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  1. hdra

    Poor Mans/Womans Globe Beater

    Agreed - would be smarter to just use an existing design. This event (especially in these little shitboxes) is definitely one aimed at dreamers, and I suspect there is a lot of overlap between boat building dreamers and sailing around the world dreamers, so having a home built one design is probably actually pretty appealing to that demographic. Pretty fucking sassy to insist you use their equipment for certain aspects, then say that they are not experts and their advice & recommendations shouldn't be taken seriously! I liked the concept of the first reboot golden globe race, but the management of it really spoiled me on the whole thing - seems to be a lot about an ego trip for Don.
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    Old sail or new sail?

    The gybing on top may also have been partially an artifact of our rigging - because of how the shrouds were the gaff couldn't really get fully extended, regardless of peak tension or gaff vang tension. It wasn't a huge issue, but it did mean we really only ever went wing-on-wing in pretty flat seas. Panope has a lot more recent experience with a big gaff sail, so his advice is probably worth more than mine. The boat I ran was fairly large (88' LOA, 66 tons, no winches), but at that size while it was cool and "shippy", it wouldn't have been my choice if designing from scratch, particularly for smaller crews (we sailed with 8-16). I'm impressed you use a fisherman regularly - on that boat we had one which set free flying and it took 5 or 6 people to get it up and set, and really only any use in 10-15kts close reaching. Didn't point well, and the sheet interfered with other sails when further off the breeze. Is yours on a track? Sailed on a larger (113') staysail schooner which had a triangular that set on a track on the back of the foremast - it was self tacking and was a lot easier to handle than the smaller free flying rectangular one on the 88'er, which had to be dropped, disconnected from all 4 corners, dragged across to the new leeward side, hooked up again, and rehoisted on every tack. The triangular fish was great upwind, but pretty useless below a reach, since it sheeted to the mainmast on centerline.
  3. hdra

    Old sail or new sail?

    I don't think so - I ran a 88' schooner for a while that had a marconi main and gaff fore - the gaff was fun, but a more strings to pull and more dangerous going up and down - had to have someone tending the vang to keep it from swinging. I think switching from a staysail schooner to a marconi foresail you'll see a big benefit sailing deep - it's hard to project the staysail area running, and I don' think the extra complexity of the gaff on the foresail really is worth the bit of extra sail area downwind. The other thing I found with the gaff is that it made the foresail tend to want to gybe early, especially in light air, as if the boat rolled, the gaff would swing and gybe the top half of the sail, while the boom stayed prevented in place. I think that this was worse with the gaff than with the marconi main.
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    Furuno Weather Fax

    Also, if you are in a marina on shore power you may struggle to pick up any HF signals due to interference - might be worth going out to anchor in the keys somewhere for a night to experiment with it and with reception. When I last used a weather fax seriously it was with a laptop into an SSB through an aux cable and it worked well, but found that in my marina in LA harbor was almost impossible to get good signals, and struggled with even the time signals, but got pretty good reception out at sea. Found there was a bit of a black hole of weather fax in the Southern Indian Ocean in particular and ended up relying mostly on GRIBs there, but the weather fax was super helpful transiting N & S in the Pacific from LA, and was more useful than the GRIBs for hurricane avoidance in the Pacific.
  5. Another option which I've done with some success is to put something like a long socket that's a little smaller in diameter than the prop shaft into the coupling between the shaft and the transmission, then put a few long bolts back in and use them to pull the coupling back together - the socket should push the shaft out. It may take a few tries / few different sockets to get it, but you can do it with parts on hand and no custom machining.
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    Anchor Geekdom

    Also a bit surprised in that test just posted that a CQR outperformed a equal weight Rocna and a Delta - doesn't echo real world experience anywhere I've ever been... normally with a CQR it's drag, and drag, and wait and hope it digs, and then drag some more...
  7. Going down to Chula Vista Marina or California Yacht Marina in Chula Vista will save you some money, and the marinas and facilities are nice. Only problem is you're an hour from where everyone else races, and if you have any draft you need to stay in the channel most of the way to the Coronado Bridge.
  8. hdra


    We are in Friday Harbor - assume you got the wood from Ken McCutcheon? We just moved here this summer because of COVID. The boat we work on is laid up, and the boat we've lived on when not working for the last 5 years or so is on the hard in Trini with no way to go and get her. Got a couple of kayaks to get out on the water this year, but definitely feeling the sailing itch right now! Nice change of pace getting to do some gardening and blackberry clearing, and gotta say that a wood fire in a glass front stove is a lot cozier than our little Refleks diesel on the boat
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    Hanse 540e

    Hanse's seem to be a lot of boat for the money. I've seen a few out in the world - mostly the Caribbean - so they do cross oceans. Given the price point, I would be a bit nervous about build quality, but haven't heard any horror stories. From a seaworthiness perspective don't love the huge freeboard and wide open spaces they seem to have both on deck and inside, but you could say that about pretty much any new production boat. Seem to sail decently from when we've been next to them.
  10. Does this mean the PT-11 is no more?
  11. Yep - nothing wrong with em! And being that you're in California get why you want to make sure it's registered - definitely some aggressive policing & tax collection there...
  12. Funny how cutting 10" holes that aren't even level with each other for a bow thruster that are 1/2 above the waterline in a yard that doesn't allow work on the boat isn't a good idea... Last I heard I thought she was owning two shit-buckets at anchor out in the Florida keys with a harem of boys living on them....
  13. Do you even need to register it? Depending on where you are, unpowered craft under a certain length may not need to be registered. And really, who's going to pull over a polyethylene sailboat anyway?
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Certainly true - it's a 1980s boat with a single 3" duct + blower into the engine room - unfortunately engine room is open to the bilges and so to the rest of the boat, and given the layout not much option for adding more ventilation without compromising water-tightness. We ended up just adding a bus heater so we can heat the boat with the engine when it's on and use the Refleks while we're at anchor or sailing in mild conditions - it struggles once the sea state gets up.
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    We've got a normal household CO alarm on our boat, and just recently put a fancy "nautical" one on - actually like the house one better as it shows max ppm recorded on its screen whereas the marine one is just an alarm. Never had either trigger accidentally from neighbors or anything else, and only time I've seen elevated reading was when we accidentally fired up the engine with the heater on and the boat sealed up tight - turned the chimney into an air intake and smoked us out real quick. Problem with a well sealed boat!