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  1. The Saffier 33 Leisure has a baby sister, the 27 Leisure. Just as much fun at half the price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5FRv5H3tP8 There s also a big sister for a lot more cash.
  2. You can use an adjustable tack line with a top down fuller. On my current boat I have a Colligo fuller. The non rotating tack attachment has two holes. The tack is attached to one. After the spinnaker, is flying lead the tack line thru the other hole to the tack then tension the tack line and remove the strop.. When it is time to douse the spinnaker reverse the process. Good luck using a top down fuller, you will need it. If I was considering a new asym I would only consider those with a structured luff, a cabelless spinnaker. Avoids all the problems with the torsion cable.
  3. The only advantage a symmetrical has over an asymmetrical is in big wind when the downwind course is aligned with the wind. In the past 10 years I can think of only one race where that happened. In all other cases everyone is reaching and the asym is a better reaching sail than a sym. Another advantage of an asym is fewer crew and crew are hard to find especially for a non competitive boat. The type of asym is important. Since you are racing non competitively you probably don't want an spi inventory. Therefore an all purpose asym. It will be limited on how high and how de
  4. There is a active and friendly E scow fleet racing out of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron In Sarasota on Wednesday afternoons. You can probably get a ride. PHRF racing at the Squadron on Sundays although the fleet is sadly diminished compared to past years. Last I was there there was an Ensign in the fleet.
  5. You need to talk to a navel architect before you do anything. Well intended armature advice is still amature advice. That said, I'll tell you what I know. If your new mast is from a not too old Hunter then it is a B&R rig. B&R rigs have swept spreaders, reverse diagonals to induce mast bend and rake. Look at any Hunter. 18 inches of rake is not extreme. My Boat, which has a fractional three spreader B&R rig has a 35 degree sweep on the spreaders, 11 inches of mast bend at the center spreader, 54 inches of rake and no back stay. Something which hasn't been men
  6. It was a thing of beauty...when it worked, and it only worked half the time. The rest of the time it wouldn't deploy after furling. What was happening is that the torsion rope would back spin when tension was released. The torsion rope would grab some of the spinnaker during the backspin and lock it up. It took hours off the boat to untangle There is an old Elvstrom video showing this. Successful top down furling is dependent on the quality of the torsion rope. I have heard that the Harken Reflex torsion rope is good. Maybe the balls on the Selden torsion rope work..
  7. I used Peel Away on two different boats and it has worked very well. It is very thick and is applied with a trowel 1/8 to 1/4 thick, then covered with the provided paper to slow evaporation. Let set for a long time, test to determine the time required, it could be 24 hours or more. Peel down with a putty knife and the paint sticks to the paper so clean up is easy. Takes off multiple layers of paint. Be sure to neutralize. There are two varieties, be sure to get the right one for your bottom paint. It is relatively expensive, Defender had the best price and it takes a lot to get the job done.
  8. Here is some information which hasn't been mentioned yet. I have a 3GM30fcv. It has a compression release lever for each calendar. Don't know if the 2YM15 has this feature. When the battery is too low to start the engine, releasing 2 of the levers reduces the load on the battery and the engine will start on one cylinder. when it is running on one cylinder flip the compression release lever and the other cylinder will join in. Releasing the compression is also useful at the beginning of the season before starting the engine for the first time to spin up the engine and get oil to all the beari
  9. After discussion at the March 2018 meeting ECSA specifically outlawed large roach head sails. At the April 2021 meeting the committee agreed to revisit large roach head sails and discuss penalty options.
  10. Be assured that any PHRF committee worth it's salt will penalize you twice any possible gain you may get from any change you want to make.
  11. Unless you are a better sailor than DC you will never notice the difference. At least until the dacron has stretched out of shape.
  12. The Off Soundings Club adjusts PHRF handicap ratings. Called the Burden of Winning, the first three finishers of a class in a series are assessed a 15%, 10% and 5% adjustment to their time correction factor. The penalty is worked off 5% per year the following years but are cumulative, ie you win get, a 15% penalty, next year you finish second, get an additional 10% penalty but have worked off 5% so end up with a 20% penalty. There are boats winning with a 25% penalty. Just goes to show that a very good sailor will always beat a pretty good sailor.
  13. I have used Barnaby Batch several times. He does a through job.
  14. In mast furling sucks performance wise. I have a big roach fathead main with full battens that furls around the boom. Main down and furled in 30 seconds.
  15. It's your day sailor. You can be a primitive or deluxe as you like. L Francis designed a couple of boats he called "Maine day boats". Quite Tune was one. These were big day sailors with enough accommodation so that if you were having a great sail you could keep on going, drop the hook and return next day or next week. I like that concept. The rest is up to you. I've got mine.
  16. Spring Off Soundings is on. Two day races out of New London on June 11 - 12th. Probably no party.
  17. Wish list for a compulsive day sailor Get underway(sailing) in 10 minutes and put it away in 10 minutes. Self tacking jib Roller furling main and jib Well balanced boat and neutral helm that you cal let go for a minute to do something Autohelm so that if that something takes longer then you thought it would Enough accommodations so that a really good day sail can turn into an overnight
  18. Having owned a boat with an iron keel I can tell you to save that paint as you will need it again. An iron keel just keeps on giving (trouble). I can guarantee that when you next hull the boat you will be looking for that primer.
  19. Not sure what B&G H3000 covers look like, I have NEXUS which are fairly deep. When I lost a couple of covers I made my own. Built a male and female mold, female slightly larger than the male. Waxed the mold so it would release then wetted out 10 oz cloth and draped it over the male mold. Pushed the female mold onto the mail mold and clamped. After the epoxy went off popped the mold apart and removed the new cover Trimmed off the excess and did a trial fit. Perfect fit but a little flimsy and there were holes in the corners. Made another with two layers of glass and put small patches of gla
  20. Some builders were known to cast their keels flat instead of vertical which made the up side of the keel flatter as the metal cooled and shrank.Check both sides of the keel.
  21. JimBowie Bagatelle is a KISS44. Kiss as in Keep It Simple, Stupid. She is an Eric Sponberg design from 2000, cold molded, cored plywood deck, cored fiberglass house and cockpit, carbon fiber mast.
  22. In defense of day sailing. If I go on the club cruise there will be at least one day of no wind, at least one day of rain and probably one day of too much wind. When I go for a day sail I get to pick the weather and it it isn't good I'll pass. I sail 4 or 5 days a week, 6 if there is a week end race. If there is no wind or rain, pass. If it blowing dogs off their chains, pass, Been there, done that, don't need to prove anything any more. I am going sailing to have an enjoyable experience not fight mother nature. My boat was designed as a day sailor. I can get und
  23. You sound like someone who has never actually held a varnish brush. If you had you would know that the most time consuming thing about varnish is waiting for the varnish to dry, the actual varnishing takes little time in comparison. Case in point: time it actually takes to do the varnish work on my boat. My boat is a bigger day sailor than the Knockabout with a lot more bright work. Tape off all bright work - 1 - 1.5 hours Initial sanding with 240 grit - 2.5 - 3 hours My bright work is in good shape to begin with so that makes it easier. Wash down bri
  24. There is a trick I have used to shape PVC tubing. Fill the tube with hot sand and it becomes a noodle. Shape it, let it cool, and pour the sand out. In Your case I would use two pieces of poly x, a short piece to get it on the hose barb and get past the curve then a poly x connector to the long piece. When filling the short piece with sand be sure to use a metal funnel as the hot sand will melt a plastic one. The sand gets much hotter than water.
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