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whynotsolo?

Member Since 10 May 2010
Offline Last Active May 12 2015 09:57 PM
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In Topic: throwdown

04 March 2015 - 11:29 PM

All anomolies being equal, the kite alomost has to win.  Its the only craft that can add ot reduce AWS as needed and it has the outright monohull speed record. 


In Topic: mainsheet choice

13 February 2015 - 01:52 AM

Yale Phd has an excellent hand, a bit better than DPX. IMHO. Have Phd on headsail sheets and just love them. 3 years of use, like any single braid it can snag on stuff easier than a cover double braid. Single braids seem to run better through block than dbl. I tried DPX for my main traveler since my source was out of Phd, now I have Phd to replace it. Phd is VERY easy to grab by hand which I really like for the main sheet and its traveler. Good luck

In Topic: String Takedowns

12 February 2015 - 07:07 PM

 

The link below shows the dousing system I used in most of the races this year racing solo against crewed boats.  The boat is a C&C 110 using 135m2 (1500 ft2) chutes.  The winch in the companionway is used to simultaneously control the spinnaker halyard and retrieving line.  It is not needed if 2 or more people are on board.  The majic that makes it all work is the devise on the lower patch of the sail.  It prevents the foot from going into the water and releases when pulling from the next patch is required.  It is also self setting so it does not need to be tended to between hoists or douses.  The sail goes into a sock which runs the length of the boat resulting in it being "packed" and ready to be hoisted again.  As you can see in the video, I can hoist or douse as fast as a fully crewed boat.  The only problem in speed is that I can not prefeed the sail and drive the boat at the same time resulting in about a 150-300 ft loss when hoisting. An additional issue is that the boat is not fractional like most other sprit boats so the chute is difficult to fill since it is blanketed by the head sail.  Being solo I have to roll it up which can't be done until the chute is filled, kind of a double edged sword.  I don't think that I loose anything to fully crew

 

The video shows 3 hoist/douse cycles in winds from 8-16 knots.  Sorry, it's not too entertaining, but more informative.  Enjoy

 

https://drive.google...dit?usp=sharing

 

Nice video. Questions:

1. How does the douse work if you gybe and then try to douse on the other board with the foot line around the forestay? Do you disconnect/reconnect manually or weather strip?

2. How did you choose the location for the foot/belly line - why not higher to reduce the amount of pull needed to get rid of the sail?

3. What is the device tied in front of the main hatch and aft of the kite chute?

 

Answers:

1) When racing solo against crewed boats I'm not allowed to use an autopilot so I have to hopist and douse on the same side, typically stbd gybe.  Not all bad, its the typical mark rounding mode and I have rights at/near the LW mark.  When racing odublehanded I use a $.20 solution to the bullet mentioned in this thread.  The method is to tie a figure 8 knot on the end of the retrieval line (spectra) attached to the sail.  The knot extends just past the foredeck hatch when on port gybe.  The (spectra) end that goes into the boat to the winch has a 3" long Brummel loop on it.  The loop is formed into a "cow hitch" (Animated Knots website) which is simply 2 loops that can snug down onto a line, in this case the end of the retrieval line.

2) Pulling low on the sail prevents it ever getting wet.  Who likes to deal with wet sails?

3) I think that you are talking about the black thing attached to the lower patch of the sail.  That device is what makes it all possible.  Its essentially a remote releasable line lock device.  The retreival line goes through it and is cleated when pulled on.  There is a device located on the aft bukhead of the boat which releases its grip on the line which allows additional line to be pulled, in this case until the upper patch is to the same aft bulkhed.  The upper patch is located so that the head of the sail is only about 1 foot out of the hatch when retreived.  When the sail is hoisted teh device resest itself unattended.
 


In Topic: String Takedowns

12 February 2015 - 06:45 PM

 

The link below shows the dousing system I used in most of the races this year racing solo against crewed boats.  The boat is a C&C 110 using 135m2 (1500 ft2) chutes.  The winch in the companionway is used to simultaneously control the spinnaker halyard and retrieving line.  It is not needed if 2 or more people are on board.  The majic that makes it all work is the devise on the lower patch of the sail.  It prevents the foot from going into the water and releases when pulling from the next patch is required.  It is also self setting so it does not need to be tended to between hoists or douses.  The sail goes into a sock which runs the length of the boat resulting in it being "packed" and ready to be hoisted again.  As you can see in the video, I can hoist or douse as fast as a fully crewed boat.  The only problem in speed is that I can not prefeed the sail and drive the boat at the same time resulting in about a 150-300 ft loss when hoisting. An additional issue is that the boat is not fractional like most other sprit boats so the chute is difficult to fill since it is blanketed by the head sail.  Being solo I have to roll it up which can't be done until the chute is filled, kind of a double edged sword.  I don't think that I loose anything to fully crew

 

The video shows 3 hoist/douse cycles in winds from 8-16 knots.  Sorry, it's not too entertaining, but more informative.  Enjoy

 

https://drive.google...dit?usp=sharing

 

I don't recall your name, but pretty sure we met at the Safety at Sea Seminar in Tiburon, Oct 2013.  When are you going to get that boat out to one of the coasts for SHTP or B1-2?  Seems like either would be right up your alley.  

 

Roleur:  Yes, I'm the guy you met.  As I recall you and your wife sail double handed or at least have done passages together.  I thought that was spectatcular.  Yeah, well I'm stuck in the midwest with my not so mobile boat, so doinf either of the mentioned races would be quite a finantial burden.  Would I like to do either?  Absolutely!  I hope all is well with you and yours..


In Topic: String Takedowns

08 February 2015 - 08:41 PM


The link below shows the dousing system I used in most of the races this year racing solo against crewed boats.  The boat is a C&C 110 using 135m2 (1500 ft2) chutes.  The winch in the companionway is used to simultaneously control the spinnaker halyard and retrieving line.  It is not needed if 2 or more people are on board.  The majic that makes it all work is the devise on the lower patch of the sail.  It prevents the foot from going into the water and releases when pulling from the next patch is required.  It is also self setting so it does not need to be tended to between hoists or douses.  The sail goes into a sock which runs the length of the boat resulting in it being "packed" and ready to be hoisted again.  As you can see in the video, I can hoist or douse as fast as a fully crewed boat.  The only problem in speed is that I can not prefeed the sail and drive the boat at the same time resulting in about a 150-300 ft loss when hoisting. An additional issue is that the boat is not fractional like most other sprit boats so the chute is difficult to fill since it is blanketed by the head sail.  Being solo I have to roll it up which can't be done until the chute is filled, kind of a double edged sword.  I don't think that I loose anything to fully crew

 

The video shows 3 hoist/douse cycles in winds from 8-16 knots.  Sorry, it's not too entertaining, but more informative.  Enjoy

 

https://drive.google...dit?usp=sharing