JimB

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  1. So this might be a goofy idea so flame me if you need to. I just turned 65 but still fit and able. I currently own and sail a Hot Foot 20. I down sized from a B25 to reduce the need for crew . Finding the Hot Foot a little small but still want exciting sailing. If I find the Hot Foot small then that rules out all of the newer 20 footish sporties . What if I purchased a Melges 24 and bot a shorter rig to reduce the upwind sail area to about 300 square foot. I of course would swap the original rig back on if I were to compete in any Melges events or any serious PHRF regatta. The idea being I would have basically 2 boats. Main one powered down for short handed day sailing and Wed Nite PHRF Beer Can racing. The second one being a regular Melges 24 for the serious fully crewed action should I choose to want to do that. (still very fit and able) The problem with purchasing any other sports boat like a nice Rocket 22, Ultimate 24, Flying Tiger 7.5, GP 26 etc is the lack of a class if I ever want to do a one design event. The exception being the J 70. I suppose I could do the opposite with a J70. Buy a second taller rig to power it up for non one design J 70 racing. I think there would be less potential problems powering down than up so the Melges 24 would be my preference. I know this is an expensive idea unless I found a used mast that I could shorten and cut down some sails. I know I would have problems with our PHRF gurus coming up with an appropriate rating. Any other problems I am overlooking?
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    Melges 24 for old guy

    Please reread my initial post. I have a Hot Foot 20 now. Not looking to go smaller.
  3. Just finished a pleasant spinnaker run in about 12 knots. Looked like we were about to get rained on. Decided to head for the Marina. We were a few minutes away when a huge storm front wind came roaring down the lake. We were on a beam reach about 2 minutes from the Marina when we got knocked down very hard. The boat tried to turtle but stuck the mast in the mud. Myself and my one crew had been tossed into the lake. Luckily a power boat picked us out of the very cold water within 5 minutes. I thought at the very least my mast would be destroyed. The blast was over as quick as it came. A fellow Sylvan Lake sailor came out with a power boat and working together got my boat upright and secured to our towns earth pier. After changing to warm clothes I came out and took over the bailing. Bailed the boat out enough to tow to the Marina. 1 day later boat ready to sail again. Missing my windex and there are still weeds stuck on my flicker. Weeds will be my windex for the rest of the season. It pic boat on its side. 2nd pic boats working together to get my boat to shore and secured. 3rd pic. Boat secured and being Bailed out. 4th pic boat mostly Bailed and in Marina. 5th pic weeds flying from mast top 6th pic me happy that I had not lost my emergency pail shutter lid. Lost some other stuff that floated away.
  4. Dried out and ready for winter storage. Only damage lost windex. Not a bad outcome. Thinking about the Double Damed for next year. Don't think any Canadians have done the Double Damed yet. Will hit the pool 3 x per week all winter to be in top shape in case my little boat breaks apart and crew has to swim for shore. Not sure the old girl could take 40 miles of wave jumping if it was a big wind race.
  5. If I had any Lake Room I would have turned down and would have went for a speed record. Problem wasthe lee shore was not far with lots of rocks in that area. My best option was to beam reach into the Marina. Almost made it. And yes I had forgot to lock the hatch when we started out. Was not thinking about it as the wind was light at that time. A locked hatch would have made for a quick recovery, less bailing and I would not have lost any gear. Won't forget to lock the hatch again even when the wind is light. Just something you need to do on a boat of this nature. If you check sail data you will see the Hot Foot 20 is reasonably powered up. My wife says too much for a 67 yr old but I will not bother owning any Sailboat that will not plane. Rather just go fishing than sail around a piggy.
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    Headfoil vs Hanks, thoughts?

    I have found a way to fark up any foil I have owned so I prefer hanks
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    Looking for Hotfoot 20 near BC Canaderp

    Here are a couple of pics.
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    Looking for Hotfoot 20 near BC Canaderp

    Did you ever find a Hot Foot? Could be talked out of mine right now for $4500. Over all very good condition. Of course it could use sails. It could also use a bottom job to put it in top notch race condition. What I mean is sand the bottom, epoxy it, do a little failing if you have those skills. Not hard to do on a Hot Foot as you can turn it upside down or lean it up against a wall rather than under it up on a lift. My name is Jim. Phone 403 347 6557
  9. Good advice. At the time of the knock down I was flogging the main. Being Healed exposed a lot of free board as well. The gust was huge. Yes one more crew of decent size probably would have saved the day. I would have had that person standing on the gunnell hanging off the shroud. This person might have been able to quickly climb out on the keel as well.
  10. I included a picture of me being happy to have not lost my emergency shitter lid that fits on a 3 or 5 gallon pail. Expected this to provoke a little jockularity. I am in my mid sixties and you know at this age somedays the only heads up you get to a fast approaching emergency is a couple of farts.
  11. I should conclude by saying that the Hot Foot 20 is great bang for the buck for anyone who likes to plane. I bot this boat with decent sails for $6000. I now have lost 2 windexs in 6 years and that is it for breakage. I keep it on a mooring ball so very little expense there. Boat does not owe me anything now even if it gets destroyed someday.
  12. Steam Flyer, the big problem here was I was forced to beam reach to make the Marina entrance channel. The gust that knocked me down was huge. I have sailed this little boat upwind for miles with a reefed main in plus 20 with gusts over 30 with no problems. Downwind in the big stuff is a blast. Once you are planing the loads get light and you just keep going faster The faster you go the more stable the boat feels. Just need to focus on boat balance especially through a jibe. Keep the boat flat and balanced upwind and down and the boat performs great in big breeze. No need for more buoyancy etc. Beam reaching and with only one crew different story. I had no choice, no Lake room to turn down, motor decided not to start to help me hold her nose into the wind if all else failed. I was close to the Marina so I went for it. I was only a couple of minutes out when the monster gust hit me, bad thing when beam reaching and Light on rail meat. Turning down even briefly meant missing the Marina entrance with nowhere to go but aground. The bottom muddy in that area so I guess that would have not been a bad outcome if I could have slowed the boat enough to not rip the keel out. Anyway it was a bit of a Freak situation that probably won't happen to me again anytime soon. Famous last words.
  13. It was pretty much full of water but did not sink. Has some built in flotation.
  14. You Vancouver Island Sailors might Know my Hot Foot. It's first name was AJ for Adrenaline Junky. Don't know the original owner. I am the 3rd or 4th of owner. Have owned several small keel boats Inc B25, Santana 23 and a 20, Capri 22. SJ 21. Also previously owned another Hot Foot named Gonzo. Love planing at 10 plus on the Hot Foot. The Double Damed is still on my bucket list.
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    Antrim 27's, how many

