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  1. A few comments... ... its never fast to have the pole off to leeward... the only exceptions I can think of would be for a douse, or if you're winging the kite out. Otherwise, the boat is just pointed the wrong way. ... if you're in soak mode, play the pole back ....if you're reaching, pole centered The ability to smoothly play the sprit can be helpful, but if you don't know what you're doing it can be a major distraction.
  2. I'm looking forward to seeing these things on the water.
  3. It's amazing how many boats have bottom paint on that have never spent more then a few days in the water... and all those kelp cutters that have disappeared. Add a kelp stick to the shopping list.
  4. A couple things to add: Skip the life lines covers and use just the tubing. Run spin sheets inside, its a better angle. Only need covers behind the driver... (this is coming from a crew) Second engine mount - put it forward of the mast so when you store your engine you can mount it with the engine centerline and forward (shaft toward bow) Shock cord spirt retrieval system (DIY), there will be douses when you don't time your douse and sprit at the same time, and it ends up sticking out a bit. Harken soft cup holders Rig adjuster set wrap around velcro pins for shrouds I'll second on skipping the spin bag, I'm a fan of the hydroturf, but not necessary
  5. Bingo. This was my immediate thought as well. Those Swan42's could use a replacement... ... less crew ... more capable (in shore, off shore, short handed) ... faster ... better built
  6. Sail her hard! Great boat.
  7. Deviation, Wings, Blondie and Touch 2 Play tried this at different times at Key West with mixed results. There is a time and place for this I suppose. Saw this for the first time while racing in the J70 Quantum Mid-winters. We tried it a few times with some success, but more failure. It definitely has a time and place. It's very tactical, but from our experience, it only pays off in very specific circumstances... this was in 8-12kts of breeze, puffy/shifty conditions It's great for: Staying in a very narrow puff coming down the course for an extended period Prolonged gybes in those narrow bands Temporary rules/tactical advantages Getting some immediate low separation from boats above when you see a puff coming low It's not good when: You have to over steer to keep the kite full You can't keep the kite full when you gybe the main Can't focus solely on driving - it takes some driver concentration When you do it, make sure crew is really focused on weight placement and helping the driver out. Have good visibility on the puff, because once you're out of it, its slow. Have an exit plan.
  8. I crewed occasionally on a J88(OD Jib) in Boston/Marblehead and here is what I thought worked best... - weight forward and low - Jib trimmer 100% focus on the ticks, calling out lifts and headers and adjusting constantly then adjusting again as the driver came up / headed off - sheet / car / windward sheet all moving smoothly and continously Only time I felt like we really couldn't hang was when sailing against lighter boats with higher sail/displacement ratios in super light wind. Farr30/Hendersons
  9. And why can't you just stick the tip of a screw driver in there and do quarter/half turns?
  10. Once you have overlap, you can maneuver to make a seaman-like rounding. For the boats you're afraid of pissing off, if they let you inside and see that you're going to have to turn way down at the mark, hopefully they are smart enough to know when its good to slow down and come in tight.
  11. 1. You do not need to change the kite in the bag, just clip the sheet/tack/halyard together and pull around to the other side then reattach to the kite. If its properly packed, the tack will be free to go forward, the halyard straight up, and the clew back. We hoisted from the hatch without the bag. 2. I noticed a lot of twist in the haylard on the j88 I sailed in Boston last week... hoist the kite at the dock, if you notice the head twisting on its on, in little breeze, it could be excessive twist in the halyard... use a mousing line and remove it, drag it behind the boat or manually untwist it. If that's not the case, make sure you are pre feeding the tack out and make sure the hoist is quick. There is a lot less chance to get a twist if the spinnaker gets made right as the helm drives down to fill the kite.
  12. Hey Jon - is there any where we can follow along? I saw the bought in Marblehead a few weeks ago, then went and bought the book about the previous Vendee. I'd really like to do whatever I can to follow the campaign. Hell, if there are any volunteering opportunities I'd be interested.
  13. Wish I had seen this post a few weeks ago. I sailed by on a viper a few weeks back and did some research. Bought his book shortly after and now I'm 2/3s through it. I'd highly recommend it. The program he operates seems like a very noble cause, good for sailing and good for kids. http://www.sitesalive.com/ Will be rooting for this guy.
  14. You guys need to relax...a lot plays into price and what people are willing to pay. It seems the buyers purchasing Jim's boats are VERY happy with these boats. As long as Jim is producing boats, it's benefiting all of us. This is great thread, I enjoy following the build of these boats. Keep it up Jim.
  15. rum well deserved. Congratulations!