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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Wow, great thread, some stellar boats... Yeah ugly reef, and I'll never use sta-set x again (gen halyard) STRETTTTTCH - waste of money!
  2. Love the lindenberg 26 suggestion (saw that boat and considered it myself before I bought the Wavelength 24), finally someone else pulled that one out of mothballs... Boat sails well to its rating, if you put the time in it. PS: Softdown... describing Sailnut as Bloodthirsty on SA? Has this place gone total pansy in your eyes? I've been with sailnut for probably 10 years... here for 6, so Alumni maybe, but I've been here a while. Going back to 4th mode for sure.
  3. I have a pole barn with a 12 foot door... I've now had an S2 7.9 (26 foot, 5' draft retractable daggerboard) in it, a Capri 25 (25 foot 4' draft fixed fin keel) and now a Wavelength 24 (24 foot, 5 foot fixed draft fin keel)... NOT sure how you come up with 14-15' of clearance for even the Catalina 27... I'd think the Cat 27 with that deep draft fixed fin keel would air draft about 13 feet. Nope won't fit through a 12' door. Hell even a J80 would be darned close (inch maybe) into my door. My Wavelength clears the door by about 1 foot. Couple things... were mentioned about bearings... Simply, yep, check them and pack both inners and outers. Bearing buddies are great for maintaining repacked bearings, and are useless for patching poorly maintained bearings, especially since they only deal with the outer bearings. No substitute for getting your hands dirty. jack the trailer up, pull on the wheel, repack, and replace bearings if necessary... a whole set for 2 axles will only run you a couple hundred, and an hour or so of time. Also check TIRES!!! dry rotted tires don't always have teltale cracks... look at the manufacture date, if they are 8 years old or older, they need to go! Tractor Supply has wheels/tires fully assembled cheap... I'm sure other places do too. Do you require standing headroom in a trailerable? Or are you just stating your heights because you need sleeping space? Cause most trailerable boats (nearly all) won't have 6' standing headroom (hell most 30+ footers only have 6' standing headroom in the galley). If trailerable AND 6' standing headroom are required, and $6000 CDN... About the ONLY boat I can think of is a Lancer 28! That being said there are tons of boats with ample seating space below for overnighting, with decent sleeping space... the S2 7.9 and the S2 6.9 are great trailerables that sail well and have decent sleeping space (think tents) and a functional head. Lots of other boats as well.
  4. Look.. They got BLUE, and designed for water! Oh and light. They win... I'm just a hack.
  5. Holder 20, do I get anything for getting close enough to the target weight at least? Turbo it and it'll get here fast... Hardly bluewater capable.

    Any S2 owners out there?!

    I'm 6'1" tall, slept like a baby in the V berth... both quarter berths were Ok as well tighter but doable.... The mind-numbing part of the boat is the 5'8" max height below Just high enough that you feel it could have spared 4 inches. Just low enough to remind you that its still a small boat (despite its weight). I owned my S2 7.9 for 2 years... I'm sailing a Schock Wavelength 24 now, prior boats were S2 7.9, Capri 22, and Capri 25.

    Trailer Sailor 20' - 23' PHRF Racer

    Can I mention that the S2 7.9 isn't a shallow draft? its 5' deep! Its only shallow draft board up! it is supposed to be sailed board down though, at least upwind anyway. Yeah sure it draws 18" board down, and rudder kicked up and all, but you can't steer, and you can't sail upwind in that configuration. Its merely a setting for trailering... and for that it works well.

    Trailer Sailor 20' - 23' PHRF Racer

    Wavelength 24 (although 5' draft)... just because its my new ride... And I've had a Capri 25, and an S2 7.9, and I'm hoping the WL 24 is as fun as the Capri 25, but with more speed than the S2. Other than that I got nothing.

    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Just so we are clear, I owned/launched an S2 7.9 for 2 years myself. It IS possible to raise the mast solo, and launching the S2 7.9 is a breeze, but NO I would NOT recommend it as a "trailer day sailor." I got good at launching the boat, and the best I could muster was about 1.5 hours from launch to sailing. I'm sure I could maybe have gotten that to 1 hour, but it'd have been truly scrambling, not my idea of a relaxing day sailing. Plus the boat prefers the keel fully down, which draws 5 feet... launching is shallow at 18 inches, but to sail the boat requires consistent depth over 5 feet (if you can't get it). There are plenty of good S2 7.9s around, but you gotta travel for them. List is short now, best time to buy is late winter. If you are still interested in them (and for your purposes I would say the 6.9 would be a better choice, but I digress)... you can find them here: Lots of different boats thrown at you... I'd say that a cat boat is at one end, and the S2 7.9 is nearly at the other. Interesting boats in between? Oday 222, Oday 192, Oday 22, Oday 23, Precision 23, 21, 18, Catalina Capri 18, 22, Compac 19, 23, Cal 22, Rhodes 22, Hunter 22 (swing keel), Hunter 23 (wing keel), Hunter 25 (wing keel), Oday 26 (centerboard), S2 6.7, 6.9... Lets say for trailer day sails, that J boats and most fixed fin keels are out. Lots of options, but you have to find the deal that works best for your Northern dollar.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Overtrimmed, and forcing some heel, as we cross the finish... RC loves us super light air that day. Yep my ancient S2 7.9... which is mine no longer... I made my mark with the boat, but it was time for something else.
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    Beneteau dropped the First line?

    My guess is money talks... Firsts probably brought no $$ Haven't the Firsts been gone for a while? The First 25 looked good on paper to me, but then I saw what it costs compared to say a J88, and said, um I'll strive for the J as the next boat I can't afford, thanks, with the added benefit of it being bigger, and not sailing like an RV. Even the Catalina 275 looks like a better boat for less money than the First 25. By the way still looks like they have a First 35, must be good, it comes in carbon.
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    Tattoo 26- WTF???

    I wonder is 4th mode optional? Tatoo 26 being the Mac 26x isn't anything new.
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Our local fleet races under portsmouth, using the base handicaps with adjustments for wind range, and also some minor adjustments like no spin, fixed prop, etc... yes we use it for keelboats. Foxxy's description defines our use nearly perfectly. Yes the handicap ratings are behind the US Sailing login. Also we do not report back our results anymore (years ago we used to)... There was a falling out with the person reporting for our club, and the contact at US Sailing. Also they wanted the club to join US Sailing, and our whole club operates on a shoestring, membership is $60 a year to race, so no extra funds to join as a club. This was a conscious decision, and not one I support. I think by and large Portsmouth ratings are slightly better (on our small boat lake) than PHRF by a narrow margin. The one thing that totally stinks though, is if the wind dies (as in ZERO wind) for any length of time during the race... the largest handicap nearly always wins. If you look at how results are calculated, you can see why that is. Anyone know the procedure to start reporting results back to US Sailing? Our statistician remarked that it required paper forms, which seemed odd, since sailwave can generate the results, why not just submit them electronically?
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Holy crap I can't believe this dumas went BACK OUT! this thread grew to epic proportions, and I figured it was the endless speculators about his next trip, I had NO idea the guy got out again, and made landfall again. You KNOW it's a matter of days before he sets out again. Nobody is keeping this guy down. I'll chip into the fund to track him! Who is setting it up?