for all of us. One issue for single-handed distance racing (+24 hours) in Puget Sound is sleep. It's not open enough a space to let the autopilot drive the boat for very long. Lot's of traffic to navigate as well. We mostly run a windward / leeward course through the Puget Sound sailing which means you've got to get on a new tack fairly often. I did STYC's Down The Sound solo and counted 25 jibes just to get through Colvos Pass. Barely time to eat a quick snack. Would love to learn others strategies around this. Here are a couple of things that I think could help build better SH and DH distance racing in our area: 1) Anything the race committee can do to help single-handers navigate tight marinas and raft-ups is a big relief. Maybe I'm the only one but it would help a ton if the RC were to set aside assigned docking especially for SH's and could radio a line handler to help get her tied up. Or keep us all together in one spot and as a class we can help handle that docking. 2) Classes. I'm newish to racing and new to single-handing. I wish we had a good mentor / coaching system where I would swap races with someone else to help improve. I'd be happy to trade time on someone else's vessel to get feedback the other way. Hell, I'd love to just have a meet-up where we could look through different rig setups. If there were a PNW Single Handed / Double Handed association perhaps it could help risk averse RC's feel more confident in the sailors and vessels. Providing classes, coaching and helping RC's get new classes supported effectively. Providing assistance for short-handed classes during the race so it's not a big headache for the existing race committee. J
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    Single Handed roll call?

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    Guy inboard lead recommendations

    @Joakim is right that we use our Sym with a pole. In the Puget Sound it's pretty much a windward / leeward geography and even those with Asym's will often fit guy lines and a pole to sail deeper. I've also found the sym kite to be much more stable to higher winds. Truly the only con has been that gybing with the pole is more complex and so we can't short gybe up a coastline in adverse current like some of the competition. jb
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    Guy inboard lead recommendations

    Thx @PaulK I was actually curious about where along the toerail (fore/aft) you decided to locate your snatch blocks before leading them to the winch. I guess I think about that as being the location that they come inboard. Any particular reason you choose the spot you did along the toerail? JB
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    Guy inboard lead recommendations

    I'm looking for recommendations or information on the optimal location for the guy inboard lead fore/aft . My particular vessel is a Grand Soleil 40 and we fly a S2 sym spinnaker. But any general guidelines would be very helpful. Thanks JB
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    Harken Tri-Roller Genoa Car

    Thanks Razorblade you are correct and they have been discontinued for quite some time. Dear "mad" thanks for the advice but a google search was already attempted..... I'd like to work with the same equipment if I can find a pair of used. But Lewmar may be the only choice. MT
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    Harken Tri-Roller Genoa Car

    I'm looking for a pair of Harken Tri-Roller Genoa Cars as seen in this PDF for my 2007 Grand Soleil 40c. Any help is appreciated. page_142-1.pdf