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  1. Ganzi

    Corsair Trimaran

    Your kids will like the F24- even if they are not into sailing, just doing circles around the other boats is fun by istself and will give them the feeling that dad’s boat really kicks ass. Your wife (her first, but the rest of the family later, possibly) will find the F24 exposed (spray, wind) and a bit over the top when wind reaches above 13 or so ( but the solution is indicated in post above, about the virtues of sailing slightly under-powered).
  2. Ganzi

    Cassette Rudder Sticking

    on mine (different make though), I just have to swing the lower part of the blade forward - nothing to do with lubrication: it is caused by the trailing edge wedging itself in the cassette. in your case the transom makes it a bit hard to grab the blade, but try with the boat hook. just a light knock should be enough.
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    Inflatable vest test

    as Abrams, I tested (or rather had my kids test) 2 West marine auto-inflatable - the entry level model: they only partially delpoyed, because the velcro did not released. Once they yanked it free, it fully deployed.
  4. Ganzi

    Peak Sails

    I bought my asym from them, no issues at all, I got confirmation mails at each step of the process, the US rep answered my questions etc... It seemed to me as a well organized buisness. That was 3 years ago, though.
  5. Ganzi

    Dragonfly 25 MKI

    Since the case is close, I would like to highjack the topic to discuss this rigging patern. Trisail says « The running backstays are pretty important on the Dragonfly to get some forestay tension with the rotating mast. » As the capshrouds pull directly against the forestay (they are linked together), I thought that they would be the ones for tensionning it. Why are the backstays better at tensioning the forestay ? And what is the influence of the rotation in this ? (if I imagine the rig from above, the rotation seems hardly discernable part of the geometry). Thks,
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    Dragonfly 25 MKI

    I beleive that PC (in PC mould) stands for Paul Contouris. I did not know about a 24, but he produced trimarans Countour 30, Countour 34, and 2 Countour 50. I have a 34 and the quality of build was very good, they made about 35 of them and they are actively sailed. Countour yachts closed ca. 2003 and indeed a guy tried to continue under the name Elan. By the way, I had never heard of a 24, but i had heard that there had ben contention between Corning (aka Dragonfly) and Contouris, and indeed the Dragonfly and Countours have the same concept of horizontal folding. The 30, 34, 50 were designed by Countour yachts (not Corning).
  7. I have been struggling with this ... it proves much more tedious than I thought ...specially as for every new setup you have to splice a new continuous line. I started with the Selden double cleat. Good gear, but does not work for mas as I single-hand - cause you need one hand for the line going in and another for the line going out, otherwise they engage into the cleat jaws automatically (and a third hand for controlling the sheet ). Now I am experimenting with a ratchet block, on a strong bungee. Much better. I might add a cleat for security.
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    Fast "safe" boat....

    Voyager, With a multi you will travel faster, but not so much faster that a 6 dasy trip will turn into a 3 or 4 days trip; for instance, with a Countour 34 you should plan for an average of 120 miles/day; I guess that would be about same figure for, say, a Beneteau 36.7. Look at the results of the Vineyard race for instance (and if you want to have an idea about the Countour 34: i finished solo 50' after the DF 32), or at the Transat Jacques Vabre: the multis 50 were not that much ahead of the Open 60s. To max out the miles that you can travel solo, a good pilot, sleep patterns&preserving your energy, light air sails, will do a lot. Multis are much more fun. For the trips you describe, you will have good forecast coverage, that puts the risk of capsize to negligible. Of course, trying to stick to deadlines negates that and can get you in bad corners.
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    Deep vs. shallow keel

    regarding the supposed course stability of long keels....designer Michel Joubert used to explain that they dont have more course stability... it's just that they are slower, hence take longer to deviate....
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    Jesus shackle

    Amati, my setup is like what you are showing here, but instead of lashing, I use a maillon rapide Wichard (the pear-shaped variety). They are extremely strong and don't get unlocked. The mast rotates well with this setup, and I find the metal/metal assembly more reassuring. Trimaran, 47ft mast-same boat as Razr.
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    Sailing with running backstays

    Hoppy, I'd say your are correct on all 3. 1- yes - fat head main, but not only: I think backstays were common on IOR boats or even older stuff with wooden mast- I believe that the criteria is whether you have something directly opposite the forestay. So, for 7/8 3/4 forestays etc... backstay mandatory, close hauled and specially in heavy weather. 2 critical I believe either upwind in heavy sea, unless you have reef #1 in main ? or downwind with a spinnaeker at forestay level. And obviously when gybing; you will find that the main does act as à backstay, at least in preventing the mast form collapsing forwards. 3 handling - ( singlehanded). tacking,easy: you have both backstays on (leeward a bit loose) tack, main goes, take care of génois, make sure the windward backstay locked, release the leeward. No sweat. gybing...hmmmm...never found the absolute safe way. If your leeward backstay is tight the main can't ease and will send you upwind (and usually of course when you finally manage to ease, it won't because the backstay is stuck in the batten pocket). After a few months practice you find the sweet spot ... on the early minis there was a pair of low backstays (first speaker level, with they own tackle) that were meant to provide some degree of security. But i love running backstays. They always come with interesting boats ( or the other way round).
  12. Ganzi

    Performance cruising composites. How to choose?

    Before betting on building relationship with the sailmaker...Ask yourself, does the sailmaker wants a relationship with you ? If you are the average boat owner you won't be anything to him. Yes, he wants to make the sale, but even in good faith he will not have means or incentives to pamper you afterwards. Personally I would go the other way, making sure the deal is a one-off thing - that I will get the sails right, and that I can wave goodbye to the supplier and be happy with my gear, and free. I figure this out as I went through the process. Bought form a large sailmaker, very professional, a couple of mistakes here and there that they graciously corrected... but it was clear that with my 20k budget I was not someone who had significance - and it was not personal. You might object that a smaller loft would be more into the relationship....I doubt it. From the contacts I had with the smaller lofts, they were even more preoccupied with the sale, and once delivered, would have less means to care for the "relationship".
  13. Ganzi

    Downwind in a Lagoon 440

    I confirm, a sym spi without pole works very, very well on a cat (in my case it was on a Tobago35). Enables to sail deep, very stable, very hard to mess up and easy to control - as Zonkers indicates: 2ble sheets and 2ble guys. Just add a tweaked line to control the clew position and get a nice shape (and a 20% traction bonus). Of course your typical owner of Gunboat or HH wouldn't be considering this, but by the time he crosses back from his super-hot angle, you will still be probably ahead...even more so on long courses.
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    jfa 54 with finot conq swing keel

    Mfw, I would think that the design is pretty solid, Finot/Conq have been perfecting this keel design since the 80s, currently chantier Structures makes the Pogo with those keels e.g. Pogo 50.
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    calling it

    Back to Joyon: after arriving in NYC (for the crewed East/W race) he took a 2 day rest and just left -like that - for the record. THIS I like. I remember reading about last time he went for the same, he grabbed a guy from the dock and asked him to provision some food (later commenting that they had to endure Ukrainian food cause the guy happened to be Ukrainian).... something like that. Nice contrast to all those programs that take themselves so seriously and try to evacuate the risk.