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Heavy Weather tactics for a Freedom 38'

Yesterday, 05:26 AM

I have sailed a Freedom 38 and a Freedom 30 in the PNW quite a bit. I really like these boats and am giving a 38' serious consideration right now.

 

I havent sailed one in anything past about 30kts. I am concerned about storm tactics with this boat. they normally only have two reefs. Single line reefing lead to the cockpit. For offshore work she certainly needs a third, very deep, reef.

 

To heave to the self tending jib would have to have another line attached to keep the sail sheeted to windward. But i am not sure how the tiny jib would balance with even a third reef in the main. I intended to try it with both boats, but just never got the chance.

 

You cant drill holes in the mast for a storm trysail track.

 

The camberspar jib is too much in the way to try and set any type of storm jib, but the jib is hardly bigger than a big tablecloth anyway. Prob no bigger than a storm jib on most 38's.

 

The boat has 6'4" headroom throughout and, as you may guess, the 38'  hull has significant windage compared to many boats this size - how will she lay ahull? 

 

A drogue or a sea anchor (I would lean towards a drogue anyway) could be a problem for the two of us to set, more difficult to recover. but it is doable.

 

This is the only real negative I see for this boat for us. And that is pretty big negative.

 

Anyone have experience or thoughts on this?


Heavy Weather tactics for a Freedom 38'

Yesterday, 05:25 AM

I have sailed a Freedom 38 and a Freedom 30 in the PNW quite a bit. I really like these boats and am giving a 38' serious consideration right now.

 

I havent sailed one in anything past about 30kts. I am concerned about storm tactics with this boat. they normally only have two reefs. Single line reefing lead to the cockpit. For offshore work she certainly needs a third, very deep, reef.

 

To heave to the self tending jib would have to have another line attached to keep the sail sheeted to windward. But i am not sure how the tiny jib would balance with even a third reef in the main. I intended to try it with both boats, but just never got the chance.

 

You cant drill holes in the mast for a storm trysail track.

 

The camberspar jib is too much in the way to try and set any type of storm jib, but the jib is hardly bigger than a big tablecloth anyway. Prob no bigger than a storm jib on most 38's.

 

The boat has 6'4" headroom throughout and, as you may guess, the 38'  hull has significant windage compared to many boats this size - how will she lay ahull? 

 

A drogue or a sea anchor (I would lean towards a drogue anyway) could be a problem for the two of us to set, more difficult to recover. but it is doable.

 

This is the only real negative I see for this boat for us. And that is pretty big negative.

 

Anyone have experience or thoughts on this?


Technical Design Term Or Marketing Mumbo Jumbo

19 April 2014 - 02:14 AM

I have read a lot of Perry's 'on design' series and read yacht reviewsfrom whoever I can find like some ppl read the newspaper. I learn a lot that way.

 

Today while working on my own article I encountered the term

 

"convex-shaped variable deadrise"

 

I cant fiqure out what that actually means. The manufacturer even enclosed it in quotes on their website.

 

I am leaning towards mumbo jumbo, but I know I could be off base completely

 

Any Ideas?


Asian Boat Builders Article - Suggestions

07 April 2014 - 01:49 AM

I have to get a pretty big article done this week about boat builders in Asia. I would be so appreciative to get some input from CA and SA on which builders I should include, or also WHAT is currently happening with yacht building in Asia.

 

I know this group is mostly going to contribute ideas on sailing yachts. While the magazine has had a focus on luxury Yachts 40M+, my wife has just been hired as assistant editor partly because the owner of the mag wants to have more content and focus on our type of sailing - Cruising and racing for boats int he 30-50 or so foot range. It is never going to be anything like 'Practical Sailor' or 'Good Old Boat' (two of my fav mags)

 

So any ideas of who MUST be included, who is doing something interesting, or a general THEME for what is happening would be great. Sail and Power included. You may PM me or post here.

 

Thanks!


Asian Boat Builders Article - Suggestions

07 April 2014 - 01:47 AM

I have to get a pretty big article done this week about boat builders in Asia. I would be so appreciative to get some input from CA and SA on which builders I should include, or also WHAT is currently happening with yacht building in Asia.

 

I know this group is mostly going to contribute ideas on sailing yachts. While the magazine has had a focus on luxury Yachts 40M+ my wife has just been hired as assistant editor partly because the owner of the mag wants to have more content and focus on our type of sailing - Cruising and racing for boats int he 30-50 or so foot range. It is never going to be anything like 'Practical Sailor' or 'Good Old Boat' (two of my fav mags)

 

So any ideas of who MUST be included, who is doing something interesting, or a general THEME for what is happening would be great. Sail and Power included. You may PM me or post here.

 

Thanks!