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    Photography, travel, cycling (but still longing to get back on boats whenever I can)

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  1. So Lane has self-steering gear on his boat, I'm pretty sure--you definitely would benefit from asking him what he has, how he installed it, and would he choose this particular piece of gear again. He sails all over the Pacific (in NZ, last I talked with him), so he's definitely got the experience to know something about the topic.
  2. Zack, you're exhausting me. Where in life did you pick up the skills to do a job like this? And I thought that sanding and painting a hull was hard work... Remind me: What inspired you to want to pull off the rudder to begin with?
  3. Zach--just want you to know you're not being ignored. I never removed the rudder nor seen it done. I'm guessing from the <crickets> that no one else in this discussion has, either. You might consider starting a new thread so that your question is seen by more forum members, rather than just the few who are following this really, really old thread. Also consider reaching out to forum member Lane Finley via PM, as he has a lot of experience overhauling these hulls, and may have done just what you're trying.
  4. There being two small winches on the deckhouse, just forward of the cockpit (port and starboard), my recollection is that it was a matter of crew preference as to which one was reserved for the main sheet and which one for the spinnaker pole bridle. My gut says that I was used to trimming the main from the starboard winch, but I won't swear to that or that it was consistent on every boat I crewed on (or even when I was a yawl skipper). And it does show the mizzenmast inside the cockpit coaming, as you previously pointed out.
  5. Other than the aluminum boom, that's pretty much how I remember the yawls being in the 70s. I see that Vigilant never got the companionway hatch replacement that I've seen on some of the others. Is the forward deckhouse hatch also still fiberglass? I'm trying to remember how we used all the winches... Thanks for the memories, Hike.
  6. I do remember how "stiff" the main traveller was, and what it took to move it. I don't think we used a hammer, but a winch handle, to make those adjustments. It was a far different proposition than the process on the Swan 48 or S&S 59 we had then--I know that the S&S had special lines and winches just for adjusting the traveller, and the Swan may have, too. I seem to recall spraying it with WD-40 (or something like that) during the Annapolis-Newport race so we could adjust it more easily for the long reach or close-haul legs with stronger winds (we were really into "sail shaping on tha
  7. The fiberglass deck and deckhouse were stiff enough to be self-supporting, if memory serves, with the forward and aft bulkheads providing additional support and lateral stiffness. Did they add lateral wooden framing under the new deck and deckhouse? If so, what supported them at the hull? Did they remove the original forward and aft bulkheads? If so, did they add new bulkheads in the same positions, or did they change the interior layout? I'd be really curious to see interior photos. As for the aft cockpit, I seem to recall being able sit down while on the helm, so there mu
  8. Huh. Any idea what happened to all the original fiberglass? And am I understanding correctly that all the fiberglass topside was removed inboard of the hull and rebuilt with wood? So deck, deckhouse, and cockpit?
  9. Are you talking about one of the 50s-era wooden Luders yawls?
  10. Done! Where is the tack tacked down, exactly? What's the theory on using only the asym, and not using the main? I also checked out some of the other videos for other camera angles. Nice main boom--definitely an improvement over the big, heavy wooden boom that I had to duck under (I'm 6' 2") when I was trimming headsails in the cockpit on the Academy yawls. On the "Heavy weather sailing" video, I finally spotted the running backstay (blue line). What was the approximate wind speed that day? I see the main has one(?) reef, and it looks like you're running with just the staysa
  11. Early to mid 60s--I don't think it happened all in one season, if I remember correctly. We rarely (if ever) used the mizzen when racing--it was more of a helm balance tool on certain points of sail abaft the beam on long(er) legs, usually while cruising. I suppose that some used it on the downwind when not wanting to fly a chute (not every Sailing Squadron skipper was comfortable with doing that). I'm not sure why the Academy was so in love with that sail plan, and of course it was ditched when the fiberglass yawls were replaced.
  12. We were college kids, and we raced them that way all the time. As for the historical context, the 1960s was right after the fiberglass yawls replaced the old wooden ones, and the Academy and Sailing Squadron were putting some money into the USNA intercollegiate sailing program in order to raise our profile. The Kennedy and Mac Cup events were all part of the strategic plan.
  13. If by plastic you mean fiberglass, then that's probably the boat I raced in the Annapolis-Newport back in 1975. I'd ask for a photo, but it would probably only depress me...
  14. What years and what school did you represent? And yes, there were rules. Rules, rules, rules, and more rules.
  15. Lane, I can totally see it, now that I've read that article and your reply. I especially appreciate the flexibility the rig gives for headsail changes on the fly. Some of my worst experiences on the foredeck involved dropping the #1 Genoa in order to hoist a #2 (or even #3) in strong winds and building seas. Even with a safety harness on, that was awfully uncomfortable. Did you add the running backstays, or were they already rigged on the boat when you got it? All in all, I could see where the Luders fiberglass hull would be really good with the cutter rig, given how stiff it is--com
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