posaune

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    Craigslist Finds

    Regular bunk trailers do all sorts of damage to F5s. After you get it home and before you move it any more (assuming that you do have to move it on the trailer), do yourself a favor and make proper supports for it, otherwise you'll likely just keep hurting it. The rear one is the important one and the class association should have the plans- it's easy with a 2x12 and a jigsaw. For the front, you can get away with a roller under the mast step.
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    Craigslist Finds

    Seems like it's been there for awhile....
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    Newport 21 / 212 ?

    I wrongly posted this in Sportboat Anarchy and was quickly corrected, so here's a second try: My neighbor at the lake recently found himself with what he told me is a Newport 21. It's been a long time since he's sailed anything and he keeps coming to me because he sees me out every day, but I sail singlehanded dinghies. Does anyone know anything about these boats? Anything special to know? There's almost no info online other than that the keel lifting mechanism is complicated and hard to get to. I'm mostly concerned with setup at the moment, because his spreaders and shrouds look sketchy to me, and I don't want him to lose the rig....
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    I've been reading the "teaching beginners to trapeze" thread with interest, as I'm attempting to teach myself on a singlehanded boat with no previous trap experience at all. The learning curve is steep, at least for me. One thing I've noticed while watching as many videos as I could find is that most rigs are different from mine, but I can't seem to find the right detail pics to sort out exactly what I need. Attached is a pic of my setup as currently rigged. Would you place the bungee in a different place? Disclaimer: I realize 100% that changing bungee position is going to do nothing for my [lack of] ability, but I'd like to limit making things harder on myself as much as possible anyway.
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    New to the Force 5

    Welcome! Downwind, you mostly just want enough vang on to stop twist at the top of the sail, as that apparently can contribute to a sudden death roll. That really only happens on a run though, which isn't usually what you're doing on a F5. As long as you don't leave the vang tight from going upwind, gybing should be fine. If you leave it really tight, you can break the gooseneck. Otherwise, just keep in mind that flat is fast and have fun. You can find more info at force5class.org too. If your wind was anything like mine yesterday, it was a fun day to be out. I was doing over 9-10kts just screwing around.
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    How much wind is this?

    When my lake (and my Force 5) look like the pic, my wind app and my weather app say 8-10mph. Boat speed then is 7-8kts on fastest points of sail. I've always been curious about what it would be if I actually measured it (...but not curious enough to go buy an anemometer...).
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    Craigslist Finds

    Buccaneer? That was a thought of mine, but those seem to have rear decks (and are 18ft). Mutineer is smaller still.
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    No good ones, I'm afraid. Generally when I'm around it, I'm too concerned with sailing it. Nobody else at the lake is competent enough with a camera to get any pics. I should work on changing that.... I didn't build it though, fwiw. I wish I had, and I've wanted to since the minute I saw the first one. It's a boat I've always lusted after- ability be damned. The hoop isn't broken. It's quite difficult to move that block back into position and it'll stay wherever it's put. I took the boat out briefly today, and I noticed what you said. I'm happy to have it not come off as easily when I don't want it to, but when I DID want it to, it didn't just do it on its own as before. Oh well, as I said in the beginning, I realize that my problems are mine and not the setup's. I'll just keep working on sucking less. :-)
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    Newport 21 / 212 ?

    Haha. Good to know. Thanks!
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    Hmm, ok. That might be something to look into for next season. Swift Solo. Why not add the complications of a jib and spinnaker to a first trapeze experience? Wheeee!
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    Newport 21 / 212 ?

    Is this the right place for this? I've only ever been in the dinghy section.... My neighbor at the lake recently found himself with what he told me is a Newport 21. It's been a long time since he's sailed anything and he keeps coming to me because he sees me out every day, but I sail singlehanded dinghies. Does anyone know anything about these boats? Anything special to know? There's almost no info online. I'm mostly concerned with setup, because his spreaders and shrouds look sketchy to me, and I don't want him to lose the rig....
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    Newport 21 / 212 ?

    It's definitely either a 21 or a 212- I'm not sure there's really a difference. The entry for the 212 shows one with a "21" on the sail. https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/newport-212
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    Excellent. Will do. Thanks again. This will be one thing less to fight with on the boat, which is definitely good.
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    Thanks! And yeah, I didn't cut it at all. It seemed long even with the extra block.
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    Ok, the pic from the front (with the car in the background) is what it was before. As I understand it, the other pic should be correct. Seem right?
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    Newport 21 / 212 ?

