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About Veeger

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    Betwixt and Between PNW
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    Sailing, multihulls, monohulls, daysailers

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  1. Veeger

    Is this what we have come to?

    So. You'd have been a customer for the Reynolds 45? (it's okay, I thought about it too....)
  2. Veeger

    Front Page: "Shit's about to get real"...

    Welp.... when she goes ‘down the mine’, it’s gonna be a full on summersault!
  3. Veeger

    What custom cruiser...if money were no object?

    Spot on per all points. Custom isn't cheap, it doesn't 'give you your money back' and it 'should' be different or why do it? Your 'cost' assessment is true as well. It's much like folks who don't want to have overhangs or bowsprits or otherwise longish boats because of the slip costs. Seriously? That's the make or break calculation for boat ownership costs? (Now, if it needs to fit in a slip you already own, then loa matters... or you're buying a 4ksb on tight budget) Many years ago I chartered a Freedom 30 or 35 (I can't remember which). It was an eye opener to sail deep down wind and have no need for light sails. The little camber spar jib was 'ok', set well but I never can quite get over the elbow it puts in the headstay.... I've been a fan of a free standing cat rig ever since. A cat yawl makes a whole lot of sense too for a variety of well known reasons. I'm teetering on pulling the trigger on a custom boat... still. I will forever kick myself if I don't do the free-standing cat rig on it. Visually, I'm happy not to have a mizzen, practically, it would be a mistake not to have a little mizzen for balance and riding on the hook. My only complaint about the cat rig also stems from my charter of the Freedom. The windage of the thicker mast so far forward made handling in a marina, in a cross wind, an absolutely almost insurmountable challenge. The custom version will have a nice, retracting bow thruster.....
  4. Veeger

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    ‘Some’ water damage. Extensive ‘cleaning’. Water damage due to having had water ‘inside’ during storage... Yup, well, don’t buy it cuz it’s cheap.... it’s not gonna be cheap when you’re done with it. The 38 may be related but it’s a far cry from the 36. As it’s the ‘only’ 36 in the US, that’s not gonna be an advantage when it comes to selling sometime in the future. But, if ya just gotta have it and sweat equity is a fair trade to you,.....
  5. Veeger

    Gulf 29?

    Yeah, I considered a Newport 41 once many, many eons ago. I stopped considering once I saw the plastic thru hull valves. Didn’t look or feel like a ball valve and certainly wasn’t like a Jen-YOU-Wine bronze seacock . Appeared to be held in place by some hardened splooge oozing out. But, as others have noted, ‘most’ of ‘em are still afloat....
  6. Seriously doubt many will finish within 50 hours....
  7. Veeger

    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    ....and this makes them unprofessional? How so?
  8. I might have a drifter for light airs... might. In practice, I seriously doubt I'd use it much unless I was racing. Racing is not generally my thing but if I thought I had a boat with a touch of speed relative to others, then, maybe I'd try a few distance / shorthanded races. My Mainecat just died in the light air and it hurt to watch little 20-something footers just walk away.... Give me 8 knots true or more and the story changed. However, in these parts, less than 8 was the rule in most races... Your Gunter rig idea is intriguing. I've thought of something similar but not sure I'm that adventurous with my own wallet. I would prefer not having to reef before 16-18 knots true. In any event, reefing should be quick and easy so that you just do it as the breeze comes on. The Mainecat really handled/balanced much better with a single reef tucked in when over 15 knots true but could handle full sail for up to and over 20. The challenge for a boat being good in under 6 knots true, is that anything over 6 knots puts you on your ear... so I don't race and 'suffer' in the light stuff.... (Did I say I'm both a lazy sailor and one who prefers comfort...?) I prefer a relatively short boom and higher aspect rig and am hoping that a bendy, free-standing mast will depower sufficiently in the mid range and somewhat compensate for the lack of a deep keel before I need to reef in the mid-teens.
  9. Veeger

    Coolboats to admire

    You must have a much tighter definition of Penobscot Bay. Technically, you may be right. Generally speaking, I call the region from Two Bush Channel to Swan’s Island all ‘Penobscot Bay. That would put Buck’s Harbor ‘in the zone’. Luckily, I’m not the final authority...
  10. You’ve got the size about right. Maybe #8-9000 and 500-600 sq ft of sail. I started out on Cape Cod cats, admittedly much smaller than what we’re talking here. My last catamaran had a 540 -/+ sq ft main. The one before that was nearly 800 sq ft. Yup, they’re big. Wyliecat mains really get big. That being said, I’d not turn down a ride on a Wyliecat but overall, I don’t think that’s a problem. You’ve noticed that here in the PNW, it’s mostly light airs I suppose...... ;-). This is a daysailer/weekender, not a cruiser, not an ocean crosser. All in all, it’s not much more boat than a Wyliecat 30 ——-and even less accommodations.
  11. Veeger

    Coolboats to admire

  12. Single mast. Single sail. No ketches or schooners. But perhaps the better question is, In choosing a designer, what characteristic is of highest priority? Technical knowledge regarding the rig? Experience with a given hull type? Best alignment between designer and client on aesthetics? Proximity to client and/or builder?
  13. Indeed! Where AM I going to go? The big question is whether one needs to go to a designer who's already done it? Doug Z has, but as far as I know it was his first and only. Tom W has the most experience with the rig by far... and doesn't do slow, so there's some value there. Nigel I does good work but I'm not looking for a standing lug a la Roxanne/Romilly although a bit of a traditional look would be appreciated muchly. Several others have been willing to stick a freedstanding cat rig on a boat but no proof of concepts that I'm aware of. Overall, I may have to just see who answers the 'phone' so to speak.....
  14. 6' draft is my target. I 'might' accept 6.5'. Ultimate performance is not really the goal. Lazy sailing is the goal. Freestanding, una rig = no sail on the shrouds, no flopping headsail on a deep run. Long hull, light weight to keep the rig smaller and all well inboard visually. (I like long ends, not necessarily long overhangs though) Centered cockpit, hard dodger, cuddy for head and gear stowage. The 110 type hull has its own advantages but to go that direction simply because it's cheap is false economy. 35-45' loa. I'm hoping to pull the trigger this year...
  15. Thanks for this. I dream of such a project, but 11' draft puts it in the nightmare category... I'd take a detuned Wyliecat 44 though.