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  1. USA389

    Towing or Towed? Sail & Powerboat in ICW/Atlantic?

    Retired? Why not two trips?
  2. USA389

    NYYC One Design

    I'm really impressed by these boats, the NYYC charter program and the fleet in general. The boats are a great balance of performance and simplicity. Approachable for corinthian teams but certainly require finesse in trim to go fast and keep things interesting. It seemed many of the teams were sailing with friends and family crews - great to see. Having only three sails was nice too...less time spent lugging sails, loading battens, nail biting about choosing the right sail etc. which allowed more time to enjoy the time on the water (and the bar).
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    1) Yes. Med-Heavy Air using Loos PT-2. Cpas: 13.5, D2: 13.5, D1: 9, Forestay 17 2) Not particularly, looser than above, depending on sail shape/power. 3) Yes, 38ft, 9in from masthead to transom 4) No, Never 5) Yes, they were slightly, permanently bent. If I had kept the boat a better solution was needed.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    I had a ton of pre-bend in mine, rig. Lots of tension on the caps, mast struts fully extended.The other boats that have sailed in SF Bay have had runners from the hounds to the aft end of the outer wings.
  5. They really need to get rid og the kinetics if they want people to watch the sport. The pumping/air f*cking looks stupid and desperate. I actually cringed and turned it off because I couldn't watch. I can imagine a non-sailor laughing and changing the channel. The pumping and rolling the Finn's is equally silly.
  6. I didn't say new sails... and I didn't say 3Di...
  7. Tempting. Throw $10k at sails and 5k into the boat and you've got yourself a great boat. With two other nice M243's in St. Pete I think this will be pretty enticing for somebody down there.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    They were double barrel Ronstan Turnbuckles. Good luck on the water this weekend.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    When I had the Martin I spend hours turning the turnbuckles. Because the mast is so bendy it required a lot of turns to change gears. I was thinking just for ease of general tuning. Have 3 or 4 positions on the ramps then fine tune with the turnbuckles. I don't think I'd let them off downwind...
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Zks, Have you seen the sliding shroud adjustment on the Melges 20's? That would be a pretty slick upgrade to the Martin 243 rigging/tuning package if you can get enough range.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Great pic. Are there more in the series? I never ever felt at risk of capsizing on ours. The wings provided good stability when the leeward one skims on the water. Training wheels
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    It was a lot of weight but it was fast! I think that was before we knew the 700lbs rule...
  13. USA389

    Martin 243 Used Sails

    This was first day sailing Ghost so a few months before the 3Di sails. We might have had 6 on that day...
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Exceedingly fun boat. In my next life when I'm a boat builder, spar builder, and metal fabricator I'd build a bulletproof one. We had Ghost out in 20kts (Above) a couple of time. I was always worried about breaking the mast. Making the wing connections, mast step, and keel connection super solid would be priorities.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Like a set of Melges 24 sails... Have any of those zks?