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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Doing away with winches

    I don't own the boat anymore -- sold it in 2009. Here are some photos from FB.
  2. Doing away with winches

    Cascades need lots of travel distance. On my Shark, I had a non-cascading 6:1. Because non-cascading is so much more compact, it went between the jib lead and the winch pod.
  3. Doing away with winches

    Best thing to do is copy what is working in the fleet. Many boats at the RCYC have gone with a cascading system that goes around the back of the coaming to a knockerhead block on the inside of the coaming at the forward end of the cockpit. Look at Invicta or Eager4More. Eager has retained the winches. Some boats have an extra cleat on the weather edge of the cabin to play the fine-tune from the rail. Torreador for instance.
  4. The late, great Paul Elvstrom was crossing the Baltic, solo in a trimaran (probably a Dragonfly). The boat flipped, and Elvstrom spend many hours on the upturned hulls awaiting rescue. When he got to land, his comment was: "I like ballast."
  5. Spreader thru-bar

    My thinking is that increasing dihedral at a certain point makes it impossible to slide the bar through both slots in the mast. I haven't measured what angle of dihedral I need, but it is fairly radical -- somewhere in the range of 5-10 degrees
  6. Spreader thru-bar

    Is it possible to design a spreader thru-bar that is inserted from one side of the mast to the other, fits snugly through the slots in the extrusion, and has both aft sweep AND up dihedral?
  7. Halyard lock with fibre line?

    Very small keelboat. A brass ferrule behind a knot is a very interesting idea. Is there a size limit below which a wire to rope splice is impractical or impossible? Second challenge. How to install a lock inside what is an otherwise sealed masthead. Slot the front of the mast?
  8. Is it possible to make a ramp-style halyard lock work with an all-uhmpe line? Or is the short strop of wire inevitable?
  9. Memorizing Racing Rules

  10. boat launchings gone bad

  11. New North J/22 tuning guide

    I get that production boats are all a little different, that Rod J didn't get the balance right in his first few designs, etc. but leeward helm? Since when is that desirable in any windspeed?
  12. New North J/22 tuning guide

    In case you were wondering what I was talking about:
  13. I really had to scratch my head. Leeward helm?
  14. What is your favourite knot?

    My fav is the Dragon bowline