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In Topic: Advice for someone brand new to sailing

22 September 2014 - 01:21 PM

Buy a Mac 26x, and learn ALL about 4th mode.


No seriously, find out what locals are racing One Design (small boats)... Buy one... find out what makes it go fast... place consistently on the podium... once you can do that move up to bigger OD... do the same...


Sure you can do this another way, but it makes sense to first figure out how to sail well, THEN learn about offshore sailing, navigation, etc.

In Topic: what are they?

16 September 2014 - 03:48 PM

The mast looks rough, but its nice to see a decent deck light!

you know, I must be tired it too me forever to figure out what the hell...

Nevermind carry on.

In Topic: Other half's worse than useless on a boat...

02 September 2014 - 06:52 PM

reading topic, then thread... I'm confused, you stay married how?

In Topic: Using attached mainsail loose footed - will the sail hold up?

29 August 2014 - 10:57 AM

1. you can't really drop the sail unless you are head to wind.

2. you can't depower the main when sailing down wind.


Free solution to bolt rope, is clean the sail track, start with a scrubby...

Then if you can borrow a can McLube like was said.

Depower downwind, SHEET IN!


There appears to be a disconnect in this thread, the OP asked about pulling the foot out of the main to make dropping easier?  Um no, that'll make dropping harder as nothing will hold the main to the boom for flaking (maybe I missed the question correctly).


Others are suggesting moving to sail slugs, and are right, it's easy to convert an old bolt rope main to sail slugs... sailrite sells all the parts... these are CHEAP parts, like $1 per parts.


I'd start with cleaning the track, and mclube.


One other thing that concerned me though was the total lack of an outhaul at all... so now we're dealing with a 30+ yo dacron main with a shelf foot, that is VERY stretched out, that cannot be flattened..


I stick with my original statement, your only hope downwind is to overtrim the main.  Upwind its hopeless, unless you rig a "flattener" which a lot of older sails have.  Its a grommet a couple inches above the clew, one rigs a line to it and applies tension to it from the end of the boom in addition to the outhaul.  It pulls the leech down and back, flattening the main.


The grommet is shown in this picture above the outhaul, but doesn't show a line for the flattener.


In Topic: Fess Up...How many of you have sailed a Sea Snark?

28 August 2014 - 02:17 AM

Sea-witch = better boat.

Super snark = better boat.

Cork with sail = better boat.


I gotta hand it to it though, it's held up better than most of the damned S2 7.9s (duh).. sorry someone had to say it (core rot)... Sorry its part of my current search and finding one not rotted to death is getting to be quite a challenge.