    Yeah, that's the one. The only info I've really found on it is that the lifting tackle for the keel gets scary with age and is hard to fix because of [lack of] access. I know that he's mentioned not being sure how to work the keel. That...does not inspire confidence. It's currently in the water with the mast up, so there's not much I can do about the spreaders, but they look...well, think kid-pretending-to-be-an-airplane... Also, everything is taped, so I can't even SEE what's going on. Thanks for the reply and apologies for the misplacement. I'll post in regular SA.
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    Craigslist Finds

    Oh c'mon, MI can't be THAT far from wherever you are. Jeez, that's like the price of a decent swivel base and cleat. I don't know anything about Banshees, but the people who sold me my Force 5 had a couple and I thought they were kinda cool.
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    Dumb Trapeze Question

    Thanks all, for the replies. It seems to make much more sense to have that block turned around. I didn't even consider that! Yes, as it is, the line DOES get in the way and sometimes get caught up and the bungee does cause problems on the hook (and the velcro near it). It also has a strong tendency to want to pull the ring off the hook at the slightest encouragement. I always assume that I'm the problem with these things, and I'm sure I'm a big part of it, but as I watched those videos, it seems that my setup was causing more issues than it needed to. I'll try re-doing it tomorrow.
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    Craigslist Finds

    Need a red/orange one? Do Fb Marketplace listings count here? Idk what's up with that transom, but it's $175! You can hardly afford NOT to buy it! https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/575091669873696/
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    US built torsion axel Combi trailer

    On both my previous Harbor Freight boat trailer (for just the Force 5) and this Shoreland'r, I removed one leaf from the spring pack. On this trailer, I also switched to radial tires on 12" alloy wheels. The combo is balanced as with car tires and uses lower than max tire pressure. It rides acceptably well, though with both boats all all of the associated stuff on, I'm probably close to the gross trailer weight anyway. I don't drag the boats often, but when I do, it's for 500mi at a time, at speeds up to about 80mph, so if something in my setup doesn't work, it shows itself pretty quickly. So far, no problems at all.
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    US built torsion axel Combi trailer

    I looked for decent solutions in the US for two boats and finally decided that it would be better to design my own, but the Swift Solo is a little harder to accommodate than many since it's so wide. I did go with a steel trailer with leaf springs, but again, that was mostly to accommodate the Swift's existing cradle dimensions and be wide enough to have uprights for a folding second level. Iirc Trailex makes small torsion spring trailers, and you could build a second level easily with their parts. They're aluminum and really light but it wouldn't be cheap, and it wouldn't lower. The Seitech/Dynamic solution has the same limitation. Since I wanted to be able to load/unload both boats on my own, I ended up back at the custom solution...which also turned out not to be at all cheap....
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    Craigslist Finds

    I wanted an MX Ray SO BADLY when they came out. It's a good thing this is so far away, or I'd be way way too tempted.
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    Craigslist Finds

    I'd be all over that if I didn't have a Swift Solo.
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    Whats the fastest you've ever been on a dinghy?

    Dark Sky said 17 with 33mph gusts. Sadly, my SpeedPuck was set to MPH, not Knots, so it's less impressive than it looks. I didn't realize that until I got back in. There was a little squall right after I went out, though, and had I been sailing in that, and could have kept the boat upright, I'd expect a bit more speed. As it was, I could barely hold the boat in the water and I was watching a 14' kayak roll about 50' side-over-side toward my car(!) Fortunately it stopped just before my hood.... Meh. Rescue boat schmrescue boat. I just made sure to keep my home shore downwind, so I knew that eventually the boat and I would blow back if I had a problem. I have more experience in Sunfish in lots of wind than a reasonable person probably should, but I lost a bunch of weight during this whole "your bars are closed and you're making no money for the foreseeable future" time, so it was a little more exciting than I expected. Most of my time in stupid wind had been on a '76 though. I don't know what the setup differences would be, but this '05 seems to be much better behaved, especially with regard to weather helm. My only problem was the occasional stalled tack, which I expected.
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    Whats the fastest you've ever been on a dinghy?

    In today's installment of Sunfish can be fun... it was too windy for my ability on my own boats, but I was at my parents' cottage. Wheee