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  1. That depends in part on the lake level, of course, but typically the entire bulb (or "club foot" if you're so inclined) is submerged, plus another few inches. Since we don't race and don't notice the speed hit, we just brush it off every few weeks. Power washing gets the remainder off at the end of the season. A little bit of the rudder get in the water, a few inches, and to be honest it's only laziness that prevents me from taking it off each week.
  2. It's a Shore Station, a big brand in the upper midwest. (They do that powder-coated aluminum dock, too, which is a YUGE upgrade over wooden surfaces.) if you're going to put it on a lift, I just want to gently remind you that you do NOT want to leave the keel up — say, supported by a chain or tow rope— because when a serious storm blows through it will rock that thing back and forth. The keel will accumulate gunk, but it's better than finding a clean keel resting on shore.
  3. Here's a tip for how to best use your winches:
  4. Yes, Ed and Becky at Sail22 are solid resources. They won't steer you wrong on rigging a J/70.
  5. Clean Machine

    Trick tiller? No, that's just good design. I would love to drive even smaller boats with that...
  6. J70 back stay setup

    No, it's not. Oh, right. I forgot about the cunningham.
  7. J70 back stay setup

    FWIW: this is anecdotal, as I sail mine purely for leisure (usually with beer), but I have never felt much effect from hauling the backstay. I sail with 2-4 people in big air, usually approaching 20 knots, and the backstay appears to be the least effective sail control for depowering the rig.
  8. Boat names

    fuh-kar-wee, thanks to Vonnegut.
  9. Melges M14?

    True, but the rep who was selling the Aero told me "The M14 is just a much bigger boat, it's more boat." He was speaking of the 7 rig/sail area, but that's also true of the room in the boat. You can pretty easily get 2 people in the M14.
  10. Melges M14?

    Yes! Gluek gave me a blank stare when I asked him about how the M14 compares to the Zero, but I think that's the boat we need here in the colonies.
  11. Melges M14?

    Jim Gluek told me (at the Chicago Strictly Sail show) that Melges has sold 48 hulls so far, and they just shipped 8 to the dealer in Italy. NB: This is information, not commentary.
  12. Melges M14?

    Imagine the heights they might have reached with a halyard instead of a sleeve.
  13. Shorthanded Sport Boat

    +1 on the Seascape 18. I have never sailed one, but I wish I could. I'll give you one to avoid, based on your specs: the J/70. A friend and I often sail (no racing) in 18+ knots on a lake in the upper midwest, and it's tough to control in those winds. With so little weight (~370 lbs) it drives upwind like a J/24, Merit 25, Capri 25: as long as the headsail is trimmed, you can let the main rag all day long, it just keeps driving—but it's still a slog, and it's well-nigh unmanageable downwind with the kite. (With full crew, it's a blast.)
  14. Melges M14?

    Yes, as I've said in another M14 thread, I doubt this will make much progress against Melges' own MC, which has great sailors in many states and is one of the most successful one designs of the past decade. The key advantage (for me) of a dinghy like the M14 (or the Laser or RS Aero) v. the MC is that you don't need a 2nd in a breeze, and if you dump it you can get it back up yourself. I've seen regattas where even very good sailors cannot get the MC back up. If you can't stay on top when it goes over and you catch a wave, you're done. That's the worst part of scows for me.