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In Topic: Mocking Ads on Craigslist

29 April 2016 - 10:08 PM

Not fully mock worthy, but it is one of those amazing quality woodworking projects producing a pretty odd looking boat,  What I really like is the 20hp diesel.  My 30ft 10k pound Tartan had the same motor and it would push it to hull speed with no drama, in this thing it should get it up on a plane,





In Topic: Dave's perfect sailboat

27 April 2016 - 07:18 PM

I imagine using a stanard prop charging through a sail drive will be pretty draggy.  I also can't figure out how to lock a folding Max Prop in the open position while sailing so it will spin, that is kind of what they are made not to do.  Perhaps they make a product with that function.  In the end it might be better to use a dedicated hydrogenerator for charging, less drag and less abuse on the primary drive system.  Most can be kicked up out of the water which woud be a plus in light air or when the batts are full.

In Topic: Dave's perfect sailboat

24 April 2016 - 04:46 PM

Since Dave's boat is planned to have a Farr 40 rig he has the benefit not having to be the first to figure some of this out.  I doubt many Farr 40's are cruised but sail area, weight etc are known entities.  Kim's boat has the same rig and I do not think he has any stowage gear behond easy jacks.  Kim's cruising sails were made by a very good local loft so they could tell you the specs. My main is smaller but with spectra easy jacks and a tide's marine sail track system it is not hard to handle.  If the jacks are left deployed slots and flaps can be added to the removable sail cover and this will keep the sail on the boom without wings or racks.  I do not know how high off the deck Daves boom will be and that will influence some of these decisions.


Dave will be sailing in the same local area as we do, my boat has a sa/d of 21 and 7 foot draft so is more on the performance side of things and we almost never reef.  I do benefit from from having a althletic wife who does not mind healing a lot and there are times it would be better to reef but we tend to just power on.  Overall the reefing advantage of a roller boom would not be a big deal in our area so the convience of not having jacks and a sail cover is more important.

In Topic: Dave's perfect sailboat

23 April 2016 - 11:36 PM

It might make sense to talk to Jim Betts and Bob about a bulkhead heater working on your size boat.  If it seems iffy to heat it durring shoulder season use going with a forced air or hydronic system might make more sense.  It will be much easier to plan for and instal durring the build than after.  Also keep in mind these systems do not need a chimney above deck, they can be vented out the topsides or transom with small fittings.  Finally I think your wallled off engine room is a good application for this type of system since one of the downsides of a forced air system is they can be noisy, but could be nicely isolated on your boat.

In Topic: Dave's perfect sailboat

23 April 2016 - 05:50 PM

If I recall you are not going to race the boat so having the latest/greatest instruments may not be as important as ease of use and product support.  I have all Raymarine and although they have their detractors I have found them to be intuitive to use and overall reliable.  I did have trouble with a chart plotter but product support was helpfull and it was replaced at no cost even though I was not the original owner.  The replaced unit also had issues (different than the first one), and was again replaced.  It was a hassle but got done at no cost to me.  This model chart plotter was known to be a problem and has been updated in the product line.  The insrtruments, sensors, VHF, AIS and evo autopilot are working well.  


Like IStream states above the Dickinson folks make a good bulkhead heater, I know little about their cooking stoves.  My last boat had a bulkhead heater, I just installed a Webasto forced air diesel heater and will never go back to a bulkhead unit.  On a boat your sized forced air or hydronic is the way to go.