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    Shoddy Workmanship Anarchy

    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.
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    Shoddy Workmanship Anarchy

    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.
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    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.
  4. 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...
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Pretty darn sure they didn't splash CATARI as I was there two weeks ago and some key things were still missing. But they are definitely getting close to the final details stage so I'm sure there was lots of stuff to figure out.
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Only info I got on CATARI is that she will be launched this spring - not sure where she is headed this summer. Please take pics if you see her floating!
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    OK I'm on my computer now. We'll see how many pictures I can post on the pitiful marina wifi. Actually I took very few pictures at PSC, as they asked me not to post any online, so I decided to just enjoy looking rather than wasting time taking lots of pics. Had lots of fun poking around CATARI and the shop, and they had much valuable information about my boat which was extremely helpful. I will be rerigging the boat this spring so it will be a huge help to have them to answer questions as they come up. My pilothouse does not have the settee raised above the cabin sole, but there are a set of lower windows below the larger windows on the cabin sides that I can see out of when sitting at the table. Of course the steering station is the prime seat if you want to see out, and I often eat breakfast there if it's too chilly to sit outside. Raising the sole would allow visibility out the big windows as Bob said, but in a 32' boat I'm not sure it would work well enough to justify. There are already a lot of steps up and down for a very small space, any more and I think it would be a safety problem as you literally can't walk more than 2 steps without meeting a stair as it is. Interior pics were taken with a GoPro which is why they appear to be distorted - very wide angle.
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    CATARI comes along at Pacific Seacraft

    Greetings all, I've been absent for a while. I was just at the PSC factory on Friday and got the grand tour of CATARI - what an amazing boat! Can't wait to see her in the water soon. The details were amazing and PSC is justifiably proud of their work. My reason to visit the factory (besides drooling over CATARI) was to pick PSC's brain about a new rig for my Pilothouse 32. I will definitely be in need of some advice so I'll start a thread soon. Not sure if I can post a pic here from my phone but the layout of my boat is very similar to Bob's latest iteration of the 63'er, obviously much smaller and minus a few extra cabins, but the general layout works great. There is some lost space for sure but IMO the space that is there is more liveable, and the big windows make the boat seem larger than it is.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Not ugly...but maybe because of the short length it just looks like it's missing something. There was a boat very similar to that one moored near me in RI. The owners were friendly folks and we often chatted on the launch. They used that boat a lot more than most of the $$$ boats in the mooring field.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Kim and Bob sure didn't with the Francis Lee! Kim I feel your pain. I'm sure you are itching to get her in the water. I'm hoping to get my "new" boat here by Thanksgiving but that will be a stretch. With the other boat sold I am boatless for a few weeks right as the sailing weather has become great.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Nah, the rowing world is all about "you can do whatever you want but don't change anything"
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    Coolboats to admire

    Stephano, I sailed out of Jamestown for several years and always loved seeing the S boats. I towed one back to her mooring one Tuesday night when the wind completely died and the tide was going out. I was motoring by and thought the crews' waving at me looked a little more frantic than the usual friendly hello so I went back and gave them a lift. Guess if you're going to get a tow it might as well be from another sailboat!
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    No...I am very behind when it comes to most pop culture references, with a few exceptions.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Caterpillar drive?? I had to look that one up. Would be slightly impractical if the boat it was installed on needed to travel in freshwater. However, it would be cool to say that your boat (or spaceship, maybe) had a Magnetohydrodynamic drive system...
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Was there ever any thought of electric propulsion? Seems like it might be a good option for a boat that is primarily daysailed, although I can't remember if you have power at your dock. (Pardon if this was asked before but with 70+ pages it would take me a week to re-read...)