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In Topic: J/30 Modify for PHRF racing?

26 November 2015 - 09:13 PM

You have to reinforce the rig or re-rig her to carry a masthead chute...the mast as currently rigged likely can't take the forces and would fold above the shrouds...

Good time to talk to a sailmaker and rigger....

In Topic: Csprit on IOR boat (C&C)

26 November 2015 - 08:54 PM

Not to disagree with everyone, but many boats fly an Asym that can't plane. J/109 won't plane...J/109 OD chute is 108 m2, PHRF chute is 138 m2. J-35 chute is 114 m2 (I think). So an asym can most certainly be as big or bigger than a sym chute, depending on if there is a sprit and how long the sprit is. Also asym shape is far superior to sym chute when reaching.

Does all that mean you should add a sprit and asym to your C&C 33? I'd say that depends on how much money you want to spend to add some speed on a reach plus some easier sail-handling. It is a question only you can answer...

In Topic: My newest project

25 November 2015 - 08:09 PM

Islander-good question! By we I meant us when we are the skipper of our boat. I'm one of those old fashioned guys who believes the skipper is totally responsible...so if a crew on my boat does something clueless or inattentive and breaks something, ultimately that was my fault for not training them adequately, or supervising them better, etc, etc.

In Topic: My newest project

25 November 2015 - 05:22 PM

I gotta say I'm with Bob on this one...and here's why: in my mind a fuse either is in place to prevent an unseen out of normal condition (say high current in your boats wiring system) from creating a more serious problem (fire), or is used to ensure enough force (steam pressure for aircraft carrier catapult) is present to allow something to happen safely (aircraft has sufficient end speed to fly away)when a force reaches the required amount in a very short period of time.

In both cases monitoring by humans would be either hard to do, time consuming/wasteful, or inaccurate...

When we are sailing, we are the "fuse". We can monitor the conditions, and can take the required actions to prevent failure in the fist place. Ease the sheet, release the vang, reef the sails, drop the sails, not go out in the conditions, etc.

An if I get "stuck" in extreme conditions, I want the boat and rig to "hang in there with me" until I can take actions to mitigate the forces, not fail somewhere by design, automatically, everytime, no matter what...

In Topic: J/30 Modify for PHRF racing?

24 November 2015 - 02:56 AM

Of course a J/109, J/105, J/110, J/120, J/92, J/92s, and a bunch more either don't plane or rarely plane. So you most certainly can put an asso on a "heavy" boat and gain some advantages...sail handling advantages that can result in less crew errors. Combined with a furler on the jib that's low and keeps the foot on deck. After owning/racing my 109 for 4 years, if I had more time and money, I'd have put an extending sprit and asso on my 9.1. The 9.1 came with a factor RC-100 furler, and while you pay a penalty with extra weight aloft, it sure made markroundings clean and quick with less than optimum in crew (either from a skills or numbers perspective).