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  1. Got it. Cheers.
  2. Brilliant! Thanks Rudder.
  3. Some good ideas in this thread, but too much on how to take a leak. I would look at an electric halyard winch. Fairly easy to install, makes a huge difference getting sails hoisted. I am assuming you already have self-tailing primary winches, if not, add those as well. Then I would make sure you run a #2 (or #3) headsail. New sail materials are generally lighter, again making things easier. I would also look at running rigging. New modern lines are smaller and run better through blocks and sheaves reducing friction and making adjustments easier. Cleaning and lubricating blocks and sheaves also recommended. An electric windlass would also be a good change. I would also recommend regular exercise and yoga to stay strong, flexible and balanced.
  4. You have some great suggestions here. Newfoundland is spectacular. Lake Superior is high on my list. However, what about The North Channel? Beautiful freshwater cruising. Good charter boats are available. Warm days, cool nights, perfect swimming water temperatures, blueberries, fishing, etc. If not looking for a sailing holiday. Check out Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.
  5. Funny
  6. If we are talking about cool shoal draft boats with a tiller, I have to remind everyone of one of my favourites: the Presto 30. http://www.rodgermartindesign.com/portfolio/presto-30/ Light, simple, fast, aesthetically pleasing (at least to me). I think Rodger Martin drew some larger versions, but don't know if any were built.
  7. Will: What are you trying to do? For a Shark, what about having only dyneema on the load bearing part of the halyard? Have a loop spliced on to tail of the halyard. The pick it up on a stainless hook with some purchase to adjust tension and cleat it. Many dinghy classes do this. This will never introduce any weakness into the system.
  8. How about a shoal draft Beneteau First 40.7 (or the First 405/425)? Nice sailing. Hits most of your check-boxes and its in the price range. Finding a shoal might be hard, but they are out there... Thought about a 40.7 and will look at the other two. The shoal draft version is 6' 2" btw, which according to some is not a shoal draft. Would be a push for us I guess. All the 40.7s I looked at all were three cabin layouts. Is there a two cabin version? Fairly or unfairly I wonder about the overall strength of these boats for doing the occasional offshore passage. Came on another possibility, the Sabre 402. Seems like a nice boat, not as fast as a J/42 but nicer accommodations. The 40.7 / 44.7 / 47.7 have all been successful in competing in Sydney-Hobart, Vic-Maui and Trans-Pac, etc. I think they can do the occasional offshore passage! Sabre not as fast as any of these or the J/42. Nice boats, but heavy compared to these.
  9. How about a shoal draft Beneteau First 40.7 (or the First 405/425)? Nice sailing. Hits most of your check-boxes and its in the price range. Finding a shoal might be hard, but they are out there...
  10. Parclan: My pal has the same Bene First 375. Great boat, with good sailing characteristics. He has a Raymarine 7000+ which is likely a few years old, but he has an underdeck unit, with an electric motor drive unit. Works great. I have the same unit on a Bene First 47.7, likely a larger electric ram unit. As many point out, a wheel pilot will be ok most of the time, but under load, it will most likely struggle. Long term, the under deck units are better. Good luck. Enjoy that boat.
  11. You will have identical tension on the torque rope using a low friction halyard ring or block on a short strop to the mast/spectacle. Sparcraft publish all their standard sections in their catalogue and to best of my knowledge their sections for production builders like Benny are identical. On our First 47.7, we have a Code 0 furling on a torsion rope. We have the halyard going through a floating ring as not enough room when using the spectacles. Works fine. We have the ring held up as well to the mast head on a short length of shock cord to it doesn't bang around when not in use.
  12. When building dinghies to race, we always took a line from the stem to the rudder gudgeons. This gave us the center line of the boat - and allowed us to check if the mast partners were on center line and to check the alignment of the centerboard. In your case, I would start by leveling the boat on the hard. Check with plumb bobs measured relative to the keel on either side. Then I would use a line (between partners and rudder post) to find the center line of the boat to figure out if the partners are symmetrical. Then I would drop another plumb line from the center line down through the partners to the mast step. You then have a starting position. You would then want to measure the distance from the center line to the chain plates, then the chainplates to the stem for more symmetry. I think with that layout, you will know if you are off, and build a plan to correct if required.
  13. I'm racing as soon as we drop the dock lines. The current boat hasn't ever seen a committee boat, but races all the time.
  14. Klepper will likely sell a replacement part. You could also try to repair the part by replacing the two pieces of mahogany and rebuilding the part. Gluing up the broken pieces will be very difficult and likely be suspect on strength and flexibility.
  15. With a smaller rig like a J/24, consider having a small floating block system with a stainless hook on the top and the bottom shackled to the mast collar. Have a dyneema halyard, with an eye splice on the end not attached to the head of the sail. Have a tail of rope you can use to hoist the sail with that is attached to the dyneema halyard with a small soft shackle that goes through all the sheaves. Hoist the sail, then loosen the tension system so the stainless hook picks up the dymeema splice. Then disconnect the tail of the halyard and tension as needed. Simple and light.