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  1. gossmanl

    Help! Henderson 30 vs FT-10

    I do and it live the entire season in the water on Lake Erie. We have not had any issue with it being in the water. We put on a vivid bottom when we got the boat and it has held up great. Our club does have a single point crane large enough to pull the boat so it does get cleaned at least once a month. These boats do single point very well with a bridal strap to the keel stringer and some guide lines on deck.
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    Help! Henderson 30 vs FT-10

    Upwind the boats are very close in sub 8kts. The Farr is a little heavier to as the breeze moves up a well sailed Farr in the past has been a little quicker. To get the Farr to do that though is a lot of work as they are very technical and physical boats. Off the wind in a WL race the Farr will be hard to beat with a Hendo as it is still a symmetrical kite and can do the same BS at a much deeper angle. I have sailed both and they are great boats but hands down the hendo build quality is much better. I will say that if you plan to race against mostly symmetrical kite boats and would be new to an A sail boat that I would think you would be doing better with the Farr quicker in a symmetrical config. I have raced a against a few FT10s and we seem to always be ahead of them over the line and on corrected too with our Hendo
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    Henderson 30?

    I have recently relocated to the Chicago area so the boat is back at my home club still. Not ready to quadruple cost of a season quite yet. I would like to have it in Lake Michigan in the next year or so. Goal is to do a Mac on it.
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    Henderson 30?

    I am currently in the Chicago area unfortunately the boat is still on Lake Erie. If you have any questions about the boat feel free to let me know this will be yr 11 for us with our Hendo.
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    Henderson 30?

    I believe the number is 31 total. 28 production and 3 post production. I thought I had a pic of my SN plate from my boat but I believe we are hull 29.
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    Henderson 30?

    This is would be a large undertaking but this is kinda the goal I would like to achieve for the boat.
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    Henderson 30?

    It may have that but its still slower then a Hendo in its current spec. I have never been a fan of the FT10 and its hard to beat the build quality of a soca boat. I have put my boat through some really harsh trips and its made it through with flying colors.
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    Henderson 30?

    Have you played around with the idea of two sail reaching? number one and an inside set staysail? I agree the keel is the first issue that needs tweaked. I would go for pole length too but that is much easier for me to do since I have a non articulating pole.
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    Henderson 30?

    Hey guys I have a thought question for fellow owners. Now that the boats are getting up there and age and we are all doing some sort of handicap racing with them has anyone thought about how they would go about adding some performance to keep up with modern designs?
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    Henderson 30?

    We got the bearings from the factory. I can not speak for your boat because our boat was the test mule in Trinidad for the M32 system so we got the boat with MK1 bearings so the only thing we had to do was modify the sleeve and the foil holes in the plates. Most of the M32s do not even run the sleeve so if you went that route it should be a very quick change. As for the tiller we are still using the stock tiller.
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    Henderson 30?

    We have done the 32 switch over and its a night and day improvement to the feel of the rudder but i do agree its not a cheap change over.
  12. gossmanl

    Henderson 30?

    Excited to not owe you 6 sec anymore!
  13. gossmanl

    Henderson 30?

    The running backless hendos did have the chain plates moved about 4 inches a stern of stock. Our boat was one of the three maryweather boats and when the previous owners lost the original rig they went back to the stock rig set up with runners. I can take a picture of our deck showing the old chain plate location relative to the stock ones.
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    Henderson 30?

    We have raced flying tigers a few times now and in lite air they have never been able to touch us. Not sure if they were just not sailed well or what but we usually stay ahead of them. Also build quality of a henderson imo is much better
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    Henderson 30?

    When we got her she had the standard rig and undercut but still overlapping. Not having a full sized main and no one really hurt us the first few season. Im sure kevin can remember sailing away from us like nothing the first few years still need a proper match up now that we are running a real sized set.