Michael L.

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  1. Michael L.

    Beneteau 310 engine rebuild?

    Does anybody have an experience of rebuilding Beneteau 310 engine? The boat is 1992 and the engine has 3000h. Does it make sense to rebuild an engine with this number of hours or replacement is the only option? Does Volvo Penta sell factory-rebuilt engines and how much do they cost? Any alternative options? Does it make sense to replace direct drive with saildrive?
  2. Thank you for a very concise explanation, Marko. I consider buying Farr 36 for shorthanded sailing. Do you know if it is feasible to change Farr 36 rig to avoid the mast failing forward when there is no tension on runners?

  3. Michael L.

    J80 Single Handed

    Looks very clean and sweet. Where did you get such an nice sprit? Was looking for something like that for a wile.
  4. Michael L.

    J80 Single Handed

    Have you been sailing J80 under winds over 25kn? Do you think that another pair of small winches might be a good thing for flying kite and under what kind of winds did you fly it? On my previous boat (Beneteau First 210) I was fine with sailing her single-handed under ~25kn of wind and that was my soft limit. Wondering how does j80 feel when it is blowing ~30kn? How many reefing points do you have and when do you go to the second reef? How big is the roach on your "working" main (not racing one)?
  5. Michael L.

    J80 Single Handed

    What do you think would be a better choice?
  6. Michael L.

    J80 Single Handed

    Live on Juan de Fuca Strait and looking for a boat that can handle gale force winds and be sailed single-handed. J80 is the most viable option so far. What needs to be added to the "out-of-box" boat for getting it ready for sailing single handed under heavy weather? Michael
  7. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Is this an option? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Moore-30-Sailboat/392316151569?hash=item5b57dd6711:g:Ba0AAOSwd7RdCSHr
  8. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Thank you for the link: looks more like 25kn gusting winds now. The current looks absolutely crazy and it is so narrow under the bridge. The ferry captain also has some serious mental issues which adds to the mix. The coast guard doing a very good job.
  9. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    A problem is that I love a mono hull feel under the wind and was spoiled a bit by my previous boat. To find an affordable match in this class that has a better performance and handles (at least) the same wind range appears to be a challenge.
  10. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    With the hiking straps - I was usually on the harness starting with 20kn of wind when sailing single handed.
  11. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Looks very smooth for 25kn. We have a weather like this when the wind goes with the current - blowing quite hard and completely flat. That should be really hard on the mast and on the rig under 40kn of wind with only one line of reefs and a furling jib even with a loose leech.
  12. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Great. 400L of ballast should bring the loaded displacement to ~5-team level on the rail and reduce sail to displacement ratio to something sensible. With Raymarine 1000 - worked well for my old boat and sailed her at ~6kn under stable winds. Seems like M24 is hyper sensitive and needs something more advanced. Do you know any specifics related to the sails? My thought was that a smaller roach would probably be a good thing. Do you know what kind of winds this guy was sailing single-handed and how early he his reefing? On the picture it looks like 12-15kn of breeze and he is reefing. M
  13. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Sounds like fun.
  14. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    It may well be so. If were all making only conscious decisions... At some point sailing becomes a dependency and seems like M24 is a strong staff.
  15. Michael L.

    Melges 24 Single Handed

    Thank you, guys, for your comments. Going to talk to the guys in RVYC, try M24 and let you know.