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  1. As someone who frequently singlehands a 19'er, I will say that the wavefront product is tits and tails better than the other options. Use a shitty bungee cord, or buy the wavefront. The in-betweens are wasting money. Wavefront is secure when on and has zero impact on tiller feel when off. Clicking it on/off for minute adjustments becomes a thing you really don't even think about. I probably lock and unlock that thing hundreds of times per day when sailing without even being conscious of it. /digression
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    Jib/genoa sheet problems

    I think cow hitching a dedicated sheet to each sail seems pretty simple... and you won't ever see it slip meaningfully on a boat like that. I've read of people being a foot+ off after an ocean crossing where you're on one tack for ages, but here? If you want to use just one sheet, make a longer soft shackle per Alan's instructions on L-36, then tie it good and tight with a constrictor knot where you want it. Besides being a very secure knot to begin with, both ends are equally loaded in that application so it will only get tighter, and it is very smooth and low profile compared to even a cow hitch... Seems like a no brainer. Make the soft shackle open a little bigger than you need so little hands don't struggle. Luke
  3. I don't have any input on your power needs, but Makita makes an adaptor that fits their 18v LiIon batteries and has USB ports: https://www.toolbarn.com/makita-adp05.html/?utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_campaign=CPCS+-+Shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=Ls5mnLvU_pcrid_90615681254_pkw_PLA_pmt_b_pdv_m_ I bought it to solve a similar issue with recharging handheld GPS and iPhones on a several day trip and it worked wonderfully for me. If you don't already own Makita tools it may or may not make sense, but it was a no brained for me
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    Best access hatch for horizontal mounting?

    Beat me to it, on both counts. Fisheries Supplies retails these, as well as some similar ones from another brand. Scroll down past the usual cruiser stuff: https://www.fisheriessupply.com/vents-fans-hatches-and-windows/hatches?N=20638+4294967100&Ne=10187&Nrpp=120&ct=4294967100&showMoreIds=13950 Sold as access hatches on commercial fishing boats. Maybe not quite as stringent as you are in the never-ever leak (though many are neoprene gasketed), but definitely bullet proof.
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    Sailing Books for Children