    Any Sailing updates?
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    Buy my Viper

    How do you lift the keel?
  17. I currently own a Hot Foot 20. Have owned B25, Santana 23, Capri 22 and a few others. I am 66 yrs young. Love the Hot Foot but would like a little more comfort for longer day sails. The Ultimate 20 might be the logical move but I would think still a rough ride when you have to sail unwind in chop. Just did that on the weekend. Blasted down the lake hitting sustained double didgets in 20 kts breeze and more at times. My ass is still sore from the return 8 mile unwind slog back to my mooring ball. I am wondering if a J70 might be a better ride for an old guy who still likes to plane at least a couple times a year. Thinking 1700lbs and a longer water line should provide a somewhat less rough unwind in chop ride. What do you guys think about the J70
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    My old Rock Box needs help

    Should have said Watson. My bad.
  19. Any body know what happened to the Rock Box guys? My Rock Box won't lock onto the satellites any more. Just says Tuning until it gives up and powers down. Any ideas?
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    My old Rock Box needs help

    Yahoo! Found a new Gps module plugged it in and my RockBox is working. Faster in picking up satellites than new. $40 fix. Google is a champ sometimes.
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    My old Rock Box needs help

    Tried everything. Think it is farked although everything works except it will not connect. Probably needs a new gps thingy. Was hoping to find a way to talk to the Rock City Marine Guys to see if they had ideas before I deep six it. I have had a good run with it. At least 12 years. Don't know what I should replace it with. My 20yr old Tactic died last fall as well. I am thinking maybe 2 Velocitic pucks, one left on speed and the other on heading to replace both. Don't need anything more than speed and heading and like big didgets.
  22. Our Sylvan Lake Marinas (2) have both developed a severe weed problem. Every time a sail or power boat leaves the Marinas a clump of weed gets dragged out into the lake. If the wind is lite the weed clumps just float around waiting for my Hot Foot 20 ( and other keel boats of course) . Early in September we had a 4 race regatta and I ended up with weeds attached to my keel 3 of the 4 races. This is despite backing up before each start. Not Good for boat speed. My keel needs a little work anyway so thinking about installing a kelp cutter. Wondering about the pros and cons of doing this. Where would I even get the blade? Hoping some of you coastal guys may have some advice.
  23. 2days before launching last spring I noticed some delam on the leading edge of my keel. Epoxied that but was still concerned that I may have some water intusion. I also had a horizontal gel coat crack across the keel. I bot some clear Gorilla tape that advertises underwater adhesion. I applied a strip of the tape down the leading edge of the keel and another over the gel coat crack. I just pulled the boat for the season and the tape was still in place. I am impressed. Going to pull the keel off and refinish it over the winter but thinking I will reapply the tape on the leading edge of the keel just in case I have a pin hole that I miss that allows water in. The tape survived some 10 knot downwind runs. I bet the clear tape works well as sail repair tape as well.
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    Tilting the mast forward?

    Funny Story. Myself and a friend both owned Santana 23 daggerboards. We both were very competitive and did everything we could to make our boats faster. A 3rd Santana 23 arrived bot sight unseen from Florida. The boat arrived with a reverse bend in the mast, Needed the backstay on a little to straighten it. Downwind the farker was faster than both of us. When he released his backstay his prebend the wrong way put his spin forward. My buddy and I decided to try pulling our masts forward with our spare jib halyards and holy crap we were also faster. We later heard a story that the third Santana while in Florida had bent the mast forward by hitting a wave. After observing that his boat was then faster downwind the other Santana 23 guys in his club worked on bending their masts forward as well by plowing into waves. Prob B.S. but funny anyway. I attached a pic of my buddy and me duelling with our S23s. I am the guy behind at this point. Both of us have since moved on to other rides. I miss my S23.
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    Latest Speed Secret: Gorilla Tape!

    Wow. Just pulled my boat for the season, Gorilla Tape I used for a temp repair on keel stayed in place all summer. Withstood some 10 knot downwind runs. 2 days before launch I noticed some keel delam due to water intrusion. Fixed the delam with epoxy then put a strip of Gorilla Tape down the leading edge of the keel in case I had missed a pin hole or something that would allow water back in this season. I also put a strip over a horizontal gel coat crack across the keel that might allow moisture in. Dam, the Gorilla Tape did as advertised and stayed in place even under water all summer. I used the clear tape. I bet this tape would work as well as the much more expensive clear sail repair tape as well. I am impressed.