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Vincent DePillis

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Light air cruising in F31

15 August 2016 - 03:43 AM

Went for a cruise in August in the Pacific Northwest on my F31R.  We sailed the vast majority of the time, and as a result had some pretty short days.  I kept wishing for some horsepower in very light air--- quasi drifting conditions, where and increase from 2 knots to 3 knots SOG is a big deal. 

 

I have had a screecher and that is not what I have in mind.  can't point for nothing.  and usually built of heavier fabric than I am imagining.

 

How about this:  a mast head furling sail tacked to the screecher tack point, which sheets to the cabin top.  fabric would be something like DP CZ-05.

 

I would probably have a  short foot and a hollow leech to clear the shrouds.  And I guess I would have to add top mast shrouds. Maybe.  

 

I wonder about sailplan balance- might have lee helm.  Avertable with a big flat head on the main?

 

Thoughts?


Light air cruising in F31

15 August 2016 - 03:43 AM

Went for a cruise in August in the Pacific Northwest on my F31R.  We sailed the vast majority of the time, and as a result had some pretty short days.  I kept wishing for some horsepower in very light air--- quasi drifting conditions, where and increase from 2 knots to 3 knots SOG is a big deal. 

 

I have had a screecher and that is not what I have in mind.  can't point for nothing.  and usually built of heavier fabric than I am imagining.

 

How about this:  a mast head furling sail tacked to the screecher tack point, which sheets to the cabin top.  fabric would be something like DP CZ-05.

 

I would probably have a  short foot and a hollow leech to clear the shrouds.  And I guess I would have to add top mast shrouds. Maybe.  

 

I wonder about sailplan balance- might have lee helm.  Avertable with a big flat head on the main?

 

Thoughts?


line for stern tie

15 August 2016 - 03:23 AM

Just back from cruise to Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast.  Quite a few nights with stern tie to shore.  State of the art seems to be yellow polypropylene double braid on  a reel.   (E.G. MFP Float line)   Stuff seems a bit chafe prone and bulkier than necessary.

 

I  was thinking of using 3/16 HDMPE (eg Amsteel) on a reel.  It would be super compact, and light, which is a big deal on my F31 tri.  Stuff seems to float too.  And it would be stronger than the ⅜ inch MFP.   Would not stretch as much, but the nylon anchor rode stretches a bunch. 

 

You would have to be really thoughtful about knots and cleats, but that all seems manageable.

 

What say you?


Mainsail depth on F31R

18 May 2016 - 11:15 PM

I suspect that my mainsail is too deep.  Starting to think about new main.  

 

Can anybody give me an idea w2hat you thing the ideal depth would be for an F31 main on a rotating carbon rig?  I assume this varies from top to bottom, so any thoughts on that point would be appreciated. 

 

Also, any tips of measuring depth in existing sail?