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  1. hdra

    Facnor Furler issues

    We had a Facnor that was a real bitch to furl and unfurl - came with the boat, and seemed to always give trouble no matter what we did to it.. Ended up replacing it with a harken MkIV when we re-rigged and couldn't be happier.
  2. The only place we've stopped between the two is Gloucester. Was a nice stop en route from Camden to Woods Hole and let us get our timing for the Cape Cod Canal right, get a good night of sleep, and visit a friend who lived there. Not sure if from Boston it's too close to be worth the stop.
  3. If we could tow it behind our station wagon I think my wife would have left me at home and driven to Florida to get it already.
  4. hdra

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    oops wrong thread
  5. Thanks Alex - will start lurking on those groups.
  6. hdra

    Changing from Euro 220 wiring to US 110

    Some battery chargers will actually run on both 220V and 110V - if the only thing running on 220V shore power is the charger and outlets then with some careful wiring you might not even need a transformer. Just make sure you don't burn out the wiring, as the 220 wire is normally sized for 1/2 the amps of 110V for a given wattage.
  7. There's always a few... were walking on the beach there this fall and saw an asshole wake some kayaks, and when they yelled he dropped down to just off plane and came back and circled them just to really emphasize what an ass he was. Otherwise I think should be decent!
  8. Was planning to launch out of Jackson's... we've kayaked out of there and the currents aren't a huge issue, and I know that the high school sails V-15s from there as well. Not sure how often they have to get towed back to the ramp...
  9. Anywhere else I should be looking for listings? Been watching Craigslist and local facebook buy sell trade, and took a look at SA classifieds. Any decent local/regional resources to keep an eye on?
  10. Thanks for the thoughts - hoping for something that we can ramp launch and be rigged and sailing relatively quickly - not super keen on paying for storage for a second boat, even if we can use it. It does seem slim pickings right now - there's a hobie 16 in bellingham, a Prindle 16 in mt vernon, and I've come across a few trailerable small keel boats in the kind of condition that the owners should be paying me to take them. Don't mind pulling strings, but really looking for something that is pretty quick and easy to go from driveway to water. Will keep my eyes open for some more daysailory boats, but doesn't seem to be any on the market right now. Think that perhaps I am leaning a bit too much towards performance and my wife is leaning a bit more towards "lets take the dog and a 6 pack and chill" I've never been in a thistle, but sailed near them back in high school in a laser 2, and remember them absolutely smoking us in light air. Lots of strings to pull? Too much brightwork and framing/etc inside for a nimble 40 lb dog to clamber around and feel good about it? Found one for sail locally that is a bit out of budget but sounds fairly mint.
  11. So our 42' keelboat is stuck in a boatyard in Trinidad, with no sign of when the borders are going to open. We've moved to Friday Harbor, and looking to get something small to scratch the sailing itch this summer. Just going out for a weekend sail, but ideally something that's actually fun to sail in the light air we get around here all summer. Any recommendations something we can car-top or probably trailer (max weight 2000 lbs) that can handle 2 adults and a medium dog? We've been thinking along the lines of a Hobie or Prindle 16 in the multi department since there always seems to be a few on craigslist. Just saw an ad for a Thistle in Victoria today that got my wife's heart racing, but don't think there's any way to get it here from there. I know there are a lot of V-15s around in junior programs, but not sure that they'd work well for the dog. Any suggestions?
  12. hdra

    Ultimate Cruiser? Route 66 Is For Sale

    That boat is powerful ugly. With 70' LOA to play with, there's no excuse for an ugly center cockpit boat.
  13. hdra

    Sailing solo with running backstays

    I assume that you're talking about a boat where the running backstays support the mast at the inner forestay where the staysail attaches, not where running backstays are to the masthead and there's no fixed backstay. If this is the case, unless it's a really noodle rig, then they're there more to keep the rig from pumping and keep the staysail stay tight when sailing than to keep the rig up. We have a 42' 9 ton cruiser with this kind of rig, and we only set the running backstays if the staysail is set or if there is really rough sea state and we want to keep the rig from pumping. We normally sail double-handed, but this generally means single-handed maneuvers as one person is asleep and the other is on watch. To tack with the runners on our boat singlehanded, we normally will pull the leeward runner hand tight before tacking - just enough to save work after the tack, but not cutting into the sail. We'll release the windward runner mid-tack while everything is luffing, but just leave it flopping - don't stow it until cleanup after tack. If we're fast, we can often get the new windward runner tensioned at the same time, but if not we wait until after we've got the headsails trimmed to get the runner tight. Once the boat is on course, sails trimmed, runner tight, we'll pull the leeward runner forward to the shrouds. We've set up thin lines through blocks at the base of the shrouds back to the running backstays so we can put them away without going forward. Gybing, we'll normally take the windward runner fully off and stow to the shrouds before gybing like normal, then once we're on course and trimmed set the new windward runner. We're not pounding off waves downwind, and inner forestay tension isn't critical. If it's really big breeze, where we're sailing with a storm jib or staysail only and the main furled downwind, we'll often just set both runners as a security measure and extra support in the off event we get knocked down or hit by a big roller, and they also make a good hand-hold when moving around the cockpit in big weather.
  14. hdra

    AC boats fail

    What the hell are you smoking?
  15. hdra

    Day tanks - who’s got one, how did you set it up?

    Our boat has 4 fuel tanks - 2 in the keel, 2 in the bilges. The prior owners added a 15L day tank that was filled by a transfer pump from any one of those tanks, and that the engine drew and returned to. The location of the tank made it difficult to access, difficult to change fuel filters, and difficult to access the other tanks. They also did a bizarre-ass plumbing job with what looked like mostly propane hose and copper tube. The small size of the day tank wasn't ideal as you had to fill it every hour or two motoring hard. It had a sight glass on it with a valve, so that if the glass broke the day tank wouldn't empty, but you had to open the little valve every time to check the level. Have seen and used impact resistance sight glasses on other tanks that are a lot nicer. We removed it and went back to the original design, which used the smaller (70 liters) of the two tanks in the keel as a day tank - the two bilge tanks can gravity drain into it, and we just have a transfer pump to move fuel from the forward keel tank to the keel day tank. It's a lot simpler, let us put our RACOR where we could easily service it, and the plumbing is a lot less complicated. We also got rid of all the shitty propane hose, which was rotting into the fuel. We put a tank tender onto the keel day tank and it works pretty well. We like having a day tank, but think about access, simplicity of plumbing, and user-friendliness before you change something that works.