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  1. Love both the NM/Morgan 45 (nice boat MauiPunter) and the Center Harbor. I agree there is something about the sheerline of the CH that is just a little off, but I'd still be happy to see one on my dock. I've always liked the looks of the IOR influenced boats - those long reverse transoms are beautiful.
  2. Hehe, it's pretty entertaining to read everyone's responses. Mostly I needed a forum to vent a little as this has been a very long project and I really want to just go sailing now that the end is in sight. I knew I'd get some interesting answers and maybe some good ideas as well. I fully understand the implications of changing spreader length and height - anything done to increase the angle that the cap shroud makes relative to the mast decreases the compression load on the mast, which is good, up to the point where the spreaders are so long that they interfere with the sheeting angle of the headsail. Which is what happened in this case. (I am trained as a yacht designer BTW. Certainly don't have the range and depth of knowledge that Bob has, but fair to say I know more than the average bear). Pacific Seacraft doesn't under-engineer their boats so even without rechecking the numbers (which I did), I was pretty sure the proportions of the rig as designed were just fine. The "cut" that needs to be made is not simple. It must follow the curvature of the mast wall and also retain the proper upwards angle of the spreader. Also, the spar and spreaders are powder coated, and my concern with a home made repair was that it would compromise the powder coat. The mast and boom look gorgeous and I would like them to stay that way as long as possible. Anyway, the sparmaker is going to recut the existing spreaders and re powder coat them at the factory. I'll have a little down time while that happens but I'm happy.
  3. Ok here's a recent one. I just had a new rig built for my boat to replace the old in-mast furling rig that didn't work (I also had to do a deck recore under the mast step). I have the original sailplan for the boat from Pacific Seacraft, which was sent to the spar maker with instructions to build a new spar to the old specs except increase the rig height by two feet. Sparmaker says they will "check the numbers". Rig shows up with the spreaders a foot higher and 7" longer than the old rig. Cannot sheet the Genoa to close hauled without it hitting the cap shroud. Spar maker says oops, let's make them shorter - by cutting the spreaders with a hacksaw. Uh, no. I just paid you much $$$ for a new rig, you can make me a new set of spreaders please, since the length was changed from the plans without asking me. This is playing out as I type so I'll see what they do before I name names. But businesses these days should know that social media is very powerful, and this is really a very easy and very inexpensive fix for them.
  4. Sea Sprite 27/28. Luders design. I owned a SS 30 for a while. Great boats.
  5. That Shannon is around the corner from the marina where my boat lives. It's worse in person, looks like three or four different boats stuck together. Not one harmonious line on it.
  6. My Marina neighbors just moved up from their Hunter Vision 32 to a Legend 40.5. They live aboard full time here on the FL gulf coast and cruise 1-2 weekends a month with one or two longer trips to the Keys a year. They are very excited about the 40.5 and I think it will be a great boat for them and how they use it.
  7. Cool pics. I've kayaked around or through most of the passes in those pictures, some look very different now from when the pictures were taken in 2011. Bunces Pass and Pass-a-Grille are my home waters for paddling.
  8. I keep my boat at and live aboard seasonally at the Harborage. No complaints, the staff are great, decent amenities, nice floating docks, half a dozen boatyards right around the corner. St Pete is a great small city, lots going on and tons of good restaurants. Also a much shorter sail to the Gulf and ICW than Tampa. 10 minutes out of the slip and I'm sailing in Tampa Bay.
  9. I don't think any set of numbers is going to tell you how the boat feels. Sure you can generate polar diagrams and study non-dimensional ratios all you want but quantifying feel is pretty much impossible.
  10. I've done enough statistical analyses to know that you can make data say whatever you want. Most of my boats have had "bad" numbers. But they all sailed very well, except for the one where the design was changed from the original. That boat (Cape Cod Marlin 23) really wanted its originally proportioned rig back in order to sail the way it was supposed to. My Sea Sprite 30 had almost motorsailer numbers - SA/D 14.7 and D/L 419. But don't tell the boat that, she was wonderful to sail in all weather.
  11. Clam cakes are a similar thing found mostly in Rhode Island. Substitute diced clam for the conch. Very yummy as an accompaniment to some New England style clam chowdah. None of that crappy Manhattan or Rhode Island style chowder for me please.
  12. Congrats on the offer. Pics of course when the deal is done. I used to keep my boat at Clark Boatyard just down the street from JBY. Boat heaven down there.
  13. I used to do a lot of field work in Narragansett Bay; my lab had a series of monitoring buoys out during the summer months. One of the buoys stopped transmitting data so we went out to check, the entire superstructure (made of 1" SS tubing and SS plate) had been flattened. Based on the blue bottom paint in various locations it was pretty clear that a large powerboat had run completely over the buoy - which was lighted and had a radar reflector on it.
  14. Probably a wave sensor array. I have a friend who works for NOAA in Stamford, he said it's not one of their projects though.
  15. Bob - can't wait to see what you come up with for yourself. I used to sketch boats all the time, even before the Landing School, don't do that much any more but it's always fun to think "what if", especially in a realistic way. No 80 footers please. I've always thought of displacement as a better way to judge the size of a boat. When I was looking for my current boat the ability to singlehand was very important. My previous boat was easy for me to sail at 10k lbs, new boat is even easier at 11,600 with a much bigger engine (38 hp vs 18). Sure she could be a little faster, or be a bit more roomy, but in reality for living aboard and sailing alone she's just about perfect. And pretty too! Of course I still make mental sketches...