    For the 2 year old, also add The Little Sailboat (Captain Smalls Goes Sailing.) It's a short picture book about a guy who goes for a daysail with his dog, catches a fish, takes a nap, comes home. We got it from the library and my 2 1/2 yo son really liked it... plus it belies a level of familiarity with sailing that many other books miss... his boat is on a mooring they row out to, they duck the boom when gybing, tack upwind etc. all in a book for toddlers. Also 2nd on The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge. Not sail-specific but also very popular with the little one, and has stoked a curiousity about lighthouses that benefits those of us who like to be near water. Scuffy the tugboat I can not endorse. I'll look for Amos and Boris, though. Luke
  6. I'm torn between telling you to go fuck yourself and rhetorically asking if you've even read the thread? I don't own a suncat and have never set foot on one--my boat lives in the water so I largely don't care about rig time, and 99% of my sailing is without my family, so while they need to fit in my boat it's not the priority. OP wants a $5-$10k boat that he can tow behind a jeep, sail with a 5 and 7 year old and a skittish wife, and rig before any of the three get bored. Compac's goofy mastendr system is designed for just this guy and if his priorities are as he says it's damn hard to beat. I was going to suggest a hobie bravo--super quick to rig, nothing to bonk an inattentive kid in the head, "fast" enough to be fun to elementary kids... but I read the thread. He wants the whole family to come. Horse for courses. Asshat. If money were no object I'd buy a seascape myself... but zimm says rigging time is a big priority and I don't see how the seascape is better than anything else listed, and at three times the price.
  7. " What I lack is knowledge on what a good day sailor will be that's easy to set up (solo) while the kids impatiently wait to jump in. It's all about having fun, teaching the kids, and getting on (and in) the water." Unless your 5year old is a zen master, this pretty much makes the Suncat the only thing on this page still in the running. I keep my boat on a mooring to avoid this hangup, but when we do trailer the wife takes the kid to the adjacent playground until I'm ready to go. Consider if that's possible for your family, but be honest... A half hour is a quick rig for most of these boats from on the road to in the water even if they're prepped well and you keep the sail rigged to the boom and lines reaved shrouds attached etc. Its different dry sailing from a club, but towing adds silly time consuming elements. Ps--Some of these other little boats do have bunks: The Mariner has two quarter berths plus the v, sleeps 4 in a very sales-brochure kind of way... but works well as a once or twice a season way to make sailing an adventure for the kid. Pretty much the only time I use them for more than storage or nap time, but a short overnight to some cove with a shore campfire and smores is pretty memorable to junior.
  8. If we're talking the (formerly) ODay Daysailer: yes, they're still manufactured by Cape Cod Shipbuilding, and I believe the new boats are stil class legal. Having owned both a Daysailer and a Mariner (based on the Rhodes 19), I can say the rigging process is almost identical and you get a hell of a lot more boat with the Mariner. For the OP's description I think the Daysailer is too much of a big dinghy... too tender and too active--there's not a single good spot to sit that isn't in the way if you're not actively part of the sailing crew... but a Mariner would be great. I think a lot of you guys are maybe too far from having small kids in the house to remember how valuable a shady little cabin is. Your sailing day is much more pleasant when junior can tune out for a moment out of the sun and the spider web of lines that is a small boat, and the slight bump in stability from the cast swing keel makes it a much less nervous boat in a breeze. 5 year olds don't want to be on the rail all afternoon. Btw--I don't how we started limiting this to new boats, they're way out of the price range stated for the sort of craft he wants.
  9. Ctutmark's very close. Other non-rolling fairleads wouldn't work with such a sharp entry. I found the older, all stainless version of that part has a more compact pivot and ought to work great. It's still available online here and there for about 50% more than the new, lighter version... Not thrilled with the price so I may leave an ebay search live for a while before I pull the trigger, but ought to be the perfect solution. Thanks.
  10. That's a nice option, although I don't need the bulk or expense of the pivot mechanism. Pull is always straight back. In fact, with the thing mounted on the mast side and angled back (the way it would have to play), the line entry would be close to fouling on the pivot arm itself (the pole launcher line run down the forward face of the mast from a point dead center, sort of wrapping around the side to whatever block/cleat situation exists... with an unobstructed block as the first entry point, the wrap isn't problematic, but with that arm there I think it would drag). There is also one of these on eBay for ~$42 right now, but it would require some creativity to mount. The link to the other part is much more trick, just kinda bulky and overkill for such a silly little line. http://www.harken.com/productdetail.aspx?id=4649
  11. I singlehand a 19' Oday Mariner--basically Rhodes 19 with a teeny cabin on top--that is set up with a self-launching whisker pole a la' Albacores/Enterprises/etc. The control line for the launch is just 5/32 excel pro and has very low load--just pulling against the recoil of the shockcord that retracts the pole. Once it's set, all the sail load is compressive on the pole or transferred to the sheet. I want a cleat that will redirect the run of the control line from vertically (down the mast) to horizontal (towards the cockpit) and that can be locked with one hand (like a clam or cam cleat) but will run free without snagging when uncleated. And I want it to be very small. My first effort was to modify one of those blocks-and-v-jams that are used for dinghy vangs, but the line keeps getting caught and recleating when released. a lot of the tiny roller fairleads for cam cleats seem designed to allow the bitter end to be off center... but I really want to have the redirect BEFORE the cleat. I could compromise with a Servo11 cam cleat with their roller fairlead, which seems to be the smallest option out there, and mount it so that the vertical line runs through the cleat... It would mean reaching forward to the mast to uncleat, which I can handle if necessary, but it seems that when running free the line is out of the rollers, and it really isn't the right solution I think. I don't want to open the can of worms of redirecting the lines across the deck--there is a sliding hatch that would force a roundabout path with deck organizers etc, and I have otherwise not had a problem with my other halyards terminating at the mast. Plus it makes it way easier to launch the boat to not have to reeve a bunch of lines through the deck. What do you geniuses think? servo 11 cam with fairlead
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    Daysailer recommendations for this area/situation?

    Have you considered an Oday Mariner? Same hull and basically same sailplan as a Rhodes 19, so she sails pretty well, but with a small cabin. Mast is 28' above water surface, cast swing keel so it draws about a foot when docked. Sailing character sort of splits between a dinghy and a keel boat. Has a little cabin that's great if "camping" is how you describe staying overnight on your boat (sleeps 4... if two of them are under 10). Easily haul with a truck, active owners' association, 4,000+ made and still making em (by Stuart). Boat is at its best with 2 adults but carries enough ballast for 1 to have a great time with it... biggest failure on your bullet list is the 4 adults part--the cockpit is roomy, but at least one person will have to switch to the windward side in any kind of breeze. For $2-$3k you can get one in great shape. I had a similar list of needs a few years ago and went that way--being honest about the bias?--and am very happy with the boat.
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    Maximising soft shackle strength

    I have made a few, following Allen's page, where I left the tails longer after the diamond knot. After aggressively tightening the knot on the workbench, I buried one tail into the other immediately after the knot, whipped a half inch, and cut off the remainder. This makes a nice sitff, thin tip to feed through the noose when closing the shackle. Perhaps not quite so artistic as the button, but makes it much easier to get them threaded and still looks nice. I use these to connect the clew to a pair of blocks on 2:1 jib sheets on a small boat, and want the shackle as small as possible to minimize how much the blocks can whip around and catch stuff. Perhaps if your shackles have a lot more slack it's a non-issue... Just one more way to skin the cat. In my application even with 1/8" amsteel breaking strength is a non-issue. If the knot is well tightened there's no disadvantage that I see?