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  1. gjbike

    Sturgis Boat Works unreachable?

    The mast is a standard Selden mast you should be able to get from Selden and sails any loft can make. I have had no issues with my FE28R I bought from Matt but I have not needed anything from him. I felt I got a great buy and so far I have no regrets. There isn’t anything on that boat, or for that matter, most boats that can’t be fixed/ fabricated or repaired. My 2003 Beneteau is no longer being made but the engine, electronics, sails, rigging , mast can all be replaced in one way or another.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    that was a pretty comprehensive ass kicking. Boat-speed wise the FarEast was slightly better up wind (but we also hiked harder and sailed flatter), the Viper slightly better VMG downwind. But we totally on them on Tactics. Now , now Jackdaw- he is a fellow Texan afterall
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Well now that Wurstfest 2019 is in the bag I am happy to report that Canyon Wind (Fareast 28R) was able to take first place having bested the very fast and well sailed Rented Mule (Viper 830) in 4 of 4 races. The very close finishes I think confirm my 68 rating is reasonable. Make mine 18 yo Balvenie please
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    2018 Fareast 28R Worlds

    If you use Google Chrome as your web browser you can right click on a web page and it will pop up a window where you can choose "translate to English" and most of the writing will appear in English.
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    2018 Fareast 28R Worlds

    Chinese TV is covering the races live this weekend here for anyone interested and willing to be up at night . The site had 1.4 million views!! https://vzan.com/live/tvchat-856997
  6. The 2nd Worlds for the Fareast 28R are happening in China. Here are links for the three videos that are up with highlights. Bigger turnout this year with 26 teams form 14 nations. Will give you some idea of what these boats are like. Reportedly 400+ built so far ttps://youtu.be/Xr9dRUc_MWo https://youtu.be/LksQddIEuW4 https://youtu.be/ZEedQUbv1bE
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    Letting go of tiller, cookies ensue.

    On a Colgate 26 I used to have I would show my gf that even in 20 kts wind and 20 degrees of heel if the sail plan was balanced the boat would track straight hands off tiller for about 6 to 8 seconds before slowly turning into the wind. I can do the same with my Beneteau First 235 and my FE28R. If you go straight into the wind the minute you let go of the tiller then the main sail is either sheeted in too far or the traveler is up too high relative to the jib trim. Either power up the jib or depower the main
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Ok. You’re on (actually I remember now how fast that boat was- but it will still come down to crew skills)
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Yes, that was terrible. Well-since then we have new crew and happy to say we have bested pretty much all of those boats sometime during the year. But I see we may be starting to form a new rivalry with those yankee carpetbaggers from up north. How about skipper of losing boat buys bottle of 18 yo single malt scotch for winner? So, do you feel lucky punk- we’ll do you?? ( in my best Clint Eastwood impersonation)
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    I don’t recall if we’ve sailed against one. Under ideal conditions we do about 6.2 kts upwind at 37 deg TWA for a VMG of 5.1. When you get it dialed in the boat definitely moves well.
  11. gjbike

    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    As we would say down here: ” thems are fighting words!” :)
  12. gjbike

    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Nothing more than what other FE28R’s and other physically similar boats have been rated in other regions. PHRF and ORC/IRC certificates, and readily available online ratings.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Glad to report the PHRF committee was receptive to my appeal and my PHRF handicap is now 68.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    I agree. Mine was a provisional rating being the first one imported to the US. There was no historical data to rely on. Now 2 years later there are several other FE28R's that have gone through the PHRF process and experience with my racing results relative to the other boats. I have prepared a 28 page appeal that is nothing but data to support my request . We'll see but I think I have a reasonable request supported by contemporaneous data.