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About ryley

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    Boston, MA
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    Sailing, Photography, Sailing, Mountain Biking.. did I mention sailing?

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  1. ryley

    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    hit 18 knots in the Columbia coming back to Boston from Marblehead on the last (cancelled) day of the Ted Hood this year. Full main and A2 in 4-6 footers and 18 -22. Long gybe was on port and Graves was definitely coming up fast. 3 out of 4 of our gybes were really quite good - the last one ended in a spectacular wipeout just outside of Deer Island. Once we got in the harbor, water was completely flat with the same winds and we were doing 14+ all the way to Castle Island. I'm pretty sure we're going to find the right day to get the boat into the low 20s.
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    Bad skippers, slow boats...

  3. ryley

    Bad skippers, slow boats...

    jamesmalcom, you're the kind of sailor that I'd help out too, hooking you up with people I know who are good on the J24. It sounds like you've got a pretty good approach, and like Lex said that approach will get you noticed. but the fact is that team shirts actually *do* help, if you do it right. It can build a sense of belonging to a team rather than just a crew. It can go overboard, but it can be a motivator. But if my racing budget made me choose between team shirts and some new halyards, the halyards get priority. keep doing what you're doing and good luck.
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    Bad skippers, slow boats...

    k_i_s, I respectfully disagree. we know where we came from. there is a difference between the first-season skipper who's trying to figure things out and the 10-season skipper who puts no effort into his boat, his sails, or his crew. I think the OP was looking more at the latter - the people who can't get out of their own way and churn through crew like shit through a goose. Those skippers do more harm to the noob attitude toward racing than anything else. those skippers don't teach and they can't learn and the regulars they 'develop' end up knowing very little, and the 'smart' sailors abandon not only the boat but the sport as well. I've seen it a lot up here. Even when you try to recruit some of these disillusioned noobs onto a boat where they *will* learn and be cultivated, they won't take the risk.
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    Bad skippers, slow boats...

    there are a few bad skipper/slow boat/never-bought-a-new-sail programs that I'm constantly amazed haven't had to resort to short-handed racing. Yet year after year, they manage to dupe find new crew.
  6. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Hah. This I can relate to. a mid-summer wednesday night in Boston Harbor with our fleet, the slolings, the Encore and lovejoy ferries, the occasional car carrier or LNG tanker, the entire MBTA fleet, whale watching, codzilla, and we haven't even gotten to the clueless PB's yet...
  7. that was my point. If I recall there was a thread back in about '05 or '07 that started off "this should be really easy" and ended with "hmm.. maybe a vakaros or racegeek..." I'm just wondering if this "open source instrument" thread is already headed down that rabbit hole.
  8. Is this going to turn into the "let's crowdsource a good mast display" thread?
  9. ryley

    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    looks like you pulled a nice move on legacy - windward in clear air for your set.. not bad. Looks awfully close though!
  10. 236 is right on. These are well behaved boats. The running backs are important if you want better upwind performance, but they are not strictly necessary. I liked that between the 38 and the 35 they switched from teak to cherry for the interior, it makes for a lighter cabin. Check the portlights, though - I don't know if they're better than on the 45, but I'm in the process of replacing all of our opening portlights due to insufficient installation and leakage. One thing we weren't thrilled with was the athwartship aft bunk, but it was spacious enough. I liked that the engine was very accessible. If you're not racing, the wing keel provides adequate performance although clearly the deeper keel works better upwind. Currently I own the Mull big sister 45, I really wish I'd had the dough to buy the 35 when I looked at one in 2004. It's hard to find a boat that is easier to sail.
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    EV-100 with Pelagic Actuator

    I don't see any reason why the EV-100 won't work with a pelagic tiller arm. I had asked B&G about using their head with the EV-100 actuator and they thought it wouldn't be a problem. One thing to consider, though, is that the plug is slightly different between the pelagic and the EV-100. since they are both field-installable, if you have the EV-100 you might swap it out. Otherwise, the Bulgin connector is only two wires to the EV-100 ACU, either should be fairly straightforward to install.
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    Harken Bolt-Down Fairlead at End of Sprit

    I'll post a picture of my setup tomorrow - we went with a ring lashed to the U bolt and it doesn't flop around at all.
  13. ryley

    Need new lifelines

    I should have been more specific. Since 2017, the US Sailing SERs state the following as requirements for Ocean and Coastal: This also falls under an "additional item" for consideration in near-shore racing "when the conditions warrant." So it may be true that your area allows HMPE, but that just means that your area has decided not to follow the US Sailing SERs. For me personally, we do enough overnight racing that if there were even the hint that a lifeline could part due to inattention to some small thing we missed, then I'd rather have the wire. And also, since I've actually been protested over my previous boat's OD lifeline configuration, it's one less thing for the sea-lawyers to get antsy about.
  14. ryley

    When to go out, When to stay in

    you go out. Do what you said you were going to do - put in the reef. Keep the boat under control. You'll know within an hour if you made a good decision, and if you didn't, you go in and try again another time. The only way to know how your new-to-you boat is going to perform is to go out and try it. Also, make sure you manage your seasickness early so that you don't have to try to when those swells are moving you around and nothing feels comfortable.
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    Need new lifelines

    as long as you're cruising or not racing in the US.