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  1. double trouble

    Aren't the iphones Chinese made? Seems like under the right circumstances very high production standards can be had there. Even if you concede some degree of quality, there are many products made well enough to be more than up to the task often selling for a fraction of what American or European products go for. Even American icons like Yamaha and Fender guitars have Chinese produced guitars with their brand name on them and are very good quality for less than half of what their US made guitars sell for. No doubt many cheap and poorly made products are made in China, as they are here, but the days when " Chinese made" automatically meant poor quality are fast becoming a thing of the past
  2. Not trying to rain on your parade or pick a fight. The GP 26 is a great little boat but the line I highlighted above is factually incorrect. With a PHRF of 81 it is slower than the Fareast 28 which has a PHRF of 54 ,( as you would expect from a longer waterline). It already has a OD design races in Europe and has sold more than 300 boats worldwide. It sells for almost half of the GP26. price. Granted it has an aluminum mast and boom but it does have a carbon keel and rudder. Yes, it's Chinese built but after two years of ownership I have had no quality issues despite constant weekend use including all out racing in heavy wind. I hope the GP 26 is very successful. I would love to race against one as I like the competition like the Melges 24 I race against. that can beat me on time but never to the line :)) I will not post further- there is plenty of info online about all of these boats.
  3. double trouble

    The Torqueedo knock off electric motor looks interesting on the boat in back. Direct drive- they claim 2x running time vs Torqueedo. But $2600?
  4. Infuckers on the Fareast 28r

    That would not solve the problem at all. I don't simply want to bring the jib sheet as close as possible to the centerline-I want to be able to continuously adjust inbpoard/outboard as needed. The boat design is fabulous. It planes easily at 7 kts boat speed and points better than ANY of the other boats on the lake ( including the Melges 24) once trimmed properly. Last week we were doing 8.5 knots of GPS boatspeed in 15 kts TWS on a close reach ( 75 deg TWA) under jib and main. My latest setup to the inhaulers shown elsewhere on this forum is robust and worked very well during last weeks race. I would like to be able to adjust from the high side though. Christian- thanks for taking the time to explain and illustrate a solution. I appreciate your response.
  5. Random Pic of my Fareast 23R

    Try a little more aft rake and prebend on the mast. Made a huge difference on my FE28R. Outpoints the competition now
  6. Inhaulers for Fareast 28R - PART DEUX

    Looks good. Actually , perhaps it looks more complex than it really is. Just a simple purchase system that allows both forward -aft and in/out adjustment. Relatively cheap upgrade. Lucked out that the Antal padeye holes matched the holes I made for previous set-up. The proof of the pudding is in the eating so we will see in a couple of weeks during the next race.
  7. Inhaulers for Fareast 28R - PART DEUX

    Last I heard there were 10 in the US. There are 4 I believe already going to Charleston this Spring. I would love to make it five but I would need to figure a way to get free from work. I thought the whole purpose of forums like this was precisely to share ideas and experiences so all can benefit.
  8. Inhaulers for Fareast 28R - PART DEUX

    I understand the blocks are optional and the set up would work using the low friction padeyes alone but I added the blocks to assure the force would always be in the direction for which the padeyes were designed and that rotational forces would be minimized. It seemed to work with minimal resistance as is but I haven't had a chance to use it under heavy load yet.
  9. OK, have reengineered the inhauler setup. Using solid aluminum low friction Antal padeyes and 29mm T2 Harken air blocks and an Antal solid ring. Covered dyneema line ( I still have to strip the cover over the front and put a put a Brummel splice to luggage tag the end to the block). This gives me some purchase and I think is beefy enough to withstand the forces from the jib shdeet.
  10. Seascape 18 outboard

    I've owned all those engines- here is my 2 cents The Honda is nice light engine- I had two things I didn't like- very loud compared to others and didn't like the centrifugal clutch. When you start the engine cold it has to rev to warm up and that means the clutch will engage. I had to always start with the boat tied to the dock until I could idle the motor The Tohatsu 3.5 - good engine- no complaints- quite a bit bigger and heavier with more power- comes in handy if you have to motor a ways against a 20 kt wind. The Torqueedo- loved that I could easily take it off after sails were up and store below. Not enough power to motor against big wind and once you are out of juice no easy way to refill. But to get in/out of marina in normal wind worked really well. My battery has died now after 5 years and will cost me $1000 to replace Yamaha- IMHO the best in quality of these. I have the 2.5 and the 4 HP models. Great, reliable, strong motors. A little heavier than the others but due to beefier construction. The latest 2.5 model allows you to lay the motor down on either side without oil issues. I use ethanol free gas and run the carb dry after each use to avoid carb cleaning duty
  11. Random Pic of my Fareast 23R

    A little brother! Nice!
  12. FE28R Tuning Guide anyone?

    Here courtesy of North Sails One Design is their rig tuning guide Fareast 28R Rig tune notes.xlsx
  13. Infuckers on the Fareast 28r

    Granted. Now how about some helpful ideas to help me solve this problem
  14. Infuckers on the Fareast 28r

    Well, found out this weekend the set up is not up to the task. Bent the bolt on the foremost fairlead and the plastic broke during a race in high wind. No sure if it was the force from the jib sheet or if the ring had reached the end of its travel and we broke it with the winch, but either way have to rethink this. I'm thinking a SS padeye with a small block or ring instead of the fairlead. Thoughts??
  15. Infuckers on the Fareast 28r

    Putting the ring through both the top and bottom lines changes neither the purchase nor the load on the fairleads. The dyneema line is more than adequate to handle the load with a 4000lb working load rating. I do worry about the fairleads which will probably see 100lbs or more each. The jib sheet force is shared between the 2 fairleads, the jib car and the winch. Variants of this setup are common on many sportboats. A number of the FE28R's are using this setup and have not seen reports of any failures yet on FE28R boards. The tackline for the spinnaker is held by a single cam cleat and it's 2 10x24x3 SS bolts . Under load I cannot bring the line in without the winch so these little bits of hardware are something else.