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  1. Mast or boom furling?

    Yes, this thread has a "you can write, but you can't make them read" quality to it. Some of us really don't want opinions or to learn something.
  2. Mast or boom furling?

    That's a nice looking boom.
  3. Sad, but that's a real Alerion a wood Herreshoff-designed boat.
  4. Coolboats to admire

    Well, it was going to be. But Offshore are not far from Detroit where there is a thriving salvage industry. Best guess is my original boom was stolen off the truck as it was being shipped out there and was sold as scrap. The guts we were going to use had to be replaced, obviously. No insurance. But all's well that ends well.
  5. Yes, it was an Alerion. Gorgeous boats.
  6. Mast or boom furling?

    How insightful. I've never gotten this perspective before.
  7. Show your boat sailing thread

    So true. I stayed in Tenants once bringing by boat back to Southwest Harbor. I'll remember the route in there as the most clogged with lobster pots I've ever experienced.
  8. Mast or boom furling?

    Tricky, you make good points. I only speak from my experience. I will point out that my system is no ordinary Leisure Furl setup. Hall did a fantastic job with the integrated luff track. Offshore made a really nice boom shell and mandrel, and since North switched to spectra for the luff tape I've had no problems with sails. The Hood systems were notorious. As I like to point out in these conversations, "Can I imagine conditions when I'd rather have cars and not have to worry about a roll?" Yes. "Am I willing to suffer the tradeoff for the many benefits, especially for my style of cruising?" Absolutely. No contest. What I won't accept is the idea that my boom furler setup is complex. A halyard, a furling line, a universal joint driving a mandrel. Compare that to cars and reefing lines, lazy jacks, and other gear associated with slab reefing. To me this is like the full-keel or skeg-hung rudder conversations. "Can I imagine conditions in which I'd rather have a rudder hung on a keel rather than a spade rudder?" Absolutely. That doesn't make a spade rudder bad.
  9. What's unique to me about the Fontaine design is the "all one level" idea. This gives rise to some unusual aesthetics, but to me this represents creative thinking which results in a design that's practical for the sailing for which it's intended.
  10. The boat was designed before Jimmy got interested. It's a scaled back Fontaine "Surfari." The guy clearly likes a wide variety of toys. Here's a more traditional craft for a son of a son of a sailor. I crossed wakes with him off of Cuttyhunk as he was making his way to Nantucket, where he is pictured here.
  11. Show your boat sailing thread

    We were sailing downwind in that breeze in Narragansett Bay yesterday. Glorious sailing. We had two bottlenose dolphins swimming with us for a while, got in before the rain started falling.
  12. Coolboats to admire

    Hinckley Sou'wester 42.
  13. Coolboats to admire

    I never have either, so I replaced it with a custom carbon shell from Offshore Spars.
  14. Mast or boom furling?

    As you can see in the above pic I had a carbon shell custom made, and I already had a carbon mandrel. It makes a big difference compared to the heavier aluminum I replaced. Sailors don't want a heavy boom swinging around in light air and a bit of swell. Leisure Furl booms are expensive because there is a patent on the important bits. I found the patent and it's due to expire this year. Some competition would surely bring the cost down. As someone with experience with them, I think they're great, as is a good rigid vang. How many times do you see a boat under sail with genny only? It's because the typical mainsail handling system is a pain in the ass.
  15. Mast or boom furling?

    A lot of reefing lines are used in slab reefing and reefing is more difficult than simply rolling up the sail. But I wouldn't want to deprive you of your deeply held views. Sail with whatever the fuck you want and I'll do the same.