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  1. Carbo Foil Installation tips?

    Go for a warm day if you can, otherwise have a second set of hands to roll it out as you snap it on the stay. Harken says to lay it out to "relax" for a day or two, I've had one out on a bench for a weekend in the middle of summer, they hold their bend. Another thing is to check how the bottom tube fits with the bottom fitting of the stay, if it doesn't have a nice flat spot you may have to cut a washer to put at the base of the stay or the bottom tube will try to spread open whenever you drop the sail.
  2. He's got a really small staysail and the main has a third reef added. When it comes to the nasty stuff I don't think he has had to go bare poles is just rode it out with his staysail. No drogue going out, just surfing the swell, the best SOG he's seen surfing is around 20 knots. I can't remember what prop he has, wouldn't be surprised if it is just a three blade that was already on the boat. The boat has done a great job of rolling with the really nasty gales, the toughest part has been the lulls, the boat has a really uncomfortable motion if the sails aren't powered up. Other than that the heavy weather times have been the hardest when it gets so confused that he takes a wave over the stern, it fills the cockpit and sprays in through the companionway hatch seams.
  3. Unfortunately all the pictures of the refit are on his computer on the boat. I helped him with some of the structural installs. He went with the twin backstays, reinforced the boomkin. We had a machine shop make new whisker stay chainplates for the boomkin and bowsprit. He made them larger and longer so they're now three bolts instead of two. We rebeded most of the deck hardware, previous owner had a love of silicone. Seems westsail is second only to hinckley for genny track access but we pulled and rebeded with new fasteners. He picked up a new aries unit but has his old one along for spares as well. We also added a padeye in the cockpit with a big G10 backing plate for a tether in the really nasty conditions. We also sealed the cockpit floor engine room access figuring that footwell would be full of water more than once on the trip. There is a forward hatch that we added additional locks to and new gasket material, figured once he left port that hatch is sealed up for the whole trip. He switched to hank on foresails instead of the old furling unit. Other than that there wasn't much structural changes, the boat was someones project boat for about a decade on the hard so a lot of what we did was just better sealing and bedding throughout the boat as well as inspection deeper than what you get from a survey. Overall the boat was dry and strong when he got it, it was a really lucky find. It's held up really well, he just cleared the 50's yesterday now that he is back in the Atlantic. In hindsight one thing that should have gotten more attention was electrical, old connectors weren't heat shrink, no dielectric grease, thankfully there just aren't that many electronics. He has a Standard Horizon plotter/VHF combo probably from the late 90's, the only instrument tied into that is a transducer for depth(thru-hull also found to be beded with silicone), his only wind instrument is a windex, haven't asked if that has survived. He added solar panels on the bimini and has a small goal zero inverter to charge computer, camera, etc, and he does grib file downloads through the sat phone for weather forecasting. One of the nicest things he brought is a Garmin Inreach, so he can keep in touch through text but also receive so a friend and I help him with weather routing.
  4. So this is my brother. He saved for years to do this trip, it’s been a plan for quite some time. He has always been the kind of person that sets his mind to something and just runs with it, he did a through hike of the Appalachian trail a few years ago. We’re a family of three sons who learned how to sail by taking rides with our Dad on a Hobie 16, that we still have, and started to take it out when we had the ability to sail it out and sail it back to the dock, that was the start of a career in sailing for all of us. He and I have both taught sailing for years, done deliveries and worked as yacht crew, but he has always had a connection to sailing that surpasses most people. He is the kind of person that takes the helm and the boat just rides a little bit smoother and a little bit faster. Our brother is a sailmaker and made the sails that he is using on this voyage, I helped him with refitting for this trip, as well as working weather routing as needed. He’s currently underway on a nonstop solo circumnavigation and has just left Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The Pacific was slower and more confused than planned so he pulled into the Falklands to get a provisioning drop. He picked up his additional stores and is back underway headed to Gloucester Mass, the port he left on October 3,2017. I can’t begin to say how proud I am of my brother and what he is doing, at this point he is 191 days at sea and still has a couple of months left in his voyage. We’re all looking forward to a smooth ride as he makes his way up the Atlantic back to Gloucester. (Our Mom is looking forward to the arrival the most.)