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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  1. I guess the cheeky monkey madness started out like this as well. :-) Good Luck. Paul
  2. Hi Merit, I have had the Harken furler for some time now. I have no real comparison, but everything works very well. One or two pulls max, then it starts to furl at the top. Never had a backwrap or anything like that. Paul
  3. Beautiful boat in front overtaken by us in the fast lane. :-) Paul
  4. Stiletto, as I mentioned, I still have boat-envy... Anything that gives sailing time ist welcome. I'm getting an extension for my sprayhood for next year as well because of the crappy, rainy weather in the last years. These summer holidays we used the heater nearly every night! Paul
  5. Transporting a keel boat heavier than two point something tons means that you need a professional transport company (or your own truck and the right driver's license ). This means that any journey longer than a few kilometers costs a lot of money. Like 5000 to 8000 Euros from the baltic sea to the med one way for example. Makes no economic sense if the boat is "only" 40.000 Euros. In think extensive trailering and comfortable atlantic circle for four are mutually exclusive for the proposed budget. Paul
  6. Just saw this current picture of Merlin on Facebook. The huge dodger kind of lessens the sleek look of a great looking boat for me. Paul PS: Edited, because I would still take the boat. :-)
  7. On our last trip we alway had a little vase with an ever changing bouquet of flowers on the boat. The kids picked new ones on every landfall to replace the ones that had expired. Another thing to keep them busy. :-) Plus it looks nice, lightening up the heart of even the hardiest salt. Amazingly hardly any water was spilled, even at 15 knots boatspeed or going upwind against 6-7 bft and waves. Paul
  8. I had the Tohatsu 6 SailPro on my old boat (Albin Express, 8m keel boat) . The SailPro comes with a bigger Prop more suited to sailboats and has real power in reverse as well. Nice, reliable engine. Paul
  9. Also, have a look what others are sailing in the area. It's much more fun for the kids, if they can sail with/against each other. Steeper learning curve as well. Paul
  10. Thank you all for the insightul analysis, guys. As Wess described I am more concerned about the "feel" of the boat than about the actual average speed. I'm quite modest: If the same boat could give 180+ miles per day when loaded and tamed down for cruising, while still hitting mid to high teens when emptied and sailed with a bit of passion that would be fine with me. :-) I guess I will have to leave the virtual world and try to hitch a few rides on these boats. Outremers can be chartered in the med (even older designs, that might be interesting to buy like the 40/43), but I guess Atlantics will be a bit harder to find in my part of the world. Paul
  11. We are tentatively looking at fast cruising catamarans for a potential multi-year journey starting in 2019/2020. Currently we (me, wife, two small kids) sail a Farrier F-32RX, that is perfect for our 1-3 week tours through the baltic sea. Most of our daily trips are less than 5 hours, with a few longer legs inbetween, but usually not more than 24h on the helm. Sailing is fast and fun. But for the planned extended cruising with longer passages, I would like to have a bit more comfort, that means stuff like an oven to bake bread, a walk-in-shower, more space for the kids when they get bigger. I am willing to trade a bit of performance for that, but... not too much. On one hand I don't want to loose those "woooshh" moments, when the boat effortlessly goes from 10 to 18 knots in a small puff, on the other hand I would like to be able to switch gears and have a stable platform, where I can turn the auto-pilot on and safely sail-on at 10 knots while cooking/eating dinner in the salon. Might be impossible on one boat. :-) Chris White's Atlantic series appeals to me (forward-cockpit + inside-helm). The 42/46 are still quite expensive for an older catamaran, but financially might be within reach. What kind of performance can realistically be expected from such a boat? Some math makes it clear, that the cat will be slower and less nimble than the tri, with about half the sail-area per ton of boat-weight compared to our small boat. Most reports of these cats are very positive, but I read some less than stellar observations about the Atlantic 42 here http://www.boatsandlife.com/2011/07/cool-as-a-cat-amaran/ "Upwind: When the relative wind angle opened up, the boat really started to accelerate, but at the cost of the apparent wind speed excessively increasing, which loaded up the rig to a point of concern. When the boat was sailed too close to the wind, the speed dropped way off and the pitching action of the waves further depressed our forward momentum. As a result, the cat was difficult to steer in the groove. I mistakenly expected a quick and lively upwind boat." Is this just the interpretation of a mono-sailor, that is suprised that he cannot pinch upwind? Then again, the boatowner was on-board, so he could have corrected the wrong notion. These guys here http://www.ecosailingcharters.com/ have extensively blogged about their travels on an Atlantic 42 - and don't seem to be doing a lot of sailing. In most of the pictures from their blog, you can see the jib rolled up and/or the stack-pack closed. @Peccadillo: from this forum has "super-charged" his Atlantic 46 to achieve good performance in lighter winds. Similar mods can be found on a few 42s as well (e.g. here https://www.cruisingclub.org/pdfs/bws_catalyst.pdf) Maybe that is necessary to give better performance? @Wess: Have you sailed one of the smaller Atlantics? How does it compare to your current boat (ignoring for a second, that this is somehow comparing apples and oranges)? Paul
  12. Thanks Rasputin, but this is still a bit too early for me - we plan a four month cruise with our kids next year (with the "small" boat). If that works out, we'll sell up and continue cruising with a bigger boat. Apart from the unclear current state of the boat, I guess that something like the Wormwood 55 is too large for us. Not sure about the ability to single hand, and it's too big for my home waters (Baltic sea, Denmark, Germany, Sweden,...) when we get back again. In 2013 the boat was still sailed by the Italian owner. If it sold later that year then the current owner hasn't enjoyed her at all, since that boat appears to have been "in refit" with a claimed 125k spent until 2015 when he put it on the market again. Not too lucky. Paul
  13. OK, time for a small 20 foot thread-drift. :-) Is this the "Avalon II" being marketed by Multihull-Solutions? At 299.000 USD it seems to be reasonably priced with a lot of the relevant stuff (sails, ...) in good condition. Have you been on her in the last few years, or has it been when she was built, Rasputin? From the videos on Youtube it appears that the boat (55ft!) is steered by tiller? My wife wants me to install a bigger shower in our appartment. The shower on Avalon _is_ bigger than our shower at home. Therefore the most sensible solution would be to sell the appartment and buy the boat. Do you think line of argument would make sense to a woman? Paul
  14. That still looks pretty good. At least better than the Gunboat when they recovered it... @Wess Isn't that something for you?
  15. UV protection paint has been used by sailmakers for quite some time now as an alternative to sunbrella or similar cloth. I am wondering if this paint is available for DIY application as well? I would love to protect my screacher this way, but at my sailmaker's rates this doesn't make sense. Paul