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  1. Slowboat

    "Sack Lunch" needs a home

    Maybe add a location.
  2. Slowboat

    Sweetest sailing old plastic?

    Swede 55! I had a folkboat, a Hinckley, and then the Swede. Awesome boat, and very easy to single hand. The boat makes you look like a better sailor every day. This is a shot from a 35-50knot day. Had a blast!
  3. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    That looks like fun!
  4. Slowboat

    East coast where to move to?

    Burlington Vermont. Checks all the boxes. No traffic, decent jobs, great sailing and biking and skiing
  5. Slowboat

    Grain Surfboard Project

    One of the Grain founders used to live here in VT. Super cool guy, and a great sailor. I'm sure you will be pleased with your decision.
  6. Slowboat

    Where to buy Teak Strips?

    Oak. Teak has a much different grain.
  7. Slowboat

    Gelcoat - what am I doing wrong?

    I have learned the hard way, of doing gelcoat over epoxy, all of the amine blush must absolutely be removed for the gelcoat to harden. warm water and plenty of soap is the best way to do this.
  8. A Swede 55. Relatively fast, very easy to sail single handed, not many systems, looked great doing everything!
  9. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    It actually adds a couple of feet of waterline - especially down wind or reaching. I would think it is definitely a performance hit.
  10. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    Great job on the website! Awesome update.
  11. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    Wow, I didn't really fathom how much they chopped off the back - looks like a substantial amount. I would miss that healed waterline aft... and the change in lines.
  12. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    Hi Kraftwerk, That is my Swede 55 (Rosina) that someone posted - feel free to ask any questions about the boat. As for single handing, the Swede is a great single handed sailboat. 95% of the pleasure sailing/cruising that I do on Rosina is single handing. For the first 8 years I did it without an autopilot, but now it has one which makes things slightly easier. I have very comfortably single handed in up to about 35 knots without concern, but I do reef a bit early if I'm alone. I rarely start the engine, but prefer to sail on and off the mooring - it is just nicer that way. Why is it such an easy boat to sail alone? I think it is because it is extremely well behaved - it can turn quickly when you turn the helm over hard, but otherwise it stays where you want it to for enough time do what you need to do. It has very good directional stability, and low windage, so you can park the boat head to wind while you handle sails, etc. It is easy to judge how much speed you need to carry into a mooring, and it gives you plenty of time to walk up and grab the pennant before the boat starts going somewhere you don't want it to. I don't have lazy jacks or roller furling, and still have no problem. I fly the spinnaker alone in winds up to about 16-17 knots. After that you might want a second hand to get it down... On a long course point to point race we once got 2nd place in the spinnaker division sailing against fully crewed boats, and have won the doublehanded race a couple of times - basically because the boat does what you want it to. You can take your hands off the wheel and it will keep going where you want it to. No nasty weather helm, no round-ups, etc. Just always balanced and in control. I'm sure that others who have sailed them will agree.
  13. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    Yep, Rosina was launched today after putting in a new Sole in the galley area. Hard to tell from the pictures, but it tapers and curves up the side of the hull with a rolling bevel. Hell of a job to make sure all 6 pieces line up perfectly. 4 coats of clear epoxy to make sure water doesn't get the best of it. Last thing I wanted to get done before I list it for sale. Been an awesome 11 years, but I think I'm ready to try something different.
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    Swede 55

    Sweet new lid for the locker! I was able to rebuild mine and get it up to snuff, but they live a hard life - especially racing.
  15. Slowboat

    Swede 55

    We race PHRF, and our rating has moved between 72 and 85