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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. Looks lumpy right through to the 96 hour forecast http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/A_brief.shtml. Reports mentioned hull damage. Hopefully still floating. They are not big boats to begin with, but it will be a lot easier for the assets to spot their hulls than someone already in a raft.
  2. What was the other one?
  3. Glad injuries were minor. Since we're all armchairing this one, I have to say that the level of onboard activity/urgency doesn't correlate to the situation they were in . Which makes me wonder about their experience in conditions like that.
  4. Amen to that
  5. Years ago, 24' C&C, 30 mins into the first sail of season, hard upwind in 15-18 to try to get past a nasty rock breakwater. All of a sudden the leeward shrouds go spaghetti slack. WTF? I hand the tiller to my buddy and go over to investigate and then bang, the rig lifts up and over and I feel the windward shrouds as they whiz by my ear. Now we're broken wing, and several boat lengths from the lee shore in 8ft -10ft waves with a very short period between them (Lake Ontario). Timing the crests we somehow manage get the whole rig and sails back on, clear all the trailers and miraculously the ancient 6 HP Evinrude decides to run. We rolly-polly back to the dock wall to get things sorted as darkness falls, and eventually have things lashed down sampan style. Leave the boat and head to a resto for the first of several medicinal pints and I realize that neither my buddy or I has said a word since the rig came down. We've just been working through problems for what feels like hours. Helps that we have known each other for 40 years. Next day it's pretty clear what happened. Long story short, water had migrated during the winter past the caulking at the stbd chain plate, down behind the veneer, and softened up the plywood bulkhead it was secured into. Once loaded up the wood couldn't hold the bolts and the chainplate was pulled till it caught on the underside of the deck - thus the sudden and crazy extra looseness in the leewards. Another few gusts and it pulled the plate straight through deck/liner. Good times.
  6. Thanks Stream, I will revisit this spring. I may have reeved it backwards somehow.
  7. My 36' has a similar system as described by the OP installed by the PO. I have two problems with it - first is the tangs where the upper wire leads attach to the side of the mast have just enough profile to snag the halyard if there there is a decent wave state when I am in irons preparing to raise the main. No amount of tensioning the halyard will solve this as it is just the right length to whip cowboy style as soon as I release the tie/down tension line on the headboard prior to a fast raise. This happens often enough and it is a pita because I have to remove the halyard from the head board and walk it back around the mast- and I can barely reach it on tip toes due to the height of the slug stack and I am 6ft. I think I can solve this by moving the upper attachment points under the first set of spreaders and creating the basket effect ccruiser mentioned. Second problem is they are fixed and don't retract. So the battens always get caught on the way up. I think it was intended to retract somehow, because there is a very long tails on the lines on either side of the boom aft end. But I need to rig some bungy cords or something. I have looked online and can't seem to find/visualize how best to do this. Any suggestions are welcome. Out of frustration, I left it off the boat when rigging last season but my wife wants it back on as she's not crazy about flaking / lashing the main when it gets snotty. And getting a new wife would cost way more than getting new jacks, so that suggestion is out.
  8. Forss tracker shows a marginally reduced wave state +12 hours ( down 1M to 3M). While it's an inexact science, if the trend holds that would be to his benefit. With the boat breaking up around him I would think sea-state is more of his concern now, rather than winds.
  9. In from the deck fill? Or do you have an inspection port in the tank. The light was bright enough to see sedimentation through the fuel in the tank bottom?
  10. thanks for the update. I am looking at this package (among others) for a winter refit and would be interested if you have any further thoughts or experiences with it in the next little while that either change or reaffirm your point of view.
  11. First category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic in 9 years. Rapid intensification from TS to Cat 5 in 36 hours. That has to be some kind of record. Whoever is in the cone when he turns north will be devastated. Unfortunately, those target areas are already poor/under resourced. Counting my blessings...
  12. I helped him bring back the Open 60 from Horta to Lunenburg a few years ago. Learned a lot from him just by observing. He wasn't effusive, but was prudent and fair. We had shared some laughs on watch together. I will cherish that. Sail on....
  13. Hmm. That supports the old dictum I've heard that when one is truly cruising, you spend more than 80% of your time in port. Supposed to inform your choice of boat design, so that you don't overlook the must haves for the 80+% of time you're not underway.
  14. Not yet, still counting on one-hand. Going to hit it hard for the remainder though.....
  15. Kingston Sail Loft (613) 531-9373. Run by Andrew Soper and John Clark. Soper is a true craftsman who does traditional sails for the Great Lakes barques and brigs as well as moderns. Clark is a former Shark World Champion. They are a class act. I have used them on and off for repairs and will be commissioning a new main and headsail from them. To me having a local, knowledgeable sailmaker to deal with vs an offshore supplier is a no brainer.