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Lane Finley

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    Navy Yawls

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  1. Great shot! It shows a roller furling jib flogging itself to death partially unrolled in the strong winds. Cheers
  2. Beautiful picture. What boat is that? Mai Tai was always a cutter. However, there were twelve sisterships built for the Navy (see Navy 44's on this website) out of the same mold that were yawls. Apparently, in the early 1960's, the racing gurus started to realise that the masthead sloop was the best rig for winning races, so they built 6 boats with that rig, eighteen altogether out of the original molds. These were very early fiberglass boats and many of them are still around today.
  3. Wow! What a great boat to grow up on. Didn't John Street buy Waione for the wooden boat trust and restore her in about 2003? Great photo! Mai Tai was launched in 1968 and is the fiberglas version of the Rhodes wooden yawls the the US Navy sailed as training boats. Her sail number will be from a different ledger.
  4. In this video you have posted we are sailing up the coat of Stewart Island and crossing Foveaux Strait. If you haven't been down there, you should definitely go. Stewart Island is a wonderful place to cruise! We are based in Auckland and love the Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Island but New Zealand has so much more to offer to cruisers willing to head further south. Fiordland is a magic place to cruise. Cheers
  5. Hank-on Sails or Roller Furling? Most people believe that anyone advocating hank-on sails over roller furling sails is certifiably crazy. Just look at the local marinas, a sea of masts, all with roller furling systems. It is very rare to find a boat today with hank-on sails. Are hank-on sails just “old fashioned” or have modern sailors been seduced by the ship chandlers and sail makers into thinking furling sails are a must-have item? Have hank-on sails really been surpassed by the benefits of modern furling sails? Or are we just getting lazy? There is no question that furling syste
  6. Hi Will - have a look at my youtube site, there are several videos of Mai Tai under sail and one of them has the asymmetrical flying. Just type in "lane finley" in the youtube search. Cheers
  7. Hi Will, We love sailing Mai Tai as a cutter. There are many reasons but the two primary ones focus on balancing the boat when reefing and handling two smaller foresails rather than one large sail. For example, we get the same driving power from the wind with the two headsails, a 110% yankee and a 100% staysail, as we do with our light weight 144% genoa. (They just don't go to windward in light wind conditions quite as well) However, if the wind picks up, we can drop the staysail and immediately be down to a 110% heavy weight working yankee. If it blows harder we can drop the 110% an
  8. Mai Tai (original name) was launched in 1963 at United Plastics in Washington. She was one of six built as sloop/cutters. She still has her original mast and in the picture below you can see the tang for the forestay and the tang below it for the staysail halyard block just below the second spreader brackets. The original owner, who we bought Mai Tai from, never used a staysail and there was no deck fitting for one. As we intended to use her offshore, we added a deck fitting that ties into the forward bulkhead at the chain locker. She balances beautifully with a triple reefed main and sta
  9. Hello Sailing Anarchy, I own a 1963 Annapolis 44 cutter named Mai Tai. I've owned it now for 31 years. Bought it in Seattle in 1989 from the original owner, who was a part owner in the boat yard that built the fiberglass Navy Yawls in Bellingham, Washington. They built 12 yawls for the Academy under contract and ran 6 more through the yard as cutters. The boat that Steve Holsizer owns was built much later (1983 from memory) by Valient Yachts down in Texas. We are currently in Western Sumatra, Indonesia, sailing her around the world. Hopefully we will be the first of these boats to c
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