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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. Just go find a decent one (any former top 3 boat in Lipton Cup or Nationals-Outlier, Mischief, Bold Forbes, Wings, Shilleleigh) and make sure the bottom is still ok and the core isn't trashed. Then take off any rigging that doesnt make the boat go faster or turn around the mark better. Then take all the shit out of the draweers, chart table, etc, everything that isn't glassed in and lay it all on the dock. Then put things back on the boat ONLY if the class rules require it, or it makes the boat go faster, and put eveything else in the garage where it belongs. Then make sure the mast is in the right place, and get new sails. The just go sailing a lot, with the same people. Then go beat DC. Think how stoked you'll be They were a blast 25 years ago no reason they can't be a blast now. Not bad PHRF/Catalina weekend boats too The old Mischief is now called Excalibur. The boat is definitely quick, always felt quicker than the Mako boat that came up here for a while.
  2. Yes hopelessly fucked.
  3. Ajax, Pic of my dad's boat attached. This is a deep frac, non-tapered rig, swept spreaders, displacement boat. I think it's similar in dimensions to yours. The backstay on this boat does about 0.05% more than nothing. In light air you want the backstay off, so that the main tacks through easily. The swept spreaders and upper shrouds control forestay tension. As the breeze builds to mid range, you tighten the leech of the main with sheet (6:1 + fine) which pulls the entire mast aft, and subtly increases the forestay tension. You can tell this is happening because even as the leeward shrouds go loose, you still maintain forestay tension. You could pull some backstay on, but what would happen is the mast would bend dramatically in the unsupported part above the hounds, and you could not tell by looking at the sail that the forestay had changed at all. As the boat becomes overpowered, you drop traveller and continue to pile on mainsheet. The unsupported top section of the mast falls off dramatically to leeward (and aft, but you'd be surprised how much it goes sideways). This inherently depowers the top half of the mainsail. You can pull on backstay and make this happen even more, but literally by the time the boat is overpowered that whole top 1/3 of the sail is board flat or inside out. The shape of the lower half of the main is driven by how much sheet you have and how much D1 tension you are carrying, and maybe how much vang is on, although in this case the vang is not that powerful.. Again forestay tension comes from the combination of upper shroud tension and mainsheet. More backstay at this point just washes out the top of the sail more and really has just a little bit more than no effect on forestay. When you do pull the backstay on at the top end the eventual result is something like an overbend wrinkle in the main as you eventually exceed the luff curve of the sail (this boat uses a J/105 main, no changes to the luff curve). If I wanted to cane this thing upwind in a breeze with a nice tight forestay I would simply put runners on it. Since that is rarely plan A for coastal cruising sailors in the PNW, he opts for simplicity. Failing that, the other thing that could help quite a lot would be jumper stays, to limit the lateral and 'normal' mast bend under backstay loads, which would then translate some of the bending moment into forestay tension.
  4. Just show up at blakEly. There has been space the last two years at least. The other racers have a great bbq/party Friday night in the hut at the top of the ramp. Usually 6-10 boats there I would guess.
  5. Complete molded section - cut on dotted line, drop in, tape and fair. Don't forget the front half of the hull is completely different though - I don't think there are really any gains to be made adding 'stuff' to a Santana.
  6. I called last year and they would still sell you the open transom kit for a surprisingly low price. However I also had a good look at that kit on Mako and I am certain that it weighs more than the original assembly. Not a great place for heavy stuff.
  7. On Facebook look up 'Team Texana' they have some pics of the Schock keel grid from when they did a mast step rebuild.
  8. Hey Snap - Surprisingly I don't remember what the Santana assembly looked like. I can tell you that there is one solitary keel bolt in front of the mast step in the Schock 35. I feel like the root chord on the schock is longer than the Santana, having spent some time sanding both of those keels, but if I was guessing I would say the leading edge is in the same place.
  9. I really like this boat but all indications are that you will sail it with the cabintop winches (jib trim for sure, spin trim also in the vids). On a boat this big that seems a bit off. The other cockpit winches I'm assuming must be backstay and mainsheet.
  10. Longy I always thought you installed? Anyway, at one point the class made us take them off. For a while we had no tracks at all-just inboard and outboard padeyes with floating leads. That worked really well too. Much simpler, but a little less adjustable. That explains all the holes in the underside of the deck. I had a couple of the old gelcoat repairs fail and pop out this year so was thinking it is a good time to do the track mod. Only problem is the newest Ulman genoa designs have the heavy 1 quite a bit smaller LP than the light/medium, but not as far apart as the old #2 that the boat was set up for at one point. I'd like to keep it to one track and maybe add a padeye or two for unusual situations.
  11. HHN92 I don't disagree but I would wager your J/35 has a wider sheeting base than my boat to start with.
  12. On the Schock 35 this is when we really start to stuggle. Heavy 1, all the backstay, then traveller down and actually easing a bit of checkstay to really flatten the main. What to do next? Car back does not seem to help us, I think because the sheeting angle is so narrow with all that overlap. The answer I'm pretty sure now is to get the jib lead outboard first, and then aft as a last resort. Outboard will allow you to match the mainsail shape better, and should allow you to press the bow down for speed without just tipping over and dying. Currently we only have pinch/high mode in these conditions and the guys who can bet the bow down and rumble (express 37 J35 etc) tend to do just that at around 15 knots of breeze. My boat (ex-Mischief) clearly had transverse jib tracks on it at some point back in the 90s, which would allow you to drop the genoa car outboard on the fly. It currently has two parallel 'normal' jib tracks making it hard to shift gear like this without a lot of fuckery. I am seriously thinking about putting the transverse tracks back this winter.
  13. I have played the short-handed game a bit. Among other things, you are looking for a boat with reasonably good stability. This gets you a boat that will sail near its rating despite not having crew on the rail, and it also means that when you start the day with a #1 genoa, and then the seabreeze builds, you can live with a bit too much sail for the last few miles up the beat. The very first race I ever took my Catalina 36 in was a singlehanded race, and I beat (boat for boat) both an SR33 and an Olson 30 because they both had to perform a headsail change while I just kept on trucking. Now, I can tell you for certain that you don't want the Catalina 36, but the 'one size fits all' sail plan is really important. My current Schock 35 is terrible for this, and really sucks to race SH. Something like a J/105 that can get by with 3 or 4 sails total, works well and is popular in the shorthanded offshore world for this reason. SR33 fails hugely here - it's just not very fast with the wrong sails up, has a small rig meaning you need a #1 right up until you don't anymore.
  14. Its funny because the guy who owns the J40 can probably sail circles around a lot of this forum, but those are the pics he puts up in the ad.
  15. Express costs about 2 - 2.5x for the same level of maintenance and inventory..