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  1. swangtang

    Great 35-footers

    Wraith won her div in the Van Isle 360 last summer and regularly crashes local M24 OD races. She is a real swiss army knife!
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    Franken Laser

    Add a pedal drive and you can troll your way to Alaska - going to be a good year for Chinook
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    what is it?

    That orange hull with yellow deck is very eye catching - hard to forget! I wonder if Sperry ever published any photos from their Port Townsend photo shoot? Super cool boat, tell us more about the alma mods?
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    Brest Atlantiques 2019

    Gitana is only doing 8knts and Macif 0knts but the Windy overlay is showing they should be in 20knts of breeze, wonder whats going on?
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    Baby Stay on 40ft Motor Sailor

    Funnily enough that's not a diesel heater stack to the lee of the pilothouse, its the boats singular primary winch on a pedestal. Unfortunately the main actually looks like the drawing. Other fun quirks include: The main sheet goes to a small winch on the cabin top that is pretty hard to release in a pinch. There is no traveler or vang. There is a spinnaker halyard but no spinnaker or topping lift. The whisker pole is necessary to get the proper jib sheeting angle. Like I said we're working to update the rig and systems to bring them at least into the late 1990's. Some more pictures can be seen here Thanks for the advice everyone I've unattached the baby stay and will go for as sail to see what happens. I've raced on plenty of boats where the topping lift is used as a baby stay but without one for back up (*and a vang to control lower mast bend) I was worried about how to control the rig in the event it started to noodle.
  6. My partner and I recently purchased a Jay Benford designed 40ft motor sailor named K'AN. Typical of boats built in the early 1980's, everything is overbuilt (the hull is 2" thick solid C-Flex). She has a Gardner Diesel for power and a tree trunk of a mast. Surprisingly for such a heavy boat K'AN sails really well. She won't point but instead falls down to her sweet spot and trucks along at hull speed. K'AN is a masthead sloop with a permanently affixed baby stay. Would someone be able to point me in the right direction to figure out how necessary the baby stay is? We have been toying with the idea of updating the rig to have a solent stay but sheeting the working jib would likely interfere with the baby stay. I've yet to witnessed the rig pumping, let along bending at all, but I would hate to be wrong.
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    Kite Kat... Bat5h!t crazy?

    An older Viper (without all the upgrades) might be almost the same price as a new larger main.
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    R2AK 2019

    Everyone knows deadheads go to sleep below the water at night, have you ever seen one?
  9. For context this particular SC50 came to its current owner without any tracks (it was a dock queens its whole life) and the current track car combo is off some old IOR warhorse. Safe to say the cars were probably beat before being installed.
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    Pukers United – For those that have

    +1 for ginger cookies - they work for me too (especially if they're home made) During the Van Isle 360 in 2017 a crew on one of the boats tried to beat sea sickness by eating a bunch of weed edibles. She ended up puking for 8+ hours and being "rescued" by the coast guard.
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    R2AK 2019

    Since the race takes around two weeks there always seems to be a big southern blow at some point. In 2015 and 2017 it hit during the first leg, in 2016 in Queen Charlotte Sound, and last year there was no wind until after the race. Other than that you can expect no wind between Victoria and Nanimo, variable wind to Campbell River, a good upwind slog through Johnston Strait, more sporadic wind to Cape Caution, potential for a nice spinnaker run to Bella Bella down Fitz Huge Sound, more variable wind across Hecate Strait or up one of the other routes, and then no wind around Ketchikan. Bring all your sails and plan to go upwind through a million transition zones.
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    what was it?

    Bella looks awesome! Whats it rate?
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    R2AK 2019

    WOW this changes things! Think it'll be a hiatus? I know the race occupies alot of Dan and Jakes time.
  14. A little inspiration. There's also a book of the same name by Jeff MacInnis that's a must read.
  15. I couldn't agree more just throwing the 17 out there as an easy option. I'm curious to see what his pedal drive looks like. We've got a decent fleet of 18's up here between Seattle - Vancouver - Kelowna. If your sold on the 18 come the spring get in touch I bet we could find you one worth racing.