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I have a 1960 Bob Hoar Flying Dutchman project boat with trailer. Also have mast, sails, rudder and most hardware. It all goes FREE to anyone who will restore her. I bought the boat in Ohio and it was a show stopper with beautiful ribbon cut mahogany veneers on the deck and a shiny varnished hull. I got busy with my job and family plus added a few pounds and the boat fell into disuse. The kids damaged the deck ( hole) and I started to do a restore by sanding the deck but ran out of time. The boat has a tailored cover and has been under a shed roof but the varnish is broken down and wood is dry and exposed in spots. We will be selling our house soon and I must dispose of the boat and trailer ASAP or take her to the boneyard. I am in Raleigh NC Any takers email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-426-8410
TL;DR: I'm wondering what the feasibility/use case is for a Jib Top on my C&C 29mk2 for Cruising in the PNW. What are your thoughts on the performance of a Jib-top over the barberhauled Genoa? Is it worth the extra effort of potential sail changes single-handed? I'm primarily cruising from Vancouver to the Gulf Islands and back and I find myself close/beam reaching most of the time while crossing the Strait of Georgia. Apparent wind angles typically range from beam on to ~10 degrees off close hauled on these crossings depending on where I'm headed and wind strength. I'm finding I've got a pretty big gap between my brand new 135% Genoa barberhauled outside the lifelines and my Asymmetric Spinnaker which came with the boat which has a wire luff and seems to have a cut suitable for closer wind angles. In ~3-8kts I can carry the A-sail at about 85 degrees true but above that I have to bear away or go back to white sails. I've been thinking it might be worth getting my old 135% Genoa re-cut as a jib top to fill in this gap. A lot of the time I won't beat out of English Bay or Trincomali channel due to time constraints with tides but I prefer to sail across the strait. This means I'm not really concerned about the lack of close hauled performance and I'm not super worried about changing the headsail once in the gulf islands where I'm likely to be beating to the next anchorage. I'm typically taking my headsails down while at anchor rather than leaving them furled with my UV cover hoisted.
I am looking for sail charts / crossover charts (sail choice vs wind velocity and angle) as a guide to building my sail inventory. I would also like to create an update my own sail charts for current and future inventories. My boat: Beneteau First 40.7, shoal draft. Location: Chesapeake Bay. Primary use: club racing. Looking for sources for existing sail charts for 40.7's or similar and any recommended tools for creating a new chart. Attached is a pic I found of a sail chart for an unknown boat created with Expedition software as well as a chart from a friend's boat.
EVENSTAR posted a topic in Sailing AnarchyI am considering updating my cruising inventory for a 51' medium displacement yawl. The original sails are going on 15 years old, although the previous owner did not use the boat for 7 years during this time. They are Radian NorDac. The cruising genoa will be a dedicated cruising sail, and a work horse intended to cover a large window of AWS as when I am cruising it is always short handed with my family, and on the water sail changes, while possible, are impractical. The boat is a McCurdy and Rhodes design centerboard design with large overlapping foresails which act as the primary engine, so a sail that will retain its shape over a longer period of time and can help the boat point has value. For this sail I am considering either a membrane or tri-radial construction, but find the fabric choices (especially for tri-radial) overwhelming and confusing especially when considering ALL of the suggested materials with the exception of North come from DP. Materials that have been suggested for the tri-radial variants of this sail include DP PE Line, Pro-radial, and HydraNet Pro-radial, GPL GraphX, GPL Lite Skin, Nordac, Norlam, and Vectron (cross cut option). Wow... and most of them come from the same manufacturer. The main and mizzen sails serve double duty as both racing and cruising sails as we remove the roller furler and race with a full suite of foresails (and the additional crew to manage them). However, given the relatively small contribution of the main and mizzen to overall contribution, and the fact that it is in-boom roller furling and I am not going to invest in a second boom at this point in time. The current sails have held their shape better than the cruising genoa, and frankly I can probably get a few additional seasons out of them with satisfactory results, however they have become frustratingly stained over the past several seasons, and despite having had them washed and stored, I am embarrassed when I raise them. For these sails I am also considering cross cut sails from a material such as Vectron for the mainsails. As always, trying to balance the impossible interests of weight, durability, and cost. Any thoughts or experience is most welcome. I would prefer to work with a local sailmaker (CT/RI), my previous one just retired, so also open to suggestions and recommendations of guys who have experience working with more classic sail plans. I am not interested in ordering online, as despite being cost conscience, I feel this is one area where a good sailsman (pun intended) earns his keep.