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  1. Cynical sailor

    solo mast stepping

    Thanks. Guess I should try it in the driveway, first.
  2. Cynical sailor

    solo mast stepping

    Sorry about the mystery! Vagabond 14. I'm thinking block at the bow with halyard back to the cockpit. I like Steam Flyer's cleat recommendation. What about trailer winch?
  3. Cynical sailor

    solo mast stepping

    Any simple methods for solo mast stepping, perhaps using jib halyard?
  4. Cynical sailor

    Which way the wind blows

    Hi all. Can we close this topic? Thanks
  5. Cynical sailor

    Which way the wind blows

    Hi all. Thanks for the input. I was surprised to suddenly start getting more responses, since the last one was 3/14. For now I'm just sticking with the "pay more attention" method, but I appreciate bill4's response, as it was respectful and to the point. How do I close the topic?
  6. Cynical sailor

    Which way the wind blows

    Any recommendations on a good wind vane for a 14’ dinghy?
  7. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    That's an excellent explanation of how heeling force increases/decreases. Thank you! I can see how reefing could be useful, too. For now, we're taking it slow and avoiding really windy days. I already ended up in the water once...
  8. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    Thanks for the physics lesson! As I understand it, if the drag and lift are balanced, the boat moves forward in the most efficient (fastest) manner. What causes heeling? Does reducing the amount of daggerboard in the water decrease lift and reduce heeling? Does reducing drag (easing the mainsheet) accomplish the same thing?
  9. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    So, hydrodynamics 101: Why does having less board in the water help prevent capsizing?
  10. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    If I’m going to modify it I might as well consider shape. Any thoughts?
  11. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    Thanks for your detailed reply unfortunately another boat is not in the budget, nor are many options available to buy locally. Does a shorter dagger board increase possibility of tipping? I did manage to capsize once, but it was a gusty day (of course operator error might have been in the equation. I’ve not found that holding the main sheet for any length of time to be a problem, and I’m reluctant to cleat it. We’ll see how it goes for now.
  12. Cynical sailor

    whisker pole

    Anyone made an inexpensive whisker pole for a dinghy? How does it attach to the mast?
  13. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    I wish it had a swing-up centerboard, but it doesn't. That changed when it became the Hobie Holder 14 MKII. I'm going to take JimC's advice and just undo the mainsheet from the floor and bring it to hand straight from block at mid-boom. Move the block aft a bit and change to a ratchet.
  14. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    Here's the setup (see pic)
  15. Cynical sailor

    Aft mainsheet

    That seems to be a nice, simple solution, and your explanation makes sense even to me. Thanks