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  1. It's not a bubble but it's not a uniform shape. The full battens were setup for a lot of draft and the top half of the main's luff is a little stretched out because of a goofy jackline setup the sail originally had.
  2. The 135% Genoa is my largest sail because I race mainly double-handed and the babystay would chew the shit out of a 155% Genoa without someone to help it around. I'm considering going up to the 155% if we keep racing because the 135% lacks power in the light and point at the top of its range. I'm just starting to get a good handle on flattening the main out and optimizing draft position is my next focus. I think the aft draft and flat luff entry works well on the boat when it builds to the top-end of the 135% Genoa. Seas are usually flat so I point high aided by the flat entry. If it's ch
  3. Not too sure where my main ranks in terms of full vs. flat but here's full & flat photos taken ~30 minutes apart. Outhaul, Cunningham, Babystay, and Backstay cranked to flatten but the two top battens weren't adjusted.
  4. I doubt you'll be able to find a lift that can safely be towed around with the boat on it.
  5. The lifelines terminating on the forestay is a really nice touch. https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/boa/d/brooklyn-islander-34/7396370051.html
  6. I'm mainly doing this replacement for the weight savings and rarely need more than 30% SOC for a weekend in the summer and 50% SOC in the winter so cycling between 30-80% is fine with me. If I know I'll be sitting somewhere for 3+ days I don't mind a bit of tinkering with the alternator controller or shore power app to get it to 95% or so. It's highly unlikely that I'll charge beyond 95% for anything other than top balancing.
  7. General consensus seems to indicate it's best not to float LiFePO and I would rather not run the fridge and other small house loads on the battery and cycle it from 70-30% while I'm away from the boat during the week.
  8. I'm looking for an AC-DC power supply for use with a LiFePO battery bank I'm building for the boat. I've found a couple Kepco lab supplies that'll do the job but they seem very expensive for the application. General setup is inspired by Stan Honey: http://honeynav.com/category/lfp-battery-sailing-marine-electrical/ The goal is to have the power supply do double duty: 1) Power DC loads (Max ~20A Intermittent, 10A continuous) while the boat is connected to shore power with the Battery disconnected. 2) Charge the Lithium Bank at 20-40 Amps at a fixed bulk voltage when manually
  9. Reminds me of the boat/jet-ski rentals out of False Creek here who specifically instruct renters to never call CG, 911, or hail other boats: just call the rental place for them to come get you.
  10. If it's a raw water cooled engine you'll need to make sure the engine is hot and under some load when flushing to ensure the thermostat is open and it's not just bypassing straight to the exhaust. If it's fresh water cooled you don't need to worry about it.
  11. Any sailmaker should be able to sell you one. North in Richmond gave me one for an old sail. My sails go into foils so I don't have hanks to help me out. When sailing I just do a butcher job and re-do it later. When re-doing it I do a rough upside down flake starting from the head on one side of the boat/dock and then do the nice flake back on the other side.
  12. In my opinion an appropriate antifreeze would be a better option than draining as it would inhibit corrosion better than air. I personally haven't ever winterized my engine because it sits in the water year round and I keep the interior of the boat from freezing. I'd only use descaler if you think you have an issue. I definitely wouldn't leave it in there for the winter.
  13. In Vancouver I get to see the contrast between Canadian CG and USCG and it's pretty sad how scripted USCG is. Canadian Coast Guard's #1 question is always location before worrying about identification, nature of emergency, number on board, etc. Always calm and collected. USCG... "THIS IS UNITED STATES COAST GUARD CENTRE PUGET SOUND. BREAK! (insert cookie cutter list of 20 questions, location being number 7-8)". Fucking yelling and rushed like the world is going to end because a 14ft runabout ran out of gas 100ft from the fuel dock.
  14. Great information in this thread. I don't think a trysail or dedicated track is realistic or necessary for my 29ft'r coastal cruising in the PNW but I'm definitely filing away the advice/ideas in this thread for when the next boat comes along. On a small boat for 'emergency' use would low frictions 'hoops' be practical for attaching the luff of the trysail to the mast or would friction be too extreme? We've recently began venturing out in more sporting conditions and ended up in 35 gusting 45+ a couple weeks ago when we were planning to practice in 25. It was our first time experienc
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