This is a nice boat. Do all you rock star boys live in glass houses with no sticky on your fingers? Sittin' and bitchin' and how about earning your own friggin' chops??? This is a nice boat. Yet again, you guys have missed the point of why we sail: FUN. And you, therefore, are part of the reason that sailing has been in a death spiral of decline over the last so many years. I was walking the beach in Puerto Vallarta a few weeks back with an old sailing friend and there were 5 or 6 black-sailed boats off the city front and a race committee boat and la-de dah... came home and found out that this was part of the MEXORC series, which used to be sumpin. Some poster showed a shredded carbon fiber mast truck, claiming some high-wind thrashing they were taking after the start. Looked like a dry lay-up to my eye... We were there for the start of the race, never saw over 12 knots of breeze. Our plane flew out over a rippled ocean at sunset, and there was little increasing breeze in the interim.Yet the poster wanted everyone to think that they thwarted death once again, as they braved the great maelstrom, bedecked in matching crew shirts and doused with mojitos. Jeeeze guys. The featured is a really nice boat. Built with skilled hands. Sits on its lines when launched, has WOOD in it! Probably does not need more luff because it doesn't weigh a ton, or the crew may want to clear the boom during a tack. Don't talk to me about longer luffs: the old-rule 14's were the yardstick of measure. This new boat may be even fun to sail, has a transom flap to drain the innards, to those not old enough to know why transom flaps were invented. Perhaps in a capsize, this boat will not immediately turn turtle, (transom flaps come in here in their own convoluted way; ask Bieker) which may add to the FUN in a relationship with your CREW, who may sleep with you occasionally, (don't ask Bieker) and a kick-up rudder because not everyone sails in the deep waters of the Pacific Northwest, no racks, dual trapezes, or foiling anything to add fodder to your soon-to -be ex-wife's lawyer's complaint in the divorce decree, citing your neglect of family... just simple FUN SAILING, in a nicely built design. Maybe if we backed of a click on the pimpin' and returned to our roots of this wonderful endeavor, we could have some recruitment within the sport. Once again: that's a really nice boat. Go get sticky fingers and give a boat to a kid. Gleno, Member of the British I-14 Crew's Union. Google it.
Glenoid replied to Contessa26's topic in Sailing AnarchyLeft shift above is spot on. Check your insurance: mine needed a rider. Been around in steps on my boat or others, and the take home is that fog can happen rapidly, with breeze attached, which is foreign to folks that sail more inshore. It is a strange sensation to be rolling along at good speed with only a grey wall to look at. The inside has its own beauty and adventures, it can blow in Johnstone Straits, some of the tidal rapids are worth seeing just to appreciate their power. Read the book "Tides"... This area is a place unlike any other in the world. Go counter -clockwise if you want a greater time going downwind on the outside. Two weeks is WAAAY too short to enjoy the trip and all it has to offer: Vancouver Island is a pretty big piece of real estate, and you want to sample along the way. The last time I sailed down the outside, we did day-passages that were pretty civilized in length, with evening anchorages. Offshore at night for a single cruiser only demonstrates why Darwin was right.As a side trip, consider some of the inside routes down the West side, which are fjiords, calmer, and have interesting stuff as well, like totems, shrimp, and sunshine at times when the outside is upside down. If you miss Hotsprings Cove, the crew should mutiny. As you might expect, breezes tend to build during the day, easing at night. Everybody has GPS it seems these days, which is nice , because there are several places where deep water and little rocks are close together, like Barkley Sound and many places on the inside. Having the ability to take weather breaks is important: the frigging ocean does not care. But do you want to be an old geezer like me with no stories to tell? We met the self-proclaimed "Meanest C###KS5Ck$R in Zeballos, my girlfriend stole his John Deer hat on the dance floor, and it is probably still hanging around here somewhere. Halibut, 35 species of rockfish, and 5 species of salmon await. Troll a bare 6" Lucky Louie or Silver Horde plug on a handline at 4-7 knots and see what happens. A handline makes it more fun. Don't get old without a few scars. Get a story.